Meet The Teachers
Julie Chambers, Capital University graduate, studio owner, and teacher has been teaching since 2008. She has her state teachers license, Bachelor’s and Master’s in music education, Kodaly certification, Music Pedagogy diploma, and has begun her Estill Voice Training. She has experience teaching public school music, preschool general music, choir, piano, and voice lessons. She currently performs regularly at Grove City United Methodist Church as organist, accompanist, and vocalist. Contact us to get scheduled for piano or voice lessons with Julie!
Dr. Amy Schumaker Bliss is a Capital graduate, returning to the area of her alma mater to teach and continue her music career after a long detour which took her to the UK for her master’s degree and New Jersey, where she earned her doctorate at Rutgers University and taught at Rowan University. Amy has experience teaching music to students in preschool through university level and her degrees are in music performance (euphonium) and music education. In private lesson and small group settings, Amy has experience with teaching low brass (especially euphonium and baritone), chamber brass, music theory, and even music history. Amy has recently published a children’s book, called “Amy’s Brass Band” which introduces the brass band to young children. Click here to hear her performance with the Atlantic Brass Band. Contact us now to get scheduled for lessons with Amy!
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Christa is a 2011 graduate of the Ohio State University with a degree in Music Education where she received Student Teacher of the Year. She has been teaching general and choral music in schools ever since. Christa started her public school teaching career in the Worthington City Schools, and has been teaching at the Buckley School in New York City for the past five years. With 15 years of experience teaching piano lessons privately she is excited to get back to her hometown of Bexley, Ohio to continue her teaching passion. Contact us now to get scheduled for piano lessons with Christa!
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Dr. Meredith Smith has been performing and teaching music professionally for over 15 years. She enjoys teaching musical theatre and classical music. She is currently the Director of Vocal Music at Licking Heights High School in Pataskala, Ohio. At LHHS she directs five choirs, has served as Academic Chair for the Performing and Visual Arts, teaches various levels of music theory, and is music director of the high school’s musical theater productions. Meredith obtained her Ph.D. in 2021 from The Ohio State University in Music Education. She obtained both her BM in Vocal Music Education and MME with Kodaly Choral Emphasis from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Her teaching experience includes teaching private piano and voice lessons, elementary through high school general, and choral music in Northern Virginia and Central Ohio. She’s been teaching at Licking Heights for more than nine years; her choirs have performed at Carnegie Hall and have worked with directors such as Dr. Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Dr. Sandra Mathias, Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt, Dr. Dennis Malfatti, Dr. Katalin Kiss, and John Rutter. Also, Meredith’s ensembles have served multiple years as a lab choir for the graduate students in Music Education at the Kodaly Institute at Capital University. Currently, she lives in central Ohio with her husband, two children, and two dogs.
Ejiela has been teaching piano lessons since 2013 to students of varying ages in the Columbus area. Her primary area is classical piano, but she has had experience with other genres and encourages her students to explore other genres as well. She graduated from Capital University in 2015 with a degree in Piano Performance. Her performance experience includes masterclasses with Dr. Nelita True and Gale Berenson as well as solo playing, accompanying, ensemble playing, and competitions in the Indianapolis and Columbus areas. Contact us now to get scheduled for piano lessons with Ejiela!
Amy Jackson is a music teacher in the Columbus area, teaching voice, piano, and ukulele lessons in Bexley and Pickerington. Amy is a graduate of Capital University, where she earned her Bachelors in Music Education. She currently teaches K-6 general music and choir in Springfield, OH. Throughout her career, she has studied many genres of music and can teach contemporary music, classical, opera, and musical theatre. Amy is passionate about helping others find their voice and fervently believes that everyone can sing. Throughout instruction, students of all ability levels engage in vocalises, multiple genres of music, and singing games that will challenge students while meeting them where they’re at. Outside of the music studio, Amy is a Disney fanatic and loves going to baseball games. Contact us now to get scheduled for piano, ukulele, or voice lessons with Amy!
Maria Prentice, from Granville, Ohio, is set to graduate from Capital University in May 2020 with degrees in Piano Pedagogy and Performance. As a student, she has earned several music scholarships, including the Presser Award. Maria started playing piano in 2006 through the Denison University Suzuki Program. She has been teaching, using the Suzuki Philosophy, since 2016; and began taking Suzuki Teacher Training in 2018. Her current and previous teachers include Tianshu Wang, Chad Baker, Maryfrances Kirsh, and Orlay Alonso. She is currently a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and Capital University’s chapter of the Music Teachers’ National Association. Learn more about Suzuki lessons from her blog or contact us now to get scheduled for piano lessons with Maria!
Stephen has many passions through education with a solid basis in early music education. Graduating from Capital University with a bachelors in music education, his passion for teaching music grew on a more individualized level. Stephen has been teaching privately since graduating. He teaches voice, drums, piano, and ukulele. Balancing his other passion with early childhood education, Stephen is currently an early preschool teacher at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus right here in Bexley. He finds there are many similarities with ECE and music education that make for a wonderful partnership. Stephen is an active church musician singing in various church choirs throughout the Columbus area. Check out Stephen’s recent blog articles on vocal health, practice tips, and singing styles or contact us now to get scheduled for piano, ukulele, drum or voice lessons with Stephen!
Janie Burwick, originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, is an education major at Capital University. As a music education major, she studies both classical and jazz piano, as well as voice. Past and current instructors include Emily Beck, Scott Ewing, Sharon Stohrer, Tony Bondardi, and Dr. Tianshu Wang. She also plays ukulele, clarinet, electric bass, and works as a collaborative pianist and music theory tutor. Her performance experience includes rock bands, solo recitals, and performances with Capital University’s Choral Union. Currently, she is a part of Capital University’s Women’s Chorus and Rock Ensemble. A piano student since 2004 and a private lesson instructor since 2015, she is passionate about sharing music with the world, and making it approachable and accessible for everyone. Contact us now to get scheduled for piano, ukulele, or voice lessons with Janie!
Austin Hamilton is currently a Jazz Studies major, with an emphasis in guitar, attending Capital University in Bexley, Ohio. He has been playing guitar since 2011, and has studied under Terry McClanahan, Doug Neel and Stan Smith. Austin specializes in rock and jazz, but also has experience in playing classical, country and funk. Along with guitar, Austin teaches music composition, songwriting, and ukulele. Austin has studied music composition with Dr. Dina Lentsner, Tony Zilincik, Dr. Mark Lochstamphor, and Stan Smith. He currently performs in ensembles at Capital University and his rock band Null Set. Contact us now to get scheduled for guitar, banjo, or ukulele lessons with Austin!
Claire Dollison is a musician who is primarily known as a trumpet artist who is currently attending Capital University as a music education major. Claire has been involved with music, playing trumpet, and many other instruments including piano, flute, and French horn, since 2008. She has accomplished many things throughout her career. She has been invited to play in many honor bands much like the Ohio State University Honor Band, Wright State University Tri-State Honor Band, and the Ohio University Honor Band Festival. Claire has done numerous amounts of performances as well through ensembles and solo playing with things like recitals and OMEA contest, receiving superior ratings on class A solos. Claire has also booked multiple gigs ranging from things like pit orchestras for musicals, churches, etc. Throughout Claire’s career, she has won many awards in school ranging from Most Outstanding Brass Player, Most Improved, and also school scholarships on behalf of her playing. Check out our Get Started page now to get scheduled for lessons with Claire.
Julian Dittmer is a 2020 graduate of Capital University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies. As an up-and-coming pianist/keyboardist in the Columbus music scene, Julian has amassed significant professional experience, performing over 500 gigs since 2014 in a wide variety of styles—jazz, pop/rock, funk, soul, salsa, and gospel. He has been teaching private piano lessons since 2017, and tutored Jazz Theory and Jazz Arranging while at Capital University. Julian is passionate about music, and loves to share his musical knowledge with others. To him, there is nothing more satisfying than expressing himself creatively through the piano. By equipping his students with the proper music theory knowledge, ear training, and practice techniques, Julian seeks to enable his students to express themselves creatively as well. When not on stage, performing, or in the studio, teaching, you can often find him out on the disc golf course, or cheering on his favorite Ohio sports teams. Check out our Get Started page now to get scheduled for composition, jazz piano, or beginning piano lessons with Julian.
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Anne Todt has taught piano and voice for over twenty years at Capital University’s College-Preparatory and Adult Education Departments. She enjoys teaching classical, musical theatre, and jazz voice. She has sung professionally in Cantari Singers, Lancaster Chorale and Columbus Bach Ensemble. The Columbus Chamber Singers, which Anne directs has performed in Austria and Italy. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the Ohio State University (voice emphasis) and a Master of Music Degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.
Besides music, Anne enjoys swimming, riding her bike, reading and movies. Check out our Get Started page now to get scheduled for lessons with Anne.