Music Creation Teachers | The Music Shoppe of Normal

Learn how to make music at The Music Shoppe of Normal. Our teachers cover songwriting, composition, and recording.

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Marita Brake
Music Shoppe Music Education Center Director
Songwriting Lessons

If Marita isn’t a household name in Central Illinois, she should be!  Her credits include performances for two presidential inaugurals, Carnegie Hall, projects for PBS and three CDs. She’s toured throughout the United States  and Great Britain and brings that professional performance to her students. Her specialties include guitar, voice,  songwriting, dulcimer and ukulele.  Marita has taught at the Music Shoppe for over 30 years teaching all levels  and welcomes anyone at any age and level of experience. She teaches a  variety of people and styles while covering all the important stuff.  Her personal website can be found here.

Tony Williams
Home Recording Instruction

Tony teaches recording and mixingTony Williams is a graduate of Illinois State University, and has a certification in audio engineering from The Recording Workshop in Chillicothe, OH.  He has been a musician for over twenty-eight years, performing a variety of styles across much of the U.S., including the legendary CBGB in New York.  Tony operated a professional recording studio for five years, producing nearly every imaginable style of music in addition to commercial work.  He has either engineered or performed in recording sessions in Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee, and New York.  He has been with The Music Shoppe since 2002 as a salesperson and guitar repair technician.