office manager- woodwind instructor - in studio or online
Barb has been at Piano Trends since March of 2004 giving her an extensive knowledge of most departments at Piano Trends. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from DePaul University and has over 30 years of experience in classroom and individual music instruction, clarinet and saxophone performance, and ensemble conducting.
staff-trumpet instructor - in studio or online
Amy has been a member of the Piano Trends Staff for many Years and is our expert Trumpet instructor helps greet you when working behind the counter.. Amy graduated with her music degree at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb. Amy still tours with groups and orchestras regionally and nationally. Amy was a part of Adele's backup orchestra when Adele performed at the United Center in Chicago. . Amy also has toured with several Broadway shows including Fiddler on the Roof. You will recognize her smile behind the counter....
staff-trombone-low brass instructor - in studio or online
Adam Huckeby works both as an excellent instructor at Piano Trends but you will findAdam working the floor as well. He is a trombonist, pianist, and vocalist who performs, directs, and teaches professionally throughout the area. He is well-versed in a wide variety of musical styles—everything from classical to jazz to music theatre—and has worked with students and performers of every age. In the recent past, Adam has performed in multiple pit orchestras, music directed numerous community youth musicals, led several summer music camps, and played as a part of various local ensembles.
staff - piano-voice instructor - in studio or online
Aldren is a vital member of the Piano Trends staff and a talented musician playing a variety of instruments. he studied vocal performance at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb. Aldren has worked as a Children's music director with Children's theatre of Elgin, Arts Center of St. Charles and also works as accompanist and worsip leader for FIL-AM Baptist Church. Aldren is proficient in teaching both voice and piano in the Piano Trends Studios. Aldren is a founding member of Concept Mix with Adam Huckeby
Staff - Piano - Voice - Ballpark Organ!!
John Benedeck has been a part of Piano Trends Music and Band Company since high school in one form or another. John is an excellent piano, organ and voice instructor. In his "Spare" time John can be seen at the controls of the Wrigley Field Organ for the Chicago Cubs.
"John grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, and has been a pianist since he was six. Since then, he has implemented music in everything he does. Whether he is leading a worship team for his church, accompanying the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley Field, or creating original music for podcasts and short films, John seeks the joy in music without compromise.
He urges aspiring pianists to not only reflect on the pioneers of modern piano, but to also invent and develop their own theories and compositions. It is important for musicians to contribute individuality to music because that is how music evolves over time."
voice-piano instructor - in studio or online
Adela has benn working with us for 20 years now at Piano Trends Music & Band.
Adela is a Graduate of Roosevelt University with a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. She currently also works with many High School choirs and students preparing them for college and play auditions. From classic to broadway Adela is experienced and well qualified from beginners to advanced. Adela Has been teaching at Piano Trends Music since 2000. Many of the Schools Adela works with teaching at include: Jacob High School, Wauconda High School, Dundee Crown High School, Woodstock High School, Carmel High School and Morton West High School. Adela is also the choir conductor at Zion Methodist Church and has been in that capacity since 1996. Having Earned numerous Music Scholoarships in undergraduate and graduate school, Adela has performed at many different venues including Richard Miller Master Class, Concordia University Guest Faculty Recital, Cuneo Museum, Daley Plaza, and many joint recitals. We are proud to have Adela as part of our Piano Trends Family.
Woodwind - beginning piano - in studio or online
Mike received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He has taught instrumental music and private lessons at the Elementary, Junior High, High School, and College levels in the Chicago area for the past 25 years.
Mike’s performance credentials include performances with Billy Eckstine, Jimmy Dorsey, Tom Scott, The Temptations, Milton Berle, Bob Hope, The Las Vegas Rat Pack Show, Frank Mantooth, The Ringling Brothers Circus and many others. In the Chicago areas he has also performed with the John Burnett Orchestra, Bill O’ Connell Big Band, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, and the Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. Mike has also performed in many musicals and shows in Europe, the Caribbean, and a USO tour to Cuba. Mike has also been a featured guest artist with many Chicago area school groups and a featured soloist with the world renowned, St. Charles Singers.
Mike is currently a freelance woodwind artist in the Chicago area and leading his own jazz quartet. He is also a member of the Park Avenue Orchestra, which performs for many private and corporate events in the Chicago area and the Midwest.
Drums - Guitar - Bass- Ukulele Instructor - in studio or online
Ryan is one of the area's more respected drum and guitar instructors.
Ryan has been a part of the local music community since the 1990s. He has previously taught at both The Player's Bench and Consolidated Music of Barrington. Ryan teaches drums, guitar, bass, ukulele, percussion, and rock school. He teaches a wide variety of styles, including rock, jazz, funk, folk, punk, latin, worldbeat, and more. Over the years, Ryan has played guitar, drums, and bass in numerous bands in the Crystal Lake area. When not teaching or performing, he enjoys spending time with his family or working on his other passion, painting.
Check out his Facebook page for both his music and art on Ryan's Facebook page.
Piano, Guitar, Violin, Ukulele instructor - in studio or online
Ashley has a passion for teaching piano and also currently is learning to play cello with another member of our Piano Trends Music staff Tom Vos.
She studied international trade policy at Monterey Institute of International Studies and graduated in 2008.
Ashley has been playing piano since the age of 5 and grew up singing in professional children's choirs and stared playing guitar when she went to college since it was easier to transport than her piano. However she would sneak into the music school and play in the practice rooms whenever she could. Ashley plays mostly classical on piano. She has taught a wide range of subjects in one on one and small group settings for students aged pre-school through adult. call the Piano Trends Music front desk 815.477.4266 for Ashley's availability.
instructor - in studio or online
Bruce is a lifelong resident of the area and a big part of the music scene locally. He has worked with major artists like Ricky Skaggs at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, He is or been a member of Pirates on 40, Sweetwater among other bands. He organized Rock School Classes in the past and will again in the future with Piano Trends Music & Band. Bruce teaches and works with children and adults alike on both acoustic and electric guitars, bass guitar, ukulele and percussion. Call or email us for Bruce's availability. Both in studio and online lessons available.
piano-flute instructor - in studio only
Christine Has been with Piano Trends Music for more than 12 years. Chris has a music degree from DePaul University in Chicago.
She works with both Children and adults and she takes her music and dedication to her students seriously. Chris is also an accomplished Flutist. Call to check Christine's schedule availability.
Rowena’s motto regarding piano is “Anyone Can Learn.” Age is not an issue. Learning to play the piano is a balance between a competent teacher with whom the student connects, a student who has a desire to learn to play and is willing to practice, and an instrument that meets basic keyboard standards. Rowena has been teaching piano in McHenry for the past 35 years. A member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers for almost thirty years, Rowena is also a member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), the Illinois State Music Teachers Association (ISMTA), and the local Fox Hills Music Teachers Association (FHMTA). She holds certifications in two early childhood music teacher groups, Kindermusik and Musikgarten, and has taught classes in both.
Sandy Doran has worked with Piano trends Music for many years. Sandy is a retired Montisorri Music Teacher. We are fortunate to have Sandy on our staff. Her love of music and working with children of all ages. She has always been well loved by her students for her creativity and dedication to teaching music.
staff-piano, flute instructor - online only
Corrin is our Main Virtual Online Instructor for both Piano and flute. Corrin specializes in online lessons for Piano Trends Music Studio. Check out her FREE Online Lesson. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Millikin University, where she played in the Wind Ensemble. Corrin has played flute for thirteen years and piano for approximately eleven years where she started right here at Piano Trends Music as a child. She played flute throughout college and piano through her junior year. Corrin teaches music at Crstal Lake Montessori School during the day. Teaching is her passion and she hopes to instill a love for music into all of her students.