Meet our outstanding faculty.
Every member of our faculty is fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
Music Together® & Rhythm Kids® Teacher
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. New to Mattix Music Studio this summer, Brenna is thrilled at the prospect of bringing her love and knowledge of music to children and families through teaching Music Together.
Contact Brenna at Brenna@mattixmusic.com.
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!
Contact Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Contact Susan at Susan@mattixmusic.com.
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.
Contact Grace at Grace@mattixmusic.com.
Katie Mattix, director
Suzuki Violin Teacher
Music Together® Teacher & Director
Violin & Viola Teacher
As an avid collaborator, soloist, and pedagogue, Madison Helton is passionate about a holistic and inclusive approach to music making. She loves teaching violin and viola students of all ages and abilities.
A grammy nominated orchestral musician, Ms. Helton is the former principal violist of the Iowa State University Symphony Orchestra. She has performed at venues across the United States and Europe, from the Aspen Music Festival to Carnegie Hall. As a soloist, Ms. Helton has received prizes at the Des Moines Women’s Club, MTNA Young Artist Competitions, and the Northwestern University Viola Prize Competition among others. She has studied with Dr. Claudine Bigelow, Borivoj Martinic-Jercic, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Music under Helen Callus at the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music.
Contact Madison at Madison@mattixmusic.com.
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).
Contact Mike at Mike@mattixmusic.com.
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 Octavio@mattixmusic.com.
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.
Contact Dan at Dan@mattixmusic.com.
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 Katie@mattixmusic.com.