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Our Music Source Teachers
Musicians serving Musicians
Paulie Felice- Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin
Paulie is a full-time professional musician and a certified guitar instructor with the SDML Academy of Guitar, headquartered in Lexington KY. He moved here in June of 2014 to launch the Chicago branch of the academy and explore performance and recording opportunities in the area. Paulie began teaching in 2006 and has enrolled over 200 students in that time.
With students of all abilities ranging from age 6 to 70 and up, many have achieved a variety of successes in virtually all styles of music – rock, folk, pop, country, metal, bluegrass, jazz, blues, etc. Some simply enjoy a new pastime, while others fulfill dreams of playing music professionally in bands, songwriting, performance, recording, and other areas in the industry.
Whatever you want to be able to do on guitar, Paulie specializes in getting you there as quickly as possible by way of maximized efficiency and economy in learning and play. There are no books to buy and no “required learning.” Everything that is taught is for a specific reason and connected to something you already know. As a result, most every student exceeds his or her goals and is pleasantly surprised to see results beyond what they would have thought possible, while having fun and looking forward to playing.
Laura Murphy - Vocal & Piano Instructor
Laura Murphy has performed professionally with the prestigious Lyric Opera of Chicago. She understudied numerous apprentice roles and performed with the Lyric Opera Chorus. She has performed major operatic roles including: Carmen, Madam Butterfly, and Rigoletto. She received her B.M. in vocal performance at the University of Illinois. She has studied with Lydia Veazie, Francis Crawford, Eric Dalheim, Norman Gulbrandsen and Diane White. As a teacher, Ms. Murphy's primary focus is teaching singers to sing with a Bel Canto technique. Bel canto literally means, beautiful singing. lt is a term used to describe all Italian singing, but in particular the light, bright quality. She helps fulfill the needs of talented young singers who are striving to obtain the skills and technique that will enable them to perform well and build confidence. She enjoys teaching voice students of all levels. Ms. Murphy has the ability to communicate with people of all ages whether it be teaching, acting, singing or performing.
Michelle McManus Welch - Violin Instructor
Michelle McManus Welch received a B.M and M.M from American Conservatory in Chicago. While in college, she played with Civic Orchestra of Chicago, as well as many other ensembles in the area. She continued to perform after college, and played in the Northwest Indiana symphony for a year, as she began to teach. Ms. Welch has registered eight units of Suzuki training with the Suzuki association of the Americas, and has been teaching both traditional and Suzuki violin lessons to both children and adults for over twenty years. She feels a solid foundation in music reading and technique is important to the development of all violinists, and hopes to foster a love of music with supplemental materials that suit each individual musician.
Tony Divozzo- Drum & Percussion Instructor
Tony teaches percussion & drumset, marching band, and bells. Tony's experience drumming started very early! Born into a family of musicians, Tony's home was filled with the sounds of Jazz, Big Band, R&B and even Rock 'n Roll 24/7. Tony started drumming around 2 years old, and before long found himself on stage playing the maracas in his dad's band. Tony remembers watching the drummer during each number, and realized then that he too wanted to be a drummer! Tony played all through school, every chance he could, and showed skills beyond his years, both playing skills and reading music. He attended music camps and brought home 27 1st place medals before 9th grade! In 9th grade he attended Interlocken Camp where the best of the best from around the world would meet and play music. Tony played in the Jazz Band and Marching Bands all through high school which prepared him well for his next assignment: The Navy!
Tony was in the Navy for 10 years. He was stationed in Pearl Harbor for 5 years and at Great Lakes in Illinois for 5 years. His primary responsibility was drumming in the prestigious Navy Band. The Navy Band is more than a marching band, they are also a concert band, jazz band, rock 'n roll band, etc., so Tony was able to keep well versed in various styles - something he still does today.
Tony has been teaching private lessons non-stop since 1989, and much of that time has been here at Music Source. Tony has helped thousands of percussion students become accomplished and successful. Drummers, be sure to watch for Tony's free drum clinics held here at Music Source. Check out Tony's Teacher Page to find out more about the many bands he's played in, past recordings, a drum book he wrote, and his own band now: Stone Black/Stone Blue.
A family man, Tony loves to cook pasta and makes his own pasta sauce when at home. He loves Big Band Swing: 1940 to present, and is the author of "The Snare Drum Book, The Basic 26". As busy as he is, Tony always finds time to play for his own enjoyment and plays weekly at his local Church.
Tyler Hanson- Guitar & Ukulele Instructor
Tyler has been playing guitar for 17 years and has been teaching for the last 8 years in Lake and McHenry Counties. He has been with Music Source for 7 years now and teaches guitar, lap steel, and ukulele to all levels of students from beginner to advanced. While Tyler teaches all styles of music, he specializes in classical guitar playing and teaching such favorites as J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Tarrega, and Fernando Sor, all arranged for the guitar by Tyler. Kids love Tyler and appreciate his patience.
Jason McNeill- Piano Instructor
Jason is a professional musician who has perfected the art of teaching for all ages and levels. A classically-trained pianist who grew up in a professional musician's household, Jason's been playing for 27 years and believes in starting kids young. While Blues and Jazz are personal favorites, Jason teaches all styles of piano including Gospel, Rock, Contemporary and New Age styles. We've been very fortunate to have Jason teaching here at Music Source for the past 16 years as he has shown that he can consistently develop students whether they start off as beginners or come to Jason as advanced students wanting to broaden their skills.
Chris Ray- Bass Instructor
Chris teaches all styles of bass. Chris is a a very talented teacher who currently teaches private lessons at both College of Lake County and McHenry County College. He graduated in 1984 with honors from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music with a B.S. in Performance on String Bass. While there, he studied bass with Harold Miller who has played nationally for entertainers such as Bob Hope, Mickey Rooney and the Drifters. He also studied with renouned educator Reggie Willis. He graduated with honors from DePaul University with a Master of Music in Performance on String Bass. While there, Chris studied bass with jazz bassist Kelly Sill.
Chris has played bass for several professional recordings, performances and CD's including a new release scheduled for early 2011.
Cyndi Salata- Trumpet, French Horn, & Flute Instructor
Cyndi specializes in both brass and woodwind instruments, teaches flute, trumpet, french horn and recorder. She offers instruction in basic technical and rhythmic skills with a focus on classical, jazz and commercial styles. Cyndi adheres to basics and fundamentals and has the solo awards and honors to attest to their value.
Cyndi has played several roles throughout her musical journey. She received a full scholarship to the Interlochen Arts Academy at age 16, graduated among the highest ranked chairs, and was one of the few freshman to get into both the premier wind ensemble and top jazz band at the University of Iowa. She was also a finalist for the Washington D.C. Navy band at just 20 years old. Other notable accomplishments include regular membership in the Dixieland band at Six Flags Great America, a five year run as principle cornet with the Illinois Brass Band (including 8 solo awards in both the technical and slow melody categories at the North American Brass Band competitions), a successfull audition with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as a jazz/commercial trumpeter, and being a finalist for the US Army band's "Pershing's Own" in Washington D.C. She also has several other local, nation and international solo awards on all three instruments. Cyndi describes one of her most memorable "wow" moments as when she heard her flute and trumpet solos being aired over local radio in 2008!In 2012 Cyndi made her Carnegie Hall debut as the first place winner in the amateur division of an international flute solo competition. Not afraid to rise to a challenge, just one year later she competed again in a different international arena, earning a 2nd place and yet another opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall. This competition was open to all musical genres and instruments - including voice - and both amateur and professional musicians. Cyndi was not only the lone wind player to get above a 3rd place, but did it on flute, French horn, and trumpet while performing her own arrangement of the Carnival of Venice! Cyndi feels that if there isn't a piece written for all three instruments to be performed by one person, why not write it yourself?
When not competing, performing or teaching music, Cyndi likes to create and compete using other art media including ceramics, jewelry, candles, cake decoration, and whatever else she decides to invent. Seeing variety as the spice of life, Cyndi also has a black belt in Taekwondo and is an internationally published photographer.
Todd Steffenhagen- Guitar & Bass Instructor
Todd teaches bass and guitar, with a specialty in guitar. He is very comfortable with all age groups and is proficient in teaching Rock, Funk, Blues, Country and Reggae.
Todd is a classically trained professional musician and learned all the basics at an early age. He's been performing with live bands for 17 years, including gigs at U.S. Cellular Field and fun venues like Milwaukee County Fair, Lake County Fairgrounds, McHenry County and Southeastern Wisconsin festivals and fairs!
Todd has a real passion for songwriting and devotes time to that in addition to his own band NoOneSouldier which performs his original songs. NoOneSouldier has gigs lined up from Kenosha Wisconin to Lake County, Illinois, in addition, Todd also plays with Old Brown Shoes which is known for Blues and Soul music.
When Todd isn't playing, teaching or writing songs, Todd loves watching other live bands or curling up with a good set of headphones.
Elias Olsen- Piano Instructor
Elias Olson lives and breathes music. He immerses himself in his lessons so profoundly that his students cannot avoid being swept up in his passion and enthusiasm. He believes that each student is unique and he develops their lessons according to their personal strengths and aspirations. Elias teaches, inspires and motivates in a manner that is always a positive experience. Elias has studied classical piano since he was four years old, and he received a scholarship to attend the Music Institute of Chicago in Winnetka when he was seven years old. Elias has studied Jazz and preformed with several Jazz ensembles throughout his career. He also sings and composes and several of the pieces he’s written have been used in national television commercials as well as on corporate websites. Elias is interested in all types of music, and he says that he will never stop learning. His interactions with people are the highlight of his existence and he feels that he gets as much from his students as they receive from him.
Dan Settle- Guitar Instructor
Dan Settle began learning how to play guitar when he was 10 years old with metal as an influence. After a while he began to broaden his skills by branching out to many genres like: Country, Rock, Classical, Jazz, and Funk. Dan is a veteran of MusicSource and has been a part of the store for many years. He took guitar lessons here and played many recitals with his own compositions in his youth. Since then he has continued to expand his playing abilities and taught himself new instruments such as: banjo, bass, and the ukulele. Dan has played in a few local bands (“Impressions” and “A Dying Ultimatum”). Dan also works on his own solo compositions and plays locally as a Country singer and guitar player. He began teaching privately in 2011, and then brought his teaching techniques to MusicSource. His big brother bonding experience method of teaching allows his students to feel comfortable and enjoy music instead of making it a chore to practice. Dan is an all around great musician and great mentor.
Darlene Drew- Flute & Piano Instructor
Flutist Darlene Drew (Interlochen Arts Academy, Northwestern University B.M. with honors, Florida State University M. M.) has been an active part of the Chicago freelance music scene for the past 30 years. She has performed with many ensembles including the Chicago Symphony, Lyric Opera, Grant Park Symphony, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Joffrey Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, and has served as Principal Flute and soloist with the Ravinia Festival Orchestra for over 20 years. A longtime performer in musical theatre, she has played for many major productions and served as a member of the touring company of Disney's Lion King performing on 14 ethnic flutes. She was highlighted on ABC TV’s Backstage Pass to the Lion King in many cities across the country, was interviewed on NPR and was the feature cover article for Flute Talk Magazine in December 2007. Her chamber ensemble Trio Elan, has been featured on WFMT Radio and has a CD Premiere Trio Elan published and distributed by World Library Publications. Darlene started teaching flute and piano during high school and served as a teaching assistant while earning her Masters at Florida State University. She also currently teaches at Columbia College of Chicago and serves as a Solo and Ensemble judge.