Kids’ Music Teachers | The Music Shoppe of Normal

While many of our teachers beginners of any age, these classes are designed with children in mind.

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Michael W. Hull
Child Bloom Guitar Class

Michael teaches classical guitarGuitarist Michael Hull has been teaching for more than 20 years to students of all ages and abilities.  He particularly enjoys working with beginners.  In addition, many of his former students are aspiring musicians who have gone on to study at prestigious institutions as Northwestern University, Eastman and North Carolina School of the Arts.  Several of them serve on the faculty of colleges and universities.  Michael Holds a Master of Music from Illinois State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts/Music from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  Currently, he serves on the faculty at Heartland Community College, Illinois Central College and Bradley University.  In addition to teaching, he performs extensively as a soloist and chamber musician .  His performance credits include the Springfield Classical Guitar Society Concert Series, Cultural House of Vileyka, Belarus (former Soviet Union), orchestral guitarist for the broadway productions of The Last Five Years and Spamalot and many other venues and stages.  He has commissioned new works for the guitar, directed the Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival (2000, 2008) and is also the President of the Central Illinois Guitar Society. Michael resides in Bloomington with his wife, Svetlana and their children, Nikolai and Evelyne.

Rachel Bailey
Music Together & Drum Circles

Rachel Bailey studied with Patricia George at Brigham Young University-Idaho where she received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Music Performance. She also earned her Master’s of Music Degree in flute performance and studied with Dr. Adah Toland-Jones at Texas State University. Ms. Bailey was a winner in the Concerto Competition at Texas State in 2008 and soloed with the orchestra on the Liebermann Flute Concerto in 2009. She was also a student at Trevor Wye’s flute studio in Ashford, Kent UK, where she completed her certificate in 2011.

Rachel delves into a vast variety of music from classical to modern and plays flute, Irish flute, Native American flute, djembe, mandolin, piano, and electronic music. She currently plays with the Irish music group, Paddy’s Favorite Sons. She is excited to offer a variety of music courses to The Music Shoppe including Music Together classes, drum circles, and more!

Tiffany McBride
Community Drum Circles

Tiffany McBride, community drum circle instructor at The Music Shoppe of Normal.

Tiffany has been singing and beating since she was a toddler and has continued to self teach with other instruments. She is well versed in vocals, ukulele, drums and percussion. She also has a basic foundation in guitar and piano. As an adolescent, she played the saxophone and studied music.

Tiffany’s most recent experience with facilitating music, is the community drum circle that meets twice a month. She also teaches and helps children and adults express themselves through music and art within a therapeutic setting in her private practice. Tiffany has also been a worship leader and lead singer in numerous of churches, on and off, throughout the last 15 years.

Tiffany has a major talent and passion for music. Music has always helped her through the toughest times in her life. She believes music is an amazing coping skill, hobby, and a positive way to express oneself. Tiffany’s goal and dedication is to work with the community, young and old, who would like to build their skills in rhythm, enhance their mindfulness, express themselves in ways they aren’t usually able to, and to bring a oneness into the community. She has a heart full of love, passion, and dedication for her community and hopes to transform lives through music