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!

Bethany Swartz
Flute, Oboe, Sax Lessons

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McKenzie Suter
Saxophone Lessons

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.

Lindsey Broaddus
Saxophone Lessons

Lindsay Broaddus is a saxophone teacher at The Music Shoppe of Springfield.

Hey there! My name is Lindsay Broaddus and I teach saxophone (primary alto sax player) at The Music Shoppe! I began learning the saxophone in my 5th grade band class being taught at Glenwood schools by one of my inspirations, Dennis Marcotte. In middle school I was a dedicated member of jazz and Symphonic band and later in high school I joined the Glenwood Matching Titans and was accepted into their Wind Ensemble. My sophomore year of high school, I auditioned and was accepted to the group Titan Fever, more specifically Titan Funkadelic. T-Funk, as we call it, is the instrumental band playing behind singer dancers in Titan Fever show choir. My first year, my group performed on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, for show choir nationals. We were rewarded 3rd runner up. 2 years down the road, during my senior year, we returned to Nashville and were named best combo in the nation, along with being rewarded 1st runner up. Music has brought me further than I ever expected possible, and I encourage anyone to learn an instrument, regardless of age! Music allows the introduction of new experiences and you will always be able to learn more, and become better!

Steve Jones
Trumpet Lessons

Steve Jones is a trumpet teacher at The Music Shoppe of Springfield
Steve Jones has been an area Music Educator for over 30 years. He holds Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in Music Education degrees from Western Illinois University, and has completed additional coursework at Southern Illinois University, Ball State University, and Illinois State University.
His areas of expertise are diverse, having taught elementary to college-age students in Concert Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Private Lessons, AP Music Theory, Music Appreciation, Humanities, and General Music. He has taught in the Macomb, Jacksonville, Chatham, and Canton school districts as well as serving on the faculty of Monmouth College and Illinois College.
As musician, he has performed with several groups, including the Jacksonville Symphony, Springfield Muni, Prairieland Brass Quintet, several area Big Bands and Jazz Combos, as well as a variety of local churches. Additionally, he has been a frequent adjudicator for both ILMEA Jazz and IHSA Auditions and Festivals, as well as guest directing several ILMEA Jazz Festivals across Illinois.
Mr. Jones and his wife live in Springfield and are the proud parents of two sons.
Mr. Jones designs lessons for students of all ages and ability levels and looks forward to sharing with students the joy of playing music.

Joe Tiemann
Trombone & Low Brass Lessons

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Joe Tiemann is a professional trombonist living in the central Illinois area and is currently on faculty at Heartland Community College where he teaches courses in Music Appreciation, Applied Trombone, conducts the Heartland Community trombone Choir, and starting in the Spring of 2020 will be directing the HCC Concert Band.

Joe holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of South Florida where he studied with Tom Brantley. Joe has performed with the Heartland Jazz Orchestra, the Decatur Big Band, the Alabama Symphony, the Southwest Florida Symphony, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and the Sinfonia da Camera Orchestra. Joe has also been the featured soloist with groups such as the Decatur Municipal Band, the Capitol Sounds Concert Band, and the Illinois State University trombone choir. During the fall semester of 2017, Joe had the honor of teaching members of the ISU trombone studio while Dr. Babbitt was on leave and in 2018 Joe made an appearance in the PROfessors Choir at the Midwest Trombone Tuba Euphonium Conference at Eastern Illinois University.

Joe’s primary teachers include James Smith, Tom Brantley, Jim Pugh, and Dr. Mark Babbitt

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.

Jay Larson
Guitar, Bass & Uke Lessons

Jay Larson joined The Music Shoppe teaching staff in the summer of 2018 but has been instructing music students throughout Central Illinois for over 20 years. If you or your child have an interest in guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele, dobro or banjo, Jay is the teacher for you! You don’t need to know about music to get started. Jay shows you how to read tablature or music notation, the choice is yours. In addition to teaching, Jay currently plays guitar with several bands which perform in a variety of styles. This real world experience offers aspiring musicians a unique opportunity to focus on a musical genre of their choosing. Whether you’ve never picked up an instrument or you’ve been playing all your life, Jay’s adaptive teaching method allows students to excel at their own pace and skill level. Remember, it’s never too late to pick the finer things in life!

Alex Jansen
Guitar, Bass & Uke Lessons

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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!

Charnell Freeman
Piano Lessons

Charnell Freeman is a piano teacher at The Music Shoppe in Springfield

Charnell started playing piano at the age of four.  She was self-taught for most of her years.  She studied organ at Greenville College and piano at Southwest Baptist University. She has traveled all over the United States, Canada and Great Britain performing with different musical groups.  Charnell plays clarinet, saxophone, organ, accordion and piano.  Charnell has played organ and piano for church services most of her life.

Charnell has an MBA from SIUE and a BA in Business Administration with a music minor from Southwest Baptist University.

Charnell has taught piano lessons for 18+ years and enjoys working with adults as well as children of all ages.

Sam Steere
Piano Lessons

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

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Sherry Mitchell
Piano Lessons

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

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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.

Tim Harte
Drum Lessons

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Born 12-09-1962 in Watervliet, Michigan.  Moved to Springfield, IL in 1970. Started playing drums at House of Music in 1970.  I was in second grade.  I started teaching drums at the House of Music in 1976.  I had many drum teachers over the years, which include John Carpenter, Mark Janas, Bill Weber, John Sluzalis, and Pat Greenan.  I played percussion in the marching, concert and stage bands at Thomas Edison Junior High School, and at Lanphier High School.  My band teachers were Mrs. Cindy Garretson and Mr. Thomas Ford.  I played drum set my senior year for Lions’Pride, a show choir at Lanphier High School.
I played in the LLCC Jazz band from 1982-1984.  Gene Haas was the director.
I played in many different bands in Springfield,IL:  Blue Steel, Hocus Pocus, Kings’ Idylls, Tom Irwin, Dad’s Big Weekend, Backwards Day, Elvis Himselvis, Frank Trompeter Quintet, Epsom, The Days After, and Jay Larson.
I have a BA in Psychology (1993), MA in Clinical Psychology (1997), and another BA in History (2015) from the University of Illinois at Springfield.
I teach snare drum rudiments, drum set techniques, how to read drum music, counting, dynamics, and in different styles of music which include rock, jazz, country, and latin.  I taught at House of Music 1976 to 1986, Walko’s Music from 1990 to 1994, and the Rock Shop 2009 to 2019.

Jim Crowley
Drum Lessons

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Teachers Wanted!

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