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Begin Your Journey as a Musician


Larry Harris has been studying and learning about the art of piano for over 45 years! He studied at both DePaul University and University of Kentucky with an emphasis on jazz piano. He has been performing around the midwestern jazz scene for many years, both as a soloist and in jazz combos. Students who come […]

Ed has spent his entire career in music! He was a founding member of The Insiders, whose late-80’s hit “Ghost On The Beach” still plays on the legendary WXRT-FM. He has also been a member of Chicago’s longest-running Irish band The Dooley’s for 25 years! Through the years, Ed has maintained a strong commitment to […]

Brian Tredup

Bass, Mandolin, Guitar & Ukulele

Brian’s musical journey began at the age of 10 playing trumpet in the grade school band. However, it wasn’t long before the trumpet was put down in favor of the guitar, which proved a much better fit for a 13-year-old Brian. Following private lessons with numerous instructors, and obtaining a degree in music performance from […]

Ken Mandat

Guitar & Bass

Ken has over 15 years of experience as a guitar teacher at Hix Brothers Music School. He started playing guitar at the age of 8 years old, and took 10 years of private instruction. He also studied music and guitar performance at Triton College and Musician’s Institute in California. He is a professional instructor, songwriter […]