Guitar/Fine Arts Instructor
Patrick's passion for the arts began at an early age. His preschool teacher once complained to his mother that all he did was draw Ninja Turtles all day, to which she responded: "I guess he's going to be an artist!" Ever since then he's committed himself to creating and sharing the arts.
Patrick discovered the guitar in his early teen years. For years, he practiced tirelessly to develop his skills under the tutelage of his very knowledgable instructor, Russ Hucek. Patrick's first job was teaching guitar, and he continued to teach and perform throughout art school and beyond. "For me, owning Patrick's Music Corner is part of a mission to bring people closer to their own creativity and expand their perception of the world around them."
Voice/Music Theory/Beginner Piano Instructor
Jess has experienced a variety of careers and interests, but music has always been her consistent passion. Having been involved in choir and voice lessons since she was young, Jess’ love for music has grown with her. She is currently pursuing a second degree and certification in Music Education and absolutely loves private teaching at Patrick’s. She is classically trained in opera, but she still loves belting musical theater and pop punk in her car on a daily basis. Jess believes in making each lesson unique to her students, and, most importantly, she wants to “help every student find their own voice and grow in their confidence not only as a musician, but as a person.”
Allison is an accomplished musician, starting her career at the age of 2 when she began studying violin with Aurora Suzuki Violins under the direction of Stan Smith. Her training includes workshops with such notables as Itzhak Perlman and Rachel Barton-Pine. She has performed publicly at the Paramount Fine Arts Center, Wheaton College, Wentz Hall, Millenium Park, and the Chicago Symphony Center. Allison is currently pursuing a B.A. in Music Education at Elmhurst College. She studies under the direction of Ai Ishida Melby and is a member of many ensembles on campus. Allison believes that music “has the ability to positively affect students by contributing to their lives socially and emotionally, shaping their character, and most importantly giving them an understanding and appreciation of something universal and bigger than themselves.” Allison is excited to share that passion with all of her students at Patrick's Music Corner.
Hillary received her BFA in Theatrical Performance in 2014 and has been teaching at Patrick's Music Corner since 2012. She has performed in countless musicals and plays and was accepted into Northwestern University's High School Opera program at just 16 years old. She utilizes her classical and theatrical background in her teachings and has worked with some of Chicago's best musicians and instructors. "I believe that the process is more important than the product. I want to help the student not only gain more knowledge and training, but I'm here to help build their confidence as musicians and artists".
Sophia's love for music began at an early age, and it has continued through
multiple musical theater performances, open mic appearances, studying piano and guitar, and writing her own music. Formerly a student at
Patrick's Music Corner, Sophia is ecstatic to now be a part of teaching piano to students of all skill levels. Sophia gives students the tools that they need to help their own passion for music flourish and helps them feel confident on the piano.
Tony is the definition of a born drummer. He picked up the drums at ten years old and has continued to thrive through professional training, gigging, recording, and teaching. He has a Bachelor’s of Performance in Percussion from McNally Smith College of Music and has experience with multiple different contemporary styles including Rock, Funk, Jazz, Afro-Cuban, and much more. Tony is excited to be a part of Patrick’s Music Corner in hopes of helping students of all skill levels and styles reach their own individual goals.
Guitar/Bass (Upright & Electric)/Ukulele Instructor
At age nine, Wes picked up the bass and found a passion for music. This inspired him to learn about every aspect of his instrument and, a few years later, he decided to take up guitar as well. Wes is currently earning degrees in Jazz Studies and Music Business and performs regularly in countless rock bands, orchestras, and jazz bands. He has shared the stage with the likes of Doc Severinsen, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and many others. Wes has also won various awards such as the Outstanding Soloist award at the 50th Annual Elmhurst Jazz Fest. He is excited to share his experience and knowledge at Patrick's Music Corner. “My goal is to unlock a passion within the student's mind for making music, leading them to a lifetime of joy and fulfillment.”