Corey Beirne has been performing and teaching music in Central Illinois since 2001. He has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education from Illinois State University and studied tuba with Ed Livingston and Dave Zerkel. Currently teaching elementary general music in McLean County Unit 5 schools, Corey has also taught high school and junior high band for 11 years. He is also an instructor with the inaugural 2018 Normal Marching Band. Several of his private brass students have earned ILMEA All District and State honors.
As a performer, Corey has been active in the local classical and jazz scene for almost 20 years. He has performed with groups such as the Heartland Jazz Orchestra, Praireland Dixie Band, and as a featured soloist with the Brass Band of Central Illinois. He has also been fortunate enough to perform with such notable musicians as the Preservation Hall Jazz band, Kurt Elling, and Chuchito Valdez.
Mr. Beirne welcomes students of all ages and ability levels.
Emily Stengel, a flutist, graduated from Illinois State University with her undergraduate degree in music education and a Master of Music degree in flute performance. At Illinois State, she studied under flute professor Dr. Kimberly McCoul Risinger and Wind Symphony conductor Dr. Stephen Steele. Originating from Galesburg, Illinois, Emily had her own flute and piano studio while still in high school. While in college, she taught group lab piano at Metcalf school and taught privately from her home in Bloomington. She has also taught 4th-6th grade general music. She stays active in the community by playing with groups such as the Bloomington Community Band and participates in pit orchestras for the Community Theater. She believes that teaching people the proper way to spend their time practicing is crucial in development. Emily looks forward to teaching everyone, no matter the experience or the age.