For our Classical Guitar Program
Mr. Michael W. Hull is a Bradley University music faculty member and classical guitar performer. Michael has over 25 years of guitar teaching experience and is the only certified Childbloom® Guitar Program Director in Illinois. His love of music, sense of humor, and patient temperament make him
well-suited to work with kids.
For our Piano Program
Mrs. Michelle Brower is a pianist who grew up locally, and before her collegiate years, studied with Brenda Conroy. She graduated from Illinois State University with both a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree in Piano Performance. While at ISU, she studied privately with Gellert Modos, and for pedagogy, Dr. Carlyn Morenus. Michelle has been teaching piano for over 20 years and has accompanied for many schools, choirs, and theater companies in the Peoria area, as well as the Tucson, AZ area. Michelle applies a strong emphasis on music theory to her approach of teaching, as well as provides an enthusiastic and fun environment for learning to play the piano.
Ms. Mandi Dyke graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a degree in Music Education. She studied piano with Susan Brandor and piano pedagogy with Carole Thibodeaux. Mrs. Dyke has been teaching piano privately for over 20 years. Several of her students have placed first in local piano competitions. Her dedication to music education and to children is demonstrated through her 10 years as a kindergarten teacher and 6 years as an elementary school music instructor.
Ms. Mercy Perhay is currently a Piano Performance major at Bradley University. A recent transfer from Illinois Central College, she studied piano with Grace Trang. Mercy has been teaching piano privately to local children for three years. In addition to pursuing classical music, she enjoys exploring jazz and more improvisational styles.