Lessons & Teachers

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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 45 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 Dr. Nanyi Qiang, Caroline Slocum, and Dustin Trimble to our teaching staff!

Dr. Nanyi Qiang – piano and voice

Dr. Nanyi Qiang holds two degrees in Piano Performance: a Bachelor of Music degree from Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China, and a Master of Music degree from the University of Washington. He completed his D.M.A. in Collaborative Piano and Coaching from the University of Minnesota. Able to draw from a wide range of experiences, Dr. Qiang tailors his approach to teaching based on each student’s goals and learning style. Currently Dr. Qiang is an Assistant Professor of Music at Central State University, OH, where he coaches singers, instrumentalists, and teaches music literature classes. To read Dr. Qiang’s full biography click here.



Caroline Slocum – cello

Caroline Slocum has recently relocated to the Dayton area from Rochester, New York where she was a public school string teacher for 20 years. She taught elementary orchestra grades 1-5 for 9 years, and middle school grades 6-8 for 11 years, loving each unique stage of development. Caroline has also taught pre-twinkle and Suzuki cello classes with the Hochstein School of Music in Rochester, sectional and quartet rehearsals at the American String Teacher Association camp at Ithaca College and managed facilities and schedules for the SCOR! String camp for adults in Rochester, New York. Caroline had performed with the Penfield Symphony Orchestra, the Greater Rochester Women’s Philharmonic, her church’s worship team, in various string trios and quartets, and even a vocal group for many years.



Dustin Trimble – guitar

Dustin Trimble has studied guitar for nearly 30 years and holds a B.A. in Music Performance from Colorado State University-Pueblo. Styles include Rock, Country, Blues, Jazz, Funk, R&B, Soul, Fingerstyle/Fingerpicking, Bluegrass, Folk and studio skills on electric and acoustic. Dustin is an active duty member of the Air Force, and guitarist for the USAF Band of Flight. He has taught privately since 2000. He is passionate about helping each student enjoy the process of learning and improving, overcome obstacles, develop confidence and explore their creativity.

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