Teachers

 

Lyn Assar (Guitar)

Lyn has studied at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and at The Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA. He has played in several local bands and currently plays in a band “The Machine”. He is familiar with all guitar styles from 70’s classic rock to today’s most cutting edge styles, and is passionate about teaching his trade to his students.

 

Stacey Bierman (Voice, Guitar)

Stacey has a Bachelor of Science in Contemporary Christian Music with emphasis on classical and jazz vocals. She has toured with numerous variety bands with styles covering country, pop, jazz, rock and gospel. She has worked in Nashville, and has recording credits with George Strait and Dolly Parton. She is currently Music Minister at St. John's Church.

 

Teresa Ferguson (Piano)

Teresa has been teaching privately for 13 years, teaching in the LCCC Music Preparatory Program from 1994 to 1999 as well as in the Continuing Education program at the college. She has also been involved in music therapy programs and played for worship services at Christian Care Nursing Center. Teresa's approach to teaching is individualistic in nature, placing emphasis on the student's aspirations and goals in piano study. She uses a well-rounded curriculum that includes scales, theory, sight reading and the all important aspect of fun. She teaches students of all ages, and has started children as young as age 4. Using duets, playing music that interests the student and through recitals and Guild Auditions, Teresa believes in maximizing the student's talents to realize their piano playing dreams.

 

 

Marisa Johnson (Flute, Piano)

Marisa has been playing piano since the age of 8, and flute since the age of 10. Marisa has been accepted into the National Music Guild for piano with a superior rating since the age of 12. On the flute, she was rated 1st in the district and 16th in the state her senior year of high school. Marisa is currently studying Music Education at Lewis and Clark Community College.

 

Sean Stone (Guitar)

Sean Stone has been performing and teaching guitar in the Alton area since 1994. He studied music at LCCC, including several years of performing with the jazz band. But he is probably best known for his rearrangements of music from classic video games, which he releases under the internet name Ailsean. Locally, Sean can be seen playing with the variety band Primetime.

 

Byron Sutton (Trumpet)

Byron has been playing trumpet for 46 years, taking private lessons until his graduation from SIU-E with a degree in music (emphasis on jazz). Byron has played professionally since 1967 in a number of different rock and jazz bands. He taught privately in the late 60's and early 70's, then traveled with his own band for about 15 years., and is still playing professionally.

 

   

  

Suzie Bjork (Drums/Percussion)

Suzie received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Performance in Percussion from the University of Arizona and SIUE, respectively.  While at SIUE she started the university's first Cuban Drumming Ensemble in addition to teaching fundamentals of music (basic music theory).  Suzie has performed for a number of community orchestras and brass bands in and around Chicago, as well as, the Alton Symphony Orchestra.  She will be performing with the Edwardsville and Wood River Municipal Bands this summer.  Suzie has studied both Cuban and Brazilian drumming along with Trinidadian Steel drums, where her research interest lie.  Her studies in percussion allow her to teach orchestral percussion, snare drum, marching band, drumset, mallet percussion, and world percussion (steel drums, congas, bongos, timbales, djembe, etc.).

Contact Us

Halpin Music Company
2375 Homer M Adams Pkwy
Alton, IL 62002
Phone: 618-462-0666

139 Locust St.
Centralia, IL 62801
Phone: 618-532-8512 

 

Store Hours:
Monday-Friday:  12am-7pm | Saturdays: 10am-5pm | Halpin Music is closed on Sundays

Phone: 1-618-462-0666

Halpin Music Company