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About Us

 

We are a small and supportive team of passionate music educators, who believe wholeheartedly in creating outstanding musical experiences for each of our students. We want to educate, inspire and excite our students by teaching good technique, tailoring lessons to each student’s personality and preferences, and preparing students for opportunities to perform for friends, family and our community.

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Heather K
Studio Director, Piano & Voice

Joliet

Heather has been teaching piano and voice for over twenty years and is passionate about empowering students to boldly share their love of music, which is the mission of Simply Music. 

She and her husband Caleb performed more than 1000 live shows with their band Daniel's Window for much of the past two decades. 

In her role as studio director, Heather is committed to giving each studio family a warm, loving environment where students can thrive.

Heather loves Starbucks, scary movies, Stephen King novels, and travel and resides in Joliet with her husband Caleb and two children, Hayden and Lincoln.

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Caleb K
Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, & Bass Guitar

Joliet

Caleb has spent the majority of his life playing and performing music.

 

After studying music in college, he went on to tour the US in the band Daniel’s Window for two decades.

 

His teaching style incorporates practical skills for all musicians, as well as targeted, goal-oriented lessons that encourage each student to dream big and achieve their desires.

 

He is a songwriter, educator, visual artist, and storyteller.

 

An avid fan of all things Star Wars, Caleb considered life as a Jedi, but was too old to begin the training. Bring him an iced mocha, and he will love you forever.

Veronica F
Piano

New Lenox

Veronica has been playing piano for over 14 years. She has played at the House of Blues in Disney Springs and was also offered the chance to play at Carnegie Hall.

  
Veronica enjoys reading and arranging music in her free time. She owns a piano, violin, viola, guitar, harmonica, xylophone, and flute. She hopes to build a bright future for kids by pursuing a degree in social work.

She currently resides in Lockport.

Marissa W
Piano, Flute, & Flute Choir Director

New Lenox

Marissa graduated from Elmhurst University with her Bachelors in Music Performance and from Roosevelt University with her Masters in Music Performance. She studied both flute and piano under many world renowned musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as well as Marie Tachouet (Principal Flautist of the Lyric Opera), Eugenia Moliner (Co-Founder and Flautist of the Cavatina Duo), Dr. Jennie O Brown (Founder and Flautist of Picosa), and Dr. Soyoung Kee (Solo Performer and Chair of the Piano department at Elmhurst University).

 

Marissa was the Principal Flautist of the Elmhurst University’s Wind Ensemble. She won the Concerto Competition as well as the Honor Recitals for both Solo and Chamber Groups. Marissa has also participated in and led many flute choirs at Elmhurst University as well as becoming one of the first students to join Elmhurst University’s New Music Ensemble. 

 

In her free time Marissa loves to dance, go to the gym to lift or do pilates, relax on the couch with her two dogs Mini and Mia, read books (one of the biggest book nerds you will ever meet!), and game. She is always looking for new book recommendations or the newest video games leaks. 

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Clara L
Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, & Voice

New Lenox

Clara graduated from Wheaton College, where she studied voice and piano and received a Bachelor of Arts in music. Throughout her life, she has enjoyed exploring many different styles of music, from classical to jazz to folk. Her favorite composers are Frederic Chopin and Samuel Barber. During her time at Wheaton, she gained depth and breadth of experience participating in both choral music and Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Georgian (the country, not the state) vocal chamber music. Furthermore, she had the opportunity to participate in the Wheaton College Concerto Competition, as well as the annual competition through the National Association of Teachers of Singing (in which she was in the top 3 in her division).

 

In addition to her passion for music, Clara has many hobbies such as cooking, baking, knitting, running, reading and writing poetry, caring for her abundance of house plants, and telling people what Hogwarts houses she thinks they belong in.

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David H
Pitch Perfect Vocal Group Director

New Lenox

David has been singing since the age of six years old. His love for music was instilled in him by his mom and dad who both sing and play musical instruments. 

 

David is a classically trained singer who graduated from Kentucky State University with a major in Communication and Journalism and minor in Music. He has performed in numerous concerts, operas, and musicals, as well as performing with many choirs across the Midwest

 

In his spare time, David enjoys spending time with his family and friends. His favorite sports teams are anything that has Chicago attached to it. He likes to remind people that the Chicago Bears are the best team in the world and the Green Bay Packers stink. 

Mick M
Guitar & Ukulele

New Lenox

Mick has been playing guitar for over 20 years. He loves spending time with his three children and wife of 15 years.

For over a decade, he has been the worship pastor at Crossroads Christian Church in Joliet, where he leads the church's music programs and works with area musicians on a weekly basis.

 

Mick is always quick with a dad joke, and he thinks most clearly with copious amounts of coffee.

 

Some of his favorite musicians include Jack Johnson, Damien Jurado, and Bon Iver.

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Rodney M
Piano, Violin, & Viola

New Lenox

Rodney attended Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School. While there, he was a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. He graduated from Illinois State University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree. Some of his most memorable experiences include marching at Soldier Field and touring abroad in Spain and France.

 

Currently involved with several local community bands, such as the Joliet American Legion Band, Joliet Symphony Orchestra, Joliet Junior College’s Community Band and Percussion Ensemble, Rodney can be found performing more than 30 times a year. A fan of musical theatre, he can also be seen (or heard rather) playing with some of the local community theaters.

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Brooke B
Violin

New Lenox

Brooke fell in love with playing violin and learning music when she was eight years old. She participated in orchestras throughout her youth, including Lincoln-Way Youth Strings, Lincoln-Way High School Orchestra, and Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra.  Brooke earned her Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Media Production from Ball State University and played in the university symphony orchestra (BSSO) for her four years there. Currently, Brooke is pursuing her MBA from DePaul University.

Her enthusiasm for music unleashed a passion for being creative, leading Brooke to a vibrant career in marketing as a content specialist.  While her chosen occupation is not music, she uses violin as an outlet to unwind and have fun. 

 

Brooke's favorite hobby is portrait photography. She most enjoys hanging out with family in her spare time, cooking delicious plant-based recipes, getting her lift on in the gym, and being in the sunshine.

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Hannah B
Kindermusik

New Lenox

Hannah is currently working toward her degree in Digital Audio Recording Arts at the University of St. Francis. She plays the guitar and ukulele and has a passion for music composition and singing. 

 

From years of choir, involvement in many school musicals, performing in church as well as school rallies and assemblies, music has followed Hannah wherever she goes. Her favorite artists consist of Taylor Swift, Stacy Kent, and Jack Johnson. 

 

“I grew up in a very musical family. Some of my fondest memories happened when I was very young, singing and dancing and laughing with my family around the piano. I believe Kindermusik embodies this joyful and unique experience and I feel passionate and excited to share this experience with children!“ 

Rose D
Piano, Violin, & Viola

Virtual

Rose’s love of music started at the age of 8 when she began playing piano as well as violin in her grade school orchestra. Throughout high school, she participated in other outside ensembles including the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra at Lewis University and Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra where she was awarded concertmaster for both.

 

Rose graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. She is a creative, passionate and sincere educator and musician who brings music alive in her teaching.

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Felicia V
Piano

New Lenox

This Romanian transplant has been playing piano since she was 13. Felicia loves spending time with her family and her two kittens and is currently studying at VanderCook School of Music in Chicago.

 

Felicia likes to be active in the nature and to try different adventurous activities. Some of her favorite musicians include Martha Argerich, Khatia Buniatishvili and Daniel Caesar.

 

“I hope to create a safe, exciting and creative space for my students in order to explore the magical world of music!” 

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Lloyd E
Guitar & Ukulele

New Lenox

Lloyd has been playing guitar for thirty five years. It’s a family tradition: his grandfather, father, and son all play guitar. He loves spending time with his wife, Summar, son Dylan, and their two dogs, Annabelle and Clifford.

 

When he’s not playing guitar, he’s spinning records from his fairly large record collection. Some of the music that gets played quite a lot includes the Beatles, Wilco and Tom Petty. He also collects old media like 8 track tapes, and loves a good bike ride.

 

Lloyd says that he loves the way music inspires students: “My hope is that students feel the way I do about expressing themselves through their instrument. I enjoy it when students have epiphanies about how they can play something that elicits an emotional response from an audience.”