Lessons / Teachers
Dr Woods offers both individual and group lessons from seasoned, professional musicians. Whatever your musical interest and whatever your age, our instructional staff can help. Blues, rock, metal, bluegrass, country, pop, classical–you choose the style you want to learn!
Dr. Woods offers music lessons for piano, guitar, drums, violin, cello, mandolin, dulcimer, ukulele, banjo, woodwind, voice and brass instruments. We recognize that your personal interests are important; we want learning an instrument to be fun for you. Some students may want to learn only basic playing skills while others might want instruction in music theory. Perhaps you’ve had some musical training or none at all. Tablature or notes? You and your instructor decide together.
No one is too old or young. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to strengthen existing skills, our instructional staff can improve your skills and find your talent.
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MEET THE TEACHERS
Buddy Wiegelman – Guitar Lessons
Buddy “the Doctor” Wiegelman is the owner of our great establishment. A professional rock star, Buddy has performed with many great musicians. His bands have toured with Rush, The Scorpions, and John Mellencamp. He is a professional musician, playing music in and around the Chicagoland area for more than 40 years. Buddy opened Dr. Woods Guitar Emporium more than 30 years ago, wanting to share his love of music with others in the community. He works closely with individual students, as well as with groups, teaching how to play music in a professional and cohesive manner.
Eric Justen – Guitar, Ukelele and Piano Lessons
Eric also teaches individual guitar, ukelele and piano lessons. Eric studied under Zvonimir Tot and Mike Bazen and performed in the Jazz Ensemble at McHenry County College. Eric also played guitar, mandolin and drums in the broadway in Chicago production of Jersey Boys. Eric works with a wide range of ability-levels and age groups; he has taught Dr. Woods’ Drum and Guitar classes at the local elementary schools, and has been teaching lessons at Dr. Woods for nearly ten years. Whether you are just beginning or looking to improve your existing skills, Eric is available Monday through Thursday & Saturdays to teach piano, drums, or guitar.
Paul William – Guitar Lessons
Paul has earned his nickname as the “Jazz Man.” He has been teaching guitar and bass for more than ten years. Paul studied jazz under Frank Dawson and classical music under Steve Suvada. Paul began with an Associate’s Degree in Musical and Classical Performance, and followed that up with a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Musical Performance. At Harper College, Paul performed in the Classical Guitar Ensemble. At Columbia College, he performed in the Jazz Trios, Quartets, and Quintets. Start your weekly guitar or bass lessons with Paul every Monday or Wednesday.
Clayton Janssen – Guitar and Ukelele Lessons
Clayton is a seasoned musician and studied in the Harper Music Program. He has been teaching lessons at Dr. Woods for ten years. Clayton also teaches guitar in the Dr. Woods satellite program at the Wauconda Public Library. He has loads of experience touring and playing with bands. If you’re looking for someone with a jazz or rock background, Clayton is available to give lessons every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
Sean Shiel – Guitar, Ukelele, Banjo, Mandolin Lessons
Sean is a jack-of-all-instruments, and a master of each one. After starting on guitar at age 14, he decided to expand his musical horizons. So he picked up mandolin, bass guitar, banjo and ukulele, teaching himself each intrument as he went. Sean’s main occupation is playing music professionally, and between his solo career (aptly named “Sean Shiel”) and his band (Miles Over Mountains), Sean can typically be found playing gigs up to five nights a week. In addition to playing shows, Sean has been giving music lessons for over a decade. He is available for lessons on guitar, mandolin, and banjo every Tuesday
Scott Merrill – Drum Lessons
The opportunity to take drum lessons from a teacher who’s been playing for 52 years and teaching for 47 of those years is an amazing one. He’s been listed in Modern Drummer Magazine’s International Teachers Guide since 1990! His expertise is in contemporary styles, technique, meter, coordination, reading and theory. Scott’s formal education in music is extensive: beginning with DePaul University in Chicago, followed by Berklee College of Music in Boston and then Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Scott is available for drum lessons every Monday. Call us quickly before all his slots fill up!
Cecily Carroll – Violin/Cello/Viola Lessons
Cecily Carroll has been teaching violin, viola and cello for 25 years. She earned a Bachelor’s of Music Education degree from Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1995. She has completed some coursework towards a Master’s degree of Music from Illinois State University and has taught institutionally from K-12 to undergraduate music classes.
Though classically trained, Cecily loves all types of music and encourages students to explore the musical genres to which they are most suited. She has played in a variety of orchestral ensembles, recorded tracks with rock bands, played live with gospel groups, opera companies and country western singers. She is also a founding member of the St. Aloysius String Quartet.
Currently Cecily spends a great deal of time parenting four children and manicuring the yard when it isn’t covered in snow. As a Pennsylvania native, Cecily enjoys lurking in the forest and marveling at wildlife. In addition to teaching string instrument lessons, Cecily restores violins, violas and cellos which have fallen into disrepair.
Greg Mackintosh – Piano Lessons
Greg Mackintosh is an award-winning keyboard artist, composer and arranger. Trained as a classical organist and jazz pianist, Greg studied music theory and composition at Duke University where he was tutored by the late jazz piano legend Mary Lou Williams and former Thelonious Monk sideman Paul Jeffrey. Greg has won over 50 music competitions including the U.S. title in the prestigious Yamaha National Electone Festival, where he went on to earn the bronze medal at the International Competition in Hamburg, Germany.
Greg has performed or recorded with an impressive array of jazz standouts including Louie Bellson, Michael Brecker, Mark Colby, Paul Jeffrey, Scott Hamilton, Brad Goode, Michael Manson, Geary Moore and Stephanie Nakasian. He has opened for Dizzy Gillespie, Ellis Marsalis, Marian McPartland, McCoy Tyner and Ben Vereen among others. Greg is available for teaching both beginners and advanced students.
Brandy Braxton – Voice Lessons
Brandy’s speciality is contemporary vocal styles. Brandy has been teaching voice, piano, and flute for 14 years. She has studied at NIU and in Europe. As a performer, Brandy has worked all across the United States, including singing the national anthem at Comiskey Park. Her other performance experience includes multiple rock/pop bands and stage musicals. As a singer/songwriter, Brandy has tunes on iTunes, Napster, and Rhapsody. She is well versed in many vocal styles and above all, Brandy loves to teach.
Vince Salerno – Flute, Clarinet & Saxophone Lessons
Every great music shop needs a great woodwind & brass teacher, and Vince is our guy! He studied under Joe Daley, Bill Sears, and Ron Dewar. Vince has both a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Columbia College, and a second Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies. He has toured worldwide with his musical talents for 20 years. You may have seen him playing with Gerald McClendon on Rush Street in Chicago. Vince teaches sax, clarinet, flute, and blues harmonica. Call for a time and day that suits your schedule!
Serving the Following Areas:
Proudly Serving McHenry County, Lake and Cook Counties to include the cities of : Cary, Crystal Lake, Fox River Grove, Lake In The Hills, Algonquin, Barrington, Island Lake, Wauconda, Fox Lake, Grayslake, Volo, Spring Grove, Long Grove, McHenry, Woodstock, Palatine, Arlington Heights, Bull Valley, Lakemoor, Kildeer & Deer Park.