|Eliana Firmani Alcocer is an avid music educator and active freelance musician. She enjoys collaborating in a variety of different settings and is passionate about helping others succeed. Eliana holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from The University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Additionally, Eliana is on the faculty at The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee, WI, as well as a teaching artist through Ravinia’s Reach, Teach, Play program—an El Sistema program that creates social change through music in underprivileged communities.|
|Benjamin Holt graduated with a music degree from UW-Parkside in 2018 after first picking up the bass in middle school. He has experience in several ensemble settings including small jazz combos and big bands, orchestras and chamber ensembles, pit bands and musicals, rock and pop bands, and accompanied and unaccompanied solo settings. While primarily focused on playing the double bass in a jazz context, he has years of experience playing the bass guitar as a secondary instrument. Benjamin regularly performs his own compositions with select groups and is currently active in the Milwaukee-Chicago jazz scene. Benjamin’s teaching style focuses on applied music theory, ear training, reading skills, memorization, and developing versatility for different performance settings.|
|Matt Mifflin is a multi-instrumentalist with a primary focus in guitar. In 2017 he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, WI with a bachelor’s degree in classical guitar performance and in 2020 completed his master’s degree in classical guitar performance at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. While in graduate school, he performed on the baroque guitar in the Northwestern University Baroque Music Ensemble, for he also specializes in early instruments such as the lute and baroque guitar. Additionally, he was the guitarist for the Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble, where he performed in the Chicago premiere of David T. Little’s Dog Days contemporary opera. Furthermore, Mifflin has an extensive background in both piano and viola and has performed in the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Symphony Orchestra as a violist during his undergraduate studies. Although he is interested in many styles of music, Mifflin’s specialties are Renaissance, traditional folk music, folk metal, black metal, and death metal. Mifflin currently performs both as a solo artist and as a member of Chicago’s premiere black metal band, Dismalimerence.|
|Andrew has been studying and performing music since 1999. He uses his passion of the acoustic guitar to sing cover songs from the 50's - today and also his originals with undenied finesse & smooth/energetic vibes. He has played birthdays, corporate events, family reunions, festivals, gatherings, graduations, work/holiday events, weddings and fundraisers for charity events. With over 20 years performing as a live musical artist Andrew Singer has achieved a knack for bringing an excitingly unique experience filled with cheerful moments, uninhibited memories and a musical joyride of fun with your absolute favorite classic chart-topping hits for everyone to sing and dance to.|
|Jill has performed professional drums within the Jazz, Rock, & Pop genres. My career began at the age of 10 where I played lead snare drum in an all-girl corp. I continued within the school system throughout High School. I studied Music Theory at the College of Lake County and was privileged to study privately with instructors in Chicago and N.Y. Jill has performed for almost 20 years of Professional Musicals, Worship Teams, Pop and Rock and Blues and Jazz bands. My passion is not only in performance but also in investing in others and bringing out their talents. Jill has been teaching private lessons for over 15 years. My goal is to instill in students that music should always be fun and that being the best musician you can produces management skills students will take with them for many life experiences.|
|I have been playing the piano since 2005 and it has developed into one of my life long passions. In 2015 I earned my Bachelors in Piano Performance from UW Parkside, and after that I attended University of Michigan for harpsichord and fortepiano performance. Besides degrees in music, I also have performed both piano and classical organ for many churches since 2008. In Fall of 2016 I will be the regular musician and Music Director at Wesley United Methodist in Kenosha. On several occasions I have played the piano for assistant and nursing homes over the Kenosha area and shared the joy of music with many people. Also over the years I have entered to musical competitions and festivals including Oberlin Baroque Music Festival, in summer of 2015.
Since I started playing the piano I have developed an interesting in playing many musical styles: classical, ragtime, blues, early jazz, old popular music from the 1920s to the 1960s, and even some classic country music. And YES I even teach these musical styles too! I believe the piano and music overall is a fun and fascinating experience and I encourage all my students to be creative and find their musical taste and cultivate it. If the student does not mind I will teach music history and music theory to both give perspective about a musical piece and to give you the tools to improvise and become a composer. I teach pretty much everyone from children to adults, whether you want to learn a few small pieces, or if you want to become a virtuoso pianist, I have the training and skill to have you accomplish whatever your musical goals may be. If anything can be said about the piano, it’s a beautiful, fun and wonderful art form that enhances the enjoyment of life.
|Megan started playing the piano at the age of 5 and started playing the violin in 5th grade with her school orchestra. As her love of music developed, she started taking private lessons with Fabian Ularu. She performed in the Patriot Orchestra, the Baroque Ensemble, and the Spain and Portugal Touring Orchestra at Adlai E. Stevenson High School and continued her music studies at Carthage College with Drew Williams, Michael Schneider, and Etsushi Edward Kawakami. She graduated with a Music Core degree, which she enriched with a dance minor, composition lessons and music education courses, and a study tour in Austria and Germany under the instruction of Jörg Birhance. She also attended the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory, where she studied with Manuel Ramos and Teresa Greenlee, and currently plays with the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra and “Would You Kindly?” acoustic-electric rock band.
Megan enjoys teaching students of all ages and backgrounds and loves to help students set and reach their goals. Her caring, holistic approach creatively engages each student in their studies and develops their musical talents as well as their practical lils.
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