Private Lesson Program

While the formula for success in the development of young musicians contains many parts, the guidance that a private instructor provides is paramount. Private instructors not only give students weekly instruction on how to improve musicianship and technical ability, but they also serve as trusted guides through various activities such as audition preparation, searching for the right college, and instrument purchase. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra has played an active role in providing these services to our community for decades and the QCSO Private Lesson Program matches students of all ages and ability levels with highly qualified instructors for weekly lessons at locations around the Quad Cities.

Sessions

Lessons will occur within the following sessions:

Fall Session (14 weeks): August 31 – December 20, 2020
Winter/Spring Session (20 weeks): January 4 – May 30, 2021
Summer Session 1 (4 weeks): June 7 – July 3, 2021
Summer Session 2 (6 weeks): July 12 – August 22, 2021

Tuition
  • Lesson rates are set on a studio by studio basis. Please see the instructor list below for applicable lesson rates. 
  • Students will register for a full lesson cycle with a $25 registration fee which will be applied as a credit to the first billing cycle.
  • Students may discontinue lessons at any time; however, they are not guaranteed acceptance in future sessions.
  • Students will be invoiced twice monthly on the 15th and the last day of the month for the periods as follows:
    • Invoice on the 15th – 26th of the previous month through the 10th of the current month
    • Invoice on the last day of the month – 11th of the month through the 25th of the current month
  • Invoice payments are to be paid directly to the QCSO Business Office within 10 days of the invoice date by sending a check to 327 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52801, or by calling the business office at 563.424.7733 to make payment over the phone.
  • Delinquent payments may result in a delay in future lessons.
Financial Aid

The QCSO Private Lesson Program is committed to preventing financial circumstances from becoming a barrier for any young musician’s participation in private study. Financial aid will be considered for any young musician who is accepted and submits the online financial aid application.

Musicians with a demonstrated need for financial assistance may be eligible for a partial or full financial aid award on a case-by-case basis. Families can expect strict confidentiality regarding their application and award results. The QCSO Staff is responsible for determining the number and amounts of awards provided. Every effort will be made to meet the needs of members and their families, however, we cannot guarantee that each member who applies will receive an award.

To be eligible for financial aid, a student must be in good standing and register for an entire lesson cycle (weekly lessons). 

QCSO PLP Financial Aid Application

  • Please fill out one form for each QCSO PLP student in your family.

 

Program Policies
  • Practicing in between lessons is of the utmost importance. Follow your instructor’s guidance on the frequency and length of practice sessions.
  • It is the responsibility of the student/parent to procure all required materials for private lesson instruction in a timely manner.
  • If an instructor must miss a lesson, and no substitute is available, the student will not be billed for that week’s lesson. 
  • Students must give at least 24-hours notice when canceling a lesson. Failure to do so will result in the student being billed for that lesson. Exceptions in case of emergency will be handled on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Students should arrive on time with all the necessary materials for their lesson. Failure to do so may result in lesson cancellation without a refund. 
  • Students must treat lesson spaces with respect. Any behavior that puts the QCSO PLP’s community relationships at risk may result in removal from the program.
  • While learning something new may result in frustration, students should keep a positive attitude throughout their lesson to the best of their ability.
  • Disengaged behavior (i.e. routine unpreparedness, negative attitude, missing lessons) may result in removal from your assigned studio.
COVID-19 Health and Saftey Precautions

QCSO’s PLP Health & Safety Precautions 
If private lesson instruction occurs in-person, instructors and students must agree to follow the health and safety precautions listed below:

These precautions are subject to change. 

CLEANING 

  • Prior to arrival, staff will deep clean and sanitize lesson rooms. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be available on site. 
  • Lesson rooms will be cleaned and sanitized between each student.

COMING TO YOUR LESSON 

  • All staff, teachers, students, and parents will provide a health certification* before arrival for their lesson.   
  • All individuals must be asymptomatic and must not have been in contact with someone experiencing symptoms for at least 14 days prior to the event. 

DURING YOUR LESSON 

  • All individuals must maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet on site before, during, and after lessons.  
  • All individuals must wear a facial covering or mask at all times. 
  • All teachers must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer between each student.  
  • All students must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before and after their lesson.
  • QCSO will provide facial masks for all teachers and staff upon request.
  • Mats will be provided for brass players and will be cleaned at the end of each day. Alternatively, puppy pads may be used and thrown out at the end of each day. 

Private Lesson Instructors

Please peruse the following private instructor profiles, and submit a registration form.
**disclaimer** if you do not receive a confirmation email, please resubmit the form.

STRINGS

Janis Sakai, violin/viola

Janis Sakai

Education:
BM – University of Denver
MM – Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Teaching Philosophy: It is my goal to inspire students to become lifelong learners in the performing arts, to motivate future artists through performance opportunities, to deliver high quality learning and teaching experiences, and to create a safe environment where anyone can learn and will feel welcomed. Music is and should be accessible for everyone.

Rates:
$35/30 min 
$50/45 min (intermediate/advanced)
$65/60 min (advanced only)

When & Where:
Thursdays 3:30-6:30PM
Online lessons via Zoom

Contact Janis:

Janis Sakai Violin/Viola Studio Registration Form

  • Note: 45 minute and 60 minute lesson lengths will be determined by the instructor
  • Note: Lesson registration will be reserved at a first come, first served basis and lesson times will be removed from the website once they've been reserved. All Sakai studio lessons will take place virtually.
Will Samorey, violin/viola

Will Samorey

Education:
BM – University of Western Ontario

Teaching Philosophy: As a mentor, I see it as my job to “raise the bar” and balance my students’ work ethic with realistic expectations that appropriately challenge them to achieve better results and keep their progress in line with the best students from across the state. My lessons help prepare students for the real world by promoting; accountability, preparation, confidence, and critical thinking skills as well as performance techniques and stage presence.

Rates:
$35/30 min
$50/45 min (intermediate/advanced)
$65/60 min (advanced only)

When & Where:
Mondays-Tuesdays 3:00-8:00PM
Wednesdays 3:00-5:00PM (Wednesdays virtual only)
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
2400 Middle Rd
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Note: Virtual lessons offered

Contact Will:
  • Note: 45 minute and 60 minute lesson lengths will be determined by the instructor
  • Note: Lesson registration will be reserved at a first come, first served basis and lesson times will be removed from the website once they've been reserved. All Samorey studio in-person lessons will take place at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church 2400 Middle Rd Bettendorf, IA 52722
Sabrina Tabby, violin/viola

Education:
BM – Bard College Conservatory of Music  
MM – Northwestern University 

Teaching Philosophy: My teaching philosophy is simple: to establish tension-free technique to cultivate artistry, to develop the student’s ears, and foster problem-solving methods so that they may become their own best teachers.

Rates:
$35/30 min 
$50/45 min (intermediate/advanced)
$65/60 min (advanced only)

When & Where:
Mondays 3:30-8:00PM
St. Ambrose University Music House   
2021 Brown St.   
Davenport, IA
Note: Virtual lessons offered

Contact Sabrina:

Sabrina Tabby Violin/Viola Studio Registration Form

  • Note: 45 minute and 60 minute lesson lengths will be determined by the instructor
  • Note: Lesson registration will be reserved at a first come, first served basis and lesson times will be removed from the website once they've been reserved. All Tabby studio in-person lessons will take place at St. Ambrose University Music House, 2021 Brown St., Davenport, IA
Carolyn Van De Velde, violin/viola

Education:
BM – University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana 
Artistic Diploma Studies – Vienna Konservatorium

Teaching Philosophy: I have been fortunate to have the mentorship of Michael Hining, a highly skilled Suzuki method teacher in Oak Park. In the last three years, he has helped me to further understand the intricate mechanics of my own violin playing. Learning this at an older age has helped me absorb these mechanics from a more critical and thoughtful viewpoint. I have been able to pass these methods along to my own students more effectively. I always try to be sensitive to each student’s personality and goals and try to determine the best way to respect and work with their learning preferences and abilities. I ask my students a lot of questions in their lessons, mostly about their body awareness in relation to the sound they are producing

Rates:
$35/30 min
$50/45 min (intermediate/advanced)
$65/60 min (advanced only)

When & Where:
Monday 4:00-8:00 
St. Ambrose University Music House    
2021 Brown St.    
Davenport, IA  
Note: Virtual lessons offered

Required Materials:
-Violin, bow, shoulder rest, rosin
-Assigned music
-Pencil and notepad to write weekly practicing assignments and notes

Contact Carolyn:

Carolyn Van De Velde Violin/Viola Studio Registration Form

  • Note: 45 minute and 60 minute lesson lengths will be determined by the instructor
  • Note: Lesson registration will be reserved at a first come, first served basis and lesson times will be removed from the website once they've been reserved. All Van De Velde studio in-person lessons will take place at St. Ambrose University Music House, 2021 Brown St., Davenport, IA

 

David Rosales, violin/viola

Education: 
BM – Coe College

Teaching Philosophy: Music education should be accessible to all students regardless of background or socio-economic status. My work as a teacher has given me valuable experience in regards to teaching and programming both classic and current orchestral repertoire that students from diverse backgrounds can relate to on a cultural level.  

Rates:
$35/30 min
$50/45 min (intermediate/advanced)
$65/60 min (advanced only)

When & Where:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays 4:30-6:30PM
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
2400 Middle Rd
Bettendorf, IA 52722
 
Required Materials: 
-Instrument
-Pencil
-Notebook for homework notes
-Music assigned by teacher (Suzuki book etc.)

Contact David:

David Rosales Violin/Viola Studio Registration Form

  • Note: 45 minute and 60 minute lesson lengths will be determined by the instructor
  • Note: Lesson registration will be reserved at a first come, first served basis and lesson times will be removed from the website once they've been reserved. All Rosales lessons will take place at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church 2400 Middle Rd Bettendorf, IA 52722

 

Elisabeth Oar, cello

Education:
BM – University of Missouri – St. Louis  
MM – DePaul University 

Teaching Philosophy: I seek to create a positive learning environment in which each students’ needs are met in a way that leaves them encouraged and equipped with the tools they need to problem solve challenges they face in the practice room as well as in everyday life. I believe that in a safe learning space, mistakes can be seen as opportunities for growth and that there is no such thing as a silly question. It is my goal that students leave their lessons feeling empowered and optimistic about their musical journey.

Rates:
$35/30 min 
$50/45 min (intermediate/advanced)
$65/60 min (advanced only)

When & Where:
Tuesdays 5:00-8:00PM
Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church  
2324 18th Ave  
Rock Island, IL 61201
Note: Virtual lessons offered

Contact Elisabeth:

Elisabeth Oar Cello Studio Interest Form (No Current Availability)

  • Note: 45 minute and 60 minute lesson lengths will be determined by the instructor

 

Dr. Ghyas Zeidieh, cello

Education:
BM – Damascus Conservatory, Syria
MA – University of Iowa
DMA University of Iowa

Teaching Philosophy: As a teacher trained in the Suzuki method, one of my priorities is to provide a safe environment for every student where everyone has an expressive voice and all students are treated equally. My lesson plans cater to assisting students of any age or background to reach their own personal musical goals, whether it is playing the cello as a hobby and for casual enjoyment or preparing for serious events such as school or all-state auditions and competitions. 

Rates:
$35/30 min 
$50/45 min (intermediate/advanced)
$65/60 min (advanced only)

When & Where:
Wednesday 3:30-8:00PM
Lessons will be conducted virtually at least through the end of the first semester

Contact Dr. Zeidieh:

Dr. Ghyas Zeidieh Cello Studio Registration Form

  • Note: 45 minute and 60 minute lesson lengths will be determined by the instructor
  • Note: Lesson registration will be reserved at a first come, first served basis and lesson times will be removed from the website once they've been reserved. All Zeidieh studio lessons will be conducted virtually at least through the end of the first semester.

 

Mike White, bass

Education:
BM – Illinois State University
MM – University of Iowa
DMA – University of Iowa (Pending)  

Teaching Philosophy: My teaching has a strong emphasis on the physiological aspects of bass playing, making sure that students are able to play with as much efficiency and comfort as possible. I have always encouraged students to follow their musical interests and I am happy to work with students on repertoire that engages those interests. Additionally, I look to support their growth as musicians with a healthy foundation of technical instruction.

Rates:
$35/30 min
$50/45 min (intermediate/advanced)
$65/60 min (advanced only)

When & Where:
Tuesday 3:00-8:00PM
Quad City Symphony Orchestra Office  
327 Brady St,   
Davenport, IA 52801  
Note: Virtual lessons offered

Contact Mike:

Mike White Double Bass Studio Registration Form

  • Note: 45 minute and 60 minute lesson lengths will be determined by the instructor
  • Note: Lesson registration will be reserved at a first come, first served basis and lesson times will be removed from the website once they've been reserved. All White's studio in-person lessons will take place at the Quad City Symphony Orchestra offices located at 327 Brady St., Davenport, IA

 

Lillian Lau, harp

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Education:
BM – Indiana University
Performer’s Certificate – Indiana University
MM – Indiana University
Diploma in Orchestral Studies – Roosevelt University

Teaching Philosophy: I firmly believe in teaching a well-rounded musicianship with fundamental repertoire and ideal technique, towards the goal of helping each student enjoy their music. My role as a teacher is to motivate students to perform at their best and discover ways to motivate students to perform at their best and discover ways to improve. Each student is a unique individual with different talents, challenges, and musical style. The process of discovering problem-solving skills tailored to each student’s learning strengths is one of the most rewarding aspects of teaching.

Rates:
$55/30 min
$65/45 min
$75/60 min

When & Where:
Wednesday 2:00-6:30PM
Lessons will be conducted virtually at least through the end of the first semester.

Instrument Resources:
https://manufacturing.dustystrings.com/harps
https://www.lyonhealy.com/harps-collections/lever-harps/

Contact Lillian:

Lillian Lau Harp Studio Registration Form

  • Note: 60 minute lesson lengths will be determined by the instructor
  • Note: Lesson registration will be reserved at a first come, first served basis and lesson times will be removed from the website once they've been reserved. All Lau studio lessons will be conducted virtually at least through the end of the first semester.

 

WOODWINDS

Robin Asay, flute/piccolo

Education:
BM – Augustana College 
MM – Illinois State University 

Teaching Philosophy: My core value as a teacher is to create an environment for each student that is not only conducive to learning, but also provides a safe and accepting space for the student to learn in comfort. I tailor my instruction to each student by observing how they take instruction and relate concepts and strategies to their interests or activities outside of music. I strive to create a positive experience during every lesson and challenge my students to be independent thinkers. My goal is to help them create music that they enjoy and of which they are proud. 

Rates:
$30/30 minutes

When & Where:
Tuesday 3:30-4:30, 5:00-6:30
Lessons will be conducted virtually at least through the end of the first semester

Contact Robin:

Robin Asay Flute/Piccolo Studio Registration Form

  • Note: Lesson registration will be reserved at a first come, first served basis and lesson times will be removed from the website once they've been reserved. All Asay studio lessons are 30 minutes in length at the cost of $30 per lesson and will be conducted virtually at least through the end of the first semester.

 

Dr. Jeiran Hasan, flute/piccolo

Education:
BM – Cleveland Institute of Music
MM – Cleveland Institute of Music
DMA – University of Iowa

Teaching Philosophy: I am a firm believer in the importance of family involvement and support! My primary responsibilities as a teacher are to guide students to become well-informed, resourceful curious human beings and to educate my students of all skill levels by training them on the fundamentals of the instrument, addressing the specific strengths and weaknesses of the student, applying these skills in a professional setting, and holding them to a level of excellence regardless of their age

Rates:
$35/30 min 
$50/45 min (intermediate/advanced)
$65/60 min (advanced only)

When & Where:
Wednesday 3:30-8:00PM
Lessons will be conducted virtually at least through the end of the first semester

Contact Dr. Hasan:

Dr. Jeiran Hasan Flute/Piccolo Studio Registration Form

  • Note: 45 minute and 60 minute lesson lengths will be determined by the instructor
  • Note: Lesson registration will be reserved at a first come, first served basis and lesson times will be removed from the website once they've been reserved. All Hasan studio lessons will be conducted virtually at least through the end of the first semester.

 

Lynne Stukart, flute/piccolo

Education:
BA – Augustana College 
MM – The University of Akron 

Teaching Philosophy: As your teacher, I aim to create a high-quality learning experience that is fun, creative, and supportive!  I personalize lesson plans for each student to help guide them in reaching their goals and dreams. Every student becomes a valued member of our flute community where they can safely share ideas, explore and discover, and become confident musicians.  Ultimately, students become lifelong learners and well-rounded musicians who love music and better understand the world around them. The benefits of my teaching include enhanced language and listening skills, critical thinking, creativity, cooperation, belonging, and confidence.

Rates:
$35/30 minutes
$50/45 minutes (intermediate/advanced)
$65/60 minutes (advanced)

When & Where:
Mondays and Tuesdays
Lessons will be conducted virtually at least through the end of the first semester
Additional days/times available upon request. 

Contact Lynne:

Lynne Stukart Flute/Piccolo Studio Registration Form

  • Note: Lesson registration will be reserved at a first come, first served basis and lesson times will be removed from the website once they've been reserved. All Stukart studio lessons will take place virtually at least through the end of the first semester.

 

Lindsay Guinand, clarinet

Education:
BA – Augustana College
MME – VanderCook College

Teaching Philosophy: As a music educator, one of my favorite things to do is teach private lessons.  My lesson students will learn how to master the musical and technical elements of the clarinet in a fun and productive manner.  I believe in helping my students succeed and feel accomplished, regardless of age and musical ability.  

Rates:
$30/30 min
$45/45 min (intermediate/advanced only)

When & Where:
Tuesday/Thursday 4:30-7:00PM
Location: Moline/East Moline TBD
Note: Virtual lessons offered

Required Materials:
*Note: Please do not purchase until after the first lesson*
All students should bring a pencil and notebook to each lesson. 
Beginner (4th-6th grade): School method book (if applicable) otherwise Rubank Elementary Method 
Intermediate (6th-8th grade): Rubank Elementary OR Intermediate Method
Advanced (High School): Rubank Intermediate Method OR Gustave Langenus Complete Method of the Clarinet PLUS 32 Etudes for Clarinet, by C. Rose (“Rose Etudes”)  

Contact Lindsay:

Lindsay Guinand Clarinet Studio Registration Form

  • Note: 45 minute lessons will be determined by the instructor
  • Note: Lesson registration will be reserved at a first come, first served basis and lesson times will be removed from the website once they've been reserved. All Guinand studio lessons will take place virtually throughout the first semester.

 

Chelsea Sammons, oboe

Education:
BA – College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University

Teaching Philosophy: I seek to develop young oboists’ musically and personally to become motivated, responsible, and persevering individuals. Music teaches more than notes and rhythms, and I love discovering ways to apply the lessons we’ve learned in lessons to other areas of life.

Rates:
$30/30 min 
$45/45 min (intermediate/advanced)

When & Where:
Tuesdays-Wednesdays 3:30PM-7:00PM 
Quad City Symphony Orchestra Office  
327 Brady St,   
Davenport, IA 52801
Note: Virtual lessons offered

Contact Chelsea:

Chelsea Sammons Oboe Studio Registration Form

  • Note: 45 minute lesson lengths will be determined by the instructor
  • Note: Lesson registration will be reserved at a first come, first served basis and lesson times will be removed from the website once they've been reserved. All Sammons oboe studio in-person lessons will take place at the Quad City Symphony Orchestra offices located at 327 Brady St., Davenport, IA

 

Matthew Kowalczyk, bassoon

Matthew Kowalczyk

Education:
BME – Illinois State University 
MM – University of Arizona 

Teaching Philosophy: My favorite moment of teaching is being able to see the “a-ha!” moments when working with a student, when they are able to perform some technique or finally come to an understanding of an idea or concept. It’s an opportunity to see in real-time the student’s growth as a musician, and to celebrate a small occasion of success.

Rates:
$35/30 min 
$65/60 min (advanced only)

When & Where:
Mondays/Tuesdays 3:00PM-6:30PM
Lessons will be conducted virtually at least through the end of the first semester

Contact Matthew:

Matthew Kowalczyk Bassoon Studio Registration Form

  • Note: 60 minute lesson lengths will be determined by the instructor
  • Note: Lesson registration will be reserved at a first come, first served basis and lesson times will be removed from the website once they've been reserved. All Kowalczyk studio lessons will be conducted virtually at least through the end of the first semester.

 

Elissa Kana, saxophone

Education:
BM – Northwestern University
MM – Bowling Green State University
DMA – University of Iowa (Pending)

Teaching Philosophy: My ultimate goal is to help my students become independent and expressive musicians.  By helping them acquire solid music fundamentals, develop problem-solving skills, and discover their love for music, I hope to equip my students with the tools and confidence necessary for accomplishing their musical goals—no matter how big or small.

Rates:
$30/30 min
$40/45 min (intermediate/advanced)
$50/60 min (advanced only)

When & Where:
Wednesday 3:00-9:00PM
Quad City Symphony Orchestra Office
327 Brady St.
Davenport, IA 52801
Note: Virtual lessons offered


Contact Elissa:

Elissa Kana Saxophone Studio Registration Form

  • Note: 60 minute lesson lengths will be determined by the instructor
  • Note: Lesson registration will be reserved at a first come, first served basis and lesson times will be removed from the website once they've been reserved. All Kana studio in-person lessons will take place at the Quad City Symphony Orchestra offices located at 327 Brady St., Davenport, IA

 

Evan Sammons, saxophone

Education:
BA – Augustana College

Teaching Philosophy: As a teacher I strive to cultivate an inclusive, fun, and comfortable space where students are challenged to grow as saxophonists and musicians. I meet each student where they are in their musical journey and work with them to achieve their personal and musical goals.

Rates:
$30/30 min 
$45/45 min (intermediate/advanced)

When & Where:
Tuesdays-Wednesdays 5:00PM-7:00PM
Quad City Symphony Orchestra Office  
327 Brady St,   
Davenport, IA 52801
Note: Virtual lessons offered

Contact Evan:

Evan Sammons Saxophone Studio Registration Form

  • Note: 45 minute lesson lengths will be determined by the instructor
  • Note: Lesson registration will be reserved at a first come, first served basis and lesson times will be removed from the website once they've been reserved. All Sammons saxophone studio in-person lessons will take place at the Quad City Symphony Orchestra offices located at 327 Brady St., Davenport, IA

 

BRASS

Marc Zyla, horn

Marc Zyla

Education:
BM – West Virginia University 
MM – Carnegie Mellon University 
DMA – (Pending), University of Illinois  

Teaching Philosophy: Sound fundamentals are key to success on any instrument. I believe that with the perfect mixture of focus in private lessons and routine practice, all students can master the instrument and become a more musical and curious person. 

Rates:
$35/30 min 
$50/45 min (intermediate/advanced)
$65/60 min (advanced only)

When & Where:
Monday – Thursday
(additional days and times available upon request)

Quad City Symphony Orchestra  
327 Brady St.  
Davenport, IA
Note: Virtual lessons offered 

Contact Marc: 

Marc Zyla Horn Studio Registration Form

  • Note: 45 minute and 60 minute lesson lengths will be determined by the instructor
  • Note: Lesson registration will be reserved at a first come, first served basis and lesson times will be removed from the website once they've been reserved. All Zyla studio in-person lessons will take place at the Quad City Symphony Orchestra offices located at 327 Brady St., Davenport, IA

 

Lindsey Frazier, trumpet

Lindsey Frazier

Education:
BM – Northwestern University 
MM – Roosevelt University 

Teaching Philosophy: My job as an educator is to pass on my love and enthusiasm for music. Every one of us has a unique connection with music, and in my role, I help the students discover what about it excites them. Curating lesson plans that cater to the student’s learning style and individual goals can nurture their passion and aid in their development.

Rates:
$35/30 min 
$50/45 min (intermediate/advanced)
$65/60 min (advanced only)

When & Where:
Thursday 2:00-7:00PM
Lessons will be conducted virtually at least through the end of the first semester

Contact Lindsey:

Lindsey Frazier Trumpet Studio Registration Form

  • Note: 45 and 60 minute lesson lengths will be determined by the instructor
  • Note: Lesson registration will be reserved at a first come, first served basis and lesson times will be removed from the website once they've been reserved. All Frazier studio lessons will be conducted virtually at least through the end of the first semester.

 

 

Dr. Robert Parker, trombone

Robert Parker, Trombone

Education:
BME – University of North Carolina at Greensboro 
MM – Florida State University 
DMA – University of Iowa 

Teaching Philosophy: My philosophy of teaching begins with an understanding that every student learns music differently. Students enter lessons from diverse backgrounds, with differing knowledge and understandings of music. As a result of this uniqueness of every student, lessons are custom- tailored to each student in an effort to establish their strengths, improve weaknesses, and encourage their own motivations in music. I strive to make lessons a positive and inclusive place, where students are excited to attend lessons and make progress each week. 

Rates:
$35/30 min 
$55/60 min (advanced only)

When & Where:
Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00-8:00PM 
Saturdays and Sundays 11:00AM-2:00PM
Lessons will be conducted virtually at least through the end of the first semester

Contact Dr. Parker:

 

Dr. Robert Parker Trombone Studio Registration Form

  • Note: 60 minute lesson lengths will be determined by the instructor
  • Note: Lesson registration will be reserved at a first come, first served basis and lesson times will be removed from the website once they've been reserved. All Parker studio lessons will take place virtually through at least the end of the first semester.

 

 

John Gonzalez, trombone

Education:
BME – Western Illinois University

Teaching Philosophy: I strongly believe that music should be experienced by all people and that everyone has the ability to learn how to play an instrument. My goal as an educator is to provide a safe environment where students can learn, try new things, make mistakes, and have fun while making music. My students will be instructed in the technical and artistic aspects of playing music in both a fun and productive manner. I love helping students meet their goals and accomplishments and hope to instill a passion for music with everyone I teach.

Rates:
$35/30 min 
$50/45 min (intermediate/advanced)
$60/60 min (advanced only)

When & Where:
Mondays 4:30-7:30 (Monday lessons virtual only)
Tuesdays 5:00-8:00PM (Tuesday lessons in-person only)
St. Ambrose University Music House    
2021 Brown St.    
Davenport, IA  

Required Materials:
(Note: Do not purchase etude books until after the first lesson in order to assess current skill level and discuss individual goals.)
– Tuner/Metronome
– Pencils

Beginners
– School Beginning band method book
– Rubank Elementary Method for Trombone or Baritone
 
Middle School
– Fifty Recreation Studies for the Young Trombonist (Sigmund Herring)
– Rubank Intermediate Method for Trombone or Baritone
 
 
High School
– 40 Progressive Studies for Trombone (Sigmund Herring)
– Melodious Etudes for Trombone, Book #1 (Joannes Rochut)
 
Bass Trombone
– 40 Progressive Studies for Trombone (Sigmund Herring)
– Melodious Etudes for Bass Trombone (Allen Ostrander)

Contact John:

John Gonzalez Trombone Studio Registration Form

  • Note: 45 and 60 minute lesson lengths will be determined by the instructor
  • Note: Lesson registration will be reserved at a first come, first served basis and lesson times will be removed from the website once they've been reserved. All Gonzalez studio in-person lessons will take place at the St. Ambrose University Music House, 2021 Brown St., Davenport, IA

 

 

Thomas Knowles, trombone

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Education:
BA – Augustana College

Teaching Philosophy: I believe that any student can be successful in band. It is an environment that allows students to work at their own pace and find success their own ways.

Rates:
$30/30 min 
$35/45 min (intermediate/advanced)
$45/60 min (advanced only)

When & Where:
Mondays – 4:30 – 6:00
Tuesdays – 5:00 – 7:00
Wednesdays – 5:00 – 8:00
St. Ambrose University Music House    
2021 Brown St.    
Davenport, IA  
Note: Virtual lessons offered

Contact Thomas:

Thomas Knowles Trombone Studio Registration Form

  • Note: 45 and 60 minute lesson lengths will be determined by the instructor
  • Note: Lesson registration will be reserved at a first come, first served basis and lesson times will be removed from the website once they've been reserved. All Knowles studio in-person lessons will take place at the St. Ambrose University Music House, 2021 Brown St., Davenport, IA

 

 

Percussion

Dr. Tony Oliver, percussion

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Education: 
BM – University of Iowa
MA – University of Iowa
DMA – Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University

Teaching Philosophy: I enjoy teaching students of all ages and my teaching philosophy is similar for all of them: I engage with the students wherever they are at in their musical development and work with them in a positive, supportive manner to help them strive for their musical goals. I can guarantee, having taught students who range in age from 10 to 95 years old over the last 30 years, that where students may be on their musical journeys can vary greatly, but a positive, supportive approach, which is an unchanging aspect of my teaching style, can effectively get them to where they are going. Students can expect to work on basic music theory and listening, the techniques to play their instruments and make good sounds, and ways to interact with their musical environment, be it in a band, orchestra, school audition or contest, or simply playing for their own enjoyment.

Rates:
$35/30 min
$50/45 min
$65/60 min

When & Where:
Mondays 2:00-4:00PM, 4:30-8:00PM
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
2400 Middle Rd
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Note: Virtual lessons offered

Required Materials:
-Access to practice pad, snare drum, or other equipment, as needed for private practice
-Purchase of lesson books/materials if not provided by instructor
-Pencil
-Metronome (stand alone or phone app)
-Smile 

Contact Dr. Oliver:

Dr. Tony Oliver Percussion Studio Registration Form

  • Note: 45 minute and 60 minute lesson lengths will be determined by the instructor
  • Note: Lesson registration will be reserved at a first come, first served basis and lesson times will be removed from the website once they've been reserved. All Oliver in-person lessons will take place at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church 2400 Middle Rd Bettendorf, IA 52722

 

 

 

 

Mitchell Carter, percussion

Education: 
BA – Augustana College
MM – VanderCook College of Music

Teaching Philosophy: My approach to private lesson teaching begins with building a relationship with the student. Understanding their goals, their interests, their skill set, and their needs will help me develop an instructional plan that caters to the unique experiences of that student. My goal is to develop the most important skills of musicianship, including literacy, ear training, sight reading, how to practice, and unique ensemble considerations for percussionists. The ultimate goal is to develop a complete musician, capable of handling a wide range of musical challenges and opportunities as they arise.

Rates:
$30/30 min
$40/45 min (intermediate/advanced)
$50/60 min (advanced only)

When & Where:
Tuesdays 4:00-8:00PM
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
2400 Middle Rd
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Note: Virtual lessons offered

Required Materials: Pencil, sticks and mallets, method book (as recommended by instructor), other assigned lesson music (as recommended by instructor)

Contact Mitchell:

Mitchell Carter Percussion Studio Registration Form

  • Note: 45 minute and 60 minute lesson lengths will be determined by the instructor
  • Note: Lesson registration will be reserved at a first come, first served basis and lesson times will be removed from the website once they've been reserved. All Carter lessons will take place at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church 2400 Middle Rd Bettendorf, IA 52722

 

 

 

Would you like to support this program? The average cost of a 30-minute lesson is $35 dollars. Any donation made to the Private Lesson Underwriting Fund will ensure that all students, regardless of financial circumstances, will be able to take advantage of this opportunity. Click on the button below to help a student.

Private Lesson Program underwriting and financial aid support provided by the Morency Family Foundation, Margaret Skinner Endowed Fund, and many individual donors. 

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