Stephen Klunk has been playing drums and percussion for fifteen years, and teaching for six. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music performance from Bowling Green State University. His saxophone and drum set duo, Patchwork, collaborates with composers to create a body of eclectic new music that draws from popular genres and the avant-garde. Stephen has a deep passion for metal and other rhythmically engaging styles of music. His musical interests include technique, independence, extreme dynamics, and unusual phrasing. Stephen loves to find inventive ways of teaching concepts to students and strives to convey the importance and excitement of curiosity and independent learning.
Elizabeth Klucher earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance in May 2016 from Mercyhurst University. She has been studying classical voice and musical theatre since 2005. Klucher has performed several roles, including The Queen of the Night in Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte”, Konstanze in Mozart’s “Die Entführung aus dem Serail”, The Baker’s Wife in Sondheim’s “Into the Woods”, and Miss Hannigan in “Annie”.
Though her main instrument is voice, Klucher has been studying and playing bass for ten years. She focuses heavily on the usefulness of music theory and aural skills in both vocal and instrumental music. Elizabeth believes that a strong foundation in theory greatly helps one explore and delve farther into the world of music. However, she considers the most invaluable tool for a musician is a love of and enthusiasm for music!
CJ Langmack has had over a decade of experience playing music. He started with the Suzuki program at the Cleveland Institute of Music on the violin at age 6. Later, CJ studied guitar at Tri-C in partnership with the Berklee School of Music program for 3 years. He has a deep understanding of the theory of music and implements them into his playing abilities.
As a teacher, CJ works with his students to obtain the knowledge they seek to accomplish their goals and overcome challenges they will face along the way. He looks forward to helping you along your musical journey.
Ellen Beleiu has been playing classical piano for over ten years. Her classical training has helped her progress not only in piano ,but, with flute and voice as well. She has been singing since she was young, starting out in her church choir then eventually leading in the worship group. She has also performed solos at school concerts and musicals. She has theory and technique training in piano, flute, and voice and enjoys helping students build their skills to become better musicians. She concentrates on classical music as well as musical scores and popular songs. Ellen prides herself on her ability to understand different student’s learning styles and how to adapt her lessons to teach people of all ages as well as people of varying musical interests.
JonDoe (aka John Berdin), is a DJ based out of Cleveland, OH. He started his career in the late nineties from his own basement; he would teach himself how to use the turntables day in and day out. JonDoe became a well-known DJ / Turntablist in Cleveland, covering various styles and genres with a focus on electronic music and hip hop. JonDoe uses his DJ talent for several different events including; resident DJ for many premier nightclubs in and out of state, DJ battles in and out of state (Won 1st place Ohio Red Bull Three the hard way competition 2011 plus countless others), corporate parties, weddings, birthdays, bar mitzvahs and taught DJ classes for kids during summer camp. JonDoe has over 15 years of experience and continues to love the art of music!
John Rupert has been teaching guitar for more than 25 years, but his love of music began at the age of seven when he began taking lessons at Sodja Music. Orginally from Cleveland, OH and a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, John taught guitar at Alamo Music in San Antonio from 1988 until he relocated back to Ohio in June. John teaches numerous styles of contemporary music to ages ranging from six to adult. One of his greatest strengths as a teacher is open -mindedness. He appreciates a good song, no matter what the style, and is willing to teach it to his students. John’s teaching incorporates ear training, music theory, and reading music notation. He also likes to teach the creative side of music, encouraging students who are interested to compose their own music.
James McGurer is a guitarist with over 10 years of experience in music. He is a graduate of the Atlanta Institute of Music in Guitar Musicianship. James has gigged with many different types of bands and loves all different sorts of music.
A Cleveland native, he appreciates the local music scene and wants to help other musicians learn the tricks of the trade playing local large venues such as the House of Blues, Peabodys, and many others. He can teach all different types of music but has a deep love for modern rock, metal, classic rock, and blues. James loves teaching students of all ages and bases his teaching around your own personal goals of achievement.
Harry Thomas Amick Teaches Trumpet, French Horn, Euphonium, Trombone, Piano, Music Theory, Composition and Improvisation. Attended Kent State University, Cleveland State University, and Studied privately with Phil Rizzo of the Stan Kenton Clinics. Taught music and related arts at Cleveland Central Catholic and St. Wenceslaus.
Jim Murphy, known professionally as Shufflebeat Murph has been teaching drums for 40 yrs(playing for 50).Is well versed in rock,jazz and concert drumming(having studied with the first chair percussionist of the Cleveland Orchestra) and is currently giging around Cleveland in the Four Lads(Nationally known recording artists) and The Chuck Hamilton Band.
Norman Tischler has a giant, fat tenor sax tone that has made him the premier blues and rock performer in Northeast Ohio. A Brooklyn, New York native, Norman arrived in Cleveland thirty plus years ago and joined the house band for WEWS’s Upbeat Show where he backed up dozens of nationally known rock and soul artists. After the demise of the show, he joined the band Tiny Alice with whom he toured nationally and recorded.
He is one of the Cleveland area’s best known woodwind players. He has done the party after the NBA All-Star Game, Blossom Music Center, Downtown Cleveland at “Sparx in the City,” community events, and Senior Citizens’ residences. Norman is also Conductor of the Workmens’ Circle Klezmer Orchestra which specializes in performing Yiddish music all over town.