Piano Teachers at Family Piano Co

Jonathan Cruz

Teaches: Piano, Music Theory – *Se ofrecen clases en español

Jonathan is a frequent composer and songwriter, currently working on recording an album. He has worked with private students over the years, before bringing his expertise to Family Piano Co. He currently works for Round Lake schools.

Education – Jonathan studied Piano Composition and Spanish at Millikin University, in Decateur IL. He also studied abroad in Mexico at BUAP University, which has a strong music program.

Performance – Jonathan frequently performs for events like weddings in the local area, often bringing his own equipment, to get just the right sound. He has worked as an accompanist, a demanding and skilled job of sight-reading complicated music in conjunction with an another musician.

 

Melanie Donker

Teaches: Piano, Drums

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.

 

 

Elizabeth Vaughan

Teaches: Piano, Voice, Violin, Viola

 Elizabeth Vaughan is an active performer and teacher in the Chicago area. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Lawrence University and worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistantship for the piano department at University of Tennessee-Knoxville. As a pianist, she has won numerous competition, including 1st place honors at the MTNA Young Artist competition in the states of Tennessee and Wisconsin, and has performed concertos with both the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra and University of Tennessee Symphony Orchestra. As a singer, Elizabeth has performed in leading opera roles at Lawrence University and was a second place finalist twice at the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition. In addition to solo performances, Elizabeth has worked as a church accompanist, singer, and vocal coach during her studies at Lawrence and University of Tennessee. She also performs occasionally as a violinist/violist for weddings and other events.

Elizabeth has a passion for teaching classical and contemporary music and enjoys working with children
of all ages. She is currently living in Vernon Hills with her husband, a cellist, and their twin daughters.

Daniel Gomez

Teaches: Piano, Guitar, Bass *Se ofrecen clases en español

Hailing from Peru, Daniel is not only a master of Latin Folklore, but also Flamenco, classical, jazz and contemporary music. He has a Bachelor in Guitar Performance from Northeastern University and a Masters in Guitar Performance with distinction from DePaul University. He has won scholarships based on performance in both Universities. He has performed at: Midwest Guitar Festival, DePaul- Northwestern-Northeastern Guitar Festival, Looptopia, Chicago World music Festival, Junta Hispania Latino Festival. He has contributed to 3 separate Latin music albums. He is an articulate and experienced teacher.

Roxanne Swanson

Teaches: Piano, Violin

Roxanne is a veteran private music instructor, with over 20 years of experience teaching all ranges in age and ability. She plays first violin with the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra, and the Lake Forest Civic Orchestra. She uses tried-and-true, time-tested teaching methods to develop a solid knowledge base, and technique refinement for outstanding musicianship and artistry in her students.

 

Kate Mathey

Teaches: Piano, Music Theory *Can Teach in Russian

Kate has attended the School of Music in Moscow, Russia and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from North Central College in Naperville Il. Kate’s musical achievements include running her own studio, teaching early childhood music at Old School Montessori in Grayslake Il, as well as participating in the Naperville Chorus. Kate has also worked with assisting adults with disabilities in recreational activities at the Special Recreation Association of Central Lake County . Kate speaks Russian  and brings with her a well rounded world of experience to assist  in developing the musical curiosities of future students. She focuses on In-Home lessons in the Grayslake / Gurnee / Libertyville area.

 

Jeni Schellenberg

Teaches: Piano, Voice, Clarinet

A skilled vocalist, Jeni brings with her a Masters of Music in Education from VanderCook College of Music and a Bachelors of Arts in Primary and Secondary Education from Northeastern Illinois University, both with a concentration on vocal music. Kind and understanding, Jeni has over 13 years of a wide range of teaching experience, especially children in kindergarten through 5th grade and those with special needs.

 

Darryl Purvis

Teaches: Piano, Drums

Darryl is one of our first and most popular teachers, has been teaching piano for over 10 years, and drums for 12. A church pianist for the past 15 years and dedicated family man (with many adopted children!), Darryl connects with students of all ages and backgrounds. A resident of Zion, Darryl has played a wide variety of styles, and is very adept at teaching students to play by ear, as well as through reading formal music.

 

Andrew Johnson

Teaches: Piano, Voice, Saxophone

 Andrew studied piano at the Zion Conservatory of Music and went on to study voice and piano at Carthage College. There he completed his degree in vocal performance, studying under Gregory Berg and Klaus Georg. He is currently working to finish a degree in piano pedagogy, studying under Jane Mac Alla-Livingston. A resident of Winthrop Harbor, he is currently serving as a member and has been a soloist for the Master Singers of Milwaukee, under the direction of Eduardo Garcia-Novelli. He is currently a member of the Musici Amici, directed by Gregory Berg. He is also currently singing and has been a soloist with the Milwaukee Chamber Choir. In the fall of 2010, Andrew Johnson was a National Association of Teachers of Singing semifinalist in Wisconsin’s adult category.

 

Natsha Siri

Teaches: Piano, Cello, Flute – WAITLIST ONLY

 Natsha (pronounced like “Gotcha!”) graduated from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a B.A. in Ethnomusicology and World Music studies. During her time at UCLA, she has performed a variety of non-western instruments with the Chinese music ensemble, Balinese Gamelan ensemble, Irish ensemble, Near East music ensemble, and the Thai Classical Orchestra at Wat Thai (Thai temple of Los Angeles).She is also an accomplished pianist, and with many years of experience playing cello, flute, and trombone, Natsha enjoys sharing her passion with students of all ages.

 

Dennis Mellen

Teaches: Piano, Music Theory WAITLIST ONLY

Dennis started playing piano by ear at 8 years old and after graduating from high school, Dennis became a member of the Air Force Bands for 11 years. During this time he was involved with performances for Presidents Ford, Carter, and Reagan. Upon leaving the Air Force, Dennis played extensively in Anchorage, Alaska and Phoenix, Arizona, which led to extensive TV, radio, and studio recording performances. Dennis went on to become one of the most consistently working musicians in Las Vegas for over 25 years. Despite his success, Dennis has been a dedicated teacher throughout his career, bringing a real-world sensibility into the lesson studio. Dennis returned home to Gurnee to be closer to family. You can read more on his website.

 

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