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Band, Guitar & Piano

Dulcimer Lessons

Piano & Voice

Viola &/or Violin

Voice

If you are a homeschooling family in the CAHSA region and would like to add your musical instruction services to this directory, please e-mail us your request. Include your name, contact information and a brief description of the lessons you offer.

Band Instruments, Guitar & Piano

Brian Rohr is an 2008 Illinois State University music education graduate with experience teaching public school elementary music. He formed the Bloomington Area Home School Band which has been meeting since April 2011. Ages 8 and up are welcome, from beginners to advanced players. Instruments include flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, tuba and percussion.

Brian also offers private lessons in all the above instruments, as well and guitar and piano. Contact Brian Rohr at bcrohr@gmail.com or 309-433-5174.

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Dulcimer Lessons

The hammered dulcimer is an instrument of ancient origins and has a lovely, harp-like sound. It is the most logically arranged instrument to play and is not difficult to learn as the student does not need to 'make' notes such as violin, guitar etc. Music is made by striking the metal strings with small mallets, or hammers. Maureen Barnes offers 45-minute lessons in her southwest Bloomington home for $20. She has an instrument available to rent for beginners. In the summer, her husband, Brian, also offers mountain dulcimer lessons and rentals. To learn more about the instruments themselves, visit www.Dulcimerdreams.com. For lessons, contact the Barnes at info@dulcimerdreams.come or call 309/530-0997.

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Piano & Voice Lessons

Jennifer Booker-Smith has been teaching piano lessons for over 15 years and is the accompanist for BACHS Cantate Choir. She is a member of Orpheus, (Bloomington chapter of National Federation of Music Clubs), the Peoria Area Music Teachers Association, and plays regularly in her church's worship band. She is a 1994 graduate of ISU, and received her teacher certification from UHCL in Houston in 1998.

Lessons are held in her home in Bloomington. Students can participate in two recitals each year, as well as festivals and other performance opportunities.

Please contact by email jbookersmith@yahoo.com or phone 309-310-3599.

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Viola & Violin

Following the Suzuki method, Candace Borth offers beginning viola and violin lessons in her home. She can be reached by phone at 454-3875 or by email.


Laura Otto has been teaching violin lessons for 15 years and is a homeschool mom of 4 children. Laura has a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Bradley University and has done graduate work at Illinois State University. In addition to teaching, Laura has performed with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra amd Opera Illinois Orchestra. She has also participated in music festivals in Quebec, Kansas, and Indiana. Her students range in age from 5 through college and several have served as concermaster of the Central Illinois Youth Symphonies. Violin lessons are taught at her home in Congerville and at Trinity Lutheran Church in Peoria.

Please contact Laura Otto by e-mail or by phone at 309 219-2004

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Voice Lessons

Ellen Losey is a 2016 Illinois Wesleyan University graduate in Vocal Performance. She currently directs the Treble Choir division of the Bloomington Area Choir for Home Schoolers (BACHS) and works with Crossroads Area Student Theater (CAST) as a musical director.

Voice lessons are offered at her home in Hudson, IL. For more information please contact glosey24@gmail.com or call and leave a message at (309)532-0607.

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