Guitar / Bass / Piano / Banjo / Mandolin / Ukulele / Theory / Composition
Guitar / Piano / Theory
Specialties: • Classical Music • Pop/Rock • Classic Rock
Jon Studtmann is an accomplished teacher and performer who has taught thousands of lessons since becoming a member of the Perry's family in 1993. In addition to guitar and piano instruction, he also performs and does session work. His musical background stems from the classical discipline, having begun piano lessons at the age of 5 and later studying trombone for 7 years. A largely self-taught guitarist, his skill and mastery of the instrument can be attributed to his strong foundation in music theory. He has performed alongside Kenny Rogers as well as with Paul Freeman and the Chicago Sinfonietta at Orchestra Hall. In his free time, you'll catch Jon at the gym or riding his bicycle.
Guitar (acoustic and electric)
Guitar / Bass / Basic Theory / Composition / Songwriting
Specialties: • Classic Rock • Pop/Rock • Country/Folk • Blues
Rob Gurka, owner of Perry's Music for over 35 years, enjoys breaking away from his managerial responsibilities every now and then to get involved with our lessons program. Although his availability is limited, Rob really enjoys teaching, and his patience combined with his passion for everything musical has made him a great teacher and mentor for students of all ages and interests. A curious spirit, Rob likes to read, frequent used bookstores, and play music with his friends in his free time.
Guitar / Bass / Banjo / Mandolin / Ukulele / Theory
Specialties: • Pop/Rock • Classic Rock • Country • Bluegrass • Contemporary/Smooth Jazz
Our resident guitar and amp technician Jim Kraus is an expert repairman who has recorded, produced, performed, and taught music for over 30 years. Having owned his own amplifier company, Afterburner Industries, he is knowledgeable about the technical side of guitars and amplifiers and can help you find that perfect tone. Jim wrote and produced the original music streaming on our home page, and you can buy his album at our store! Check out the full album at JJALAN.com.
Drums / Percussion / Theory
Andrea has been performing and teaching in the Chicagoland area for the last 13 years. She actively sings professionally in all genres of music with groups such as The Morning Choir of Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, The Kevin Cline Jazz Trio and Standing Room Only Wedding Orchestra. She also sings with Pettycash (Tom Petty/Johnny Cash tribute) and The Sheriffs, a local bar cover band. Andrea was also the hostess for the award winning Durty Lounge Lizards, Chicago’s first live karaoke band that started at Durty Nellies in Paletine and entertained Chicagoland for 10 years. You will not only learn how to sing or play properly with the right techniques but also to have a good time doing so! Let Andrea help you find your voice and your talent as a singer and musician!
Andreas website: o2bandrea.com