Piano

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CYNDI CROGNALE

(All Levels -  Piano)

​Piano has been a passion of mine since I was a little girl. I began taking lessons when I was 5 years old, and I participated and placed in many festivals and competitions while growing up. I graduated from Houghton College in New York with Bachelor’s degrees in Music and English Literature, and I have been teaching piano for more than 22 years and at MECA for 8 of those years. I love working with students of all ages and levels one-on-one and helping them meet their individual goals. While I enjoy playing and teaching all types of music, my love is classical music. In addition to teaching, I also enjoy accompanying classical instrumentalists on the piano. I live in Chicagoland with my husband and 9-year-old son.

KATHY DIEM

(Beginning & Intermediate Piano)

​Kathy has been playing piano for over 40 years and teaching for over 20. She is very active in her church choir and orchestra as an organist accompanist.

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NICHOLAS METZGER

(Beginning & Intermediate -  Piano)

Nicholas is a 2017 graduate of Roosevelt University – Chicago College of Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Music – with vocal performance emphasis; Honors Program.  He also has an Associates Degree from Elgin Community College. He has been teaching piano and vocal since 2012 and has created a well-rounded curriculum background for all skill levels. Nicholas is a Franklin Honors Society inductee, Founder of DJEMBE (a drum oriented educational movement) and a Founding Member of T.E.A. – a teaching advocate group. As a musician and performer, Nicholas has several roles, concerts and ensembles as part of his resume'. His musical experiences are extensive and continuing. 

 

Nicholas also teaches vocal lessons.

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AARON MARSALA

(Beginning & Intermediate Piano)

Aaron is a multi-faceted percussionist as well as pianist. His study of music has taken him down many paths.  Aaron obtained his Music Education and Music Performance degrees at the University of Kentucky.  This was followed by a Master's program in World Music Performance at Northern Illinois University. Aaron's passion towards learning the music of different cultures has resulted in studies and performances in many countries around the world. His life was changed for the better through music and the schooling of his teachers and he strives to do the same for all of his students.  He is excited to be teaching a variety of instruments at MECA and working with wonderful students and families in our community.

Aaron also teaches drums & percussion and steel drum lessons.

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ZAK REITER

(Beginning & Intermediate Piano)

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 guitar, ukulele and vocal

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KASEY PENNINGTON

(Beginning & Intermediate Piano)

Kasey is currently a Music Education major at Northern Illinois University and a member of the NIU Concert Choir.  She was a 2019 graduate of Genoa-Kingston High School where she was an active member of the band, chorus and theater programs. She has always loved music and received piano lessons since the age of 5.  Kasey was a percussionist in her high school band for 8 years and was awarded the Semper Fidelis for Musical Excellence as a senior.  She was also in the ILMEA District 8 Choir for 4 years and a member of the All State Honor Choir in 2018. Kasey is excited to be teaching at MECA and working with wonderful students and families in our community, and we are proud to add her musical talents to our teaching staff.

 

Kasey also teaches vocal lessons.

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SKYLAR SCARIM

(Beginning Piano)

Skylar attends South Elgin High School.  She has been playing piano for over 7 years and has been taking private professional lessons during this time.  As a result of her private lesson program and her piano skills, Skylar has attained a level of performance which allows her to pass he passion for music on to her students.  She enjoys teaching and sharing her piano knowledge with others.

MAGGIE LITTLE

(Beginning Piano)

 

Maggie has been playing piano since she was four years old and has been a proud student of MECA for 13 years.  She is a senior at Hampshire High School where she is a member of the Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Chamber Choir, Vocal Jazz and Musical Theater.  After high school, Maggie plans to pursue a career in music education (do ya think !!).  Maggie brings to MECA a love of music and will pass that love on to her students. 

ZOE KOHLER

(Beginning Piano)

Zoe is a senior at St. Charles East High School.  She has been playing the piano for over 12 years and is active in the music program at East – playing the bass in the jazz band.  Her plan is to be active in a college jazz ensemble music program.  Of interest, Zoe loves cars and motorcycles and will major in automotive engineering in college. She enjoys teaching and sharing her piano knowledge with others.