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From here you can get to know our highly qualified teaching staff. Simply click the link below to see which teachers we have for each instrument family.

Woodwinds



Amanda Sage

Focus Area: Woodwinds
Instruments: Flute
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park, Golden Mile

Amanda Sage is a flutist and private teacher from the Pittsburgh area. She has served as principal flute with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic, principal flute and second flute/piccolo with Undercroft Opera, as well as performed with the Edgewood, Westmoreland, and Johnstown Symphonies. She also performs in various solo, chamber, and larger ensemble roles in a variety of venues throughout the Pittsburgh area, including the newly formed Bel Suono Ensemble of which she is a founding member. An advocate of early music and historical performance, Amanda also plays the baroque flute. She has performed in masterclasses for baroque flutists Kim Pineda, Janet See, and Barthold Kuijken.

As an educator, she has nearly 12 years of experience in private instruction, along with her many years of experience teaching both instrumental and general music (K-12). Amanda's students have experienced success in passing auditions for various middle and high school honor level ensembles, as well as colleges and universities for those who decide to pursue a music career. In addition to her private studio, Amanda serves as adjunct flute instructor at Mercyhurst University, as well as adjunct faculty lecturer in music at West Virginia Northern Community College.

Beyond music, Amanda is a Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Amanda has presented workshops on the topic of performance health for musicians at several different events including the annual Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention, the annual National Flute Convention and the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia's annual Flute Fair. Amanda received a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Seton Hill University, and a Master of Music degree in flute performance from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.


Brittany Trotter

Focus Area: Woodwinds
Instruments: Flute
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park, Golden Mile

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Susan Chambers

Focus Area: Woodwinds
Instruments: Clarinet
Rate: $27 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park

Susan received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music from Carnegie-Mellon University with clarinet as her primary instrument under the instruction of Louis Paul (Pittsburgh Symphony principal clarinetist). As a young adult Susan toured Europe with the School Band of America and participated in various PMEA and regional Honors Bands. Her love for music continued in college through the CMU Kiltie Band and Sigma Alpha Iota Music Honorary Society. Susan’s students have been selected for numerous honors band including PMEA High School State, Regional and District Bands, PMEA Junior High Orchestra and Band, PMEA Elementary Band, Allegheny Valley Junior and Senior High Honors Bands, Northern Area Honors Band, Pittsburgh Diocesan North District and All-Star Bands. Additionally, Susan’s students have been honored by Duquesne University and received the United States Marine Band Scholarship. Susan has over 45 years teaching experience with every level student. She is currently the band director at Blessed Trinity Academy. Susan strives to bring out the best in her students and nurture the musical abilities in all talent and skill levels.


Scott Albert

Focus Area: Woodwinds
Instruments: Saxophone
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park

Scott Albert is a graduate of Slippery Rock University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in music education and music therapy. He is currently finishing his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Gannon University. Scott is in his third year as a music educator in the Shaler Area School District. He has been a music educator in the public schools for 8 years in various cities. Scott has been teaching saxophone privately in various cities for the past 5 years.

Scott has seen his private students be successful in PMEA District Honors Band, Allegheny Valley Junior and Senior High Honors Bands, and PMEA Elementary and Junior High District Bands. Scott enjoys playing the tenor saxophone. He loves helping students strive to be the best they can be with their talents!


Tyler Handyside

Focus Area: Woodwinds
Instruments: Saxophone
Rate: $20 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park

Tyler Handyside (saxophone/woodwinds) is currently a Masters of Music Performance major at Duquesne University. Tyler has studied with top musicians and saxophonists in the Pittsburgh area, including Mike Tomaro and James Houlik. Tyler has professional playing experience in a variety of musical situations, including jazz, classical, rock n roll, and hip hop.


Lurrene Parker

Focus Area: Woodwinds
Instruments: Saxophone and Clarinet
Rate: $27 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park

Lurrene Parker is a graduate of East Carolina University with a bachelor's degree in music education. She taught in the public schools at all levels for the past 32 years She is very in tune to what young musicians need to be successful in their school band or other musical endeavors. Lurrene plays tenor sax and clarinet in the North Pittsburgh Symphonic Dixieland Band and lead alto in the Harmony/Zelienople Jazz Band. She also enjoys playing in local musical pits.

Brass

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Justin Kohan

Focus Area: Brass
Instruments: Trumpet
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson, or $45 for one hour
Locations: Allison Park

Justin Kohan is principal trumpet of the Akron, Canton, and Westmoreland Symphony Orchestras. He has also performed with groups such as the Buffalo Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Portland Symphony Orchestras. In addition to performing, Justin is also an active teacher. He coaches members of both the Akron, and Canton Youth Orchestras, as well as a handful of students at Johnstonbaugh’s Music Center, and the Community College of Allegheny County.

He earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from the New England Conservatory, and a Master of Music Degree as well as an Advanced Musical Studies Certification from Carnegie Mellon University. His primary teachers include Neal Berntsen, Thomas Rolfs, and Micah Wilkinson. Justin is an alumnus of the Brevard Music Center, and National Repertory Orchestra.


Matthew McCormack

Focus Area: Brass
Instruments: Trumpet
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park

Matthew McCormack is a freelance trumpet player from Guthrie, Oklahoma currently located in the greater Pittsburgh area. He performs regularly with the Canton Symphony Orchestra and has appeared with the Butler County Symphony Orchestra, the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh and the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh. In 2015, Matthew performed in the second season of the Miami Summer Music Festival where he is featured in their promotional recording of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring as principal trumpet. Matthew has recently completed his Advanced Musical Studies certificate at Carnegie Mellon University. He also received his Masters of Music in Trumpet Performance from Carnegie Mellon, studying with Pittsburgh Symphony members Neal Berntsen and George Vosburgh. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he studied with Dr. Ryan Gardner and Dr. Jonathan Martin. Matthew has been a frequent competitor in the National Trumpet Competition, competing as a semi-finalist in the Graduate Solo division in 2014 and 2015 and both the Undergraduate Solo division in 2013. Additionally, as a member of the Oklahoma State University Trumpet Ensemble, he was a semi-finalist in the NTC Ensemble division and was selected to perform in the International Trumpet Guild as a Prelude Performance opening one of the featured recitals.


Carrie McCormack

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

Hailing from Indianapolis, Indiana, Carrie McCormack is a freelance horn player and teacher in the greater Pittsburgh area. She has performed with theCanton, Akron, Westmoreland, and Ohio Valley Symphony Orchestras as well as The Brass Roots, Aeolian Winds, Pittsburgh Chamber Orchestra, Resonance Works Pittsburgh, and the Academy Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh. Carrie also has extensive opera experience,most recently as a member of the Ohio Light Opera orchestra. She has taught and worked as a staff member at Kendall Betts Horn Camp since 2015. Carrie also has extensive orchestral library experience and works as a librarian for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Carrie holds a Master of Music degree and an Advanced Musical Studies certificate from Carnegie Mellon University, where her primary teachers were Bill Caballero and Stephen Kostyniak. During this time, she was the winner of the Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition, performing fellow Indiana native James Beckel’s The Glass Bead Game. Carrie earned her bachelor’s degree in horn performance from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, studying with Randy Gardner.


Taylor Fong

Focus Area: Low Brass
Instruments: Trombone
Rate: $30 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park

A California native, Taylor is currently bass trombonist of the Sacramento Choral Society Orchestra. After completing his Master of Music Degree at Carnegie Mellon University, Taylor is now an active freelancer living in Pittsburgh, PA, where his diverse performance schedule has ranged from the River City Brass Band and the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass, to rock & roll legends The Who, the band Evanescence, and entertainer Hugh Jackman. Taylor has also had the pleasure of performing with the Johnstown Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, and the Westmoreland Symphony.

An advocate of music education, Taylor has also had an active teaching schedule, previously teaching in the Sacramento Area as a private instructor as well as a Brass Technician with the Sacramento Mandarins. Taylor was also formerly a Teaching Artist with the VITA Academy Orchestra where he helped oversee the creation of diverse concert programs in various community outreach performances.

Taylor’s festival appearances include The National Repertory Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival and School, the Third Coast Trombone Retreat, and the Summer Brass Institute at Menlo. His primary teachers include Jeffrey Dee, Murray Crewe, and Joel Elias. When not playing music, Taylor loves running, exploring, and cooking up new and delicious recipes.


Ryan Moser

Focus Area: Brass
Instruments: Trombone / Low Brass
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park

Ryan is a native of Pittsburgh having attended the Shaler Area School district. He attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a Music Education major, and following graduation moved to Boston, Massachusetts. While in Boston, Ryan taught elementary and middle school band in the Brookline Public Schools. He also had the opportunity to study with Gabriel Langfur (bass trombone) of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Vermont Symphony Orchestra. A short relocation to Columbus, Ohio allowed Ryan to work as a recruiter for The Ohio State University School of Music.

Strings

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Cathy Baranowski

Focus Area: Orchestral Strings
Instruments: Violin and Viola
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park

Cathy Baranowski graduated from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelors Degree in Music. She has played in the Duquesne University and Slippery Rock Orchestras. Cathy has also been a private music instructor for over fifteen years. Her students have been chosen for the PMEA and Honors Orchestras. Through her education and music experience she has the ability to teach students of all ages to understand, perform, and appreciate music. She makes learning fun as well as productive.


Rachel Waldorn-D'Abruzzo

Focus Area: Orchestral Strings
Instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello
Rate: $26 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park

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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.


Will Teegarden

Focus Area: Orchestral Strings
Instruments: Cello
Rate: $30 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park

Will Teegarden is currently a freelance cellist and teacher based in Pittsburgh, PA. He holds degrees in music from the University of Florida and Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied with cellists Steven Thomas and Anne Martindale Williams respectively. At Carnegie Mellon, he served as Co-Principal Cello, and earned first prize with his colleagues in the school's Silberman Chamber Music Competition with an enthusiastically received rendition of Oliver Messiaen's "Quatuor pour la fin du temps". Additionally, Will has attended the National Repertory Orchestra, Brevard Music Center, Opera Theatre Pittsburgh Summerfest, and the Innsbrook Institute Summer Festivals. Will is also a cello section finalist for the New World Symphony in Miami, FL and currently performs with a contemporary Pittsburgh ensemble called Nat 28.

Percussion

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Nick Huneycutt

Focus Area: Percussion
Instruments: Orchestral Percussion
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park

Nicholas Huneycutt is a freelance percussionist and educator located in the greater Pittsburgh area. Currently, Nicholas keeps busy as a founding member of NAT 28, a new music ensemble that features both Pittsburgh area composers and musicians. You can see him playing drum set all across Pittsburgh with his brass funk group, The Employees of Funk. Nicholas also maintains an extensive teaching schedule at Carnegie Mellon University as an adjunct professor, the CMU Prep School, Johnstonbaugh’s Music Center, and Sunburst School of Music. His freelancing career has brought him to perform with fantastic regional and national groups including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, Resonance Works, and the Butler County Symphony Orchestra. His performance experience behind drum set has brought him to play alongside Jazz greats Bob Mintzer, Bill Watrous, and Luis Marin from Puerto Rico.

Nicholas holds both a Master’s Degree and an Advanced Musical Studies Certificate in Music Performance from Carnegie Mellon University, where his principal teachers were Jeremy Branson (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), Paul Evans (River City Brass), and Christopher Allen (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra). He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, TX), where he studied with Dr. John Lane and Chris Riggs (Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra). Nicholas is an alumnus of the Brevard Music Festival, where he studied with Chip Ross (Rochester Philharmonic) and Gwendolyn Dease (Michigan State University) and has also spent a summer in Maine performing at the Pierre Monteux Music Festival alongside Carlos Avila (Puerto Rico Symphony).

Nicholas is an artist with Artifact Percussion, and proudly endorses their products and services.

Piano

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Sunyoung Cook

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

Sunyoung earned her master’s degree in electronic music composition from Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert School of Music. She began playing piano at age 7, and has performed and taught students of all ages in the U.S. and South Korea. In addition to teaching and playing the piano, Sunyoung has worked as a composer of video game music since 2011.

You can visit her professional website at www.sunyoungcook.com


Valerie Stipcak

Focus Area: Piano, Voice, and Organ
Instruments: Piano and Voice
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park

Valerie Stipcak holds a bachelor of music in sacred music degree (piano, organ, voice) from Seton Hill University (2009) in Greensburg, PA and a master of sacred music degree (organ) from Emory University in Atlanta, GA (2013). She is currently the organist and director of music for Trinity United Presbyterian in Uniontown. In March of this year, she piloted a children’s choir and she also recently restarted a concert series and a summer music program at Trinity. Miss Stipcak formerly served at Norcross Presbyterian (Norcross, GA), Ascension Lutheran (Atlanta, GA), Blessed Sacrament Cathedral (Assistant Organist; Greensburg, PA), and First United Methodist Church (Interim Organist; Greensburg, PA). She has a private music studio in Uniontown at Trinity and she is also a private piano and voice teacher at Johnstonbaugh's Music Centers at the Allison Park location. She also accompanied the private voice studio of Chelsea Ritenour (a professional opera singer) in Connellsville.

While living in Atlanta, Miss Stipcak had the opportunity to play for a televised memorial service in City Hall and she also played for chapel services for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She worked as a Music Administrator for Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, one of the largest Methodist churches in the country with a successful music ministry.

She was recently the music director for Carousel the musical at Saint Vincent College, the pianist for the pit for Crazy for You at Belle Vernon High School, and vocal director and pianist for Sister Act at Jeannette High School.

She resides in Blairsville with her parents and her rescue Shih Tzu, Arvo, named for Estonian minimalist composer Arvo Pärt.


Lisa Rae Vaughn

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

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.

Voice

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Liz Rishel

Focus Area: Voice
Instruments: Voice
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park

Liz Rishel, a native of the Pittsburgh area, graduated with a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Duquesne University and regularly performs roles for Coloratura Soprano. She recently played Frasquita in Undercroft Opera’s Carmen, and Lady Psyche in The Pittsburgh Savoyards 2013 Production of Princess Ida.

In October of 2010, she and artistic partner Bonnie Bogovich composed, produced and performed their own original multi-media opera entitled Evenings in Quarantine: The Zombie Opera, which Rishel also costumed. Funded by generous grants from the Sprout Fund and the Heinz Endowments, the opera enjoyed remarkable success during it’s first sold-out run, prompting encore performances for two more consecutive seasons.

Liz also recently had the pleasure of costuming Opera Theater’s production of the Frank Lloyd Wright opera biography, The Shining Brow, which was performed in their annual Summerfest and also at Falling Water.

When she is not teaching or performing, Rishel frequently sews for business or pleasure, occasionally working with independent filmmakers and cosplayers. Her favorite roles include Mabel (Pirates of Penzance), The Five-Year-Old (The Proposal), and Antonia (Man of LaMancha).

Guitar

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Craig "Izzy" Arlet

Focus Area: Guitar
Instruments: Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin, Steel Guitar, beginner Accordion
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Allison Park

Craig “Izzy” Arlet graduated from Pittsburgh’s High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) in 1997 with an award for Best Jazz Student, and immediately started an international performance career. From 1998 to 2003 he worked as a touring musician, performing everything from hip-hop to country & western to traditional Cuban son montuno with various ensembles throughout the U.S. and Central America. His performance credits include Clay Aiken, Mr. Cleve Duncan and the Penguins (original singer of “Earth Angel”), Pittsburgh swing band Dr Zoot, jazz vocalist Phat Man Dee, oldies group The Magic Moments, spoken word artist Christiane D, The John Parker Band, Guaracha Latin Dance Band, the Reggie Watkins Octet, and many more. He has been teaching full-time since coming off the road in 2003. A multi-instrumentalist, he can teach guitar (acoustic or electric), mandolin, banjo, accordion, ukulele, steel guitar (pedal and lap), and resophonic guitar (dobro).


Dan Burgun

Focus Area: Guitar
Instruments: Guitar
Rate: $105 monthly for weekly lessons
Locations: Allison Park

Dan Burgun graduated summa cum laude from the Duquesne University School of Music with a B.A. in Guitar Performance. He is a versatile musician, adept in pop/rock formats and specializing in jazz and classical guitar. He maintains a busy teaching and performance schedule in the Pittsburgh area and favors a personalized teaching style, adapted to the need and goals of each student. Dan has experience teaching students of all ages and abilities.


Matt Korbanic

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

“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”. Click here to visit his website.

Drum Set

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Ryan Kantner

Focus Area: Percussion, Bass, Guitar
Instruments: Drumset, Percussion, Bass, Guitar, Ukulele
Rate: $90 per month tuition
Locations: Allison Park

Ryan Kantner is a professional musician and educator in the greater Pittsburgh area, and has been actively studying and performing music for over twenty years. Ryan teaches and performs on a variety of instruments, but mainly specializes in acoustic and electric guitar, electric and upright bass, and drum set and percussion, while also maintaining a healthy interest in ukulele, mandolin, banjo, and singing. Ryan has performed live and in the studio with many different types of groups, ranging from rock, jazz, blues and funk, to country, classical, marching bands and klezmer.

From a teaching point of view, Ryan seeks to impart his students with musical skills and values that are useful in real-life applications. Rather than just focusing on rote book knowledge and the memorization of facts, lesson time is spent learning how to ask good questions, think critically, and to be aware of the physical and mental hurdles that can get in the way of music making.

Ryan is a 2007 graduate of West Chester University, where he studied percussion, upright bass, and literature. Since then, he has been busy as a performer, educator, and amateur etymologist.

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