Guitar & Bass


Zak has played the guitar for over 9 years and classical guitar technique for over 5 and has been teaching for over 5 years. Zak has a degree from Judson University where he performed, among others, for the Judson Guitar Ensemble and continues his own training both guitar and piano. He has played piano for several years with 3 years of piano study at Judson University. 

His passion is music…….and it shows.  He is fun, compassionate and a great communicator, and we are happy to have him back at MECA after a short hiatus while he explored the West coast of America. Zak prides himself in establishing a strong chemistry with his students.

Zak also teaches ukulele, piano and vocal

SAMANTHA PAIGE (Beginning Guitar)

Samantha is a graduate of St. Charles East where she participated in the music department's programs and has been teaching at MECA for over a year. She was enrolled in AP Music Theory and was a member of the Chorale. Samantha is currently attending a local college, so we will continue to have her as a member of our teaching family.  She also continues to play in her own band performing often in the area. 


​Bobby has played guitar for over 11 years and has taught over 5 years. In addition to playing the guitar, he loves to play soccer, video games, spend time on the computer and watch movies. Bobby has studied music with Fareed Haque at Northern Illinois University.  Some of his favorite bands include Rush, Metallica, Dream Theater, Yes, and Spock’s Beard.

Bobby also teaches ukulele.


Tim holds an Illinois Teaching Certificate (K-12) since 2003 and is an accomplished guitarist, bassist, and educator. He earned a Bachelor's of Fine Arts Degree at Elmhurst College where he was inducted into Lambda Sigma Psi (Music Honor Society). With his friendly and energetic teaching style, calling himself an "edu-tainer," Tim believes his success as a teacher correlates to the success of his students. 

Tim also teaches banjo, mandolin, and ukulele.

TERIN KING (Beginning Guitar)

Terin picked up the guitar in 2010 and has been playing (lessons at MECA) and refining her skills ever since and is bringing her skill-set to MECA as a beginning guitar teacher.  She attends St. Charles North where she was chosen to play guitar as a member of the jazz workshop.


Terin has a broad taste of music ranging from country to pop to classic rock…….or any other genre you can think of. She has participated in MECA Creates and has become an active member of our young teacher team. Terin is gifted (like her musical siblings) and just plain rocks……

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