Music Lessons

Musical Instruction for Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Banjo, Flute, Ukulele, Drums, Piano, Flute, Trumpet, Saxophone, Trombone, Clarinet, French Horn, etc


  • All Music Lessons are private. We do not offer group lessons.
  • Lesson times are available during the times below.
  • All of our Music Teachers have degrees in Musical Education
  • Our Lesson Fee is $21.00/Lesson (Prices subject to change)
  • Each Lesson is 30 Minutes


  • Monday: Between 3:30 & 7:30
  • Tuesday: Between 3:30 & 7:30
  • Wednesday: Between 3:30 & 7:30
  • Thursday: Between 3:30 & 7:30
  • Saturday: Between 10:00 & 2:00

      Tom Mesich: Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Banjo, Flute, Ukulele.
      Available: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
      Tom has a Masters Degree from the American Conservatory of Music. He has over 40 years of teaching Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Ukulele, and Flute. He has been teaching at Modern Music for over 35 years, and taught many noteworthy teachers and players in the area. He has worked as a studio musician for 11 years, and is well versed in all styles of music.

      Mike Aquino: Guitar, Bass
      Available: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday
      Since he received his first guitar at the age of eight, Mike has dedicated his life to learning, teaching, playing, and living the guitar.  He took an early interest in the classic rock of Brian May and Queen, Eric Clapton and Lynyrd Skynyrd.  Later, the soulful licks of blues, the improvisation of jazz, and the technical mastery of country infused themselves into his talent.  After graduating from Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts with a BA in Music Education (with a special emphasis in jazz), Mike quickly became part of the busy Chicago music scene.  He co-founded the Daniel Grove Band in the mid-1990s. This effort was rewarded with a Chicago Music Award nomination for Best Country Record. Now he is a highly sought after sideman for gigs with many of the area's hottest bands. His ability to connect with guitarists of all ages and levels of proficiency ensures that every student receives a thorough yet personal approach to their music education.

      Scott Gillis: Drums
      Available: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
      Scott been playing drums professionally for about 30 years now. Scott has been teaching at Modern Music for 20 of those and still carrys a load of about 30 students per week. Scott is also a continuing student. He has had the good fortune to have a few great teachers such as Mike Folker from the Elgin Symphony, Duane Thamm (Dick Shorey Band, Lionel Hampton, Sinatra, etc.), and Paul Wertico (Pat Metheny, Jeff Berlin, John Moulder Trio). Scott has played in most of the minor and major rock venues in and around Chicago and a few international gigs including The Cavern Club in Liverpool and in Canada with an East Indian band. He performed at Lollapalooza 2008 and in 2010 he went on a 2 week percussion study in Brazil.

      Jason Trtan: Bass, Upright Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Ukuele, and French Horn
      Available: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
      Jason has been teaching for over 20 years, 13 of which have been at Modern Music. Jason is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, and has performed and recorded with many noteworthy acts.

      Mike Hobson: Bass, Upright Bass, Guitar, Ukulele
      Available: Tuesday, Thursday
      In January 2005 Mike joined the Modern Music Teaching Staff. An accomplished bass player and guitartist, Mike has traveled the world performing with various groups in many different styles. At Eight years old Mike began studying the guitar, and at 14 he added electric bass and string bass to his repertoire. After high school Mike attended DePaul University where he studied classical double bass with Rob Kassinger of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

      Betty Sturm: Piano, Flute, Trumpet, Saxophone, Trombone, Clarinet, French Horn, etc.
      Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 
      Betty has a Bachelor of Music Education from DePaul University and a Master of Science from Lewis University.  She is actively teaching at two parochial schools in the Naperville area. Betty is also a charter member of the Women’s Band Directors National Association.  She received the “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” Award in 2000 and 2005. She is currently playing in the “Starlighters” swing band and "The American Wind Band” concert band.