Elizabeth is a graduate of Simpson College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education - Magna Cum Laude. After graduation, Elizabeth worked for the Cardinal Community School District in Eldon, Iowa as a middle school and high school choir director. Now back in Illinois, Elizabeth is sharing her talents as a vocal and piano instructor with students here at MECA.

Elizabeth also teaches piano lessons.


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 piano lessons.


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 beginning-intermediate piano lessons.


Barbara Lewis is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago. There she studied music business and obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Arts, Entertainment, Media Management. Starting piano lessons at 8 years old she knew that music was going to play a big part in her life. Barbara played in various bands growing up as well as attended the Larkin Visual and Performing Arts Academy during High School. Barbara’s approach to lessons is all about having fun while learning. The environment in her studio is about finding what specific teaching approach will work the best for each student. She incorporates theory, history and other various skills that useful for any musician. Barbara also runs our Rock-Band Program every Summer called MECA Creates. You can find Barbara attending concerts/live music on almost every weekend and hanging out with her friends and family.

Barbara also teaches piano lessons.

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