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*We are proud to offer music lessons with some of Central IL's top music educators!  Please use the contact form below for more information, pricing and to schedule online lessons!




Our newly constructed lesson studios are soundproofed and offer safety & security with full glass transparent studio doors and surveillance cameras.  The spacious lobby welcomes families with FREE WiFi and ample seating.  Come check out the newest lesson studio in Bloomington-Normal and see what we have to offer!

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Meet Our Educators





LUCAS DAHMM

  • TROMBONE
Lucas Dahmm is a trombonist and educator active in Central Illinois. He is currently pursuing undergraduate degrees in music education and music composition at Illinois State University where he has studied under Mark Babbitt and Shawn McNamara. He has performed in both the Symphonic Winds and Wind Symphony at ISU and was a finalist in the 2022 Concerto-Aria Competition. Lucas has also performed with MIOpera, including their 2022 production of Carmen, as well as the Heartland Jazz Orchestra and the Bloomington-Normal Community Band. He is an active educator and has worked with the Community School for the Arts, the El Paso-Gridley High School Marching Band, and University High School bands.

 

Lucas welcomes all students regardless of age, ability, or experience.

 


JUDITH DICKER

  • OBOE
  • ENGLISH HORN
Judith Dicker earned a BS degree in music education from the State University of New York/Potsdam and a Master of Music degree in oboe performance from Indiana University. 

Judith has performed with the Colorado Philharmonic, South Bend Symphony, Wichita Symphony, Städtische Orchester Gelsenkirchen (Germany), Toledo Symphony, Opera Illinois, and Heartland Festival Orchestra.  

As a chamber musician Judith has been the solo oboist with Lieurance Quintet of Wichita State University and Sonneries Quintet of Illinois State University. 

Judith has taught oboe on the faculties of Indiana University – South Bend, Wichita State University, Städtische Musikschule Gelsenkirchen, and Illinois State University.


MICHAEL DICKER

  • BASSOON

Michael Dicker has earned degrees in music from  UCLA, University of Michigan, and the Juilliard School.  His teachers were Norman Herzberg, Harold Goltzer, L. Hugh Cooper, Mitchell Lurie, and Mehli Mehta.

He has performed as first bassoonist with the United States Military Academy Band of West Point, the Colorado Philharmonic Orchestra, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Gelsenkirchen (Germany) Philharmonic, Deutsche Bach Solisten, the Belgian Radio Symphony, the Essen Philharmonic, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. He currently performs as principal bassoonist of Peoria Symphony and Heartland Festival Orchestra.  He performs as contrabassoonist with the Illinois Symphony.

As a chamber musician Mr. Dicker has been a prize winner of the Coleman Chamber Competition.  He has performed as a member of the Lincoln Center Foundation Woodwind Quintet, the Lieurance Quintet. Currently he is a member of Sonneries Quintet (Illinois State University Faculty Woodwind Quintet) with which he has toured Austria, Japan, and the United States.

As a representative of  bassoon maker Fox Products, Mr. Dicker  presented clinics in Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Japan, Thailand, and throughout the United States.  Mr. Dicker has served as bassoon instructor at Wichita State University, Musikschule Bochum, Orvieto Musica, and has recently retired from the faculty of Illinois State University where he was Professor of Bassoon since 1986.

 



DAVIS HALE

  • SAXOPHONE
Davis Hale is a saxophonist and educator in the Bloomington-Normal area. He has previously taught lessons and masterclasses in the Louisville, Kentucky area, and performs regularly as a soloist and as the tenor chair of the T^3 Saxophone Quartet.

Davis has won first place in the Kentucky Music Teacher’s Association Chamber Music competition with T^3 and has won first place in the KMTA Young Artist competition on two occasions. He has traveled to Gap, France to participate in the European Saxophone University, and has performed at the Navy Band Saxophone Symposium as a soloist and with T^3. T^3 has also performed live on WUOL as winners of the Macauley Chamber Music Competition, and Davis has performed as a soloist with the University of Louisville and Youth Performing Arts School Symphony Orchestras, performing Henri Tomasi’s Concerto and Tomasi’s Ballade.

Davis is currently pursuing a Master’s in Music Performance from Illinois State University, where he acts as the Teaching Assistant for the Saxophone Studio. His duties include teaching music minors as well as coaching saxophone quartets. His primary teachers include Paul Nolen, Adam McCord, Mike Tracy, and Ron Jones, and he has pursued additional studies with Otis Murphy, Claude Delangle, and others.

Davis welcomes students of all ages and interests!
 
  
 

CHRISTINE HANSEN

  • FRENCH HORN
Christine Hansen is an active freelance performer and instructor in Central Illinois. She holds positions in the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra and the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra, is the Solo Tenor Horn of the Chicago Brass Band, and frequently performs with the Heartland Festival Orchestra. An avid supporter of chamber music, Christine is a member of the Twin Cities Brass Quintet and the Lyric Winds Chamber Ensemble. As a soloist, she has been featured with the Brass Band of Central Illinois, most recently joining the ensemble at the 2016 Illinois State Fair, and has had the privilege to perform the Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings alongside Dr. Justin Vickers and the ISU Chamber Orchestra at the Red Note New Music Festival. Christine has previously played with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, the Opera Illinois Orchestra, the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, and the ISU Faculty Brass Quintet, and has performed in Japan, Canada, and at the Lincoln Center in New York City.

Christine earned her BM and MM in Horn Performance from Illinois State University and has studied under Joe Neisler and Douglas Hill. She currently serves as the Lead Academic Advisor and Assistant to the Director for the Illinois State University School of Music. Christine welcomes students of all ages and abilities.
 
  
 

SALLY HOFFMANN

  • FLUTE
  • PIANO
Sally Hoffmann is a highly respected flute and piano instructor in Bloomington-Normal, IL. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Illinois State University and has 40+ years of teaching experience. Sally starts flutists as young as 2nd grade with curved head joint flutes (which allow smaller students to learn the basics of flute playing with an instrument that is more appropriately sized for them). These great Di Zhao curved head joint flutes are available through Carl's Pro Band. Group lessons for 2nd-4th grade curved head joint flutists are in the works!

Her students regularly place in the top tier in school bands and at ILMEA. She can gear lessons towards all experience levels and her specialties include assistance with audition preparation, chair placement, band & orchestra music, Solo & Ensemble preparation with piano accompaniment. 





TRENT NOLIN

  • CLARINET
  • SAXOPHONE
Trent Nolin is a clarinetist in the Bloomington Normal area. He is currently finishing his Bachelor's in clarinet performance degree at Illinois State University with a second major in cybersecurity and doing private lessons on the side. Trent spends his time at ISU studying clarinet pedagogy with Dr. David Gresham and works on various styles, from classical to modern to jazz. He also plays saxophone on the side as a secondary for pit orchestras and jazz ensembles.

 

Trent has played in many ensembles including the Illinois State University Wind Symphony, the Illinois State University Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois State University Pit Orchestra, the Peoria Municipal Band, MiOpera Pit, the Bradley Symphony Orchestra, and many small ensembles. He also participated in the Buffett Crampon Summer Clarinet Academy where he studied with artists Victoria Luperi, Pascual Martinez-Forteza, Nicolas Baldeyrou, Todd Cope, and Diana Haskell and has worked with Vandoren for their upcoming campaign "With You Every Step". In high school, he got the opportunity to travel throughout Europe as an Illinois Ambassador of Music. Trent welcomes students of all ages and abilities.


LUCIANO ROSADO

  • TRUMPET
Primarily self-taught, Luciano (Lou) Rosado picked-up the trumpet three months before his fifteenth birthday in Chicago, Illinois. A few months later, he was playing in rhythm and blues bands. It was his only job in high school. He then used gig money to take private lessons at The Chicago Conservatory of Music from esteemed Chicago player/teacher Joseph Summerhill for the next three years.

A graduate of ISU’s English and Communication Departments, he has been teaching privately for more than 30 years, specializing in embouchure problems, improvisation, and high-note production.

EMILY STENGEL

  • FLUTE
  • BEGINNING PIANO
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. 



Contact Us
  • Carl's Pro Band
  • (309) 828-4676
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  • 1806 E Empire St.
    Bloomington, IL 61704
    • STORE HOURS:
      Mon - Thurs: 8am-5:30pm
      Fri: 8am-Noon & 1:15-5:30pm

      Sat: 8am-Noon
      Sunday: Closed
 
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