Instrument
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piano

 
Dorina's love of music stems from her years of comprehensive musical study in European culture where music education is a proud tradition. From this upbringing we have a warm and welcoming music enthusiast and a strong believer in music education for children. Dorina is passionate about helping children discover their own strengths and talents, which she nurtures with Kindermusik’s unique, developmentally appropriate educational method and Simply Music’s innovative and progressive piano instruction.

Dorina's love of music stems from her years of comprehensive musical study in European culture where music education is a proud tradition. From this upbringing we have a warm and welcoming music enthusiast and a strong believer in music education for children. Dorina is passionate about helping children discover their own strengths and talents, which she nurtures with Kindermusik’s unique, developmentally appropriate educational method and Simply Music’s innovative and progressive piano instruction.

A core tenet of Jinyang’s teaching philosophy is to establish strong musical fundamentals through individual musical exploration. Through the study of classic and contemporary literature, students will reinforce good performance and practice habits while playing music that interests them. Jinyang believes that every student has musical potential and that it is her responsibility to dig into that potential in order to plant a seed of musical love into each student’s heart. Jinyang earned two master degrees from Northern Illinois University: one in piano performance and one in collaborative piano. She earned her undergraduate degree from the Shenyang Conservatory of Music in Shenyang, China.

A core tenet of Jinyang’s teaching philosophy is to establish strong musical fundamentals through individual musical exploration. Through the study of classic and contemporary literature, students will reinforce good performance and practice habits while playing music that interests them. Jinyang believes that every student has musical potential and that it is her responsibility to dig into that potential in order to plant a seed of musical love into each student’s heart. Jinyang earned two master degrees from Northern Illinois University: one in piano performance and one in collaborative piano. She earned her undergraduate degree from the Shenyang Conservatory of Music in Shenyang, China.

Madelaine is a critically acclaimed vocalist and she loves teaching students of any age at Thrive. She enjoys the engaging spirit of the arts community here, and while she's busy pursuing her Ph.D. she is energized by her enthusiastic voice students.    Madelaine graduated from University of the Pacific in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance (summa cum laude). She studied with tenor Daniel Ebbers and was designated a Powell Scholar in Pacific’s most distinctive academic program. In 2015, she was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, the national honor society for musical achievement and academic scholarship.

Madelaine is a critically acclaimed vocalist and she loves teaching students of any age at Thrive. She enjoys the engaging spirit of the arts community here, and while she's busy pursuing her Ph.D. she is energized by her enthusiastic voice students.

Madelaine graduated from University of the Pacific in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance (summa cum laude). She studied with tenor Daniel Ebbers and was designated a Powell Scholar in Pacific’s most distinctive academic program. In 2015, she was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, the national honor society for musical achievement and academic scholarship.

 
Kay has been teaching private voice and piano lessons since 2008 to students of all ages and levels. She makes lessons fun and engaging, exposing students to a variety of genres including classical, pop, jazz, and musical theater. She tailors lessons to each student’s interests and helps them discover music they appreciate and enjoy. Kay believes that music is for everyone and that anyone can benefit from and enjoy musical study. Kay earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance (magna cum laude) from Wittenberg University (Springfield) and went on to graduate studies in Early Music Voice and Vocal Pedagogy at Indiana University.

Kay has been teaching private voice and piano lessons since 2008 to students of all ages and levels. She makes lessons fun and engaging, exposing students to a variety of genres including classical, pop, jazz, and musical theater. She tailors lessons to each student’s interests and helps them discover music they appreciate and enjoy. Kay believes that music is for everyone and that anyone can benefit from and enjoy musical study. Kay earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance (magna cum laude) from Wittenberg University (Springfield) and went on to graduate studies in Early Music Voice and Vocal Pedagogy at Indiana University.

Joshua was drawn to teaching at Thrive because he values the community that is building here and he loves the creative ways we reach and engage our students. He is very active in the Cleveland arts community as a teacher, conductor, and performer. Joshua earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and his Master of Music degree in piano performance from CIM, studying under Antonio Pompa-Baldi as a piano major. He and his wife just welcomed a beautiful baby girl and can’t wait to have her experience Kindermusik at Thrive.

Joshua was drawn to teaching at Thrive because he values the community that is building here and he loves the creative ways we reach and engage our students. He is very active in the Cleveland arts community as a teacher, conductor, and performer. Joshua earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and his Master of Music degree in piano performance from CIM, studying under Antonio Pompa-Baldi as a piano major. He and his wife just welcomed a beautiful baby girl and can’t wait to have her experience Kindermusik at Thrive.

Doreen has been teaching piano for over 30 years. Her goal is to know her students well, reveal what motivates them, and teach them how to practice so that they can create beautiful music and enjoy playing the piano. She teaches beginners through advanced students with a standard classical piano repertoire, and enhances the student's experience by tuning in to what they enjoy, and mixing in music theory, composition and improvisation. Doreen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theory and Composition from State University of New York, Fredonia, and she did post graduate work in Elementary Education at Adelphi University.

Doreen has been teaching piano for over 30 years. Her goal is to know her students well, reveal what motivates them, and teach them how to practice so that they can create beautiful music and enjoy playing the piano. She teaches beginners through advanced students with a standard classical piano repertoire, and enhances the student's experience by tuning in to what they enjoy, and mixing in music theory, composition and improvisation. Doreen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theory and Composition from State University of New York, Fredonia, and she did post graduate work in Elementary Education at Adelphi University.

 
 
 

STRINGS

 
Sylvia loves teaching children how to enjoy learning their instrument - rewarding their effort and their successes. She enriches her life by traveling the globe with her violin, engaging with audiences worldwide. Much of her travel is devoted to taking her teaching and performing skills to Puerto Rico, Chile and Zimbabwe (so far), to help other teachers grow and flourish. This giving spirit is present in each class, too. Her teaching approach is kind, instructive, inspiring, and student-centered. Sylvia graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with both a Bachelor’s in Violin Performance and a Master’s degree in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy. She performs regularly throughout the Cleveland area with the Akron Symphony, Citymusic Cleveland, and in chamber and solo appearances in various settings from concert halls to hospitals.

Sylvia loves teaching children how to enjoy learning their instrument - rewarding their effort and their successes. She enriches her life by traveling the globe with her violin, engaging with audiences worldwide. Much of her travel is devoted to taking her teaching and performing skills to Puerto Rico, Chile and Zimbabwe (so far), to help other teachers grow and flourish. This giving spirit is present in each class, too. Her teaching approach is kind, instructive, inspiring, and student-centered. Sylvia graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with both a Bachelor’s in Violin Performance and a Master’s degree in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy. She performs regularly throughout the Cleveland area with the Akron Symphony, Citymusic Cleveland, and in chamber and solo appearances in various settings from concert halls to hospitals.

James shares his joy for music by teaching lessons that are fun, exciting, and intellectually stimulating. He helps students learn musical self-expression through technical mastery of the instrument. In addition to mastery of the violin, students will become familiar with music theory and music history through the repertoire they work on. James earned a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from University of Denver, and a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance and composition from University of the Pacific. He is a registered violin teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. In addition to his passion for teaching, James performs music from the classical and Scottish genres locally and nationally.

James shares his joy for music by teaching lessons that are fun, exciting, and intellectually stimulating. He helps students learn musical self-expression through technical mastery of the instrument. In addition to mastery of the violin, students will become familiar with music theory and music history through the repertoire they work on. James earned a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from University of Denver, and a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance and composition from University of the Pacific. He is a registered violin teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. In addition to his passion for teaching, James performs music from the classical and Scottish genres locally and nationally.

Ellie’s passion is to teach children to think big, to be good global citizens, and to pursue excellence in all facets of life. Weaving this worldview into learning the cello means that Ellie teaches with a light heart, gentle guidance, a clear view of expectations, and a deep respect for each student’s unique on-switch. True to her generous philosophy of giving back, Ellie founded the Cleveland Music Exchange, helping music teachers in Zimbabwe in their work. Ellie also performs with chamber and orchestral ensembles such as Opus 216, Cleveland Opera Theatre, and the Young Artist Debut Orchestra. She especially loves performing at house concerts - bringing chamber music to intimate audiences. Ellie graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with both a Master’s degree in Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy.

Ellie’s passion is to teach children to think big, to be good global citizens, and to pursue excellence in all facets of life. Weaving this worldview into learning the cello means that Ellie teaches with a light heart, gentle guidance, a clear view of expectations, and a deep respect for each student’s unique on-switch. True to her generous philosophy of giving back, Ellie founded the Cleveland Music Exchange, helping music teachers in Zimbabwe in their work. Ellie also performs with chamber and orchestral ensembles such as Opus 216, Cleveland Opera Theatre, and the Young Artist Debut Orchestra. She especially loves performing at house concerts - bringing chamber music to intimate audiences. Ellie graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with both a Master’s degree in Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy.

 
 

Guitar & Ukulele

 
 
With over 30 years experience, Tom teaches students of all ages, from beginners to aspiring professionals. Tom helps students get the best progress from their practice time and foster a love for the process of learning to play the guitar. Tom is thrilled to join the Thrive Team because he loves how Thrive focuses on the process of learning to meet each child where he or she is developmentally. Tom earned his bachelor’s degree at the North Carolina School of the Arts, and master’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

With over 30 years experience, Tom teaches students of all ages, from beginners to aspiring professionals. Tom helps students get the best progress from their practice time and foster a love for the process of learning to play the guitar. Tom is thrilled to join the Thrive Team because he loves how Thrive focuses on the process of learning to meet each child where he or she is developmentally. Tom earned his bachelor’s degree at the North Carolina School of the Arts, and master’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

 
 
 

Voice

 
Madelaine is a critically acclaimed vocalist and she loves teaching students of any age at Thrive. She enjoys the engaging spirit of the arts community here, and while she's busy pursuing her Ph.D. she is energized by her enthusiastic voice students.    Madelaine graduated from University of the Pacific in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance (summa cum laude). She studied with tenor Daniel Ebbers and was designated a Powell Scholar in Pacific’s most distinctive academic program. In 2015, she was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, the national honor society for musical achievement and academic scholarship.

Madelaine is a critically acclaimed vocalist and she loves teaching students of any age at Thrive. She enjoys the engaging spirit of the arts community here, and while she's busy pursuing her Ph.D. she is energized by her enthusiastic voice students.

Madelaine graduated from University of the Pacific in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance (summa cum laude). She studied with tenor Daniel Ebbers and was designated a Powell Scholar in Pacific’s most distinctive academic program. In 2015, she was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, the national honor society for musical achievement and academic scholarship.

Kay has been teaching private voice and piano lessons since 2008 to students of all ages and levels. She makes lessons fun and engaging, exposing students to a variety of genres including classical, pop, jazz, and musical theater. She tailors lessons to each student’s interests and helps them discover music they appreciate and enjoy. Kay believes that music is for everyone and that anyone can benefit from and enjoy musical study. Kay earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance (magna cum laude) from Wittenberg University (Springfield) and went on to graduate studies in Early Music Voice and Vocal Pedagogy at Indiana University.

Kay has been teaching private voice and piano lessons since 2008 to students of all ages and levels. She makes lessons fun and engaging, exposing students to a variety of genres including classical, pop, jazz, and musical theater. She tailors lessons to each student’s interests and helps them discover music they appreciate and enjoy. Kay believes that music is for everyone and that anyone can benefit from and enjoy musical study. Kay earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance (magna cum laude) from Wittenberg University (Springfield) and went on to graduate studies in Early Music Voice and Vocal Pedagogy at Indiana University.

Doreen has been teaching piano for over 30 years. Her goal is to know her students well, reveal what motivates them, and teach them how to practice so that they can create beautiful music and enjoy playing the piano. She teaches beginners through advanced students with a standard classical piano repertoire, and enhances the student's experience by tuning in to what they enjoy, and mixing in music theory, composition and improvisation. Doreen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theory and Composition from State University of New York, Fredonia, and she did post graduate work in Elementary Education at Adelphi University.

Doreen has been teaching piano for over 30 years. Her goal is to know her students well, reveal what motivates them, and teach them how to practice so that they can create beautiful music and enjoy playing the piano. She teaches beginners through advanced students with a standard classical piano repertoire, and enhances the student's experience by tuning in to what they enjoy, and mixing in music theory, composition and improvisation. Doreen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theory and Composition from State University of New York, Fredonia, and she did post graduate work in Elementary Education at Adelphi University.

 

WIND

 
Jacqueline Wood teaches flute and recorder and is an active performer in the Cleveland area. She received her bachelors degree in Music Education from Baldwin-Wallace University in 2014 and Masters in Flute Performance from Cleveland State University in 2016. Jackie enjoys working with flute students young and old, and of all abilities and skill levels. Her philosophy of education is that all students who want to learn should have music as a part of their life, and that all students have the potential to find joy and fulfillment through music.

Jacqueline Wood teaches flute and recorder and is an active performer in the Cleveland area. She received her bachelors degree in Music Education from Baldwin-Wallace University in 2014 and Masters in Flute Performance from Cleveland State University in 2016. Jackie enjoys working with flute students young and old, and of all abilities and skill levels. Her philosophy of education is that all students who want to learn should have music as a part of their life, and that all students have the potential to find joy and fulfillment through music.