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Fred Cantu

Fred Cantu - Trumpet, Trombone, & French Horn

Fred taught as a band director for 6 years and has been teaching private lessons for over 20 years. He has the ability to teach many styles of music from classical to jazz as well as being able to teach all brass instruments. Fred has been the lead trumpet player for: The 911 Mambo Orchestra (Grammy nominated), Willie Wilson Orchestra, WGN TV show Singsation, Selena, Chuchito Valdez, Peter Hennis Orchestra, and Trent Carlini. Fred has studied at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Roosevelt University, and has studied with Roger Ingram and Rob Parton.

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Days available: Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Price per lesson: $26.00

Accepts ages: 8+

Robert Murphy

Robert Murphy - French Horn

Mr. Murphy is a long resident of St. Charles, Illinois. He maintains a French Horn and brass instruction studio in the Fox Valley since the early 1980's. He works with beginning students through high school as well as college and adult musicians. Active as a performer, Mr. Murphy is a full time member of the Rockford Symphony Horn Section, performs in chamber music as well as a member of the Baker Brass Ensemble, a professional brass group at St. Charles Baker Memorial United Methodist Church and director of the Chancel Bell Choir there too.

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Days available: Mondays

Price per lesson: $26.00

Accepts ages: 8+

David Murray

David Murray - Trumpet

David has been a practicing and performing trumpeter for the past 16 years and counting. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from Northern Illinois University where he focused on all aspects of trumpet performance from solo literature to various chamber and large ensemble groups. David has studied with Professors John Fairfield and Mark Ponzo while at Northern and Mike Brozick of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. He can be heard performing with the Dekalb Municipal Band during their summer season and occasionally serves as substitute trumpet for the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

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Days available: Mondays & Thursdays

Price per lesson: $25.00

Accepts ages: 8+

Joanne Diebold

Joanne Diebold - Flute

Joanne has had the privilege of performing as a professional flutist for over 30 years, performing as a guest flutist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, pit orchestra for Chicago Theater, chamber music with Chicago Symphony Quintet as well as working with many of the finest musicians in the city and abroad. Joanne has extensive experience in the recording industry, working with many talented guest artists recording jingles as well as working in the studios in Nashville, TN. Her training includes a Bachelors of Music from Eastern Illinois University. She was also one of 13 performers chosen to perform on Donald Peck's master class at Depaul University. Joanne studied privately with Donald Peck and Richard Graef, both of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.Joanne has been teaching private flute lessons for over 33 years.

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Days available: Wednesdays & Thursdays

Price per lesson: $26.00

Accepts ages: 5+

Lee Rodriguez

Lee Rodriguez - Saxophone & Clarinet

Lee has over 30 years of teaching experience. He is able to teach both classical and jazz styles on saxophone and clarinet. Lee has performed as a freelance musician. He performed the National Anthem at the 1982 World Series and was a member of the Jungle Dogs Band and Larry Williams' Blues Band. He has also performed with the College of DuPage Jazz Ensemble. Lee studied at Southern Illinois University in Jazz Performance and Improvisation. He studied with Dr. Robert Allison, Dr. Eric Mandat, Harold Miller, Buddy Rogers and Clayton Schorie.

Joel Moore

Joel Moore - Saxophone & Clarinet

Joel has 20 years of playing and teaching experience. He is currently the instructor of Applied Jazz Saxophone at Lewis University and on faculty at Prairie State University and Benedictine University. He has performed with artists such as: Arturo Sandoval, Eddie Daniels, Jim Snidero, and Maynard Ferguson. Joel has a BS in Media Communications with a minor in Music from Western Illinois University and a Masters of Music in Jazz Pedagogy from Berklee College of Music Boston Conservatory. He has studied privately with Bill Pierce, Bob Berg, and Rick Margitza.

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Days available: Thursdays & Saturdays

Price per lesson: $23.00

Accepts ages: 8+

Susan Rodriguez

Susan Rodriguez - Flute

Susan has over 10 years of private teaching experience. She also teaches General Music classes and has taught band in the past. Susan has been a member of the Fox Valley Concert Band and performed with many instrumental groups at the University of Illinois. She was featured on one of the tracks on Eric Jackson's CD. She has a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Illinois.

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Days available: Tuesdays

Price per lesson: $23.00

Accepts ages: 8-18

Drenda Schmidt

Drenda Smith - Flute

Drenda has 20 years private teaching experience and is currently the band director at Indian Creek Middle School where she teaches grades 5-8. Drenda is also a member of the National Flute Association. She has been a member of the Naperville Municipal Band (1983-1995), Grace United Methodist Church flute choir, North Central College flute choir, and also performs at weddings. Drenda has a BA in Music Education from Western Illinois University.

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Days available: Saturdays

Price per lesson: $25.00

Accepts ages: 10-18

Laurie Lawson

Laurie Lawson - All Band Instruments

Laurie has been teaching elementary band, choir, general music, and middle school band at various schools around Chicagoland for 10 years. She has directed flute and clarinet choirs and has taught jazz band as well. Laurie has been performing with the Wheaton Municipal Band since 2002 and the Murphy-Roche Irish Music Club since 2004. She has previously performed with the Chicago Classical Symphony Orchestra, and DePaul University's Wind Symphony, Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble. Laurie has a Bachelor of Music with a double major in Music Education and Flute Performance from DePaul University. She also has her Teaching Certificate for grades K-12 in Music.

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Days available: Wednesdays

Price per lesson: $23.00

Accepts ages: 8+

Mike Orenic

Mike Orenic - Trombone, Euphonium & Tuba

Mike has been teaching private lessons since 1980. He has performed with the Joliet American Legion Band, Cathedral of St. Raymond Brass Ensemble, and is a founding member of the Fortress Brass Quintet and Joliet Junior College Community Band. He has performed at many churches and summer music festivals around the area. Mike has a Bachelor of Music Education from St. Francis University in Joliet and is working toward a graduate degree in Music Education from Illinois State University.

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Days available: Mondays & Thursdays

Price per lesson: $22.00

Accepts ages: 9-21