Soundsource Music not only sells gear, we help you learn to play.
Whether you are a complete beginning, a three chord strummer, or a serious musician trying to get a little better, we have qualified teachers for you.
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Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Performance Bands
Jon Clarkson has made his living entirely in the music industry since 1990.
As a performer, he has received worldwide recognition with features in Guitar World and Guitar Player Magazine, performed at thousands of concerts both locally and at such venues as Navy Pier, Memorial Stadium, David S. Palmer Arena, Prairie Capital Convention Center, and more, and shared the stage with famous rock acts such as Bret Michaels, Skid Row, Warrant, Firehouse, Sebastian Bach, Foghat, The Bodeans, Smash Mouth, Steven Adler, Don Felder, Jerry Reed and many more.
As an instructor, Jon has taught well over 500 local guitarists to play, served as a mentor for the Mattoon Middle School Guitar Club, and served as guest instructor for First Gig Rock Camps for several years. Jon also brings vast experience in audio engineering to the Performance Band Program and has recorded CDs, soundtracks, and albums for countless local artists (including Grammy Award performer Thirza Defoe) and has worked as an audio engineer at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and University of Illinois School of Music, mixing front of house sound for artists such as Janis Ian, David Hidalgo, Andy McKee, Marc Ribot, Toko Telo, Livia Nestrovski, Ruthie Foster, Cedric Watson and more.
Jon has worked at Sound Source Music since 1990. Jon teaches Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Music Theory and Improv and is a mentor in our Performance Band program. Both online and in person lessons are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
David Caughran has been playing guitar since age 12 and has gone on to achieve national recognition as a member of several acclaimed bands.
In addition to touring on a national level, David has shared the stage in a variety of Rock and Country bands with famous acts such as Eric Church, Sara Evans, Montgomery Gentry, Vertical Horizon, Blue October, Little Big Town, Craig Morgan and more.
As a recording artist, David has recorded highly praised albums and gained major label attention with acts such as Eleven Days, Further From Caution, and The Sampson Jones Gang. Additionally, he has recorded with famed Rolling Stones producer Jimmy Johnson, the Muscle Shoals Rhythm section, and been featured on Rollingstone.com.
David has given private guitar lessons at Sound Source Music and served as a Performance Band mentor for 4 years. David is employed as a teacher with EIASE and also serves as music director at The Fields Church.
Chris has been giving lessons at Sound Source since 2013. His interests lie in variety of musical styles ranging from Blues, Country, R&B, Jazz, and Rock and Roll.
He teaches both the guitar and bass. “I began playing guitar in the early 80s, and from the beginning I was obsessed with learning and getting better. I practiced constantly, gleaning all the information I could from guitar magazines, books, instructional tapes, and lessons.
Now, all these years later, the guitar remains an obsession and I’m still learning and still striving to improve. While giving lessons at Sound Source, I’ve not only become a better instructor, but I also have become a better player.
Teaching such diverse artists as Johnny Cash, Muddy Waters, and Green Day has helped broaden my musical vocabulary. With each student I hope to instill into him or her that same love and obsession that I have for an instrument. Once a student has that passion it stays with them for a lifetime.
Angi Dallas has taught piano and voice lessons at Sound Source since 2015. She has taught in the music education field for the past 34 years.
She received her Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Eastern Illinois University in 1987. Angi is currently the Vocal Music Director at Mattoon Middle School and Mattoon High School. She also directs the Pride of the Green Wave Color Guard and Winter Guard Director at Mattoon High School.
Angi is also very active on her Worship Team at the Fields Church in Mattoon, IL. Angi currently resides in Mattoon with her husband Les. She has 3 children Matt, Suzanne, and Gabe Black. Gabe is also an instructor (drum/percussion) at Sound Source.