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 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

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

Corey M.

Vocal 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.

Susan B.

Violin and Viola Instructor

Susan Bengtson is a passionate performer and music educator. A native of Richland, WA, Bengtson’s musical career has led her across the nation and the globe.

Susan is trained in the Suzuki method, which is ideal for young beginners. She also has extensive experience working with traditional teaching methods, most recently working with non-major violists and coaching chamber groups at Boston University as a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate and teaching assistant. Bengston has performed as a violist in the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and toured China and Hong Kong with the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Bengston graduated in 2016 with A Bachelor’s of Music as a student of Jeffrey Irvine, and in 2018 she received her Master’s of Music from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music where she served as Helen Callus’ graduate assistant. Susan is in the process of completing her doctoral dissertation this year.

Rob D.

Drums, Percussion, Guitar, Piano, Ukulele and Bass Guitar Instructor

Rob is a classically trained percussionist and versatile drum set player, who uses his learning and playing experience to teach well-rounded musicians. Rob’s musical journey started at the age of eight when he took his first piano lessons. He later picked up the guitar and around the age of thirteen he started learning drums and percussion to prepare for high school and beyond. Rob studied at Millikin University with a focus on drum set in the Commercial Music program. The curriculum consisted of engineering, production, songwriting and performance elements. Rob applies everything he has learned from private instructors, studio work and live performances to each of the instruments that he teaches. 

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.

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