Piano and Trumpet
Davis McKinney has been playing trumpet for 20 years and the piano for nearly as long. A recent graduate of Bowling Green State University, he completed his master’s in trumpet performance there while studying with Charles Saenz. He also accompanied many students for various juries, recitals, and other performances.
A native of the Cleveland area, yet an Ohioan all his life, Davis received his Bachelor’s in Music Education from Miami University while studying there with James Olcott and Dr. Robert Thomas. While in school he had the privilege to perform with various orchestras in the area, specifically the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Middletown Symphony Orchestra, and the Lebanon Symphony Orchestra. After student teaching and graduation, he taught private lessons around Dayton before moving to Bowling Green to further his education.
He then attended Miami University where he received his Bachelor of Music Education with the intention of being a public school music teacher.
Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele and Mandolin
The magic of music showed up early in Michael’s life; specifically in the person of a Chicago Symphony Orchestra string player, who demo’ed the instruments of the Viol family. Michael decided he HAD to play the viola, because it sounded so incredible! Fast-forward through Suzuki string classes, elementary school and onward to junior and senior high school, with private lessons for most of this time. Michael’s orchestra conductor began pestering him to consider going to music camps like Interlochen, getting one of the “right” teachers, and getting on the road to CCM for classical music. However, at about 13 years old, Michael had concurrently taken up… the… guitar. Concentration on private lessons and viola practice began to fade, and playing the guitar began occupying every spare moment.
Michael has studied jazz theory with several wonderful teachers, including CCM Theory & Composition grad Keith Bowers, and Rick Fitzgerell of the Manhattan School of Music. He has played in several blues, pop and country cover bands, and currently is working with a keyboard collaborator, writing and recording original music in the project studio in his home; Michael is also a pro-level slide guitar player. He is also responsible for the dubious scientific discovery that if you have played for four hours, you can put toothache gel on the tips of your fingers, and play for another four hours.
“I feel that any song that the student would love to be able to play can be a jumping-off point for learning not only the song, but also the ‘nuts and bolts’ of how music works, and different techniques their favorite players may be using. There is a magic to seeing someone’s favorite song come together under their fingers, and realizing, ‘This is how my favorite song is really played!’”
Voice, Guitar and Bass
“My main objective as a teacher is to treat each student as an individual. I believe the learning process is too complex to teach each student by the same method. I adjust my teaching for each student.”
From recitals to studio recordings, club or festival gigs, Josh brings the background and practical experience to the practice studio and his students. It is this well rounded background and his patient, easy going manner that give him an edge when preparing his students for musical careers or the enjoyment of making music for pleasure. Drawing on his rock, blues, jazz and classical influences that range from Beatles, Led Zeppelin and the Doors, to B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Earl Klugh, or Andres Segovia , he can make the classics, punk, alternative or metal all “come alive in your learning experience.” You can see Josh playing around the greater Cincinnati area in his band Oregonia. Josh has performed on Fox 19′s “Cincinnality”, at Foundation Square, regularly around Cincinnati and in Nashville and New York. When Josh isn’t staying busy performing and teaching, he lends his talents to the O’Keefe Music Foundation as an executive producer.
Guitar, Piano, Drums, Bass, Mandolin and Banjo
Derek’s first instrument was the drums which he began when he was nine years old and played, along with percussion, in his school band from 4th to 12th grade. When he was fifteen he decided to play the guitar. Having purchased a chord book, he then proceeded to teach himself how to play. Initially drawn to folk and finger-picking guitarists like John Fahey and Leo Kottke, he soon branched out to all different styles; from Rock, to Blues and Jazz. When he was sixteen he decided to learn piano and advanced considerably on it as well, learning to play songs from The Beatles to Erik Satie. He has played gigs all over the Cincinnati and Dayton area at establishments such as The Southgate House Revival, The Blind Lemon, Baba Budan’s, Canal Street Tavern and others. As a songwriter who has been recording and playing guitar, bass, drums, piano, banjo, mandolin and a multitude of other various instruments for nearly ten years now, Derek is extremely excited for the opportunity to give back to budding musicians the talents he’s acquired, and through basic notation and music theory, along with a commitment to each student’s individual needs, help to advance their understanding, appreciation, and proficiency of their instrument.
Drums, Voice, Piano, Guitar and Music Production
Morgan Asher cannot remember life before music. At the age of 3, he started playing the classic beginners kit, pots and pans on the kitchen floor. He received his first real drum kit at the age of 4 and haven’t stop playing since. Morgan grew up playing in multiple bands and performing at various venues from the age of 10 with bands such as Thunderhead (including various members of The Blessed Union of Souls). Around the age of 12 he started recording in studio and writing originals with various bands he was affiliated with gaining experience in musical composition. Being consumed by the idea of recording records, Morgan furthered his education by attending The Warren County Career Center for Digital Design for 2 years and taking as many music course that his high school had to offer from music theory to choir and jazz band. After high school Morgan decided to make music his life pursuit by attending Sinclair Community College for 2 years for music production and various music theory and composition classes, eventually leading him to UC for Electronic Media and Jazz Studies. While enrolled in college pursuing his education and passion, Morgan co-owned and co-operated This Is That Recording studio located in Maineville, gaining experience and knowledge that would be a defining movement in his development in life and as a musician. Being the head engineer and the drum session musician of This Is That, Morgan was challenged with having to understand and be completely comfortable with almost every type of musical genre such as R&B, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Metal, Hip-Hop, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Blues, Indie, Country, Electronica, Fusion, and Classical. Through opening the recording studio, he has been introduced to many great opportunities such as recording drums on Roy Orbison’s song “Evergreen” for the “Sun Records” label’s archive in Nashville, performing with Oregonia, appearing on Cincinnati’s own television show “Cincinnality”and performing at the Freedom Center on the 4th of July celebration in front of 5,000 people. He has recorded over 20 albums and has performed either drums and percussion or background instruments on 15 of those albums. Morgan is also lead engineer for the O’Keefe Music Foundation. He recently edited the video for their latest project, “1952 Vincent Black Lightning“. In the 20 years of experience that he has accumulated, with the innumerable performances, recordings, extensive education and research in music, Morgan Asher is able to craft lessons that suit each student’s learning style. No one person is alike nor should they’re path to understanding be the same as any other.
Piano and Trumpet
Rachel Clair holds the Bachelor of Music degree from Carnegie Mellon University and has been studying piano and trumpet for nearly twenty years. A native of Rochester, New York, Rachel has studied trumpet and piano with some of the finest teachers in the upstate New York area, several of which currently serve on the faculty of the world-renowned Eastman School of Music. She has studied piano with several prominent teachers in Rochester and at Carnegie Mellon University and trumpet with Herb Smith of the Rochester Philharmonic, jazz trumpeter Clay Jenkins, and George Vosburgh, Principal Trumpet of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Rachel comes from a musical family and was constantly surrounded by music at home. Her father (and Rachel’s first brass teacher) co-founded Swing Shift, a highly successful big band in the Rochester area that can be heard at numerous high-profile corporate functions, outdoor summer festivals, and other outlets. As a young trumpet player, Rachel performed for several years with the prestigious Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and toured with the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra through Austria. After high school, Rachel continued her musical studies at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, where she performed with such varied and diverse groups as the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, the Carnegie Mellon Wind Symphony, the Carnegie Mellon Jazz Ensemble, and several chamber ensembles. As a member of those groups, she performed everything from Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in Pittsburgh’s famed Heinz Hall to staples of the wind ensemble, contemporary jazz ensemble, and brass quintet literature.
Piano and Voice
Annie Burton studied voice at Indiana University and Eastman School of music where she performed in many operas and choruses. She has recently performed with Indianapolis Opera, Chicago Folks Operetta, Evanston Savoyaires and Opera on Tap Chicago. She has taught voice in Chicago, Indianapolis and Bloomington, IN and is very excited to join the faculty of Lebanon Music Academy!
Annie teaches fun, stress- free lessons in classical, musical theater, pop, folk, country, and R&B style singing using a healthy vocal technique which is based on the bel canto style of emphasizing ideas of placement, tone, diction, and musical expression. Annie is a very patient and encouraging teacher of beginning piano, theory and musicianship. She loves to teach people of all ages and stages in life from preschoolers to senior citizens and everyone in between!