Guitar, music theory, improvisation
Damon has been teaching guitar for twenty five years. He also regularly performs around town in a variety of settings and has been recording and writing professionally since the late 80′s. Damon studied at the University of Idaho and welcomes students of all ages.
Acoustic & electric guitar, pedal steel, lap steel, dobro, banjo, mandolin
Rich is a professional musician with over 30 years of playing experience in a myriad number of musical styles. Eight years ago Rich began accepting students in order to pass along the extensive knowledge he gained throughout his career, with a focus of shortening the learning curve for aspiring musicians. With an emphasis on the physical aspects of playing being the fastest way to learn, students from eight to eighty have come to appreciate his caring and patient teaching style.
Violin, viola, voice, guitar
Bridget is a classically trained musician having studied at the Boston Conservatory. She holds an M. Ed degree from the University of Phoenix. In addition to being a singer/songwriter, Bridget has performed in a variety of musical styles: classical, pop and mariachi to name a few. She has shared a stage with Linda Ronstadt, Mariachi Vargas, and Rainer. She is also a member of the Tucson Professional Music Teachers Association. Bridget’s teaching style is relaxed, fun and tailored to you and/or your child’s favorite music.
Ryan David Green
Ryan has toured and performed with Jason Mraz, Matt Nathanson, Train, Lifehouse, and many others. He has a degree from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, and has worked as a visiting artist teaching guitar to children in the OMA (Opening Minds Through The Arts) program. He teaches guitar to students of all ages and skill levels.
guitar, bass, piano, voice, banjo
As singer/guitarist and leader of the Bill Ganz Western Band, Bill has been performing throughout the Southwest for many years. In addition to four CD’s and numerous independent projects as a studio musician, Bill has worked with Jeff Haskell from the University of Arizona and performed with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra on multiple occasions. Early years included study at the University of Nebraska (BA Ed) and University of Wisconsin (MST). Bill has been teaching locally for some thirty years and is recognized as one of Tucson’s finest active musician teacher/performers.
Lainy teaches people from 8 to 80 in the downtown studio in Music Land at 128 E. Congress Street. Weekly appointments available Wednesday through Saturday, 9am to 5:00pm. Fifty years of professional performance and thirty-four years of teaching master classes at Pima College. She has been giving private instruction for forty years as well.
Bev has a combined forty years of teaching and playing experience. She is Vice President of The Tucson Professional Music Teachers Association. Professional affiliations include National Federation of Music Clubs and Arizona Federation of Music Clubs. Her curriculum focuses on note reading, theory, ear training and piano performance. Welcoming students of all ages, beginning to early advanced.
Alan has twenty five years of professional teaching, recording and live playing experience. Bands include Greyhound Soul, Rich Hopkins and Mark Insley. Alan has been teaching at Chicago Music Store since 2008.
Toby began teaching in 2007 has been playing guitar and bass for 17 years. In addition to private lessons Toby runs an afterschool program for guitar players. Students of all ages and abilities are welcome.
Ron has 45 years experience as a piano, keyboard and organ player. Currently, Ron serves as the keyboardist at green Valley Methodist Church. His education includes a bachelor’s degree from Murray State University and a graduate degree from Virginia Tech. Ron is a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs and current President of the Tucson Professional Music Teachers Association. Ron welcomes students of ages and abilities.
J.P believes the primary benefit of private lessons is that you get just what you need at the pace that is best for you. He has more than 25 years of experience at breaking down music practicum and music theory into bite-size pieces for any student, whether that student is 8 years old or 80. Although J.P earned a B.A. in music from Arizona State University, his focus and background is in the non-conventional or ethno musicological fields such as folk strings and free reed areas.
Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
A Tucson native, Michael won the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition in 2005. He went on to study music at Indiana University and the University of Arizona. Michael has worked as an orchestra musician aboard the Princess Cruise Line and toured with internationally celebrated artist Thomas Mapfumo. Michael welcomes students of all ages and abilities.
Guitar & Banjo
For more than twenty years Jeff has been showing students that they can successfully learn to play guitar. Both in individual settings and through his popular Pima Community College classes, Jeff encourages students to have fun while learning. Jeff is equipped for group and private instruction in his studio at Chicago Store, focusing on goal setting, the student’s desire to learn and tailoring instruction to meet individual needs.
Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone
Ed Messing is a Tucson native with vast experience teaching music in the community. After graduating from Catalina High School he played trumpet in the 36th U.S. Army Band then earned his music degree from the University of Arizona in 1978. Ed was a State certified music teacher for 30 years and in 2003 was recognized as a “TUSD Master Teacher”.