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GUITAR/UKULELE

 

Kevin Topmiller

Kevin has been playing guitar for over fifteen years and has taught privately since the age of sixteen.  He received his Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar performance from the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, where he is now working on his Master of Music in classical guitar performance. In addition to his studies, Kevin teaches two group guitar courses at CCM and private lessons to undergraduate guitar students.

While Kevin began his career on guitar, he is also an accomplished lutenist and ukulele player.  In addition to his extensive classical training, Kevin has had experience in popular music including rock, jazz, and folk music.  As an active musician in the Cincinnati area, Kevin regularly performs a wide repertoire of solo, chamber, and ensemble works.

Throughout his teaching career, Kevin has worked with all kinds of students from young children to adults. In lessons, he strives to cater to his students' interests in music while also developing a strong technical foundation. Kevin draws from all of his musical training to not only provide techniques for mastering the guitar and ukulele, but to also expose his students to the inner workings of music itself. It is his goal that each of his students comes to love playing their instrument while gaining a deeper understanding of music in general.

 

Jared Metz

Jared has been playing, studying, teaching and performing guitar for 10 years, while practicing voice and piano as secondary instruments. He is currently a Music Composition Major at Northern Kentucky University, with guitar as his focus. Teaching guitar has become a passion since high school, and has been pursued independently until joining Queen City Music Studio.

From the first year, Jared performed on stage at his middle school band concerts, performing seasonally thereafter. Throughout his high school years he performed at numerous talent shows and events around the Tristate area. Since then, Jared has been professionally performing in his band "Season Ten," playing lead guitar, piano/synth, and singing lead vocals.

Teaching has been his passion for years and he pursued it in various settings in the past. He has taught Students of all ages starting from young children to adults. He enjoys working with Students of any skill level (from beginners to advanced) and interest (popular, classical, rock music). His experience with classical and rock guitar music makes him a very versatile teacher. He is excited to join Queen City Music Studio where he can share his skills and experience with Students at QCMS. His extensive experience from performing, to professional recording, and to intensive college level practice makes him a very solid and credible guitar/ukulele teacher.

Jared Metz's Performances

 

 

Josie Lupariello

Josie Lupariello is a graduate of Ohio University, holding a Bachelor's degree in Music. Throughout her time at Ohio University, she was able to use her vocal and instrumental skills in many diverse teaching and performance settings, and is excited to gain new experience with Queen City Music Studio. Josie loves teaching because of the connection that it creates between teacher and student, through what she is most passionate about-music! Her goal is to choose a wide range of fun, challenging music for her students, combined with a strong knowledge of theory and technique. She has extensive experience teaching children, teenagers and adults as well as children with special needs and college students. Her ability to teach students of all ages and skill levels makes her very versatile instructor. Students appreciate Josie's warm personality, adaptability to various student's needs and her creative music instruction. She looks forward to sharing he passion for teaching music, her positive attitude and drive for musical excellence with her students.

Josie grew up in musical family where her Father was a long-time guitarist. Naturally, Josie started playing guitar in her young years, and has been playing and performing on guitar for over 12 years now. In her free time, she enjoys writing music centered around her acoustic guitar. Her songwriting includes music as well as lyrics, in the styles of folk, indie, and jazz. During her time at Ohio University, she performed on guitar for many university events such as the Annual Social Work Awards Banquet, Choral Department Pops Concert, and various programs hosted by student organizations. Josie has been engaged in local performing scene for over 10 years, in a contemporary church band, an alternative rock group, and as a solo act. She has experience performing many different types of music including alternative rock, pop, indie, folk, and jazz. Josie is passionate about sharing her experience and knowledge in order to better guide her students through all the stages of guitar learning, from beginner to advanced levels. She enjoys working with her students on any music, and her ultimate goal is to help her students achieve their highest music potential. Her eclectic, diverse music taste will allow her guitar students to learn a wide range of guitar concepts including: picking and strumming patterns, tablature, licks and riffs, chords, songwriting, and more!

Josie also has experience with the ukulele! She began playing ukulele after learning guitar, and has used it often in general music activities with children at Beacon School in Athens, OH and Camp Sonshine in Silver Spring, MD. Her experience with guitar has helped her to quickly become comfortable with the ukulele, and she has loved using it as an alternative to guitar in some song settings, especially with children. She enjoys playing acoustic pop on ukulele and is open to learning a fun, diverse repertoire with her students.

 

 

Caileen Tallant

Caileen Tallant, pianist, guitarist and vocalist, is a recent graduate from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX with a B.M in Music Composition and a B.A. in Chemistry. Throughout her Undergraduate studies, she was involved in several extracurricular activities including the Trinity University Chamber Singers, Trinity AcaBellas, and undergraduate research. During her time at Trinity University, she studied piano under the Zachary Ridgway, Carolyn True, and Deborah Rhine as well as participated in several featured choruses with the San Antonio Symphony. She was also featured in several piano master classes with Douglas Humphreys, James Dick, Alan Chow, and Jane Magrath.

Caileen has been teaching private piano and voice lessons to students of all ages and skill levels in Cincinnati and San Antonio areas. She also taught a leading choral workshops and rehearsals based on her own composition works, one of which, In the Bleak Midwinter , is soon to be released as a featured work on the Trinity University Chamber Singers' Christmas album. Caileen has had several compositional premieres including her First Symphony as well as a solo piano work, Searching , which was featured at the Celebration of Women's Voices concert. As an undergraduate student she tutored music theory, math, and science. She has a pending publication with the American Chemical Society Journal of Organic Chemistry.

Caileen recently moved to the Cincinnati area to begin her Masters of Music in Music Composition at the University of Cincinnati- College Conservatory of Music where she will continue her passion for choral composition as well as broaden her horizons in other varieties of composition and to continue piano, guitar and choir study while at the University of Cincinnati- College Conservatory of Music.

As an educator, Caileen has experience working with students as young as four all the way to adults and from beginners to advanced. She personalizes her lesson plans for each of her student to meet individual students' needs. Caileen has experience working on all kinds of music genres including classical, pop, jazz, rock, country, Church music and more. Caileen strives to meet each student's interests and achieve their fullest music potential.

Caileen Tallant's Performance

 

 

 

 

 

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