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

Banjo, Mandolin & Ukulele

Q Kiser
Guitar, Bass,Ukulele, Piano, Brass, Mandolin • Available 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.
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Guitar/Bass

Tim Egan
Guitar, Electric Bass • Available Tuesday–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 has been teaching music for seven years. He is also a noted composer, arranger and theorist. Tim has taught at A Sound Education since 2009.
Kimi Hayes
Guitar • Available Mondays and Wednesdays
Kimi has been playing rock, blues and country guitar for more than 20 years. In that time, she’s released five original albums while playing with such bands as Catfight, The Fabulous Janes and The Kimi Hayes Band. She’s also opened for acts like Sugarland, Gavin DeGraw, Willie Nelson and many more.
Q Kiser
Guitar, Bass,Ukulele, Piano, Brass • Available Saturdays
Check out Q's profile, above.
Nick Matthopolous
Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin • Available Mondays and Thursdays
Check out Nick's profile, above.
Matt Rice
Guitar, Electric Bass • Available Monday through Saturday
Matt Rice has more than 20 years of experience playing guitar and studied under the legendary Harry Hmura. He is proficient in all styles of music—metal, jazz, rock, blues, shred, and more. Matt enjoys teaching students of all ages and with varying musical tastes. He's taught at A Sound Education since 2003.
Marco Severini
Guitar & Bass • Available Mondays and Wednesdays
Marco Severini is a Brookfield native and started taking lessons from 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.
Keith Wollenberg
Guitar & Bass • Available Wednesdays and Saturdays
Keith started playing guitar in late 1991, after being inspired by music during his childhood. He studied with Harry Hmura (James Cotton, Sugar Blue, Brian Culbertson, and Halo video games) from his sophomore year of high school to senior year, learning the nature of guitar and music theory through blues, jazz and rock. Keith continued his studies with Scott Johnston (Christopher Parkening) studying classical guitar and jazz, and classical guitar with Steve Ramsdell (numerous classical and jazz artists) at College of DuPage. Keith started teaching guitar at the Sound Post in LaGrange in 1997, and then at A Sound Education in 2001. He then transferred to Benedictine College to continue studies in jazz and classical with Steve Ramsdell and John Mouldwer (Paul Wertico of Pat Methany) to finish his Bachelor's degree. Keith continued his music education studies at Elmhurst College, taking teaching classes, conducting and learning other instruments. He's played with many bands and is currently playing with Rendition—featured on WGN Morning News—and plays shows all over. Keith wrote his first album "As Is" in 2005, continues to write and hopes to record another record soon. He enjoys customizing his lessons to meet students' goals and implementing the fundamentals of music so they are able to both play music they like and understand what they are doing.
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Percussion

Chris Morrow
Percussion • Available Monday–Thursday and Saturdays
Chris is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is a professional drummer and percussionist in the Chicago area. An active performer and recording artist, Chris can be heard on albums by the Jigawatt Trio, the New Fuse, Matt Robinson and many others. He maintains a full performance schedule all over the Midwest with artists in a wide variety of genres. Chris has been teaching at A Sound Education since 2001, and has more than 50 students every week.
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Piano & Keyboard

Elizabeth Bauer
Vocals and piano • Available Mondays and Wednesdays
Elizabeth is a junior music education major at Elmhurst College, with a focus on voice and choir. She has been involved in music since a young age and continues to be involved in multiple collegiate ensembles, some of which include concert choir, mixed traditional choir, and Late Night Blues—the premier vocal jazz ensemble at Elmhurst. Elizabeth has always had a strong passion for music and is grateful for the opportunity to spread that love of music to new musicians through teaching lessons at A Sound Education.
Tim Egan
Piano • Available Tuesday–Saturday
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Sharon Little-Junsay
Piano, Keyboard, Organ • Available Monday–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.

Tom Slater
Piano • Available Thursdays
Tom Slater has been playing and studying the piano for over 30 years. He studied music at Cleveland State University and has a solid background in classical, jazz and pop music. He is a multi-instrumentalist in several local bands who can also play the guitar, mandolin and trombone. Tom’s main goals are to help his students develop and maintain good practice habits, learn music theory, and get the most enjoyment and fulfillment you can from playing music.
Tina Wisniewski
Beginner Piano/Vocals • Available Mondays
Tina has been involved in music since she was seven, when she began playing the piano. Currently, she is pursuing a degree in music education at Elmhurst College. Tina is a member of the Concert Choir and Women's Chorus at Elmhurst, as well as a violinist in the Philharmonic Orchestra. She has participated in IMEA District Festivals, and recently sang with the College Choir in concert with Andrea Bocelli as a part of his national tour in Chicago. Tina had the opportunity in her senior year of high school to teach the women's choir and freshmen concert orchestra, alongside both directors. Since that time, she has known that she wants to teach and spread her love of music with students.
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Violin, Cello & Viola

Nissa Anderson
Violin, Viola and Cello • Available Tuesdays and Thursdays

Nissa has loved music for as long as she can remember. At three-years-old, she was dancing around her dad’s office as he played Stevie Ray Vaughn. At four, she was begging her older brothers to teach her something on their guitars. By eight, she was teaching herself, “I Want It That Way,” on her MIDI keyboard. And by nine, she finally decided to play the violin through the District 102 orchestra program and participated in orchestra from fourth grade until she graduated from Lyons Township in 2012. She is a recent graduate of Lake Forest College, with her Bachelor’s in Music Education. In her time at college, she participated in music ensembles from women’s choir to pit orchestra to West African drumming to symphonic orchestra and piano trio. Nissa is currently teaching both publicly and privately and is hoping to begin her Suzuki training this fall as well as continuing her violin studies.

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Vocals

Elizabeth Bauer
Piano and Vocals • Available Mondays and Wednesdays
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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.
Tina Wisniewski
Vocals/Beginner Piano • Available Mondays
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Woodwinds & Brass

Tim Kerwin
Woodwind & Brass • Available Tuesdays

Tim received his BA in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin. He was a graduate student at the University of Chicago and finished his Masters Degree at Northeastern Illinois University.

Tim’s current position at Curie High School for the Performing Arts in Chicago focuses on instrumental and electronic music. His primary instrument is French horn and he enjoys teaching students of all levels and ages.

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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