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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.

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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

This Louisiana native loves music and seeing how it can change lives on a daily basis. Her warm

personality and impeccable work ethic keep things running smoothly and help communication flow freely between studio families and [. . .]


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 [. . .]


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

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

Kindermusik, Piano, Voice, Ukulele, & Guitar

Jennifer is a passionate music educator with over 20 years of experience teaching junior high choir and music. She holds a Masters Degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music. These days Jennifer teaches voice, piano [. . .]


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 [. . .]


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 classical and jazz/blues music, which is [. . .]


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. [. . .]


Samantha Olson

Guitar, Voice, Ukulele, & 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 [. . .]

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Sam Olson


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 [. . .]


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 is a talented piano player with over 17 years of experience. She has performed at impressive venues such as the House of Blues in Disney Springs and was even offered the chance to play at Carnegie Hall. In her free time, [. . .]

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