Drum Teachers at Family Piano Co

Mick Archer

Teaches: Piano, Guitar, Bass, Voice, Drums

A professional musician since the age of 13, Mick Archer loves to get his students performing at their best. Whether it’s preparing students to perform “dueling piano” pieces, showing them traditional Irish guitar pieces in a DADGAD tuning, correcting their rudiments on a 5-piece drum set, or giving vocal instruction for theatre productions, Mick has an impressively deep musical background. Because his classical training at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago wasn’t challenging enough, Mick taught himself a wide range of musical styles and instruments before getting his Bachelors in Music & English at the University of Illinois Chicago. He has recently gone back to school for a Masters in Musical Liturgy, to study different styles of religious music from around the world.

His teaching experience is also far-reaching – not only has he been on the faculty of the legendary Old Town School of Folk Music for many years, but also at the City Colleges of Chicago, Guitar Center, School of Rock – Highwood, and the Irish American Heritage Center of Chicago. He’s taught classrooms of kids at Northside Catholic Academy, Most Blessed Trinity Academy, and Mary Seat of Wisdom. He also teaches percussion workshops through a fun & exciting “Mystic Drumz” program.

As a performer, Mick has wowed audiences in Japan, Holland, Germany, Ireland, England, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Finland and Norway. He’s gotten national radio play from multiple songs off his 4 albums of original music. As an opening act, he’s worked with Ray Charles, Jay Leno, Styx and more. He currently performs with his Dueling Pianos act, Blues 88 piano band, Chicago Rovers band (with violinist Edgar Gabriel), and the Mick Archer Trio.

 

Davarrius Wilson

Teaches: Piano, Drums, Organ

Born and raised in Waukegan, Davarrius Wilson is an impressively talented church musician, on piano, organ, and drums. He won 1st Prize at Lake County’s Got Talent, was the Music Director at Waukegan Community Church, and is currently part of the engaged music team at Christian Faith Fellowship Church. He has studied music at Trinity University and at CLC, under the direction of Michael Flack. He was the music teacher at Lions Math & Science Christian Academy and has shown real promise in teaching students of all ages. He loves keeping kids excited about music and out of trouble, since music has been such an important part of his life growing up.

 

Melanie Donker

Teaches: Piano, Drums – WAITLIST ONLY

Since 2013, Melanie has been helping students have fun & succeed as musicians. Growing up in a musical family, Melanie discovered her love for music at a young age, having played piano since age 6, and drums at age 13. She has been an avid member of her church worship team for the past 10 years, and has studied music at College of Lake County and Trinity University.  She is passionate about teaching her students to deepen their love and appreciation for music through a thorough knowledge of theory and technique, while also encouraging them to have fun and express themselves through music.  She connects well with students of all ages and learning styles, and has proven to be an enthusiastic and articulate teacher.

 

 

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