The Instrument Barn offers lessons on all instruments. Lessons are $30 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.
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Harry Choin - Woodwinds, Piano, and Guitar
Harry is the owner of The Instrument Barn, and also an experienced instructor. He recently completed his enlistment in the United States Army. He has a strong passion for music and plays as much as he can. While he was in the United States Army, he was an Army Bandsman. Harry played in all kinds of ensembles including the jazz band, rock band, ceremonial band, and the woodwind quintet playing clarinet, flute, saxophone, and piano. His primary instrument is clarinet. Now he really enjoys playing in community bands, and orchestras, throughout the Chicago area. His goal is to get quality instruments at an affordable cost to all musicians. In his free time he enjoys working on old cars and hanging out with the family.
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 Hawaii.
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)
Owen Miller - Saxophone, Beginning Piano
Ryan Klopfenstein - Drums, Guitar, Electric Bass, Ukulele
Andrew Ossler - Trumpet, Beginning Piano
Andrew Ossler graduated from Illinois State University in 2021 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. During his time at ISU, Andrew played in the ISU Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and Jazz band. Andrew teaches at Marian Central Catholic High School as the Music Director where he teaches Band, Choir, Guitar, and Piano. Outside of teaching, Andrew performs with the Prairie Brass Band, Rockford Concert Band, and subs with the Chicago Brass Band. In addition, Andrew plays trumpet at St. Mary in Huntley. In his free time, Andrew enjoys volunteering at the railroad museum and spending time with family and friends.
Abby Wheatley- Voice and Piano
Abby has years of experience in teaching, worship leading, and music performance. Since 2015, she has been a team member and worship leader for several church worship teams in the area, and is currently a freelance worship leader. Over the years, Abby has enjoyed being a part of various ensembles such as choir, piano ensemble, chamber singers, jazz band, and orchestra. In high school, she auditioned and was selected to participate in the Illinois Music Education Association's District IX and Allstate choirs (ask about ILMEA prep for middle and high school students). Her favorite thing about lessons is connecting with each student and finding their unique learning style. In addition to teaching, Abby has a passion for writing music and will be releasing some original work soon. Abby holds an Associate's degree in Arts from Elgin Community College.
Collin Berg- Guitar, Bass, and Piano