Joce Dugan is a classically trained pianist and teacher. She has over 20 years of piano playing experience and has completed 3 years of Suzuki Piano teacher training. She briefly studied jazz composition at Columbia College in Chicago and is now teaching various genres extending outside of jazz and classical.
Her teachings include ear training, music theory, improvisation, songwriting, music composition, and performance. She teaches beginner and intermediate piano for children and adults of all ages. She loves to inspire her students and help them develop skills that work the absolute best with their own personal learning processes. Her goal is to create not only amazing piano students but lifelong musicians. She helps her students build lifelong skills that will help them throughout many moments in life.
Wendelyn has been singing since she was two, and music has always played a huge role in her life. She used music in her early childhood classrooms to teach, comfort, support, and bring more joy to the day. With an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, over 20 years of experience teaching, and experience presenting music workshops to local childcare facilities, as well as State and University level Early Childhood Conferences, she is always looking for ways to add music to the community.
Children's Music Specialist
Danielle Graf is a fun-loving drummer proficient in many styles ranging from jazz to Latin to funk and beyond. In Bloomington, she performed with Soul/R&B group The Vallures from 2010-2016, co-founded Afro Funk collective The Magmatix and played in the Brooklyn-based Indie/Dance band Imunuri, among other projects. Her most recent involvement was with local South Bend group The Dena Woods Project. Graf has taught private drum lessons since 2011 and welcomes students of all ages and aspirations. In teaching, Danielle emphasizes a positive approach to rudimental foundations on which to grow. She believes every student has the potential to learn and succeed and especially welcomes other girls to join the vibrant local music community. Graf played her first paid drumming gigs as a child and studied for 8 consecutive years at the Eddy Knight School for Drummers, followed by various percussion ensembles at the IU Jacobs School of Music. She looks forward to joining you on your musical journey!
Mike graduated from The Ohio State University in 1993 with a bachelors degree in fine arts, jazz studies performance. There he studied under the instruction of Tom Carrol, Hank Marr, and Gary Carney. He also attended Easton School of Music jazz workshop summer program in 1990 and 1991 under the instruction of Gene Bertoncini.
He has performed with Roger Williams, The Fifth Dimension, CJ Chenier, The Stone City Band, The Flex Crew, and many others. He also formed his own groups, Cellovision, Oneunder, and Shinebox , each group recording an album/cd of original music. Mike has also been hired as a studio guitarist at Thornapple and (blank)studios.
He gave guitar instruction/lessons at Music go Round in 1997-99. Since then he has given private instruction/lessons. He currently resides in South Bend where he has performed with Buddy Pearson, Darrel Tidebeck, Linsay Kelly, Arthur Schroeder, Don Lerman, and others.
Linsay Kelly has been a vocal instructor for over 15 years. She was classically trained as a Music Theatre Major at Western Michigan University, but uses techniques in her classes that are suited to each individual. Most lessons are focused on pitch, tone, rhythm and breathing but Linsay also incorporates performance into each lesson to encourage her students to share their hard work in the future.
She has been a vocalist in several local bands like "Elephant Rescue", "The LowLifes", "LinzNCello", "Get Back" and many other bands in the Michiana area. She has performed in 6 seasons of theatre at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, worked as a vocal instructor and creative administrative assistant at Michiana Creative and Adaptive Arts, performed at Meet Me on the Island, South By South Bend, Everybody has a Story and performed every month for 3 years at the Four Winds Casino and Resort.
Dave is an award-winning graduate of the McNally Smith College of Music. He has over twenty years of guitar instruction experience in a variety of styles including rock, jazz, heavy metal, pop, etc. He has almost thirty years of experience with ensemble playing as a professional in the local area. Additional teaching skills include music transcription and theory.
Guitar and Music Theory
South Bend native Don Lerman is a jazz saxophonist who would like to pass on musical knowledge that he has been fortunate to gain to others. He has taught both private lessons (on saxophone and clarinet) and in classrooms at jazz camps (University of Wisconsin Green Bay), and most recently taught lessons at Quinlan and Fabish in Mishawaka. His experience as a professional arranger and performer in groups in both the Washington, DC, and South Bend areas is helpful in his efforts to provide practical and in depth musical information to students.
Bruce Morrow brings to The Music Village a lifetime of experience teaching and performing on the violin. Bruce was born and raised in South Bend where he began his violin studies at the age of 8. In 1980 he received a Master of Music in Violin Performance from Indiana University – Bloomington where he studied with Franco Gulli and Henryk Kolwalski. After graduating he was appointed concertmaster of the New York Harlem Opera Ensemble orchestra, with whom he toured Europe, performing nearly 200 performances of the George Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess. He then spent four years playing opera in Austria as a member of the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra. After returning to South Bend, Bruce performed with a number of regional orchestras, maintained a small teaching studio, and eventually found himself managing the String Instrument division of The Woodwind and the Brasswind. For the past seventeen years Bruce worked for the violin workshop of William Harris Lee & Co., while he continued teaching and performing in the South Bend area. Bruce has recently retired from William Harris Lee & Co. to devote all of his time and energy teaching violin and viola.
Buddy offers private, and group class instruction for beginning or advanced electric and upright bass. Playing and teaching lessons for over 20 years, Buddy offers a wealth of “know how” in terms of technique, reading music, playing with others, playing various music styles, and much more.
DENNIS "BUDDY" PEARSON
Guitar, Bass, Double Bass and Ukulele
Mike started playing guitar and keyboard in his early teens, and started playing in rock “garage” bands shortly after. Thirty years ago he heard John Hartford and Earl Scruggs play the banjo and knew he had found his instrument! He has played banjo and guitar in country and bluegrass bands, and has taught private lessons on guitar and banjo for the past 20 years. Adding to his teaching experience, Mike has long tutored CAD/CAM operators in the tool and die trade. Mike remembers what it’s like to not know the subjects he teaches and relates well to his students, modifying his lessons to accommodate different learning styles. Most importantly, he makes sure he and the students have fun while they’re learning. Mike combines his passions as a CAD/CAM designer and banjo picker in an exciting line of innovative, premium quality banjo accessories. You can check out his accessories by visiting www.rowemusicparts.com
Bill Schmitt is a media consultant who served on the communications staff at Notre Dame for 14 years. He and his family moved to South Bend after he practiced journalism and taught college-level journalism on the East Coast. He's a contributor to The Music Village who has become active in the gigs of the Tuesday night Jammers, He previously held writing and editorial management posts at journalism organizations in New York and Washington, DC.
Music has accompanied him throughout his life - starting with more than ten years of accordion lessons on Long Island and participation in that school's virtuoso accordion band and now reviving with gusto as he plays with his "Virtual Accordion".
Lyric tenor Michael Snyder graduated from the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C., where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree, with a concentration in vocal performance.
After graduating from CUA, he studied English repertoire, in the United Kingdom, with Robert Tear, Eric Crozier, and Nancy Evans. He sings most everything from Bach to Broadway.
"As my Mom puts it, I have loved the drums since I knew what one was….I grew up in the South Bend area, got my first drum set, a Sears catalog kids set, when I was 5 as a Christmas gift. Started in school band at Walt Disney Elementary, played in The Penn High School Marching Band & Concert Band and studied drums with Russ Hunt & Ron Hull. I have played with many gigging bands, have done studio work, radio promo spots and I currently do a TV show The Groovesmith on the PAM channel as well as gig with the band Hey Annie."
Melinda is a certified Musik Garten Instructor and Piano instructor.