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Our Music Source Teachers
Musicians serving Musicians
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.
Brandon, or as we sometimes call him, Funky, is a professional musician who teaches all styles of guitar specializing in rock, blues and funk. He's been playing for 16 years and has been teaching here at Music Source for 5 years. Brandon loves and plays all styles of music, teaches all age groups, and loves writing songs. He belonged to a successful band Wigum for six years, playing small gigs here in Lake County, which played Brandon's original songs for the most part. When he's not teaching or following his passion for songwriting, Brandon can be found out golfing and fishing!
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 teaches all styles of guitar and ukelele. Tyler is widely varied in the types of music he likes to play: from classical to metal, from Yes to Led Zeppelin. Kids love Tyler! They appreciate his patience.
Jason Mc Neill
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 24 years and believes in starting kids young. While Blues and Jazz are personal favorites, Jason teaches all styles of piano including Gospel, Rock, Comtemporary and New Age styles. We've been very fortunate to have Jason teaching here at Music Source for the past 13 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.
Mike teaches all styles of guitar and mandolin and the Scruggs style of banjo. Mike is a professional musician with a passion for studying the theory and history behind any music he plays, and Mike does a great job passing this on to his students, regardless of age. Growing up and going to school in this area, Mike gives back to the community and stays in tune with young kids by volunteering for Field Days at local area schools. He has a gift for keeping theory and history at the appropriate age level for the student.
While his roots are in rock 'n roll, his versatility led him to jazz and now he's our resident bluegrass-lover extraordinaire! Around here we like to say he went from Kiss to Djanjo Rhinehardt to Bill Monroe. When not teaching Mike is gigging full-time. He was in the band Cream Tangerine for four years and is now in a bluegrass band called Uncle Zesty's Oldtime Bootknockers where he plays guitar, banjo, and mandolin, in addition to vocals.
In his spare time Mike enjoys old-time music, American history and folklore, and songwriting of all types.
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, specializing in both brass and woodwind instruments, teaches flute, trumpet, french horn and recorder. She teaches Basic, Classical, Jazz and Commercial styles. Cyndi is well-known for adhering to basics and fundamentals and has the solo awards and honors to prove their value.
Cyndi has an illustrious resume including principal cornet for the Illinois Brass Band, lead trumpet with the Joe London Orchestra and Flautist in a Flute/Guitar Duo that has performed throughout the Chicagoland area. Her flute and trumpet solos have been aired over local radio. Cyndi was a finalist for the ultra-prestigious Army Band in Washington D.C. "Pershing's Own" and recently was accepted by Royal Caribbean as a Jazz/Commercial Trumpet Player.
Cyndi has been with Music Source for several years and has consistently demonstrated that she is very committed to her students--whether it be on a weekly basis for lessons or guiding them through solos for competitions. She is highly qualified to help students advance their overall musicianship and stage presence.
When not playing or teaching music, Cyndi loves to enter original art and photography competitions, caring for senior citizens, modeling, acting and plays competetive tackle football! Cyndi is also a hospice volunteer music therapist.
Neal Lukenbill Neal has been a guitar instructor for 6 years. He studied commercial music at Millikin University. Neal teaches Jazz, Classical, POP/Contemporary music and music theory. He has a Jazz ccombo group as well as a local Rock group he writes for.
Todd teaches bass and guitar, with a specialty in bass. 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 13 years, including gigs at White Sox Park 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 Richard Cranium which is known for Alternative, Rock and Pop.
When Todd isn't playing, teaching or writing songs, Todd loves watching other live bands or curling up with a good set of headphones.
Nick teaches drums, specializing in rock. Nick is especially great with kids and young adults. He started lessons in seventh grade and being a complete natural has been hooked ever since, teaching himself a variety of techniques and styles. Nick played drums for Wanbli out of Mundelein until he became the drummer/percussionist for the band AfterShock out of Grayslake.
When Nick isn't teaching or practicing for the band, Aftershock, he loves to get outdoors and tries to get out golfing every chance he gets.