Voice Teachers at Family Piano Co

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.

 

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.

 

Jessica Brown

Teaches: Voice/Singing, Ukulele

Jessica has played with a wide range of musicians across Chicagoland. With over 2.3 million fans on her facebook page, Jessica has ranked #1 on Reverbnation’s Chicago, National, Global Pop Charts and was awarded RAW Chicago’s “Musician of the Year” in 2013. She has been training as a singer since a young age, including at Columbia College, which she got her bachelor’s. A resident of Pleasant Prairie, she loves teaching students of all ages, with extensive experience teaching children under 5.

 

 

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.

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.

 

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