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!

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Miss Cora


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.


Wesley Knust


Wesley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Saginaw Valley State University, where he studied trumpet and piano. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Music Education through the University of Florida, where his research centers on incorporating composition and improvisation into piano lessons for adolescent beginners. In addition to teaching privately, Wesley is the organist, accompanist, and director of the Prime Chimes and Genesis Ringers at Midland First United Methodist Church. In the summers, he plays trumpet in the Saginaw Eddy Concert Band. He has also performed in brass quintets, pit orchestras, and more. When not teaching, performing, or studying, Wesley enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with his family.


Kathy Stahlbush


Kathy Stahlbush earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in music from Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York in 1976. Since that time Kathy has been involved in teaching music as well as performing herself. In addition to teaching, she has been employed for many years as a church pianist/organist and accompanist for solo competitions.


Matthew Ogg


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!


Katrina Goodwill


Katrina Goodwill is a mom, wife, pastor, teacher and lover of all things music. She started playing viola in middle school and fell in love with it right away. Soon she found every chance she could to get involved in music. From the Youth Orchestra at Mesa State University to Colorado’s All State Orchestra, and many string quartets, music filled her time. In high school, Katrina spent her summers at different music camps including Breckenridge Music festival and Rocky Ridge Music Camp in Estes Park, Colorado. 

Katrina attended Interlochen Arts Academy for high school studying viola under David Holland. She has been blessed to study with violist Scott Woolweaver, Amber Campbell, David Holland as well as participate in master classes with many famous musicians such as Pinchas Zukerman, Joshua Bell, Hillary Hunn and many more. After high school, Katrina got her BA in Education from DePaul University in Chicago. While in college she started playing violin as well as viola. Katrina met her husband in college and together they attended seminary, and both are ordained pastors with The Salvation Army.

Together they have three daughters, 4 cats and a dog! Katrina has also finished her master’s degree in literacy, curriculum and instruction through Concordia University. She loves teaching, whether in a church, classroom or private lessons. Katrina also enjoys playing in the Midland Community Orchestra where she is the principal violist.


Roger Stevens


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. 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.


Lydia Cappaert


Lydia is a Music Education major at SVSU. She has played violin and viola for most of her life and has been teaching music lessons since she was in high school. Lydiahas performed as a soloist on violin, viola, voice, and piano and as a member of ensembles such as orchestras, choirs, and steel band. She especially loves playing and performing with her family.


Eric Pine


Eric started playing the accordion at five years old and switched to guitar at age seven. After playing in several Rock, Soul, Funk, and R&B bands throughout the San Fransisco Bay area while in his teens and early twenties, he not only learned how to play his instrument, but he learned how to perform and to love his instrument right from the beginning!

After joining the United States Air Force and relocating to Spain for 4 years, he played in the USAFE Showcase band which allowed him to play at embassies and other military functions.  It was quite an experience to interact with musicians from different cultures, learn new things from them, and speak the language everyone understood- MUSIC!  

After completing my enlistment, he came to Michigan to settle with his family.  Eric has lived in Midland County since 1999, and has since taught private lessons and continued to pursue musical interests and goals such as recording and performing.  

Eric's goal is to teach your student to love their instrument as much as he does!


Kim Heath Streby


Kim Heath Streby is a graduate of Albion College where she received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. At Albion, Kim won the Michigan Senior Women’s Division of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Senior Women’s Division in Michigan Federation of Music Clubs. After graduating from Albion she continued her vocal studies with Carol Smith at Indiana University. She has completed Levels I,II,and III in the Somatic Voicework, Lovetri Method.

She has performed professionally as a vocal soloist throughout the midwest. Most recently, she has performed the role of “Buttercup” in HMS Pinafore with the Kearsley Park Players and “Pennywise” in Urinetown with Flint Community Players. She is also the director of Cantabella, professional women’s vocal ensemble. In her teaching she has taught voice privately for 25 years. In 2001, she co-developed a music curriculum for at risk students at Whaley Children’s Center through a grant from the Ruth Mott Foundation.

Currently, Kim is the music director of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Flint. She is also the director Show Choir and Show Choir Prep at FSPA, Pitch Perfect Hip-Hop ensemble at the Boys and Girls Club of Flint and OVAtion and OVAtion Jr. choirs at Ways of Wisdom Homeschool group.She wants to thank her husband Paul, and sons Ronan and Jude for all of their, love, encouragement and support.


Lindsay Walker


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.


Robert Nilsson


With over 11 years of musical experience, Robert has played everything from tuba to electric guitar and everything in-between. As a father of two active young boys, he enjoys seeing the growth of new and developing musical minds.

Robert is an active performer and has been a sound engineer for over 6 years. He just moved up here from sunny Florida and can’t wait to start his new life up here in the great state of Michigan!


Lynette Duncan


Lynette is a Washington native and graduate of Washington State University with a degree in Music, English and Communications. She has participated in Operas, Musicals, choral ensembles and solo performances. After relocating to Michigan in 2014, Lynette and her husband love to spend time with their two kids!

Lynette is committed to making voice lessons approachable and fun for students of all ages.

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Nicole Rausch


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.


Holly Finch


Holly is a music education major at SVSU. During her time there she has studied Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet. She participates in wind ensemble, concert band jazz ensemble and pit orchestra, along with a saxophone quartet and Flute Choir that are student ran at SVSU. She enjoys playing in all ensembles and learning all she can. She hopes to pass along what she has learned to others!

When she isn’t playing or going to school Holly enjoys reading, bike riding, and being outside with friends and family.