Edge Music Academy Team

We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.

Jason Thompson

Founder and Head Instructor

Jason Thompson is a seasoned musical professional. He has had a strong passion for music since a young age. Jason began taking private guitar lessons when he was twelve years old, and since then, he has studied with many of the finest musicians in the Chicagoland area and played countless genres, and in many different musical groups.  Jason received his Bachelor’s in Music with Jazz Emphasis from Saint Xavier University where he studied with Dr. Shawn Salmon. Post graduation, Jason studied with John Moulder, jazz guitar professor at Northwestern University. Jason also studied piano privately with multiple college professors including Patricia Lee, principal pianist for both the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra who has also been featured with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Jason has come to realize that music not only provided him with an appreciation for the arts and culture, but a wide variety of life skills which set him up for success in everything from business, to school, to interpersonal relationships. Jason enjoys sharing his love of music with his students, and over the past ten years he has taught  students from age 4-75. Jason cannot wait to continue spreading his love of music to the community through Edge Music Academy.

Contact Jason at jthompson@edgemusicacademy.com

Corey M.

Voice, Piano, Violin, Clarinet, and Flute Instructor

Corey is a vocalist and piano player from Bolingbrook, Illinois who has been singing and playing piano for the majority of his life. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Westminster College in Pennsylvania, where he sang in all the choirs, played piano and sang for weekly church services, and was involved in both theater and opera as well. While there, he took private voice lessons from William Ambert and attended a weekly vocal master class with Anne Bentz. He likes teaching all ages, and is a very friendly and laid-back teacher who focuses on personalizing his lessons for each student based on their talents and needs. He currently lives in Bolingbrook with his wife, Cori.

Maggie M, MT-BC

Adaptive and Early Childhood Music Instructor

Maggie is a Board-Certified Music Therapist with over ten years of experience. Maggie received her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from Arizona State University in 2010. As a Board Certified Music Therapist, Maggie is trained to utilize guitar, ukulele, piano, voice and percussion instruments in clinical practice.

Maggie has worked in a variety of clinical settings, using music to address a wide range of music and therapy goals. She has worked with children, adolescents and young adults with intellectual disabilities and adults with substance abuse and mental health conditions, neurological conditions (physical and cognitive), sensory (visual) impairments and medical conditions.

Maggie is thrilled to incorporate her music therapy training and experience in the instruction and music programming she provides at Edge Music Academy.

Craig B.

Percussion and Rock Band Instructor

Chicago area drummer and educator, Craig thrives on playing many different
styles of music. He has professional experience performing jazz, rock, funk, and Broadway
theatre music. Craig received an associate’s degree in Fine Arts from Moraine Valley
Community College, a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance from Eastern Illinois University,
and a master’s degree in Jazz Performance from DePaul University. After his studies at DePaul,
Craig moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan where he worked as the Marketing and Sales Manager for
Independent Drum Lab. Craig has recently moved back to Chicagoland and is currently a theatre
pit musician and regular gigging jazz drummer. With 6+ years of teaching and performing
experience, Craig is an excellent drum and percussion instructor for any student of any age.

Sean R.

Piano, Voice, Guitar, Early Childhood Music, Special Recreation.

Sean (He/Him) has been a music teacher for 4 years, teaching both individual and group lessons. He received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Saint Xavier University in 2017, and continues to develop his skills in voice, piano, and guitar. In addition to teaching, Sean is often seen in local musical theatre productions, most recently with BrightSide Theatre. He has also narrated a number of books, which are available to download on Audible.

Drew S.

Piano and Adaptive Instructor

Drew is a pianist who is a strong believer that it is never too late to start chasing your dreams. Andrew has been studying piano and music theory with Maestro, Jeff Kowalkowski, for 6 years. Along with this teaching and study, he also plays in a number of rock and jam bands, including a world renowned tribute to The Doors. Not only does Andrew focus on music for work, but also works in therapy teaching children with autism

Paul V.

Piano Instructor

Paul V. has been a full-time music teacher for over 7 years. Most of his time has been spent in the Chicago Public School system, and he has also taught privately in the southwestern neighborhoods of Chicago. He currently holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music with a focus on K-12 education and a piano focused education. In college, he studied privately with Patricia Lee who is principal pianist for both the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and has been featured with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and in the Disney soundtrack for Fantasia. 

Beth Thompson

Marketing and Communications, Events and Community Engagement

Beth Thompson has played instruments and sung in choirs throughout her life and knows the powerful strength of music in building a solid foundation for life. She built lifelong friendships through marching and jazz bands and firmly believes that the skills she built through music set her up for success in every area of her life. A Naperville North, High School, alum, Beth is excited to bring her skills as a marketer and communicator to the EMA team and promote the importance of music for young people in her hometown of Naperville, IL.

Contact Beth at elizabethweiner10@gmail.com

Want to join the EMA team?

Music Lessons: