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


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


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


Harry Madorsky


  • 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


Rob Thorndike

Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, 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


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


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


Jason Simon


  • B.M. from Indiana University and his M.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music

  • Piano Pedagogy Certification from the Cleveland Institute of Music in May 2018

  • Vice-President of the Northeast Ohio Music Teacher’s Association since June 2018

  • Will receive his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music in May 2020

  • Has been a featured artist for the Gene Marcus Piano Camp in Fort Wayne, IN

  • Performed Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with the National Repertory Orchestra


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


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


Christopher Jones


  • Currently a graduate student at Kent State university, where he performs with their orchestra and wind ensemble

  • Recently obtained Master’s degree studying with Amitai Vardi

  • Bachelor’s degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Mount Union

  • Ensemble experience includes Tree City Winds and Baroque n’ Glass Quintet

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Piano, Violin and Viola

  • Bachelor of Music - Violin Performance and Music-in-Education Concentration from New England Conservatory

  • Master of Music - Violin Performance and Violin Suzuki Pedagogy. Cleveland Institute of Music

  • Served as intern at Musiclaunch Boston, as a solfege and theory teacher/tutor at the NEC, and a teaching fellow at the MusAid Organization in the Philipines

  • She has spent the past several summers teaching both piano and violin at the Kentlands Music Studio Summer Camp

  • She is a passionate educator and currently teaches privately full-time



Viola, Violin, and Piano

  • Master’s in Viola Performance from Cleveland Institute of Music

  • Bachelor’s in Music emphasis Viola Performance from University of North Carolina School of the Arts




  • Bachelor’s in Piano Performance from Baldwin Wallace University

  • Master’s in Piano Performance from University of Akron

  • Over 12 years experience teaching private piano lessons

  • Graduate of full-stack software development bootcamp We Can Code IT



Voice and Piano

  • Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Avila University in Kansas City, MO

  • Currently obtaining Master’s in Vocal Performance at Cleveland Institute of Music

  • 17 years of experience performing piano

  • Has been a voice and piano instructor for over 6 years

  • Teaches concepts of fundamental music theory, healthy/proper technique, musical theatre and classical music genres




  • Professor of Trumpet and Music Theory, Notre Dame College of Ohio

  • National Repertory Orchestra, Music Academy of the West

  • Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps High Brass Technician

  • M.M. in Music Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music

  • Performs with Akron Symphony, New World Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, Cleveland Opera Theater, and many others.

  • XO Brass Performing Artist, Jupiter Educational Ambassador