Phone: (815) 217-5648

Teachers and Staff

The Music Connection is a full-service music lesson studio. We have talented and professional music instructors. Lessons are available for the following: piano, voice, guitar, flute, piccolo, clarinet, oboe, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone/euphonium, Fr. horn, tuba, violin, viola, cello, string bass, drums, and percussion. We offer both group and one-on-one lessons. Lessons are taught in-person and online/virtual. Whether you are just starting or want to further your musical knowledge, our teachers have multiple years of teaching experience. Call for your free sample lesson!

Research has shown that learning to play a musical instrument or to sing can greatly improve one’s quality of life simply by learning how to read music and make music. Other benefits can include lowering stress, depression, and anxiety. It can also improve math scores, reading scores, memory, and much more!

Laura Weaver

Assistant Manager
2022 Availability

Ben Crino

Guitar Instructor
2022 AvailabilityWednesdays and Thursdays

Brandon Rittenour

Cello Instructor
2022 AvailabilityTBA (call for details)

Ashley Zuhn

Voice/Piano Instructor
2022 AvailabilitySunday -- anytime Monday -- anytime Tuesday -- after 3:30pm Wednesday -- after 2:30pm Thursday -- after 3:30pm Friday -- anytime Saturday -- after 1pm

Austin Cruz

String Instructor
2022 Availability
  • Call for availability

Matt Alfrey

Voice & Piano Instructor
2022 Availability
  • Call for Availability

Dr. Tim Bowlby

Theory/Composition Instructor
2022 Availability
  • Call for Availability

Matt Farias

Brass Instructor
2022 Availability
  • Call for availability

Troy Nussbaum

Guitar Instructor
2022 Availability
  • Call for availability

Megan Rault

Woodwind Instructor
2022 Availability (Starting on the week of 9/6):
  • Mondays - after 3:30 pm
  • Tuesdays - before 12 pm, after 7 pm
  • Wednesdays - after 6:30 pm
  • Thursdays - 2:30-4:30 pm, after 6:30 pm
  • Fridays - after 12:30 pm