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 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.

Luis M.

Percussion Instructor

Luis Martinez, percussionist, drummer, and educator from the Greater Chicago Area, has a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Jazz Percussion Performance from Saint Xavier University (SXU). Martinez began his studies under Dr. Justin Antos, Director of Bands at Dwight D. Eisenhower High School. At SXU, he continued his studies with Brett Baxter, Percussion Professor; Carl Kennedy, Jazz Improvisation Professor; and Dr. Shawn Salmon, Director of Jazz Studies. Throughout his time at SXU, Martinez participated in the University’s Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz Combo with performance instruments including drum set, marimba, and timpani. In 2019, Martinez was recipient of SXU’s Outstanding Music Student Award for his dedication and work completed with the SXU Music Program. Throughout his career, Martinez has performed at Bar GEM in Oak Park, The Blissful Banana Cafe in Orland Park, The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago, Saint Xavier University in Chicago, and The Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

Martinez has served as the Drumline Consultant/Technician for the Eisenhower High School Cardinal Regiment, where he taught marching drill, ran percussion sectionals, and maintained percussion equipment for the band. Currently, he gives private lessons to students in both Percussion and Drum Set instruction. Martinez focuses on making sure students develop strong practice habits, proper technique, and distinguished musicianship.

Chris B.

Guitar Instructor

Chris is a musician with a wide variety of musical experiences. He has been playing guitar, bass, and singing for many years and has played both on and off stage with a wide variety of groups. Genres he has studied include jazz, blues, rock, metal, pop, and folk. Chris studied with Jason Thompson, Director of Edge Music Academy for five years. Currently, Chris is focused on songwriting and music production. He is looking forward to taking on more students and passing on the experience of becoming a musician to the next generation. He believes that music is a great way to build discipline and inner strength, as well as to relax, meet people, and express yourself. 

Drew S.

Piano Instructor

Andrew Stump 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

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

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