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Alex Bracy

Alex Bracy

Guitar

Alex studied jazz and classical music at Harper College for two years and received an Associates in Fine Arts Music degree. He is a licensed sound engineer. Within the last five years,

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Sean Carolan

Sean Carolan

Bass Guitar, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Strings, Banjo, Mandolin

Since beginning the study of guitar, bass guitar and cello in 2005, Sean Carolan quickly developed his skills to become a working musician, performing throughout the Chicagoland area. He has performed in

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Luke Chandler

Luke Chandler

Piano, Guitar, Trumpet

Luke Chandler received his BA in Music in 2006 from his hometown’s University of Texas at San Antonio and his MA in Music Therapy at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. He comes

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Jeff Decker

Jeff Decker

Percussion, Drums

Jeff believes the vast amount of experience he has makes him a better teacher. He has written three of his own method books which he uses in teaching. His philosophy concerning teaching is that

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Nanae Fujiwara

Nanae Fujiwara

Guitar (Classical)

A semi-finalist in the 2013 Wilson Center Guitar Competition, Nanae Fujiwara received her associate’s degree in Music from William Rainey Harper College. While studying with Steve Vazquez, Nanae first learned how to

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Rick Jordan

Rick Jordan

Brass

For more than 20 years, Rick Jordan has been performing as a live and session, freelance trumpet artist. Rick attended Colorado State University where he studied trumpet under the acclaimed Dr. Jacob

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Steve Kaiser

Steve Kaiser

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin, Piano

For nearly a decade, Steve Kaiser has enjoyed working with students of all ages, skill levels, and musical interests. As an instructor, he is committed to helping each student reach his or

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Steve Kidera

Steve Kidera

Woodwinds, Piano

Steven Kidera graduated from Elmhurst College with a double major in Jazz Studies and Music Composition. He studied saxophone with Chicago jazz saxophonist Mark Colby as well as classical saxophonist Roger Birkeland.

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Jenny Laabs

Jenny Laabs

Piano, Brass

Jenny Laabs is a talented and versatile musician and educator. She received her bachelor of Music Education degree in 1984 from Concordia University in River Forest, IL. Jenny was the grade school

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Luke Lykken

Luke Lykken

Strings, Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Upright Bass

I was a music teacher at Karnes Music, teaching all stringed instruments for 24 years. I also taught music at Palatine Music for 32 years, and El -Rey Music for 20 years. I

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Ashley Lynd

Ashley Lynd

Piano, Voice

Ashley Lynd ​ has taught performing arts in the North suburbs for over 18 years, including at New Trier’s Performing Arts Summer Workshop, Edgewood Middle School, Wilmette Children’s Theatre, Northlight Theater’s Summer

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John Monaco

John Monaco

Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Violin

I have always had a passion for music since I could remember. When my family and I moved to Chicago from New York I started playing guitar. Ever since then I’ve had

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Wally Parchomenko

Wally Parchomenko

Woodwinds

Wally Parchomenko graduated from Sherwood Music Conservatory/University of Chicago in June 1968 in Chicago, IL. He earned his bachelors in Music Education and clarinet performance as a minor. During his four years

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Brad Schlueter

Brad Schlueter

Percussion, Drums

Brad Schlueter is a professional drummer and plays regularly with several Corporate Event/Wedding bands, Jazz groups, high-energy Party Rock bands, Live Karaoke bands and Praise and Worship bands. Brad has taught private

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Bob Thompson

Bob Thompson

Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Piano

Bob Thompson’s first musical experience was in his early teens when he decided to take guitar lessons. He developed basic fundamentals in music theory by learning to play songs and then analyzing

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Saori Tomura

Saori Tomura

Piano, Woodwinds (Flute), Voice

Mrs. Tomura, born in Japan, started taking piano and percussion lessons at the age of 3. At age 8, she became a finalist in the Yamaha Youth Piano Competition, and by age 9,

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Laura Vandercar

Laura Vandercar

Violin, Viola, Piano

Laura Vandercar has over 20 years of teaching experience. She taught at Palatine Music Center for 19 years and is now pleased to join The Music Room in Palatine. Her teaching style

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Jurgen Shira

Jurgen Shira

Piano

Jurgen Shira is an accomplished pianist, teacher, composer, and producer who comes from a musical family. Starting from the age of 6, he was caught up in a life-long romance with music,

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