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New Lenox Instructors

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.

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 [. . .]

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Brianna Guzman


Brianna's passion for music is evident from her years of dedication to playing the piano, violin, and cello. Her love for classical music has expanded to include soundtracks from movies like Inception and Pride and Prejudice.  [. . .]

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  [. . .]

Claire Paolone

Viola, Violin, Simply Group Suzuki Violin, & Piano

Claire is an accomplished musician with a master's degree in Viola Performance from DePaul University. She has been actively involved in various orchestras and  [. . .]

Danny Singh

Piano, Guitar, Voice, Violin & 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 [. . .]

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Dawn Cousins

Piano & Voice

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 [. . .]

Jennifer Corp

Director of Group Programs, Kindermusik, Zumbini/Zumba Gold, Red Note Choirs & Musical Theater

Jennifer is a passionate music educator with over 20 years of experience teaching junior high choir and music. She holds a Masters Degree in  [. . .]

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Jim Holton

Percussion & Drums

Jim Holton is a drummer/percussionist from New Lenox, IL. He has over 40 years experience as a performer and educator. He holds a B.A. degree in music education from DePaul University in Chicago. While at  [. . .]

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 [. . .]

Kristy Kollner


Kristy has been playing piano for over 20 years. She has a fur baby Dora who’s a mini goldendoodle, but thinks she’s a Great Dane! During the day Kristy works with technology at a software and incentive company.   [. . .]

Lynnette Stawick


Lynnette has been passionate about music since childhood. Growing up in a musical family, Lynnette studied organ, piano, and french horn throughout grade school, high school, and college. Lynnette has worked professionally  [. . .]

Mitch Elzinga

Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, Voice, & Trumpet

Mitchell is a multi-talented musician with over a decade of experience in various instruments,

including piano, guitar, ukulele, bass, trumpet, and singing. He has a strong foundation in [. . .]

Rodney McCalister

Violin, Viola, Piano, & Drums

As a former member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society at Homewood-Flossmoor Community

High School, Rodney developed a passion for playing music that has stayed with him throughout his career. [. . .]

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, [. . .]

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