About the Music of Oz Studio

Since 1994

Bringing Out Creative Arts In You

Our Philosophy

The philosophy of the Music of Oz Studio is to teach, guide, and nurture students of all ages in the knowledge, performance, and appreciation of the arts in a positive and productive environment. We offer private lessons in piano, voice, guitars, ukulele, classical strings, fiddle, drums, mallets, and wind instruments.

Music of Oz has solo and ensemble recitals for school-aged students and cabaret opportunities for the adult students.

What We Offer

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Music Lessons

We provide music lessons for voice and instrumental students of all ages and abilities.

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Wondermusic

We offer research-based music classes for children 18 months through 2nd grade.

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Sewing

We offer private and small group sewing lessons lasting an hour every other week.

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Art

We offer private and small group art lessons lasting one hour every other week.

Frequently Asked Questions

School-Year Payment Policies

What Types of Payments do you take?
Cash and Checks. We do not except credit cards.
Is there an annual registration fee?
We charge each students a $25 annual registration fee. This is due upon lesson registration or with the September tuition payment.
When is my tuition due?
Monthly tuition is due at the first lesson each month. This tuition remains the same from September through May regardless of the number of lessons in the month. Summer Policy changes in order to allow for vacations.
Can I schedule a make-up lesson?
Music of Oz does not offer ‘make-up’ lessons. We offer lesson trades. Students are encouraged to trade with other students or into an available space that the teacher may have on another day. Lessons cannot be traded to another teacher.
How do I cancel a lesson?
Cancellations made by a teacher will result in a credit to the student’s next monthly tuition payment if a substitute teacher has not been provided.   Cancellations by the student cannot be credited.  As a courtesy to the teacher, students are asked to give a call to the studio at least three hours prior to lesson time.  Lesson trades will not be offered if the cancellation is made less than 3 hours in advance.

Instructors are paid for no-call/no-show lessons and the student will be billed for them.  The office manager must be notified of lesson termination

All schedule changes should be made through the office manager. Teachers do not establish their own schedules.

Staff

Crown Point Staff

Becky Osborn

Owner | Director
Piano and Voice Instructor

Patty Flory

Wondermusic Creator/ Director

Amy Cary

Office Manager

Our Amazing Instructors

All our instructors love to teach and share their expertise with others.

Guitar

Chris Bolint

Chris Bolint

Electric, Acoustic Guitars and Ukulele

Chris Bolint is a professional musician who has been playing guitar for over 25 years. He has attended both Indiana University and Berklee College of Music for the study of music. He enjoys introducing the joy of playing guitar to new students and nurturing an enthusiasm, while teaching fundamental principles of playing the instrument and music in general. Chris has a background in other instruments such as Cello and also teaches Bass guitar and Ukulele. He writes and records his own music and in 2015 released his own original solo instrumental guitar album entitled, “Embers Alive”, which won both American and USA Songwriting Awards and was featured by Guitar World Magazine. His songs have been played on the radio all over the country and he has had the privilege of opening for guitar greats such as, Paul Gilber, Greg Howe, and Michael Angelo Batio.

While he’s not teaching or writing he plays nearly every week around the area as a solo acoustic act with his acoustic duo, Deuces Wild, and with full eletric cover band, Zodiac. While he certainly enjoys performing and creating music, he cherishes his role as a teacher and strives to enhance every students playing abilities to their maximum potential.

Robert Rolfe

Robert Rolfe

Electric Guitar

Robert is a retired Harvey, IL police officer that has had a love for guitar since he was 7 yrs old.  Although Robert is new to teaching with only 2 yrs experience, we value his love of music and teaching.  Robert really enjoys the theory part of music and makes sure to impart his knowledge of chords, modes and scales on his students.  He is currently playing in 2 bands and his favorite music to play is Funky Pop with its funky chords and Classic Rock.

Piano

Bev Collom

Bev Collom

Piano

Bev has been teaching music for 42 yrs. She has taught in the public school system and parochial school system in Indianapolis, Iowa and Northwest Indiana. Bev has a degree in K-12 music education. In her spare time she plays guitar with a string band called High Country Strings. Music is her passion and it’s a part of everything in her life from her family to her faith.
Pattie Flory

Pattie Flory

Piano | Voice

Pattie has an education degree from Bridgewater College in Virginia and has done graduate study at Vandercook College of Music. She is an elementary general music teacher at St. Augustine and Aquinas, Catholic schools in the area. She is the creator and director of the Music of Oz Wondermusic children’s program.
Becky Osborn

Becky Osborn

Owner | Director | Piano and Voice Instructor

Becky has Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education and is a lifetime educator. She has taught
classroom music to elementary through college students, and has spent 30+ years teaching private lessons to amateurs and professionals alike. Becky performs with the LaPorte County Symphony and directs their vocal ensemble, Illumination. She is the founder and owner of Music of Oz.
Diane Perigo

Diane Perigo

Piano | Voice

As a lifelong musician, Diane has studied and performed locally and throughout the Chicagoland area in both sacred and secular venues. She has been a featured soloist with the LaPorte County Symphony. She is married and the mother of a son and twin daughters and when she’s not making music, she works in the medical field.
Lorraine Szoke

Lorraine Szoke

Piano

Lorraine has a degree in piano performance and education from Lincoln Christian College. She is a frequent consultant for area churches offering guidance in their worship music-both traditional and contemporary formats. This former bank VP enjoys teaching and personalizing lessons to meet the needs and abilities to each of her students. Lorraine says, “It is my privilege to be a Piano Teacher with the Music of Oz Studio.”
Beth Puent

Beth Puent

Piano | Winds

Beth has been teaching music for 30 yrs. She has a degree in music education from Olivet Nazarene University and a Master’s in Music Ed. from East Carolina University. Beth also takes time to teach at Ivy Tech and an online music course for SNHU. Her expertise for private lessons lie in piano and flute.

Voice

Bailey Eaton

Bailey Eaton

Voice

Bailey is a former voice and piano student of Music of Oz.  She is a recent graduate of Indiana State University where she studied Music Education. Her experience includes teaching piano here at the studio as a long term sub and teaching voice lessons in her voice pedagogy class in college.  Bailey was the Vice President of membership and the President of her sorority, Sigma Alpha Iota, an international music sorority, which speaks to her leadership skills.  Bailey has recently accepted a position in the Hanover school system as a music teacher.
Pattie Flory

Pattie Flory

Voice | Piano

Pattie has an education degree from Bridgewater College in Virginia and has done graduate study at Vandercook College of Music. She is an elementary general music teacher at St. Augustine and Aquinas, Catholic schools in the area. She is the creator and director of the Music of Oz Wondermusic children’s program.
Becky Osborn

Becky Osborn

Voice | Piano

Becky has Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education and is a lifetime educator. She has taught
classroom music to elementary through college students, and has spent 30+ years teaching private lessons to amateurs and professionals alike. Becky performs with the LaPorte County Symphony and directs their vocal ensemble, Illumination. She is the founder and owner of Music of Oz.
Diane Perigo

Diane Perigo

Voice | Piano

As a lifelong musician, Diane has studied and performed locally and throughout the Chicagoland area in both sacred and secular venues. She has been a featured soloist with the LaPorte County Symphony. She is married and the mother of a son and twin daughters and when she’s not making music, she works in the medical field.

Classical Strings

Wind Instruments

Classical Strings

Kathy Craig

Kathy Craig

Strings

Kathy has been playing since she was 10 years old and she was fortunate to receive scholarships to attend summer music camps at the Interlochen Arts Academy and Michigan State University. Upon high school graduation she received a scholarship to Eastern Michigan University to play violin in the EMU Symphony Orchestra. She has played in several orchestras, including the Ann Arbor (MI) Symphony, Racine (WI) Symphony, Valparaiso University Community Orchestra, LaPorte Symphony and the South Shore Orchestra. Kathy has been teaching private lessons for 12 years and enjoys helping children and adults advance their skills and love of playing the violin.
Jennifer Redlarczyk

Jennifer Redlarczyk

Violin

Jenn is a graduate of Northwestern University where she holds both BM and MM in Music Performance. A long-time resident of the Chicago area where she has been teaching and performing for years. In addition to teaching at the Music of Oz, she is currently on staff as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Northwest and Purdue Northwest.

Wind Instruments

Beth Puent

Beth Puent

Winds | Piano

Beth has been teaching music for 30 yrs. She has a degree in music education from Olivet Nazarene University and a Master’s in Music Ed. from East Carolina University. Beth also takes time to teach at Ivy Tech and an online music course for SNHU. Her expertise for private lessons lie in piano and flute.

Wondermusic

Pattie Flory

Pattie Flory

Wondermusic | Piano | Voice

Pattie has an education degree from Bridgewater College in Virginia and has done graduate study at Vandercook College of Music. She is an elementary general music teacher at St. Augustine and Aquinas, Catholic schools in the area. She is the creator and director of the Music of Oz Wondermusic children’s program.
Nina Louise

Nina Louise

Wondermusic

Nina is our newest Wondermusic Staff member. We’re excited to have Nina teaching our Tiny Tunes class. Nina studied music education at Murray State and Vandercook College. She is active in working with the children’s choir and children’s bell choir at church. She also loves playing the piano. Nina is especially proud of her 25 yr marriage to Guy and their 4 children and 6 granddaughters.

Art

Sewing

Art

Ruth Paulsen

Ruth Paulsen

Art

Ruth is a life-long artist who enjoys working in acrylics and oils. Ruth is able to customize to the desires and abilities of the student as she constantly pushes them in new directions. She loves working with wood and paint together.

Sewing

Diana Whisenand

Diana Whisenand

Sewing

Diana is a thoughtful teacher and experienced seamstress. She will take each student at their level and move them forward through sewing techniques by way of more and more advanced projects. She is also able knitting and croqueting.

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