Dave Kohut 
Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Ukulele, Orchestral Strings, Music Technology
 

Dave began teaching guitar and bass lessons in 1995 at the age of 17. It was through this initial experience with teaching that he realized he wanted to make music education his career. Since then he has taught private lessons at numerous music schools and stores in the Chicago area. In addition, he has taught orchestra, guitar, and jazz band at Lincoln Park High School and Rolling Meadows High School. 

 

In 2000 Dave graduated from the University of Northern Illinois with a degree in jazz and classical guitar where he studied with world-renowned fusion guitarist Fareed Haque.  In addition, Dave has studied guitar with some of the best guitar

players in the world including Dave Uhrich and Andy Timmons. In 2009 he attended VanderCook College of Music and earned a Master’s Degree in Music Education. Dave is the author of a series of guitar method books titled The Contemporary Guide to Guitar. In 2013, he released his first solo guitar EP The Journey which is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and E-MusicCurrently, Dave plays in Stone Trippin' Pilots, Chicago's premier Stone Temple Pilots tribute band. He has 

Maureen Kelly 
Piano, Voice

 

Maureen attended the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM) studying music, Music Theatre, and dance, and has been a working professional in the field of entertainment since she was eighteen years old.  Maureen first started teaching to singers and recording artists in Los Angeles, and is now continuing to teach music to students of all levels in her native Chicago and suburbs.  Maureen specializes in teaching voice, and beginning and intermediate piano.

Joe McKee
Drums and Percussion

 

Joe McKee has been a professional musician and teacher for over 35 years. He recieved a BA from the American Conserveratory of Music and recieved an MA from Rosevelt University. He is proficient is all percussion instruments including drumset, handrums, mallets, marching percussion; orchestral; pipe band marching snare, and bodhran. He has studied and taught a wide variety of musical styles such as rock, jazz, Latin, world music, orchestral, marching band, pipe band drumming, and Celtic percussion.

Diane Tragos
Piano

 

Diane earned her degree from Saint Xavier University. She has been teaching music for over 30 years. Over the course of her career, she has taught at Rossi Music and House of Music As a performer, her experience ranges from Wedding to Rock & Roll bands. Currently Diane plays in 2 bands. Bad-Medicine is a tribute band featuring the music of Bon Jovi and ’80′s Hair Bands. Her other band, Frontline, plays original Rock music. She has performed internationally (Japan) and nationally while also performing at various local clubs and festivals.

As a teacher, Diane strives to create educational lessons in a fun environment with music theory and performance as an integral part of each lesson. She exhibits a divers teaching style which allows her to structure her lessons for each individual student based on their age, ability, and musical preference. 

Khahari Cook
Voice and Piano

Khahari Cook is a classically trained vocalist and pianist. Earning his undergraduate degree in Music Performance from North Central College, he was involved in a number of jazz and classical performances with opera roles such as Papageno, “Die Zauberflöte,” Thomas Bouché, “Down in the Valley,” and Don Alfonso, “Cosí fan tutte.” He has sung  with professional choirs and orchestras such as The Lakeside Singers, Constellation Men’s Ensemble, Chicago Philharmonic and the Dupage Symphony Orchestra.

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