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Dave Rosazza

Dave Rosazza has been a highly sought after teacher in the Iowa City area for over twenty years. As one of the most successful teachers in the area, Rosazza has developed techniques in guitar, piano and bass that are tailored to each individual student. He has taught all ages and levels of difficulty. Through the use of lesson materials, performance knowledge, and technology the student gets to explore music from many different angles and viewpoints.

Rosazza began music with the trumpet and drums, but quickly turned to the piano. Classically trained since 1977, in 1985 he picked up the guitar. In 1989 Rosazza formed the group Shade of Blue, which went on to be voted the best area band four times. At this same time Rosazza began teaching guitar and piano in private lessons at J Hall Keyboards in Iowa City.

Rosazza graduated from the University of Iowa in December of 1992 to pursue music full time. Since then he has recorded twelve studio albums on piano and guitar with a variety of bands. He was an original member of the Funkdaddies (Press-Citizen's best band of 2006) as well as a member of Voices of Soul. Rosazza continues to perform with Shade of Blue on the Kraven Maven Recording Label (Denver Colorado). “Iowa City's perennial guitar player” (Jim Musser, Iowa City Press-Citizen).

Rosazza has shared the stage with the Beach Boys, the Monkees, George Clinton and the P Funk Allstars, Big Twist & the Mellow Fellows, The Kinsey Report, Koko Taylor, Maceo Parker & the J B Horns, and many more.

In 2007 Rosazza opened Rosazza Lesson Studios. This was a long time dream fulfilled. Teaching continues to be the focus of his musical career.

Dave is happily married to and endlessly supported by his lovely wife Becky, and kept busy at home by a far too clever Cairn terrier named Bumpus.

Matt Bernemann

Matt Bernemann attended the University of Iowa and majored in percussion performance with a jazz emphasis. His past teachers include Mark Dorr, James Dreier, Tom Davis, John Rapson, and Matt Wilson. Matt currently performs with the Saul Lubaroff Trio, Nic Arp, Shade of Blue, and Martin Carpenter.

In his spare time, Matt enjoys watching films, cooking, reading, and studying history. When not playing or teaching, he spends his time with wife Jody and sons Gabriel and Noah.

John Lake

John Lake, one of Iowa City's most admired and innovative guitarists, is also one of eastern Iowa's most experienced teachers. He began giving lessons almost forty years ago as a high school student in Mason City, Iowa, after a manager at a local music store heard his range and technique. Since then John has taught almost every style—folk, blues, rock, jazz, country, and R&B. He teaches all levels, acoustic and electric. Because of his versatility and expertise, many professional musicians have asked John for lessons.

John uses a hands-on, student-centered approach to teaching. He plays with students from the first lesson, so they develop rhythm skills and confidence. He starts beginners with a method book and simple chords, then quickly moves to songs the students want to learn. Whether the guitarist is beginning, intermediate , or advanced, John tailors his lessons to their needs. For those who want to play and sing, John can draw on his twelve years of vocal training to provide guidance and encouragement. John also teaches music theory, which he learned from his own guitar teachers and from theory courses at the University of Iowa.

John has been a sought-after professional musician since 1967. He started his career with Top 40 and show bands. In 1969, he formed one of the first Iowa groups to play a full repertoire of classic rock, including new music by the Beatles, Neil Young, and Led Zeppelin. In the '70s, John moved to Iowa City and played with the town's finest musicians. Rock, funk, folk, jazz, and free-form improvisation were all in the air. The town's clubs, university concerts, and avant-garde happenings proved an ideal training ground for John's fabled eclectic style. In 1975, John played on Iowa Ear Music, an album that received 5-stars in jazz magazine Downbeat. In the '80s, John released Listen, a cassette of original New Age music. A little later he joined the Dale Thomas Band, one of the Midwest's best country swing groups, where he utilized his mastery of the Chet Atkins guitar style and apprenticed as a bassist. In 1996, John produced and released Hot Little Biscuits, a CD of original pop-rock material. John has experience with worship music as well, having been the staff guitarist for Hope Methodist Church in Iowa City from 1995 to 2001. Lately, he's been playing with the area's best bluegrass musicians, and made a guest appearance on the Burlington Street Bluegrass Band CD, Live At The Mill.

John organizes an annual recital for his students at the Mill Restaurant in downtown Iowa City. Each student has an opportunity to perform onstage, accompanied by John and a rhythm section. Parents, friends, and students always have a great time!

John has been married for 25 years to his wife Sharon, who is working on a PhD at the University of Iowa in American Studies. They enjoy classical music, reading good books, and cooking great food together.

Michelle Vincent

Michelle Vincent is a graduate from the University of Northern Iowa in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy. She is a current member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA/IMTA), the Women's Music Fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota, and a Certified Teacher in Private and Group Piano.

Michelle was always inspired by the sound of music, especially when listening to her grandmother play the beautiful melodies of old folk tunes and classical arrangements. Michelle began playing piano at the age of seven and studied under her grandmother Evelyn Jensen for three years. At the age of ten she began her studies with Arlyce Schroeder of Denver, IA. She continued her music education throughout high school and college. Along with piano she also plays flute and organ. She has competed in numerous competitions and held several solo recitals in Cedar Falls, Des Moines, and Iowa City.

At the University of Northern Iowa, Michelle was under the tutelage of Dr. Howard Aibel and Dr. Genadi Zagor. She had studies in Piano Methodology, Piano Pedagogy, and Piano Literature. Throughout her time at the University of Northern Iowa Michelle accompanied a variety of students for recitals, lessons, competitions, and various performances. She plays in worship bands, judges for local piano contests, and plays professionally for many social gatherings and business events. She is accomplished on both acoustic and digital pianos. She values hard work and dedication, but most of all the enjoyment of music and helping others realize their own unique ability and individuality!

Michelle's hobbies are reading, painting, photography, crafts, gardening, cooking, traveling, health and fitness, mountain biking, fishing, and, of course, playing the piano!

Michelle has a bulldog named Pike and two cats, Cierra and Tilly.

1010 South Gilbert Street, Iowa City, IA 52240 • (319) 354-1501 • dave@rosazzalessonstudios.com