Lessons

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.

Student Testimonials

"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."

  • Brass

    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.

  • Woodwinds

    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.

  • Accordion

    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.

  • Jazz Improvisation

    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.

  • Spanish Guitar

    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 with Autopay.

Lessons must be paid in full before attending the first session.

Sessions

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 brendan.frank@gmail.com

  • 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 - Woodwinds & Composition

    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.

  • Dana Zapeta - Strings, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass

    Dana Zapeta

    Dana began her violin studies at the age of 4 in the Suzuki violin studio of Jane Kohnke.  The violin was such a positive influence on her life, that she made it her goal to give the gift of music to others through teaching.  Dana studied music performance at Illinois Wesleyan University with Vadim Mazo and graduated in 2010.

    Dana began teaching in 2010 and has experience with students of all ages, from beginner to advanced.  She has developed her own teaching method through the years that is highly adaptable to the needs of each student.  Dana combines elements of the Suzuki method with traditional teaching.  Dana aims to make lessons fun and informative.  She believes that proper technique is a tool to promote beautiful and expressive playing.   Dana is a certified Suzuki violin and viola teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

    Dana is also an active orchestral performer.  She is a member of Symphony847, and has played with Kenosha Symphony and Lake County Symphony Orchestra.  She enjoys playing in chamber ensembles as well.  

  • Juan Francisco Diaz - Electric & Classical Guitar

    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.

  • Josiah Jackson - Piano, Bass, Percussion, Drumset

    Josiah is a passionate musician and educator. With over a decade of experience playing piano, he's been actively involved in the music scene, performing gigs locally in Chicago and in Milwaukee. As a performing musician, he is involved in various projects, including Warped Wonder, LoBi, and Jotomil. I also play in worship bands and accompany choirs.


    After graduating from Lakes Community High School in 2020, he served in the U.S. Military as an Army bandsman, where he honed his skills as a pianist, percussionist, and singer. Now Josiah is thrilled to share his passion and expertise with students at Andre Alfonso Music, offering lessons in piano, bass, percussion, and drum set.

  • Ben Fryxell - Cello, Double Bass, Piano

    Cellist Ben Fryxell is a seasoned veteran of the concert stage, at home as a soloist, orchestral player, and chamber musician. Since 2022, he has served as Associate Principal Cello of the Jacksonville Symphony, where he was granted tenure less than a year after joining. Before that, he was a Fellow with the New World Symphony, where he played as a principal cellist under conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, HK Gruber, and Susanna Mälkki. He performed with New World and conductor Matthias Pintscher as a soloist in 2022, playing Bernd Alois Zimmermann's "Canto di Speranza".

    Ben holds a special interest and strong skillset in contemporary music, and loves how many new sound worlds we can be exposed to by composers of our time. He was invited to be a New Fromm Player at the Tanglewood Music Center in 2022, where he was re-engaged the following summer. During his time in that role, he worked closely with composers such as Reena Esmail, George Lewis, Nico Muhly, Joan Tower, and many others.

    Ben is also a passionate educator. In addition to teaching private cello lessons, he has also been sought out as a sectional coach, as well as a music theory pedagogue. He received his Bachelor of Music from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Natasha Brofsky, and worked for the Music Theory and Analysis Department as a Teaching Assistant and Tutor. He then studied at the New England Conservatory of Music for his Master of Music degree, where he was a pupil of Yeesun Kim. He held another teaching assistantship there, this time working as a keyboard harmony teacher.

    In addition to being a cellist, Ben is a skilled pianist, conductor, composer, and arranger. He splits his time between Jacksonville, FL and the Chicago metropolitan area.

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