Piano Lessons

"My daughter has been a piano student at Da Capo for 6+ years. Kristin is a phenomenal teacher! She has built up my daughter's confidence so much.”

- Cynthia V. 

Austyn Menk

Menk, Austyn – Profile II

Austyn Menk is a keyboardist pursuing his master's degree through NIU's jazz studies program. While Austyn's primary instrument is piano, he has also been a church organist in his city of Le Center, MN for the last decade. His previous studies at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN granted him ample opportunities to perform, including two full classical organ recitals and engagements with Gustavus' touring wind ensemble, jazz band, and jazz combo as well as with jazz director Dave Stamps' MODx ensemble.
Austyn's goal as a music educator is to aid his students in becoming well-versed in the many facets (theory, history, social context, etc.) of different music, to provide experiential learning opportunities to enhance students' understanding of music, and to help them become effective communicators and members of the music community and society.

Julia Broome-Robinson

Piano Lessons - Da Capo - Elburn - Batavia - Geneva - St. Charles - Piano Instructor - Dr. Julia Broome-Robinson

Julia Broome-Robinson is a musician and teacher currently based in Northern Illinois. She has multiple degrees in music, including a doctorate in Music Performance from Arizona State University. Most recently, Julia taught MUHL 220: Introduction to Western Music Traditions at the Northern Illinois University School of Music and is active in the region as a private lesson teacher for pianists of all ages and ability levels.

Julia began studying piano at the age of four and continued her formal piano studies for the next 15 years. While she ultimately focused her formal music education on the trombone, piano has remained a constant part of her career. As a collaborative pianist, Julia has performed on numerous recitals, and as a composer, has written and performed works for both solo piano and mixed chamber ensemble groups.

While primarily trained as a classical pianist, Julia also has experience in jazz and pop piano playing, and encourages her students to explore these genres whenever possible

Sam Wyatt

Sam Wyatt - Piano Teacher - Da Capo Music Studio

Sam Wyatt began playng piano at age 11, and singing at 16. He recieved his Bachelor of Music Degree from NIU in 2009, where his focus of study was Jazz piano. As a songwriter, he has written hundreads of songs, and has toured the country and released albums with the bands Wyatt, Train Company, and his current band, Covington Groove.

He is a main entertainer for Windy City Dueling Pianos, and he regularly performs solo piano and vocal shows across the Chicagoland area. Sam, has over a decade of teaching experience, working with students of all ages and at every level of experience.

Kristin Paxinos

Kristin Paxinos recieved a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University, and a Master of Music from DePaul University. Before founding Da Capo, Kristin performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Chicago Symphony Center with top tier orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

As a piano instructor Kristin has over 25 years of teaching experience working with students of all ages, from young beginners, to advanced students, to adults taking up a new instrument. Her youngest students begin lessons at age 4, learning the basics of posture, hand position, and playing basic melodies. Kristin has a passion for working with young beginners and firmly believes that music education for young children is incredibly valuable for their brain development, motor skills, reading, and concentration.

In her piano lessons, Kristin emphasizes technique and theory, and encourages her students to find their own voice on the instrument by equipping them with the tools and skill sets required to build musical mastery on their own

















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