The Mike Finnigan
School of Music

Welcome to a new world of musical learning.

Mike Finnigan was a beloved musician, often called a "musician's musician." He loved music, was passionate about education, loved playing at the Stiefel, and loved Kansas. Mike Finnigan was a keyboardist, vocalist, and session musician who performed with an impressive array of artists including Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Jimi Hendrix. We are grateful that we are able to celebrate his legacy with this school named in his honor.
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Class registration is non-refundable
All class sessions this summer are being offered at a 25% discounted rate thanks to generous donations to the
Mike Finnigan School of Music.
4 day workshops - $75
Two-week camps -$150
Scholarships are available for students in need.  If registering for a workshop is beyond your financial means, please contact mattgerry@gmail.com for a scholarship application.

Harmony Singing

4 Day Workshop for ages 10 to adult- June 13, 15, 20 and 22 from 7:00 to 7:50
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Singing With a Microphone & PA

4 day workshop for ages 10 to adult- June 18th through the 21st from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on the Stiefel stage
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Piano Basics for Kids

4 Day Workshop for ages 8 to 12- July 18th though the 21st from 9:00 to 9:50 a.m.
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Piano Basics for Kids

4 Day Workshop for ages 8 to 12- July 25th through 28th from 11:00 to 11:50 a.m.
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Piano Basics for Older Beginners

4 Day Workshop for ages 12 to adult- July 25th through the 28th from 10:00 to 10:50 a.m.
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Beyond the Basics Piano

4 Day Workshop for ages 9 to 12- July 18th through the 21st from 10:00 to 10:50 a.m.
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Piano Chords Workshop

4 day workshop for ages 12 to adult- July 18th through the 21st from 11:00 to 11:50 a.m.
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Piano Chords Workshop

4 day workshop for ages 12 to adult- July 25th through 28th from 9:00 to 9:50 a.m.
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Guitar Basics Workshop

4 Day Workshop for ages 8 to adult- July 18th through the 21st from 10:00 to 10:50 a.m.
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Guitar Chords: The Key of G

4 day workshop for ages 8 to adult- July 18th through the 21st from 11:00 to 11:50 a.m.
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Introduction to Bass Guitar

4 day workshop for ages 8 to adult- July 25th through the 28th from 10:00 to 10:50 a.m.
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Guitar Riffs & Improvisation

4 Day Workshop for ages 8 to adult- July 25th through the 28th from 11:00 to 11:50 a.m.
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Guitar Performance Camp

2 week intensive experience for ages 10 to 18- Monday through Thursday July 18-21 & July 25-27 from 1:00-1:50 p.m. Concert on July 28th at noon
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Class Information & Donations

Summer 2022 Workshop Schedule

Guitar
Guitar Basics-
July 18-21 at 10:00-10:50 a.m.
Chords in the Key of G- July 18-21 at 11:00-11:50 a.m.
Introduction to the Bass Guitar- July 25-28 at 10:00- 10:50 a.m.
Guitar Riffs and Improvisation- July 25-28 at 11:00-11:50 a.m.
Guitar Performance Camp (2 week Intensive Experience)- Monday-Thursday, July 18-21 and July 25-27 at 1:00- 1:50 p.m.; concert at 12:00 on July 28

Harmonica
Harmonica Fun for Kids-
June 20-23 at 2:10-3:00 p.m.
Harmonica Fun for Kids- June 27-30 at 10:10-11:100 a.m.
Harmonica Fun for All Ages- June 21, 22, 27, &28 at 7:00-7:50 p.m.

Percussion & Strings
Percussion & Strings Fun, 1st through 3rd Grade- June 20-23 at 9:00-9:50 a.m.
Percussion & Strings Fun- 3rd through 6th Grade- June 20-23 at 10:10-11:00 a.m.
Percussion & Strings Fun- 1st through 3rd Grade- June 27-30 at 1:00-1:50 p.m.
Percussion & Strings Fun- 3rd through 6th Grade- June 27-30 at 2:20-3:00 p.m.

Piano
Playing Chords on the Piano
- July 18-21 at 11:00- 11:50 a.m.
Playing Chords on the Piano- July 25-28 at 9:00- 9:50 a.m.
Piano Basics for Kids- July 18-21 at 9:00- 9:50 a.m.
Piano Basics for Kids- July 25-28 at 11:00-11:50 a.m.
Piano Basics for Older Beginners- July 25-28 at 10:00-10:50 a.m.
Beyond the Basics- July 18-21 at 10:00- 10:50 a.m.

Ukulele
Ukulele Fun, The Basics- June 20-23 at 1:00-1:50 p.m.
Ukulele Fun, The Basics- June 27-30 at 9:00-9:50 a.m.

Vocal
Harmony Singing- June 13, 15, 20 & 22 at 7:00- 7:50 p.m.
Singing With a Microphone & PA- June 18-21 at 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Attendance Policy:

Classes missed by the student for any reason cannot be made up, nor will a tuition refund be given. However, the teacher may allow the student to attend another class at their discretion. In the event of a class being canceled due to the instructor’s absence, or if the school must be closed because of inclement weather, either a make-up class will be offered, or a partial tuition refund will be issued. Class registration is non-refundable


For questions Please contact:

Matt Gerry
mattgerry@gmail.com
(785)827-1998

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose The Mike Finnigan School of Music?

When you enroll, you receive the very best instruction from the most qualified instructors in the area.

Music is a collaborative art form - Playing together is essential to becoming a good musician and the group lesson format provides that opportunity while also giving students plenty of individual feedback.

Each class will include essential learning objectives that will be assessed by the instructor to help focus instruction and aid students in their practicing.

Students are learning in one of the nation’s premier performance venues and will receive a chance to perform on the Stiefel stage.  The Stiefel’s work in bringing in the nation’s top performing artists may also bring chances for students to work with some of America’s greatest musicians or chances to see a live concert at the Stiefel while enrolled.
How are your classes structured?
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• All lessons will be taught in a group format.

• 50 minute classes offered in 8 week sessions plus a short informal concert/recital on the Stiefel stage at the conclusion of each session.

• A minimum number of students must be signed up to offer the class.  Each class also has a maximum number of participants so sign up soon!

• Classes will meet in the Watson Room / Green Room of the Stiefel Theatre.

• $200 tuition is due upon enrollment.

Meet our Instructors

Our Instructors

Matt Gerry

LEAD INSTRUCTOR
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Matt Gerry has been a music teacher and guitar instructor at Salina South Middle School for 19 years. Through various grants from organizations like the Salina Education Foundation, the Greater Salina Community Foundation, Donorschoose.org, the Give a Note Foundation, and the Country Music Association he has built a guitar program in the Salina public school system from the ground up. At Salina South Middle School where he currently teaches, over 200 students enroll in his guitar classes every year. He is a Salina South High School graduate who obtained his Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Wichita State University, and a Master degree in Teacher Leadership from Kansas State University. His training also includes instruction from the GAMA Teaching Guitar Workshops and the National Science Foundation’s STEM Guitar Building Project. Mr. Gerry’s work has been featured in various publications including InTune magazine, Music Inc. magazine, and his middle school guitar program was featured as the Kansas representative in NAfMEs - Guitar Class in 50 States. His students have gained national attention by winning the “Making Wishes with Weezer” contest in 2010, appearing on a commercial aired on the Disney Channel, and were also highlighted on the Radio Disney Music Awards. His teaching accolades include Salina Teacher of the Year in 2011, the Music Teacher of Excellence Award from the Country Music Association Foundation in 2017, and was a “Hero for Change” recipient from Radio Disney that same year. Gerry is a member of the board of directors at the Stiefel Theatre and also serves as the head of the Stiefel Theatre School of Music. Matt is married to his wife, Stephanie who are both proud parents to Adele (16) and Lydia (14) who attend Salina South schools. He enjoys singing and playing guitar at First Covenant Church, and the hobby of collecting vinyl records.

Stephanie Gerry

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Stephanie Gerry is a musician, teacher and an employee of the Stiefel Theatre in Salina, KS. A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, she graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and went on to earn a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Wichita State University. She has taught extensively, not only private piano and voice lessons, but also at Wichita State, Kansas Wesleyan University, Bethany College and Cornerstone Classical School in Salina. In addition to teaching, Stephanie has performed with Dorian Opera Theatre, Wichita Grand Opera, Great Plains Theatre festival and on a variety of local stages. She also plays piano and keyboard with the band at her church and accompanies various vocal groups in the community. Along with voice and piano, she enjoys playing the violin and the mandolin. Stephanie works in ticket sales and theatre support at the Stiefel Theatre, where she is thrilled to help bring live music to the community. Stephanie is married to Matt and they have two daughters, Adele and Lydia.

Thad Beach

INSTRUCTOR
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Thad Beach is a performer, musician and songwriter who loves working with children and performing for audiences of all ages. He has presented visiting artist residencies for State, Regional and National arts in education organizations and visits classrooms in the area through the local “Arts Infusion Program”. He loves fun folksongs, toe tapping mountain music, jug band tunes as well as writing his own songs for his programs and performances. With his ukulele, bucket of homemade instruments, harmonica, guitar, fiddle, mandolin and sense of humor, Thad shares his love of music and learning by encouraging everyone to “Make it fun and make it your own!”

Ann Zimmerman

INSTRUCTOR
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Ann Zimmerman has sung across the Great Plains and beyond—in New York, Seattle, Boston, Texas, Minnesota, Alaska – turning each audience into her backup choir.  She sings songs old and new and has written her own award-winning songs. She has four independent recordings. More information is at www.annzimmerman.com. Ann sings annually at the Land Institute’s Prairie Festival near Salina and in recent years has been performing at the Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield, Kansas. She entertains nationally at festivals, farmers markets, fancy theaters, conferences and backyards. Pre-pandemic, she played about a hundred dates a year. Ann sings for thousands of students each year in Salina Public Schools through the Salina Arts & Humanities “Arts Infusion” program. “Meadowlark,” the title song from her album of children’s music, was chosen as a finalist in the folk / Americana category of The Great American Song contest.  Ann was voted the "People's Choice" winner in the Wildflower! Festival song contest near Dallas with songs from her “Blue Wild Indigo” album. She is along-standing member of the juried “Kansas Arts on Tour” and Mid-America Arts Alliance rosters. She was nominated for a “grass-roots Grammy” in the Just Plain Folks national song contest. Ann is from Salina, an attorney and mediator with degrees from K-State and Harvard, and is an elected member of the Salina school board. She loves to sing. Ann is always wishing to find harmony singers and decided to try to grow them here.

Bill Tuzicka

INSTRUCTOR
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William “Bill” Tuzicka is currently in his twelfth year as the conductor and music director of the Salina Chorale.  He serves as the Technical Director and Director of Operations for the Stiefel Theatre.  Mr. Tuzicka taught choral music for 37 years at Southeast of Saline Jr/Sr High School and holds a bachelor’s of music degree from Bethany College and a masters of music education degree from Wichita State University. Bill has many years of “hands on” experience working with performers using microphones and sound reinforcement.