Lesson Studio Teachers – Champaign
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.
Every band and orchestra instrument has a qualified teacher, as well as other popular instruments like drum set, piano, guitar and banjo. You can even find lessons for jazz studies, music theory, or home recording!
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!
After browsing our teacher bios (found below), simply contact your store’s studio manager. They will assist you in finding a weekly time that will work best for your schedule.
Champaign Lesson Studio Manager
Dustin Norder has been playing mandolin and guitar for the past ten years. He has studied music theory and ear training along with other performance classes. Dustin has played in the Champaign area for the past six years with The Corn Desert Ramblers, Hot Iron String Band and Ol’ Number Seven, among others.
His styles range from bluegrass, gypsy jazz and swing to country, folk and blues. “Since I began playing music, I have always shared and learning from other musicians. Teaching is a part of music and that is why I love it”. Teaching formally for four years now, Dustin is excited to join the Music Shoppe as a mandolin and guitar teacher.
Dr. Young Kim
Guitarist Young Kim studied at the Seoul Jazz Academy in Seoul, Korea, and at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, before attending the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He recently graduated with the degree in Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance from the UIUC. His doctoral project was a study of guitarist John Abercrombie’s jazz improvisational style. Young has studied with bassist Larry Gray, pianist Chip Stephens, and guitarist Tim Miller. He currently performs and teaches guitar in the Champaign-Urbana area.
Young enjoys teaching guitar, music theory, ear training, and improvisation to students of wide range of levels, ages, and styles. His teaching philosophy is to help them learn the language of music, discipline through practice, and discover their own musical identity and creativity.
José Guzmán is currently pursuing his doctorate at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in Jazz Guitar Performance. In the summers of 2010 and 2011, he collaborated with the folkloric ballet, ELMYRBA, on cultural trips to Egypt and Europe representing Puerto Rico. Guzmán has performed in the Southern Illinois Music Festival and at the Caroga Lake Music Festival in 2017 and 2018 in various chamber ensembles. As a composer, he scored music for short films for film festivals and arranged music for Puerto Rican songwriter Ivelisse del Carmen’s album, Amor y Tierra: Ir para regresar. As a jazz guitarist, he recorded Dimijtre Vasiljevic’s Accidental Nomad released on Rope a Dope Records.
A native of Tokyo, Japan, Ai Yamaguchi is a doctoral candidate in flute performance and literature at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She also holds a Master of Music degree in flute performance from University of Southern Mississippi and a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Wright State University. Recently named principal flutist of the Urbana Pops Orchestra, Ms. Yamaguchi has also performed as a second flutist in the Gulf Coast Symphony in 2008-2010 season and the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra in Ohio.
Ms. Yamaguchi has performed in masterclasses for Fabio Angelo Colajanni, Tadeo Coelho, Ervin Monroe, and Kristen Stoner and recently, she was selected to perform in the master class held at the Eastern Kentucky University for the world renowned flutist, Sir James Galway. Her principal teachers include Dr. Jonathan Keeble, Dr, Danilo Mezzadri, Rachel Taratoot-Ciraldo, Dr. Christopher Chaffee, and Dr. Leslie Goldman Maaser.
Katie Gunn is an educator and musician in Central Illinois and Indiana. Currently employed as the Oboe Instructor at Indiana State University, Katie teaches both undergraduate oboists as well as middle and secondary musicians. Katie is an active musician and has performed with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Danville Symphony, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Katie currently plays with Regali Winds and the Indiana State University Faculty Quintet. In the past, Katie has performed in the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra Wind Quintet which performed extensive community outreach in the Lubbock area and commissioned Ferdinand’s Follies, which premiered in 2009. She is the recipient of the Bill A. Nugent Fellowship at the University of Illinois, studying with John Dee, and is in the process of finishing her doctorate. Katie received a Master’s of Music from Texas Tech University studying with Amy Anderson, and a Bachelor of Music Education from Baylor University, where she studied with Dr. Doris DeLoach.
Moria Tunison is currently pursuing her DMA in Clarinet Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois studying with Professor David Harris. She has a wide range of ensemble experience, having performed in the Urbana Pops Orchestra, the Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Civic Wind Band, the FAVA Opera Chamber Orchestra in France, and chamber ensembles including The Graduate Woodwind Quintet, clarinet choirs, and the Illinois Modern Ensemble. In addition to her ensemble experiences, Moria maintains an active solo presence, including a performance with the Eastern Symphony Orchestra as the 2010 concerto competition winner.
As an educator, Moria holds a B.M. in Music Education from Eastern Illinois University. She has taught students ranging from elementary to high school age and enjoys nurturing the musical potential of each student. Past students have been accepted into IMEA District and All State bands and orchestra, performed in various honor bands throughout Illinois, and received Superiors and Best of Days at Contest.
Moria has also received a B.M. in Clarinet Performance from Eastern Illinois University studying with Dr. Magie Smith and a M.M. in Clarinet Performance from Michigan State University studying with Dr. Guy Yehuda.
Saxophonist and composer Ben Nichols started playing the saxophone at age 14 and was quickly recognized as a rising star. With his unique style and creative ideas he is frequently asked to play in many styles and has performed and recorded with contemporaries such as: Ben Wendel (GRAMMY-nominated saxophonist), Wycliffe Gordon (Julliard Instructor), Jon Faddis (GRAMMY-nominated trumpeter), Jeff Coffin (three-time GRAMMY-winning saxophonist), Eric Marienthal (GRAMMY Award-winning saxophonist), Terreon Gully (Christian McBride Band), Chris Buono (Flaming Headless Torsos), Brian Bromberg (GRAMMY-nominated bassist), Steve Smith (legendary drummer of Journey), and Wayne Bergeron (GRAMMY-nominated trumpeter).
Nichols has traveled across the globe, performing at large venues, intimate city concerts, and countless jazz festivals throughout North America, South America and Europe. He was a member of the Ryan Innes Band, which won by popular vote the $10,000 grand prize at the Stadium of Fire in 2012 and opened for the Beach Boys. He has taught private saxophone, clarinet, and flute lessons for over 10 years and loves helping students find and develop a unique voice.
Ben is featured on three albums with the internationally acclaimed jazz band, Synthesis. In 2013 Nichols was a featured soloist on the band’s album The Day After Yesterday that was later submitted to DownBeat Magazine. Synthesis was then named the Top University Large Jazz Ensemble in the nation.
Benjamin graduated with a Master of Music degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and studied privately with jazz legends Jerry Bergonzi, Donny McCaslin, Miguel Zenon, and Jason Moran. While finishing his master’s degree Ben worked as a Teaching Assistant to Jerry Bergonzi and other members of the Jazz faculty at NEC. Ben is currently working on a doctorate degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Annie Lyle Mason teaches bassoon lessons and bassoon reed making lessons. She welcomes musicians of all ages and abilities into her studio. Her school-aged students participate in area youth symphonies, perform at Solo and Ensemble Contest, and win positions to play in ILMEA District and All-State bands and orchestras. Past students have earned scholarships to play in college. Annie’s adult students range from complete beginners to experienced hobbyists and perform in community ensembles. Abiding by the philosophy of ‘the complete musician’ of the 21st Century, Annie is driven by a fundamental desire to be a passionate and innovative teaching artist and performer.
With a strong foundation and love of all repertoire, Ms. Mason is an orchestral and chamber musician, soloist, pedagogue, reed maker, contemporary and collaborative music specialist. She has performed with the Danville Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, and the Urbana Pops Orchestra. As a sought after bassoonist in New York City’s entertainment and theater world, she’s performed with Matthew Broderick and the company of Brigadoon on Broadway, and with singer-songwriter Randy Newman. In addition, she’s played with New York based orchestras including Ensemble 212, Mimesis Ensemble, and The Chelsea Symphony of TV’s Mozart in the Jungle fame.
Ms. Mason can be heard on recordings including Music for a Golden Sky, Winds of a Higher Order, and Dreams and Achievements with the University of Illinois Wind Symphony. She recorded Augusta Read Thomas’ work Astral Canticle with the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Oedipe with Sinfonia da Camera.
Annie Lyle Mason holds master’s degrees in both Bassoon Performance and Contemporary Music from Louisiana State University and Manhattan School of Music respectively, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Illinois. Her teachers include Timothy McGovern, William Ludwig, Martin Kuuskmann, and Grant Gillett. She is currently studying for her Doctorate in Bassoon Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois and is Instructor of Bassoon at Eastern Illinois University.
Jenelle Orcherton is a in-demand educator, clinician and performer of classical and jazz serving the Champaign-Urbana and central Illinois area. She has participated in many national and international auditioned performing groups such as the National Collegiate Wind Ensemble performed at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Dr. H. Robert Reynold and the National Youth Band of Canada as principal tenor under the direction of Marvin Eckroth. She toured on Norwegian Cruise Lines as the woodwind specialist on alto and tenor saxophone, flute and clarinet in the showband playing with performers such as Elvie Rose, Jane Powell and Rudy Macaggi and many others.
Jenelle can be heard on her debut album, “Here to There”, released in 2010 and is also featured on the five album set Bumper Crop I-V, and the live Ellipse Quartet album.
Jenelle has studied, worked and performed with musicians such as Chip McNeill, Ron Bridgewater, Tito Carillo, Adam Nussbaum, Glen Gills, Mark Dejong, Troy Linsley, Dean McNeill, Steve Haines,Wayne Newton, Greg Gatien, Kelly Jefferson, and Mike Rud.
Jenelle has been teaching privately for over fifteen years to students of all ages and abilities on saxophone, flute and clarinet. She holds a B.Mus/B.Ed(Music Ed) and a M.Mus in Jazz Saxophone and has extensive experience in ensemble coaching, summer music camps, theory lessons, auditions and performance preparation in both classical and jazz.
Christopher M. Moors is the Manager of The Music Shoppe in Champaign & founder of The Music Shoppe Lesson Studios in Champaign. He is well known throughout the Central Illinois area as a performer, teacher, composer, and local TV/radio personality. In the central Illinois area he has performed with Danville Symphony (10 years), Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Sinfonia da Camera, Illinois Symphony, Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, Heartland Festival Orchestra, Prairie Ensemble, Candy Foster and the Shades of Blue, Tons O Fun Band, Sycamore Brass & his own jazz ensemble Cosmology.
His brass instructors include Dr. Paul Willwerth, Richard Illman, Dr. Mike Ewald, Ray Sasaki, and Dr. Thomas Wirtel. Moors has over 20 years experience teaching students of all age levels throughout Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois. He has a B.M.E. from Central Michigan University, a M.M. from Michigan State University, and served as graduate assistant at the University of Illinois while working on a D.M.A.
CD’s he appears on include: “Passages” in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Experimental Music Studios at the University of Illinois, “Sousa, El Capitan” by Sinfonia da Camera on the Zephyr label, and “Blue Shades” the music of Frank Ticheli by Michigan State University Wind Symphony.
Tyler Cornwall has been playing trumpet for the past 18 years, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Trumpet Performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Originally from Michigan, he also has bachelor’s degrees in Trumpet Performance and Instrumental Music Education from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. He is studying trumpet with Ronald Romm and has previously studied with Robert White and Scott Thornburg.
Tyler has covered a large variety of styles in performance including jazz bands, concert bands, symphony orchestras, brass quintets, and trumpet ensembles. Notable ensembles include the Western Michigan Symphonic Band, the University of Illinois Wind Symphony, and the Western Michigan Bronco Marching Band. His teaching experience includes intern teaching at the Harper Creek School District in Battle Creek, MI, where he worked with students from grades 4 through 12.
French Horn Lessons
Trombone & Low Brass Lessons
Tuba & Low Brass Lessons
Korrey Frichtl is a native of Champaign, having graduated from Edison Middle School and Centennial High School. He is currently pursuing a BM in Tuba Performance under the tutelage of Prof. Mark Moore. While at UIUC, Korrey has performed with many ensembles including the Illinois Wind Symphony, UI Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, UI Trombone Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Athletic Bands and the world famous Marching Illini. He can also be found performing around town with Sixth Street Brass.
During the summer of 2015, Korrey was a member of the Disneyland Resort All-American College Band, a program which accepts 21 college musicians from around the country each summer to perform for 11 weeks and work with Los Angeles’ top musicians. While in LA, Korrey performed and worked with musicians such as Wayne Bergeron, Sal Lazano, Jiggs Whigham, John Clayton, Ron Carter, Gregg Field, Steve Houghton, and Rex Richardson.
Orchestral String Teachers
Jessie has been an active Suzuki violin teacher for over 10 years. She has taught students of all ages and levels throughout Chicago and the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Jessie’s students have achieved distinction as concertmasters, principle players, and orchestral soloists in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. Her teaching style focuses on creative ways to make violin fun and often includes styles like fiddle, pop, and improvisation.
Jessie is an active performer and has played regularly with the Classical Symphony Orchestra, the American Chamber Opera Company, the Candid Concert Opera Company, the Northwestern Summer Orchestra, and many others. Jessie graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2009 with her Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance. Notable teachers include Motoi Takeda, David Taylor, and Laura Park Chen. Jessie resides in Champaign Illinois with her husband Brian and her sons Emmaus and Cana.
Cello & Bass Lessons
“I started cello lessons in the fifth grade in Danville, Illinois. When I was in eighth grade, I joined the Danville Symphony Orchestra. As a senior in high school, I performed the Golterman Cello Concerto. I was a member of the Danville Symphony Orchestra until I went away to college.
While at Eastern Illinois University, I earned my bachelors degree in music education. At Eastern, I prepared for teaching by taking lessons in viola, violin, and string bass. I performed bass in the college band and had an opportunity to play with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, Miliken University Orchestra, Vermilion String Quartet, and Danville Symphony Orchestra.
I moved to Champaign in 1986 to teach string/orchestra in various schools in Unit #4. For the past several years, I have been performing with Parkland College Orchestra and teaching privately. I enjoy teaching and performing equally. My students benefit from my experience as a performer and I will continue until I cannot do either.”
Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass
Mr. Chris Livesay was born and raised in Saline, MI and began playing the bass in fifth grade. He holds a degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Michigan. As a double bassist, he has performed with numerous regional orchestras, jazz ensembles, and pop groups.
Following his time at Michigan, Chris was an orchestra teacher at Lindbergh Schools in St. Louis, MO where he taught 4th-12th grade orchestra classes to students playing Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass. Additionally, he was the director of the Lindbergh High School Strolling Strings, a contemporary bluegrass ensemble, that played 20-25 shows locally and toured to Nashville, TN, Louisville, KY and Stirling, Scotland.
Chris is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Music Education at the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign. In his spare time, he enjoys composing, arranging, and running around campus.
Drum & Percussion Teachers
Drums and Percussion Lessons
Ron James started playing drums at age 8 and studied percussion throughout school, including a full scholarship at the NAU School of Music. He has been teaching and playing professionally in Arizona for over 25 years in addition to touring Europe, Asia, and the U.S. with all styles of bands. Ron brings his experience and education into the drum studio, teaching every style imaginable while never forgetting the basics that helped him get to where he is today.
Ron encourages students to bring in music they want to learn and he will play along with them on bass or guitar to get real experience working with other musicians. From jazz to rock, drum line, classical percussion and more, Mr. James teaches with professionalism while keeping a relaxed atmosphere.
Countertenor, Landon Westerfield is pursuing doctorate in vocal performance and literature University of Illinois studying with Professor Yvonne Redman. He completed a masters in choral conducting and vocal performance at Illinois State University, studying with Dr. Justin Vickers and Dr. Karyl Carlson. He received his undergraduate degree from Eastern Kentucky University in performance and music education with an emphasis in voice and piano. His operatic roles include Oberon in Britten’s Midsummers Nights Dream, Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Romeo in Bellini’s I Capuleti ei Montecchi, and Cherubino in Mozart’s The Marriage Of Figaro. As an oratorio soloist he has sung Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Faure’s Requiem, Haydn’s Missa Brevis St Joannis de Deo and Paukenmesse, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Handel’s Messiah.