Instructors

 

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 Miserables
  • Conducted for The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber concert tour (U.S., Japan, and Australia)
  • 30 years 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 electric bass, all styles

  • Studied music at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music
  • Founder of Open Ears – Open Minds (a society for Music Appreciation)
  • Emphasis on Classical and Jazz, but teaches all styles including folk, bluegrass, and rock
  • An appreciation of music inspires students and provides the foundation for success on their instrument

Warren Henry

Guitar and Bass Guitar

  • Studied music at The University of Akron
  • Professional musician for 26 years
  • Teaches guitar and electric bass in Jazz, Rock, and Blues
  • Emphasizes music theory that students can apply to their playing
  • Focus on fundamentals and the student’s individual strengths
  • When you love music – the rest comes naturally

Mike McClosky

Guitar and Bass Guitar

  • Masters Degree in Music Education, University of Akron
  • Named Outstanding Undergraduate Guitarist, University of Akron
  • Teaches Classical, Rock, Jazz, and Fingerstyle guitar, and Rock and Jazz bass
  • Emphasis on reading, music theory, and fundamentals
  • 20+ years performing professionally

Megan Denman

Piano

  • B.M. Piano Performance Baldwin-Wallace College
  • M.M. Piano Performance University of Akron
  • Judge for CSU Junior Piano Festival 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Staff accompanist at Baldwin-Wallace

Amy Cave

Violin and Viola

  • Bachelor’s of Music in Violin Performance from University of Michigan
  • Suzuki certified
  • Emphasis on classical, but also teaches bluegrass, and Irish fiddle
  • Member of Akron Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra

Norman Tischler

Woodwinds

  • Bachelor Degree in music Education, New York University
  • Graduate courses at Cleveland State and Ball State Univ.
  • 2008 Cleveland Free Times “Best Horn” winner
  • Focus on fundamentals and the student’s individual strengths
  • Public school Band Director experience

Harry Madorsky

Guitar

  • Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Illustration and Fine Arts from University of Colorado
  • Performs and records professionally as singer/songwriter
  • Music archivist with knowledge of history in all styles
  • Incorporates current music to teach fundamentals

Rob Thorndike

Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Voice

  • Bachelor’s of Music in Guitar Performance and Music Education at Youngstown State University.
  • Has taught private guitar and drum lessons in both schools and studios since 2005.
  • Served as Percussion Pit Instructor for the Warren Junior Military Band.
  • Focus on fundamentals and music theory as it applies to the students’ music interests.

Elizabeth Frey

Voice

  • Master of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Private voice teacher 2011 to present
  • Celebrity School of Music Voice Teacher in Warrensville Heights, Ohio.
  • Conducted group voice seminars at Hawken High School
  • Teaches technique, artistry, and performance skills with particular emphasis on healthy sound production
  • Can teach a variety of styles

Bob Young

Drums and Percussion

  • Studied Music Education at Youngstown State University
  • Professional freelance percussionist including rock, orchestral, and musical theater pit ensembles
  • Co-founder of Newyopercussion (percussion quartet, Youngstown, Ohio)
  • Has taught private lessons for 12 years
  • Focuses on fundamental understanding of rhythm, feel, and technique as applied to all percussion instruments

Morgan Mecaskey

Guitar and Piano

  • Works as a professional musician
  • Recording artist
  • Studied music performance at Cleveland State University
  • Has taught privately for more than seven years
  • Emphasizes a cohesive comprehension of music holistically as well as theory and ear training practically applied

Tracy Ramer

Guitar and Bass Guitar

  • Studied guitar at the Berklee School of Music and the University of Akron
  • Toured the U.S. as Music Director for Dennis Edwards, former lead singer of the Temptations
  • Currently sings and plays guitar, bass, and keyboards in various local music groups
  • Teaches all styles of music on guitar, bass, or ukulele
  • Focuses on sight reading, music theory, and improvisation during lessons

Nina Bell

Trumpet and French horn

  • Master of Music from Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University Bienen School of Music
  • Plays with the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, CityMusic Cleveland, Cleveland Pops Orchestra and more

Lisa Kim

Violin and Viola

  • BM and MM degrees in violin performance, Cleveland Institute of Music
  • MM in Suzuki pedagogy and an Early Music Certificate from Case Western Reserve University
  • Has been teaching privately for 10 years; also at the CIM Suzuki program, Literacy through the Arts, the Music Settlement, and University School
  • Plays with the Akron Symphony Orchestra