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John Vizintos

John Vizintos - Electric & String Bass

John is a graduate of Western Illinois University where he earned his Bachelor’s of Music in Music Business in 2016. During his time at Western, he served as the principal bass player for the Western Illinois Symphony Orchestra. He has studied in the studios of Dr. Phillip W. Serna, Virginia Dixon, Rich Armandi, Ken Haebich, and Matt Hughes. He also has performed with the College of DuPage Symphony Orchestra, the Elmhurst College Philharmonic, the Salt Creek Sinfonietta, Sinfonietta Bel Canto, the Fox Valley Symphony, and Western Illinois Chamber Orchestra. He has also been involved in numerous jazz engagements in the Macomb, Illinois area. John has teaching experience with beginning to intermediate students. He is experienced in both classical and jazz bass playing on both the upright and electric basses. A strong focus on fundamental techniques and enjoyable music keeps students progressing at a steady rate. Maintaining excitement about the instrument is key to John’s approach to teaching the bass.

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Days Available: Thursdays

Price per lesson: $26.00

Accepts ages: 5+

Scott Johnston

Scott Johnston - Classical, Acoustic, and Electric Guitar

Scott Johnston is an experienced guitar performer and instructor, and has been teaching guitar since 1989. He studied Classical Guitar Performance with Christopher Parkening, William Kanengiser, Scott Tennant and Raymond Mueller and at the University of Southern California. Scott has had performance and instructor experience at the Betty Haag Institute and served as classical guitar professor at the College of DuPage and Wheaton College. Scott teaches all styles of guitar, from classical to jazz to folk to metal, with classical guitar as a specialty. Whether you want to study electric, acoustic, or classical guitar, Scott's well-rounded skills can help any player of any age or skill level. Sign up for lessons with Scott today!

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Days Available: Wednesdays & Thursdays

Price per lesson: $26.00

Accepts ages: 5+

Brandon Thies

Brandon Thies - Electric & Acoustic Guitar

Brandon has 8 years private teaching experience. He can teach classical, jazz, rock, and blues style guitar as well as acoustic or electric guitar. Brandon currently plays at venues such as weddings, restaurants, clubs, and has played in show bands on cruise ships. Brandon attended DePaul University and Roosevelt University with an emphasis in Jazz Studies.

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Days available: Saturdays

Price per lesson: $25.00

Accepts ages: 5+

Brian Hasenjaeger

Brian Hasenjaeger - Electric & Acoustic Guitar

Brian has over 30 years of playing experience and 10 years of teaching experience. His approach to teaching guitar is a unique and inspiring way to further musical aspirations. Lessons are customized to help each student with his or her specific interests and goals. Brian works well with all skill levels, from beginner to advanced, and enjoys working with all ages. Being a stay at home dad for his daughters has given him valuable insight for teaching the youngest of beginners. Brian studied guitar with Troy Burzawa for three years, with Robert Baglione for two years, and took music theory classes at Joliet Junior College. He has also attended seminars and clinics by some of the world's foremost musicians, including Shawn Lane, Greg Howe, Guthrie Govan, Andy Timmons, Paul Gilbert, Brett Garsed, Scott Henderson, and Robben Ford, as well as many others. In 1987, Brian was a finalist in Chicago's Best Guitarist contest, which led to him forming a band with recording artist John Hunter of The Hounds. More recently, he was the Naperville store champion in GC's 2010 "King of the Blues" contest. In addition to teaching and live performance, Brian's guitar work is featured on several recordings, such as Light Silver Automatic's CD, "The Electric Record". He is currently writing and recording a CD of his own.

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Days available: Mondays & Thursdays

Price per lesson: $24.00

Accepts ages: 7+

Dave Benziger

Dave Benziger - Electric & Acoustic Guitar

Dave has been playing for nearly 30 years and teaching for over 20. He has solid foundations in rock, pop, funk, blues and R&B. He also teaches basic jazz and classical guitar. Dave has 23 years of experience as a working musician. He has worked with artists such as World Class Notice, Bert Cattoni, The Dustin Parker Band and more. He has played everything from local clubs, bars and restaurants, to Navy Pier, Taste of Chicago and hundreds of summerfests including an opening spot for Foreigner (in front of 4,500 people). He has written, produced, and recorded four solo albums and has contributed to many other albums throughout his career. Dave attended the American Conservatory for Music in Chicago for Jazz Guitar Combo (1 semester).

In August of 2009, the staff of Guitar Player Magazine selected Dave to be one of the Top 10 finalists in the magazine's "Guitar Superstar Competition 2009".

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Days available: Wednesdays & Saturdays

Price per lesson: $30.00

Accepts ages: 10+

Kevin Presbrey

Kevin Presbrey - Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Ukulele

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Got Ukulele? You've come to the right place! Kevin Presbrey has been teaching guitar (private and group instruction) for over ten years to students of all ages and skill levels, and in the last two years expanded into the wonderful world of Ukulele. As you'll find out for yourself, the Uke is more than just a cool little miniature instrument with nylon strings, it's a way of life! To go along with his teaching experience, Kevin has a great deal of performance and music business background. The acoustic rock band Kevin founded in 2003, Painkiller Hotel, has tasted a great deal of success over the last several years, touring throughout the United States, and opening up for national acts such as Train, Sister Hazel, Tonic & The Doobie Brothers. In addition, several of his original songs, which were recorded with members of 3 Doors Down, have been licensed on MTV, VH1, and USA television shows including Real World, The Hills and Road Rules. They also gained the attention of Chicago radio, appearing on 93 WXRT, Q101 & 101.9 The Mix. Pretty cool right? With teaching, performance, and songwriting experience, Kevin not only offers a heck of a lesson, but also provides guidance in the music industry for up and coming musicians looking to make a career in music. If you're looking to broaden your horizons and explore the coolest little instrument on the planet, sign up today and join the Uke Movement! Break it out, and you'll be the talk of your next backyard party.

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Days Available: Mondays & Tuesdays

Price per lesson: $26.00

Accepts ages: 7+