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!
Flute, Oboe, Sax Lessons
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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.
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!
Trombone & Low Brass Lessons
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
Lessons for Fretted Instruments & Orchestral Strings
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.
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!
Guitar, Bass & Uke Lessons
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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 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.
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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.
If you are interested in teaching at The Music Shoppe of Springfield, submit your resume on our career page!