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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.


Brooke Braun


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 [. . .]


Carrie Arndt

Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, & Drums

Carrie is a performer and a teacher, and currently is available to teach voice, guitar, piano, and drums.  Her favorite instrument to play is the piano, and her musical influences range from jazz to pop, and everything in between! If you [. . .]


Danny Singh

Piano, Guitar, & Ukulele

Danny has a Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Missouri with a piano and vocal

emphasis, where he studied under International Professional Concert Pianist Peter Miyamoto and

Professional Tenor Vocalist Steven Tharp [. . .]

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Dawn Cousins

Voice & Piano

Dawn has a degree in music education and an Illinois Teaching Certificate in Music.  She had a piano studio in New Lenox for over 20 years and has taught general music, choir and class piano in the public schools. She also is passionate [. . .]


Heather King

Studio Director

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


Laci Lanclos

Administrative Director

Coming soon!


Hannah Berdahl

Kindermusik, Voice, Guitar, & Ukulele

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 [. . .]


Joy Dertinger


Joy has been playing piano for close to 20 years and has been in education for over ten of those years. Joy plays multiple instruments and has toured  the US and Palestine with their college orchestra. With a background in social [. . .]


Joy Richards

Voice & Piano

Joy has been a professional singer and actress for over thirty years. She trained at NIU, LSU,

Simpson College and received her BS in Vocal Performance from Roosevelt University. Joy has sung in operas, musicals, and [. . .]


Rodney McCalister

Piano, Violin, Viola, & Drums

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 [. . .]

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Sam Olson

Drums, Piano, & Guitar

Sam has been playing music for over 15 years. His love started with percussion and has spread to many different instruments over the years. He has taught music in the past, and is excited to be teaching again! When he isn’t playing music [. . .]


Samantha Olson

Guitar, Ukulele, Voice, & Piano

Samantha has been singing and playing music for 20 years now. Over the last five years, she has loved getting to organize and lead a worship band made up of teenagers and is excited to spend time working with students [. . .]


Sydnee Swanson

Kindermusik & Voice

Sydnee graduated from Bob Jones University in 2019, with a bachelors degree in vocal performance. She is classically trained and loves to share her love of music with others. From the fourth grade and all through college, [. . .]


Veronica Fairman


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 [. . .]


Zak Tibstra

Guitar, Ukulele, Piano, & Drums

Zak loves movies, music, books, art, and board games; but nowhere near as much as he loves his wife Lissy, his baby girl Evergreen, and his gangster cat Scarface. He’s been writing, playing, recording, and performing music for 30+ [. . .]

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