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Music Lessons At Cadenza Music

Taking lessons at Cadenza is easy, click to see our lesson policies. Gift certificates are available. For more information, click here to send us some information and we will have a teacher contact you. You can also call us at 651.644.3611. Our teachers set their own rates and schedules, so you can start any time.

Eron Woods
- graduate of the University of Miami with a degree in jazz performance. He has performed with artists such as Clint Holmes, Carol Lawrence, "The Spinners," "The Drifters," "The Coasters," and Dominck Allen. Eron started his drumming career with a traveling circus.

Ellen Lease - graduate of University of Minnesota. Ellen performs in both classical and jazz idioms with the Ellen Lease/Pat Moriarty Quintet, as well as many local jazz and new music groups. Ellen is a winner of both McKnight and Bush Fellowships.

Steven Zubich - graduate of University of Minnesota-Duluth and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Steven frequently performs as both a solo and collaborative pianist, and is known as a creative and engaging teacher.

Wes Ruelle - graduate of William Paterson University, known as one of the top jazz programs, where he studied with many New York jazz greats. He also studied classical piano repertoire. He performs in a variety of genres, including jazz, classical, rock, funk, and blues.

Bowed Strings
Laurel Browne - violin and viola, graduate of the University of Minnesota. She has studied Suzuki method and uses a mix of Suzuki and classical teaching methods. Performs with the Minnesota Opera Orchestra and Minnesota Sinfonia. When she’s not playing, you might find Laurel playing her dulcimer, working a crossword, or riding her bike—just not all at the same time.

Dave Carbonara - cello and bass. Before moving to the Twin Cities, Dave was a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic bass section in New Orleans for 17 years. Received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in double bass from the Juilliard School. He is trained in Suzuki Method for cello.

Laurie McFaul - violin, graduate of the University of Minnesota. She has studied Suzuki method and is certified in the Mark O'Connor Method. Laurie provides private violin lessons to students from age 6 to adult, using praise and positive encouragement to provide a unique learning experience.

Bob Ekstrand - guitar, began playing the guitar at age ten. His original compositions have not only won songwriting contests, but also have been featured in a National Public Radio broadcast. Bob teaches students of all levels, and he adapts his lessons to the student's musical interests.

Chris Micek - studied classical guitar at the University of Minnesota with Jim McGuire. Chris is a first call player and can often be heard performing with Cadenza Music's Jeff King.

David Feily - guitar, graduate of University of Saint Thomas. David has been teaching for five years. He performs as a regular member of Viva Brazil, a Brazilian variety band, as well as the Kevin Washington Group and the Dan Kusz Band. David works with beginning to advanced students.

Erik Fratzke - bass, studied at St. Mary's College with Dr. John Paulson, as well as a summer session at Berklee College of Music. He was selected Best Bassist of the year by the MN Music Academy in '93, '95 and '98. He currently can be heard with Happy Apple.

Joel Shapira - guitar, studied at Berklee School of Music, and The Mannes School of Music in New York City, where he taught and performed for eight years. Joel can be heard regularly at jazz clubs in the metro area. Joel teaches classical and jazz styles.

Michael May - guitar, graduate Wayne State University. Michael became a musician the moment he unwrapped a Kay acoustic guitar on Christmas morning at 12 years of age. He began taking lessons and was soon playing house parties with friends. He has completed advanced studies in theory and jazz improvisation. Michael teaches guitar students at all levels.

Michael Zimmerman - guitar, performs professionally in the Twin Cities area with the Kurt Jorgenson Band. Michael studied music at Waldorf College and audio recording at Brown College. He teaches many styles of guitar playing, for beginning to advanced students.

Paul Storms - graduate of University of Minnesota, studied with Jeffery Van. Performed in master classes with Sharon Isbin, Christopher Parkening, and Larry Coryell. He also performed with Larry Coryell at the Ordway. Finalist in Schubert Club Competition (bested by Sharon Isbin.) He's performed live on KDWB, WCCO (TV) and KTCA.

Zacc Harris - guitar. Graduate, Southern Illinois University. Zacc is an accomplished jazz guitarist and instructor of all styles. He has taught privately for over 15 years, is on faculty at Hamline University, and his group Atlantis Quartet was named Best Jazz Artist by City Pages and Star Tribune.

Brass and Woodwinds
Scott Anderson -
brass, studied at Bemidji State and University of Minnesota. He has been a member of Dr. David Baldwin's Summit Hill Brass for 25 years. Scott has been teaching privately for over ten years.

Bryanne Presley - oboe, Masters, oboe performance, University of Minnesota. Studied with John Snow (Minnesota Orchestra) and has performed with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra, Kenwood Symphony, Carpe Diem Vocal Ensemble, Minneapolis Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, In May 2010, Bryanne performed as a soloist on the National Public Radio Show “From the Top.”

Karen Hansen - clarinet specialist, saxophone, In addition to positions with Dolce Wind Quintet and Rochester Symphony Orchestra, Karen is principal clarinetist with Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and Mississippi Valley Orchestra. She is a Thursday Musical performing artist and does freelance work for Classical MPR, The Schubert Club, Rochester Choral Arts Ensemble, and others. During vacations she is a music lecturer on cruise ships..

Jeff King - sax and clarinet, studied at the University of Minnesota with Ruben Haugen, and at Cadenza Music with Pat Moriarty. Toured South America with the Lakewood Big Band, and performed with Clark Terry, Bill Wattrous, Bud Shank and others. Jeff is a first call sax player in the Twin Cities.

Buffy Larson - trumpet, Buffy studied modern trumpet with Mike Brand and David Baldwin at Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota. Buffy has degrees in Music Education and Elementary education from Augsburg College as well as a Master in Music Education from St. Thomas. University. Buffy plays with the Minnesota Philharmonic and the Capital City Brass Quintet. She has recently started studying the Baroque Trumpet with Martin Hodel and Kris Kwapis.

Dorothy Sauser-Monnig - flute, graduate of Macalester College, MFA in flute from University of Minnesota. Dorothy has performed with a variety of ensembles including the Minneapolis Civic Orchestra, Westminster Winds, and various jazz groups as well as solo recitals.

Jessica B. Nelson - bassoon, Degree in bassoon and piano from the University of Minnesota, Morris where she studied bassoon with Russell Peterson. After graduating from UMM, she lived in Sao Paulo, Brazil for 5 years and studied at the Universidade Livre de Musica. She was also second bassoonist in the Orquestra Experimental de Repertorio. When not playing the bassoon, you can find her enjoying her time at the gym, gardening, and enjoying the outdoors.

Sophie Amelkin - Voice, Piano
- Masters, University of Minnesota. Sophie believes that great singers build their voice and craft on a foundation of strong, practiced technique, as well as expressive, dramatic exploration. Sophie is a member of VocalEssence Ensemble Singers. She works with singers at all levels, in popular and classical styles. Sophie also teaches piano.

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