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Popular Music Teachers Near Orient

John S.

Lancaster, OH
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Jordan E.

Powell, OH
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Jeremy S.

Marengo, OH
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John S. Lancaster, OH

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Recording

About Me

I have been interested in drums for as long as I can remember. When I was very young I remember trying to imitate drummers from the bands I was listening to at the time. I had a toy field goal kicker that would kick a ball through the goal posts when I pressed down on the player's helmet. I remember taking the goal posts apart and using them as drumsticks. I would use those "drumsticks" to play on the side of my bed when listening to my favorite drummers. My interest in drumming hasn't diminished at all since those days.

I joined the school band program when I was in the fifth grade and I have played the drums for over 30 years in a variety of musical settings such as marching band, symphonic band, jazz band, worship team and home recording. A group of neighbors and schoolmates that I kept in touch with over the years contacted me sometime ago and asked me to record drum tracks for them. I'm privileged to have the opportunity to play on some of their albums.

I'm very thankful for the great drum instruction I have received over the years. In high school I studied with a drummer who played with musicians and bands such as The Ohio State University Jazz Ensemble, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Woody Herman, Diane Schuur, Maynard Ferguson and Tony Bennett. I have no doubt that these lessons played a big role in me winning the 1987 Louis Armstrong Jazz Award in high school. I have also attended Capital University‚¬Ä¬ôs Summer Drumset Workshop and a Drum Fantasy Camp at Seton Hall University. Some of the instructors involved at these university events were performers/educators such as Steve Houghton, Ed Soph, Steve Smith and Dave Weckl.

Drum lessons really helped advance my understanding of music and drumming. I improved my reading, listening and technical skills and even began transcribing drum parts. I now use Sibelius software for transcriptions. I enjoy passing along to students what I've learned from my excellent teachers and would be happy to help with just about any style of music (Rock, Blues, Country, Jazz, Latin, etc.).

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal is to help each student realize their personal goals in drumming. I help them do that by building a good foundation and then adding to that foundation. Building the foundation can include method books, rudiments, playing with a metronome and developing reading skills. After this foundation has been built we then use these skills to, most importantly, make some music. We will listen to and analyze the drumming of many important players and incorporate their innovations into our own musical personalities.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a drum set in a finished basement with seating for parents available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring method books, but the student will need to have everything else (instrument, sticks, stereo with headphones, etc.). A smoke-free environment will also need to be available.

*** Specialties ***
I grew up with rock music for the most part but over the years I've tried to develop competency with as many musical styles as possible (Rock, Blues, Jazz, Latin, Country, R&B, Reggae, Motown, etc.).

Jordan E. Powell, OH

Subjects Taught

Audition Prep, Broadway Singing, Classical Piano, Classical Voice, Ear Training, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Vocal Training

About Me

Soprano Jordan E. has sung operatic repertory throughout Chicago and internationally. Ms E. has been featured with the DePaul 20+ New Music Ensemble, and has sung the roles of Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, Musetta (cover) in La BohŤme, Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera, and Nannetta in Falstaff.† She has been an active cast member in Lake Geneva’s Music by the Lake where she sang Adele in scenes from Die Fledermaus.† In 2011, Ms. E. was an emerging young artist at OperaWorks. In 2013, she sang concerts throughout Italy including a solo performance at the Cagli Opera House. She won first prize for the Chicago NATS competition, was a grand finalist in the Dayton Opera Guild, and most recently was a featured soloist on Chicago’s classical music station, WFMT.† She looks forward to rejoining the cast of Music by the Lake this summer where she will sing Baby Doe in a preview of†The Ballad of Baby Doe.†

In addition to singing Jordan is an accomplished pianist. She was thrilled to close the year 2012 with several solo piano and voice performances for Ohio Governor John Kasich and the Ohio State Senate and Legislature at their private holiday events.

Ms. E. received her Bachelor of Music in voice performance from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.†She graduated in June 2014 with her Masters of Music in voice performance from DePaul University School of Music, where she studied with Julia Bentley.

Jeremy S. Marengo, OH

Subjects Taught

Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Music Theory, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba

About Me

I have been privately teaching students of all ages and levels for over seven years. Lessons are always catered to each student's need with the mindset of creating a positive learning environment.

*** Lesson Details ***
In lessons, we will work on Breathing, Articulation, Scales, Lip Slurs, and other fundamentals that will set a good foundation for a brass player. Lessons are tailored according to each individual student's strengths and weaknesses.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Stand

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music Stand
Duet Books

*** Specialties ***
Beginning Fundamentals for Low Brass Students

Douglas O.

Delaware, OH
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Steven F.

Columbus, OH
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Sara Marie B.

Powell, OH
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Douglas O. Delaware, OH

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Percussion

About Me

Originally from New York City, I started playing drums when I was 10 years old and studied with studio/Broadway drummer Roger Mancuso. After graduating from Ohio University, I studied and was managed by the famous studio drummer/author Gary Chester. As a full-time working musician I have played on many national commercials, Broadway, off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway shows. I was signed for three years to Carrere Records, a subsidiary of Warner Bros./Reprise Records. I have toured Europe and most of the USA with acts such as Luther Allison, Johnny Winter, Big Bill Morganfield, Bo Diddley, Joey Dee, Gary US Bonds, Zoot Sims, Jeremy Steig, Bobby Lewis, Alex Chilton (From The Box Tops), Eddie Brigati (From The Young Rascals), Johnny Rivers, Little Anthony (From The Imperials) and many more.

I also founded the Columbus, Ohio band Long Tall Deb and The Drifter Kings. Whose debut CD, "Diamonds On The Desert Floor", was produced by Alligator recording artist Michael Hill. The CD was nominated by the Blues Foundation of Memphis, Tennessee as a top-5 finalist at the 2011 International Blues Challenge and has been receiving airplay on stations across North America, South America, and Europe as well as being honored as a ‚¬Ä¬úpick to click‚¬Ä¬Ě on Sirius/ XM‚¬Ä¬ôs ‚¬Ä¬úB.B. King‚¬Ä¬ôs Bluesville‚¬Ä¬Ě. It was also featured as a winner of Blues Revue Magazine‚¬Ä¬ôs ‚¬Ä¬úSponsor the Bands Contest‚¬Ä¬Ě in the May/ June 2011 issue.

I have been teaching since 1978 and many of my students have gone on to pursue professional music careers. I am a very well-rounded musician and teacher, experienced in many aspects of musical training and performance. I have worked with every age level, from the beginner to advanced student, in one-on-one as well as classroom settings. I am patient and will bring out the best in my students. You will definitely benefit from my years of musical experience.

*** Lesson Details ***
Our musical experience together will be fun and educational. You will learn the basics of drumming: rudiments, chart reading and complete independence. Lessons will be tailored to each individual student's needs, abilities and interests. Handouts, lesson books and videos will be incorporated in the curriculum.

These lessons will cover the drumming skills needed for playing all musical genres including jazz, blues, rock, pop and world music. Based on my years of experience in the studio and on the road, I will also offer advice on starting a band if desired, types of equipment appropriate to various musical genres. and practical skills for entering the music business.

My teaching style is structured but flexible. The student will learn at their own pace. As with any course of study, the more effort you put into it, the more you will benefit. Let's get started!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Basement Studio: Amps, drum videos, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Handouts, incidentals - I'll provide.

Drum kit, practice pad, sticks - student to provide.

*** Specialties ***
Complete independence, open arms (left hand leads), chart reading and writing, all styles.

Affiliations: Columbus Blues Alliance

Steven F. Columbus, OH

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Mandolin, Music Theory, Ukulele, Upright Bass

About Me

Steven Fox offers instruction for electric or acoustic bass guitar, upright bass, mandolin and ukelele as well as music theory.

Steven Fox, a professional musician and teacher for over fifteen years, graduated cum laude with a performance degree in the upright bass from The Ohio State University where he studied and performed everything from classical to classic rock. Indeed, from the blues to bluegrass, from rock to classical, he has done it all. He currently plays with The Spikedrivers, Fox ‘n’ Hounds Bluegrass Ensemble, and Neil Jacobs' American Gypsy. He recently performed with guitar legends GE Smith and Jorma Kaukonen and David Grier.

In addition, Fox is a gifted instructor with over twelve years of experience. He incorporates music theory and technique in lessons so his students are able to go farther than just reading music. They learn to create music, to play with other musicians, and to play by ear.

Although Fox is serious about music he is able to keep lessons entertaining for students, and offers instruction in many musical genres. Many of Fox’s students have gone on to study music in college and have started successful careers in the field.

Sara Marie B. Powell, OH

Subjects Taught

Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Broadway Singing, Choir, Classical Piano, Classical Voice, Composition, Ear Training, Gospel Singing, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Spoken Word, Vocal Training

About Me

Hello music makers! I have been teaching music lessons since 1992, and involved in music and performance since 1983.

After working with hundreds of students I have one major take-away: music lessons have to be tailored to each student. When we do that, every child (or adult student) can learn. My job as a music teacher is to be creative and make sure that each lesson is as fun or serious, challenging or relaxed, classical or pop, technical or big picture, short or long, and upbeat or laid back as it needs to be.

Please contact TakeLessons or schedule a “meet and greet” lesson today!


I started piano at 3 yo, and also studied violin, flute, piccolo, guitar, dance, voice and theatre as a child. I studied Suzuki piano until I was 8 yo, when I then changed to a college professor with whom I studied until I was 20. I also studied Suzuki violin and flute, both with professors from The Ohio State University. I was accepted into what was then called Columbus Symphony Children’s Chorus, today called the Columbus Children’s Choir, where I spent several years learning the KodŠly method under the direction of Dr. Sandra Mathias. In addition, I advanced to second chair, first violin in Columbus Junior Strings under the direction of Dr. Gillespie. I played piccolo and flute in the Columbus Symphony Cadet Orchestra, where I was first chair. I have performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, won competitions and received numerous honors for piano, flute, voice and songwriting. I performed in several choirs, including show choir, and accompanied (piano) for musicals, soloists and choirs. I composed and recorded a full album at 17 yo.

After high school, I was accepted at The Ohio State University to major in piano and voice, after declining a full scholarship for piano that my childhood professor offered to me. I also studied musical theatre at Belmont University, and took courses focusing on the KodŠly method at Capital University. I lived in Nashville for some time, and have performed everything from rock to classical music to audiences as large as 10,000 people.

Also, I have been involved in the Piano Guild and also the Ohio Music Teachers Association, sending students to events and adjudications with wonderful results.

I really love to teach, though. That’s when I have the opportunity to pass along all that I've learned, and “pay it forward” so to speak. Working with students one on one, getting to know the parents — that’s what makes me smile, and I pass that sparkling personality right along to the students!


Music lessons should be fun. And with every student — child or adult — being unique, every lesson is different. Throughout our relationship I will learn more and more about what it takes to help a student succeed. I really have a heart for helping each student on his or her own level, whatever that may be. I have worked with very advanced students preparing for college auditions, and 3 yo beginners. I have been successful with all of them by tailoring what we do. One thing is for sure, I never get bored that way! Neither will the student.

In addition, I believe in well-balanced lessons. We will learn technique, ear training, how to read music, playing or singing with dynamics and emotion, and much more, all of which make learning and performing music fun, engaging and interesting! I also like to incorporate technology whenever possible, including software, various websites, iPads and tablets, games, and other tools.

Piano: I offer Suzuki piano lessons for very young students, ages 3 yo and above. Even adult students can learn the Suzuki method. I offer a Suzuki and traditional blend starting around 6 yo or first grade. When the student is reading to learn in school, usually around 9 yo, we can start a student with the traditional method. I really like the Suzuki method, however, and I make sure that all students learn how to read music in the process.
Voice: If a young child loves to sing, we can add 15-minutes on to a 30-minute piano lessons for 45-minutes total. Otherwise, I start 30-minute voice lessons usually around 10 yo.
Adults: I work with adults, as well, and can be flexible for adults who cannot make their lessons weekly due to work and travel. Just let me know your intentions for scheduling.
Songwriting: I also teach music theory and songwriting. Having recorded an entire album at 17 yo, I can teach a student about the musicality of songwriting, music theory, lyrics, rhythm and even help with software such as GarageBand. A student does need to have a basic understanding of music notation in order for them to work on songwriting.


Every family has their own “thing” — sports, music, academics, traveling, church, or something else they all love to do together. As a result, every family has a different amount of time available for practicing. Perhaps the young student in your family doesn't like to practice, or it’s nearly impossible for mom or dad to practice with the student. All of these are things that we will work around. At the end of the day, we just want the student to enjoy music lessons, so sometimes that means we have to do things a little bit differently from one child — or adult — to another.

I always tell the story about how I absolutely hated to practice. In fact, it’s part of why I have such a good ear today. I would listen carefully to the recordings on my way to the lesson, and somehow fumble through. I practiced just fine as a little girl and then again in high school and beyond, but my early teenage years were not great practicing years for me. I was taking piano, flute, violin, guitar, dance and voice lessons all at the same time, too. Had I had a demanding, nasty teacher, I would have quit (in fact, I did quit one of my instruments just because of that). My piano teacher was especially nurturing, and we did theory, sight reading, ear training, and “practiced” during my lessons. Sure, progress wasn't as fast as it could have been, but she kept me going, and I love for her that. After she passed away, I knew that I wanted to be sure to share that same love, patience and encouragement with my students, and I strive to do just that.


I teach lessons out of my home in Golf Village in Powell. I have a comfortable studio room with space for a parent to sit in and watch the lesson. Students have their lessons on a very nice cherry wood upright Yamaha (pictured on the left), and then every so often we’ll wander in to the great room to play on the Kawai grand piano. I also offer lessons online for people who do not live nearby, and online lessons could also be used as a make-up or when a parent cannot get a child to my home for an in-person lesson.

You will also be offered opportunities to come over to my home and play for a few other students from time to time, which can be a great help for making friends, finding duet partners and getting out those nerves. Sharing your music through performances can be an important motivational tool, so I provide these outlets as options for everyone.

I look forward to making music with you and your family, and welcoming you in to my home. See you soon!

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