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 been an instructor at Griggs Music since June 6th 1994. Mr. Zaputil has a BA degree in Elected Studies with a minor in Psychology, and an Associate of Arts degree from Black Hawk College. Most of his college hours are in Music and Psychology. He conducted the River Currents Tour at the RME 2006-2008 for the Davenport Community Schools 5th grade students, and Zap & Friends at Mojo’s Cafe sponsored by Griggs Music. He was an instructor for Rock Camp USA and a co-founder of Blues School for the Mississippi Valley Blues Society. Mark has also been in Master Class with Indian sitarist Ravi Shankar and studied with English guitarist Robert Fripp in Charlestown, West Virginia.

In 1987 his video Zap’s Guitar Lesson Instruction aired on local cable TV. Labor Day weekend of 2014 Mark was inducted into the Iowa Rock N Roll Music Association (IRRMA) Iowa Rock N Roll Hall of Fame with the band Silver Laughter. Mark has taught guitar and bass guitar to an estimated 1,500 people over the past 33 years. He now teaches Mandolin and Ukulele as well. Mark had a solo CD/EP release in 2010 titled Five Points. And he is a veteran with having played in several bands in and around the Quad City area playing Rock to Polka music, he has performed in a couple of musical stage productions as well. For further biography information and detailed information in regard to signing up with Mark for lessons please do visit Griggs Music store or contact Mark Zaputil directly.

Mark teaches guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, banjo, and music theory.  He will take beginning to advanced students, age 10 and up.  Mark charges $80 per month for four lessons, $75 per month for 60 and older. For Mark’s personal website, visit www.zaptldmusic.com.

Mike Meinert

Mike has a Bachelor of Science from Luther College, where he graduated in 1973.  His senior paper was done in the Physics Department on the acoustics of stringed instruments.  There he was one of the founding members of Luther’s Jazz Lab Band.  While in college he studied classical guitar under Charles Pederson of the University of Minnesota.  Mike also taught guitar at the Area One Community College in as well as at the local music store in Decorah.  Mike owned and operated a guitar store in Davenport from 1988 to 1993.  Over a 20 year period he played in a 50’s rock band, The Royal Rockers, for many car shows, outdoor festivals, and historic ballroom events.  In recent years, Mike performs occasionally with the Prairie Ramblers Dixieland band.  He has been at Griggs Music since 1995, offering traditional instruction for the beginning or advanced guitar student.

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.

Russell Reyman

Russ has been a professional performer, vocal coach, and educator for most of his life.  Russ is classically trained at the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education with a minor in Piano, and Master Studies at DePaul University. He toured for 8 years with touring groups and performed on Broadway in “Stop the World I Want to Get Off “ with Sammy Davis, Jr., where he also worked as a vocal coach. He  performed in Las Vegas for 3 years.as pianist, vocalist and/or conductor.  His experience as a vocal coach and teacher ranges from professionals to beginners with an emphasis on techniques and performance. He has had experience teaching many vocal styles: classical, broadway, pop. jazz, blues, rock, funk, and gospel. Russ served as a visiting Instructor at Chicago University and DePaul University in Chicago. Russ has led many vocal and jazz seminars throughout the high school and college communities.He was selected as a Judge in the regional American Idol in 2002 and 2003. One of his students won that award in 2004 and went on to the top finals of the Idol.

Some of the instructors Russ has studied under are: Prof A. Gammon, Dr. Alan Swain, and mentor Simon Estes, world reknowned Metropolitan Opera Legend.  Russ is also certified in several vocal training methods including 2 classical methods and the popular Seth Riggs Speak Singing method used by many famous singing stars.

Accomplishments and awards of Russ’ students in the last 10 years: 2 students currently on Broadway, 4 American Idol finalists, 19 All-Staters, 5 Thespian award winners, including 3 to Internationals, 16 Opus Winners, 2 students who were invited to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City, one of whom was only 12 years old, 22 students who had leads in musicals in high schools, colleges, and professional venues, 23 soloists in Solo Contest getting ones (the highest score), and 6 talent contest winners.

Russ’ Studio at Griggs is 6A and the monthly fee is $76 for 4 lessons or $19 per lessons. Contact by email (russreymanmusic@live.com) or by cell (563-340-5399).

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 has been an instructor at Griggs Music for 14 years.

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 has been tickling the ivories since the early age of 5; starting with piano lessons and adding organ 3 years later. She grew up in a small rural town near Des Moines, attending a newly consolidated high school. There were numerous opportunities for playing for church, accompanying choral groups and school musicals, annual grandstand performances at the Iowa State Fair, and participating in the annual Federated Junior Music Festival.

She received her B.S. Degree from Drake University in Des Moines. Diana served as piano accompanist in the Davenport School System for 6 years. She has accompanied numerous shows for both Quad City Music Guild and Countryside Theatre. Including high school and college, Diana has taught piano for 43 years. As a longtime member of the Federated Music Teachers’ Association, her students participate each spring in the Junior Music Festival held at Augustana College. She continues to teach at Griggs Music Studio G in Davenport, and out of her home in Princeton, IA.

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 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 $80 a month for four lessons.

 

Jennifer Krogmeier – clarinet and saxophone

Jennifer grew up in West Point, Iowa and graduated from Ft. Madison High School. She went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Western Illinois University, where she studied clarinet and saxophone performance and music business.

After moving to Davenport in 2004, she worked for Griggs Music for 8 years, and began teaching clarinet and saxophone lessons in 2005. She currently works as a typist for Vollertsen, Britt & Gorsline, P.C., but continues teaching music lessons and performing with several Quad City bands and organizations, including the Steve Little Kix Band, the Tony Hamilton Orchestra, the Quad City Wind Ensemble, and the Party of Four saxophone quartet.  She also serves as Editor of the newsletter for the Catfish Jazz Society.

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys running, reading, ballet, and traveling. Her favorite place to visit is New Orleans!

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

Andrew currently plays violin and viola for Muscatine & Clinton Symphony Orchestras and teaches private lessons at Griggs Music in Davenport.   He is also Choir Director for Second Reformed Church of Fulton, IL and Prince of Peace Catholic Church of Clinton, IA.  He studied viola 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 String Quartet, Julliard String Quartet and Maia String Quartet.  Andrew also has experience teaching in the Marshalltown public schools as a Teacher’s Aide while he attended Iowa State University and University of Iowa.

Andrew is available to teach violin and viola. He will accept students of all ages and his rate is $76 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

Virginia has taught for over 44 years. She recently retired from the position as the orchestra teacher at Rivermont Collegiate after 30 years . 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 .Virginia has  had an article published in the American String Teacher’s Magazine, and she teaches at Griggs on Saturdays during the School year and on Thursdays during the summer.

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 5 to 7 years of age and older.  She enjoys teaching beginning adult students.  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.