Lessons & Teachers

Photo by Ty Greenlees, Dayton Daily News

Music education has been a central theme since our inception.

Whether in classes or private lessons, our teachers make a real difference!

Our staff of over 50 teachers has been the focal point of our development as a leading music center in south Dayton. From pianists and guitarists with advanced degrees in music, to some of the area’s leading  professional orchestral and symphonic musicians, as well as professional performing and recording artists in a variety of genres and music therapy, our staff is simply the best around.  Get to know our teachers through their biographies on the right.

Get to know our teachers through their biographies on the right.

To schedule lessons,  fill out our online lesson referral form, or call us at (937) 435-2900, or and we’ll connect you with the teacher whose musical skills, teaching philosophy and personality match what you are looking for.

For special class offerings, including beginning guitar classes, classical guitar ensembles and Music Together™ for very young children, click here.

High-quality rental instruments are available through McCutcheon Music’s budget-friendly rent-to-own program.

McCutcheon Music is pleased to welcome Greg Chako to our guitar teaching staff!

Greg Chako has been playing and teaching guitar around the world for the past four decades.  Born and raised in Cincinnati, Greg has been playing guitar since he was 10 years old.  After attending the renowned Berklee College of Music, Greg played guitar in clubs and restaurants throughout the Northeast for several years.  In 1992 Greg relocated to Hong Kong and quickly became a sought after jazz performer, and eventually a professional talent manager and band leader as well.  Live performances paved the way for Greg to record several albums that include both jazz standards and original compositions.  Having spent nearly two decades living and playing music throughout abroad, Greg returned to the United States to further his education.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Empire State College, a Master of Music degree with a special focus on arranging from William Paterson University, and has nearly completed a Doctorate of Music Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.  Aside from teaching, Greg maintains an active performing schedule and is working on his eleventh album.



McCutcheon Music is pleased to welcome Janell Winigman to our music therapy staff!

Janell Winigman is a board-certified Music Therapist, and has an additional certification in Neurologic Music Therapy. With a Bachelor’s of Arts in Music degree from the University of Utah, Janell headed to her home state of New York to complete her Master’s in Music Therapy degree at SUNY New Paltz. After two years of working with people of all ages as a Music Therapist in Indianapolis, she has recently moved and is now making the Dayton area home. Janell is passionate about helping people achieve a wide variety of goals through adaptive music lessons and music therapy. During her free time, Janell actively participates in music at church as a children’s music leader, and as a member of the choir. She also enjoys playing board games and video games with her husband, watching movies, and cooking.



Click here for "Blues for Beginning Guitarists" audio tracks.