TEACHERS

TEACHER BIOGRAPHIES

Cambridge Studio takes pride in our talented instructors. 
All instructors have a degree in music and years of teaching experience, 
along with verified background checks. 
We focus on quality music lessons for all of our students in a fun and safe environment.




Ashley Wenzel - Studio Manager, Piano

Loved by students and families alike, Ashley Wenzel has been teaching with knowledge, enthusiasm and joy in our school for over 3 years. Ashley Wenzel is an honors graduate from Aurora University, where she pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with an emphasis on Piano Performance and a minor in Business. Throughout her undergraduate career, Miss Wenzel earned multiple awards, including the Roger K. Parolini Music Scholarship and the Stanley H. Perry Performing Arts Award. Also an accompanist, Ashley has collaborated with undergraduate students in Voice and Strings, AU Choirs, and high school solo instrumentalists for festivals and contests. Since graduating, Miss Wenzel has performed on keyboard in several theater shows at AU, including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Little Shop of Horrors. Studying piano since age six, Ashley strongly believes learning music can greatly impact a student’s life, inside and outside of the classroom. She tailors her lessons to fit the needs of each student, and strives to make every lesson a fun and enjoyable experience. Ashley is very passionate about sharing her musical knowledge with students of all ages and skill levels at Cambridge Studio.


Daniel Eastwood - Percussion

Amazingly energetic and driven, Daniel Eastwood is a versatile percussionist and music educator.  He prides himself in maintaining a wide range of musical knowledge from traditional to contemporary musics spanning the world. Eastwood holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Northern Illinois University.  During his time at NIU, he performed with many different ensembles including The Latin Jazz Ensemble, Steel Band, Berimbau Sextet, Marching Band, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Combo and more.  Eastwood is a co-founder of Project Two, a contemporary percussion duo dedicated to performing percussion music of our time.  He is also an active member of The Chicago Bears Drumline, The Chicago Bulls Drumline, and the contemporary berimbau sextet Projecto Arcomusical, an ensemble devoted to performing and commissioning new works for the ancient berimbau instrument.  Eastwood has performed with a variety of ensembles and shared programs with bands such as Fleetwood Mac, xBishopx, and Magic!. Daniel’s interests in percussion instruments and techniques from around the world have led him to study music from Cuba, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and The Dominican Republic.  In the summer of 2015, he traveled to Brazil and to Puerto Rico in 2012 where he studied both the country’s traditional music and its popular music. In addition to performing, Daniel Eastwood remains an active percussion educator. He has worked with many high schools in Illinois and is currently the percussion instructor at Vero Voce School of Performing Arts, Wheaton-Warrenville South High School, and St. Charles North High School. Daniel hopes to share his vast musical knowledge with his students at Cambridge Studio.


Andrew Maya - Piano

With amazing skills on the piano, Andrew Maya is ready to work with students to achieve their musical goals. Andrew received his BA in Music with an emphasis in Piano Performance from Aurora University where he received the Roger K Parolini Music Scholarship. He has performed and sung in many recitals as a soloist and accompanied singers and instrumentalists.During his tenure at Bradley, he competed in the concerto-aria competition.  Andrew has studied with Dr. Cristian Pastorello of Aurora University for piano and Mr. Timothy Filliman for voice. Andrew believes that every student through the guided self-discovery of a mentor is able to achieve whatever they dream.






Grace Politowicz - Piano, Voice


Miss Grace has quickly become a beloved instructor at Cambridge Studio. Grace Catherine Politowicz is a music major at Aurora University (AU) concentrating in vocal performance.  She is thrilled to be a member of the Naperville Summer Place Singers, the AU Opera Ensemble, the university’s Blue Notes and SASS a cappella groups, and all the AU choirs.  Prior to attending AU, Miss Politowicz could be found on stage as a concerto soloist as well as singing with the Young Naperville Singers and the Fox Valley Orchestra Chorus.  Even now, Miss Politowicz continues to sing at various community events.  Having studied voice with Jennifer Helwig and Michelle Areyzaga for many years, Miss Politowicz is excited to join the Cambridge Studio faculty and is eager to work with the students.

Aside from performing and her current emphasis on vocal training, Miss Politowicz began her own formal musical education with 7 years of piano instruction under the tutelage of April Camden Burkhart and has continued keyboard studies at AU with Dr. Cristian Pastorello (piano) and Dr. Naomi Rowley (pipe organ).  In addition, Miss Politowicz has served as director of her church’s children’s choir and has studied flute, piccolo, djembe hand drumming, rhythm instruments, handbells, tone chimes, and completed multiple Musikgarten certifications after studying with Dr. Lorna Lutz Heyge.  Miss Politowicz’s rich and varied musical background gives her a broad knowledge base from which to reference with her students.



Nicolette Maas - Piano, Voice

New to our staff and eager to share her passion for music, Miss Nicolette is an excellent piano and voice teacher from the Chicago suburbs. She has been involved in music since the age of 3, where she fell in love with the art. She has studied classical piano for over a decade with experienced and talented teachers, but is competent and enjoys teaching in many styles including pop, rock, and blues piano. Nicolette’s deep knowledge and love of music theory as well as her ability to translate it to young ears, helps her students to be well-rounded and able musicians from the start, no matter the instrument. She believes learning the piano should not be forced, but it should be nurtured and grown in musically inspired students. She customizes her curriculum for each student based on their needs as well as their musical desires.
Nicolette’s vocal experience began in choirs, in which she sang in top touring concert, chamber, and a Capella choirs. She then began singing in competitions in the area as well as being a featured soloist. She studied under renowned Chicago-area soprano, Michelle Areyzaga at Aurora University. Nicolette has sung the roles of Galinda from Wicked, Desiree Armfeldt from A Little Night Music, as well as multiple operatic roles. She also has a joy and talent of singing pop and rock music that was first inspired by her love of The Beatles. She considers herself a true crossover artist and considers it part of her teaching philosophy to be a versatile singer. Nicolette is a passionate vocal pedagogue and has a talent for teaching healthy technique in singers while establishing a love and appreciation for the art of singing.