Founder, Piano Teacher
Her education background started in Russia as an elementary teacher for 1-3 grades in grade public school and a music teacher in a music school. When she moved to the USA, she first worked as an assistant teacher in the primary level in Montessori school, and simultaneously continued her Montessori Primary Training to become a certified Primary Level Montessori Director in 1992. With her strong motivation and passion teaching Montessori methods, she continued with introducing a lot of music in the classroom. In 2000, she finally decided to open her own Montessori and music school to share her passion for education.
Piano, Voice, & Theory Teacher
Violet fell in love with music before she can remember, but began her formal studies in piano at age 10. She had been in choirs for years before and continued to participate until the pandemic hit, boasting participation in the May Festival Chorus and a solo at the Cincinnati Symphony Hall. She currently has a Bachelor of Music from Xavier University in Vocal Performance and Composition, continuing to do performances and write commissions to this day.
Eric began playing guitar at the age of twelve. His passion for music grew so much that he decided to study music at college. After being awarded a scholarship, he earned Bachelor of Music from the University of Denver. Eric has an appreciation for all genres of music. He has the ability to play a wide variety ranging from Blues and Jazz to Hard Rock and Metal. Eric has taught guitar students of all ages and skill levels for fifteen years. Being patient and empathetic, he crafts custom lesson plans to fit the needs of his students.
Andrew has been studying and performing music since 1999.
He uses his passion of the acoustic guitar to sing cover songs from the 50's - today and also his originals finesse & smooth/energetic vibes.
With over 20 years performing as a live musical artist Andrew Singer has achieved a knack for bringing an excitingly unique experience filled with cheerful moments, uninhibited memories and a musical joyride of fun with your absolute favorite classic chart-topping hits for everyone to sing and dance to.
Irene has performed as a professional musician around the world.
She attended music schools throughout her childhood, and later graduated from the Moscow University of Culture. She then worked in Moscow’s government cultural places as a music teacher, event coordinator, and as an accordionist in Osipov’s Orchestra and other groups and as a solo performer.
Woodwinds & Brass Teacher
Michael Ackerman began studying music at age 5. At age 9, Michael took up playing the trumpet studying with members of the Chicago Symphony orchestra. Upon graduation from Northeastern Illinois University, Michael has been a band director for the past 23 years. He performs with the Illinois Brass Band, Cap N Funk and the Groove Train and also Funk Du Jour. Michael also has a Masters degree in Music education from Boston University.
Igor is an experienced classical violinist who has performed around the world. He began playing violin at the age of six. Igor has trained several students to get awards at the Illinois Grade School Music Association contests and The Granquist Music Competitions (Geneva, IL). He has participated in Walgreen’s National Concerto Competitions, and the All-America Student Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, and has trained students to enter Midwest Young Artists and Naperville Symphony orchestras.
Marianna Shteingold holds Bachelor's degrees in music education, piano performance, accompanying, and chamber music from both the Kiev State College of Music in Ukraine, and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Israel. Also she studied voice as a secondary major at Jerusalem Academy of Music. Since arriving in the US, Ms.Shteingold has completed a Masters Degree in piano, organ and harpsichord studies at Northern Illinois University.
In the fall of 2006 she joined our faculty at Montessori Academy as a music teacher.
Music & Vocal Teacher
Jacqueline holds a B.A in Music from Lake Forest College. She currently teaches music appreciation and also gives vocal lessons in Libertyville. She participates as an Associate Board member and volunteers at The People’s Music School in Chicago, studies saxophone from NYJW’s instructor Marc Mommaas and is learning about CVT vocal technique under the guidance of certified instructors. Jacqueline loves to play samba, bebop, and jazz fusion. She also loves to sing R&B and musical theater. She is happy music is a gift she gets to share with her students.
Piano & Drum Teacher
Classically trained (American Conservatory, University of Illinois, B. A., Masters Program in Music Liturgy/St. Joseph College)), Archer has established a career that encompasses Blues, Jazz, Rock, Celtic, Liturgical, Country and Folk/Americana music as pianist, singer, guitarist, songwriter and band leader. Since beginning his professional career while still in grade school, Mick Archer has performed in many styles and genres throughout metropolitan Chicago (his hometown), across the US, in Japan ( pianist in residence at Westin /Tokyo in 2004),Holland, Germany, Ireland, England, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Finland and Norway, bringing his unique combination of playing, singing and entertaining ( trained in acting, improv and stand-up) to a worldwide audiences.