John studied classical guitar at the University of Dayton and has taught several guitar styles professionally since 1987. He was the first teacher ever hired at McCutcheon Music and has been with us over 25 years!
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.
Kyleen Downes has studied the guitar for over 15 years. After she earned an Associate of Arts in Education in 2007, she transferred to Wright State University to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Along with her classical guitar repertoire, Kyleen loves playing various musical styles such as folk, rock and pop. She incorporates these various styles into her own songwriting. She is an active performer in her community often singing and strumming her acoustic guitar at coffee shops, libraries, and restaurants. Kyleen is most passionate about helping her students achieve their individual musical goals and encouraging them to explore the endless possibilities in music.
Evan Fiehrer is a guitarist with degrees from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. An accomplished classical guitarist, Evan has played solo and ensemble concerts throughout the Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana areas, and along the East Coast as part of the Blue Guitar Quartet. Evan teaches a variety of styles, including classical, acoustic fingerstyle, pop, and rock guitar.
A Guitar Institute of Technology graduate, with additional guitar study at Wright State University, John has taught at McCutcheon Studios since 1990, and is an active performer in the area rock scene. He is one of the most organized and thorough teachers we have ever seen in this genre. Rock, blues.
Banjo, Mandolin, Autoharp, Ukulele
Dan has been playing traditional music for nearly 50 years and is a nationally recognized master old-time fiddler and banjoist. He teaches those instruments, along with guitar, mandolin, autoharp, ukulele and more, in a wide variety of traditional styles. More at www.dangellert.com.
Studied at the University of Miami, Jazz guitar major. Proficient in jazz and blues guitar.
Have played with or opened for Otis Rush, BB King, Chuck Berry, Del Shannon, Ben E. King, The Marvelettes, The Drifters, W.C. Clark, Little Anthony, Sonny Rhodes, Tommy Castro, The Flamingos, Mary Wells, Coco Montoya, Johnny Nitro, Steve Arrington, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Walter Trout, Jimmy Johnson, Deanna Bogart
B.S., B.Mus. in Music Performance (WSU), M.Mus. in Music Education (WSU). Styles include classical, folk, fingerstyle, jazz, and banjo. Jim is Artist-in-Residence at the University of Dayton and Faculty Associate at Wright State University. He is known to children as “The Guitar Man” and specializes in teaching young students from age 7 up. His books and CDs are available at McCutcheon Music, and you can visit his website at www.jim.mccutcheon.biz
James E. Smith
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.
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.