Hours: Mon-Thurs 9am - 8pm | Fri-Sat 9am - 5pm

Ellman's Music Center offers music lessons for students at every level, on a full range of instruments.

Our talented, and experienced instructors look forward to meeting and working
with you.


Luc Malewicz


As a freelance Trombonist/Educator Luc Malewicz recieved his Bachelors degree in Music in Jazz Studies in 2006 from Indianna University in Performance Studies. He went on to earn his Masters degree in Jazz Arts from Manhatten School of Music in 2009.

    His performing experience includes the following: •Grammy Award Winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (New York, NY) •Lead trombone with the Buddy Rich Tribute Big Band (Led by Cathy Rich) •Guest artist at Northern Illinois University •Live Performance on WGN with Under The Streetlamp •Harry James Orchestra 2010 Tour - Lead Trombone •Taste of Chicago with the Tim Seisser Quintet •Buselli/Wallarab Jazz Orchestra (Indianapolis IN) •Rob Parton Big Band •Jeff Lindberg's Chicago Jazz Orchestra •Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra •Pete Ellman Big Band

His teaching background encompasses guest lecturering at Indianna University and Columbia University. Luc Malewicz also offers private studio teaching in the Chicagoland area in theory, improvisation, composing/arranging, as well as teaching trombone to beginning college students.

I enjoy listening to everything from classical, jazz, to popular music because you can find inspiration in all kinds of music. Visit Luc Malewicz's website.


Carrie Tedrahn


With a specialty teaching piano, Carrie Tedrahn is the director and owner of Early Notes Music Studio. She began teaching Kindermusik at Benedictine University in January 1997 when she opened the studio. She is an active percussionist performing with the St. John Brass Ensemble and various local orchestras on an as needed basis. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Elmhurst College and earned her MBA at Lewis Univeristy.

In addition to her private studio classes and lessons, Carrie has taught Pre- K -2nd grade classroom music at St. John Lutheran School in Wheaton, IL. She has volunteered her time to work with School District 200's early childhood intervention program teaching the Kindermusik program in the late 1990's. Carrie is a member of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association (ECMMA) and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). Recently, Carrie has added playing organ for worship service in local Lutheran churches to her repertoire of skills.

Her favorite music selections include Classical, Sacred, Jazz, and Pop. She loves variety and balance.



Aaron Krueger

Electric and Acoustic Guitar

Aaron has been teaching guitar lessons for over 15 years in the Chicago suburban area.  His students range in age from 5 years old to adult and range in levels from beginner to professional.  Aaron also has experience working with students with special needs.  Aaron teaches several musical styles including: jazz, latin, blues and rock.  Aaron also teaches techniques for solo guitar, duo, trio and big band.

Aaron received a Bachelor in Arts degree (Jazz Guitar Performance) from Columbia College - Chicago.  While attending Columbia College, he studied jazz guitar with Frank Dawson.  He has also studied with John Papadolias and Don Tisch.

Aaron is an active professional guitar player working with several groups throughout the Chicago area including performances at such notable venues as Andy's Jazz Club and the Jazz Showcase.

Michael McGuan

Violin and Viola

Having begun playing the violin at the age of 5, Michael has literally been playing the violin nearly his entire life.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from St. Olaf College, where he was a member of the St. Olaf Orchestra.  During his senior year of college, Michael performed as a soloist during the orchestra's fall tour.  
Recently Michael completed his Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from Northern Illinois University. While at NIU, he taught violin lessons through the NIU Community School of the Arts and performed with the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Northern Illinois Chamber Orchestra.
Michael is a 2 time winner of the NIU Chamber Ensemble Competition and currently plays with Camerata Chicago and the Antiqua Baroque Consort as well as subbing with the Fox Valley Orchestra.
In addition to performing, Michael enjoys sharing his passion for music with young people.   He is a registered Suzuki instructor and has experience working with students of all ages and ability levels.
Ellman's Music Center is glad to have Michael as a member of our teaching staff! 


Sunica Markovic


Sunica Markovic has 16 years of experience teaching piano in Europe, starting in 1987. Her favorite music is classical compositions. Read more about Sunica Markovic.

Timothy Omerod

Saxes, Flute, Clarinet and Double Reeds

Timothy Omerod began his musical career on the tenor saxophone. He received his B.M. degree in bassoon from Chicago Conservatory College in 1978, and his M.M. degree in bassoon from Northwestern Univrsity in 1979 .During his undegraduate tenure, Tim was listed in the Who's who in American Universities and Colleges.

After college, he studied the clarinet, flute, sax, and oboe with professional players from the Chicago area. He has performed in a variety of venues, including principal bassoon with the Fox Valley Symphony, and sax/flute/clarinet/keyboards/vocals in top forty bands and shows, for clubs and hotels across the Midwest. His performances include Marriot Licolnshire shows, and Ray Charles last show in Chicago. Tim directed the College Jazz Ensemble at Lewis University, and is currently adjunct instructor of sax at the College of DuPage.

He has composed several solos suitable for middle school students, and is currently writing original pop music and lyrics for competition and distribution. Tim continues as a teacher, composer, and free-lance woodwind musician, performing in shows, jazz, top forty, and various jobbing dates throughout Chicago and the Midwest. To contact Tim call (630)254-6285 or email him at tcokmo@comcast.net.


Scott Dittmer

Guitar, Keyboard

Scott Dittmer has been teaching in Chicago and the Chicago suburbs for many years.  He teaches all levels of guitar to any age student.

Scott has many years of live and studio playing experience.

Randy Szostek


Mr. Szostek has directed concert, marching and jazz bands of all age levels. He taught in the Batavia Public School Music Program and has directed band programs at Fenwick and Westmont high schools. Szostek directed the championship Chicago C.Y.O. Band in Open Class competition and conducted "Concerts in the Park" for a number of years with the Americana Concert Band.

In addition, he has judged high school marching band competitions throughout the Midwest as a member of the Central States Judges Association as well as competitions for the Illinois Grade School and High School Associations. Mr. Szostek has an extensive background in studying all of the band instruments. He played clarinet in the US Army Band program and as a professional percussionist, he has performed with orchestras, concert bands, jazz groups and pit orchestras. Mr. Szostek is available for beginning and intermediate lessons on all of the band instruments.


Michael Mongolis


Mike has been teaching piano at Ellman's Music for several years.  He earned BM - Theory and Composition and BM History and Literature degrees from Illinois State University in Normal, IL.  Mike has been teaching private piano lessons since 1995. 

Mike is in demand and receives high praise from his students.


Robert Dicke


Robert is a drummer who knows no boundaries behind a set of drums. 
He is currently finishing his Masters in Jazz Studies at DePaul University where he studies with Dana Hall.  Robert is a two year member of the DePaul Jazz Ensemble which has given him the opportunity to perform with many jazz greats including Jeff Hamilton.

Robert did his undergraduate studies at Columbia College Chicago where he performed with their jazz ensemble throughout his three years there.  He has earned many honors including "Outstanding Solo" at an Elmhurst College Jazz Festival performance.

Robert can be heard at the Tonic Room in Lincoln Park where he has hosted a jam session every Monday night since November 2012.  He can also be heard with his power trio Mos Scocious and singer/songwriter Michael McDermott's band The Westies.

Check out this video of Robert's Graduate Recital from June 2014.

Rob Loar

Trumpet and Guitar

Rob began his professional career serving with the United States 3rd Infantry Division Band in Wurzburg, Germany.  He performed as both trumpet player and vocalist.  After his tour of Europe was over, he studied music theory and education as well as trumpet performance at the University of Illinois.

For the past 20+ years, Rob has been a performing professional musician in and around the Chicago area, sometimes playing as many as 20 dates a year.  He currently manages and leads the band Soda, which performs at weddings, festivals, private events and clubs in the metro area.

For trumpet instruction, Rob stresses the fundamentals of breathing, articulation and technique and works to help the student develop the proper interpretation of the stylistic elements of the jazz and classical repertoire.  For guitar instruction, Rob presents a populist approach that looks to have the student learn and play current and classic songs within a very short time.


Dave Kaiser

All Brasswind and Single Reed Instruments, Jazz Theory and Improvisation


Dave has been playing trumpet for nearly 20 years.  He received a BM in Music Education with a Minor in Jazz Studies from Elmhurst College in 2011.  He received his Masters of Music (with distinction) in Jazz Pedagogy from DePaul University in 2013.  As part of the curriculum at Elmhurst College, Dave took all of the instrumental pedagogy classes (brass techniques, woodwind techniques and percussion techniques).  This qualifies him to teach any band instrument.

In addition, Dave is Illinois State-Certified to teach music in grades K-12.  He has taught students ranging from 4th grade up to adult.

Dave is a very active teacher, performer and composer in the Chicago area.