Tom Vrem has played guitar since 1980. He began studying classical music, but has since mastered country, rock, and blues styles. Tom has recorded four albums with a Grammy nominated engineer and has performed nationally for many years. Tom has given lessons since 1992 and enjoys teaching children an approach which incorporates the elements of music in addition to elements of guitar performance. He teaches beginning through advanced students. Tom brings so much talent and experience to his lessons. He is an example of someone who has lived and played what he teaches.
Caleb Cook has over fifteen years experience playing guitar, and over 5 years experience in the general field of music. He Has been a working/gigging musician for over seven years. Caleb recently received his A.F.A. in Music Performance from Parkland College where he studied with local guitar professors such as Wes Howard, Jordan Kaye and Shawn Purcell. At Parkland, Caleb, spent time studying and practicing, classical guitar, classical music theory, jazz guitar and jazz theory. As well he participated in several collegiate ensembles in his time at Parkland including, Jazz Big Band, Small Jazz Combo; Classical Guitar Ensemble; and he spent two years singing with the Parkland Chamber Choir. Caleb is also a regular gigging solo acoustic, folk musician and plays in a rock band as well. It is his goal to teach and to inspire other developing musicians.
Education is just as important as experience when it comes to teaching lessons. Benita Lewis has that. Benita holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Eastern Illinois University. On top of that she also has a focus and emphasis in string instruments. In her career she has performed as a cellist with the Eastern Illinois University, the Danville and the Lafayette Symphony Orchestras. Today she teaches strings in Champaign Unit #4 schools. Benita teaches violin, cello, and double bass and can handle students from beginners to experts. She also teaches beginning guitar lessons as well.