Whether you are an absolute beginner or the next guitar hero, Andre Alfonso Music studio will help you get to the next level as a musician. Our staff is dedicated to get students on stage performing and jamming with other musicians. Sign in below to your existing My Music Staff account to manage your calendar and pay tuition.
"The owner, Andre, is very caring and easy to work with. He took the time to explain to me over the phone what the experience would look like for someone like me, an adult interested in picking up an instrument for the very first time. I was fortunate enough to have Andre as my instructor, but I witnessed several other instructors who were so kind and talented. I recommend Andre Alfonso Music to anyone interested in a positive learning experience with encouragement and extra attention provided."
If you are tired of practicing out of your method book, look no further! Study real excerpts from popular songs, learn practice habits to extend range and tone quality.
Develop healthy habits as a beginner or advanced student in breathing, voicing, embouchure, articulation, technique and more!
Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard
As you begin to understand the basics, begin to work on popular songs, riffs and practice techniques to improve.
Understand the ins and outs of diatonic accordion in regional Mexican music. Work on coordinating hands, scales, soloing and more. Lessons taught in English and Spanish.
Want to hang with the other cats on the bandstand? Improv on any instrument will get you proficient in music theory and help you play like your favorite jazz artists. Develop scales and transcribed solos.
Students who want to learn to play popular and regional Spanish music should take this class!
How do lessons work?
See lesson policies for more information about private lessons and virtual lessons.
* Tuition is $33 per lesson when you pay for the 13-14 week session in advance. This guarantees quality instructors and learning spaces are available.
** Lessons are $35 (30 minutes) when taken monthly/a la carte.
Lessons must be paid in full before attending the first session.
Summer Session: June 1st - August 30th
Fall Session: September 1st - November 30th
Winter Session: December 1st - February 28th/29th
Spring Session: March 1st - May 31st
Andre Rivera - Brasswinds, Woodwinds, Guitars, Drumset, Voice, Recording Studio
Andre Rivera graduated from Augustana College as a Golden Apple Scholar with a degree in music education and minor in jazz studies. At Augustana he was principal trumpet in the Augustana Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra and Jazz Combos. Between coursework Andre developed programing, trained student recording engineers and operated WAUG.FM, Augustana radio, as its general manager.
After graduating Andre has been involved with multiple professional acts as a trumpet player, most notably directing Here for the Summer and Salsavera, rock and salsa bands whom have headlined themselves and opened for international and national touring acts. His recordings have been featured in commercials and NPR's LAist podcast "WILD".
He also plays in the Monday Night Jazz Band at the college of Lake County and directs the Round Lake Middle School band program.
Brendan Frank - Electric/Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Trumpet
Brendan Frank is a Chicago-based musician, educator, songwriter, and performer. While maintaining a rigorous teaching and performing schedule, Brendan has performed sold-out concerts across the United States and internationally. Some of his notable appearances include: House of Blues Chicago, The Metro, CMA Fest Nashville, and a special performance in Busan, South Korea. He has also appeared as a musician on the morning news programs for ABC7 Chicago, WGN Chicago, and WBEZ’s Morning Shift. He is well versed in several styles of music including rock, jazz, acoustic, country, blues, and classical.
In addition to his performance schedule, Brendan teaches Band, Jazz Band, and Music Technology at Antioch Upper Grade School in Antioch, IL. He is available for live performances, recording sessions, and private lessons. Get in touch with him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rick Frankowski - Brass, Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Drum Set
Rick Frankowski graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northern Michigan University in 2017 with his Bachelor's in Music Education degree. While at Northern, Rick has performed and conducted for all of the major ensembles on campus- including Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, the "Pride of the North" Marching Band, Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble. He has also performed with Marquette City Band (Michigan) before coming home and performing with Buffalo Grove Community Band and Choir and Deerfield Community Band here in Lake County.
Rick currently teaches at Oak Grove School in Green Oaks, IL where he teaches general music, directs Concert Band and co-directs Jazz Band.
Sam Rivera - Piano, Saxophone, Composition
Sam Rivera is a Saxophone instructor from Round Lake Heights, IL. He graduated from Elmhurst University with a double Major in Jazz Studies and Music Business. Sam was Lead Alto in the Elmhurst Lab Band, Jazz combo, as well as 1st tenor in the Mark Colby Sax combo. Sam is also an instructor at Divine Expression in Elgin IL, where he will be teaching general music, Jazz, Jazz Theory, and Worship music.
Sam is also known for touring in different cities in China, and opened for different jazz artists like Ernie Watts, Carl Saunders, and Bob McChesney. He had the privilege to play with Tom “Bones” Malone of the Lieutenant Dan Band and has opened for Flock of Seagulls and played for special guest General John Kelly of the United States in Here for the Summer. Sam has been invited as a special guest to various churches around the United States.
Thomas Power - Guitars, Bass, Strings, Piano, Drums
Thomas Power is a North Shore based guitarist and bassist. Hailing from Libertyville, IL. Mr. Power has over 15 years of experience playing stringed instruments, encompassing instruments such as violin, ukulele, and the upright bass. Mr. Power is finishing his Music Education degree at Millikin University, specializing in jazz and commercial music styles. He also is one of the staple members of the band 'Here For The Summer'. Whether he's strumming his guitar or holding down the rhythm on bass, Thomas's versatility and dedication to his craft shine through in every note.
Anthony DiVozzo - Drums and Percussion
Anthony DiVozzo, who with his spirit and non-stop energy, is constantly striving to take drumming to a new level. Tony joined the Navy Big Band program after high school and was stationed in Hawaii for 5 years and then at Great Lakes for 5 years where he toured the United States in the band. After his tenure in the navy band, Tony joined a heavy metal band called "Amulance" and toured in Germany. Tony's influences are Niel Peart, Billy Cobham and Louie Bellson. Tony is also fluent in Italian and Japanese.
Kody Myhra is a clarinet instructor from Antioch, IL. Kody graduated from Millikin University with her degree in Music Performance and a composition certificate. She has participated in many ensembles, including the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, the Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Millikin’s Eidolan Woodwind Quintet, and various other chamber groups. She has been teaching since the Fall of 2021.
In addition to her performance career, Kody has written and premiered compositions of her own, including her piece titled Eccentric Shades for Clarinet Choir that will be premiered this June 2022 at The International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest. She has also written pieces for various chamber group combinations as well as unaccompanied solo works.
Juan Francisco Diaz
Juan Francisco Díaz is a Spanish musician from Andalusia who recently settled in Illinois. He studied classical guitar and choir at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Almería. From a young age he has been connected to music and taught himself electric and acoustic guitar.
He began his career at university as a singer-songwriter and has since recorded two albums. He has toured throughout Spain and now performs in the United States.
Juan has directed traditional Spanish music choirs and groups for many years. He is also versed in folkloric music of both Spain and Latin America, including the various instruments: charango, vihuela, lute, bandurria, guitarrón, sikus.
He continues to find new experiences and share music accross cultures to develop his songwriting and love for musical knowledge.