Teachers – Piano

Dr. Minjie Bao, D.M.A.

Minjie Bao holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Morehead State University, and a Bachelor of Piano Performance degree from Sichuan Conservatory of Music, Chengdu, China.  Minjie has been teaching piano for more than ten years. She enjoys working with young beginners, and believes music brings fun and hope to our life. Minjie has recently earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Minnesota. In addition to teaching at McCutcheon Music, Minjie is a Collaborative Pianist in the voice department at the University of Dayton. Her teaching methods include use of note reading, playing and singing, basic theory, and musical expression.



Piano - CashwellDr. Brian Cashwell

Dr. Brian Cashwell (D.M.A. University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, M.M. University of Georgia, B.M. Florida State University,) is the director of the Wright State University Jazz Ensemble. Equally at home in jazz and classical idioms, Mr. Cashwell maintains an active schedule performing in a variety of musical roles.
Mr. Cashwell has taught jazz history, jazz improvisation, class piano, jazz piano and world music and music appreciation courses at Wright State University, and teaches applied jazz piano lessons keyboard harmony at Central State University.  To read Dr. Cashwell’s full biography click here.



davis2012webJan Davis
Jan holds a B.M. in Piano Performance/Piano Pedagogy from WSU where she taught in the CMD. Jan enjoys teaching children, teens, adults, and seniors with a unique playing-based approach that has students playing great-sounding blues, classical, contemporary, gospel, and accompaniments from their very first lessons. She is a licensed Simply Music teacher.



Pianno - TeresaTeresa Hermiz
Teresa specializes in teaching young children as soon as they can read. She likes incorporating the computer into her pedagogy.  Aside from performing in supper clubs, she has worked in Children’s Theatre and has accompanied many soloist and choirs over the past 60+ years. Teresa holds lecture recitals for all her students.






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Linda Kessler graduated cum laude from Heidelberg University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance with a minor in Organ Performance. Linda has been performing piano professionally in the greater Dayton area for over 35 years, served as Assistant Music Director for La Comeida Dinner Theater in years past, and is currently the staff accompanist at Wright State University. Linda has been teaching piano and organ to students age 5 years old through adult for 20 years. Her teaching philosophy encompasses note reading, theory, sight reading, ear training, transposing, improvising and chords.



Piano - Karen LinaberryKaren Linaberry

Karen Linaberry began her musical instruction at a young age at the Cleveland Music School Settlement and went on to the University of the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance. She taught piano for several years and has always maintained affiliation with the musical community wherever she has lived. She is a long-term member of the Bach Society of Dayton. Karen is now returning to her early love of teaching piano. Music has always brought joy to her life and she wants to pass on the fun to her students!



moore_webCharles Moore
Charles holds a bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance. Charles is an active composer and teacher, and has taught piano at the university of Dayton, He has given spirited lessons at McCutcheon Music for many years, and regularly holds recitals for his students.





northhalwebHal North
Hal works with beginners thru advanced players emphasizing solid musical fundamentals as well as arranging, theory and composition. He has performed over 50 years, and performs at several area restaurants, churches as well as other private engagements.




Dr. Nanyi Qiang

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.