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We are now offering lessons in brand new, well equipped, lesson studios. Students will be able to utilize the teaching knowledge and skill of seasoned instructors along with access to the vast stores of online knowledge all with the capability to record and listen back in real time.

Aspiring players left to their own devices are often overwhelmed and lack direction. Let our teachers guide you on your musical journey. The ability to record will also let students and parents listen to the progress the player is making, which is often hard to judge without reference points. 

Lessons Rates for Camille, Chris and Dylan:
1/2 Hour Lesson - $24.99 + tax
1 Hour Lesson - $49.98 + tax  

Drum lessons are $45 per hour and paid directly to Bobby. 

Contact us today to set up a lesson with one of our excellent instructors! 
Chris Champion
Guitar & Bass Instructor

Chris Champion has been teaching all levels of guitar for over 30 years. Chris graduated from    the Guitar Institute of Technology (G.I.T) in Hollywood CA in 1987 and also attended Arizona State University as a Jazz Performance Major. Chris was on the Jazz faculty at Arizona State University as the Jazz Guitar Instructor from 1997-2008. While teaching at ASU Chris also taught beginning and advanced improvisation classes as well as directing small ensembles. As a seasoned clinician Chris has also worked with a number of SD high school jazz bands as rhythm section coach and has adjudicated several SD high school jazz competitions and festivals. As a lover of all things guitar, Chris is extremely proficient in numerous styles of music from Blues to Rock / Jazz / Country and Classical.

Since moving to South Dakota in 2010 Chris has been very active in the South Dakota music scene in and around the Sioux Falls area both as a solo act as well as with various ensembles.

Dylan James 
Guitar, Mandolin & Ukulele Instructor


I have been playing music since I was five years old, when I learned to play piano with my mother. I believe that the musical foundation that was instilled in me at a young age has made it possible for me to learn and teach any instrument and style of music. As your music teacher, it is my goal to build fundamental skills as well as inspire and guide you through your musical journey. My favorite styles of music to play are bluegrass, folk, country, jazz, and some rock, though I have played most styles of music. My greatest guitar influences are Django Reinhardt and Doc Watson.

I have been playing guitar for over 17 years, which is more than half of my life. Playing music is my passion and I would love to pass on what I’ve learned to people who wish to learn an instrument for the first time, refine old skills, or learn new styles. When you start learning a new instrument, remember to be patient and enjoy the journey that is becoming a musician. Set goals for yourself such as playing your favorite songs for friends, writing your own songs, learning a favorite guitar solo, performing at an open mic night, or setting up performances.

I look forward to starting this journey with you! I will be here along the way to help you learn, answer questions, and let you guide your own musical process. Remember, this is your time - I’m here to help you get where you want to go. I look forward to working with you!

-Dylan James

Bobby Gripp
Drums

Drummer/drum instructor/musician/mentor, Bobby Gripp was born in Sioux City, IA, but has made his home in Sioux Falls, SD for the past 40 yrs. He started his musical journey playing trumpet in the elementary school orchestra but found his true interest was in the drums (and all that rhythm!). By the time he was 12 yrs old he was hooked and made it his goal to pursue this new world. And after school bands, basement bands, garage bands and many, many jam bands, that's what he did!

Since the early 70's, Bobby has performed or recorded with a rich diversity of groups, collaborations and
artists on the local and regional level, as well as those artists with a higher profile on the national and global stage. As an original member of Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society's Jazz Diversity Project, the group extensively toured the state delivering a program of jazz education even into the smallest schools, to enrich the lives of those youth. In 2015 Bobby was inducted into the South Dakota Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Blueberry Buckle.  He has shared the stage with national artists such as: The Dixie Cups, Kevin Mohagany, LaVerne Butler, Bruce Barth, Vicente Archer, Mike & Mark Miller, Daniel & Benjamin May, Roger Neumann, Scott Hesse, Ryan & Justin Kisor, blues greats Maurice John Vaughn, Freddie Dixon, Detroit Junior, legendary jazz trumpeter, music director & arranger, Clement Toca and many, many more. Bobby would say he's paid his dues and learned from the best!

For the past the past 35 yrs he has been passing down all that real-life experience to the next
generation of young students, and others who might just be discovering or even re-discovering
a passion for playing music, the drums in particular. He has seen the confidence
grow in those quiet ones who, all-at-once, find they are able to develop these skills that
are something maybe that sets them apart from their friends and peers - a sense of
accomplishment, something that will carry over into every area of their lives. At the same
 time, the ones who think they can watch a few YouTube videos and have this all down,
are probably in for a reality check and he will be there to put the pieces back together.
Bobby has spent a life time helping students and is totally focused on their success,
wherever their passions lead them. Many of them have gone on to extended studies in music
(Berklee Boston and McNally Smith) some have even found amazing careers they are
 pursuing too!
 


For lesson times & pricing information please contact Bobby at:

         grippster@yahoo.com           
         (cell) 605/941-0849

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Camille DeVore
Piano & Voice Instructor


Originally from the Midwest, Camille graduated from and taught at Berklee College of Music in Boston. She then spent

several years in Nashville as a studio singer and live performer. She recently earned her Master’s Degree in Vocal Jazz Performance from the University of North Texas. She has performed in many cities including Nashville, New York City, Kansas City and Stockholm.

 

Camille is a jazz singer, composer, teacher, arranger, pianist and voice-over artist with a wealth of experience and a dedication to her craft. She is certified in all three levels of Somatic Voice Work, which focuses on a holistic approach to contemporary commercial voice. Camille carries over similar strategies to teaching piano. With two CDs to her credit; Easy to Love a collection of vintage jazz vocal tunes, and Dream In Color, featuring refreshing arrangements of gospel standards, spirituals, and traditional hymns, she hopes to release a collection of her original music in the near future.

 

Camille DeVore’s singing been described as  “cool, clear, and easy on the ear” and having “a warm and welcoming presence.” She tells an inspiring musical story and brings new life to the melodies she sings. Camille is a dynamic and expressive performer; a must-see for anyone who loves music delivered with depth, soul and originality. 

Collin Waltner
Banjo

Collin Waltner has been playing 3 finger style banjo for 20 years, and for seven of those years was the group banjo instructor at The Folk School of St Louis. His introduction to banjo and bluegrass was Earl Scruggs, but soon branched out and is a fan of nearly every song with a banjo. Collin loves teaching the basics in part because it keeps his own technique keen, but he especially loves helping willing students learn to play by ear with the help of youtube
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Hours
  • Tuesday - Friday: 11-6
  • Saturday: 11-5
  • Sunday - Monday: Closed
Times outside of posted store hours may be available by appointment.