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Dave Berger

Guitar, Bass, Piano

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.

Jeremy Benshish


Having grown up in a musical family, Jeremy developed his passion for percussion and the drum set at a very young age. As a child, he began performing at church with ensembles that were under the direction of his father. Jeremy continued to play music throughout high school, where he was placed in ensembles that brought him to perform in Germany and at Carnegie Hall. Jeremy is a DePaul University graduate with a degree in Jazz Studies under the tutelage of Dana Hall. Jeremy is well versed in playing and teaching a variety of different musical genres. He loves to share his passion for and knowledge of music with others. He strives to give each of his students a technical and conceptual approach to playing the drum set.

Anna Burton

Voice, Piano

Anna Burton is the General Music Teacher for grades PreK-8th at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Paideia Academy in South Shore, Chicago. A recent graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Anna has degrees in both Choral Music Education and Vocal Performance. She has also received extra training and mentorship within the field of education as a 2014 Golden Apple Scholar. In addition to teaching full time during the week, Anna regularly rehearses and performs with Chicago based mixed choir Allegrezza, who gives back 20% of all proceeds made at concerts to local charity partners. Although fairly new to the private lesson realm, Anna is thrilled to share her passion and knowledge of music with others who are curious. She loves interacting with and building relationships with others. Singing is her passion. It is important to Anna that students feel comfortable with the instructor they are working with and that they are supported in showing their true colors so they may be themselves.

Nayelii Duran

Violin, Cello, Keyboard

Nayelii is a classically trained violinist with a bachelor degree in Music Education from North Park University. Her passion for non-profit work has led her to teach students of all ages, styles, and levels of playing with various music programs around Chicago, such as The People’s Music School.

Danny Faith


Danny Faith has worked as a professional musician and teacher for forty eight years. He has performed in a wide variety of musical styles and continues with the same passion for performing as when he started, Danny has a deep interest in many forms of percussion instruments of various world cultures. His studies include Indian, African, Latin, Middle Eastern, Japanese, Brazilian, and Indonesian drumming styles, as well Western Drum Set. As a teacher his passion is equal to his passion for performing. He has taught individuals, groups, and music educators. He really enjoys sharing his accumulated knowledge with others, and deeply believes giving back to others all the great experience he has received in his journey. Danny is currently performing with The Chicago Gahu Club, a performance group that performs the music oF West Africa, The Chicago Balinese Gamelan, a performance group of the music of Bali, and The Steve Duke Trio, a jazz performance group.

Nanae Fujiwara

Guitar, Piano

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

Guitar, Bass

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.

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Anastasia Royal

Piano, Voice

Anastasia Royal, received her early training from Lili Simon, a pupil of Bela Bartok and then studied with Julian Levitan, chair of the Music Department at Depaul University. She received a 4-year piano scholarship to Depaul University. She has been teaching piano for over 30 years and is passionate aboutbringing the joy of music to the next generation—all ages welcome, at whatever level and whatever amount of talent! She also enjoys helping students learn to compose their own music and has mentored many students. Her unique, individualized approach makes learning fun.

Alejandro Urzagaste

Guitar, Bass

Alejandro Urzagaste studied guitar at Northern Illinois University with Fareed Haque. Primarily a jazz guitarist he appreciates music regardless of genre. He released his second recording "Subject to Change" in 2018 with his group Flow featuring Bill Carrothers on piano.

"There are only twelve notes."


Juli Wood

Saxophones, Clarinet, Flute

Juli Wood is a professional jazz saxophonist and singer with 37 years of experience performing in the USA, Finland, Sweden, Spain and Japan.

Since 1990 Juli has given private lessons on saxophone, clarinet and flute.In 2013 Juli was on stage with the Goodman theater production of the Jungle Book

Juli has five CD’s out to date; “ Movin’ and Groovin’ Juli Wood quintet featuring Mel Rhyne “, “ Blues for Earma Jean featuring Earma Thompson “ , “ 5 4 3 2 1 Juli Wood Quintet “ , “ Synkkä Metsä/ Dark Forest “, “ Suomen Salossa “