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Judson University Community School of Musical Arts

JUCSMA offers excellent music instruction to students of all ages in the context of a Christian community. Experienced instructors teach lessons on a variety of instruments including piano, guitar, voice, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, music theory, and worship arts.

Lessons are usually 30 minutes long and take place in Thompson Hall at Judson.


Spring 2021 Semester:

Due to Covid-19 and physical distancing requirements, the Judson University Community School of Musical Arts is suspended for the Spring 2021 semester and hopes to re-open in Fall 2021.


Lesson Rates

Teacher Level 2 Payments* Full Semester
Student Teacher $148 $296
Professional I $204 $408
Professional II $260.50 $521
Professional III $296.50 $593
Group Piano $124 $248
Music Theory & Composition $124 $248
Judson University Children's Choir   $125
*2 Payments Plan: payments due by the 1st and 8th lesson.

Available Instructors - Group and Private Lessons

Piano (Beginner to Intermediate), Worship Arts

Stephen James Carter
BA, Worship Arts, Judson University
Professional 1

Stephen has been teaching music for over 9 years and leading worship for over 18 years. He now serves multiple ministries in the area with his teaching and worship leading abilities. Stephen has written and produced two CD albums: You Long to Be Gracious (2007) and Better than Wine (2010). Stephen teaches Piano, Pop Vocal and Music & Worship training for students interested in learning the art of Worship (worship-leading, song-writing, chord charting and more.)

Availability: Thursdays and Fridays

Guitar (Beginner to Intermediate)

Aaron Andries
BM, Worship Arts, Judson University
Professional 1

Aaron is a Judson graduate who loves giving back to the greater Judson community in any way he can. He loves to teach songs of worship to students. It's fun to learn how to guitar songs that you sing in church every week.

Availability: Wednesdays

Flute (Beginner to Intermediate)

Gianna Capobianco
BM, Music Performance, Elmhurst College
Professional 1

Gianna has a deep passion for teaching and enjoys instructing students of all ages and levels. She strives to mentor her students and encourages them to be successful musicians and to achieve excellence in all areas of their lives. Gianna has a wide range of performing experience including orchestra, pit orchestra, band, chamber music, and solo work. She earned her BM in Music Performance and a minor in dance education from Elmhurst College (magna cum laude) and enjoys teaching dance at a local studio.

Availability: Thursdays

Piano (Beginner to Advanced)

Vicky Ostwald
BA, Piano Performance, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Graduate Studies, Piano Pedagogy, University of Colorado-Boulder
Professional 1

Vicky has many years of playing and teaching experience. She enjoys working with all levels of students, especially children but also adults, including students with special needs. Vicky has a firm grasp of music theory and incorporates this important element into her lessons. She will also add any special interest areas the student may have, such as learning to play by ear or learning how to accompany others. She teaches private as well as group lessons.

Availability: Mondays

Violin, Viola (Suzuki & Traditional) (Beginner to Advanced)

Tara Hayes
BME, Music Education, Oberlin College Conservatory
MM, Violin Performance & Pedagogy, Northwestern University
Professional 2

Tara is an accomplished performer and instructor in both Violin and Viola. She can teach beginners using the Suzuki method as well as traditional methods - or a combination - depending on the parents’ desires. Tara also enjoys teaching advanced students. Tara is currently a member of the Rockford Symphony, and a former member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Availability: Mondays and Tuesdays

Piano (Beginner to Advanced)

Sarah Mayer
BA, Piano Performance, Judson University
MM, Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Northern Illinois University
Professional 2

Sarah was the accompanist for the Judson University Choir while studying at Judson as well as for her church, where she continues to serve as the church pianist. Sarah maintains a private piano studio and is active as an accompanist for several area choirs including community choirs, public school choirs, and a professional choir.

Availability: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Cello (Beginner to Advanced)

Robert Weber
BME, MM, University of Iowa
Professional 3

Cellist Robert Weber has been a member of the award-winning Elgin Symphony Orchestra since 1988.

Availability: Tuesday and Thursday evenings

Piano (Intermediate to Advanced, Age 15 and Up)

Dr. Sojung Lee Hong
BA, MA, Seoul National University, Korea
DMA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Professional 3

Sojung Lee Hong has enthusiastically combined her dual role as an educator and performer since her appointment to Judson University’s Music Faculty in 1998. Sojung has frequently been invited to speak and perform at events and conferences here in the United States as well as abroad. Dr. Hong holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Seoul National University, South Korea (magna cum laude) and a doctoral degree in Piano Performance and Literature from University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Availability: Please inquire

Voice (Intermediate to Advanced, age 15 and up), Music Theory & Composition

Dr. Joshua Jones
BM, Butler University
MM, Boston University; DM, Northwestern University
Professional 3

Josh Jones joined the Music Faculty at Judson University in 2000. He teaches voice and voice-related courses as well as music theory and composition. A native of Indiana, Dr. Jones received his undergraduate degree from Butler University in Indianapolis, his Masters in Vocal Performance from Boston University and his Doctorate in Vocal Performance from Northwestern University. Dr. Jones is an active recitalist, composer and conductor.

Availability: Please inquire

Piano (Intermediate to Advanced, age 15 and up)

Dr. Robert Kania
Diploma, The Academy of Music, Poznan Music College (Poland)
MM, DMA, University of Kansas
Professional 3

Robert Kania has served at Judson University since 2000, teaching piano, music theory and ear training. Dr. Kania received his undergraduate training in his native Poland at the Poznan Music College, and his Masters and Doctorates at the University of Kansas. As a recitalist, Dr. Kania has performed on three continents and has given master classes at several colleges and universities. Dr. Kania is the Chair of the Music Department at Judson University.

Availability: Please inquire

Various Instruments

Student Teachers
Current Judson University Students

Our student teachers are skilled musicians on their primary instrument and are recommended for young students just beginning music lessons. Their availability each semester is dependent upon their academic workload and schedule.

Availability: Please inquire

Contact Us

 Professor Michael Folker, Director
Judson University Community School of Musical Arts
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