Private Music Lessons

Solon Center for the Arts offers a wide variety of private music lessons for students of all levels. Lessons are available for piano, voice, woodwinds, percussion, guitar, and string instruments. All of SCA’s instructors hold degree-level certification on their instruments and are accomplished performers. Instruction is offered in 30-minute, 45-minute, or 1-hour lessons. For more information about private music lessons, please call SCA at (440) 337-1400.

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  1. PIANO
  2. ORCHESTRAL STRINGS
  3. GUITAR
  4. WOODWINDS
  5. DRUMS & PERCUSSION
  6. VOICE
  7. BRASS
Daniel BarberDR. DANIEL BARBER, Piano, is a native Clevelander and a graduate of University School. He studied with Andrius Kuprevicius at the Cleveland Music School Settlement. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, and Master and Doctor of Music degrees from Indiana University. He has studied with Beryl Ladd, Joseph Schwartz, Jack Radunsky, Gyorgy Sebok, Enrica Cavallo Gulli and Jorge Bolet. Dr. Barber is a pianist of wide-ranging repertory. He has played numerous Carnegie Hall recitals in New York and made his major orchestra debut in 1990 performing Alberto Ginastera’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Vladimir Ashkenazy conducting the Cleveland Orchestra in Severance Hall. He has been active in the Reconnaisance Chamber Ensemble and the Cleveland Composer’s Guild (all new music concerts). He has made promotional recordings for the Steinway Piano Company, and has served on the piano faculty at Illinois State University, the Cleveland Music School Settlement, and Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music, and he is currently on the piano faculty at Cleveland State University. Dr. Barber has had recent performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor), an all-Liszt solo recital for the Music under the Spire series held at the Lindsay-Crossman Chapel, Baldwin-Wallace College, and Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Anthony Addison and the Heights Chamber Orchestra. He plays keyboards for the Akron Symphony Orchestra and serves as organist at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, and St. Sebastian Catholic Church (Extraordinary Form Latin Mass). Dr. Barber is the author of an article published in the Garland Encyclopedia of Keyboard Music entitled World War II and the American Piano Builders and has also written his own method book, Piano Playing: A Comprehensive Course for the Beginning to Intermediate Level Piano Student. In 2012 he was nominated for a Grammy Award for teaching. He and his wife, Svetlana, have three grown children.
 
 
Jan Bis JAN BIS, Piano, has spent the last 19 years teaching piano. He received his Master of Music in Piano Performance at Cleveland State University. Prior to receiving his Master of Music, Jan studied at Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory where he earned his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. During his years at Cleveland State and Baldwin-Wallace, he studied with Margarita Shevchenko and Robert Mayerovitch. Jan is a member of the Ohio Music Teacher Association and Cleveland Piano Teacher Association. Jan works with students of all ages and performance levels. He focuses each lesson on the student’s goals while working on hand position, correct fingering, scales, rhythms and note reading. Jan teaches each student core techniques to allow them to play a broad range of music and is able to prepare them for competitions as well as college auditions. Lessons begin at age 4.


Alex KostritsaDR. ALEXANDER KOSTRITSA, Piano, offers classical and pop/rock piano lessons starting at age 5. Dr. Kostritsa was born into a musical family in Moscow and started his piano lessons at the age of six. Dr. Kostritsa received his Master's degree from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He studied with world-renowned pianists Mikhail Petukhov and Antonio Pompa-Baldi. Mr. Kostritsa is a prizewinner of international piano competitions Premio Rovere d’Oro (Italy, 2007), Slavic Music Festival (Ukraine, 2007), and Paul Badura-Skoda (Spain, 2010). He made his international debut when he was eight years old with a concert tour to Japan and has since performed as a soloist in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, South Korea, and the United States. Mr. Kostritsa received his teaching certificate from the Moscow Conservatory; he has maintained a private studio since 2006 and is currently employed as a piano instructor at Cuyahoga Community College. Mr. Kostritsa's solo albums "Three Generations of Mazurkas" and "Complete Dances by Maria Szymanowska" are available on Amazon, iTunes, and Spotify. You can also see his original compositions on YouTube.

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KIMBERLY MAES, Piano,
has a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy, both from Oakland University in Rochester, MI. She has been teaching piano and voice since 2003 and has experience teaching classical, pop, jazz, and sacred repertoire.  She also has performance experience, as a classical pianist, a church musicians, and as a performer in rock bands. She is sought out to perform for weddings, funerals, and various other events. She enjoys coaching and accompanying students who perform for Solo & Ensemble or other events.  Kimberly has been playing the piano since the age of 3 and singing since the age of 11. In 2011, she received the MaTilDa Joyce Adelson Piano Ensemble Award.  Additionally, Kimberly has a passion for performing and using music for community outreach and charity. She created and organized a benefit concert and non-profit organization called Music with Heart to raise funds for the American Heart Association.  She recently moved from the suburbs of Detroit to Cleveland and is excited to teach students eager to expand their musical knowledge.