Luscombe Music Studio Roster

A wide range of private lessons are available at Luscombe Music. Most are weekly, 30-minute sessions ranging in price from $25.00 — $35.00. Below are the credentials of our teachers. Please consult the Studio Coordinator to discuss lesson times and payments by calling 630.833.7381.

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Juliet Deadman

Violin & Viola

  • Bachelor of Music Education, Northern Illinois University
  • Student of Laurel Thurman, Richard Marshall, and Robert Shamo
  • Teaching experience of 25+ years includes both public schools and private instruction
  • Professional affiliations: MENC, ASTA and AFM
  • Performance experience: Civic Orchestra of Chicago and Rockford Symphony Orchestra
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Michael McGuan

Violin & Viola

  • Master of Music, Violin Performance, Northern Illinois Univ.
  • Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry, St. Olaf College
  • Registered Suzuki Instructor
  • Performs with Camerata Chicago and the Antiqua Baroque Consort, substitute with Fox Valley Orchestra
  • Group class teacher, El Sistema Youth Music Program
  • Former member of St. Olaf Orchestra, the Illinois Valley Symphony and the Northern Illinois Chamber Orchestra
  • Former private violin instructor through the NIU Community School of the Arts


Genevieve Tabby


  • Master of Music, Violincello, Northwestern University -Bienen School of Music
  • Bachelor of Music, Violincello, Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Full certification in Suzuki Pedagogy including all 10 levels of Suzuki cello books


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Corey Willis

Classical Guitar

  • Studied under Steve Ramsdell
  • Certified specialist in Audio Recording and Electronic Music Production
  • Performance includes College of DuPage small group jazz ensemble and guitar ensemble, classical guitar recitals, various professional engagements
  • Over 20 years teaching and performance experience in Classical Guitar, Jazz Guitar, R&B, Pop, Latin American Music, various Contemporary Styles and Contemporary Worship Music
  • Strong background in Music Theory
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Mike Bibby

Guitar, Ukulele, Sound Technology

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Computer Music and New Media Technology, College of DuPage
  • Master Classes to include Composition, Digital Instrument Design, Recording Acoustic Instruments, and Electronic Music Production (Northern Illinois University and College of DuPage)
  • Over ten years private and group lesson teaching experience

Michael Daniel


  • Post graduate study, University of Chicago
  • Graduate, American Conservatory of Music
  • Substitute teacher, Chicago Public Schools
  • Member and performer with the Oak Park Symphony Orchestra, the North Shore Chamber Orchestra as well as two Opera companies
  • 25 years private teaching experience 


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Damian Espinosa


  • Master's Degree, Music Theory & Composition, University of New Mexico
  • Additional Graduate Studies, Music Theory, University of Chicago
  • BA in Piano Performance, Creighton University, Omaha NE
  • Leads the Damian Espinosa Trio
  • Member of the critically acclaimed group, The Chris Greene Quartet
  • Accomplished musician, composer and accompanist performing in many different musical settings across multiple genres including jazz clubs, festivals, concerti, opera and choirs
  • 20+ years of private piano instruction as well as teaching various music courses at the University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, U of New Mexico and Wheaton College
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Sara Groppe


  • Bachelor of Arts in Music, Elmhurst College
  • Student of Soyoung Kee, former student of Carolyn Rife
  • Recipient of the Paderewski Medal and High School Diploma from the National Guild of Piano Teachers
  • General Music Teacher, Joliet
  • Local Church accompanist


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Andrew Johnson


  • Bachelor of Arts in Music and Vocal Performance, Carthage College
  • Private teaching since 2012
  • Active member of Illinois Music Association
  • Participates in competitions annually


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Ken Spurr


  • Bachelor of Arts in Music majoring in Jazz Piano, Valparaiso University
  • Master’s Degree coursework, DePaul University
  • Studied under William Foster, Allan Swain, Larry Novak, David Kikoski, Terry Dybvig, Mary Sauer
  • Over 24 years of teaching experience including Cappelli Institute of Music, Elmhurst College, American Music Institute and Harper College
  • Director of Jazz Studies, Harper College
  • Accomplished performer, jazz educator and musician performing solo and alongside many major jazz artists in Chicagoland
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Kathleen Rose


  • Advanced piano study, Elmhurst College
  • Bachelor of Arts, Wartburg College/Concordia College
  • Student of Yasuko Joichi
  • Certified Suzuki teacher
  • Over 30 years of private teaching and performance experience
  • Organist/Pianist, Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit
  • Students participate in annual competitions
  • Piano Studio Director, Luscombe Music, 20 years
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Maria Schwartz


  • Professional Studies Certificate, Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Master of Music - Flute Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Bachelor of Music - Flute Performance, Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, NY
  • Student of Joshua Smith, Mary Kay Fink, and Kenneth Andrews
  • Trained in Suzuki Flute Method and Dalcroze Eurhythmics
  • 15+ years of private teaching experience
  • Second Flute in Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra
  • Professional ensemble experience includes New Philharmonic, Northbrook Symphony, Oistrach Symphony, & Chicago Classical Philharmonic
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Denise Glynn

Clarinet, Saxophone

  • Master of Library Science, Rosary College
  • Bachelor of Science, Northern Illinois University
  • Student of Greg Smith
  • Over fifteen years of private teaching experience


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Patrick Infusino

Woodwind, Bass Guitar

  • Advanced studies, DePaul and VanderCook
  • Bachelor of Music Education, DePaul University
  • Retired Band Director after 31 years from Berkeley School District 87
  • Currently Jazz Band Director, Benedictine University
  • Adjudicator and Clinician
  • Freelance musician for jazz and pop groups
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Richard Rose

Brass, Woodwind

  • Advanced study at Concordia University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Music Education, Concordia College
  • Fine Arts Department Chairman, Walther Lutheran High School
  • Over 35 years of private teaching experience
  • Music Director, Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit
  • Pursuing Master’s Degree in Music Composition, Chicago College of Performing Arts
  • Published several volumes of instrumental music
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Billy Thoms


  • Bachelor of Music Performance, Elmhurst College
  • Pursuing Bachelor of Music Education, Elmhurst College
  • Substitute Trumpeter for West Suburban Symphony
  • Guest soloist with Elgin Youth Symphony and Elmhurst College Wind Ensemble
  • Student of Matt Lee and Kari Lee
  • Four years’ private teaching experience
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Lisa Griffith


  • Master of Music, Opera Performance, Northwestern
  • University Bachelor of Arts, Knox College
  • Member/Former President, Chicago Chapter of The National Association of Teachers’ of Singing
  • National Songs and Skills Workshop Leader for the Center for Music and Young Children
  • Music Together Program Director and Teacher
  • Director, Elmhurst Children’s Theatre
  • Performed with the Santa Fe Opera and Glimmerglass Opera
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Michelle Maiers


  • Master of Music, Vocal Performance, DePaul University
  • Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance, Millikin University
  • Member of Chicago Chapter of The National Association of Teachers’ of Singing
  • Performed with Light Opera Works, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Elmhurst Choral Union soloist, Cantor at Mary Queen of Heaven Church in Elmhurst, Soloist at First Congregational UCC in Elmhurst
  • Music Director for Bryan Junior High, Visitation Arts Alive Program and Elmhurst Children’s Theatre, Oakbrook Academy of Music and Art
  • Former President of Elmhurst Children's Theatre
  • Music Together teacher for Music Together of Oakbrook/Elmhurst
  • Over 15 years of teaching experience both private and choral settings



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  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday 9 am–3 pm
  • Sunday Closed