Private Lessons

We are proud to offer highly skilled professional instructors that provide effective one on one private lessons.  Private lessons are a great way to learn and progress on your instrument at your own pace with materials and lessons prepared just for you!  Lessons are once a week at our business location and last for 30 minutes.  Private lessons are especially recommended for beginners to develop good habits early on.  Whether you are a beginner or just looking to fine tune your talents, we will help make your musical dreams a reality.  Keep reading below to find out about our teachers!


Sally Maish


Saxophone, Flute, Piano, Clarinet, Bassoon

Please contact Sally for pricing and availability. 

Sally holds a B.A. in music from the University of Chicago where she graduated with honors and pursued graduate studies in advanced music theory, analysis and composition. She studied piano under Easley Blackwood (pianist Chicago Pro Musica) and composition under Shulamit Ran (Pulitzer Prize winner and former Composer-in-Residence of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and John Eaton (MacArthur fellow, recipient of Genius Award). She was principal bassoonist with the University  of Chicago Symphony and the New Music Ensemble of Chicago. While studying at the International School of Geneva in Switzerland she earned the Royal Schools of Music Diploma in music theory and studied bassoon under Maria Mealey and Spencer Philips (Conservatoire de Genève). Also in Switzerland she held the position of principal bassoonist with the Orchèstre St. Jean de Genève. Her saxophone training included study with Jeff King, Peter Hart and Tom Van Kanegan (all Chicago).

             Since beginning her professional musical career in 1993, Sally has performed and recorded extensively in the U.S. as a saxophonist, flautist, keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist. She has had compositions performed and featured in radio broadcasts throughout Europe and the U.S., and she has taught at institutions in the Chicago area such as the Arlington School of Music and the Schaumburg Academy of Music. In 1995 she founded the trio Twelfth House which features her original material and recorded on the label Best Kept Secret. The trio has performed and toured in the U.S. and Europe receiving wide acclaim from critics and audiences alike.

            Sally currently focuses on writing and teaching. Her original works can be found at

Brian Auer




Please contact Brian for pricing and availability. 

Brian is a Teacher, Composer, performing artist (formerly in Lidless Eye, currently in Rush Auer) and musical method developer (The Auer Method/ Guitartial Arts) with a wide range of expertise in several genres. Brian has been playing guitar for over 20 years and has an in depth study of music theory and its application on the guitar. He has prepared students in as little as 2 years to fully comprehend music theory to a level of receiving scholarships at Berklee. Brian teaches levels from beginner to advanced (professional).) Brian's unique approach using the Auer method, which he developed has been used to help hundreds understand the most complex theory in a simple and applicable manner. Brian's classes include Music reading & Writing, Composition, analysis, chord construction and mode application, tips on performing and stage presence, and complete comprehension of the architecture of music theory and how to apply it, as well as confidence and discipline.  You can find him on YouTube under The Auer Method.  His website is