154 E. St. Charles Rd. Villa Park, IL.60181
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Hawk Dziatyk

Guitar / Bass / Piano / Banjo / Mandolin / Ukulele / Theory / Composition

Specialties:  • Classical Music  • Pop/Rock  • Classic Rock  • Metal  • Flamenco  • Finger Tapping  • Transcribing

Orest Dziatyk—or, as we like to call him, Hawk—possesses the experience you'd expect of any professional musician, thanks to years of studying the piano, harpsichord, clarinet and violin, ultimately specializing in classical and electric guitar. He attended the Guitar Institute of Technology and holds a master's degree from Roosevelt University. If you're interested in shredding, flamenco, or finger tapping, Hawk's your guy. He's studied with a number of greats including Preston Reed and has played with and opened for professional musicians such as Uli Roth, Iced Earth, and Stratovarius. Hawk is currently putting together an instructional CD-Rom on finger tapping. Check out this youtube video of him playing—it's insane!

Jon Studtmann

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 / Bass / Mandolin / Ukulele / Banjo

Specialties:  • Bass Guitar  • Pop/Rock/Alternative  •  R&B/jam  • Funk  • Jazz  • Folk / Bluegrass

Tim is an accomplished bassist from a musical family who has played and recorded with several groups in and around the Chicago area. At Elmhurst College Tim earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts, became an Illinois State Certified Teacher in the Arts, and was inducted into Lambda Sigma Psi (Music Honor Society). He believes his success as a teacher is directly correlated with the success of his students and calls himself as an "edu-tainer" because of his friendly, energetic teaching style. He plays weekly at church and with local bands throughout the week.

Mike Kent Smith

Michael Kent Smith is a composer who uses guitar and dulcimer as well as a variety of folk instruments, performing on them and taping the various strands together into vivid, delightful music that is a blend of classical, folk, Celtic, Spanish and jazz. His has a relaxed, open rapport with audiences and keeps them engaged in his performances with stories of the origins of the music and anecdotes from his global travels. Smith has toured Europe, Mexico and Africa and performs regularly around the United States with concerts at such notable venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the Chicago Cultural Center. On the global front he has performed in the Festival Cervantino in Guanajuato Mexico, the International Festival of World Music in Mexico City and the International Guitar Festival in Zihuatanejo as well as touring with the Tom Sank Festival in Paris, Rome, Mali and Burkina Faso. He studied classical guitar with Denis Azabagic, fingerstyle guitar with Martin Simpson and Edward Gehard, jazz with Richard Medel, composition with Howard Krueger and flamenco with Manuel Lozano in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. He was the principal composer in Pong Unit, the ensemble fronted by poet Marc Smith, inventor of the Poetry Slam. In addition he has won the Outstanding Soloist award at the prestigious Midwest Jazz festival and was voted Chicago’s Best Guitarist in 1989. Smith has released three CDs, “After the Harvest” in 2002, “Beauty Without Warning” in 2005 and "La Esperanza SIgue" in 2010. He has also appeared as guitarist on CDs by a number artists including Marc Smith, Steven Hashimoto, Joe Hasiewicz and Al Rose. Smith is also a painter and printmaker and his work can be seen on the covers of all of his CDs.


John Maher

Guitar (acoustic and electric)

Specialties:  • Classic Rock • Rock • Pop • Country • Blues
John has been around the local music scene and a member of the Perry's family for most of his life.   He is an amazing rock player and great singer songwriter as well.  He has a fun and thoughtfully put together curriculum to help you get the most out of your instrument.  As a working guitar player and singer in the band Second Hand Static, John has and is out playing constantly.  He is a great teacher for all level of players from beginner to advanced.  You can check out some of his bands music at www.secondhandstatic.com

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

Specialties:  • All Styles  • Studio Production

Mike Semerau redefined the standard for drum lessons when he came up with the innovative method of offering professionally recorded take-home videos to his students after each lesson. So if you forget that rhythm or technique, you can just pop in a video and Mike will be right there on screen to play along with you. His unique approach allows students to learn faster and more effectively, as they are able to check their progress and review what they learn in each lesson. His students have been so successful as to be featured on CLTV and, most recently, in the Lombard Spectator and mysuburbanlife.com. Check out his youtube channel for student performances and sample lessons.  

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