Our teachers share their love for music and a commitment to making learning an enjoyable, satisfying process. We hope to instill a positive spirit while taking on the challenges of developing your new skills and a life long love and appreciation for music..
We Offer Lessons In :
  • Piano - Guitar - Drums - Voice - Suzuki Violin - Fiddle - Viola - Cello - Mandolin - Banjo - Ukulele - Sax - Trumpet - Trombone - Songwriting - Music Theory

TEACHERS

  • BEN   ABRAHAMSON:

    Guitar, Ukulele - Ben is an experienced guitarist and composer who has performed extensively throughout the Twin Cities and beyond since age 13. His passion for flamenco guitar drove him to Taller de Musics School of Music in Barcelona, Spain, where he studied under guitarist Juan Ramon Caro. Ben graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Music from Macalester College. He counts among his mentors flamenco guitarist Michael Hauser, jazz educator Joan Griffith, and music iconoclast Gary Lee Joyner. Ben enjoys sharing his love for music and the guitar with students of any level and age. www.myspace.com/abrahamsonguitar
  • HEATHER   MAY   ANDERSON:

    Flute, Beginning Piano & Guitar Heather holds a Bachelor of Music Degree for Music Therapy from the University of Iowa. Much of her work experience has been with people of varied developmental and learning challenges. Her specialty is developing adaptive, one on one lessons. She is especially good with younger children and those with special needs.
  • BRIAN   BARNES:

    Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele, Banjo- Brian Barnes has a diverse musical biography spanning more than 30 years. He's taught a variety of instruments, classes and workshops since 1992. Brian has a BA in Cultural Musicology from the University of Minnesota. Brian teaches beginners and advanced, young and old and loves to connect with students and their desire to create music. He's toured Japan, most of Europe, Canada and the U.S. as a Bluegrass musician; performed Country music at concerts and festivals in eastern Europe; traditional Irish in America and Ireland; blues in Hungary; Swing and French music at Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing; American Swing and Latin music in Vienna. As a core musician on a nationally broadcast radio program, he worked with famous performers such as Garrison Keillor, Minnie Pearl, Rose Maddox and Johnny Gimbel. As a musician and orchestra director for the nationally renowned Etnic Dance Theatre, he performed Russian, Serbian, Croatian and Bulgarian Music on traditional instruments.
  • TODD   BURRELL:

    Piano - Todd is a highly accomplished piano player who has performed and recorded with local legends Prince & Alexander O'Neil. Todd currently performs with the popular local bands, High & Mighty and the BKS Vine. Todd is a seasoned and easy going instructor comfortable with young beginners and more advanced students. Todd is is especially good teacher for students who want to learn jazz improvisation techniques and jazz/pop "comping" from a chord chart.
  • STACY   HALTER   CANINO:

    Voice, Piano, Ukulele, Beginning Drums & Guitar -Stacy holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls, and is a licensed K-12 Vocal and General Music Teacher. She also holds a Master of Music Education degree from the University of St. Thomas, with a concentration in Orff Schulwerk. Also known as the "Orff approach," this intensive training prepares and inspires passionate music teachers like Stacy to teach young children through movement, creativity, and joyful music making experiences. For the past four years Stacy has also been band coaching with She Rock She Rock, and has recently been given the honor of becoming the Camp Coordinator for the Girls' Rock and Roll Retreat!
  • JORDAN   CARLSON:

    Drums, Beginning Piano, Applied Theory -Jordan has been performing and teaching music in Minneapolis for the past 15 years. While drums is his primary instrument, Jordan also spent several years studying marimba and vibraphone (a big piano that you hit with mallets!). His teaching philosophy is to balance classic, time tested approaches along with incorporating the students' musical interests. You can catch Jordan playing with many acts in the Twin Cities, including singer/songwriter Martin Zellar, country artist Chris Hawkey, and reggae veterans Les Exodus. He holds a BA in Music from the University of St. Thomas.
    www.jordancarlsonmusic.com
  • JENNY    CASE:

    Guitar, Bass, Piano - Jenny Case is a Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter skilled in many instruments including bass, guitar, keys and vocals. She has played professionally around the Twin Cities and surrounding midwestern regions since 1991 in many rock/alternative/experimental/variety bands and in many shows and productions. She's been teaching private guitar, bass, vocal, piano, songwriting and recording lessons for the past 24 years, as well as coaching group classes and instructing at rock music day camps. A professionally trained vocalist, you can hear her voice on radio and tv commercials for Wisconsin Dells and Treasure Island Casino. She currently is a founding member of the non-profit organization, She Rock She Rock, and co-hosts an all-female jam every other month at The Depot in Hopkins. She is a staff songwriter for the Songs of Love Foundation, a member of the ICS songwriting club Bulletlodge, and is the founder of MN's first rock camp for girls; Girls Rock N Roll Retreat!
  • BENJI   CONKLIN:

    Piano, Guitar, Bass,Trumpet, Trombone -Benji is a multi-instrumentalist, music producer and artist specializing in piano, guitar, bass, contrabass, and brass instruments. He has earned a BA degree in music from the University of Minnesota and has taught music for over 10 years in the Twin Cities. In addition to teaching, Benji performs with various ensembles throughout the Midwest and produces and mixes music for recording artists, film, and theater in a variety of genres. Using this diverse background, Benji’s teaching method taps into students’ musical interests and passions and creates a motivating and exciting curriculum unique to each student.
  • JON   ELCONIN:

    Piano, Guitar, Bass -Jon was first drawn to music by the intensity of punk rock, and since then has been playing in bands and writing songs in many different styles. He is a graduate of Perpich Arts High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts in music from the University of Minnesota. As a teacher, Jon lets the student guide the direction of the lessons while encouraging memorization and playing by ear. Jon currently performs solo, with a rock band, and in a jazz duo. His original music is at soundcloud.com/jonelconin
  • ANGELA   FOX:

    Piano, Voice -Angela Fox is an actor/singer/dancer with such theater companies as the Jungle Theater and Bloomington Civic Theater and is a core member of Fearless Comedy Productions. As a solo artist, she has performed as the lead singer of various twin cities bands. Angela is a published composer and has written music for local theater and film and educational music for voice and piano. In addition to performing and writing, her passion is sharing her love of music with others! She has been teaching piano and voice in the twin cities area since 2000. Her bubbly personality and teaching philosophy of learning through encouragement make her the perfect fit for students of all ages. For more information about Angela check out www.angelafoxmusic.com
  • HAILEY   JACOBSEN:

    Guitar, Voice, Ukulele, Bass, Beginning Drums, GarageBand Recording & Songwriting -Hailey Jacobsen is a Minneapolis based singer/songwriter and specializes in many different instruments. She has been playing guitar for 12 years and has performed in many rock, alternative and pop bands throughout the Midwest for the past 8 years. Hailey has taught private lessons and also group lessons for the past 7+ years through the non-profit organization, She Rock She Rock. She believes that playing music & writing songs are the most powerful forms of expression and no two lesson plans should be the same as no two students are the same!
  • MAURICE   JACOX:

    Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet, Voice, Beginning Piano - Maurice started acting and playing music professionally at age 15. He has worked with musicians such as Bonnie Raitt and Willie Murphy and performed at the Guthrie, Dudley Riggs and much more. His list of musical experiences is endless! He won the MN Music Award for Best Jazz Musician and named best male vocalist by the City Pages in 2004. Maurice is an active and diverse performer who you might find as part of a funk and soul horn section, singing and fronting numerous dance bands, to taking on the lead role of his critically acclaimed Nat King Cole Tribute show. Overall, Maurice is an R & B, jazzy kind of performer that screams "SOUL!"
  • TOM   JOHNSON:

    Guitar, Dobro, Lap Steel, Pedal Steel, Bottleneck Slide, Banjo, Mandolin, Bass Guitar & Ukulele -Tom is a multi-instrumentalist who teaches, performs, arranges and composes in a diverse field of genres like: rock, jazz, hip-hop, classical, bluegrass, blues and country. Johnson started performing and teaching lessons when he was 17 years old. He has shared stages all over the world with acts such as: Bob Dylan, Dessa, Kid Rock, Buddy Guy, Bob Marley's Wailers, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Trampled by Turtles. He received his B.M. at Minnesota State University Moorhead, where upon completion of the degree was hired on as faculty for jazz guitar. Johnson is currently at work on his M.M. in guitar pedagogy at the University of St. Thomas.
  • KRISTI    MACKAY:

    Piano, Voice, Guitar & Flute -Kristi is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BS in Collaborative Studies in Dance and Music. As a songwriter/band member, she has toured nationally and had several songs placed on TV. She is also the music director for Northeast Community Lutheran Church, where she performs and directs a variety of musical styles. Kristi is great with all ages from young children to adults and loves helping her students achieve their goals by making music fun!
  • KARA   LAUDON:

    Voice, Guitar & Ukulele -Kara was born and raised in Minnesota. She picked up guitar at age thirteen and fell in love with playing, singing, and writing songs. Kara participated in her high school concert band as a percussionist and also sang in choir. After graduating high school, Kara decided to fully pursue her dreams in music by attending McNally Smith College of Music earning a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. Kara has performed at venues including The Fine Line, The Cedar Cultural Center, 7th St Entry, and Hell’s Kitchen. Working with and teaching youth is one of her greatest passions and Kara loves to share her musical gifts awith children, teens and adults interested in improving their voice and learning guitar or ukulele.
  • BRAD   MCLEMORE:

    Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting -Brad is a transplanted guitaris/teacher/songwriter from Dallas, Texas. He spent many years touring with various bands and even made a couple of appearances on “The Tonight Show” and “Austin City Limits” with Texas recording artist Sara Hickman. With a degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas, Brad is excellent at teaching a wide range of styles including rock, blues, folk, jazz, classical guitar, theory, songwriting and improvisation. Brad is great with kids or adults and will develop lessons specific to each student and style!
  • MIKE   MICHEL:

    Guitar, Pop/Rock Composition, Improvisation, Teen & Adult Acoustic Pop-Rock Ensembles -Mike is a Minnesota Music Academy award winning guitarist and songwriter dedicated to empowering the emerging and re-emerging adult and teen musician. His passion is helping students develop their own voice on their instrument. Mike merges traditional and modern music methods thus creating a balanced music lesson for the student. Mike loves demystifying & simplifying the overwhelming world of music theory by using pop and rock music as the guide. Mike also has an extensive background writing music for T.V., film & radio and loves to help students with all styles of songwriting. Mike has toured and recorded with many Minnesota artists ( Haley Bonar, Bill Mike Band, Carnage, Unknown Prophets, Robert Skoro, Dave King, Iffy). He also founded Rock Camp For Dads, The Modern Guitar Festival, & The Eco Rock & Pop Acoustic Music Camp. www.mikemichelmusic.com
  • MATT   NOVACHIS:

    Drums, Beginning piano and Electronic Music Production -Matt has been playing and teaching music professionally for over 20 years. His teaching approach revolves around each student's unique needs and motivation for learning their chosen instrument. Matt creates weekly goals, individualized lesson plans and strives to inspire a love of learning through music.
  • JONATHAN   REAOCH:

    Suzuki Violin -Jonathan Reaoch has a contagious passion for violin. In every lesson (regardless of the student's age or current skill level) he offers inspiration and expert guidance, empowering students to discover new depths of their own musical artistry and self-expression. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Wheaton College in Illinois and has extensive teacher-training in both Suzuki and traditional methods. As a performer, Jonathan has experience in a wide range of styles, including classical, pop, folk and jazz. Along with teaching violin lessons at LHHM, Jonathan also directs a Suzuki violin school - the Twin Cities String Academy. If interested, LHHM students may inquire about joining group violin lessons with the Twin Cities String Academy. Jonathan welcomes new beginners as young as three years old.
  • TIM   SCULLY:

    Guitar -When the Beatles landed in the US, Tim Scully was already playing folk guitar and soon had a rock group in Iowa. Since then he has played in several rock bands and acoustic groups, performed on A Prairie Home Companion in the late '70s and had a career as a video producer and professor of communication and journalism at the University of St. Thomas. A longtime guitar teacher, he has a B.A. in music theory and composition and currently plays electric and acoustic guitars with the band Chime (chimetheband.com). His specialties are teaching rock and blues improvisation as well as acoustic folk and blues styles. He enjoys teaching all ages and most styles of music, but particularly loves working with boomers and others who love 60s and 70s music.
  • PHILIP   SHOREY:

    Piano, Accordion, Singing Saw - Philip Shorey has many eclectic musical talents. Besides his gift for piano and accordian music, he also plays the saw; a skill his grandpa taught him. He has performed at the Bedlam Theater on the West Bank and other venues around the world. He most recently traveled the world performing music and a marionette show on the streets of struggling cities throughout eastern Europe. Philip is a thorough yet patient teacher and is especially good with young students. Philip also offers small group classes for 4 and 5 year olds where kids are introduced to various instruments, singing and musical games.
  • CHARLIE   SMITH:

    Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocal coaching, After school rock bands, Composition, Arranging, Production -Charlie sees himself as a lifelong musician and he enjoys sharing his passion for music with his students. He has played piano since age six and he holds a B.A. in music from Grinnell College. He has taught at the House of Music since 2011, where his method focuses on technique, rhythm, creativity, and musicianship. He encourages students to find their unique voice on their instrument through working on songs that inspire them. He feels the best way to foster musical growth is to show students the fun that music can provide as both an independent and a group activity. He believes the power of music lies in its ability to bring people together and he encourages his students to perform as much as possible through leading bands and hosting open mic nights. Piano is his primary instrument, but Charlie also sings and plays guitar, bass, and drums. He similarly enjoys helping his students explore multiple instruments. His own musical interests have no boundaries, ranging rock, pop, blues, jazz, classical, folk, hip-hop, R&B, electronic, and world music. Charlie has played with many bands in Minneapolis, between which he has released 4 albums, played at noteworthy clubs like First Avenue, and toured the country.
  • ELIZABETH   WHIPPLE:

    Violin, Viola -Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Music degree in classical violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Though she is classically trained, she also enjoys playing fiddle, blues, and jazz. She has won numerous competition titles in the Twin Cities for her playing. For the past 12 years she has taught privately and has extensive experience of Suzuki, other traditional, and nontraditional teaching methods. She loves the challenge of discovering a unique lesson plan for each individual student that enables them to blossom technically and musically with their instrument.
  • EVAN   WILSON:

    Piano, Voice -Evan is thrilled to be teaching at The House of Music! Evan is a graduate of Arizona State University's Lyric Opera Theatre and has been teaching privately for the past ten years. While he specializes in musical theatre voice (including belt voice, mix voice, and legit), Evan also teaches beginning classical piano, jazz piano, jazz voice, classical voice, and pop/rock. Evan performs regularly throughout the twin cities at The Duluth Playhouse, Yellowtree Theatre, and Theater Latte Da.
  • SARAH   WOLBERT:

    Violin, Fiddle -Sarah has been playing violin since the age of four, both solo and with groups, performing everything from JS Bach to Lady Gaga. Her training in the classical performance, improvisation, and various styles of fiddling allow her to blend a custom teaching method for each student. Her career in architecture and participatory art helps students integrate music into their everyday life. Having taught children and adults, Sarah will creatively develop a lesson plan to help students identify and work towards musical goals.