Byron Johnson-Blanchard teaches drum set and percussion lessons. He holds an AAS degree in percussion performance from McNally Smith College of Music. With nearly a decade of teaching and performance experience, Byron merges college level music theory with knowledge acquired on the job. Lessons with Byron are structured, fun, and can be tailored to the student's interests and needs. He teaches students of all ages. When he isn't teaching, you can find him playing with his band Amethyst 3, a collaborative jazz group called Silverback Trio, and numerous other musical projects.
His Methods include:
*Stick Control: For the Modern Snare Drummer - George Lawrence Stone
*Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer - Ted Reed
*The Art of Bop Drumming - John Riley
*Reading Text for Drummers - Paul Stueber, Jess Wheeler, Dave Stanoch, Gordy Knudtson
*Drum Styles and Independence Techniques - Gordy Knudtson
*Snare Drum and Drum Set Techniques - Gordy Knudtson
Students are welcome to bring in any school texts or other texts that fulfill their interests/needs.
His rate is $25 per lesson. You may call/ text him at
5:00 Julia every other week
6:00 Kara every other week
4:45-5:15 KT/ Aubree
5:25-5:55 Danielle every other week
6:35-7:00 Alicia/ KT
7:10-7:40 Morgan/ Phoebe
7:45-8:15 Lydia/ Aja
8:20-8:50 Dain, Avri or Berin
Our teachers are experienced music professionals with backgrounds in teaching and performance.
Performance Music Lessons is lead by Rebekka Fisher a licensed music teacher, who is also an instructor at the studio. On this page you will meet our teachers and learn about their backgrounds, lesson offerings, and lesson calendars.
Josie has some spots open for every other week lessons!
Jacqualine teaches piano, beginning guitar and voice. She has a degree in Child Psychology from University of Minnesota with a minor in dance. She has studied the piano from a young age and learned guitar in her teens and has sang on stage with bands. She works well with young children and children with ADHD. She uses the Alfred Method books for piano and the FJH method books for guitar. She is very flexible with her schedule. text at 612-799-8314 to schedule a lesson.
every other week
Jana teaches voice and beginning piano. She is $30 per 30 minute lesson. Jana is a voice teacher with 30 years of nonstop professional experience in vocal performance on the highest levels as a lead singer and background singer around the U.S. and the world, including touring with Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, Jewel, Don Henley, and many shows with other stars. She started her vocal experience singing in 40 choirs until high school graduation, and from then on she has vast experience in every style of singing and currently performs every week. Her vocal warm ups came from one of the voice teachers to the stars and her choir teachers. She teaches breathing also. She teaches students to sing more like their favorite artists where the students choose songs and she shows techniques, breathing, and control on how to hit the notes and grow the vocal range in a healthy way. Jana teaches students to sing more like rock stars with good technique. Feel free to contact her at email@example.com. Click here to see a video of Jana
Josie has openings every other week on Thursdays. She also has people who have not confirmed their lesson, so sign up for her waiting list now.
Josie teaches violin, viola, Piano, and cello. She has played for 16 years, taught private lessons for 6 years, and performs professionally. She has earned her Bachelor of Arts degree and has taught in Taiwan. Please call her to set up a time for your lesson 763-442-6128. Fee is $25 per lesson
In a very short time Jana taught me a few incredibly important lessons. Protecting my voice, breathing correctly while I’m singing, opening up my voice and singing intentionally quickly made a huge impact on the quality of my music. She is a gifted singer and generously shares her gifts and knowledge with her students.Ben Pigorsch
Weekly teacher list: (more details below)
Mondays: Matt (drums, bass, guitar, piano, voice), Mike (Woodwinds, guitar, piano), Rebekka (piano, guitar, vocals),
Piper (guitar, piano, voice), Sarah (violin, voice, piano), Josie (violin, viola, piano)
Tuesdays: Jacqueline (beginning piano & guitar), Mike (Woodwinds, guitar, piano), Jana (voice),
Wed: Eric (guitar, piano), Mike (brass, woodwinds, guitar, piano), Jana (voice, piano), Rebekka (piano, guitar, vocals),
Matt (guitar, piano, drums)
Thurs: Byron (drums, piano, percussion), Mike (woodwinds, guitar, piano), Jana (voice),
Josie (violin, cello, piano), Piper (guitar, piano, voice), Jacqueline (piano, guitar, voice)
Friday: Mike (woodwinds, guitar, piano),
Sat: Matt (drums, guitar, piano, voice), Mike (woodwinds, guitar, piano), Rebekka (piano, guitar, vocals)
Sundays: Samantha (piano, guitar, voice)
1:30 Marissa (every other week)
Practice track for Jacqualine's guitar students
Samantha Bassett is one of our young mentor/teachers. She is in high school and teaches piano, guitar, voice, and composition, and her rate is $15 per lesson. She has been playing instruments for 6 years, and has written a variety of different songs. She is currently in two choirs, a musical, and has performed in two state honor choirs and with large bands. She has also has experience teaching kids at a summer music camp. She can teach choral, musical theatre, jazz, and pop style vocals. You can call or text her at 763-478-7049
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Sarah Nicholasteaches piano, violin, and voice. Her rate is $25 per lesson. She has a Bachelors Degree in Music from Northwestern University of St Paul and has been teaching for 8 years. Sarah has started and directed a home school orchestra and has directed various music ensembles. She performs professionally in the area and has performed in operas, musicals, and jazz concerts. Sarah can teach a diversity of musical styles including opera, classical, pop, and jazz. She is willing to work with each student and cater the lesson to the styles they want to learn. She is also a part of the MMTA, so students can participate in state competitions or theory classes if they desire.
You may text or call
Matt Johnson teaches Guitar, Drums, piano, ukelele, voice, and bass. Matt plays in many bands around the Twin Cities and has been playing professionally for 16 years. He has a Bachelor of Music degree from Loyola University in Chicago. He is currently playing in the band Mojo Rojo. Matt teaches his students to play popular music and can teach music theory, notation and playing by ear. call or text: 612-886-4520. If you can't get ahold of him, call or text 651-303-4810. Click here to see Matt
Eric Moeckel has a Bachelor of Music degree from DePaul University and 4 years private classical piano study with a professor at St. Thomas. He teaches both traditional and contemporary music. He teaches guitar, bass, and piano. Eric has years of experience recording and playing in bands, writes music and knows a great deal about recording songs and setting up your own studio. He works well with adults and children and is very good at explaining things in different ways to ensure that the student understands the concepts. Eric is creative and soft spoken person, which makes him a good choice for working with children. His rate is $25 per lesson. Call or text him at 773-818-8140
6:30 Isla Rose
Piper is a young teacher at our studio. She is a high school student. She's been playing piano and guitar for 10 years. She can teach beginning guitar, piano, voice, theory, flute and songwriting. For guitar, she uses the note reading method using the FJH method and tablature along with chord and strumming patterns. She is patient with children and has experience tutoring through her school and our girls rock camp. She charges $15 per lesson.
You can call or text her at 763-614-4003
6:00 Sarah's son
Jana has openings!! If it says every other week, there is an opening on the alternating week. Email Jana for details!!
4:35 Sam every other week
6:15-6:45 Jojo every other week
6:50-7:20 Molly every other week
Performance Music Lessons
Mike Abresch teaches Saxophone, Flute, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Clarinet, and Oboe and is a performing musician who has taught in Blaine for 18 years. He became a member of the Macalester College symphonic band at age 14, and became a member of the University of MN Jazz Ensemble at age 17. At the U of M he majored in music performance, studying flute with David Eagle. He is the creator of the website jazzimprov101.com, which focuses on beginning jazz improvisation. Mike's phone number is 612-203-8309 (no texting at this number). Mike@performancemusiclessons.com
He charges $25 per lesson
Mike Abresch's Schedule
Please call or email for availability. He is at the studio 4-8pm Monday through Friday
and Saturday 8am to 2pm.