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Woodwinds | Brass | Strings | Percussion | Piano | Voice | Guitar

Woodwinds



Shelly LeFebvre

Focus Area: Woodwinds
Instruments: Flute
Rate: $22.50 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Bridgeville

Shelly LeFebvre earned a Bachelor of Music degree, magna cum laude, in music education from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, studying flute with David P. Tessmer, and a Masters degree in Library and Information Science (School Library Certification), summa cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the music teacher (grades preK-8) at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School in Hopewell Township, PA. Shelly has spent the past thirteen years teaching music PreK-12 and library and computer K-12 in Catholic and public schools throughout western Pennsylvania.

Shelly has taught beginning, intermediate, and advanced students of all ages, including adults, at Johnstonbaugh’s Music Centers in Bridgeville, PA and Sweetwater Center for the Arts in Sewickley, PA for over thirteen years. Several of her students have earned top ranks in their school ensembles and have been selected for various honors ensembles including PMEA honors band and PYPO.

Shelly has served as principal flutist of the North Pittsburgh Symphonic Band and has played the flute and piccolo with the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra, Stage 62 musical theater pit orchestra, and North Pittsburgh Woodwind Quintet. She plays actively in area musical theater productions, church services, and weddings and is the flute/woodwind coach for West Allegheny School District’s annual elementary summer band camp. Please visit her studio website atwww.slflute.webs.com



Suzanne Levinson

Focus Area: Woodwinds
Instruments: Flute
Rate: $22.50 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Bridgeville

Suzanne Levinson is a free-lance flutist and teacher, who has performed in Pittsburgh for the past 23 years. A specialist in chamber music and concertizing, she has given recitals and concerts in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Canada, including being heard on WQED-FM’s Performance in Pittsburgh. A 1983 graduate of Duquesne University’s Conservatory dept., Ms. Levinson studied with Bernard Goldberg & Julius Baker. She has been a private flute, piccolo, and piano teacher in the South Hills for the past 32 years. In addition to having done free-lance music & theatre reviews, Ms. Levinson is an avid arranger, transcriber, and composer, focusing on small chamber groups, particularly flute & cello. As a teacher, she believes that music enters a child’s or adult’s life for a reason, and whatever they do with it can be meaningful. The primary goal is to learn, improve, and be challenged, but also to have fun and be joyous.



Janice Coppola

Focus Area: Woodwinds
Instruments: Clarinet
Rate: $25.50 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Bridgeville

Janice Coppola received her B.M. and M.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music and also attended the North Carolina School of the Arts (UNSCA) for high school. Her teachers have included Bob Listokin, Theodore Johnson, Leon Russianoff and William Blount, as well as John Mack for chamber and solo music.

Ms. Coppola is currently performing as a klezmer soloist and free lance musician not only in the Pittsburgh area, but in many other states. She has performed with and founded three klezmer ensembles in the Pittsburgh area - The Hot Matzohs, Klezlectic and Eastern Watershed. Janice has also been one of the music director’s at Temple Sinai for eight years, directing the Temple Sinai Band who perform for first Friday Shabbat. As a soloist, Janice has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra , The Preservation Hall Band, and the River City Brass, the Northern New Jersey Baroque Orchestra and The Edgewood Symphony.

Janice has been on the Gateway to the Arts Roster for over a decade with varying programs focused on klezmer and music of the immigrants in Pittsburgh. Her current program is "Bubbe Tells A Tale" with Barbara Russell. Janice is also affiliated with Musician’s With A Mission (MWAM) in Pittsburgh, performing for the city’s elderly and infirmed. She is also a ringer with area school districts for their annual musical productions.

As an instructor, Janice has taught clarinet, saxophone and flute privately for over two decades. She is currently an instructor at the Johnstonbaugh Music Center in Bridgeville, PA, as well as the Boys and Girls Club in Carnegie, PA. Her teaching specialties not only include structure for beginning pupils, but coaching for more advanced students for competitions, as well as college and ensemble auditions. An additional specialty is her knowledge of klezmer music, which has gained her a reputation as a class instructor with the Temple Emmanuel and Beth El Temple in the South Hills.



Ricky Smith

Focus Area: Woodwinds
Instruments: Clarinet
Rate: $25.50 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park

Ricky Smith is a clarinetist who most recently completed his Advanced Music Studies Certificate in Clarinet Performance at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2017, Ricky was a winner of Pittsburgh Concert Society’s Major Artist Auditions as well as the Silberman Chamber Music Competition at Carnegie Mellon University. As an active orchestral clarinetist, Ricky has performed with regional orchestras in Western Pennsylvania, as well as with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Festival appearances include the 2019 and the 2018 Aspen Music Festival and School and the 2016 AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria. A passionate music educator, Ricky is a certified K-12 music educator in Texas, and maintained a large clarinet studio of high school and middle school students in the Highland Park, Richardson, and McKinney School Districts during his undergraduate studies. His primary teachers include Michael Rusinek and Paul Garner. Ricky received his Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from Carnegie Mellon University and his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Southern Methodist University. Ricky is currently based in Pittsburgh, PA.



Marino Galluzzo

Focus Area: Woodwinds
Instruments: Saxophone
Rate: $26 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Bridgeville

Marino Galluzzo has appeared as a saxophone & woodwind soloist & ensemble performer across the US, Canada & Italy. His performances include radio, television, recording, symphony orchestra and top local and international celebrities. He is one of the founders of the Three Rivers Saxophone Quartet, performing together for 40 years. He also was a founding member of both the Canadian Saxophone Quartet and the Canadian Woodwind Trio. Marino is a recently retired public school music teacher and former adjunct professor of saxophone and woodwinds at Duquesne University and Indiana University of PA. Marino is a freelance woodwind artist, serves on the board and is resident woodwind musician for QM Productions, Inc., maintains a private woodwind studio & hosts a summer saxophone and woodwind workshop at California University of PA.


Brass



Alan Skwarla

Focus Area: Brass
Instruments: Trumpet
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Bridgeville and Gibsonia

Alan is a professional trumpet player with over 35 years performing and teaching experience. He is a graduate of Duquesne University School of Music where he majored in trumpet. He was a public school music teacher for 16 years and has been a private teacher for more than 35 years. Alan has performed with groups including the Pittsburgh Opera Workshop, the Bucco Band, and house bands at the Twin Coaches and Holiday House. He has recorded with his own Latin ensemble, Algo Latino, and with jazz, rock, classical, dixieland, Latin, swing, theatrical and top-40 groups throughout the region. Alan has also performed at major venues including Heinz Hall, Carnegie Music Hall, Byham Theatre, Mellon Arena, Three Rivers Stadium, Starlake (Post-Gazette) Amphitheater, the Amphiteater in Sation Square, Pitt Stadium, Syria Mosque, and The Balcony nightclub.



Molly Zebell

Focus Area: Brass
Instruments: French Horn
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Bridgeville

Southwestern Michigan native Molly Zebell is a dedicated advocate for new and lesser known solo horn and chamber music and an active orchestral musician. She is currently performing as a member of the contemporary music ensemble NAT 28, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which strives to give the highest standard of performances of pieces both standard and new, but in evocative and innovative ways. Molly Zebell began her formal music education at Western Michigan University, where she received her Bachelors of Music in French Horn Performance under the guidance of Dr. Lin Foulk. Molly discovered a wealth of contemporary and non-standard horn literature during her undergraduate studies and became passionate about exploring the full range of horn repertoire, with works such as the Reinecke Clarinet and Horn Trio and Hindemith’s Horn Quartet as examples. This led her to the studio of prominent horn and choral composer, Dr. Paul Basler at the University of Florida. There, she pursued a master’s degree in Horn Performance with an emphasis on contemporary and 20th century recital repertoire, including Francois Poulenc’s Elegie, Yehuda Yannay’s “Hidden Melody” for Horn and Cello, and Primitive Modern for horn and tape by James Beckel. While at the University of Florida, she served as Principal Horn of orchestras and bands, and was honored with the opportunity to perform in the school’s endowed graduate chamber music program. Other noted orchestral horn appointments include the Orlando Philharmonic, Ocala Symphony, and the Gainesville Orchestra. Her enthusiasm for inspiring children to pursue music in all its forms is evident in her master classes for children, showcasing the history of the horn and small folk instruments. She has enjoyed teaching beginning students in her private studio as well as serving as a sectional teacher at Howard Bishop Middle School.



Julia Dennis

Focus Area: Brass
Instruments: Trombone
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson, or $40 per hour
Locations: Bridgeville

Julia is a professional trombonist freelancing in the Pittsburgh area. She attended Baldwin Wallace Conservatory under the instruction of Richard Stout.  She served as principal trombone from 2014 to 2106 in the Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble.  She was also a member of the Brass Choir, Jazz Ensemble, and many other chamber music ensembles.  She was awarded the Roberta Calderwood Scholarship for outstanding performance and academic achievement and was chosen to perform on a Solo Conservatory Convocation recital.  She is also an avid chamber musician.  She performed on many convocation recitals with her brass quintet, Beech Street Brass, as well as organized and performed outside recitals in the Cleveland area.  She received her B.M. degree in 2016.

Julia continued her education at Carnegie Mellon University studying with Rebecca Cherian. Here she was a member of the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble. She completed her M.M. degree in 2018. 

Julia has performed with several orchestras in the area including the Youngstown Symphony, Akron Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra. Julia also performed as interim second trombone with the Erie Philharmonic for the 2018-2019 season.



Chuck Jacks

Focus Area: Low Brass
Instruments: Trombone, Bass Trombone, Baritone, Euphonium, Tuba.
Rate: $25.50 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Bridgeville

Chuck Jacks is a Tenor Trombone & Bass Trombone Jazz specialist who also teaches all Low-Brass Private Lessons at Johnstonbaugh’s Music Centers (Bridgeville Store). A professional trombonist, Mr. Jacks is a 5-year former employee of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, who has performed with many professional singers, dancers, musicians and entertainers from all over the world. Mr. Jacks has performed with pit orchestras, church cantatas, avante-garde stage productions, big bands, and rock bands in the Pittsburgh area. An Alumnus of South Fayette High School (Class of ’94 - McDonald, PA), Mr. Jacks was president of the "Little Green Machine" Marching Band and director and founder of the basketball pep band. He is a former member of the Duquesne University Marching Band (Pitt., PA), and the Robert Morris University "C-Jam" Marching Band (Moon, PA). Mr. Jacks earned his Music Teacher Certificate while Graduate Assistant to the Marching "Blue Band" & Director of the "Pride of the Lions" Basketball Pep Band at Penn State University (Main Campus-State College, PA), and he holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Performance from Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA). While at Duquesne, Mr. Jacks was employed as an usher for three years at Heinz Hall, home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (Penn.). His previous academic appointments were at Monessen Elementary School & Jr.-Sr. High School (The City of Monessen, PA), Muncy Jr.-Sr. High School (Muncy, PA), Penn State University (Main Campus-State College, PA), Robert Morris University (Moon, PA), Charleroi High School (Charleroi, PA), and the "Art & Music Emporium" (Bangor, PA).


Strings



Julia Poetain

Focus Area: Orchestral Strings
Instruments: Violin
Rate: $25.00 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Bridgeville

Julia is a professional violinist from Pittsburgh, PA. Julia graduated from Duquesne University with a B.M. in violin performance. She is contracted and substitutes regularly with several regional orchestras including the Butler County Symphony Orchestra, the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. Julia is a violinist and founding member of the local string ensemble, Radiant Strings.

Julia began studying the violin at the age of 4 with Jason Posnock of the Asheville Symphony. Her other teachers include Charles and Rachel Stegeman, Hong Guang Jia, Richard DiAdamo, and Fred Lifsitz. As a young violinist, Julia performed with the Three Rivers Young People’s Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Julia’s responsibilities and goals as a teacher include encouraging and inspiring the student to believe that they are capable of achieving whatever goals are set together. She believes that every student has the ability to develop musical talent and that it is a privilege for her to be a part of that process.



Stefanie Schore

Focus Area: Orchestral Strings
Instruments: Violin
Rate: $30 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park, Bridgeville

Stefanie Schore completed her Masters in Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied violin performance with soloist, Ivan Zenaty and former Cleveland Orchestra concertmaster, Bill Preucil. Stefanie holds positions in a number of regional orchestras including the Akron Symphony, the Youngstown Symphony and the Erie Philharmonic and performs regularly with Wheeling Symphony, Canton Symphony and the Cleveland Opera. She is also the first violinist and founding member of both the North Coast and Drella String Quartets. In the summer of 2014 Stefanie joined the faculty of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, where she taught violin and chamber music as a member of their string quartet in residence for that season.

Before moving to Cleveland, Stefanie spent several years studying and performing professionally in Germany. She completed dual undergraduate degrees at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen in both violin performance and violin pedagogy, where she had the opportunity to study a wide range of teaching methods, including Suzuki, Roland, Kodaly and Sassmanshaus. Her teacher, Winfried Rademacher, served as concertmaster for the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, and she completed orchestra studies with first violinist of SWR Stuttgart, Stephan Bornscheuer. Stefanie worked for five years as the head of the string department at music school ‘Musik im Zentrum.’ Several of her violin students won first and second prizes in the highly competitive European youth music competition ‘Jugendmusiziert.’ During her senior year Stefanie won a one-year contract with the Frankfurt Opera where she worked with world-class conductors and artists, including Daniel Barenboim, Nicola Luisotti, Kirill Petrenko and Christian Tezlaff. She also served as concertmaster for the Konzerthaus Orchester Trossingen and performed with a wide range of chamber and orchestral ensembles in Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Stefanie enjoys teaching motivated students from beginners to professionals, and she selects from a wide range of repertoire to match each student’s skills and interests.



Robert Kaufman

Focus Area: Cello
Instruments: Cello
Rate: $29 for 30 minute lesson, or $55 per hour
Locations: Bridgeville

Robert Kaufman is a professional cellist and native of Pittsburgh, PA. Robert holds a B.M. in Cello Performance from Duquesne University and a M.M. in Cello Performance from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. He has studied with Anne Martindale-Williams and Adam Liu of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and Alan Stepansky of the New York Philharmonic. He performs with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and is a founding member and cellist of the Pittsburgh-based Ferrum String Quartet.

Robert began his musical education at the age of 6 with the piano, and began studying the cello at age 9. As a young musician, he won principal positions with the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, and made his first solo debut with orchestra with the Upper St. Clair Chamber Orchestra at the age of 15. Since that time, Robert has performed throughout the United States and around the world, including performances at venues in a number of cities including Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York City, Miami, Vienna, Salzburg, Prague, and Bratislava.

In addition to numerous performances of major works in the standard repertoire, Robert enjoys studying new music written by modern composers. He has worked as a guest artist with professional contemporary music ensembles like Symphony Number One, Kamratōn, and Nat 28. Robert also enjoys playing early music, a genre he has explored in his studies of the Viola da Gamba and Baroque Cello. Robert is a strong advocate of teaching and sharing music with people of all ages and backgrounds. He worked as the co-director of the Peabody String Sinfonia, a conductorless string orchestra whose mission is to share music with underprivileged communities in the Baltimore area. He teaches privately and has given talks and taught clinics to parents and students at public schools in Maryland and in Pennsylvania. In his free time, Robert enjoys literature and cooking.



Dave Busch

Focus Area: Strings
Instruments: Bass, Electric Bass, Cello, Guitar, Ukulele
Rate: $27 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Bridgeville and Golden Mile

David Busch graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Music Education in May 2007 where he studied bass under Nathan Santos and cello under Dr. Linda Jennings.David’s teaching style focuses on the students’ personal music goals, being open to teach any musical genre available while incorporating technique, theory, style, and musicality. He believes that music should have a purpose which is, of course, having fun; but, wishes to instill in his students the understanding of hard work and perseverance that is required in achieving substantial success.


Percussion



Richy Muckle

Focus Area: Percussion
Instruments: Percussion
Rate: $21.50 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Bridgeville

Richy has been actively performing on both the national and local Pittsburgh music scenes for the past 38 years. He began his studies at the early age of 8 and began performing at 12. Richy’s work has included concerts, clubs dates, studio sessions, shows, private lessons and the worship band at his church. He is also a veteran clinician at the annual Duquesne University Guitar and Bass Workshop and he feels quite blessed for having all of these opportunities! As a teacher, Richy believes in stressing good rudimental drumming to his students, using the basic rudiments as a foundation to build from. Although jazz is his preference, Richy is a strong advocate of versatility and learning to read music. "A good, solid drummer should be able to play any and all styles and read too!"


Piano



John Kulik

Focus Area: Piano
Instruments: Piano
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Bridgeville

John V. Kulik, NCTM holds a B.S. degree in Music Education St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA, and a M.M. degree in Piano Pedagogy from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. He is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music with over 30 years of teaching experience with students age 4 and up. Mr. Kulik has taught private as well as class piano at Chatham College’s Laboratory School of Music, Pittsburgh, PA and at Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood, PA. He has had many successful students place in performance and composition competitions at the local and state levels of PMTA. Mr. Kulik currently maintains an independent studio of children and adults in Murrysville, PA and is a frequent solo and collaborative pianist in the area as well as being a performing member of the Friday Evening Music Club, Greensburg, PA.



Lisa Rae Vaughn

Focus Area: Piano
Instruments: Piano
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations:Bridgeville and Gibsonia

A professional pianist and flautist with extensive classical training and performance experience, Lisa Rae Vaughan is Executive Director for the Lisa Rae Music Studios, LLC. In 1994, Ms. Vaughan implemented a network of community-centric teaching studios and has supervised the music education of more than 1000 students ages birth to 85.

At Johnstonbaugh’s Music Centers, Ms. Vaughan offers private piano, flute, clarinet, saxophone, and violin lessons. Students are prepared and afforded opportunities to participate in studio-wide recitals, piano competitions, professional evaluations, and Music Clubs Festivals.

Ms. Vaughan graduated from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University where she earned a Bachelor of Science double degree in Electrical / Computer Engineering and Engineering Public Policy. It was at the prestigious CMU that she studied classical piano with Nelson Whitaker. First trained in classical and sacred music by her mother, Natheleen Murphy Vaughan, she broadened her musical horizons through private studies with flautist James Walker, formerly of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and co-founder of the jazz ensemble "Free Flight". She has also attended the Jamie Aebersold Jazz Camp in Louisville, KY, and most recently, studied jazz piano with the national touring pianist, Frank Cunimondo.



Johnathan Snatchko

Focus Area: Piano and Voice
Instruments: Piano and Voice
Rate: $22 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Bridgeville

Snatchkoreceived his bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Duquesne University in 2016 and is currently pursuing his master’s degree there as well. During his studies there he also received his certification in piano pedagogy and is well versed in all the standard methods of teaching. He also has considerable experience teaching piano to students of all ages and skill levels.

Johnis an active performer, both as a soloist and a collaborative pianist. He has performed all over the country to critical acclaim. He also regularly performs with baroque ensembles as a harpsichordist and organist and is a church music director.


Voice



Erin Schmura

Focus Area: Voice
Instruments: Voice
Rate: $27 per 30 minute lesson
Locations:Bridgeville and Gibsonia

American soprano Erin Schmura, has been hailed for her “enormous voice, comedic timing,” and “magnetic stage presence” (Democrat & Chronicle). An avid proponent of twenty-first century and contemporary music, Erin premiered three new roles with CO-OPERA in collaboration with Pittsburgh Opera: Sien from Last Night in the Hague, Amara II from For the Time of Being, and The Woman from The Elephants.

Last summer, Schmura was invited to participate in the Song d’été en musique festival in Quebec, Canada. There she was a concert soloist and participated as mentor for highschool singers entering their first year of college.

Other previous opera credits include the Polovetsian Maiden from Prince Igor (Russian Opera Workshop), the Second Wood Nymph from Rusalka (Resonance Works / Pittsburgh), The Rooster from The Cunning Little Vixen (Miami Music Festival), lead role of Polly from The Beggar’s Opera (Carnegie Mellon), lead role of Helene from Hin und Zurück, Javotte from Manon, Ayah from The Secret Garden, and Donna Elvira (partial) from Don Giovanni (Eastman Opera Theater). Erin has sung as a Young Artist with the Ohio Light Opera Company, performing Marsinah from Kismet. Role studies at various summer festivals include Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Elettra (Idomeneo), Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), and Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail).

Erin earned her Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music, under the tutelage of renowned pedagogue, Kathryn Cowdrick. Schmura holds her Master of Music and Advanced Musical Studies Certificate in Vocal Performance from the Carnegie Mellon School of Music, studying with soprano, Jennifer Aylmer. Erin's passion for language has allowed her to perform in over 14 languages in recitals and oratorios. In particular, her study has enabled her to connect closely to her Czech heritage and to the music of the Czech people through language and cultural studies from Univerzita Karlova in Prague, Czech Republic.

Honors include the Pittsburgh Concert Society’s Young Artist Award, the Barbara Cass Award, the John Philip Sousa Award, the Howard Hanson Scholarship, the Eastman School of Music Vocal Department Scholarship, Carnegie Mellon School of Music Merit Award, first place winner in NATS, and finalist in the Kneisel’s Lieder Competition.



Johnathan Snatchko

Focus Area: Piano and Voice
Instruments: Piano and Voice
Rate: $22 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Bridgeville

Snatchkoreceived his bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Duquesne University in 2016 and is currently pursuing his master’s degree there as well. During his studies there he also received his certification in piano pedagogy and is well versed in all the standard methods of teaching. He also has considerable experience teaching piano to students of all ages and skill levels.

Johnis an active performer, both as a soloist and a collaborative pianist. He has performed all over the country to critical acclaim. He also regularly performs with baroque ensembles as a harpsichordist and organist and is a church music director.


Guitar



Dave Busch

Focus Area: Strings
Instruments: Bass, Electric Bass, Cello, Guitar, Ukulele
Rate: $27 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Bridgeville and Golden Mile

David Busch graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Music Education in May 2007 where he studied bass under Nathan Santos and cello under Dr. Linda Jennings.David’s teaching style focuses on the students’ personal music goals, being open to teach any musical genre available while incorporating technique, theory, style, and musicality. He believes that music should have a purpose which is, of course, having fun; but, wishes to instill in his students the understanding of hard work and perseverance that is required in achieving substantial success.



Matt Korbanic

Focus Area: Guitar
Instruments: Guitar, Bass guitar, Ukulele
Rate: $98 monthly, or $27 for 30 minute lessons
Locations:Bridgeville

“Exceptional talent with virtuoso technique” writes Mike Cimballa, music critic and violinist with the Charlotte Symphony of his lyrical interpretations of his music. Born and educated in Pittsburgh, Matthew Korbanic has earned a masters degree in classical guitar performance from Carnegie Mellon University. Some of his noted teachers have been Dr. Nathan Davis, James Ferla, and Joe Negri. As a player on the newly innovated 8 string “Brahms” style guitar by Paul Galbraith, he has toured the east coast and mid-west and has received grants to study with Mr. Galbraith. He has been a return performer with the Three Rivers Arts Festival, the Pittsburgh Opera, and the Pittsburgh Arts Council. As a soloist and as a member of a flute and guitar duo, he has been presented live on WQED-FM in Pittsburgh. He has released a CD of original guitar compositions through his own record label titled “Orbit”. Clickhereto visit his website.



Chris Putt

Focus Area: Guitar
Instruments: Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Beginner Mandolin
Rate: $25.50 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Bridgeville

Christopher Putt is a multi-instrumentalist hailing from the southwestern PA area, specializing in Electric/Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass, and lap steel guitar. Chris graduated in 2012 from the Berklee College of Music with a Degree in Songwriting. In addition to his songwriting experience, his Berklee career instilled a solid foundation of basic to advanced ear training, music theory, and performance techniques. Residing in the Pittsburgh area, he has dedicated his time and efforts to every facet of music possible. Whether it be teaching, performing, recording, or writing, he believes in a strong sense of self, and a can-do attitude to encourage all students and fellow musicians to strive their hardest to not just make music, but enjoy and prosper happily. You can catch him playing frequently with his group Elkhound, which released their debut album in November of 2018.


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