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 James E. Smith to our guitar teaching staff!

Jazz guitarist James E. Smith is an accomplished performer, educator, author, and arranger. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Mexico, and a Masters of Music from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Currently he is on the adjunct guitar faculty at the University of Dayton. Mr. Smith has recently retired from teaching at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Central State University, having taught at each for more than 30 years.

Mr. Smith has performed for three national broadcasts on National Public Radio, as well as giving live performances at the Nancy Jazz Pulsations Festival, and the Newport Jazz Festival. In his career, he has performed with fellow jazz musicians Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Cal Collins, and many others.  To read Mr. Smith’s full biography click here.

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