Our Teachers

Nick Tucker
Piano Teacher & Drum Teacher

Nick Tucker, who has been a music teacher and playing drums and piano for over thirteen years, currently plays in multiple groups around the United States spanning several genres. His repertoire includes rock, country, funk, blues, R & B, soul, and jazz, as well as church music and musicals such as The Music Man. With background in Latin and Afro-Cuban rhythms, he can also play several different types of hand drums such as djembe, congas, and bongos. Trained in classical music, Nick plays a variety of auxiliary instruments such as the tambourine, shakers, guiro, and a-go-go bells. Nick graduated at McNally Smith College of Music where he received a Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance. His music teachers have included Steve Goold (Sara Bareiellis, Ben Rector, Owl City), Dave Hanzel (Celine Dion), Dave Stanoch (Sheryl Crow, New Kids on the Block), Dave Schmalenberger, Dave Stanoch, Steve Jennings, and Kevin Washington.

Tara Priolo
Voice Teacher & Piano Teacher

Tara is a Luther College graduate where she received her BA, and received her Masters of Music from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. At both schools she performed in their opera scenes programs: Eurydice (Orphée aux Enfers, UMD), Latetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief, UMD), and Jenny Diver (The Beggar’s Opera, Luther College) as well as acting as assistant director and costume designer for 4 shows at UMD. Currently, Tara is preparing to audition for the Minnesota Opera Spring 2017. Her passion for voice teaching is only second to that of being on stage, she enjoys teaching young and old students and delights in the classification of voices something she hopes to pursue in her future doctoral degree. In the future, Tara hopes to continue to find more and more opportunities to perform. Tara hopes to be able to share the joy of this universal language, music, for years to come.

Ben Adler
Guitar, Ukulele & Piano Teacher

Ben Adler received his Associates of Fine Arts in music at North Hennepin Community College, Brooklyn Park. He's been teaching private lessons as well as small classes since 2009. He found his passion for teaching music to the next generation and adults began early in his music career. Ben has has extensive knowledge in both classical and contemporary styles with his repertoire including country, rock, jazz, and many more. He has led worship, as well as solo performances and performs with a variety of different bands and ensembles across Minnesota.

Phil Christiansen
Guitar Teacher & Piano Teacher

Phil is a Chicago native who has been involved with music since he was in elementary school. His passion for music began on piano, but after years of working with a private piano instructor he decided he wanted to explore bass guitar. After quickly becoming an in-demand bassist in Chicago, Phil began to pick up other instruments and became known as the “Jack Of All Trades”. Phil's proficiency in drums, guitar, bass, and piano led him to play with many different groups around the city, ultimately making him a highly valuable musician in Chicago. But, after spending in time in MN, Phil began to feel he needed a change of pace, and his love for the Minnesota music scene brought him here to stay. Phil is currently playing with multiple groups and churches around the city.

Cooper Doten
Bass Teacher

Cooper Doten is Minneapolis centered electric and upright bass player. He has played with many notable acts that range from jazz to classical to rock. Some acts include The Jason Harms Quartet, CCM Artist Natalie Cromwell, Jessica Manning, Candid Kid and many more. He has studied under local bassist Bruce Balgaard (Sara Renner, Robert Robinson) for 2 years and later studied under some of Minneapolis' finest music teachers: Ian Allison (Jeremy Messersmith, Eric Hutchinson), Jeff Bailey (Head of bass department McNally Smith) and Erik Fratzke (Happy Apple). In 2014 he graduated from Bethel University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Classical Double Bass. Cooper believes in integrating many different approaches to help the student learn the most effective way for them and push them to explore their own voice. Cooper is excited to be offering music lessons at Spark Music Studio.

Ben Noble
Guitar Teacher

Ben Noble is a Minneapolis-based guitarist and guitar lesson instructor. His music lesson students from beginner to advanced proficiencies for the past 8 years. He graduated from Bethel University in 2013 with a degree in guitar performance. Ben has studied extensively with Minneapolis-based guitarist David Crittenden (Minneapolis Guitar Quartet). Ben currently performs as a solo act, at a number of churches, and with various singer-songwriters across the Twin Cities. To see more of his playing, visit his music page. Ben offers both acoustic and electric guitar lessons, covering varying genres such as: rock, jazz, classical, pop, country. He loves to learn and is eager to help others grow in their instrument through music lessons.

Hunter Fraser
Guitar, Ukulele, Piano Teacher

Hunter Fraser is a Minneapolis singer-songwriter and worship leader. He is a professional freelance musician as a vocalist, guitarist, and keyboard player and has a background in classical and jazz piano. Hunter has been involved with churches in the Twin Cities area including Open Door, Rockpoint, Mosaic and Renovation as well as with local artist Joel Hanson (PFR), the University of Northwestern - St. Paul, and his own music projects including the Hunter Fraser Band.
Since 2010, Hunter has been growing students abilities through piano lessons and guitar lessons and helping them reach their musical goals. Hunter has designed his lessons to be engaging, and student-oriented to meet goals students set for themselves in music.
Hunter is a recent graduate from the University of Northwestern – St. Paul.

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