Our Music Instructors


Dave Berger


David's degree is from the University of Chicago; he has taught privately for years, as well as at the American Conservatory of Music.

As a guitarist, David is fluent in a wide range of styles, including R&B, blues, jazz, gospel, rock, and classical. He performs in both solo and group settings in venues ranging from theaters and concert halls to hotels, clubs and private functions.

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Josh Calef


A Dallas TX native, Josh Calef has quickly become an in-demand drummer and educator since his move to Chicago in 2014.

Josh has shared the stage with many Chicago luminaries including Pat Mallinger, Greg Ward, Roy McGrath, and Shout Section Big Band, and has been featured at the Green Mill, Jazz Showcase, Andy's Jazz Club, Reggie's, and more. Josh excels at teaching any age, and studied instrumental technique under renowned technician Bill Bachman.

Nanae Fujiwara


2013 Wilson Center Guitar Competition semi-finalist, classical guitarist Nanae Fujiwara, received her Bachelors degree in Music Performance from Northeastern Illinois University with Summa Cum Laude. In 2017, she furthered her studies in Spain to complete her Master in Classical Guitar Performance, provided by Master Guitarra Alicante and University of Alicante. Her dream is to start a Guitar Festival in Chicago for all classical guitarists.


Steve Knight


Steve has been a guitarist ever since trading his first skateboard for a guitar back in...many years ago. He brings 20 years of playing and teaching experience with Carnival Cruise Lines, the New York Jazz Workshop, Emporia State University, The University of the Ozarks, and The University of South Carolina, as well as countless musical theatre productions, weddings, and corporate gigs. He believes that one-on-one mentorship lays a more solid foundation for lifetime musical appreciation, collaboration, and achievement than anything that can be found on the internet.


Lee Rothenberg


After finishing his studies at Northwestern in 2004, Lee decided to pursue a career in music education as well as performance. Lee is able to teach a multitude of styles including rock, metal, blues, and jazz to all ages of students.

Lee takes each student very seriously and is able to adapt his teaching techniques for all levels and interests.


Alejandro Urzagaste

Guitar, Bass, Drums and Piano

Alejandro Urzagaste is a multi instrumentalist, teaching guitar, bass, drums and piano. Alejandro Urzagaste studied guitar at Northern Illinois University with Fareed Haque. Primarily a jazz guitarist he also plays classical, rock and flamenco although he appreciates music regardless of genre.

"There are only twelve notes."