Sharing the Joy of Music

Hours of Operation: Mon - Fri 8:00am - 8:00pm





Dynamic Music

Sharing the Joy of Music

In-Home Lessons

CELEBRATING

EVERYONE


MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) Institutional Member

Our Mission: Sharing the JOY of Music 

HIGH QUALITY, individualized music instruction.

Lessons In Your Home, or Online. 

SPECIAL PROGRAMS


Individually Tailored Lessons

Our lesson programs are designed to meet each student’s unique goals, interests, and learning style.

High Quality Music Instructors

Our teachers are classically trained with college level and higher music degrees along with impressive performance backgrounds covering a wide variety of musical genres.


Bi-annual Recitals

Our professional administrative staff hosts bi-annual recitals for our students. We believe that preparing and performing music is an important part of the music study process and crucial for motivating progress.

A Comprehensive Approach

Our lesson designs strike a perfect balance between traditional and modern. All of our students learn how to read music as well as how to use proper technique with their chosen instrument. We also value a fun and creative approach to music study and make sure to ask “what song do you want to learn?” Our lesson programs include exposure to a wide variety of musical styles, from pop, to rock, to classical, and everything in-between.


  • Music notation reading
  • Ear training
  • Theory understanding
  • Song study
  • Improvisation and Composition 
  • Confidence and Performance Preparation
  • Audition Preparation
  • Music History
  • Exposure to a broad range of musical genres


MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) Institutional Member: We can enroll our students in the A.I.M. national music exams if desired. AIM MUSIC EXAM LINK (Voice & Piano Exams)


OUR STORY

TESTIMONIALS

“We have had a great experience with Dynamic Music. The teacher comes to our house and is wonderful with our children. She is always on time and very professional. Additionally, the rates for lessons are very competitive with other music lessons in the area. Sara (the owner) is very responsive and works hard to make sure she finds the best teacher for your children's needs. Highly recommend.“

-Laura Pape

"I just wanted to let you know how wonderful Rob Dicke has been as Kai’s piano teacher. He is incredibly talented and patient. I can’t even imagine how difficult it is to teach a seven year old via zoom but he has been incredible!  We are very lucky to have him!"  

-Oksana Yoshimura   


“My daughter took a violin lesson with Amy for two years. She was a kind, smart and thoughtful teacher, and taught my daughter a joy of playing the violin. It was also so convenient that she came to our house every week.
Sara is in charge of billing and administration. Her cancellation policy was clear and reasonable. She was super organized and always updated our invoice swiftly, every time cancellations had to happen. This flexible policy was very convenient for a family like us, who traveled often. Before Dynamic Music, we tried a bigger music school and their bureaucracy was a nightmare. It took a long time to get response and the cancellation/refund policy was rigid. So we appreciated flexibility of Dynamic Music greatly.
Due to various scheduling conflicts, we had to switch to another violin teacher. Sara's enthusiasm and energy in finding the replacement were wonderful and we owe her so much.” 

-Masako Ueda


SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Musical Theater Summer Camp

Jam with other students!

Open to all students enrolled in private lessons (can be enrolled in private lessons outside of Dynamic Music).

Every session ends with a final show.

3 month sessions held at The Laughing Academy in Glenview and under the guidance of one of our talented and professional staff members. 

PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS

Your Choice

lessons Online OR in Your Home.



Masks required for in-home lessons UNLESS both teacher and student agree to no masks.

Our teachers offering in-person lessons, are all vaccinated.

 Why Choose Us?  


PIANO LESSONS


VOICE LESSONS


GUITAR LESSONS


VIOLIN LESSONS


DRUM LESSONS


UKULELE LESSONS


BASS LESSONS


OBOE LESSONS


FLUTE LESSONS


SAXOPHONE LESSONS


CLARINET LESSONS


Beginning through Advanced, Ages 5 and Up   

RATES for Weekly Private Lessons:


*The same price for in-home and online


30 minutes: $40 per lesson

45 minutes: $55 per lesson

60 minutes: $70 per lesson *can be split into separate lessons for siblings

90 minutes: $99 per lesson *can be split into separate lessons for siblings


    Built in “sibling discount” established with the lower cost per minute as the total minutes increase.

PIANO LESSONS

  • Comprehensive, individualized lesson programs
  • Learning the language of music and proper music notation reading and understanding
  • Finger technique
  • Piano posture and positioning
  • Ear Training
  • Progression with the use of vetted piano method books
  • Supplemental music chosen according to student's unique goals and interests
  • Recital preparation and performance (Dynamic Music hosts two recitals per year, held at The Laughing Academy Stage in Glenview)
  • Creative composition for interested students
  • Engaging teachers who aim for a balance between traditional and modern
  • Positive reinforcement ALWAYS

YOUR CHOICE: In Home OR Online

VOICE LESSONS

  • Comprehensive, individualized lesson programs
  • Learning the language of music and proper music notation reading and understanding (we encourage combination piano/voice lessons for young singers and our voice teachers all teach piano fundamentals in addition to vocal technique)
  • Proper breathing and vocal technique study
  • Vocal posture
  • Ear Training
  • Audition Preparation
  • Challenging vocal repertoire work chosen as a student-teacher team
  • Recital preparation and performance (Dynamic Music hosts two recitals per year, held at The Laughing Academy Stage in Glenview)
  • Stage presence and expression
  • Engaging teachers who aim for a balance between traditional and modern
  • Positive reinforcement ALWAYS

YOUR CHOICE: In Home OR Online

DRUM LESSONS

  • Comprehensive, individualized lesson programs
  • Learning the language of music and proper music notation reading and understanding
  • Rudiments and fundamentals
  • Posture and positioning
  • Ear Training
  • Progression with the use of vetted method books
  • Supplemental music chosen according to student's unique goals and interests
  • Recital preparation and performance for interested students (Dynamic Music hosts two recitals per year, held at The Laughing Academy Stage in Glenview)
  • Check out our Student Rock Band Program (for drummers who are ready to JAM!)
  • Engaging teachers who aim for a balance between traditional and modern
  • Positive reinforcement ALWAYS

YOUR CHOICE: In Home OR Online

GUITAR LESSONS

  • Comprehensive, individualized lesson programs
  • Learning the language of music and proper music notation reading and understanding
  • Finger technique
  • Guitar posture and positioning
  • Ear Training
  • Progression with the use of vetted guitar method books
  • Supplemental music chosen according to student's unique goals and interests
  • Recital preparation and performance (Dynamic Music hosts two recitals per year, held at The Laughing Academy Stage in Glenview)
  • Creative composition for interested students
  • Engaging teachers who aim for a balance between traditional and modern
  • Positive reinforcement ALWAYS

YOUR CHOICE: In Home OR Online

VIOLIN LESSONS

  • Comprehensive, individualized lesson programs
  • Learning the language of music and proper music notation reading and understanding
  • Finger technique
  • Violin posture and positioning
  • Ear Training
  • Progression with the use of vetted violin method books
  • Supplemental music chosen according to student's unique goals and interests
  • Recital preparation and performance (Dynamic Music hosts two recitals per year, held at The Laughing Academy Stage in Glenview)
  • Engaging teachers who aim for a balance between traditional and modern
  • Positive reinforcement ALWAYS

YOUR CHOICE: In Home OR Online

FLUTE LESSONS

  • Comprehensive, individualized lesson programs
  • Learning the language of music and proper music notation reading and understanding
  • Proper flute technique taught by teachers with music degrees at the masters level and beyond!
  • Flute posture and positioning
  • Ear Training
  • Progression with the use of vetted flute method books
  • Supplemental music chosen according to student's unique goals and interests
  • Recital preparation and performance (Dynamic Music hosts two recitals per year, held at The Laughing Academy Stage in Glenview)
  • Engaging teachers who aim for a balance between traditional and modern
  • Positive reinforcement ALWAYS

YOUR CHOICE: In Home OR Online

UKULELE LESSONS

  • Comprehensive, individualized lesson programs
  • Learning the language of music and proper music notation reading and understanding
  • Finger technique
  • Ukulele posture and positioning
  • Ear Training
  • Progression with the use of vetted ukulele method books
  • Supplemental music chosen according to student's unique goals and interests
  • Recital preparation and performance (Dynamic Music hosts two recitals per year, held at The Laughing Academy Stage in Glenview)
  • Creative composition for interested students
  • Engaging teachers who aim for a balance between traditional and modern
  • Positive reinforcement ALWAYS

YOUR CHOICE: In Home OR Online

Lessons in YOUR HOME 

Masks for everyone UNLESS both student and teachers agree to unmask.


INSTRUMENTS OFFERED

Covid-19 Precautions:


  • Masks are required for everyone in the home while the teacher is present UNLESS both the teacher and students (family) agree to un-mask.



  • Sanitizing or washing hands prior to lessons is required, and please keep sanitizer or sanitizing wipes handy in the lesson space. 


  • Please set up a separate chair for the teacher, to assist with social distancing.


  • If the student is showing any signs/symptoms of illness or feeling unwell, please notify the teacher immediately and cancel lessons for that day (students will not be charged for sick days, and the teacher will notify our billing manager of the cancellation so that your account is adjusted accordingly).



COVID WAIVER FOR ELECTRONIC SIGNING


RATES



WHAT YOU WILL NEED FOR EACH INSTRUMENT


SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Lessons OVER ZOOM


INSTRUMENTS OFFERED

RATES

BENEFITS OF ONLINE LESSONS: 


  • Our teachers optimize the zoom music lesson experience by implementing fun, interactive online games and visuals through zoom's screen share and whiteboard options. The whiteboard work translates perfectly to a written record of lesson assignments that students can refer to throughout their week.


  • Meet with teachers who are in their own space, and using their own, PRO-instruments!  Students get to see and experience their teachers in their element, with their own instruments that they would not  bring to an in-home lesson. 


  • Additional lesson planning is demanded of teachers in order for lesson momentum to be strong enough to combat learning through a screen. This extra lesson planning gives lessons a BOOST in individualized lesson programming.



HOW TO SET UP FOR OPTIMAL SOUND OVER ZOOM:



How to turn original sound on and optimize sound on a desktop or laptop: 


1. Sign in to the Zoom desktop client (open your zoom application on your computer, or go to zoom.us to download the application if you do not already have it).

2. Click on the Settings/gear icon (top, righthand corner on home page)

3. Click the Audio tab

4. Under "Suppress Background Noise", check "LOW"

4. Under the "Music and Professional Audio Section", check, Show In-Meeting Option to "Enable Original Sound" from microphone

5. check "high fidelity music mode"

6. check "echo cancellation"


How to turn original sound on on your iPad or Phone:


1. Tap Settings

2. Choose Meetings

3. Choose "Use Original Sound" by tapping the slider bar to make it green



WHAT YOU WILL NEED FOR EACH INSTRUMENT


SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Bi-annual Recitals



Held at The Laughing Academy in Glenview : 3230 Glenview Rd.


In person with masks optional

*stay home if you're sick!



SUMMER RECITAL SCHEDULE


SATURDAY JUNE 11th

In Person @ The Laughing Academy in Glenview



12pm: Studios of: Michael Locker, Robert Dicke, Sara Vencill Straeffer, Kristina Graham

Register Here


2pm: Studios of: Adam McKinstry, Benjamin Walton, Brian Rasmussen, Tamara Dominguez

Register Here



4pm: Sora Shpack's Studio and the Khowaja family

Register Here


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SUNDAY JUNE 12th
In Person @ The Laughing Academy in Glenview



2pm: Studios of: Natallia Lysenka, Amy Anderson, Andrew Olmstead

Register Here


4pm: Studios of: Lydia Martín, Jieun Lee,  Lauren Ingebrigtsen, Mike Hanko

Register Here



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FRIDAY AUGUST 5th
ADULT RECITAL at 7pm OVER ZOOM

Register Here


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SATURDAY AUGUST 6th
In Person @ The Laughing Academy in Glenview


2pm: Studios of: Emily turner, Maggie Vagle, and students: Monroe Clarke and Grace Penne

Register Here



RATES

RATES for Weekly Private Lessons:


The same price for In-Home and Online


30 minutes: $40 per lesson

45 minutes: $55 per lesson

60 minutes: $70 per lesson *can be split into separate lessons for siblings

90 minutes: $99 per lesson *can be split into separate lessons for siblings


    Built in “sibling discount” established with the lower cost per minute as the total minutes increase.



MEET OUR TEACHERS

EMILY TURNER

VOICE/PIANO

AMY ANDERSON

VIOLIN/PIANO

LARRY BEERS

DRUMS

MITCH STRAEFFER

BASS/GUITAR/PIANO/UKULELE

ROBERT DICKE

DRUMS/PIANO

MICHAEL LOCKLER

GUITAR/PIANO

FLUTE/UKULELE

NATALLIA LYSENKA

PIANO/MANDOLIN

LAUREN Ingebrigtsen

VOICE/PIANO

JIEUN LEE

PIANO

SORA SHPACK

FLUTE/PIANO

BENJAMIN WALTON

VOICE/PIANO/ACTING COACH

LYDIA MARTIN

PIANO/GUITAR/PERC./VOICE

BRIAN RASMUSSEN

VOICE/PIANO


*starts after Labor Day*


Music and Movement for Little One's



SINGING, DANCING, & PLAYING with a variety of musical instruments.



Cognitive development and social learning through music, with the AMAZING: 



Lydia Martín!






Calendar & Policies


PRIVATE LESSONS CALENDAR

There will be NO LESSONS: 


  • Winter Break: Dec. 20th through Jan. 2nd
  • MLK Day
  • Easter Sunday
  • July 4th
  • Labor Day (the Sunday & the Monday)
  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving Day (only the Thursday)
  • On Dates Cancelled by the Teacher
  • On Dates Cancelled by the Student - WITH A MINIMUM TWO-WEEK NOTICE GIVEN BY EMAIL TO OUR ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF
  • On Sick Days (or due to covid-related matters)—and notice must be given directly to the teacher via text or a phone call, with as much notice as possible (before the teacher in on their way to the lesson!!) 


CANCELLATION POLICY

We require a minimum two week notice to be given via email to our staff, for all student cancellations. The only exception to this policy is for student sick days or any covid-related cancellations, for which will not charge and just ask that notice be given directly to the teacher, with as much notice as is possible (before the teacher is on their way to the lesson!). *WE DO NOT OFFER MAKEUP LESSONS unless they are arranged a minimum of two weeks in advance. 

PIANO


  • Keyboard or Piano


RECOMMENDATIONS


KEYBOARDS/PIANO: 


Call Brendan at Family Piano Co (located in Golf Mill Mall and Waukegan). Brendan Alviani is the VP at Family Piano and after being in business for 15+ years—selling, tuning, and repairing acoustic pianos, digital pianos, and keyboards... Brendan can patiently give you all the personal guidance you need to make the best purchase for your family, from starter keyboards to beautiful grand pianos and everything in-between! They guarantee the best prices, including matching Amazon. TEXT OR CALL Brendan (and tell him Sara from Dynamic Music referred you): 847-574-5017


Need a piano tuned? CALL OR TEXT: Tony (also with Family Piano) 847-574-9187


Need a piano MOVED? CALL OR TEXT: Kevin's Piano Movers 847-395-7048



Your teacher may recommend supplemental books based on student's individual needs/interests, but this is a great starting point for young beginners!




FOR ZOOM LESSONS:






    A Personal Guide for your Piano or Keyboard Purchase: Call Brendan!

    Call Brendan at Family Piano Co (located in Golf Mill Mall and Waukegan). Brendan Alviani is the VP at Family Piano and after being in business for 15+ years—selling, tuning, and repairing acoustic pianos, digital pianos, and keyboards... Brendan can patiently give you all the personal guidance you need to make the best purchase for your family, from starter keyboards to beautiful grand pianos and everything in-between! They guarantee the best prices, including matching Amazon. TEXT OR CALL Brendan (and tell him Sara from Dynamic Music referred you): 847-574-5017

    Tony the Tuner: Piano Tuning Pro

    Need a piano tuned?


    CALL OR TEXT: Tony (Family Piano Technician... tuning pianos for over 25 years!)


    847-574-9187


    Please tell Tony that Sara from Dynamic Music referred you.

    Kevin's Piano Movers

    Professional and with fair pricing:


    https://www.kevinspianomovers.com


    Please tell Kevin that Sara from Dynamic Music referred you.

    CONTACT US

    Schedule your free trial lesson now

     


    P.O. Box 441

    Glenview, IL 60025 


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    Sara Vencill Straeffer

    Founder & Director—Voice Teacher


    Sara values a holistic approach to teaching, giving her students all of the tools they need to not only succeed in their music studies, but to also build confidence and enjoy the process.

    • Opera, Jazz, Pop, Rock, & Musical Theatre 
    • BA in Music (vocal performance concentration): CSULA
    • Original Pop/Rock Album Releases: 2006 EP “Crossing the Rubicon” & 2021 LP (in production)
    • Opera Roles: Queen of the Night (Mozart’s Magic Flute), Rosina-concert excerpts (Rossini’s Barber of Seville), Mimi—concert excerpts (Puccini’s La Boheme), Nicemis *understudy (Gilbert and Sullivan's Thespis)
    • Jazz Singer: Mitch Straeffer Quartet-various Chicagoland Venues and Weddings
    • Dancer: trained on scholarship with the Joel Hall Dance Company in Chicago


    N.A.T.S (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Chicago Chapter

    M.T.N.A (Music Teacher's National Association) Member

    Emily Turner

    Voice & Piano Teacher


    Emily is an enviable musician, who truly plays piano as well as she sings! Emily’s piano students get to enjoy ear training with a professional singer, while Emily’s voice students get to study voice with a true piano accompanist! Emily holds her students to a high standard while at the same time creating a relaxed and enjoyable learning environment. 

    • BM in Music, Capital University in Ohio
    • Professional Singer/Actress: Classical, Musical Theater (multiple roles in Chicagoland productions), Pop 
    • Piano Accompanist: multiple student voice recitals
    • Special Education Teacher: schools and private lessons
    • Fluent in American Sign Language

    Dr. Amy Anderson

    Violin & Piano Teacher


    Amy is an incredibly talented and sought-after violin player and teacher. Amy performs all over the country and is a very busy violinist!  Amy also has the perfect patience and warmth required for teaching young beginners, all the way up to advanced, college-bound students.   Amy has a Doctorate Degree in Violin Performance and years of teaching experience, Amy is also an excellent piano instructor and she is able to use her violin Suzuki Method teaching understanding,  to aid and enhance her piano lesson designs for young students. Whether studying piano or violin, Amy connects quickly with all of her students and is easily able to engage and inspire.

    • Doctorate in Violin Performance
    • BM in Music from Roosevelt University in Chicago
    • Wedding Music Performer and Coordinator
    • Violinist for several string ensembles and orchestra performances
    • Suzuki Teacher Training

    Larry Beers

    Drum Teacher


    Larry Beers is a professional drummer from Chicago Illinois.


    “I’ve been in over 15 bands in my nearly 29 years of living in Chicago. I’m currently in the Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra, the Bad Examples, Anna Soltys & the Familiar, Bad Forum and Mucca Pazza, to name a few. Mucca Pazza is the most unique band in terms of style and approach. We’re 30 strong with Percussion, brass, woodwinds and stringed instruments. We mainly play our original material, we have cheerleaders and we also have marching band uniforms that do not match and it’s quite a spectacle.”


    Dynamic Music is lucky to have one of the best drummers in the city, on our staff and passionate about teaching students how to play, and how to play well!


    Mitch Straeffer

    Piano, Guitar, Bass, & Ukulele Teacher


    Mitch began his musical journey as a classical piano student and then he moved on to playing guitar and bass. Mitch now has a long performance career under his belt, playing all over the world and across many genres. Mitch performs regularly throughout the Chicagoland area, playing blues, jazz, rock, pop, classical, musical theater, folk, blue grass, and country... to name a few!


    Mitch loves music and is dedicated to helping students of all ages to discover the joy of both understanding and making music. 

    • MM in Music Composition from DePaul University in Chicago
    • Professional World-Travelled Bass Player
    • Intensive Music Composition and History Study
    • Ensemble Instructor (rock, pop, jazz, you-name-it)
    • Composer (classical & popular)

    Robert Dicke

    Piano & Drum Teacher


    Rob began as a classical pianist before moving into a professional drumming career! Rob is an exciting teacher and player, who bridges drums and piano, and is also a creative song writer! Rob teaches his students proper technique and theory, and piano students watch out, because you’d better play in rhythm :). 


    Rob has so much fun teaching and playing, and we are so glad to have him on our staff.

    • Music Degree from Columbia College in Chicago
    • power trio, Mos Scocious, who has performed at Summercamp Music Festival for the last three years, shared bills with Parliament Funkadelic and Rusted Root and was also voted Chicago’s best local band in 2011 in the Chicago Reader’s online poll.  

    • Robert also performs in singer/songwriter Michael McDermott’s band, The Westies. The newly formed band has created a buzz with stops in Pittsburgh, New York City, Asbury Park, Madison, Philadelphia and of course Chicago.  

    • Most recently was selected in the top five in a city wide Jazz Improvisation contest by the Luminarts Cultural Foundation.

    Kristina Graham

    Oboe & Piano Teacher


    Kristina Graham is an experience private lessons instructor and band program teacher. Her primary performance instrument is oboe, but if you hear her perform on the piano- you would certainly be fooled into thinking that it’s piano!


    Kristina is a talented musician on both piano and oboe, and as a teacher she is loyal, dedicated to high standards, and passionate about nurturing young students on their musical journeys.

    • Indiana University Jacobs School of Music - Bloomington, IN Master of Music - Oboe Performance
      Performer’s Certificate
      Outside Area in Arts Administration
    • Sistema Ravinia, Oboe/Woodwind Instructor, Lead Teacher
    • PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE:
      2015 Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, Substitute, Battle Creek, MI 2014 Pierre Monteux School Summer Music Festival, Hancock, ME 2013 Napa Valley Summer Music Institute, Napa Valley, CA
      2013 IMANI Winds Chamber Music Festival, New York, NY
      2013 Bloomington Chamber Singers, Bloomington, IN 2013 Main Street Opera Theater, Plymouth, MI
      2013 Arbor Opera Theater, Ann Arbor, MI

    Tamara Dominguez

    Piano Teacher


    —Energized, creative, and intuitive, Tamara develops thoughtful learning experiences that build a strong foundation of playing technique and music theory.


    Tamara is a skilled pianist and a professional musician who is passionate about staying current with the best teaching practices and passing on the art of playing piano.


    Tamara is In tune with each child's or adult's dreams and imagination. Tamara's teaching creates a safe, nurturing and caring relationship with families who aspire to a whole musical experience. Tamara's hope is to provide a piano program that inspires a life of music making.

    • Tamara Sarajishvili Dominguez was born and brought up in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia (then part of the USSR). 
    • From 1986, Tamara studied piano at the Tbilisi State Conservatoire, finishing her studies in 1991 with a Master's Degree under the guidance of famous Georgian pianist Nino Chirakadze.
    • Tamara continued her teaching and performing career in Paris. For several years
    • Tamara worked as an accompanist of ballet classes at the Russian School of Arts in Paris. 
    • The highlight of Tamara's teaching career was attending Al Bustan International Festival in Lebanon where her student was invited to take part by maestro Gianluca Marcianò. 
    • Tamara enjoys performing and has appeared in many and varied settings with repertoire ranging from light music to classical music. Tamara is fluent in English, French, Georgian and Russian.

    Mike Hanko

    Piano Teacher


    Mike plays professionally all over the Chicago-land area, everything from pop to classical, rock and jazz. 


    Mike offers a tradition piano lesson covering all classical understanding and technique, while also giving his students the treat of having the opportunity to study with a professional jazz and pop/rock keyboard player and composer/arranger.


    Mike is kind, patient, knowlegeable, and everything students need in a teacher. 



    Check out Mike’s students, Jackson & Chase Abat, playing Eleanor Rigby: 

    Adam McKinstry

    Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, & Piano Teacher


    Adam rocks! He rocks as a person, a teacher, and of course- a musician. Adam teaches with great care to detail, and also keeps the lessons modern, fun, and engaging. And while he might look slightly menacing in his picture ;), I assure you, he is one of the nicest individuals you will meet!


    • Adam studied guitar performance and music theory and composition at Columbia College in Chicago.
    • Adam has been teaching for over 10 years (students of all ages and levels)—plays and teaches a variety of styles including: classical, rock, blues, pop, psychedelic, metal, ska, reggae, and flamenco
    • Adam is also a singer/songwriter and has been performing his own compositions in multiple bands since age 12


    Message directly from Adam to his students: 


    My Philosophy on Music:

    There is imitation and creation, but to truly create, one must first learn the established forms before one can break them. Eventually through discipline to these forms, one will see these forms not as absolutes governors, but instead a variety of tools that aid us in our artistic expression and enjoyment.


    My Philosophy as an Educator:

    To be an effective educator I believe that one must not only create a curriculum and pay attention to the individual needs of their students, but one must also provide an environment that fosters growth. That is why I am a firm believer in being extremely kind, providing positive feedback and maintaining a safe environment.

    Andrew Olmstead

    Piano Teacher

    

    A focus on engagement

    "Thank you for being such a terrific teacher for our motley crew."
    "Thanks for being a kind, fun, and very inspiring teacher to our daughter."
    "You have a great ability to break things down to understandable parts."
    "You're funny ahhhhhhhhh I love piano!"


    Achieve your goals in music and enjoy the process? Student engagement is the most important element I bring to piano lessons. By setting goals which are both realistic and challenging, I can help you read music, improvise with other people, and even write your own songs! Music is a beautiful tool for self-expression, so our long term lesson plan will be shaped by the music you love, be it pop, classical, jazz, or something of your own invention.

    I also have the mysterious ability to turn rambunctious kids into smiling pianists. If you have somebody in your life four or older who fits this description, ask me about my lesson plans for their age group!


    My teaching philosophy

    The core of each piano lesson includes music theory, repertoire building, and safe technique, but each of these elements changes depending on the student's goals. If your not sure what your goals are, that's ok! We'll spend part of our first lesson talking about different types of music and find which ones resonate with you. If you're more sure of the direction you want to go, I'll let you know what's worked for past students with similar interests. I have experience performing and teaching pop, classical, rock, jazz, electronic dance music, folk, and musical theater.

    Students get to be creative in our lessons. I've curated improvisation workshops open to the public, and frequently get my youngest students writing their own songs! Remember, we essentially learn to read and write words in the same time. I find that doing this with music education strengthens our understanding of music greatly. More importantly, it's also very, very fun.

    Lessons range from 30 minutes to an hour once per week, depending on the student and the material being covered.


    • Baylor University Department of Music - Jazz Scholarship
    • Opened for the incredible Sun Ra Arkestra earlier this year.
    • Premiered new work by Roscoe Mitchell of the Art Ensemble of Chicago.
    • Member of Spooky Action, synth singer-songwriting with live comic illustration.
    • Supporting keys and synth work for theatrical pop-rock band Honey Noble, ambient music outfit Netcat, and many other bands in the Seattle area.
    • Experience touring, recording, and gigging.

    Sora Shpack

    Piano & Flute Teacher



    Miss Sora is dedicated to putting incredible care into each and every one of her lesson programs. She does extensive research for each of her students, in order to find the perfect teaching method for their individual interests and learning styles. 


    Sora has studied many different music teaching methods, including both tradition and creative approaches. She is now in a unique position, to pull from many different sources to find and create one-of-a-kind lesson designs for every one of her students—for both piano and flute. 



    • Master of Music Composition, Carnegie Mellon University, PA
    • Master of Music, Brigham Young University, UT
    • Bachelor of Music, Brigham Young University, UT
    • and Music Teacher in public, charter, private and home school classrooms, and private and group music lessons using Dalcroze and Orff inspired strategies.
    • Musician and Composer for school, religious and community organizations.
    • Area of Concentration Grades 1-8 Professional Educator License for the State of Illinois 
    • Private/Group Flute and General Music Teacher (age 4 to adult) IN, TX, UT, NY
    • Flutist/Conductor, concert bands, orchestras, ensembles IN, UT, NY
    • Music Theory Teaching Assistant, Carnegie Mellon University PA
    • Choral and Instrumental Composer, Arranger, 
    • Private Composition Study, University of Utah, UT

    Michael Lockler

    Flute—Piano—Guitar—Bass—Ukulele



    Michael Lockler received his Bachelor's in Jazz Studies at North Central College. There he studied with Marie Bennett and John McLean. He received his Master's in Performance, while studying at Northern Illinois University.
     
    Michael is a member of the the Wheaton Municipal Band and has had the honor of performing for the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference. He has also performed with the Fox Valley Orchestra. He has played various woodwind and fretted-string instruments for productions of musicals by BoHo Theater, BrightSide Theater, and NCC Summer Theater.
     
    Michael feels that teaching is one of the best ways to give back to the community. He was fortunate to have had great teachers from the beginning of his musical journey. Their enthusiasm created a love of music in him that he hopes he can pass along to all of his students, creating a future generation of music lovers and performers.


    • Northern Illinois University: ​Master of Music 
      ● North Central College: ​Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies
      ● Graduated Cum Laude


    Teaching Experience (piano, guitar, ukulele, bass, and flute):

    • Dynamic Music: 2019 to present
    • Musical Expressions​ - Naperville, IL  ​August 2018 to Present
    • “Music Matters” School of Music​ - Batavia, IL  May 2018 to September 2018: NIU
    • Community School of the Arts​ - DeKalb, IL  January 2018 to May 2018: Teacher
    • Naperville Music​ - Naperville, IL  September 2015 to April 2016


    Natallia Lysenka

    Piano, Voice, Mandolin, Ukulele, & Conducting Teacher

    

    Natallia has been teaching in the Unites States for 17 years, after moving from Belarus where she earned her doctorate in music from the Belarussian State Conservatory in Minsk. 


    Natallia is a well-rounded musician and teacher, whose expertise is in conducting- meaning that she plays and teaches many instruments, and fully understands the depth of music theory, music expression, and music instruction. 


    Natallia loves teaching students of all ages and she offers a perfect combination of warmth and structure with her teaching approach. 


    Miss Lysenka seeks out from every student, exactly what will inspire and motivate them, and then she designs her lesson programs accordingly. She enjoys teaching classical repertoire, popular music, and everything in-between.

    • Doctorate from the Belarussian State Conservatory in Minsk
    • Teacher and supervisor at the Belarussian College of Music and Art
    • Assistant conductor of the New North Shore Chamber Orchestra in Evanston, IL
    • Music and Piano Instructor for the Montessori Music School in Mundelein, IL
    • Private lessons instructor for students of all ages for over 20 years

    Lauren Ingebrigtsen

    voice & piano

    A Glenview native- Miss Lauren is passionate about building young musician’s skill sets and confidence so that they can enjoy creating, singing, and playing music as much as she does!


    Lauren grew up in Glenview and attended Glenbrook South before going to the prestigious Millikin University Music School where she earned her bachelors degree in music.


    Lauren also has a minor in theatre, giving her a charismatic and fun edge to her teaching style.

    • BM in Music from Millikin University *currently pursuing a Masters in Music (opera—vocal performance)
    • Minor in Theatre from Millikin University
    • Proficient in French and Italian
    • Ballet and movement classes
    • Social Justice Advocate




    LAUREN'S WEBSITE

    Jieun Lee—Piano

    Miss Jieun Lee teaches all ages and levels, from complete beginning piano students through the advanced university level!


    Jieun is nurturing and kind and open minded to approaching each student and lesson program with attention to individualized goals and methods. 


    She has an impressive educational, teaching, and performance background and is also a professional choir piano accompanist and director. 


    We are very fortunate to have such a treasure on our teaching staff!

    • Masters of Music Degree from California State University in Northridge (piano performance)
    • Piano Faculty Member for multiple Korean Universities
    • Salem Methodist Church in Schaumburg, IL (director and accompanist)

    Benjamin Walton

    Voice, Piano, Ukulele Instructor

    Acting Coach

    Musical Director

    “I strive to help others embrace their passions while excitedly pursuing my own. I want to be known as a reliable and passionate individual who loves to collaborate with others.” ~Benjamin


    Wilmette Park District Voice and Piano Instructor: private voice and piano lessons 2019 to present


    Musical Director for the Wilmette Children’s Theater: responsibilities including: Teaching a group of 50 plus students, ages 6-14, assigning and rehearsing solos and roles, creating practice tracks and music files for the creative team and cast


    Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, Chicago: Music coach and piano accompanist for professional cast members, aided in sound design for the show


    EDUCATION: BFA in Musical Theatre with minors in Creative Writing and Music, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida


    BENJAMIN'S PROFESSIONAL THEATER WEBSITE

    Additional fun skills: 

    -Stage Combat and choreography

    -Improv

    -Writing for Musical Theatre

    -Dance and Movement for the actor

    -Can get by on guitar and LOVES to play ukulele

    Masters (MA) in Music Composition—Mills College - Oakland, CA, 2012

    Bachelors (BFA) in World Music—California Institute of the Arts - Valencia, CA, 2010


    Specialties


      VOICE

      CLASSROOM

      EARLY CHILDHOOD MUSIC

      GARAGE BAND

      KIDS ROCK BAND

      DIRECTOR

      VIDEO PRODUCTION

      COMPOSITION

      Lydia Martín

      GUITAR—PIANO—PERCUSSION—VOICE

      My name is Lydia Martín. I’m non-binary and use they/them pronouns. I’ve been playing music for over 30 years and have over 10 years of teaching experience. I’m a highly energetic person who has a specialty for working with early elementary students. My animated personality and experience keeps their attention while inspiring them to learn. 


      Whether it’s in the classroom or private lessons, teaching music is my passion. I’m lighthearted and adaptable. I try to remove ego from music so we can embrace its extraordinary ability to create community. And I’m willing to share what I know with students or my fellow teachers.

      https://youtu.be/yKH7ee_A2gE CALL AND RESPONSE LESSON, COUNTING MUSIC

      https://youtu.be/1f6RiL6b86Q MLK EARLY CHILDHOOD MUSIC LESSON

      https://youtu.be/be-pq2vDWDw THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT LESSON 

      Brian Rasmussen

      Piano & Voice Instructor

      Choral & Musical Director

      classical—opera—musical theatre—pop—rock—jazz

      • Masters Degree in Music from Roosevelt University in Chicago
      • Graduate Assistant: Roosevelt University
      • Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of South Dakota
      • Junior High/High School Choir and Show Choir Director

        • Musical Director for Sioux City Community Theatre—6 musical productions!


        Brian is passionate about teaching, and he loves working one on one with students to fully realize their musical goals and potential.

        After years of leading an entire Junior High and High School music program, Brian is now focusing his time on teaching private piano and voice lessons while also keeping busy with his performance career in Chicago—so our lucky students get the treat of working with a piano and voice teacher who has an impressive background in music education, music program and choral directing, and also performance!

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        Founder, Sara Vencill Straeffer



        How it all began...



        Dynamic Music was founded by Sara in 2010 when she was expecting her first daughter.  



        At that time a mother of one of Sara's students suggested that Sara hire another teacher with similar teaching philosophies to help out with her teaching schedule when the baby came



        And so it all began!



        Sara's mission has always been to share the joy of music. Sara remains committed to bringing teachers onto the Dynamic Music team, who share this goal and who have every qualification necessary for realizing this goal.



        "Music is a gift to humanity and it should be honored and treated as such." ~Sara 

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