Private Lessons


We offer private music instruction for a variety of instruments. We believe private instruction is vital for exploring a student’s natural abilities and interests with an instrument that may be too specific for a group setting. Here at UpBeat we strive to make Private Instruction as easy as possible. Leave the big stuff to us as your child enjoys the atmosphere of our private studios and learns from trained instructors. Have more than one child? Enroll them in a group class to have everyone enriched at the same time! Is your child in a group class? Pick up a new skill and take a private lesson yourself!

Private lessons are booked on a first come first serve basis and contracts are booked in semester increments with non-refundable deposits. We do offer payment plans for remaining balances.

Below are our fabulous teachers and their specialties. Call today to schedule your lesson time!

Group & Private Instructor

Grace Ridley

Harmony Road & Piano

A pianist, composer, and recent graduate of Central Michigan University who is currently based in the Great Lakes Bay region, Grace strives to connect diverse musical audiences with her authentic and engaging music.

As an educator, Grace has taught beginner to intermediate students, with both of her presentations on teaching being accepted and presented at the MTNA Collegiate Chapters Piano Pedagogy Symposiums, in 2019 and 2020 respectively. As a performer, she has graced the stage at several Central Michigan University events, including her Senior Recital performed in the spring of 2021. As a composer, Grace’s works have been performed by soloists and ensembles alike, with her debut brass quintet piece garnering her a third-place award in the winter of 2019.

When not teaching, performing, or composing, Grace enjoys spending time with her calico cat, Isadora, relaxing at local coffee shops, and reading
whatever she can get her hands on.


Mei Loker

Miss Mei has background in elementary education and human resources and has been a part of the UpBeat Family since the beginning! After bringing her three boys to various lessons over the years, Miss Mei has finally joined our Administrative Team. Mei will be helping our safety staff and be your “Miss Emma” when Emma is unavailable. In her free time, she loves to read, play guitar, and play board games with her kids.

Group & Private Instructor

Rachel Jones

Early Childhood & Clarinet

Rachel Jones is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Music Education. Rachel and her husband have just relocated to Midland and are excited to start their lives here! Her main instrument is Clarinet but loves to play many instruments. Music is Rachel's passion and in her free time she loves swimming, hiking and crafting. She also has two cats who she thinks are the cutest! She can not wait to make music with the children of Midland!

Group & Private Instructor

Dan Vaillancourt

Guitar & Ukulele

Dan Vaillancourt has been songwriting, performing and teaching music for over two decades. He has taught private lessons to students of all ages, ranging from young children to retirees. He is passionate about providing ideas and techniques to teach a musical foundation to enable students to pursue their personal musical goals and to have fun while learning to play their instrument! He also enjoys hiking, biking, gardening, cooking and spending time with his family.

Group & Private Instructor

Lindsay Walker

Harmony Road & Low Brass

Lindsay has been playing and singing since she was 3 years old. For the last 25 years, she has played trombone in concert bands, jazz bands, brass bands, orchestras and small ensembles, and currently plays with the Midland Concert Band, Mid Michigan Brass Band, and Just Trombones here in Midland. Lindsay holds degrees in physics and biomedical engineering, and spent 12 years researching infant, child and adolescent brain development. She is excited to combine her two passions of child development and music.

Private Instructor

Roger Stevens

Private Lessons

Roger Stevens has a long career of working with, and developing, young instrumental musicians. He retired from Midland Public Schools in June of 2016, where he had been the Northeast Middle School band director for 23 years. During that time, students and ensembles under his guidance received numerous awards.

Mr. Roger Stevens is a local musician who is a charter member of the Resonators Adult Percussion Ensemble. He has performed with the Chemical City Band, the Midland Concert Band, and the Midland Community Orchestra. He currently teaches the Dow HS drum line as well as the Meridian HS drum line.

Group & Private Instructor

Matthew Ogg

Harmony Road, Guitar & Ukulele

Matthew grew up in Caro, MI where he started playing the guitar at age 14. After finishing high school he moved to Dallas, TX and began studying classical guitar with Carlo Pezzimenti at Brookhaven College School of the Arts and later at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX where he received training in classical and jazz guitar, piano, percussion, music theory, choir and orchestral conducting. He began teaching music in 2012 and has worked with children and adults in groups and as individuals.

Matthew is so excited to be part of the UpBeat team and is looking forward to all of the music to be
made and all of the fun to be had!

Group & Private Instructor

Cora Lambert

Harmony Road & Flute

With over 15 years of teaching and professional music experience, Cora is an early childhood music specialist. As a graduate of the world renowned Interlochen Arts Academy and equipped with a Bachelorʼs of Music from Michigan State University, Cora is passionate about music being a vital part of every child's education.

Cora is a mother of four, married to her college sweetheart and has a cat, Sookie, and a fluffy bunny named Prince Sheldor the Conqueor. Cora and Emma established UpBeat in 2017.

Group Instructor

Nicole Rausch

Harmony Road & Piano

Nicole has taught group and private music lessons for over 7 years which fostered her love of education. She played clarinet with the Michigan State University Concert Band and Orchestra. After graduating in 2016 from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Nicole has returned to Midland to teach at Siebert Elementary and to continue sharing her love of music at UpBeat.

Private Instructor

Chantelle Frazier

Suzuki Strings

Chantelle is a registered teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Olivet College. Her decades of teaching experience include private and group settings, Violin, Viola, Cello, Suzuki and traditional methods, beginning strings classes, middle school orchestra, ensemble coaching, public school, homeschool, and remote lessons. She enjoys performing in her community's orchestra, church, and loves being a part of musical productions.