In Person Music Lessons in Plum / Golden Mile

From here you can get to know our highly qualified teaching staff. Simply click the link below to see which teachers we have for each instrument family.


Woodwinds - Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone


Amanda Sage

Focus Area: Woodwinds
Instruments: Flute
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Golden Mile, Allison Park, Virtual

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Amanda Sage is a flutist and private teacher from the Pittsburgh area. She has served as principal flute with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic, principal flute and second flute/piccolo with Undercroft Opera, as well as performed with the Edgewood, Westmoreland, and Johnstown Symphonies. She also performs in various solo, chamber, and larger ensemble roles in a variety of venues throughout the Pittsburgh area, including the newly formed Bel Suono Ensemble of which she is a founding member. An advocate of early music and historical performance, Amanda also plays the baroque flute. She has performed in masterclasses for baroque flutists Kim Pineda, Janet See, and Barthold Kuijken.

As an educator, she has nearly 12 years of experience in private instruction, along with her many years of experience teaching both instrumental and general music (K-12). Amanda's students have experienced success in passing auditions for various middle and high school honor level ensembles, as well as colleges and universities for those who decide to pursue a music career. In addition to her private studio, Amanda serves as adjunct flute instructor at Mercyhurst University, as well as adjunct faculty lecturer in music at West Virginia Northern Community College.

Beyond music, Amanda is a Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Amanda has presented workshops on the topic of performance health for musicians at several different events including the annual Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention, the annual National Flute Convention and the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia's annual Flute Fair. Amanda received a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Seton Hill University, and a Master of Music degree in flute performance from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.


Mike Menzietti

Focus Area: Woodwinds
Instruments: Saxophone
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Golden Mile, Virtual

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Michael is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Saxophone Performance from the University of Maryland in College Park where he was awarded a graduate Jazz Assistantship. During his time at the University of Maryland, Michael will be studying saxophone with Chris Vadala and Albert Regni. Michael has been teaching private lessons for 10 years and has 5 years of public school teaching experience. Michael has studied with saxophonists Steven Mauk, Keith Young, Curtis Johnson, and Chris Hemingway. He is a 2008 graduate of Ithaca College receiving a masters degree in Saxophone Performance and is a 2005 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education.


Brass - Trumpet, F Horn, Trombone/Low Brass

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Michael Buckstein

Focus Area: Brass
Instruments: Trumpet and French Horn
Rate: $22 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Golden Mile, Virtual

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Michael Buckstein is an educator and performer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, at which he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology. Michael is also a graduate of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), at which he earned a Bachelors of Science in Education Degree in Music Education. His primary teachers include Karl Priore (Pitt) and Dr. Kevin Eisensmith (IUP)

Michael has a wealth of musical experiences, and has performed in a multitude of large and small ensembles, spanning many genres. Large ensembles include the University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band, University of Pittsburgh Pep Band, University of Pittsburgh Symphonic Band, University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, University of Pittsburgh Jazz Ensemble, IUP Symphony Band, IUP University Chorus, IUP Wind Ensemble, and the Allegheny Brass Band. Small ensembles include The Allies of the Boulevard, Kappa Kappa Psi Brass Quintet, Kappa Kappa Psi Wind Quintet, Kappa Kappa Psi Trumpet Ensemble, IUP Trumpet Ensemble, Legacy Brass Quintet and the Plum Brass Quintet. He also has experience performing in pit orchestras for musicals, performing for Nine and Legally Blonde during his tenure at Pitt.

Michael is a passionate music educator, and has taught in a variety of settings. He maintains a private studio of trumpet and horn students, and he also is the Executive Director of “Brass Camp”, a summer brass camp for students in grades 5-12. As a Music Instructor at Chatham University’s Music and Arts Day Camp, Michael taught K-2 General Music, as well as courses in Conducting and Digital Music Technology. As Assistant Director of the Plum High School Band, he has brought in various guest clinicians (such as The Brass Roots and Professor Alan Hood), organized extracurricular field trips to the University of Pittsburgh and Slippery Rock University, and coached chamber music ensembles. His chamber music ensembles have performed at venues such as the National Aviary, Chick-Fil-A, and the Benedum Center.


 

Matt Pienkowski

Focus Area: Brass
Instruments: Trumpet
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Golden Mile, Virtual

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Matt is currently the principal trumpet for the Washington Symphony. A graduate of West Virginia University and Carnegie Mellon University, Matt’s previous teachers include Neal Berntsen, George Vosburgh, John Winkler, David Hickman, and Paul Weber. Matt has maintained a trumpet studio since college and has had great success with his students placing in various orchestras and bands. Matt has performed all over the area playing with orchestras such as Wheeling, West Virginia, and Canton, Ohio. Recently married, Matt spends his free time lifting weights and with his wife, Christina.


 

Amy Kuehn

Focus Area: Low Brass
Instruments: Trombone, Baritone/Euphonium, Tuba.
Rate: $22 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Golden Mile, Virtual

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Amy is originally from Northeast Ohio where she had the privilege to be an instrumental music teacher in the Parma City School District. During her tenure she held the position of High School Director of Bands, Assistant Director of Bands and director of Middle School/Elementary Bands.

As a private studio instructor, she encourages all her students to become active and productive members in their school ensembles while always continuing to focus on their individual musical development. She customizes lessons to suit each student's needs, ability levels and musical endeavors. Students that choose to pursue participation in enrichment ensembles are provided with the guidance necessary to prepare the required music and to have a positive experience. Beyond their school music programs her students achievements include membership in the Seton Hill Honors Band, Westmoreland County Honors Bands, All-Ohio State Fair Band, Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, OMEA Honors Bands, Collegiate Honors Bands and participation in adjudicated events.

While teaching in Ohio she enjoyed performing with professional and civic ensembles. These ensembles include: Emperors of Swing, Gabriel's Horns, Seasonal Brass, The Cleveland Symphonic Winds, The Lakeland Community College Bands, The University of Akron Summer Brass Ensemble and various school/civic theatres. She is currently principal Euphonium with the Westmoreland Symphonic Winds and is performing locally with various civic ensembles including the Musicians Concert Band of Butler, PA.

Her academic history includes a BA of Music Education from Cleveland State University and an MA of Music Education from the The University of Akron. She studied trombone with Jim Taylor and Ed Zadrozny and studied Euphonium with Jim Taylor, Tucker Jolly and most recently Dr. Zach Collins.

Amy teaches three days a week in person and online through Johnstonbaughs Music Center. She is accepting students of all ages and ability levels for Euphonoium, Tuba and Trombone studies. In addition to performing she enjoys spending time cycling, hiking and cooking.


Strings - Violin, Viola, Cello

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Olga Taimanov

Focus Area: Orchestral Strings
Instruments: Violin and Viola
Rate: $30 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Golden Mile, Virtual

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Olga Taimanov is a native of Leningrad and attended the Special Music School for Gifted Children in Leningrad, Russia. She graduated from Leningrad State Conservatory and earned her Artist Diploma from Duquesne University. Mrs. Taimanov has held numerous orchestral positions, such as Principal Violist of St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra "Mozarteum", Principal Violist of the State Symphony Orchestra "Klassica", and Associate Principal Viola of the Israel Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra. Mrs. Taimanov’s orchestra experience also includes performances with the world renowned Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.She has performed under such great conductors as Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, and Y. Temirkanov.

Mrs. Taimanov’s chamber music experience includes performing at many international chamber music festivals such as "Abu-Gosh" in Israel, "Villa Music" in Germany, "The White Nights" in Russia and "Goetehanum" in Switzerland. Mrs. Taimanov has received awards including winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Competition in 2001 and being nominated for the National All-American Scholar Collegiate Award in 2002. Mrs. Taimanov continues to be an active performer and teacher. Her busy schedule includes solo, chamber, and orchestral performances. In the past she performed with numerous orchestras around Pittsburgh, including Pittsburgh Opera as well as the Wheeling Symphony and Three Rivers City orchestra in WV. She is a former member of Erie Philharmonic, currently an associate member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon.


Judy Willman

Focus Area: Orchestral Strings
Instruments: Violin and Viola
Rate: $22 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Golden Mile

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Judy Willman grew up in the Penn Hills area and graduated from Penn Hills High School. She attended Carnegie Mellon where she studied viola with George Grossman and graduated with a degree in Music Education. She taught strings in the North Hills School District. Graduate work took her to Bringham Young University where she studied viola with Percy Kalt and played in the Utah Valley Symphony. She later went to Arizona and taught strings in the Phoenix Public Schools and played with the Mesa Symphony. Since returning to Pittsburgh, Judy has continued to play – both with the McKeesport Symphony and the Butler Symphony, among other places. Judy also works as an artist, painting storefront windows and participating in area craft shows.


Percussion

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Brandon Miller

Focus Area: Percussion
Instruments: Percussion
Rate: $23 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Golden Mile

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Brandon graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with his Bachelor of Science in Education with a concentration in music. He grew up east of Pittsburgh and graduated from Kiski Area School District. From his time in the ensembles at IUP and Kiski Area, Brandon has become a well rounded musician and an expert percussionist.

Lessons are based on learning the fundamentals of musicianship through percussion. We will work on reading music and the technique involved in playing percussion, at the appropriate level for each student. Brandon has experience in many types of ensembles including percussion ensemble, concert band, marching band and jazz band both in high school and college. Learning different forms of percussion and different styles will help to become not just a percussionist, but a musician. Available lesson areas: general percussion (bells and snare drum), drum set, marching percussion.


Piano

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Brina Davis

Focus Area: Piano
Instruments: Piano
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Golden Mile, Virtual

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Brina Davis received her Bachelors degree in music and psychology from Saint Vincent College in 2016. She specializes in private and group piano lessons for all ages. Outside of teaching piano, Brina enjoys assisting in master classes, hosting student recitals, and managing childcare services. She is a member of the National Federation of Music Club and the Music Teachers National Association.


Melinda Plowman

Focus Area: Piano
Instruments: Piano
Rate: $23 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Golden Mile, Virtual

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Melinda Plowman is a graduate of Clarion State University with a graduate study at Indiana University of PA. She is a trained classical pianist with extensive performance experience. She has taught piano privately for Larry Cervi School of Performing Arts, Murphy’s Music Studio, and Open Door Christian Academy. She is an accomplished accompanist for the Kiski Area High School and Junior High School Choirs. She previously accompanied Highlands, Leechburg, Apollo Ridge, and St. Joseph’s High School Choirs. Melinda has also accompanied several musicals, including: The Wizard of Oz, Footloose, Hello Dolly, Camelot, and My Fair Lady. She has also accompanied the Natrona Heights Rotary Club Concerts. Melinda regularly works as a substitute pianist for churches in the Western PA area.


Guitar

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Rick Clew

Focus Area: Guitar
Instruments: Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Beginner Mandolin
Rate: $25 per 30 minute lesson
Locations: Golden Mile

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Rick Clew is a graduate of Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Professional Music. He is the former owner and head instructor of Plum Boro Music which served this area for 18 years. Rick performs regularly with The Gillie Brothers Band and does various benefits and fundraisers with a professional group of musicians such as Rick Witkowski, Hermie Granati and Nashville singer songwriter Bailey Taylor and other talented players. Rick likes to cater to the individual needs of each student, and teaches many songs of all genres chosen by student to keep the lesson process as interesting as possible. Rick has helped many of his students with their school jazz programs in Plum and Franklin Regional school districts as well as the Moon Area school district where he has been a resident for most of his life.


Matt Korbanic

Focus Area: Guitar
Instruments: Guitar, Bass guitar, Ukulele
Rate: $98 monthly, or $27 for 30 minute lessons
Locations: Golden Mile, Allison Park, Virtual

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“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.

Act 33/34

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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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