Brian Riggs

Brian RiggsBrian Riggs began his guitar studies with classical guitarist Norman Ruiz and has studied with some of the world's finest classical guitarists. He received his Bachelor of Music in guitar performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University in 2007, where his principal teacher was Paul Henry. Brian has performed in master classes with Roland Dyens, Nigel North, Denis Azabagic, Leo Brouwer, and Christopher Parkening. While a member of the Moody Men's Collegiate Choir, Brian performed as a guitar soloist in churches in many states as well as in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. In the summers of 2003 and 2005, Brian was a master class participant in the Cordoba Guitar Festival in Cordoba, Spain. Brian has been active as teacher in the Chicagoland area since 2004, teaching private lessons and group classes. In addition to teaching and playing in solo and chamber recitals, Brian has shared his enthusiasm for the guitar by giving performances and demonstrations of the classical guitar in Chicago Public Schools. While his studies have focused on the classical guitar, Brian enjoys playing a wide variety of musical styles.

"I enjoy sharing my passion for the guitar with others, and teaching is a wonderful opportunity for me to help others reach their musical goals. Whether I am teaching private lessons or a group class, it always a pleasure to help students learn to make music. While teaching classes in a group setting, it has been exciting to see students of a variety of ages and ability levels."


- Brian Riggs


Jake Ishler


Jake will help develop the student's personal goals of musicianship by hyelping them to find their own voice and expression in music. Jake's passion for exploring different rhythms and sounds in music will open a creative door for students to critically think about different musical ideas and appraoches. Jake believes that students need to be well versed in harmony, theory and rhythm and he will help develop these skills for each student whether they are interested in seriously pursuing a professional musical path or are learning just for fun.

Jake graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston and has studied with legends Walter Beasley, Jetro Da Silva and Jim Peterson. Jake formed his own musical style which is rooted in his belief that the development of tone, timing, musical phrasing and technique are the essential elements for meaningful musical pursuits. Jake is a Chicago based guitarist, songwriter, producer and educator. He performs regularly with a variety of musicians in various genres throughout the city- from R&B to jazz, to hip hop and neo-soul. Jake writes and arranges his own music including advertisements for local Chicago businesses.


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