~  Tier I Teachers ~

Wei-Yi Sun

Piano

Wei-Yi has performed and won many awards internationally and locally. She was one of the finalists in Forte International Music Competition and one of the semi-finalists in NTD International Piano Competition in New York. Several honors she received include first prize of MTNA Competition (Ohio State Division), First Prize of OhioMTA Graves Piano Competition, and the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Award. In 2018, she received several prizes such as the 2nd prize in the Women in Music Competition in Columbus, winner of the OSU School of Music DMA Concerto Competition, and recipient of a Studying Abroad Scholarship from the Taiwan Ministry of Education.

Wei-Yi is not only a sought after solo and collaborative artist but a dedicated teacher. She was a Graduate Teaching Associate in the School of Music where she taught both music and non-music majors. In all three years of being a teaching associate at the Ohio State University School of Music, she received the outstanding graduate associate award each year. She also volunteered in Liou-Guei Summer Piano Camp for three years and taught students from age 6 to 70. She believes that every student is different and hence deserves a different approach according to their skill level and personality. She has great passion in teaching piano and is happy to share her knowledge of piano with her students.

D. M. A. in Piano Performance

The Ohio State University

M. M. in Piano Performance Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

B. M. in Piano Performance  Tunghai University, Taiwan

Alexandra Goad

Flute

        Alexandra Goad is currently working towards her degree in Flute Performance at the Ohio State University, studying under Katherine Borst Jones. As a soloist, Alex has performed throughout Italy, as well as
in parts of Canada. She has performed in masterclasses for renowned artists such as William Bennet, Michael Hasel, Lorna McGhee, Leone Buyse, and Bonita Boyd. An avid ensemble musician, Alex plays principal roles in OSU’s Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and Lyric Opera. She has had the opportunity to play chamber music with her quintet in music festivals throughout Italy and Salzburg.

 

         Alex loves nothing more than passing on her love of the flute to others. She has taught students ranging from second grade to college seniors. Alex has been a counselor and chamber coach at OSU’s annual Flute
Workshop for three years, a summer program for high-school aged flutists. She believes in raising students to have a firm grasp on musical fundamentals, as well as a passion for learning.


B.M. in Flute Performance

The Ohio State University

Sarah Troelle

Cello

         Sarah Troeller is an active cellist and teacher in the Columbus area. She values performing in a variety of settings and collaborating with artists of all types. In 2016, Sarah won one of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s “Young Musician” awards. She has also won music awards from The Ohio State University and the Buffalo Chamber Music Society.

 

         Sarah has experience teaching in the school setting as well as the private sector, and has done extensive study of education and music pedagogy. She is passionate about cello and strives to share her knowledge and methods to inspire and advance her cello students. Sarah's primary objective is to work with each student to create a positive learning environment, and brings a disciplined yet cheerful approach in her teaching.

B.M.in Music Education

The Ohio State University

Maria Prentice

Piano

(Available for in home lesson)

Maria Prentice, from Granville, Ohio, is set to graduate from Capital University in May 2020 with degrees in Piano Pedagogy and Performance. As a student, she has earned several music scholarships, including the Presser Award. Maria started playing piano in 2006 through the Denison University Suzuki Program. She has been teaching, using the Suzuki Philosophy, since 2016; and began taking Suzuki Teacher Training in 2018. She is currently a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and Capital University’s chapter of the MTNA.

Maria has had experience teaching private piano lessons to students ranging from the ages of three to adult, as well as tutoring college music students in Class Keyboard. Every student is unique, and Maria tailors the way she teaches in order to best fit each student’s personality and learning style. She feels that everyone can learn to play piano if they work hard and are taught in the way best-suited to them, and she strives to help all of her students to gain a good understanding of piano playing, as well as a love and appreciation for music overall.

B.M. in Piano Performance

Capital university

Stephanie McCool

Piano

(Available for in home lesson)

Stephanie McCool is a recent graduate of Capital University and an active piano teacher in Columbus. She has studied piano for over ten years and has experience in solo performance, piano four-hands, and accompanying for soloists as well as large groups. Stephanie teaches private lessons to beginners and intermediate level students of all ages, using a variety of instructional strategies based upon the needs of each individual. With her background in business and marketing, Stephanie has successfully planned and hosted recitals for her studio, preparing each of her students to perform solo repertoire.

 

As a teacher, Stephanie wishes to pass along her passion for music to her students by allowing them to play songs that they enjoy while learning and feeling accomplished. She offers the perfect balance between constructive criticism and praise that encourages her students to develop responsibility and persistence. Stephanie also frequently encourages and offers performance opportunities for her students to spread their love of music in the community.

B.M. in Music industry Capital University

Terrance Charles

Saxophone

Terrance Charles is a saxophone player and vocalist from Cleveland, Ohio who has become known for his soulful creative contributions to the music scene in Columbus and nationally. After studying classical saxophone at Youngstown State University under Dr. James Umble, Terrance decided to continue his studies in jazz saxophone at The Ohio State University. Terrance also works extensively in schools all across the city partnering with the Jazz Arts Academy to inspire and enrich students to the value of jazz and American music.

 

For over 10 years, Terrance has shared the stage as a reedman with local and national acts including O.A.R., The Floorwalkers, Doc Robinson, MojoFlo and Parker Louis. Recently, he has stepped up from his sideman role to lead a collective of musicians who are fusing contemporary jazz and soul for his Terrance & Friends series.Terrance started his teaching career as a music instructor at the Rainey Institute in Cleveland, Ohio and has 14 years of experience teaching jazz theory, improvisation and saxophone. He believes that the principle component to performing in any genre is listening and developing a strong internal ear. 

 

B.M. in Jazz Studies

Candidate of The Ohio State University

Julian Dittmer

Jazz Piano

Music Theory

Julian Dittmer will graduate from Capital University in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Music
degree in Jazz Studies. As an up-and-coming pianist/keyboardist in the Columbus music scene,
Julian has amassed significant professional experience, performing over 500 gigs since 2014 in a wide variety of styles—jazz, pop/rock, funk, soul, salsa, and gospel. Julian is the recipient of a number of awards, including The Mark Flugge Jazz Award (2017) and The Ohio State
University Jazz Festival Scholarship (2014). He was also named a finalist for the Capital University Conservatory Undergraduate Scholarship Competition (2016, 2017, 2018) and the
Hank Marr High School Jazz Award (2015).


Julian has experience teaching private piano lessons, as well as tutoring Jazz Theory and Jazz
Arranging while at Capital University. Julian is passionate about music, and loves to share his
musical knowledge with others. To him, there is nothing more satisfying than expressing himself
creatively through the piano. By equipping his students with the proper theory knowledge, ear
training, and practice techniques, Julian seeks to enable his students to express themselves
creatively as well.


B.M. in Jazz Studies 

Capital University

Elias Blake

Piano

Elias Blake is currently a Junior at Capital University, where he studies Piano Performance under Dr. Tianshu Wang. He has performed throughout Central Ohio, as well as in the Cleveland area. He has played in several competitions and was a finalist for Capital University’s Presser Award. He is also a recipient of the Capital Scholar’s Award. Elias has performed with several ensembles, including Capital University Symphonic Winds, and regularly accompanies for vocalists and instrumentalists.

Elias has experience teaching a wide age range of students, from age three through 67. He has quite a bit of experience with the three through six year old age range in particular. He has learned that by making the experience fun and engaging, young students will be attentive and able to make progress despite their young age. He believes strongly in tailoring lesson content to each student’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as in providing a strong musical and pianistic foundation to all students. He believes in creating an enjoyable, positive lesson environment in which students can learn and grow.


B.M. in piano performance Candidate of 

Capital University

 ~ Tier II Teacher  ~

Liangjun Shi

Voice

Liangjun Shi was a frequent recitalist in his home country of China. He recorded two Chinese art songs for the textbook Bel Canto of China to be published by the People’s Music Publishing House nationwide. In addition, Shi was the winner of the
First Prize (preliminary) and the Second Prize (final) in the 24 th International Student Competition held by Music Association of Korea in 2011, and the First Prize winner
in the 6 th Sino-Singapore International Music Competition in 2012. His stage roles include Don Quixote/Cervantes in Man of La Mancha directed by Joseph Graves; Remendado in Carmen; Priest and Man in Armour in Die Zauberflöte
directed by Peer Boysen; Xuan Wang in The Song for Xuan Wang, among many others.


Mr. Shi currently studies at the School of Music in The Ohio State University, in
a dual degree program: Master of Arts in Voice Pedagogy and Master of Music in Voice Performance, in conjunction with Singing Health Specialization Certificate.
His teaching philosophy is to help students build up a healthy, pleasant and flexible singing voice in both classical and musical theatre styles connecting with character’s stage performing crafts. He accomplishes this based on each individual’s
physiological condition and personal interests.


M.A., M.M. in Voice Performance &Pedagogy 

SHS Certificate The Ohio State University
Professional study Boston University
M.F.A. Peking University
B.A. Chengdu University of Technology

Joanna Li

Guzheng

         Joanna Li has more than 10 years of experience teaching both private lessons and group classes at every level. She and her students have performed in China and the United States. She has been focusing on teaching and spreading Chinese culture by performing at various events like the Columbus Asian Festival and Chinese festival. She enjoys teaching students the professional techniques of Guzheng while sharing the rich Chinese culture behind the instrument.

 

         Joanna is a member of Zheng Society, Chinese Musicians Association, Zheng Professional Committee and China Nationalities Orchestra Society.  Joanna has won multiple gold and silver awards in National folk instrumental music competitions.

 

B.A. in Music Education Tangshan Normal University

Adam Hoffman

Drum set

Adam Hoffman has been performing professionally for over twelve years with local and national acts. Originally from Cincinnati, Adam began teaching lessons from his parent’s basement over nine years ago. He has released two albums of original music, one of which was entirely composed, mixed, recorded and arranged by Adam (Wrong Music by Adam Hoffman Music). He has also recorded on several albums of other artists. Soon after graduating from Capital University with a B.M. in Jazz Studies, Adam was accepted by Lime Entertainment Agency to work as a Showband Musician for Princess Cruises on three separate contracts. While working as a Showband Drummer he had the opportunity to share the stage with incredible acts like: The Modern Gentlemen (of Frankie Valli’s Four Seasons), Donnie Ray Evans, Ric Steel, and many more. His sight-reading and stylistic abilities allow drummers of any level and background to be taught with ease.

 

Recently moved back to Columbus, Adam works as a freelance drummer in the local music scene and a content creator on YouTube and Instagram. Adam Hoffman’s theory of teaching is the following: Take a concept that is perceived as difficult, and make it simple. This concept translates to any subject and practice; especially drumming. Adam not only teaches his students how to be drummers, but how to be musicians.

B.M. in Jazz Studies Capital University

 

Lauren Edwards

flute

Lauren Edwards has been playing the flute for thirteen years, and teaching private flute
lessons for five years. She enjoys performing in a variety of ensembles, including flute quartet,
mixed woodwind, symphony orchestra, and jazz combos. One of Lauren’s most notable
highlights was performing Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun with the Ohio
University Symphony Orchestra. Professionally, she has performed on flute and piccolo with the
Ohio Valley Symphony, Otterbein Summer Theatre Program, Parkersburg Choral Society, and
for weddings at Hocking Hills.
In addition to performing as much as possible, Lauren prioritizes taking time to teach. At
Ohio University, she enjoyed teaching flute lessons, flute methods, music theory, and flute choir,
as the flute teaching assistant. She has been a part of the Athens Community Music School since
2017. Before that, she taught lessons in school districts surrounding Columbus. In the summer of
2018, she served as the masterclass clinician at the Capital University Winds and Percussion
Camp.

M.M in performance Ohio University

B.M. in music education Capital University

 

 ~ Tier II Teachers  ~

Liangjun Shi

Voice

Liangjun Shi was a frequent recitalist in his home country of China. He recorded two Chinese art songs for the textbook Bel Canto of China to be published by the People’s Music Publishing House nationwide. In addition, Shi was the winner of the
First Prize (preliminary) and the Second Prize (final) in the 24 th International Student Competition held by Music Association of Korea in 2011, and the First Prize winner
in the 6 th Sino-Singapore International Music Competition in 2012. His stage roles include Don Quixote/Cervantes in Man of La Mancha directed by Joseph Graves; Remendado in Carmen; Priest and Man in Armour in Die Zauberflöte
directed by Peer Boysen; Xuan Wang in The Song for Xuan Wang, among many others.


Mr. Shi currently studies at the School of Music in The Ohio State University, in
a dual degree program: Master of Arts in Voice Pedagogy and Master of Music in Voice Performance, in conjunction with Singing Health Specialization Certificate.
His teaching philosophy is to help students build up a healthy, pleasant and flexible singing voice in both classical and musical theatre styles connecting with character’s stage performing crafts. He accomplishes this based on each individual’s
physiological condition and personal interests.


M.A., M.M. in Voice Performance &Pedagogy 

SHS Certificate The Ohio State University
Professional study Boston University
M.F.A. Peking University
B.A. Chengdu University of Technology

Joanna Li

Guzheng

         Joanna Li has more than 10 years of experience teaching both private lessons and group classes at every level. She and her students have performed in China and the United States. She has been focusing on teaching and spreading Chinese culture by performing at various events like the Columbus Asian Festival and Chinese festival. She enjoys teaching students the professional techniques of Guzheng while sharing the rich Chinese culture behind the instrument.

 

         Joanna is a member of Zheng Society, Chinese Musicians Association, Zheng Professional Committee and China Nationalities Orchestra Society.  Joanna has won multiple gold and silver awards in National folk instrumental music competitions.

 

B.A. in Music Education Tangshan Normal University

Adam Hoffman

Drum set

Adam Hoffman has been performing professionally for over twelve years with local and national acts. Originally from Cincinnati, Adam began teaching lessons from his parent’s basement over nine years ago. He has released two albums of original music, one of which was entirely composed, mixed, recorded and arranged by Adam (Wrong Music by Adam Hoffman Music). He has also recorded on several albums of other artists. Soon after graduating from Capital University with a B.M. in Jazz Studies, Adam was accepted by Lime Entertainment Agency to work as a Showband Musician for Princess Cruises on three separate contracts. While working as a Showband Drummer he had the opportunity to share the stage with incredible acts like: The Modern Gentlemen (of Frankie Valli’s Four Seasons), Donnie Ray Evans, Ric Steel, and many more. His sight-reading and stylistic abilities allow drummers of any level and background to be taught with ease.

 

Recently moved back to Columbus, Adam works as a freelance drummer in the local music scene and a content creator on YouTube and Instagram. Adam Hoffman’s theory of teaching is the following: Take a concept that is perceived as difficult, and make it simple. This concept translates to any subject and practice; especially drumming. Adam not only teaches his students how to be drummers, but how to be musicians.

B.M. in Jazz Studies Capital University

 

Lauren Edwards

flute

Lauren Edwards has been playing the flute for thirteen years, and teaching private flute
lessons for five years. She enjoys performing in a variety of ensembles, including flute quartet,
mixed woodwind, symphony orchestra, and jazz combos. One of Lauren’s most notable
highlights was performing Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun with the Ohio
University Symphony Orchestra. Professionally, she has performed on flute and piccolo with the
Ohio Valley Symphony, Otterbein Summer Theatre Program, Parkersburg Choral Society, and
for weddings at Hocking Hills.
In addition to performing as much as possible, Lauren prioritizes taking time to teach. At
Ohio University, she enjoyed teaching flute lessons, flute methods, music theory, and flute choir,
as the flute teaching assistant. She has been a part of the Athens Community Music School since
2017. Before that, she taught lessons in school districts surrounding Columbus. In the summer of
2018, she served as the masterclass clinician at the Capital University Winds and Percussion
Camp.

M.M in performance Ohio University

B.M. in music education Capital University

 

Chaz Mechenbier

Guitar/Recording Engineer

Chaz Mechenbier has made a life in music study and performance. It began with a childhood of playing guitar while in grade school, briefly studying jazz and theory at OSU; he then enjoyed a long career as a professional touring musician.  Chaz played as a supporting musician for several national artisits while living in Nashville, TN, and came back to Columbus to tour with local favorites Phil Dirt and the Dozers. Chaz specializes in finger picking, drawing on contemporary acoustic songs and is proficient on the guitar in many styles, and also plays and teaches bass guitar and ukulele.  He operates a recording studio in Columbus, providing professional quality recording services and adding backing instrumentation and vocals when required.


Through all of the live performing, Chaz has often returned to teaching. He has helped hundreds of young people and adults find musical joy and fullfilment playing guitar over 15 years.  Whether studying theory and technique, learning to perform in public, or just learning to play chords to accompany a singer, Chaz believes in starting with a strong foundation that includes an understanding of music's building blocks.

Touring credits: Nashville recording artists Jerry Reed and Ronnie Milsap, and local favorites Phil Dirt and the Dozers. 

Robert Firestone

Guitar 

Robert Firestone has been playing guitar for almost 50 years. He is versatile in a wide variety of genres including jazz, classical, classical-rock, jazz-rock, country-rock and just about about everything else!

After several years of teaching, he decided to return to school and pursue a Master’s Degree after becoming fascinated with the sounds of Impressionism on the classical guitar. University of Akron was the choice for this endeavor. Robert studied with Stephen Aron and Douglas James.

Robert has over 40 years of teaching experience! He wants to help more students pursue music degrees and become professional guitarists. Robert is very focused on technique and help student achieve higher level of playing, but the same time he enjoys helping beginners to explore the magic in guitar.  A real love of teaching has endured through the years and enabled Robert to teach all ages and all levels of study.

M.M in Classical Guitar Performance

University of Akron

B.M. in Jazz Composition.
Primary Instrument: Jazz Guitar

The Ohio State University

Caroline Bergan

Voice

Caroline Bergan is currently pursuing a doctorate degree and a Singing Health Specialization at The Ohio State University. 

Ms. Bergan earned her master's degree and Artist Diploma at the Cleveland Institute of Music.  As a performer Ms. Bergan has performed in Italy, Norway, and Austria.  Ms. Bergan made her debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in their centennial season opening production of The Cunning Little Vixen. Ms. Bergan has sung in masterclasses for Renée Fleming, Renata Scotto, Julia Faulkner, Warren Jones, and Bo Skovhus.  She has performed Poulenc's Gloria with the Firelands Symphony Orchestra and Berlioz selections from Beatrice et Benedict with the Duke Orchestra.  


Ms. Bergan has experience teaching voice to a wide range of age groups and experience levels, both privately and within academia.  Ms. Bergan’s teaching method is one based on her knowledge base of the voice and singing health. Ms. Bergan aims to help a student grow their voice in a safe, fun, challenging, and healthy manner. 


DMA in Voice Performance

The Ohio State University 

A.D. from The Cleveland Institute of Music

M.M. from The Cleveland Institute of Music 

B. M from The University of West Florida 

Yang Li

Chinese Bamboo Flute

Yang Li,Young bamboo flute teacher, School of music and dance, Hubei University of Arts and Sciences, Conductor of College Students' National Orchestra, Young visiting scholar of Ohio University. He graduated from the Department of national instrumental music of Shenyang Conservatory of music, bamboo flute master. He studied under professor DaiYa of the central Conservatory of Music, a famous bamboo flute player. Yang used to be a bamboo flute player in the Central National Song and Dance Troupe and China Song QingLing Foundation International Art Center teacher. During his study and work, he successfully held many solo recitals and visited the United States, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and other places for cultural exchange performances. He has published many academic journal papers since he was a teacher. His students have won many awards foe their outstanding performance in various major competitions and performances.

M.M. in Bamboo flute performance

B.M. in Bamboo flute performance

Shenyang Conservatory of Music 

Visiting scholar (Conducting)

Ohio University School of Music

Anita Chiu

Violin

Violinist and Pianist Yi Chieh Anita Chiu is a native of Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. At age 4, she began studying the piano and the violin. She served as concertmaster at National FHSH symphony orchestra, NTUA symphony orchestra, BG Sinfonietta and BGSU Philharmonia. Ms. Chiu is currently pursuing a DMA degree in Violin Performance with a graduate teaching associateship at The Ohio State University where she studies with Dr. Kia-Hui Tan. Ms. Chiu holds Master’s degrees in Violin Performance and Collaborative Piano from Bowling Green State University where she studied with Dr. Penny Kruse and Dr. Solungga Liu. A recipient of 2016 Distinguished Studio and Creative Arts Award at BGSU, Ms. Chiu won the first prize in graduate division in 2015 Douglas Wayland Chamber Music Competition as a violinist as well as the second prize in graduate division, and the third prize in undergraduate division as a pianist in 2016 Conrad Art Song Competition. Ms. Chiu performs regularly with Springfield Symphony Orchestra and Lima Symphony Orchestra where she serves as assistant concertmaster. She was also awarded a fellowship to be a resident artist in Atlantic Music Festival in 2018. Ms. Chiu believes that each student has his or her own unique talent, and is committed to provide suitable directions to her students.

D. M. A. Violin Performance from The Ohio State University
M. M. Collaborative Piano from Bowling Green State University
M. M. Violin Performance from Bowling Green State University
B. F. A. Violin Performance from National Taiwan University of Arts

 ~ Tier III Teachers  ~

Qian Yoyo Liu

Founder, Piano

Audition Required

       The founder of DNA Music Academy is Qian ‘Yoyo’ Liu, owner of a very successful piano studio which has served the Columbus area for more than 10 years. High standards and a persistence of excellence has made her studio stand out among others. Yoyo strives to help each student achieve their full potential in music by participating in judicial events but also believes in the power of learning to play music to help enrich their lives. She believes one of the most important things her students get from learning an instrument is the early realization in life that it takes hard work to learn to do something well.

 

       Good qualities like persistence, patience, passion, self-reliance, willpower, self- confidence and communication are all brought out while learning to play music. Yoyo believes the role of a piano teacher is not just an educator but a mentor and life coach to young students.  It has always been a dream for Yoyo to have her own music school so that she could promote her teaching philosophy and train new generations of students and teachers who share the same goals and, for teachers, a passion for teaching.

M.M. in Piano Performance

The Ohio State University 

M.A. in Church Music 

Trinity Lutheran Seminary

B.M. in Piano Performance

Capital University

Fan Zhang

Special Guest Teacher. Piano

By appointment only, contact us for Rate

Praised by world-renowned pianists and pedagogues as an illustriously insightful pianist who plays vividly with great spirit and brilliant touch, Chinese-born pianist Fan Zhang is an active performer of solo and collaborative piano works, and embraces a wide range of repertoire and styles from Bach and Haydn to Albeniz, and Scriabin. She has concertized internationally in many stages including ones in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, California, Liaoning, and Ningxia, China.

         In addition to performing, Fan is passionate about teaching. She has enjoyed ten years of teaching experience working with piano students in a variety of settings in the United States and China. She has taught class piano and piano lessons for five years during her graduate studies at both the University of Michigan, and Indiana University. Dr. Zhang also had a successful piano studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan, teaching piano students of all ages and abilities with various aspects of technique and musicality. Her studio has been ranked No. 1 piano studio in Ann Arbor in 2016 on the well-known Thumbtack. Her students have participated in the Michigan Students Achievement Test, and received excellent grades.

D.M.A. in Piano Performance

The University of Michigan
M.M. in Piano Performance

Indiana University
B.M. in Piano Performance

Capital University

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