Instructors

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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

Drums

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.

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

Drums

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.

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."