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  PO Box 150
  Gibsonia, PA 15044
  724.444.5660
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  140 Sandune Dr.
  Pittsburgh, PA 15239   724.519.2114
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  Chartiers Valley
  Shopping Center
  1025 Washington Pike
  Bridgeville, PA 15017
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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.

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    Instructor: Dan Burgun
    Focus Areas: Guitar
    Instruments: Guitar ($23.50/30 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.
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    Instructor: David Busch
    Focus Areas: Guitar, Strings
    Instruments: Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Cello ($22/30 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.
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    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).

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    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.
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    Instructor: Ryan Kantner
    Focus Areas: Guitar, Percussion
    Instruments: Percussion, Bass Guitar ($20/30 minutes)
    Locations: Gibsonia
    Description: Ryan Kantner is a professional musician and teacher in the greater Pittsburgh area, who has been actively studying and performing music for over twenty years. Ryan teaches and performs on a variety of instruments, but mainly specializes in guitar (electric and acoustic), bass (electric 4-5-6 string fretted and fretless, and upright), and percussion (snare drum, drum set, mallets and auxilliary instruments.) Ryan has performed in many different styles and genres over the years, some of which include: Symphonic bands, rock bands, bluegrass bands, wind ensembles, orchestras, stage bands for almost 20 musicals, indoor drum lines, handbell choirs, jazz bands, and many more.

    With an emphasis on versatility over virtuosity, Ryan seeks to impart his students with musical skills and values that are useful in real-life applications. One of Ryan’s main goals with all students is to equip them with the tools they need to share their musical gifts with the outside world. To this end, students are taught how to practice with a purpose, and how to view practicing and problem solving as a means of accomplishing goals that might seem impossible at first. While placing a strong emphasis on the basics and fundamentals of music, such as technique, music theory, note reading, ear training, etc, Ryan also tries to include a lot of thinking outside the box mentality, including improvisation, focused listening, creative problem solving, and not being afraid to bend or break rules and make mistakes in the pursuit of musical excellence. Ultimately, Ryan teaches with the fundamental belief that true musical growth and accomplishments can only come from students asking and being asked the right questions, and not just from being given the right answers.

    Ryan is a 2007 graduate of West Chester University, where he studied percussion, upright bass, and literature. Though fairly successful in those three endeavors, making it through all of Pride and Prejudice remains a goal he is still hoping to achieve some day. He is currently teaching private lessons and playing gigs in various rock bands and open minded musical groups.



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    *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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