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  Gibsonia, PA 15044
  724.444.5660
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  Pittsburgh, PA 15239   724.519.2114
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  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 ($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.
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    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.
     
     
    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: 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.

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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.
     
     
    Instructor: Ryan Kantner
    Focus Areas: Guitar, Percussion
    Instruments: Percussion, Bass Guitar ($20/30 minutes)
    Locations: Gibsonia
    Description: Ryan Wolf is a trumpet artist who is currently pursuing his degree in Music Education at West Liberty University, studying trumpet with Dr. Matthew Inkster. A graduate of South Fayette High School, Ryan was a member of the world famous “Little Green Machine” Marching Band, where he was soloist and president. Since graduating from South Fayette, Ryan has been a sought after brass instructor throughout the Pittsburgh area for marching bands, concert bands, and jazz bands. He is the former Assistant Director of Bands at Sto-Rox High School, and has also taught brass in the Monessen, Carlynton, Northgate, Riverview, and South Fayette school districts. Currently, he is the Associate Brass Instructor at Thomas Jefferson High School. Ryan is the director and founder of Johnstonbaugh’s summer brass camp program, as well as the Bridgeville Brass, a brass quintet that performs in nursing homes and community events throughout the South Hills. As a freelance player, Ryan is a frequent lead player in pit orchestras in local school musicals, as well as being a soloist and brass ensemble member at many local church functions. He has also performed with the West Hills Symphonic Band, Allegheny Brass Band, Pittsburgh Philharmonic Orchestra, Stage 62, and City Heat. Ryan has studied with several noted trumpet teachers, including Dr. Stephen Hawk at Slippery Rock University, River City Brass Band soprano cornet Jeff Nicodemus, and Chad Winkler of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. While the instruction in Ryan’s lessons is catered to the needs of each individual student, Ryan does have a general philosophy that encompasses the method behind his teaching. The ultimate goal is that each student will be able to achieve "musical independence," which is being able to independently interpret the written form of music and present it through their instrument. This thinking would employ the concepts of rhythm reading, dynamics, expressionism, articulations, style, sound, and much more. Achieving this independence would allow the student to transition from being "just a trumpet player" to "musician."

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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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