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BANJO, MANDOLIN & UKELELE | GUITAR/BASS | PERCUSSION | PIANO | VIOLIN, CELLO & VIOLA | VOCALS | WOODWIND & BRASS

Banjo, Mandolin & Ukulele

Gabby Bandera
Woodwind, Brass, Ukulele • Available Saturdays
Brandon Fernandez
Guitar & Ukulele • Available Wednesday & Thursday

  

Q Kiser
Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Piano, Brass, Mandolin • Available Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

Q holds a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University, Fort Wayne, and has been a performer and teacher for more than 20 years. He teaches ukulele, guitar, bass, piano, trumpet, trombone, baritone, and tuba, incorporating music theory and ear training in the learning process. You can find Q onstage with the high energy and interactive band The Hat Guys and teaching rock and pop bands with Intonation Music Workshop. See what else Q is up to and where you can also see him perform and teach. Q has taught at A Sound Education since 2012.

Nick Matthopolous
Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin • Available Mondays and Thursdays

Nick has more than 10 years of musical experience comprised of performing, recording and teaching. He played saxophone throughout middle and high school, while adding guitar and bass to his knowledge at the end of seventh grade. Shortly after high school, Nick studied the banjo, mandolin and ukulele. Since high school, Nick has performed on both guitar and bass, playing various styles of music in various bands. He has a deep interest in various styles of music and appreciates focusing on not just the fundamentals, but whatever his students may be interested in as well. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justin Reckamp
Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Piano • Available Tuesday and Wednesday

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Guitar/Bass

Tim Egan
Guitar, Electric Bass • Available Tuesday through Saturday

A Brookfield native, Tim has his Bachelor's of Music from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. He has been playing guitar for 20 years, and is a noted multi-instrumentalist having performed professionally on piano and bass. Comfortable in all styles of music, Tim enjoys teaching students of all ages. He is also a noted composer, arranger and theorist. Tim has taught at A Sound Education since 2009.

 

Q Kiser
Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Piano, Brass, Mandolin • Available Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

Q holds a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University, Fort Wayne, and has been a performer and teacher for more than 20 years. He teaches ukulele, guitar, bass, piano, trumpet, trombone, baritone, and tuba, incorporating music theory and ear training in the learning process. You can find Q onstage with the high energy and interactive band The Hat Guys and teaching rock and pop bands with Intonation Music Workshop. See what else Q is up to and where you can also see him perform and teach. Q has taught at A Sound Education since 2012.

Nick Matthopolous
Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin • Available Mondays and Thursdays

Nick has more than 10 years of musical experience comprised of performing, recording and teaching. He played saxophone throughout middle and high school, while adding guitar and bass to his knowledge at the end of seventh grade. Shortly after high school, Nick studied the banjo, mandolin and ukulele. Since high school, Nick has performed on both guitar and bass, playing various styles of music in various bands. He has a deep interest in various styles of music and appreciates focusing on not just the fundamentals, but whatever his students may be interested in as well.

Hristo Mintchev
Guitar, Ukulele, Bass Guitar • Available Mondays and Saturdays

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justin Reckamp

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Piano • Available Tuesday and Wednesday

Marco Severini
Guitar & Bass • Available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Marco Severini is a Brookfield native and started taking lessons at A Sound Education when the store first opened in 2001. After discovering his true passion for music, Marco continued to pursue the guitar intensely. In 2013, before he graduated from Riverside Brookfield High School, Marco was accepted to Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 2018, Marco graduated from Berklee with a degree in music production and composition and has recently moved back to Brookfield. At A Sound Education, Marco teaches both guitar and bass guitar and loves playing genres ranging from classic rock, fusion, blues, and metal.

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Percussion

Wally Pochron
Percussion • Available Monday–Thursday and Saturdays

 

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Piano

Evan Caverly
Vocals and piano • Available virtually on Mondays and Wednesdays

Evan is currently working on his BA in Music Education, while minoring in Dance Education, at Elmhurst University. He is a proud recipient of the Music Presidential Scholarship, American Dream Grant and is part of the Honors Program at the college. Having been recommended by our very popular, Elizabeth Bauer, we are glad to have his talents available at A Sound Education. Evan is very passionate about sharing his love of music and enjoys teaching all ages and skill levels.

Mia Connery
Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano

 

Tim Egan
Guitar, Electric Bass • Available Tuesday through Saturday

A Brookfield native, Tim has his Bachelor's of Music from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. He has been playing guitar for 20 years, and is a noted multi-instrumentalist having performed professionally on piano and bass. Comfortable in all styles of music, Tim enjoys teaching students of all ages. He is also a noted composer, arranger and theorist. Tim has taught at A Sound Education since 2009.

Emma Germann
Piano and woodwind • Available Saturdays

 

Sharon Little-Junsay
Piano, Keyboard, Organ • Available Monday through Saturday

Sharon Little-Junsay, affectionately known by students and staff alike as "Miss Sharon" has taught at A Sound Education since 2001. She treats each student as a distinct individual, while promoting and encouraging expression of their creative and physical gifts.

Miss Sharon's objectives as a piano instuctor are to:

  • Develop technique and facility at the piano or keyboard
  • Teach musicianship skills, theory, ear-training, sight-reading, listening, and performing for others
  • Instill life skills in younger students such as goal setting, good practice habits, personal discipline, and time management

A professional performer since the age of 12, Miss Sharon has been teaching for over 30 years at such esteemed venues as American Music World, Purdom's Suburban Music, and Soundpost. She's a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers, Music Teachers National Association, and the International Association of Organ Teachers.

 

Justin Reckamp

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Piano • Available Tuesday and Wednesday 

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Violin, Viola & Cello

Mia Connery
Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano

 

Lauren Pena
Violin • Available Thursdays

Lauren Pena is working on her associates degree at College of DuPage. She has lived in Brookfield for most of her life and at nine-years-old started taking violin lessons at A Sound Education. She was involved in LaGrange District 102 Orchestra beginning in 4th grade, Park Junior High Orchestra starting in the 7th grade and Lyons Township High School's Sinfonietta Orchestra. With 10 years of orchestra and performance experience, Lauren wants to encourage students to understand music theory and instruct them in technical aspects of the violin—while making sure they still have fun and enjoy music.

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Vocals

Evan Caverly
Vocals and piano • Available virtually on Mondays

Evan is currently working on his BA in Music Education, while minoring in Dance Education, at Elmhurst University. He is a proud recipient of the Music Presidential Scholarship, American Dream Grant and is part of the Honors Program at the college. Having been recommended by our very popular, Elizabeth Bauer, we are glad to have his talents available at A Sound Education. Evan is very passionate about sharing his love of music and enjoys teaching all ages and skill levels.

Mike Edwards
Vocals • Available Tuesdays and Fridays

Mike has been active in music for more 20 years. As a multi-instrumentalist (vocals, drums, guitar, bass, and keyboards), he has been a professional performer since age 17. He attended the University of Illinois as a music composition major. After college, he continued pursuing a professional music career, performing in both original and cover bands. He has appeared with a multitude of bands at venues around Chicago and the Midwest including the Metro and Buddy Guy’s Legends. He has been teaching music for several years. As a voice instructor he specializes in classical, soul, blues, rock and jazz singing for all ages.

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Woodwind & Brass

Gabby Bandera
Woodwind, Brass, Ukulele • Available Saturdays
Emma Germann
Piano and woodwind • Available Saturdays

 

Rick Reynolds
Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet • Available Thursdays

Rick received his Bachelors of Music degree in Music Education from NIU in Dekalb, Illinois. A former assistant band director at Riverside-Brookfield High School, he has been teaching private lessons for more than 20 years. Rick also performs with the band “Midnight” on sax, flute and vocals. He has taught at A Sound Education since 2001.

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