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  PO Box 150
  Gibsonia, PA 15044
  724.444.5670 Fax

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  Pittsburgh, PA 15239   724.519.2114
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  1025 Washington Pike
  Bridgeville, PA 15017
  412.838.0800 Fax

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Instructor: Chris Putt
Focus Areas: Guitar
Instruments: Guitar and Bass ($21/30 minutes)
Locations: Bridgeville
Description: Christopher Putt is a multi-instrumentalist hailing from the south-western PA area, specializing in Electric/Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass, and guitar sound design. Chris graduated in 2012 from the Berklee College of Music with a Degree in Songwriting. In addition to his songwriting experience, his Berklee career instilled a solid foundation of basic to advanced ear training, music theory, and performance techniques. During his tenure in Boston, Chris performed in a various number of groups, within a number of genres as well. Such venues that held these performances were Harper’s Ferry, The Great Scott, the Berklee Performance Center, as well as the legendary Wally’s Cafe and Jazz club. Not to mention a back to back bid to perform with The Blind Woods at America’s largest festival Bonnaroo, held in Manchester, TN. Residing in the Pennsylvania area once more, he has dedicated his time and efforts to every facet of music possible. Whether it be teaching, performing, recording, or writing, he believes in a strong sense of self, and a can-do attitude to encourage all students, and fellow musicians to strive their hardest to not just make music, but enjoy and prosper happily.

Act 33/34 Clearance Teacher
Instructor: Dan Burgun
Focus Areas: Guitar
Instruments: Guitar ($20/30 minutes)
Locations: Gibsonia
Description: Dan recently graduated summa cum laude from the Duquesne University School of Music with a B.A. in Guitar Performance. He is a versatile musician, adept in pop/rock formats and specializing in jazz and classical guitar. He maintains a busy teaching and performance schedule in the Pittsburgh area and favors a personalized teaching style, adapted to the need and goals of each student. Dan has experience teaching students of all ages and abilities.

Act 33/34 Clearance Teacher
Instructor: David Busch
Focus Areas: Guitar, Strings
Instruments: Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Cello ($20/30 minutes)
Locations: Golden Mile, Bridgeville
Description: David Busch graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Music Education in May 2007 where he studied bass under Nathan Santos and cello under Dr. Linda Jennings.
David’s teaching style focuses on the students’ personal music goals, being open to teach any musical genre available while incorporating technique, theory, style, and musicality. He believes that music should have a purpose which is, of course, having fun; but, wishes to instill in his students the understanding of hard work and perseverance that is required in achieving substantial goals.

Act 33/34 Clearance Teacher
Instructor: Izzy
Focus Areas: Guitar
Instruments: Guitar ($20/30 minutes)
Locations: Gibsonia
Description: Craig “Izzy” Arlet graduated from Pittsburgh’s High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) in 1997 with an award for Best Jazz Student, and immediately started an international performance career. From 1998 to 2003 he worked as a touring musician, performing everything from hip-hop to country & western to traditional Cuban son montuno with various ensembles throughout the U.S. and Central America. His performance credits include Clay Aiken, Mr. Cleve Duncan and the Penguins (original singer of “Earth Angel”), Pittsburgh swing band Dr Zoot, jazz vocalist Phat Man Dee, oldies group The Magic Moments, spoken word artist Christiane D, The John Parker Band, Guaracha Latin Dance Band, the Reggie Watkins Octet, and many more. He has been teaching full-time since coming off the road in 2003. A multi-instrumentalist, he can teach guitar (acoustic or electric), mandolin, banjo, accordion, ukulele, steel guitar (pedal and lap), and resophonic guitar (dobro).

Act 33/34 Clearance Teacher
Instructor: Josh Wulff
Focus Areas: Guitar
Instruments: Guitar ($21/30 minutes)
Locations: Bridgeville
Description: Josh is a graduate of Duquesne University where he received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Performance. He has taught privately for the past seven years and also served at the music teacher at Holy Child Middle School in on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. While New York City he played regular gigs in Manhattan and Brooklyn while teaching in schools in and people’s homes. Having returned to Pittsburgh, he has been busy teaching and performing in various setting as a leader in his own groups and as a sideman for other musicians. He offers instruction in all styles and uses sight reading and music theory to improve his student’s musical literacy.

Act 33/34 Clearance Teacher
Instructor: Matt Korbanic
Focus Areas: Guitar
Instruments: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele
Locations: Golden Mile
Description: “Exceptional talent with virtuoso technique” writes Mike Cimballa, music critic and violinist with the Charlotte Symphony of his lyrical interpretations of his music. Born and educated in Pittsburgh, Matthew Korbanic has earned a masters degree in classical guitar performance from Carnegie Mellon University. Some of his noted teachers have been Dr. Nathan Davis, James Ferla, and Joe Negri. As a player on the newly innovated 8 string “Brahms” style guitar by Paul Galbraith, he has toured the east coast and mid-west and has received grants to study with Mr. Galbraith. He has been a return performer with the Three Rivers Arts Festival, the Pittsburgh Opera, and the Pittsburgh Arts Council. As a soloist and as a member of a flute and guitar duo, he has been presented live on WQED-FM in Pittsburgh. He has released a CD of original guitar compositions through his own record label titled “Orbit”. Click here to visit his website.

Act 33/34 Clearance Teacher
Instructor: Ryan Kantner
Focus Areas: Guitar, Percussion
Instruments: Percussion, Bass Guitar ($20/30 minutes)
Locations: Gibsonia
Description: Ryan is a full time professional music educator, as well as being an active performer, student, and avid concert-going enthusiast. He has been involved in music for over 15 years, and received his formal music education from West Chester University, where he studied, amongst other things; upright bass, classical percussion, ear training, music theory and singing, and the works of Milton and Euripides. Ryan has many years of experience teaching music to both groups and individuals, ranging from the ages of five to sixty-five.
Lessons are designed to teach the fundamentals of music as they pertain to bass and drums, and also to highlight the extended techniques and professional practice habits that make musicians not only play well, but excellently. In addition to using music books, lesson time also stresses listening to varied types of musical disciplines, playing/jamming in improvised settings, and learning music as a personal experience and a language, rather than just going through motions.
Ryan has had varied experiences in many different musical idioms: Marching band, jazz band, symphonic band, hand bells, classical and jazz choruses, percussion ensemble, rock bands, indoor drumline, stage bands, country, bluegrass, and solo performances are just some of the different musical activities that he has been lucky enough to have been a part of. Recently, Ryan has also been involved with the Hershey Park Halloween band, "Bunsen and The Burners," which, in 2009, won the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions award for Best Overall Production under $25,000.
Drawing on many years spent pursuing musical improvement himself, Ryan’s lessons have a guarantee that students will not only learn how to become better at their instrument, but also how to become better all-around musicians.

Act 33/34 Clearance Teacher
*Act 33/34 Clearance Teacher* This means that the teacher has received Act 33/34 Clearances from the State of Pennsylvania. Act 33/34 Clearances are designed to ensure that people who work with children have a record clear of child abuse and crime. All schools in Pennsylvania require that teachers and school staff have Act 33/34 Clearances. In June of 2005, Johnstonbaugh’s Music Centers implemented a policy that all new teachers are required to have Act 33/34 Clearances.

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