Judson University Community Music School | Judson University Christian College

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 University.



Fall 2021 Semester:

Monday, September 13 -  Sunday, December 12, 2021


Spring 2022 Semester:

Monday, January 17 - Sunday, May 1, 2022




                         Per Lesson                                                        Full Semester

Teacher Level

30 minutes 45 minutes 60 minutes 30 minutes 45 minutes 60 minutes


   $15                    $23               $30                $180               $276             $360

Professional I

   $25                    $38               $50                $300                $456             $600

Professional II

   $35                    $52               $70                $420                $624             $840

Plus a one-time per semester Registration Fee of $30

Available Instructors for Private Lessons

Piano (Beginner to Intermediate), Worship Arts

Stephen James Carter
BA, Worship Arts, Judson University
LESSON RATE: Professional Level I

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.)





Flute (Beginner to Advanced)

Jean Bishop
BM, Roosevelt University
LESSON RATE: Professional Level II

Jean has taught at Judson University for many years, and is principal flute in the Elgin Symphony Orchestra.



Flute (Beginner to Intermediate)

Gianna Capobianco
BM, Music Performance, Elmhurst College
LESSON RATE: Professional Level I

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.



Piano (Beginner to Advanced)

 Vicky Ostwald
BA, Piano Performance, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Graduate Studies, Piano Pedagogy, University of Colorado-Boulder
LESSON RATE: Professional Level I

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.


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

Tara Hayes
BME, Music Education, Oberlin College Conservatory
MM, Violin Performance & Pedagogy, Northwestern University
LESSON RATE: Professional Level II

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.


Piano (Beginner to Advanced)

Sarah Mayer
BA, Piano Performance, Judson University
MM, Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Northern Illinois University
LESSON RATE: Professional Level II

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.


Cello (Beginner to Advanced)

Robert Weber
BME, MM, University of Iowa
LESSON RATE: Professional Level II

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


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
LESSON RATE: Professional Level II

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.


Voice (Intermediate to Advanced, age 15 and up)

Dr. Josh Jones (on sabbatical 2021-2022)
BA, Butler University
MA, Boston University
DMA, Northwestern University
LESSON RATE: Professional Level II



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
LESSON RATE: Professional Level II

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.



Percussion (Intermediate to Advanced)

Michael Folker
BM, Millikin University
MM, DePaul University
LESSON RATE: Professional Level II




Bass (Beginner to Advanced)

Tim Shaffer

LESSON RATE: Professional Level II



Various Instruments/Voice

Student Teachers
Current Judson University Students
LESSON RATE: Student Rate

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.


Contact Us

For registration, contact Cheryl Richardson, JUCSMA Coordinator, at cheryl.richardson@judsonu.edu or 847.628.1110

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