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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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, was born into a musical family in Moscow and started his piano lessons at the age of six; three years later, he became a student of Tatiana Zelikman in the Gnessins School of Music. Alexander continued his education at the Moscow Conservatory, studying with Mikhail Petukhov, a laureate of major international competitions including Bach in Leipzig and Queen Elizabeth in Brussels. After graduating from the Conservatory with a Master of Music degree, Mr. Kostritsa came to the United States to pursue his doctorate with Antonio Pompa-Baldi at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Mr. Kostritsa is a prizewinner of international piano competitions such as Premio Rovere d’Oro (Italy, 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.

Gianmarco ManfrediGIANMARCO MANFREDI, Piano, began his piano studies at the age of four with Egisto F. Castiglione. In 2001, he was accepted by the Cosenza Conservatory of Music “S. Giacomantonio,” and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor in Piano Performance in 2013 under the guidance of pianist and teacher Angelo P. Guido. During his time at the Cosenza Conservatory he attended the master classes given by worldwide-recognized pianists Aldo Ciccolini, Edith Murano, and Cristiano Burato. In 2012 he won the MUSE (Musical Understanding of European Society) scholarship for two weeks of study at the Yasar University of Izmir (Turkey). In 2016 he earned his Master in Piano Performance form the Cleveland Institute of Music (USA) under the guidance of Antonio Pompa-Baldi. He has performed at the Aula Magna of the Cosenza Conservatory, Archeological Museum of Naples, Sala Eutherpe de Leon, Mixon and Kulas Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He also studied conducting with the Italian conductor and teacher Bruno Aprea. In 2013 he attended the International Piano Concertos Workshop in Leon, which also featured the Spanish pianist and teacher Joaquin Soriano. He debuted as a conductor at the Auditorio Ciudad de Leon conducting the Young Orchestra of the Province of Malaga.