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The Instrument Barn offers lessons on all instruments. To get you started we offer 2 FREE trial lessons. That is a $50 value completely FREE with NO commitment.  Lessons after your trial lessons are $25 a half hour and are offered during our normal business hours. We recommend scheduling lessons weekly but we do also offer bi weekly lessons. For more information or to schedule a lesson give us a call at 847-562-6616 or fill out the form by clicking on the link below.

 

Lesson Interest form 

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Teaching Staff 

Harry Choin- Woodwinds, Piano, and Guitar



Nick Lowe - Trumpet, Beginning Strings, and Beginning Piano 

Mr. Nick Lowe graduated from Elmhurst College in 2019 with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. Prior to graduation, he spent time teaching high school marching band in Wheeling, teaching private lessons in Aurora and Elmhurst, and performing in various pit orchestras around the northwest suburbs. During his time at Elmhurst College, Mr. Lowe performed with the Wind Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra, Jazz Lab Band, Trumpet Ensemble, and Brass Quintet. He has performed in several locations, including the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, the Jazz Showcase in Chicago, and at the Pearl Harbor Memorial in Hawai'i.

 

Will Kirby - Clarinet and Voice 

Will Kirby is a freelance musician who loves to play music. He has a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance as well as many Graduate credits from Northern Illinois University. He has played with various community orchestras and bands, including the Harper Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Grove Concert Band, and Glenview Concert Band. He has also performed in musicals, such as A Chorus Line and Putnam County Spelling Bee, and many other professional gigs. The clarinet is his main instrument, however, he can also play the saxophone, steelpan, and sing. Music is his biggest passion, and he loves to be able to share what he knows with anyone who wants to learn.

 

Jeff Rollins - Violin and Viola 

Mr. Jeff Rollins graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2019. As a student at UIUC, Mr. Rollins studied with Stefan Milenkovich. While at UIUC Mr. Rollins performed with the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra as well as many other string ensembles. Mr. Rollins has been playing the violin since he was 5 years old and comes from a very musical family. Mr. Rollins frequently performs at weddings with his string quartet, the Cottonwood Quartet. In addition Mr. Rollins most recently was a section violinist with the Fox Valley Orchestra and the Chicagoland Educators Orchestra. A veteran private instructor, Mr. Rollins has been teaching private lessons since 2012, and has taught students of all ages. Mr. Rollins is an avid Chicago Bears fan, and enjoys playing volleyball in his free time. 

 

 

Dennis Meacham - Low Brass

Dennis Meacham graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Tuba – Performance in 2018. Currently, he is working on a Master of Music in Tuba – Performance at Northern Illinois University. Dennis enjoys working with all students and has taught pupils from age three to sixty-five. Dennis’ experience also reaches public school communities, since he has taught middle school and high school bands. Outside of the teaching, Dennis performs in NIU Orchestra, NIU Wind Ensemble, brass quintet, tuba euphonium ensemble, and the fox valley brass band. In his free time, Dennis enjoys reading history books and learning new cooking recipes.

 

Victoria Choin - Strings, Electric Bass, and High Brass

(Zoom or Skype Only)

Victoria has been playing musical instruments for over 20 years. She studied piano and double bass at Central Michigan University, where she received a Bachelors degree in Music. She has played French Horn with the Arizona State University symphonic band, as well as other groups. Victoria received a Masters degree in Musicology from ASU in 2019. Since graduating, Victoria has been teaching orchestra at a school in Mesa, AZ. She has been teaching strings, brass, and piano privately for 5 years. 
Kyle Anderson- Clarinet, Saxophone, Ukulele 
Kyle Anderson has been playing clarinet since fifth grade and is currently a student at Northern Illinois University, pursuing a degree in Music Education. In addition to clarinet, Kyle also plays saxophone, ukulele, and guitar. At NIU, Kyle is a three year member of the Huskie Marching Band - the Pride of the Midwest - and has also performed with the NIU wind symphony. Kyle is eager to teach people something new, or grow in their musical ability. In his free time, Kyle enjoys playing tennis and riding his bike.

 

Hanna Bingham-Violin 

Hanna Bingham has been an active member of the Chicago area music scene since the age of eight and has over ten year of teaching experience. She has been a featured soloist with a number of orchestras including: The Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago (which lead to her being featured on a WFMT broadcast of From The Top), Northwestern University’s Baroque Ensemble, Northern Illinois University’s Philharmonic Orchestra, NIU Sinfonia, and the Rockford Youth Symphony Orchestra.Her chamber music experience includes performing in an array of ensembles including a string quartet that competed in the St. Paul string quartet competition and was named semi-finalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Indiana. Hanna Bingham earned her Masters in Violin Performance degree at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music under Desiree Ruhstrat in December of 2020. She earned her bachelors in music performance from the Northern Illinois University School of Music under Blaise Magniere during which time she also studied with soloist, Yang Liu. As an orchestral musician she served as concertmaster of the Northern Illinois University Philharmonic Orchestra, Northwestern University Baroque Ensemble, as well as on concertmaster rotation for the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra. Hanna is an active member of local Chicago area orchestras such as the Kishwakee Symphony Orchestra and the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra.

Now that she has graduated her performance degrees, Hanna plans to pursue a second masters degree in the recording arts under the instruction of Grammy-Award winning faculty, Dan Nichols, at Northern Illinois University starting in the fall of 2021.