James Flood, Guitar & Classical Guitar

James Flood is the founder and Director of Westlake Music Academy. He has taught guitar for nearly 30 years at numerous institutions including Morgan Sate University, Gettysburg College, and his own James Flood Guitar Lessons where students have been known to come from Akron and Canton to Cleveland for weekly lessons.

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Steve Miller, Guitar

Steve’s specialty is in jazz, blues, rock, finger style acoustic, music theory, and improvisation. Steve also teaches ukulele.  He has his Bachelor’s in Guitar Performance from Muskingum College and performs around the northeast Ohio region.

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John Karkosiak, Guitar

John Karkosiak has his Bachelor’s of Music in Guitar from the Jackie McClean Institute at the Hartt School of Music, Univerity of Hartford, where he studied under hard bop style guitarist Richard Goldstein. 

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Bill Shaffer, Piano

William C. Shaffer received his Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from Baldwin Wallace University, and a Masters of Music Degree in Collaborative Piano from The Cleveland Institute of Music. William has over twenty years of teaching experience at such places as Solon Center for the Arts and the Baldwin Wallace University Outreach and others. His philosophy is to encourage each student to achieve their goals by teaching everyone to their strengths.

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Tyler Niemeyer, Drums

An Ohio native, Tyler Niemeyer received his Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Cleveland Orchestra principal musicians Paul Yancich and Richard Weiner, and received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

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Mary Kay Robinson, Flute and Piccolo

Internationally acclaimed flutist, Mary Kay Robinson, has risen to national prominence as a versatile musician, balancing roles as soloist, orchestral and chamber musician, teacher and coach. Currently on the faculties of Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music where she teaches Chamber Music, Flute and Piccolo, she is in great demand as a teacher, with students having won positions in the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Oregon Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic and Ft. Wayne Philharmonic.

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Mary Krason Wiker, Voice

Mary Krason Wiker is a dedicated voice instructor with over ten years of teaching experience. She holds a B.A. in Music from Franciscan University of Steubenville and an M.M. in Vocal Performance from Cleveland State University, where she studied under Alanna Keenan (FUS) and Elizabeth Unis Chesko (CSU).  Mary is currently a part-time member of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and has contributed as a soloist in the Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and greater Tri-State area.

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Iuliia Fetysenko, Violin

Iuliia Fetysenko has been teaching violin extensively for 10 years beginning in her native Ukraine and in the Cleveland area where she teaches at Mound STEM Elementary and at Firelands School of the Arts. Iuliia teaches viola as well. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from the Tchaikovsky National Musical Academy in Kiev, Ukraine, and is presently pursuing a master’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a double major in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy.

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Trevor Kazarian, Cello

A Chicago native, Trevor completed his Bachelor’s degree at DePaul University’s School of Music and earned his Professional Studies Certificate from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he was a student of Cleveland Orchestra’s longest reigning Principal Cellist, Stephen Geber.

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Samantha Loomis, Voice

Samantha Loomis received her Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance at Ohio Northern University, and a Master of Music degree in Voice Pedagogy from the University of Southern Maine where she studied under internationally acclaimed opera singer Dr. Malinda Haslett. Samantha has privately studied classical, musical theatre and jazz voice.

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