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Instrument Lessons

We offer private lessons in a variety of instruments including brass, woodwinds, strings and percussion.  Our knowledgeable faculty are committed to providing students of all ages and skill levels with professional and comfortable learning experience. 

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Damian Boyd
(Trombone & all Brass Instruments, Music Theory & Composition, Community Big Band)

Damian studied both Music Theory and Jazz studies at Toledo University and The Ohio State University. He has also studied with Dick Johnson, James Masters, and James Ducci. Damian is a certified piano tuner. He has taught music in Columbus, Springfield, and Mansfield, Ohio. Currently Damian teaches instrumental music and Rock Ensemble at RASE and performs Jazz regularly throughout the Mansfield area.


Chesley Talisse'
(Clarinet, Flute, & Piano)

Chesley received her BME from Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music where she received her licensure to teach general music. She began her teaching career as a K through 8th grade General Music Teacher and Band Director at Brice Christian Academy-Columbus. Currently she is the K-8 general music teacher at RASE and also directs the A ‘capella choir and Rock Ensemble. Chesley is currently the Director of Reynoldsburg Community Band, and is affiliated with New Horizons Band. She is certified Music Play and Drama Kids, and teaches Mommy & Me music class in addition to private lessons.



Kyle Katterheinrich

(Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, KidzRock)

Kyle Katterheinrich has been playing music for well over 15 years and guitar for more than 12 years. Before moving to Mansfield, he previously taught guitar and piano private lessons and group classes in Columbus for 5 years. Kyle graduated from Capital University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Industry, studying both jazz and classical guitar. He currently leads worship at a church on a weekly basis and plays in a rock cover band for fun. Kyle is well-versed in both rhythm and lead guitar techniques, music theory, and songwriting, and he is comfortable teaching all styles: rock, jazz, blues, classical, metal, pop, and more!



Wyatt Boggs


Wyatt is currently a Junior at Clearfork High School.  He is a member of the marching band and the Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has studied privately with Jim Smith, a former instructor of Richland Academy. Wyatt is currently in a Jazz Combo and performs regularly around the Mansfield area.  



Michelle Quimby

Guitar Department Chair

Michelle is a guitar, piano, theory, and ensemble instructor with over 12 years of teaching experience. She has a bachelor’s degree in music performance with classical guitar and a focus on music business from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.  In the early years of her career, Michelle taught under the guidance of Andy Rega at Music Academy of Chelmsford in Massachusetts.  She is a recent transplant to Richland County from Knoxville, TN where she has been teaching at Knoxville Academy of Music (KAM) since 2007.  During her time at KAM, she developed an infant and toddler music program of her own, taught all ages of students in a variety of instruments and music styles, and directed an advanced youth classical guitar performance group called Knoxville Bella Corda.  She has also received several nominations for Best Music Teacher by CityView magazine.  Being in music education since 2005 has given Michelle a passion for instruction. She believes successful teaching comes from an understanding of not just the subject, but of the student. Michelle works with each student individually to discover what learning style works best and adjusts her teaching style to accommodate the needs of the student. Through patience, knowledge, and humor, Michelle helps her students build a love for learning and for music.


Helga Rein

(Violin and Viola)

Helga received her Bachelor's of Music in 2000 from Cleveland State University and went on to receive her Master's in Arts Education in 2005 from Baldwin-Wallace College. During this time, she received several honors and awards and was involved in numerous orchestras including the Cleveland Philharmonic.
She has been a private music instructor since 1978 and has taught at several schools and colleges throughout Ohio including Wooster and Lexington school districts, Cuyahoga Community College, and Cleveland State University.




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