Lessons

At Griggs Music, we bring our collective passion for music education to all aspects of our business, but perhaps most of all to our lessons at Studio G, our private music instruction space.  Located in the bottom level of our Davenport store, Studio G contains thirteen studios where our team of outstanding instructors provide top-notch music education on just about any instrument for students of all ages and skill levels.

Top-Quality Music Instruction on Almost Any Instrument for Students of Any Skill Level in the Quad Cities Davenport location and some additional lessons in Galesburg.

Our instructors specialize in delivering personalized music instruction for a large variety of instruments including:

Find Your Ideal Instructor at Griggs Music!

 

Guitar Instructors

 

Mark “Zap” Zaputil

Mark has an Associate of Arts Degree from Black Hawk College in Moline, Illinois, 1988, and a Bachelor of Elected Studies Degree with Minor in Psychology from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, 2002. Most of Mark’s college hours are in psychology and music. Mr. Zaputil studied with English rock guitarist and philosopher Robert Fripp and in a master class with Indian sitarist Ravi Shankar.

The July 1986 issue of Down Beat magazine published Mark’s biography, and in 1987 his video “Zap’s Guitar Lesson Instruction” aired on local cable TV. Mark also has many credits with published photographs and is President and proprietor of Zap Ltd Music and Studio Z Design And Photography.  A personal triumph for Mark occurred in October 2002 when he performed on stage with classic English rock band Wishbone Ash on a cruise ship in the Caribbean.

In July of 1997, he was one of 1,550 people in Nashville, TN, setting a Guinness World record for the most people playing guitar for the longest period of time, which he still holds. Mark was inducted into the Iowa Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame (IRRMA) in 2014 with the band Silver Laughter.

Mark teaches guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, banjo, and music theory.  He will take beginning to advanced students, age 10 and up. Mark charges $75 per month for four lessons. For Mark’s personal website, visit www.zaptldmusic.com.

Mike Meinert

Mike is a graduate of Luther College, where he studied classical guitar under Charles Pederson of the University of Minnesota, and he was a founding member of the Luther Jazz Lab Band. Mike taught guitar while at Luther for the local music store, as well as adult classes for the Area One Community College. He has been teaching music since 1968 and has been teaching at the Griggs Music Academy since 1995. Since 2008, Mike has been playing with the band “Prairie Ramblers.” He was a member of the 50s and 60s-era throwback band, “the Royal Rockers” in the Quad City Area. Mike teaches a general method for all styles of electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and also ukulele, while emphasizing the fundamentals of reading music.

Mike will take students age ten to retirement age and charges $72 per month for four lessons. If you pay on the first lesson of the month you will receive a $5 discount.

Don Estes

Don has performed for 3 U.S. Presidents, numerous international headliners, and many national music festivals, however, nothing is more rewarding than having a new student, regardless of age, entering into the adventure of performing music. Being a great grandfather, he has experience with and welcomes students of all ages and abilities.

Instruments taught: Guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, and mandolin. Don is also qualified to teach songwriting and composition.

Don’s guitar experience is a result of studying with Tony Vogel and Rich Johnson. Don is a Fender Guitar Company certified instructor, and teaches reading music notation and guitar tablature.

Don is in the Who’s Who in West Coast Jazz, Past President and Board of Directors of the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Society, Founder of award winning Bix Youth Band, Board member of Santa Rosa T.R.A.D. Jazz Society, Board of Directors of Piano for a Richer Life, and the International Trombone Association.  Don’s rates are $75 per month for four lessons.

Jenna Estes

Jenna  is a classically-trained musician who began teaching in 1994 during her senior year of college when the head of the music department asked her to teach piano. She graduated from Marycrest University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and minors in Music and Biology. Upon completion, she proceeded to graduate school to study Counseling, Education, and Biology at Northwestern Missouri University, the University of Illinois at Macomb, and the University of Iowa. Since then, she has worked in music, education, counseling, and social work. Jenna has experience teaching group and individual classes in school, community outreach centers, and businesses for students ranging the full spectrum of intellectual and physical abilities and ages.

Jenna’s students have optional ensemble, group playing, and performance opportunities: Once a month, a school-aged Guitar Ensemble Workshop will be held for prepared students, which is offered in addition to the regular weekly classes at no additional charge. This supplemental time is to make friends, share ones work and talent, promote teamwork and motivation, as well as offer a creative and supportive atmosphere. A similar format is offered for adult students, all with a snack afterward. Students are encouraged each year to participate in seasonal recitals or other public and charitable events including: Winter and a Summer Nature formal recitals, a costumed Autumnfest with Halloween music and songs of Thanksgivings, and other community events and venues as they arise.

Tuition – There is a $75  monthly blanket tuition (4 or 5 lesson days a month), which is due at the first of the month regardless of student absences. A limited number of make-ups are offered with advance notice to be used within 6 weeks time and can not be used in place of tuition. A 20% discount is given for students ages 60+ if the lesson time is on a weekday, before 3:00.

Students – Jenna accepts students as young as 4 years old, beginning to advanced. Though beginning music while young can be a gift enjoyed through life, Jenna finds adult students to be very inspired and motivated, bringing a matured outlook to learning and art, but that all ages are admirable, appreciated, and respected. An initial trial lesson may be offered to see if a 4 or 5 year old is lesson ready. Students will need to purchase and bring their own assigned music literature that will have a strong emphasis on the fundamentals for either further advancement in that instrument or preparation for others and life-long music making.

Rick Stoneking – Ukelele

 

Percussion Instructors

Jacob Davis

Jacob grew up in Burlington, IA and received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Iowa.  While at UNI he studied percussion with Randy Hogancamp and jazz drum set with Thomas Giampietro.  Jacob is the 8th Grade Band Director at Pleasant Valley Junior High, and previously taught middle and high school band students for four years in Burlington.  In 2013 Davis was awarded The Hawkeye newspaper’s annual “Teacher of the Year” honor. Jacob has experience performing and teaching all aspects of percussion and his students regularly earn spots in regional and state honor bands.     He charges $72 per month for 4 half hour lessons.

 

Vocal Instructors

 

Stephanie Tromblee

Stephanie has been teaching privately since 2001. She was an Adjunct Instructor at Black Hawk College, Moline, IL, until moving to Chicago area. Upon moving there she began teaching at Minooka High School and at Stu’s Studio, as a private vocal instructor. Within nine months she took over Stu’s Studio and renamed it Vocals & More. She was also a visiting instructor at Western Michigan University’s Musical Theater Department in 2008. Stephanie is glad to be back in the Quad Cities and back at Griggs Music. For more about policy, pricing and philosophy… visit www.stephanietromblee.com.

Though classically trained, she has performed a wide array of styles; Pop Funk, Blues, Rock and Jazz. Stephanie received a B.A. in Vocal Performance from Augustana College, Rock Island, IL. Performances, while there include Amahl, in Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night visitors”, Adele in Strauss Jr.’s “Die Fledermaus”, Frieda in Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George.” Stephanie was also a member of the Handel Oratorio Society, Augustana Choir. From 2002 -2004 she became known as front singer to one of Quad Cities’ favorite bands, Sin City Orchestra. Present ventures include Stephanie and the Interns and collaboration with friends singing Scottish folk music.

Stephanie has been fortunate to have studied voice with   Dr. Karen Wicklund, Charolette MegginsonDr. John PfautzDr. Barb ShellhouseRuth TaylorRachel Mathes and Maestro David Jones.   Stephanie’s rates are $75 per month for four  30 minute lessons.

 

Piano Instructors

 

Lora Beth Huggins 

Lora Beth received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Master of Education degrees from the University of Iowa. She performs as a chamber music pianist, accompanist, and soloist, and she has served as president of the board of directors of the Friends of Chamber Music. Lora Beth recently retired from the Davenport Community School District with 32 years of teaching experience, and is a member of the Federated Music Teachers Association.

Lora Beth’s piano studio is in Room 12 of the Griggs Studio G. Beginning to advanced-level students of all ages are accepted, and students need to have access to a piano or a keyboard for practicing between lessons. Lora Beth looks forward to working with students as they progress with their music making on the piano.

Lesson fees are $68 for a 4-lesson month and $75 for a 5-lesson month. Monthly payment is expected at the first lesson of each month. If you know in advance the need to miss a lesson you may either deduct the cost of the missed lesson or arrange for a make-up lesson. Tuesdays and Saturday afternoons are lesson days.

Jenna Estes 

Jenna is a classically-trained musician who began teaching in 1994 during her senior year of college when the head of the music department asked her to teach piano. She graduated from Marycrest University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and minors in Music and Biology. Upon completion, she proceeded to graduate school to study Counseling, Education, and Biology at Northwestern Missouri University, the University of Illinois at Macomb, and the University of Iowa. Since then, she has worked in music, education, counseling, and social work. Jenna has experience teaching group and individual classes in school, community outreach centers, and businesses for students ranging the full spectrum of intellectual and physical abilities and ages.

Jenna’s students have optional ensemble, group playing, and performance opportunities: once a piano student reaches an intermediate level, he or she is offered an opportunity to play in a duo. This supplemental time is to make friends, share ones work and talent, promote teamwork and motivation, as well as offer a creative and supportive atmosphere. A similar format is offered for adult students, all with a snack afterward. Students are encouraged each year to participate in seasonal recitals or other public and charitable events including: Winter and a Summer Nature formal recitals, a costumed Autumnfest with Halloween music and songs of Thanksgivings, and other community events and venues as they arise.

Tuition – There is a $75 monthly blanket tuition (4 or 5 lesson days a month), which is due at the first of the month regardless of student absences. A limited number of make-ups are offered with advance notice to be used within 6 weeks time. and can not be used in place of tuition. A 20% discount is given for students ages 60+ if the lesson time is on a weekday, before 3:00.

Students – Jenna accepts students as young as 4 years old, beginning to advanced. Though beginning music while young can be a gift enjoyed through life, Jenna finds adult students to be very inspired and motivated, bringing a matured outlook to learning and art, but that all ages are admirable, appreciated, and respected. An initial trial lesson may be offered to see if a 4 or 5 year old is lesson ready. Students will need to purchase and bring their own assigned music literature that will have a strong emphasis on the fundamentals for either further advancement in that instrument or preparation for others and life-long music making.

Diana Neff 

Diana is a long-time member of the Federated Music Teachers Association in the Quad Cities, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Drake University in Des Moines, IA. Her experience includes 24 years as a piano instructor at Griggs Music. Diana worked for six years as a school accompanist in the Davenport School District, and still accompanies band and orchestra students at competitions. She has served as the musical accompanist for a number of shows with the Music Guild and Countryside Community Theater.

Students six years old through adults are accepted, beginning through early advanced. Five year olds are taken on a trial basis.  Tuition is $65 per month for four lessons.

Russell Reyman 

Russ  has performance and teaching experience in all aspects of piano and vocal performance styles. Vocal styles include the following: opera, classical, Broadway, stage singing, jazz, and pop. Piano styles include the following: classical, jazz, ragtime, and pop. He can also teach the accordion. As a local performer, you can see him with “’the Russ Reyman Quartet” and “the Russ Reyman Trio.” He has performed as pianist, vocalist, or musical conductor with these artists: John Davidson, John Gary, Vic Damone, Red Buttons, Liberace, Vegas:  Johnny Carson Show, Don Rickles, Englebert Humperdink, Barbara Eden, and the Odyssey Dance Team. Others: Eric Carmen, John Denver, Sammy Davis Jr., Helen Hall Show, Nancy Ames, and Jimmy Damon.

Some interesting events in his life: he played for President Clinton in 1995 at a private fundraiser, and he was also a regional American Idol Judge in 2002 and 2003.

Russ is a member of the American Teachers Guild, American Federation of Musicians, Barbershoppers, CBMA, and the Davenport Chamber. His lesson rate is $68 for four lessons.

Don Estes 

Don has performed for 3 U.S. Presidents, numerous international headliners, and many national music festivals, however, nothing is more rewarding than having a new student, regardless of age, entering into the adventure of performing music. Being a great grandfather, he has experience with and welcomes students of all ages and abilities.

Don’s piano experience comes from studying with Carl Pfiffer and Charlotte Durkee of Augustana. Don is in the Who’s Who in West Coast Jazz, Past President and Board of Directors of the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Society, founder of award-winning Bix Youth Band, board member of Santa Rosa T.R.A.D. Jazz Society, Board of Directors of Piano for a Richer Life, and the International Trombone Association.    Don’s rates are $75 per month for four lessons.

 

Michael Byers

Amie Callahan

 

Woodwind Instructors

 Isabella Brown – flute and piccolo

Isabella graduated from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, Glenn Korff School of Music in 2016 with her degree in Music Education with an emphasis in flute studies. She joined the staff at Griggs Music shortly after graduation and holds the position as Woodwind Specialist in the store and gives flute lessons in Studio G. While at Nebraska, Isabella served three semesters with the Cornhusker Marching Band with the piccolo section and was an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota, an international women’s music fraternity. Notable performances include: Principal for the UNL Symphonic Band (Spring 2015), selected to perform with the Nebraska Honors Intercollegiate Band (2013, 2015), performer in a masterclass with Zart Dombourian – Eby, performances with the UNL flute choir, and gave a benefit recital for Tiny Hands, Inc. with the Brown- Van Liew flute duo. Isabella is currently an alternate with the Quad Cities Wind Ensemble for the 2016-2017 season.

Isabella charges $70 per month for four half-hour lessons. She offers lessons in the evenings and accepts students from 10 years and up.

 

Jeff Petersen- saxophone, clarinet, and flute

A graduate of the School of Music at the University of Iowa, Jeff has retired after teaching band and woodwind lessons for 37 years in public schools with experience at all levels. College teaching includes saxophone instruction at Augustana College and currently at St. Ambrose University. Several of Mr. Petersen’s students have been selected for various honor bands and all-state music ensembles in addition to receiving “I” ratings on solo performances. Some of his students have become professional musicians and music teachers. As a woodwind performer he has worked with the Manhattan Transfer, Les and Larry Elgart Orchestras, Jack Morgan Orchestra, Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Ken Paulsen Orchestra, Manny Lopez Big Band, Quad City Jazz Ensemble, Quad City Wind Ensemble, Quad City Saxophone Quartet, Quad City Symphony Orchestra, and is currently a member of the River City 6.

Mr. Petersen is accepting saxophone, clarinet, and flute students for classical and jazz instruction. His rate is $72 a month for four lessons.

 

Jennifer Krogmeier – clarinet and saxophone

Jennifer is a graduate of Western Illinois University, where she studied clarinet and saxophone performance and music business. Her teachers include Eric Ginsberg, John Vana, and Christine Bellomy. In addition to performing with concert bands, wind ensembles and jazz combo groups, Jennifer has had the opportunity to tour Iowa with the 1999 State Fair Singers and Jazz Band on alto saxophone. She was a Talent Grant Award recipient at WIU, and a NAMM Scholarship award winner.

Also proficient on flute, Jennifer has performed with numerous musical theater orchestras, playing in musicals including “Will Rogers Follies” and “Titanic: the Musical.” She is a member of the International Clarinet Association and the North American Saxophone Alliance. Currently, Jennifer performs with Secret Squirrel, Project Pickle Farm, Steve Little’s Kix Orchestra, the Quad City Wind Ensemble, and freelances with several other local groups.

She teaches both clarinet and saxophone and will take students age ten and up. Her lesson rate is $64 per month for four lessons.

Michele Duschen – high woodwinds

 

Brass Instructors

 

 

 Adam Hawkins – low brass

Adam is a graduate of Western Illinois University, where he studied trombone under Hugo Magliocco and John Mindeman. He performed with various combos and ensembles while at WIU. Adam has been a private lesson instructor for various students in the Quad Cities area from 2003 – present. Some of his experiences include:

  • Substitute trombonist for Project Pickle Farm Arrangement of “Kind of Blue” performed by the WIU Jazz Studio Orchestra (JSO) at the 2002 Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival
  • Trombonist for the 2000 Decatur Park Singers
  • Lead trombonist for the WIU JSO years 1998-2002, touring Europe two summers
  • Outstanding soloist at the 1997 Iowa High School Jazz Championships
  • Selected for the 1995 Iowa All-State Band
  • Selected for the 1993 Iowa Bandmasters Middle School Band

Adam is available to teach low brass or jazz lessons at any age or level of proficiency for $70 per month for a four lesson month; $87.50 per month for a five lesson month.

 

Don Estes trumpet, trombone, euphonium

Don has performed for 3 U.S. Presidents, numerous international headliners, and many national music festivals, however, nothing is more rewarding than having a new student, regardless of age, entering into the adventure of performing music. Being a Great Grandfather, he has experience with and welcomes students of all ages and abilities.

Instruments taught: Guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, mandolin, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, and piano. Don is also qualified to teach songwriting and composition.

Don has studied trombone with:
John Rojak – The Juilliard School, the American Brass Quintet, and Les Miserables
Christian Lindberg – World-renowned soloist and composer from Sweden
Hank Stampf – Glenn Miller and Stan Kenton orchestras
Will Sudmeire – Oakland Symphony, director of Bay Bones
Gene Watts – Canadian Brass
Gene Leach – Augustana College

Don’s piano experience comes from studying with Carl Pfiffer and Charlotte Durkee of Augustana. His guitar experience is a result of studying with Tony Vogel and Rich Johnson. Don is a Fender Guitar Company certified instructor, and teaches reading music notation and guitar tablature.

Don is in the Who’s Who in West Coast Jazz, Past President and Board of Directors of the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Society, Founder of award winning Bix Youth Band, Board member of Santa Rosa T.R.A.D. Jazz Society, Board of Directors of Piano for a Richer Life, and the International Trombone Association.

Current musical affiliations include:

S.L.I.D.E – Trombone quartet with over 600 years of musical repertoire
The Magic Umbrella – Imagine the lead players of a symphony seasoned with keyboard and electric bass
The Brass Menagerie – Brass Quintet
The Prairie Ramblers – All Jazz styles (26 years of Kicking off the Bix with the Bix Porch Party)

Don’s rates are $75 per month for four lessons.

 

String Instructors

 

Andrew Calhoun  – violin and viola

Mr. Calhoun currently plays  viola in the Muscatine Symphony and is Choir Director for Second Reformed Church of Fulton, IL.  He studied with Mahlon Darlington (Ames Piano Quartet/Iowa State University), and Christine Rutledge(University of Iowa) and has played violin and viola for over 25 years.  He has extensive string quartet and chamber music knowledge as player and coach, and has had master classes with Ames Piano Quartet, Emerson, Julliard and Maia String Quartets.

Andrew is available to teach violin and viola, and His rate is $70 a month for four lessons.

 

Kristian Svennevig – violin, viola and cello

Mr. Svennevig is currently a full-time teacher in Davenport-area schools. He has been an artist-in-residence with the Dubuque Symphony and Dubuque schools. His teachers have included Vartan Manoogian (Galamian student), Shmuel Ashkenasi (Vermeer Quartet, silver medal: 1952 Tchaikovsky Competition), Kato Havas (Oxford University), Lorano Fenyves (former concertmaster of Israel Philharmonic), Norman Paulu, Nance Steffens, and Greg Fried (student of Franco Gulli).

Kristian is a graduate of University of Wisconsin, Madison with a Bachelor of Music degree, has taught in the Davenport schools since 1994, and has played violin for over 26 years. He is available to teach violin, viola, and cello to students aged 9 and up and of all skill levels from beginners to highly advanced.   His rate is $60 per month for four lessons.

 

Virginia Ewoldt  – violin, viola, cello and double bass

Currently the orchestra teacher at Rivermont Collegiate, Virginia has performed with the Cedar Falls Symphony, the Waverly Community Symphony in Waverly, IA, the Augustana Symphony in Rock Island, IL, and served as principal cellist with the Ft. Hays Symphony in Hays, KS.  She received her Bachelor of Music Education from Wartburg College in Waverly, IA and has taught for over 30 years. Virginia has recently had an article published in the American String Teacher’s Magazine, and she teaches at Griggs on Saturdays.

Available to teach cello, violin, viola, and double bass, and in several musical styles, Virginia prefers that students are able to read, but will otherwise accept students around 6 to 7 years of age and older.  Her tuition is $68 per month for four lessons.

Steve Sink – violin, viola and beginning cello

Steve has been a life-long musician of over 40 years. In addition to violin, he plays piano, chromatic and diatonic harmonicas, banjo, and viola. He has played in many different capacities, both as an amateur and as a professional. Currently, Steve plays in a family string trio, church specials, and at nursing homes. He has conducted a Quad City-area youth string ensemble, he has composed for piano and, he does arrangements for small instrumental ensembles as well as a choir and orchestra piece.

Steve is available to teach piano, violin, viola, and beginning cello and could also teach banjo and harmonica.

Steve will accept students of all ages and charges $60 a month for four lessons.

Call us today at 877-391-9001 or contact us for more information or to find a location nearest you. We look forward to serving all of your musical needs!

Griggs Music is a passionate provider of musical instrument sales, rental, and leasing as well as music lessons, repair, and sheet music sales to the Quad Cities area of Eastern Iowa and Northwest Illinois including Davenport, Bettendorf, Rock Island, Moline, East Moline, Cedar Rapids, Washington, and Galesburg since 1903.