LESSONS

INSTRUCTORS

 
 
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Gary Rusnak

Piano and Keyboard

  • Studied at The University of Akron

  • Played for a variety of Broadway productions, including Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables

  • Conducted for The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber concert tour in the United States, Japan, and Australia

  • Over 30 years of experience teaching instrumental and vocal music privately and in public schools

  • Tailors lessons to help students achieve individual goals while gaining a strong understanding of music fundamentals

 
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David McHenry

Guitar and Bass Guitar

  • Studied at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music

  • Founder of Open Ears – Open Minds, a society for music appreciation)

  • Especially trained in classical and jazz

  • Teaches all styles

  • Believes an appreciation of music inspires students and provides the foundation for success on their instrument

 
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Mike McClosky

Guitar and Bass Guitar

  • Master’s degree in Music Education from The University of Akron

  • Named “Outstanding Undergraduate Guitarist” at The University of Akron

  • Teaches classical, rock, jazz, and fingerstyle for guitar, and rock and jazz for bass

  • Emphasizes reading music, music theory, and fundamentals

  • Over 20 years performing professionally

Megan Denman

Piano

  • Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Baldwin-Wallace College

  • Master of Music in Piano Performance from The University of Akron

  • Judged for Cleveland State University’s Junior Piano Festival from 2008-2010

  • Staff accompanist at Baldwin Wallace University

 
 
 
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Harry Madorsky

Guitar

  • Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Illustration and Fine Arts from University of Colorado

  • Performs and records professionally as a singer-songwriter

  • Music archivist with a knowledge of history for all styles of music

  • Incorporates current music to teach fundamentals

 
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Rob Thorndike

Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Voice

  • Bachelors of Music in Guitar Performance and Music Education at Youngstown State University

  • Has taught private guitar and drum lessons in schools and studios since 2005

  • Served as Percussion Pit Instructor for The Warren Junior Military Band

  • Focuses on fundamentals and music theory as it applies to the student’s musical interests

 
 
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Bob Young

Drums and Percussion

  • Studied Music Education at Youngstown State University

  • Professional freelance percussionist for rock, orchestral, and musical theater pit ensembles

  • Co-founder of newYopercussion, a percussion quartet from Youngstown, Ohio

  • Has taught private lessons for 12 years

  • Focuses on fundamental understanding of rhythm, feel, and technique as it applies to all percussion instruments

 
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Tracy Ramer

Guitar and Bass Guitar

  • Studied guitar at the Berklee College of Music and The University of Akron

  • Toured the United States as the music director for Dennis Edwards, the former lead singer of The Temptations

  • Currently sings and plays guitar, bass, and keyboards for various local music groups

  • Teaches all styles of music on guitar, bass, or ukulele

  • Focuses on sight reading, music theory, and improvisation during lessons

 
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Nina Bell

Trumpet and French horn

  • Master of Music from Cleveland Institute of Music

  • Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music

  • Plays with Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, CityMusic Cleveland, Cleveland Pops Orchestra and other professional ensembles

 
 
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Yeon Sun Huh

Violin, Viola and Piano

  • Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Cleveland Institute of Music

  • Master of Music in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from Cleveland Institute of Music

  • Performance Diploma from Saint Petersburg Conservatory named after N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov in Saint-Petersburg, Russia

  • Plays with Akron Symphony Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic and other professional ensembles

 
 
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Curtis Marazzi

Guitar and Bass Guitar

  • Bachelor of Music from The University of Akron

  • 20 years of experience as a teacher of guitar and bass guitar

  • Played with a wide variety of bands

  • Focuses on the fundamentals and technical abilities that allow students to play their favorite styles of music

 

SHERRY ZHANG

Piano, Violin and Viola