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Learning Center

Have you always wanted to play an instrument? Are you searching for a teacher for yourself or a family member? Are you a teacher who is looking for students to teach? Our Education Center here at Chesbro Music Co could be your answer. We offer a variety of programs, such as individual lessons, group classes, clinics and recitals. Check out our instructors or give us a call. You are never too old to learn.

We offer lessons for Piano, Violin, Upright Bass, Saxophone, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Flute, Trumpet, Oboe, Harmonica, Drums, Voice, and more!

Chesbro Music Lesson Form

Fill out this form and we will contact you within 48 hours with teacher info and schedule availability. Scroll down to see a list our our instructors.

Freddy Gildersleeve

Guitar Instructor

Born here in Idaho, I have been playing guitar since 1984. I began playing live on my 21st birthday in 1991 and have never stopped. I've played everything from Beatles pop to country and bluegrass to funk, rock-n-roll to my current Jazz band: The Dewdroppers  

The only thing I love as much as playing music live is teaching music. When the light comes on and a student "gets it", I get as much joy as they do. 


Caleb Coleman

Drums Instructor

I aim to help you achieve your goals through personalized training focused on technique, coordination, groove, and musicality. In addition to over a decade’s worth of playing experience, my 5 years of teaching experience have included private students, masterclasses, and clinics with both drumlines and big bands at Hillcrest, Bonneville, and Idaho Falls High Schools. Let’s play music, not just the drums.

Soren Hatch

Drums Instructor

I am currently a student at Skyline High School and have been active in Jazz Band, Marching Band, Pep Band, and Percussion, Symphonic, and Concert Band. I've also taken private lessons consistently for almost four years. I have performed in some private gigs and competed in solo competitions. I love Jazz music but am also comfortable teaching other genres such as Rock. I'm only taking beginning students at this time. 

Jared Smith

Drums/Percussions Instructor

Jared Smith is a professional drummer, percussionist, programmer and educator. With a BA in Music performance with an emphasis in commercial music, Jared splits his time between performing, recording, touring, and teaching. As an educator, Jared has over a decade of experience teaching private music lessons and hosting masterclasses and clinics.

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Mary Campbell

Ukulele Instructor

Mary Campbell comes to us from Lodi, California, and has been playing guitar since age 10. She has played ukulele since 2010, and enjoys attending ukulele festivals to meet other ukulele players. She played with the River City Ukulele Orchestra as well as being half of the “Lodi Ukuladyz”. Both of these groups played for many retirement communities, memory care, and assisted living facilities; the former in the Roseville area and the latter in the city of Lodi. She truly is a ukulele ambassador and looks forward to meeting YOU!

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Colleen M. Story

French Horn/Piano Instructor
(Also beginning-intermediate trumpet and trombone)

Colleen plays French horn in the Idaho Falls Symphony and various other local music groups in the area, and had been teaching private music lessons for over 30 years. She earned her bachelor's degree in music education from Western Colorado University in 1991, where she focused on French horn and piano, earning the prestigious Damson Scholarship for Musical Performance.

Colleen graduated summa cum laude and though she switched careers to focus on writing (she is a published author and full-time freelancer), she continues to enjoy teaching music privately. Many of her students have gone on to earn scholarships for their musical ability at the college level. She expects her students to work hard, and she goes the extra mile for them in return, striving to instill within them a love of music, an ability to focus and accomplish their goals, and a sense of inner confidence and pride that will serve them throughout their lives.

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Dr. Kelley Johnson

Violin Instructor

Professional violinist, violist and string performance educator, Dr. Kelley Johnson is a recording artist with a number of collaborations. She is also a freelancer, chamber musician, composer and orchestral musician. Her formal education includes a BA in Violin Performance and a BA in Music Education from the University of Northern Arizona, a graduate performing certificate and a Masters in Music from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from The University of Iowa. Her teachers include Ashot Abramyan, Louise Scott, Jeffrey Howard, and Scott Conklin including chamber coaching and collaborations with the Maia Quartet. She has studied conducting under Sergio Espinosa and Robert Baldwin. Kelley is currently teaching and is president of Community Music Guild. She recently spent 7 years coaching and teaching upper strings at the Lakeside Private school as well as two other studios and now resides in Rexburg ID. She has ongoing recording and performing projects with local artists such as Grammy Award nominated Jennifer Thomas. In 2015, she published a book with ASTA: "Lucien Capet and Superior Bowing Technique”. She has also published books for CMG and the Capet Institute of the International String Curriculum for use with the CMG certification system.

Jonah Wells

Jonah Wells

Drum Instructor

Jonah's Drum Lessons are always fun!!! More than 20 years experience teaching, performing, and recording Rock N' Roll, Jazz, Folk, County, EDM, Pop, and more; he will make sure you are inspired to practice, comfortable and learning at a pace that works for you. You will be given new beats, exercises, and techniques in every session.

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Idaho Falls Store

327 W. Broadway St
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
Phone: (208) 522-8691

Monday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday Closed

Rexburg Store

257 N. 2nd E.
Rexburg, ID 83440
Phone: (208) 359-1900

Monday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday Closed