Lesson Studio Teachers – Springfield

The Music Shoppe of Springfield offers a growing lesson studio with teachers for a variety of instruments!

Backed by a business over 50 years strong, The Music Shoppe has the most effective and affordable lesson studios in the area.  We bring in highly qualified teachers and let them do what they do best. The age of our students range from four years all the way up to retirees.  We teach the first-time beginner, to the advanced player looking to prepare for auditions. Everyone is welcome in our lesson studios!

For teacher contact information, please call the store at (217) 529-4840.

Interested in teaching at The Music Shoppe? Submit your resume on our career page!

McKenzie Suter
Saxophone Lessons

McKenzie Suter, saxophone teacher at The Music Shoppe of Springfield

McKenzie is a Springfield native and Illinois College graduate with a bachelor’s degree in saxophone performance. In her time at Illinois College, she studied under the direction of Dr. Christian Secrist and participated in the school’s Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Saxophone Quartet. In addition to her experience at Illinois College, McKenzie has also performed under the direction of Dr. Rodney Dorsey, Dr. Jamie L. Nix, and Dr. Garrett Allman of the Jacksonville Symphony.

You can find McKenzie regularly performing in Springfield area as a member of the Springfield Municipal Band. She is trained in both classical and jazz styles of saxophone, and she teaches students of all ages.

Jonathan Clausing
Lessons for Fretted Instruments & Orchestral Strings

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Accomplished multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Clausing has been teaching stringed instruments for over 10 years. Jon brings a wide variety of experience to his teaching, having mentored students of all abilities on the violin, viola, cello, guitar, bass guitar, double bass, piano, ukulele, banjo, and mandolin. He also welcomes advanced students on violin, viola, cello, and guitar.

Jon began studying violin and cello under the Suzuki Method at age 6, and he eventually progressed to guitar and piano. He majored in Music Performance with an emphasis on classical guitar and piano at Parkland College, where he received the Music Department’s Performance Scholarship. While at Parkland, Jon played guitar in the college’s Jazz, Dixieland, and Ethnos ensembles.

Since 2001, Jon has been a mainstay of the live-music scene in central Illinois, performing lead guitar, lead vocals, fiddle, and harmonica in numerous blues, blues-rock, and roots-country bands in the area. He prides himself on tailoring his lessons to his students’ individual objectives and creating a fun learning environment.

Allyson Dodd
Piano Lessons

Allyson Dodd is a piano teacher at The Music Shoppe in Springfield

Allyson Dodd started playing piano at a young age and has had many lessons from different teachers from the surrounding Springfield area. Springfield, Illinois is her hometown. She graduated from Western Illinois University and currently holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music. She began training as a classical pianist by Jane Hartman at Lincoln Land Community College as well and has earned an associate degree in Arts. She played piano all throughout her schooling in Pleasant Plains and continued to do so at Western Illinois University as a student accompanist. She was awarded with an accompanying Talent Grant at WIU and performed frequently as part of this Talent Grant. She has also worked as a piano player for a church in Cantrall, IL. She is comfortable working with students anywhere from early elementary to advanced level of piano education. She also plays trumpet, guitar, and can sing, but her primary passion is piano. Allyson is excited to start working with students of all ages and abilities through the new Music Shoppe location in Springfield, Illinois!

Brandon Townsend
Drum Set Lessons

Brandon Townsend started drumming at a young age, and quickly discovered his passion. In junior high and high school he was chosen for Honor Bands every year. He was awarded the Terrence Flannigan award for musical excellence. He was a member of his high school marching band as well as the very first Greenville College Marching Band in 2011. For the last 15 years he has played a variety of musical styles including: jazz, blues, rock, big band and worship music.

His professional career includes playing in the pit orchestra for Spring Awakening at the Legacy Theater and Beauty and the Beast at the Muni, both in 2012. He released a Christmas CD in 2010 with Tinseltown Marauders. He played many area shows with Solar Cadet, including SOHO Music Festival in 2016, and released a CD of original music. He was a member of the Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra in 2015. Brandon has played praise and worship music at area churches for the last 11 years. He currently plays with the University of Illinois at Springfield concert and pep bands as well as The Company Blues Band.

Mallory Konstans
Drum Set & Percussion Lessons

Teachers Wanted!

If you are interested in teaching at The Music Shoppe of Springfield, submit your resume on our career page!