Ashley Beck Piano Instructor
Ashley Beck

Piano 4years and up

Ashley Beck is a piano teacher who is truly passionate about music and eager to use her own musical skill and experience to foster her students'  knowledge. She uses a teaching approach that is both fun and  versatile to ensure that her students' receive a solid musical foundation. Her instruction methods include elements of theory, performance, and technique. Before receiving her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, she studied music at a collegiate level at Illinois Wesleyan University where she received a four year scholarship for Piano Performance and received musical training for a semester in  Paris, France at the Schola Cantorum. She was also co-founder and piano accompanist for Illinois Wesleyan's first gospel choir. Ashley has a considerable performance background and has received awards for original compositions. She is extremely enthusiastic about music and teaching!     

Teaches In-Person Thursdays/ Video Chat Lessons

Yvonne Behn Piano Instructor
Yvonne Behn

Piano/ Little Mozarts* 4 years and up


Yvonne has been an accompanist, a church music director, and private music instructor for many years. She was an accompanist for local schools, such as Crete-Monee. She went to Wheaton College for music. In addition to teaching piano to 4 year-olds and up, she teaches Little Mozarts to children 3-5. Click below to Read More.

Teaches In-Person Tuesdays | Teaches Video Chat Lessons                                                  

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Kandis Draw

Piano 5 years and up

Kandis began her training in piano at 6 years old at the former Music Dynamics located in Downtown Chicago, where she remained for 9 years. She then matriculated to Brooks Music Studio under the leadership of Mrs. Sydonia Mae Brooks. Kandis has performed in many recitals, and performances over the years, and studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston. She looks forward to working with you!


Teaches In-Person Saturdays/ Video Chat Lessons

Casey Knoop Piano Instructor
Casey Knoop

Beginning Piano 6 years and up

Casey Knoop has been a classically trained pianist since 2002. She has since performed in various styles and groups throughout her college career. Casey’s goal is to keep lessons fun and to modify teaching techniques that are unique to each individual’s style of learning. She does this in order to keep students inspired, and never bored of material that they are working on. Casey also incorporates music theory into all of her students’ lessons so that they are able to understand scales, chords, inversions and progressions that translate throughout every genre of music. Casey is also a multi-instrumentalist and has experience with flute, guitar, percussion, and ukulele. She is currently a pianist at the Southwest Seventh Day Adventist Church in Orland Park. 

 Teaches In-Person Tuesdays/Wednesdays | Teaches Video Chat Lessons

Leslie Raich
Leslie Raich

Piano 6 years and up

Leslie has been playing piano since age 5.  Since that age, her love for music has pushed her to learn organ, clarinet, voice, and violin.  From singing in the church choir and playing for services to conducting the choir and orchestra, Leslie is always involved in music at church.  In 1993 she began teaching piano lessons in Chicago Heights and the surrounding areas.  In 2017, Leslie completed her B.A. in music education from Trinity Christian College.  Leslie became part of the Melody Mart family in March of 2020 and finds much joy teaching all her students

Teaches In-Person Wednesdays | Teaches Video Chat Lessons

Tami Moates Piano Instructor
Tami Murray

Piano 5 years and up


Tami has a Masters in Music from LSU and a Bachelor of Music from Furman University. She began teaching in 1995 and been with Melody Mart since 2001.  She enjoys teaching all styles of music. She enjoys encouraging and driving her students to be the best they can.    

Teaches Video Chat Lessons

June Schmidt Piano Instructor
Jordan Hawken

Piano/Little Mozarts*  3 years and up

Jordan Hawken has been a classically trained pianist since 2007 and Melody Mart is proud to have had Jordan teaching for us for nearly two years. Jordan also performs in and coaches Melody Mart's Adult Jam Band Club. She is committed to sharing her love of piano with even the youngest of aspiring musicians. She values the importance of a musical education and enjoys encouraging students to embrace learning and have fun along the way. 

Teaches Video Chat Lessons

June Schmidt Piano Instructor
June Schmidt

Piano 4 years and up

June has taught piano for over 40 years.  She has a BA in music from NIU and a MAT in education from Olivet.  She loves seeing children find the joy of creating music and developing their skills to grow as musicians. She decided to join the Melody Mart family and continues to share the joys of music with many students. She provides a fun and inviting approach to learning music.

Teaches In-Person Tuesdays/Saturdays| Teaches Video Chat Lessons

Edward Sandel


Ed Sandel is a piano and keyboard player who has been active in playing in south suburban area worship groups for the past ten years. He has a Masters degree in Music from LSU, a Bachelors degree with a dual major in English and Music from Southeastern La. University, and has done postgraduate study in Musicology at the University of Chicago. He believes in adapting lessons to the musical preferences of the student, while at the same time drawing attention to the underlying theoretical principles which help students bridge the gaps between diverse types of music.

Teaches  In-Person Thursdays

Titus Nesbitt


Titus was born in Champaign, IL, and has been playing the piano since the age of five. Titus also has experience working with various keyboards, as well as Hammond organs. He holds a Bachelor's in Music from EIU, and a Master's in music from UAM. He has played in a variety of musical groups: Ensembles, gospel choirs, jazz choirs, jazz combos and big bands, to name just a few! Titus has released seven CDs of various genres under Ti-Do Productions, and is now a K-8 music teacher at a north Chicago charter school. Titus enjoys teaching students of all ages, and is looking forward to working with you to accomplish your ambitions!

Teaches  In-Person Saturdays | Teaches Video Chat Lessons

Jayneisha Marshall Voice Instructor

Beginning Voice 10 years and up

Jayneisha prides herself on making her lessons fun, interactive, and informative. She likes her students to choose what music style they prefer in order to keep each student interested in what they're learning. She will always have you leaving with a smile!

Teaches  In-Person Saturdays | Teaches Video Chat Lessons

Jayneisha Marshall

Voice 10 years and up

Shannon recently received her degree in Vocal Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University. She has experience as a church cantor, choir musician, and with children's theater groups. She hopes to bring both her technical skill and passion for singing and music to her students!

Shannon Lynch