Music Classes

Accordion for Beginners – All Ages

Weekdays and Saturdays (by appointment)

Private lessons for beginning and intermediate students, with a focus on Brazilian music


Ages: 5+
Cost: $40/hour; $25/ half-hour
Instructor: Thiago Camargo
Thiago Camargo
Thiago Camargo is a pianist and accordionist from Brazil with classical and jazz training. He is also an actor, piano teacher, music theorist, and harmony and music educator. He has performed with many artists, playing jazz and Brazilian Popular Music (MPB) in a variety of Jazz clubs and auditoriums at all the São Paulo State and in other parts of the country. Some of his work and performances include: UNICAMP’S Big Band, Grupo (In)Vento, Grupo Cafezal, Madeiras Sonoras Big Band, The Bassist Arthur Maia, Noneto de Casa of Tatuí, Adilson Filho Octeto, with the singer Martina Marana, with the bassist Aaron Jacobs and with the drummer John Von Ohlen from Cincinnati, OH. In addition to many shows in Brazil, Thiago has held several shows, concerts and workshops at the USA, at places such as: University of Cincinnati, Miami University, Cincinnati Art Museum, Dee Felice Cafe and Blue Wisp Jazz Club.
Call instructor at (513) 888-2249 or email thitopiano@gmail.com

Beginning Classical Guitar – 5+ through adult

Saturdays and weekdays (by appointment).

Lessons focus on student-driven musical selections and classical guitar technique, provide opportunities to collaborate, improvise, and explore music of all styles and genres. Recitals offer opportunities to perform for friends and family.


Cost: $20-30 per lesson (prepaid discounts and scholarships available)
Ages: 5 years through adult (the young and the young at heart)
Session: 10 weeks (Lessons are 30-60 minutes)
Instructor: Manuel Susarret, M.Ed.
Class Size: 1+ (group lessons available)
More Information: Bring your classical guitar 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 at the Early Childhood Education Online program at the University of Cincinnati, and is a consultant at Children’s Meeting House Montessori School in Loveland. In his “spare time”, this bi-lingual NewYorican enjoys CCM classical guitar workshops, Kai Kweol Caribbean Music and Dance, Brazilian Samba, collaborating with other musicians, singing with the World House Choir and the Martin Luther King Chorale, baking homemade breads, and spending time with his wife Clare, eight grown children, 8 grandchildren, and his first great-grandson.
Call/text 513-426-6286 or email manuelsusarret@gmail.com

Harmony and Improvisation in Jazz and Brazilian Music – Adults

Weekdays and Saturdays (by appointment)

In this Master Class-style course, students will learn about harmony and improvisation in Jazz and Brazilian music.


Cost: $40/hour; $25/ half-hour
Instructor: Thiago Camargo
Thiago Camargo
Thiago Camargo is a pianist and accordionist from Brazil with classical and jazz training. He is also an actor, piano teacher, music theorist, and harmony and music educator. He has performed with many artists, playing jazz and Brazilian Popular Music (MPB) in a variety of Jazz clubs and auditoriums at all the São Paulo State and in other parts of the country. Some of his work and performances include: UNICAMP’S Big Band, Grupo (In)Vento, Grupo Cafezal, Madeiras Sonoras Big Band, The Bassist Arthur Maia, Noneto de Casa of Tatuí, Adilson Filho Octeto, with the singer Martina Marana, with the bassist Aaron Jacobs and with the drummer John Von Ohlen from Cincinnati, OH. In addition to many shows in Brazil, Thiago has held several shows, concerts and workshops at the USA, at places such as: University of Cincinnati, Miami University, Cincinnati Art Museum, Dee Felice Cafe and Blue Wisp Jazz Club.
Call instructor at (513) 888-2249 or email thitopiano@gmail.com

Individual Classical and Jazz Piano Lessons – Ages 5+

Weekdays and Saturdays (by appointment)

Piano classes for beginners to advanced students. Repertoire will include both Classical and Jazz pieces.


Cost: $40/hour; $25/ half-hour
Instructor: Thiago Camargo
Thiago Camargo
Thiago Camargo is a pianist and accordionist from Brazil with classical and jazz training. He is also an actor, piano teacher, music theorist, and harmony and music educator. He has performed with many artists, playing jazz and Brazilian Popular Music (MPB) in a variety of Jazz clubs and auditoriums at all the São Paulo State and in other parts of the country. Some of his work and performances include: UNICAMP’S Big Band, Grupo (In)Vento, Grupo Cafezal, Madeiras Sonoras Big Band, The Bassist Arthur Maia, Noneto de Casa of Tatuí, Adilson Filho Octeto, with the singer Martina Marana, with the bassist Aaron Jacobs and with the drummer John Von Ohlen from Cincinnati, OH. In addition to many shows in Brazil, Thiago has held several shows, concerts and workshops at the USA, at places such as: University of Cincinnati, Miami University, Cincinnati Art Museum, Dee Felice Cafe and Blue Wisp Jazz Club.
Call instructor at (513) 888-2249 or email thitopiano@gmail.com

Individual Flute, Piccolo, and Recorder Lessons – Ages 7+

Weekdays and Saturdays (by appointment)

Mrs. Lívia Moraes provides flute, piccolo, and recorder lessons for students of all ages with classical technique. Students must have their own instrument for classes.


Cost: $40 per hour or $25 per half hour
Instructor: Mrs. Lívia Moraes
Mrs. Lívia Moraes
Mrs. Lívia Moraes is a flutist from Brazil with two undergraduate degrees in both Music Education and Flute. A dedicated flutist and educator, she is passionate about instilling in students the importance of learning music and appreciating different kinds of art. She serves as a role model to colleagues and students through engagement in music research and extensive participation in music festivals, workshops, dance classes, shows and other artistic events.
Contact the instructor at (513) 828-5612 or liviahelenam@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: $100/session
Session: 7 weeks (April 28 – June 16; no class May 12)
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: $75/session
Session: 7 weeks (April 24 – June 12; no class May 29)
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: $75/session
Session: 7 weeks (April 24 – June 12; no class May 29)
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: $75/session
Session: 7 weeks (April 24 – June 16; no class May 12 or May 29)
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 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.

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: $100/session
Session: 7 weeks (April 24 – June 12; no class May 29)
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.

Musical Theatre Workshop – Ages 8-15

Wednesdays. 6:00 – 7:00pm

Musical theatre workshop is geared towards students interested in learning how to perform. This is a 10-week course that will result with a performance of the scenes that will be learned over the course of the class. The scenes will be a mixture of different Musical Theater scenes. Some examples would be Little mermaid, Shrek, Lion King, Alice in Wonderland, etc. (These examples are not guaranteed; the final decisions will be made once the class has started).

The lectures will include: How to practice, fundamentals of reading music, acting, etc.

There are two different course levels within this course: (payment options below)

  • Solo and Ensemble: this will consist of the 60-minute class as well as another private 30-minute voice lesson each week (the lesson will be at the instructor’s studio or the students home, this will be set up between student and instructor). By registering for Solo and Ensemble you are guaranteed a solo in the ending performance as well as be part of ensemble selections.
  • Ensemble Only: this will consist of only the 60-minute class at CCAC. You will be performing only as part of the ensemble.

Length of Session: 10 weeks (June 14 – August 16, 2017)
Cost: $15 per week for ensemble only, $30 per week for solo and ensemble (includes a 30-minute voice lesson) can pay up front or every week. Total $150 for ensemble, $300 for solo ensemble
Instructor: Kristen Whalen
Class Size: Minimum of 5 students required to run the class, with a maximum of 25 students.
More Information: Students should bring a water bottle, notebook, and pen/pencil.
Kristen Whalen
Kristen is a local private voice and piano in the Cincinnati area. She has been teaching for four years including in that time teaching voice at Miami University as part of her assistantship. Ms. Whalen has a bachelor’s degree of Northern Kentucky University in vocal performance as well as a Masters of Music in vocal performance from Miami University. She as experience with teaching many vocal genres including, classical/opera, pop, musical theatre, and rock. As a performer Ms. Whalen as performed all over the world including Salzburg Austria, Los Angeles, Columbus Ohio, and right here in Cincinnati. She is also one of the owners and founders of a new local opera company located in Cincinnati, called Seven Hill Opera Company. Seven Hills Opera Company’s mission is to help young musicians advance their career through role experience as well as providing a free musical experience for the community.
Please contact the instructor at 513-202-6136 or whalenka26@gmail.com to register.

Voice Experience Workshop – Ages 16+

Wednesdays, 7:30 – 8:30pm

Through The Voice Experience workshop the student will learn about different aspects of pursuing a career as a vocalist. This 10 week course will consist of rehearsals and presentations, resulting with a performance at the end of the 10 weeks. The scenes performed will be from a variety of shows including both musical theater and opera genres. (These will be selected based on the goals of the student and the guidance the instructor)

The presentations that are also part the class will include: How to write a resume, How to practice, What colleges or training programs should I apply?, Acting and character development, and much more.

Students will also have the opportunity to get headshots from a guest photographer (this may result in a small extra fee and is not mandatory as part of the class)

There are two different course levels within this course: (payment options below)

  • Solo and Ensemble: this will consist of the 60-minute class as well as another private 30-minute voice lesson each week (the lesson will be at the instructor’s studio or the students home, this will be set up between student and instructor). By registering for Solo and Ensemble you are guaranteed a solo in the ending performance as well as be part of ensemble selections.
  • Ensemble Only: this will consist of only the 60-minute class at CCAC. You will be performing only as part of the ensemble.

Length of Session: 10 weeks (June 14 – August 16, 2017)
Cost: $15 per week for ensemble only, $30 per week for solo and ensemble (includes a 30-minute voice lesson) can pay up front or every week. Total $150 for ensemble, $300 for solo ensemble.
Instructor: Kristen Whalen
Class Size: Minimum of 5 students required to run the class, with a maximum of 25 students.
More Information: Students should bring a water bottle, notebook, and pen/pencil.

Kristen Whalen
Kristen is a local private voice and piano in the Cincinnati area. She has been teaching for four years including in that time teaching voice at Miami University as part of her assistantship. Ms. Whalen has a bachelor’s degree of Northern Kentucky University in vocal performance as well as a Masters of Music in vocal performance from Miami University. She as experience with teaching many vocal genres including, classical/opera, pop, musical theatre, and rock. As a performer Ms. Whalen as performed all over the world including Salzburg Austria, Los Angeles, Columbus Ohio, and right here in Cincinnati. She is also one of the owners and founders of a new local opera company located in Cincinnati, called Seven Hill Opera Company. Seven Hills Opera Company’s mission is to help young musicians advance their career through role experience as well as providing a free musical experience for the community.
Please contact the instructor at 513-202-6136 or whalenka26@gmail.com to register.