Music Classes

CCM Women’s Community Choir – Adults

Wednesdays, 7 – 8:30pm

The CCM Community Women’s Choir is a choral ensemble for women in the Cincinnati community with previous choral experience who desire to sing challenging SSAA repertoire. Directed by Eva Floyd, CCM associate professor of choral music education, this ensemble will strive for artistic excellence while creating an opportunity for singers to strengthen musicianship skills, learn new repertoire, and build new friendships.


Cost: $75 for 10-week session
Session: 10 weeks (Dates TBA)
Instructor: Dr. Eva Floyd
More Information: Singers must sign up for an audition time. Placement auditions will be conducted in small groups of not more than four women for 15 minutes each. The audition will consist of range check, section placement and basic reading exercises. Singers do not need to prepare repertoire. Visit the registration website for placement audition dates.
Eva Floyd, director
Eva Floyd is an associate professor of choral music education at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where she teaches Choral Methods, Literature for School Choir, History and Philosophy of Music Education, Voice Class for undergraduate music education students, and Kodály Musicianship classes for music education graduate students. Floyd supervises student teachers, choral internships, advises graduate research, and is an academic advisor for undergraduate vocal/piano music education majors. Floyd created a new study abroad program for CCM music education students, traveling to Europe to study music education and perform choral music in Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg and Paris.

Floyd is a specialist in the Kodály approach of choral music education, which is based on the internationally acclaimed Hungarian system of teaching music literacy and ear-training. Floyd studied two years at the Liszt Academy’s Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary earning an advanced diploma in Choral Conducting, studying with Peter Erdei. Floyd also worked as a graduate teaching assistant at the Kodaly Institute, tutoring international students in solfege and assisting graduate students with thesis projects.

Floyd received a Ph.D. in Music Education and Master of Music in Music Education with choral conducting emphasis from University from Kentucky and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from Campbellsville University. Floyd completed Orff-Schulwerk certification at the University of Kentucky and Kodály training from Capital University, where she also completed the Kodály apprentice teacher-training program and teaches in the summer Masters program.

Floyd previously taught at Western Kentucky University and was the choral director at Bullitt Central High School. She is active as a choral adjudicator, guest conductor, and clinician. Floyd has worked as an adjudicator for the Musica Eterna Choral Festival in Rome, a clinician for the Laurea Mundi Choral Festival in Budapest, and as a conducting coach for the Chorus America National Master Class for Conductors of Children and Youth Choruses. She served on the Music Advisory Committee for the Cincinnati World Choir Games, and she is the Midwestern Regional Representative to the Organization of American Kodály Educators National Board.

Visit the CCM Preparatory Department website to register.

Cincinnati Singers Homeschool and Community Choir – Ages 8+

Mondays 2:00 – 3:30pm

The Cincinnati Singers organization provides homeschooled children and community singers (ages 8 and above) with the opportunity to learn about music fundamentals, vocal technique, and music literacy using the Kodaly approach of choral music education. The Kodaly approach emphasizes music literacy, use of high quality musical materials, and fosters the joy of making music with others.


Cost: $100 for 13-week session
Session: 13 weeks (January 23 – April 24, 2017)
Class Size: min 10, no max
Eva Floyd, PhD
Dr. Floyd is a specialist in teaching children music literacy and vocal technique skills using the Kodaly approach of choral music education. Dr. Floyd studied two years at the Liszt Academy’s Kodaly Pedagogical Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary, earning an advanced diploma in choral conducting. At CCM Dr. Floyd teaches choral methods and materials, literature for the school choir, history and philosophy of music education, voice class, and music education study abroad courses. Dr. Floyd serves on the board of directors of the American Organization of Kodaly Educators.

Her research interests are music literacy and aural skill development; music teacher education; and choral ensemble participation. She has presented her research at symposia in Hungary, Poland, Australia, Greece, and in various cities in the US.
Dr. Floyd is active as a guest conductor and clinician. She is often asked to conduct regional and state honor choirs.

Before moving to Cincinnati, Dr. Floyd was a high school choral director, a university choral director, and a church choir director–she has experience conducing choirs of all ages–children through adults. She currently conducts the Cincinnati Children’s Choir Girl Choir, ensemble-in-residence at CCM. Dr. Floyd completed the Doctorate of Philosophy degree and Masters of music education with emphasis in choral conducting at the University of Kentucky. She completed Kodaly teacher-training at Capital University’s Conservatory of Music. Her Orff-Schulwerk certification is from the University of Kentucky.

Visit cincinnatisingers.weebly.com to register.

Beginning Classical Guitar – 5+ through adult

Saturdays and weekdays (by appointment).

Individual lessons focus on student-driven musical selections and classical guitar technique.
Group sessions provide opportunities to collaborate and explore music of all styles and genres.


Cost: $20-30 per lesson/ or $150-250 in advance for 10 lessons
Ages: 5 years through adult (the young and the young at heart)
Length of Lessons: ½ hour, ¾ hour, 1 hour lessons; 10 per session
Instructor: Manuel Susarret, M.Ed.
Class Size: Individual and Group Workshops available
More Information: Required: a classical guitar (I can recommend a reasonable, reliable source) and an open, “beginner mind”.
Manuel Maria Susarret, M.Ed.
Born and raised in New York City, Manuel has studied, taught and performed music ranging from the classical to Afro-Cuban for 50+ years. Manuel earned his Masters’ degree in Montessori Education at Xavier University. He teaches student teachers with the Early Childhood Education program at the University of Cincinnati, and teaches at Children’s Meeting House in Loveland. In his “spare time”, this bi-lingual NewYorican enjoys CCM classical guitar workshops, Kai Kweol traditional Caribbean music and dance, Brazilian Samba, latin percussion, collaborating with other musicians, singing with the World House Choir and the Martin Luther King Chorale, baking homemade breads, speaking Spanish, and spending time with his eight children, 8 grandchildren, and newborn great-grandson.
Call or text 513-426-6286 email: manuelsusarret@gmail.com

Miss Nancy’s Musikgarten: Cycle of Seasons – Ages 3-5

Fridays 11:30am – 12:15pm

Celebrate your child’s love of nature and growing independence through activities which focus on the seasons of the year. Classes are designed to build language development, musical readiness, attention and self-expression. Activities include singing, moving, focused listening, musical games, exploring musical instruments, creative movement, and storytelling.


Cost: $200/session
Session: 14 weeks (January 6 – April 7, 2017)
Class Size: Maximum 10 children
Nancy Huey
“Miss Nancy” is a professional musician and educator, specializing in voice, guitar and flute. She graduated from DePauw University with a BA in Elementary Education. Since then, she has been a classroom teacher, a music teacher, a drama director and a liturgical musician. In 2011, Miss Nancy received certification as a Musikgarten teacher and opened her private music studio. Nancy is also the mother of seven children, all of whom are musicians and music lovers!
Visit cincinnatimusikgarten.com to register.

Miss Nancy’s Musikgarten: Family Music – All Together Now – Families with children aged newborn – 5

Mondays 6:00 – 6:30pm

This class is designed specifically for working families who are looking for a fun way to bond with each other in a joyful environment. Activities are adapted to the ages of class members, and include singing, moving, listening, and playing instruments.


Cost: $150/session
Session: 14 weeks (January 9 – April 10, 2017)
Class Size: Maximum 10 families
Nancy Huey
“Miss Nancy” is a professional musician and educator, specializing in voice, guitar and flute. She graduated from DePauw University with a BA in Elementary Education. Since then, she has been a classroom teacher, a music teacher, a drama director and a liturgical musician. In 2011, Miss Nancy received certification as a Musikgarten teacher and opened her private music studio. Nancy is also the mother of seven children, all of whom are musicians and music lovers!
Visit cincinnatimusikgarten.com to register.

Miss Nancy’s Musikgarten: Family Music for Babies – Ages newborn – 18mo.

Mondays 11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Play musically with your baby through bouncing and rocking songs, wiggle and peek-a-boo games, dancing, moving, and singing. Music play activities are designed to increase your child’s curiosity about music, to develop listening skills and a sense of beat, and to establish the foundation for singing and musical thought.


Cost: $150/session
Session: 14 weeks (January 9 – April 10, 2017)
Class Size: Maximum 10 children
Nancy Huey
“Miss Nancy” is a professional musician and educator, specializing in voice, guitar and flute. She graduated from DePauw University with a BA in Elementary Education. Since then, she has been a classroom teacher, a music teacher, a drama director and a liturgical musician. In 2011, Miss Nancy received certification as a Musikgarten teacher and opened her private music studio. Nancy is also the mother of seven children, all of whom are musicians and music lovers!
Visit cincinnatimusikgarten.com to register.

Miss Nancy’s Musikgarten: Family Music for Toddlers – Ages 15mo.–3 1/2

Mondays 10:30 – 11:00am, Fridays 9:30 – 10:00am and 10:30 – 11:00am

Participate with your toddler in singing, moving, dancing, listening, and playing simple instruments – while developing a strong musical bond with your child. Through activities that bridge the natural connection between music and movement, your child’s musical aptitude and listening abilities are enhanced and further developed.


Cost: $150/session
Session: 14 weeks (January 6 – April 10, 2017)
Class Size: Maximum 10 children
Nancy Huey
“Miss Nancy” is a professional musician and educator, specializing in voice, guitar and flute. She graduated from DePauw University with a BA in Elementary Education. Since then, she has been a classroom teacher, a music teacher, a drama director and a liturgical musician. In 2011, Miss Nancy received certification as a Musikgarten teacher and opened her private music studio. Nancy is also the mother of seven children, all of whom are musicians and music lovers!
Visit cincinnatimusikgarten.com to register.

Individual Piano Lessons with Dr. Skvorak – All Ages

By Appointment Only

Students of all ages can sign up for individual, one-on-one instruction from one of the area’s premiere piano teachers.


Cost: $65/hour, $48.75/45min, $32.50/30min lessons
David Skvorak
Dr. Skvorak has degrees from the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins University and CCM, and has been teaching piano for more than 15 years in Cincinnati. During that time he has been active as a performer as well, appearing numerous times and in many venues with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Players, ConcertNova, and many others. He has guided students to acceptance into college piano programs throughout the Americas, and to competition successes including the prestigious McElroy scholarship (CCM) and the Ohio Buckeye state finals (OMTA). He has worked with undergraduate and doctoral students at CCM, but is equally at home with beginners of all ages, being a strong believer in the importance of building a strong foundation at the earliest stages of piano study, regardless of age.
Contact Dr. Skvorak at skvorak@hotmail.com or call (513) 221.1228 and leave a message.

Individual Piano Lessons with Mr. Martin – All Ages

By Appointment Only

Mr. Martin provides private piano instruction to students of all ages and levels. He brings a diverse background to the table and is able to teach in a variety of styles that suit each student’s particular strengths. Beginning and intermediate lessons will follow respected piano methods, while advanced lessons are able to be customized based on the student’s abilities and goals.


Cost: $50/hour; $40/45-minutes; $30/half-hour
Samuel Martin
Samuel Martin is an active pianist based in the Cincinnati area. He thrives in a wide variety of musical activities, but is especially passionate about teaching and performing with other musicians. This has led to advanced degrees as a collaborative pianist, and, notably, his founding of the Cincinnati Song Initiative, a non-profit concert series dedicated to the promotion and innovation of classical art song.

Martin has been seen nationally and internationally in recital, chamber, choral, orchestral, opera, and musical theater settings. In addition to teaching privately, he has served on the faculty of the International Performing Arts Institute in Bavaria, Germany. He holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from Ithaca College in his native New York. Learn more at www.samuel-martin.com.

Contact Mr. Martin at samuel.martin@icloud.com or by calling (610) 762-9538

Individual Voice and Beginner Piano Lessons with Mrs. Candelaria-Pieve – 5+ for piano, 7+ for voice

By Appointment Only

Mrs. Candelaria-Pieve provides beginner-piano and voice lessons to students of all ages. Mrs. Candelaria-Pieve is completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance at CCM. She teaches a classical approach to vocal technique, which can be tailored to the preferred style of the student. Piano lessons follow recognized Piano Methods such as Alfred’s and Hal Leonard. Sporadic group seminars would be offered AT NO COST, should the students be interested in performing on a safe, small class environment. ¡A su convenience: Se ofrecen clases en Español!


Ages: 5 years up for piano and 7 years up for voice
Cost: $35/half hour or $50/1 hour
Session: On-going
Cindy Candelaria-Pieve

Puerto Rican Soprano, Cindy Candelaria-Pieve graduated from the University of Puerto Rico (Secondary Music Education BA) and Hunter College (Voice Performance MA) and obtained her first formal vocal instruction from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music (CMPR.) She played the following fully staged roles for the CMPR and Hunter College Opera Workshops: Gertrude in Hansel Und Gretel (E. Humperdinck) Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw (B. Britten ), Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors (G.C. Menotti, on a Spanish translation by Prof. Ilca López) and Cathleen in Riders to the Sea (R. Vaughan Williams); her oratorio solo performances include Handel’s Israel in Egypt and Fauré’s Requiem. She has collaborated in opera chorus and small roles with the PR Opera Company and the PR Symphonic Orchestra, and has performed as recitalist for Baroque Chamber Orchestra Mezza Di Voce (San Juan, PR) in several Music for all Seasons series (Cincinnati, OH) and the Museum of the City of New York.

She has an extensive experience conducting children, youth, and adult community and church choirs, teaching private (piano-beginners and voice) lessons and performing several music genres including jazz, gospel, musical theatre and classical music. Her teaching approach is suitable for a broad range of ages and interests. She has also provided formal music instruction at elementary, middle, and high schools in Puerto Rico and New York City; and private lessons in out of state and local music academies. Mrs. Candelaria-Pieve is currently based in Cincinnati while pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and last year played the role of Mrs. Coyle in Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave with CCM’s Opera Department. She has been working as a voice Teaching Assistant at CCM for the past two years, assisting the head of the voice department and providing voice lessons to undergraduate Musical Theatre and Graduate students who take lessons as a voice elective.

Pre-registration required. Please contact Cindy to schedule lessons at cindycp@gmail.com.

New Horizons Orchestra – Adults 50+

Wednesdays 1 – 3pm

This innovative program is for adults over age 50 seeking beginning to intermediate instruction on violin, viola, cello, and string bass in a group environment. No prior experience is needed! Whether you are a beginner or returning to music after many years, you are welcome in the Cincinnati New Horizons Orchestra.

Members of New Horizons Music programs participate in small group instruction and ensemble rehearsals, with the potential for chamber music and specialty music groups depending on the interests of the members. You’ll find music making is great for mental and social stimulation, physical fitness, releasing stress and stimulating your creativity.


Cost: $150, plus $30 registration fee
Session: January 4 – May 10, 2017
Instructor: BettyAnne Gottlieb
More Information: The first New Horizons program was a band started by professor Roy Ernst at the Eastman School of Music in 1991 and supported by grants from the International Music Products Association and the National Association of Band Instrument Manufacturers. Word spread through articles in publications such as The New York Times and a feature spot on the Today Show. Since then, the program has grown to include bands, orchestras and other ensembles. Today there are more than 100 New Horizons Music programs in the United States and Canada with many more in the planning phase. For more information on the national organization, go online to www.newhorizonsmusic.org. Call CCM Preparatory at 513-556-2595 for further questions.
BettyAnne Gottlieb
Director of CCM Preparatory’s New Horizons program, BettyAnne Gottlieb is assistant professor in Music Education at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Music Education. She has more than15 years of experience teaching in public schools and university-affiliated music programs. Prof. Gottlieb has presented clinics and research presentations at state, national and international conferences.

Miss Nancy’s Musikgarten: Music Makers – Ages 4-6

Mondays 1:00 – 1:45pm

This sequential two-year program offers your child a developmentally sound approach to music literacy that builds symbolic thinking, concentration, memory and self-expression. Activities include singing, creative and structured movement, playing instruments and ensemble work, ear training and guided listening.


Cost: $200/session
Session: 14 weeks (January 9 – April 10, 2017)
Class Size: Maximum 10 children
Nancy Huey
“Miss Nancy” is a professional musician and educator, specializing in voice, guitar and flute. She graduated from DePauw University with a BA in Elementary Education. Since then, she has been a classroom teacher, a music teacher, a drama director and a liturgical musician. In 2011, Miss Nancy received certification as a Musikgarten teacher and opened her private music studio. Nancy is also the mother of seven children, all of whom are musicians and music lovers!
Visit cincinnatimusikgarten.com to register.

Private Viola Lessons – All Ages

By Appointment Only

CCAC offers private viola lessons taught by Robell Sahle. Students will learn the basics of playing the viola as well as performance techniques to minimize stress. Robell’s teaching style emphasizes learning how to overcome the pressures of playing in stressful situations as well as being efficient in practicing the instrument. Students are encouraged to take their lessons into their own hands by bringing to the lesson pieces of music they are interested in playing.


Cost: $30 per half hour, $45 per hour
Robell Sahle
Robell began playing violin at age six years of age at Terrace Park Elementary School, where he soon realized that he had a passion for playing music. He rose in the ranks as he became the first freshman principal player of his high school, manning the second violins. By sophomore year he had risen to the rank of first violin and went on to become the high school’s concertmaster junior and senior year. His senior year, he joined a group of dedicated musicians as a member of Altissimo and powered the second violins as its principal player. He went on to study viola with Joanne Wojtowicz, a tenured member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s viola section at Northern Kentucky University. Robell held the rank of Principal Violist of the Northern Kentucky University’s Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonic for all but his first year. He also occasionally played with Xavier’s Philharmonic/ Chamber Orchestra and the Ohio Metropolitan Orchestra. Robell transferred and is continuing his studies at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Catherine Carroll, Masao Kawasaki, and Rebecca Barnes.
Robell is an active performer and has traveled all over the continent and performed in cities such as Cincinnati, New York City, and Montreal. As an educator, Robell has taught lessons for all ages and ranges of ability and was one of the founding teaching assistants for Northern Kentucky University’s String Project. Robell has coached some of the best talent in the Cincinnati area on both violin and viola. Robell teaching style emphasizes teaching students how to overcome the pressures of playing in stressful situations as well as being efficient in your practicing. Robell has also run sectionals for both violin and viola all over Cincinnati, with some of the best young orchestras in Cincinnati. He currently holds the position of Viola Section coach and Private Lesson Teacher at Mariemont High School. He occasionally performs with its student orchestras and music faculty.
Email the instructor at rsahle1@gmail.com to register.