Private Music Lessons:


Methods: SUZUKI & FIDDLE     |     Rate: $50/hour and $25/half hour     |     Length: 30-60 minutes     |     Days: Monday-Saturday

Lisi's teaching experience started with private lessons during her high school years to working with studios in Minneapolis (Linden Hills House of Music) and St. Paul (Simply Strings Studios). She has been teaching private lessons at The Villa Studio for 3 years.  

Lisi has been playing violin for 25 years and teaches through two different methods. She starts all beginners off on the Suzuki method and isa fan of following through with the method. If interested, she will switch between the Suzuki method and a fiddle book (bluegrass, Irish, etc.) of the student's choice (and her suggestion - this is dependent on ability). In this way the student is benefiting from the technical growth of the Suzuki method while playing some fun tunes from outside the classical genre. Finally, theory and note-reading exercises are woven into the lessons, especially for beginners who have no note-reading experience. Students will learn theory from naming the kinds of notes and the names of the notes to improvisation techniques and utilizing different scales and/or modes in soloing.

Professional Performance Experience: Lisi has been performing professionally throughout the Twin Cities, Midwest and US for the past 10 years and can currently be seen performing with The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra and Mick Sterling's AT CHRISTMAS. She was a two-time member of the MN All-State HS Orchestra and the Macalester College Orchestra.


Rate: $50/hour and $25/half hour     |     Length: 30-60 minutes     |     Days: Monday-Saturday

John has been teaching private one-on-one lessons in GUITAR and BASS for 25 years. This includes a number of years at Willie's Guitar (St. Paul), Knut Kopee Music (Various Twin Cities locations) and Minnetonka Music (Excelsior).

John's extensive live performance experience brings a practical yet fun approach to his teaching method. John's objective is to provide the student with the best tools for accomplishing his or her goals in the most effective way possible. This will vary with every student so each lesson program is tailored to that individual as no two students are the same. John has taught all age groups from 5 years to 50+ in addition to all skill levels; beginners to advanced. 

Professional Performance Experience: John can currently be seen playing live with The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra (a 2013/14 Minnesota Arts Tour Grant recipient) and Lehto and Wright, his critically acclaimed Celtic/American Folk Rock band entering its 15th year. He also works with Mick Sterling in various projects amongst others. 


Rate: $50/hour     |     Days: Monday-Sunday

John has 25+ years as a studio engineer and producer. His credits include  the the recording and mixing of over 75 full length CDs/LPs. For those students who might be interested in music recording and production, John can offer one-on-one training in the recording arts involving every aspect of the recording process, from the technical to the creative. 

Click the button below to contact John regarding your interests and set up a time to tour the studio facilities before signing up for an apprenticeship.