Meet our outstanding faculty.
Originally from the Chicago area, Brenna received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Mississippi and her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. She is also compleated Certification I through Music Together. Brenna has enjoyed a successful career as a voice teacher, performer, and nanny over the last several years.
Contact Brenna at [email protected].
Music Together® & Voice Teacher
Emily Campbell has been singing and dancing since she was 2 years old and has a true passion for music. She has a background in cello, piano, ballet, and holds BA degrees in both Vocal Performance and English, with a MS in Audiology. Emily had a wonderful time taking her two boys to Music Together classes for several years and this experience inspired her to become a music teacher. She has joyously taught Music Together classes for four years and continues to love every minute of it!
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Mike Holland graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, where he worked under Chicago pianist/composer/vocalist Philip Seward and majored in Instrumental Performance-Keyboard. Mike is also trained in Modern, Pop, and Film Score, Classical and Baroque Performance, and music theory. Since graduation, Michael has maintained a steady practice of private piano lessons. Working with students aged three to adult, he enjoys seeing new students improve over an extended period of time. Mike finds the Suzuki pedagogy fascinating and is available to teach its syllabus for any new students. He also enjoys playing as a lounge pianist at several Mariano’s stores.
Aside from piano, Mike enjoys digital music production using the Ableton Live DAW (digital audio workstation).
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Dr. Grace Lee
Grace is a native of Seoul, South Korea, and has been in the U.S. since high school. She is an avid performer, educator, and conference lecturer across the country. Grace previously had faculty positions at several universities and academies, and has been an active adjudicator for junior and senior piano competitions of music organizations. She is passionate about inspiring young children to thrive in music lessons at Mattix Music Studio.
Grace holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Post-Master’s Certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, and Bachelor of Music in Piano and Piano Pedagogy and Artist Diploma from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She is a Suzuki-certified piano teacher for all books (Book 1-7). In addition to her love for teaching and performing, she enjoys reading, exercising, and exploring the many cultural events the Chicagoland has to offer.
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Dr. Dan Mattix, owner
Dan Mattix enjoys a diverse career as a composer, conductor, pianist, church musician, and professor in the Chicago area. His compositions have been performed in over 30 states, as well as in Australia, Canada, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, and the United Kingdom. He is a professor and teaches a variety of music classes at Moody Bible Institute. Dan earned his Master’s degree at the University of Iowa, where he studied piano, conducting, and voice. He holds a PhD in music composition from the University of Salford, England.
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Katie Mattix, director
Suzuki Violin & Piano Teacher
Music Together® Teacher & Director
Octavio Montiel, studio manager
Octavio Montiel has a B.A. in Music from North Park University and a Masters Degree in Applied Piano Pedagogy at Northeastern Illinois University, where he studied with Susan Tang. He has earned the Leadership and Talent Scholarship from Morton College, and the Honors Music Scholarship from North Park University. Octavio implements healthy piano technique at an early age to develop good practice habits. His passion for teaching stems from his role at the Boys Club of Cicero. In 2006 he received the Youth of the Year Award from the Boys Club of Cicero for his service to the community and excellence in character. Octavio encourages the growth of our youth by staying involved with the Boys and Girls Club Organization. He continues to inspire people through his piano teaching and service to the community.
Contact Octavio at [email protected]
Dan Price is a piano instructor for beginner to intermediate level students. He has been an active performer and music educator in the Chicago area for over twelve years. He attended Indiana University and the University of Georgia for a bachelors and masters degree respectively in trumpet performance and has also studied and performed piano from an early age. Classical, Jazz, and Rock music are some of Dan’s favorite genres to listen to and perform, but he is always excited to learn about new artists and styles. Dan loves helping his students find their voice and explore their favorite styles of music while also developing technique on their instrument.
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Violin, Viola & Piano Teacher
Susan Price is a passionate violinist, violist, pianist and music educator. A native of Richland, WA, Susan’s musical career has led her across the nation and the globe, performing as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. She is completing her Suzuki violin training with Teri Einfeldt of the Hartt School of Music.
Susan graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music as a student of Jeffrey Irvine, and in 2018 with a MM from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music where she served as Helen Callus’ graduate assistant. During the 2017-18 season, she performed as a violist with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and in 2018 toured China and Hong Kong as assistant principal of the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra.
In 2021 Susan completed her doctoral coursework in viola performance as Michelle LaCourse’s teaching assistant at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts. While in Boston, Susan performed regularly as a member of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Pablo Valladares is a pianist and teacher from Quito, Ecuador. He holds a bachelors and master’s degree in piano performance from Drake University and Western Michigan University, respectively. Currently, Valladares is pursuing a Performance Diploma at Roosevelt University, studying with Edward Auer and Junghwa Moon Auer.
As a performer, Valladares has appeared with all the major professional orchestras in his country, including the National Symphony Orchestra from Ecuador. Valladares made his debut as soloist at the age of 14 under the direction of Jose Alvarez and the Symphony Orchestra from Loja, Ecuador. During his career, he has also performed in several countries around the world including China, Austria, Ecuador and the United States.
Valladares has also exceed in his professional skills by winning prizes and recognitions, nationally and internationally. He is a two-time winner of the Drake University Concerto Competition and also a winner of The Young Talent Competition organized by the National Symphony Orchestra from Ecuador. Lastly, Valladares serves as music director of the Ono Zone International Music Festival, which brings together musicians from all over the world to combine and perform in the city of Quito, Ecuador.
Valladares began his international debut at age 16 at the University of Texas, United States, which led him to participate in prestigious piano festivals such as Edward Auer Piano Workshop, Jacob School of Music Piano Academy and Classical Music Festival Piano Academy. During his career, due to his remarkable performances, he has been chosen to play in important master classes for world renowned pianists such as Karen Shaw (Indiana University), Jerome Lowenthal (Juilliard School), Azaf Zohar (Tel-Aviv, Israel), Daniel Shapiro (Cleveland Institute of Music), Steven Spooner (Peabody Institute), Arthur Green (University of Michigan), among others.
Previously, Valladares served as an adjunct faculty at Western Michigan University as well as a piano teacher at the Suzuki Academy of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Music School and The Gilmore Piano Festival.
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Mattix Music is a Steinway Educational Partner, demonstrating our commitment to excellence and an unparalleled educational experience providing our students with the rich tone and pristine touch of the Steinway & Sons designed Boston piano. These pianos will inspire students to realize their artistic talents and set the stage for long term growth. Steinway & Sons pianos are found on concert stages through-out the World and is the piano of choice by 98% of all performing pianists. We believe in providing the finest pianos and the finest instructors for our students.
Want to become a Mattix Music Studio instructor?
We’re always glad to meet new friends who want to teach at our studio. If you’re interested in joining our faculty, please send your resume and any additional information to [email protected].