Mel Washington Teaches Guitar, Piano, and Saxophone Lessons at both locations

Multi-instrumentalist with a degree in jazz performance/music business from Northern Il University. Mel has been playing music for the last 20 years. An accomplished musician with a strong background in theory, ear training, and instruction. Guitar is his primary instrument, mel also plays piano, ukulele, bass(electric), percussion, and saxophone. Mel not only teaches his students the fundamentals of music he encourages creativity and self-confidence in the student through consistent practice and patience. A teacher at Flatts and sharpe for over a year, mel can be seen performing with Too white crew throughout the Midwest.

Joe St. Charles Teaches Drum Lessons at both locations

Joe St.Charles is a percussion composer, performer, improviser and teacher who has been working in Chicago since 2001. He has performed at various galleries, music venues, festivals, and institutions throughout the city including The Chicago Cultural Center, Links Hall, Pritzker Pavilion, Curtiss Hall, The Arts Club of Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Art and the Ruth Page Center for Dance as well as commissioned performances at The University of Chicago and The Dance Center at Columbia College Chicago. He has also been a guest accompanist working with students through the dance department of Columbia College, a resident artist at The LaSalle Language Academy as well as a guest composer/performer at The Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids Michigan and has received the CAAP grant from the city of Chicago. He has worked in close collaboration with choreographers Julia Rae Antonick and Jonathan Meyer over the past six years as well as collaborating with many other Chicago artists.  Joe also releases percussion recordings under the name Owleater.https://youtu.be/X9EpgviZpf0


Katherine Werbiansky Teaches Voice and Piano at the Rogers Park location

Katherine Werbiansky sings and teaches for the love of art and life. She received her Bachelor’s of Fine and Applied Arts from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she starred as Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, then participated in Sarasota Opera’s Young Artist Program where she starred as Papagena in Mozart’s The Magic Flute.During her time at Northwestern University Katherine has portrayed Annunciata from Bolcom’s “Lucrezia”, and can be seen as Alma March in an upcoming production of Adamo’s “Little Women”.Recent credits include Desdemona with the Castleton Festival under the Baton or Maestro Lorin Maazel, and Illinois distinct winner and regional finalist encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards. She also garnered notice and praise from Vienna as a Qualifier for the Hans Gabor International Opera Competition, and won third place in Chicago’s Bel Canto Foundation Competition. Katherine has privately taught voice and piano throughout her performing career. She is thankful for the opportunity to provide the world with a cathartic connection to music.


Patrick Hulsman Teaches Piano and Guitar at both locations

Patrick Hulseman is a multi-instrimentalist from Cleveland, OH. Although he plays piano/ keyboards with a few groups around Chicago he got his start in music playing in an  Irish folk music group directed by Kathleen Keene 20 years ago. He dedicated himself to learning as many instruments as possible and created a good foundation in bass, guitar, ukelele, piano, organs, synthesizers and an assortment of Irish folk instruments. After graduating from John Carroll university in 2009 he began to play music around Chicago as a guitarist, vocalist and keyboardist for many different groups.  These days you can catch him playing with his many solo projects.

Justin Barron Teaches Piano, Guitar, Bass, and Cello Lessons at the Rogers Park location

Justin Barron has been teaching at Flatts and Sharpes since September 2004. In addition to teaching here, he currently instructs the Guitar class at The Chicago Waldorf School. He was awarded the Bachelors of Music Degree in both Music Theory and Composition from the University of Kansas in 2000 and received his Masters Degree in Music Composition from Florida State University in 2003.

Sherri Stouffer Teaches Piano and Vocal Lessons at the Rogers Park location

Sherri has been singing and playing piano from the moment she could reach the keys, but her actual training began at age 7. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Columbia College Chicago, but previous to her “jazzy-torchy-Broadway-ish” time there she studied sacred, classical, and opera music at the Moody Bible Institute. From this incredibly varied “musical soup”, and the influence of several amazing teachers along the way, she has developed a unique style of sharing her talents and knowledge with other musicians. Performing with a variety of bands and other musicians also gives her a current approach to teaching the art of stage presence and confidence. She is also a music instructor at Northside Catholic Academy and the Chicago Park District’s Indian Boundary Cultural Center, and absolutely loves being part of the Roger’s Park community. Sherri feels that being patient, open-minded, and consistent with her students is the best way to nurture excellent musicianship. Lean More about Sherri's performances here www.pieptone.com

James Weigel Teaches Guitar, Bass Guitar, Banjo and Resophonic Guitar (Dobro) Lessons at the Rogers Park location

James Weigel has been playing and teaching music professionally for over 10 years. He has appeared on several television shows including NBC's The Today Show, syndicated reality program "NASCAR Angels," and a variety of local news programs. James' songs have been used in a video game, "Lawnmower Racing" and in a PBS documentary series "The Ride of Our Lives." James has toured extensively throughout the midwest and continues to be active in the local Chicago music scene, playing in several folk, rock, country, and bluegrass bands. All the while, he has been teaching guitar, bass guitar, banjo, and resophonic guitar (more commonly known as Dobro).

Jackie King Teaches Voice and Piano at the Rogers Park location

 Jackie is a mezzo-soprano who holds Master and Bachelor of Music degrees in vocal performance from the Michigan State University College of Music, and an Associate in General Studies and Arts degree (vocal music concentration) from Kellogg Community College. Since moving to Chicago in the fall of 2013 from the great state of Michigan, Jackie has sung as a member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, is a very proud second year member of Vox 3 Collective, and also sings with the Songs by Heart Foundation which employs the use of interactive live vocal music to improve the quality of life for persons facing age related memory issues.

Beltran De Campo Teaches Violin and Piano at both locations

With backgrounds in classical music from the Interlochen Arts Accademy and jazz and world music from Berklee College of Music, Beltran is a well rounded musician who has recorded and performed with greats including Ivan Lins, Simon Shaheen, Phill Niblock and most recently Dream Theater. Beltran has a wealth of performance experience thanks to his time serving as principal violin of The Andrew Alden Ensemble with whom he played over 200 live shows between 2012 and 2014. He is also an experienced studio musician, having recorded for a multitude of composers, most notably George Clinton (better known for his work in "Austin Powers"), for his film "Gods Behaving Badly". Beltran's teaching method focuses on musician wellness and performance theory, both of which can be practiced in any style of music, and that he has applied in clinic at the Illinois Music Educators Conference and in residency at University of Illinois.Find out more about Beltran by visiting his website at www.everheardofbeltran.com


Kateri Gormley Teaches Vocals and Piano at the Rogers Park location

A native of New York, Kateri Gormley earned her Masters of Music degree in Voice and Opera Performance from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Kateri has performed lead roles in several operas, and has sung in choirs throughout Montreal and New York. In 2011, Kateri toured Luxembourg and Germany with the Vianden

Music festival, performing chamber music and song repertoire. She enjoys singing and playing piano in many styles, including opera, oratorio, musical theater and jazz.

Kateri holds Bachelors of Music degrees in Music Education and Voice Performance from SUNY Fredonia. Her love of music began at a young age, and she is thrilled to use her skills to promote the love of music in others. Kateri strives to create a nurturing and engaging learning environment that caters to each student’s individual learning style. She is very happy to be part of the Flatts and Sharpe team!

Gabriella Hirsch Teaches Piano at the Rogers Park location

Gabriella Hirsch began studying piano at age 5 and graduated in May 2015 from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, with degrees in Piano Performance and Music Therapy. Currently working towards her music therapy board certification, Gabriella treats clients with a variety of needs such as intellectual disabilities, emotional/behavioral deficits, and more. In college ensembles, she enjoyed playing chamber music as well as singing in a Downbeat award-winning jazz vocal group. Past musical experiences include teaching and band-coaching for Girls Rock! Chicago, participating in the Miami Summer Music Festival, playing in the pit and assistant musical directing for theater productions, and hosting rotation shows for her college alternative radio station. Primarily trained in classical music, Gabriella is enthusiastic about growing as a musician of all styles, as some of her loves include R&B, jazz, rock, and world music. She also plays guitar, and uses basic percussion techniques and writes songs for music therapy treatment purposes. Gabriella moved from Florida to Chicago in June 2015 and she could not be happier to have joined her new Flatts and Sharpe family! She thanks Dr. Tian Ying and all of her wonderful lifelong teachers for developing her skills and fostering her passion for music.Click the following link to hear her play Prokofiev's Sonata No. 6, a clip from her April 2015 college senior recitalhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RrRIgiKMuQ&feature=youtu.be

Matt Brown Teaches Vocals and Piano at both locations

Matt is a singer, songwriter, and teacher, based in Chicago.  He studied songwriting and music direction, at Music Director’s Institute, and voice at Northeastern Illinois University. He’s been heavily influenced by his teachers; grammy nominated Sarah Kelly, songwriter James Huey, and pianist and vocal coach Meg Wasik.  His artistry has expanded as he’s performed and toured, working within the realms of funk, folk, pop, gospel, jazz, and opera.  In 2011 he worked under composer Seth Boustead, launching his love of composing contemporary music.

As a singer he has performed throughout Europe and the states.  He’s toured Poland with the Rockford Mass Choir, and western Europe as a solo artist.  His song “Carry My Soul” was broadcast on RTE, Irelands national public radio station, in 2007, after a live performance in the Temple Bar District.  Beyond solo work, he has worked with several other artists as a featured writer and vocalist, and works with emerging artists in talent development.  He can be seen performing regularly in Chicago and in seasonal performances beyond. He teaches beginner to advanced voice and piano.  Students interested in composing or songwriting, may combine composing or songwriting into their voice and/or piano lessons. Matt’s approach to teaching is to cater each student’s lessons to their specific goals and interests within music, while exposing them to a wide variety of genre.  


Tom Fairbairn Teaches Piano, Guitar, Bass, Flute, Vocal and Drums at the Norwood Park location

Tom is a hard working and versatile musician teaching lessons in guitar, bass, piano, voice, drums, and woodwinds. He preaches patience and passion for all of his students and young performers. Tom grew up in the suburb of LaGrange and was a part of the choral program at Lyons Township High School. He then studied at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL as a vocal performance major/flute minor. While at Illinois Wesleyan he studied voice, piano, guitar and flute and performed with the Illinois Wesleyan collegiate choir, chamber singers, men’s a cappella group, jazz band, and wind ensemble. After leaving Illinois Wesleyan Tom continued to study with folk guitarist, Lee Murdock, and perform with the Wicker Park Choral Singers. Tom has taught students on the South Side of Chicago since 2009 in the Beverly neighborhood and is looking forward to spending time on the North Side.

Alexandra Plattos Teaches Piano and Vocal at the Norwood Park location

Alexandra Plattos has had her success attributed to a “reserved but ever-present confidence.” She recently sang the roles of the Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute), Suor Dolcina (Suor Angelica), and Fe-an-nich-ton from Offenbach’s Ba-Ta-Clan. Alexandra made her Italian debut at the Teatro Mancinelli in Orvieto (2013), and she has been featured around the Chicago Metropolitan area, central Illinois, and into Indiana where she has performed with companies including the Midwest Institute of Opera. In 2013, Alexandra was awarded the Blanche Artis Lewis Award from the Greek Women’s University Club, and in 2014 she was awarded the Grand Prize at the Joliet Symphony Orchestra’s concerto competition. A native of Chicago, Alexandra holds a Master’s of Music degree in Vocal Performance from North Park University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of Illinois at Chicago, graduating summa cum laude, and where she was a recipient of the PanHellenic Academic Award and Scholarship (2010), the Donald and Leah Riddle Prize (2011), and the Chicago Bar Association Music Award (2010).

Gustavo Cortiñas  Teaches Drum Set and Percussion at the Norwood park location

A graduate of Loyola University New Orleans (BM Jazz, Minor in Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, 2011), and Northwestern University (MM Jazz, June, 2013), Gustavo Cortiñas has over seventeen years of experience in drums and percussion, performing a wide variety of genres from pop and rock, to latin, jazz and classical music. With over a dozen recordings to his name, Mr. Cortiñas has performed with many outstanding individuals and ensembles, touring around North America, Latin America, Asia, and Europe. His playing can be heard on his latest record, "Snapshot" (July 2013)

Mr. Cortiñas has over a decade of teaching experience with students of all ages and levels. He started as the drum set instructor at the Edron Academy in Mexico City, where he later became a substitute teacher for elementary and middle school music classes. Since then, Gustavo has had an extensive private studio, and also taught master classes in Mexico, Puerto Rico, China and around the United States. He has been teaching at Flatts & Sharpe Music Academy since 2014, and most recently been taken as a guest artist to perform and help coordinate one of the jazz small ensembles at Northwestern University.For more information on Gustavo and his music, please visitwww.gustavocortinasmusic.com


Charles Williams Teaches Piano, Voice, Guitar and Bass at the Norwood Park location

Charles sang with Carlis Moody Jr. on the platinum gospel song 'Use Me' at the age of 5. He then studied piano and viola in jr high. While studying viola and voice privately in high school at Niles West in Skokie was selected to sing with the Illinois all-state jazz and honors choirs in 2002. The following fall, Charles studied vocal music education with a minor in piano under Dr. Carren Moham at Illinois Wesleyan University. Charles also toured eastern Europe, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia with the Illinois Wesleyan Collegiate Choir in the spring of 2004. Since then Charles has taught, and performed regularly in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.  Currently, he is performing with the Localvores a local Chicago trio and many others. With over 20 years of experience, his positive attitude is really what makes him outstanding. He works very well with youth and is extremely patient. His relaxed personality and his calm approach make him a truly unique educator.


Cameren DeCaluwe Teaches Guitar and Mandolin at both locations

Cameren DeCaluwe is a burgeoning young guitarist currently studying classical guitar performance with Steve Suvada and Chris Laughlin at Loyola Uniiversity Chicago. His teaching method focuses on the fundamentals of music theory applied to the guitar to build-up his student's technique and artistry while also encouraging them to apply this method to their own favored styles of music. Most recently, he performed at the 23rd Annual Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival and won the opportunity to play a master class with Partick Roux and the Canadian Guitar Quartet. http://www.camerendecaluwe.com/

Alex Willhite Teaches Brass at the Norwood Park location

Alex is a Chicago-based freelance trombonist who has received both his Bachelor of Music and Performer Certificate from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois.  Currently he is working on his Master of Music degree at Chicago College of Performing Arts which is located in downtown Chicago's Roosevelt University.  He is currently studying with Jay Friedman of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Reed Capshaw of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra.  He has also studied with Jeremy Moeller (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Michael Mulcahy (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Mark Fisher (Lyric Opera of Chicago), and Joseph Rodriguez (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra).  

Raleigh Kathman Teaches Guitar at the Norwood Park location

Raleigh Kathman is a guitarist, songwriter, teacher and composer from Chicago whose love and serious passion for music began early by getting involved in the vibrant local blues scene. Although he is an avid fan of all styles of music, this early immersion led to a deep personal appreciation of blues, soul, funk and classic rock styles of guitar. While studying instrumental performance and participating in ensembles at Columbia College Chicago, he was personally invited to tour and teach with the Blues Kids of America Foundation by founder and Blues Hall of Famer, Fernando Jones which led to regular performances at Buddy Guy’s Legends as well as performing all three days at the 2013 Chicago Blues Fest. As an instructor with Blues Kids he taught at the Fender Center in California, Disneyland, University of California Irvine and many other camps across the nation. More recently, he has been performing in his own original rock band that has played all around Chicago/the Midwest and are currently in the process of writing and recording their first album.


Ian Walsh Teaches Guitar and Bass at the Norwood Park location

Ian Walsh is a working musician based in Chicago. He studied jazz guitar and upright bass at the University of Illinois, Chicago, with guitarist, composer, and arranger, Zvonimir Tot, and guitarist, Frank Portolese. He performs with several bands including: Chicago Traffic Jam; Bowmanville; Fool House. He enjoys playing and teaching all styles of music.

Ian says "Music is still fun for me, that's why I still play everyday!"




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