This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

Educational Programs Include:
For information call the Museum at 815-927-1540

  • Music Instrument Lessons

  • Music Business Education

  • Individual and Group Performances

  • Music Publishing

  • Sound Engineering

  • Light Engineering

  • Team Building

  • Sound Recording

  • Live Streaming

  • Classes are taught online and in person at the Museum

Meet our Director of Music Education at the
Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66 

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Mike Arturi, is a lifelong professional musician and music lover. Mike has played with nationally acclaimed artists including Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Dick Clark’s touring Rock and Roll Revival show, The Coasters, The Marvellets, Del Shannon, Freddie Cannon, The Drifters, Big Twist and The Mellow Fellows, The Boxtops, Head East, Gary Lewis and The Playboys and Badfinger. Currently, Mike is a long standing member of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee band, The Lovin’ Spoonful since 1996.

In addition to touring, Mike is passionate about sharing his love for music and the lessons that can be learned on stage and in the practice room.  Mike shares his lifetime of experience and is personally involved in the progress of every student, helping them achieve goals and supporting their efforts to succeed.

Mike is also an active national artist for the John F. Kennedy Center’s Turnaround Arts, a program which brings the arts to under-served and economically challenged schools in America. Mike provides music programs and drum circles to help improve school and student performance.

Studies have shown significant positive impacts.

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Meet our Instructors


Anthony Musiala - Instructor Music Business

Anthony began his music business career as a music director at a college radio station, and a marketing rep for RCA and Clive Davis' Arista Records. Anthony was then hired as an A&R rep for Geffen Records/Universal Music, and managing director of the Chicago indie label, Minty Fresh. He has worked on projects by Veruca Salt, The Cardigans, Tool, Cowboy Junkies, 10,000 Maniacs, Ivy, Zeshan B, and many others. One of his projects for Minty Fresh was Grammy nominated, while others have charted on Billboard and were certified Gold by the RIAA. Anthony licenses music for TV shows, films and commercial spots in addition to teaching radio, management, marketing, and music business courses at area universities. 

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Lindsay Kent - Instructor Music Business


Lindsay Kent is a singer/songwriter from the Chicago suburbs who began her music journey at a very young age. Starting at School of Rock when she was only 12-years-old she fell in love with classic rock music and performing live. Being vocally trained throughout her childhood and performing live with her band she took a strong interest in the business side of music. Studying the industry with instruction from Clarence Welton (INOJ Music Artists LLC) drove Lindsay to dive head first into Music Business. In 2018 Lindsay began her journey at Columbia College Chicago studying Vocal Performance and soon transferred to Music Business with an emphasis on Live and Touring and Social Media Marketing and Promotion. Since then she has been performing as the lead singer with her former classic rock band The Millennials and now rebranded Gen FuZe. Lindsay has also formally worked with Hannah Ford Welton and Joshua Welton, Prince’s former drummer and producer, and Jim Peterik of Ides of March on multiple projects.  Lindsay says, “Knowing and understanding how to be an artist is one thing, but understanding what goes on behind the scenes is a whole different ballgame. It’s what separates the good from the great.”

Paul Kairis - Drums

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Paul Kairis, a graduate of St. Rita High School in Chicago, received his Bachelor of Music Percussion Performance Degree from Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois. A four year band officer including lead percussionist and band President, Paul advanced his skills at St. Rita as an instructor, arranger, and clinician and was awarded the United States Marine Corps “Semper Fidelis” award upon graduation. Paul went on to further his studies and was named to the National Honors Society and Dean’s List at DePaul University. After receiving a scholarship from Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University Paul continued his percussion studies with the following instructors:

  • Don Skoog – Contemporary Music Project, latin percussion, marimba, and drumset

  • Patsy Dash – Chicago Symphony Orchestra, orchestral percussion

  • Edward Poremba – Principal Percussionist, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera, percussion ensemble and orchestral percussion

  • Brad Stirtz – vibes

  • Mark Smith – steel drums

  • Phil Gratteau – jazz ensemble, drumset

  • Gideon Alorwie – African hand drumming.

As an educator, Paul has over 25 years of private and ensemble teaching experience. He has been the Percussion Instructor at many Chicago area high school’s including Victor J. Andrew, St. Rita, Lockport Township and Thornwood. Paul has also been an I.M.E.A. and I.H.S.A solo/ensemble percussion judge. Paul’s focus on practicing, performing, and teaching music has translated over time to his current professional abilities. As a performer he is very accomplished on stage and in the studio.

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Guitar - Bass

Nicolas is a professional multi-instrumentalist from the Chicagoland area.  Nick has a vast musical history stemming from his youth, and continues to expand his musical knowledge every day.  Nick has an Associates in Guitar Performance, alnong with abundant experience in live performance and settings alike.  Nicks ulltimate goal as a music educator is to help his students find their own musical voice, allowing them to express themselves without limitations.

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Carlo Isabelli - Brass

Joliet native Carlo Isabelli started playing the cornet in 4th grade. Shortly thereafter he heard the great 'Doc' Severinsen wherein he came to the conclusion that he wanted be a professional trumpet player.

After graduating from Joliet Central High school and attending Joliet Junior college, Carlo found himself performing with several bands in the Joliet and Chicago land area. After several years of playing with various groups, Carlo became the lead Trumpet player for the nationally renowned   60’s group, The Buckinghams. Carlo has played on several recordings with The Buckinghams, and has also appeared on PBS specials with such artist as, The Buckingams, The Grass Roots, and Michael McDonald and The Doobie Brothers to name a few. Performing with The Buckinghams has led him to play for the two Presidential Inaugurations in Washington D.C.

Currently, Carlo continues to record and tour with The Buckinhams, and also plays with his own popular Chicago Wedding Band “The Carlo Isabelli Orchestra”. Carlo has a full slate of private students he teaches weekly.  He teaches his students that, core sound, centered tone, and full range are all aspects of playing the trumpet. Carlo continues to maintain each of those aspects each day he plays.

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Kevin Gawthorp - Woodwinds

Kevin has been playing professionally in the Chicago music scene since 2001 and has performed regularly with the Rhythm Rockets, Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra, the Fred Cantu Big Band, the Royal Son of a Guns, the Flat Cats, Twang Shui, and Die Kellerknaben.  Working with Canterbury Productions Kevin has performed with many original rock and roll greats, including the Drifters, Gene Chandler, the Fleetwoods, the Eldorados, Kathy Young, the Tokens, Lou Christie, Dale Hawkins, the Reflections, Jimmy Clanton, the Capris, the Diamonds, Maurice Williams, Frankie Lymon's Teenagers, the Skyliners, the Flamingos, the Moonglows, the Contours, the Magnificents, "Daddy G" Gene Barge, the Capris, the Crystals, Jay and the Americans, Dick and Dee Dee, the Spaniels, the Vogues, Cathy Jean and the Roommates, the Shirelles, and the Marcels. Fun facts: His hometown is Mansfield, IL and he holds an English/History degree from EIU. Kevin has been a teacher, welfare case worker, librarian, professional juggler (for one day) and spent two years in Papua New Guinea in the Peace Corps. He's raced sailboats for a season, and worked on a strawberry farm in Norway. He comes from a family of bluegrass/country musicians. He was an extra in the movie "Gettysburg" and danced with Resurrection Mary in an episode of "America's Most Haunted Places 3"

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