Private Piano Lessons
The piano instructors at Richland Academy are pleased to provide quality piano instruction to students of all ages. No matter what your skill level and abilities, we provide a fun and comfortable environment for you to learn. Taking private piano lessons allows you learn at your own pace, and at a time that specifically fits into your schedule!
What are you waiting for?
Give us a call at 419-522-8224 to schedule your lesson today!
Diego Santamaria (Piano, Keyboard, Guitar)
Diego received a Licensure and Bachelor’s in Music Education Studies (K-12) from Universidad Libre de Costa Rica and is a Keyboardist, Pianist and Organist. He also studied popular music and Improvisation from the Omar Arroyo Academy of Music (Costa Rica). Diego has been working in education for 8 years. Currently, Diego is also a permanent substitute teacher at Spanish Immersion-Mansfield City Schools and Spanish tutor.
Alicia Porter (Piano)
Alicia received both her BS and MS in Math Education from Pensacola Christian College, Florida. She is a student in the Royal Conservatory, London methodology. Alicia has been teaching private piano lessons since 1998 and provided accompaniment for many recitals and special events. Currently she is the Music Director and a math instructor at Temple Christian School.
Rachel Ballitch (Voice & Piano)
Rachel is a recent graduate from Ohio Wesleyan University with a Piano Performance and Vocal Performance Major with a German Studies Minor . She has studied under the tutelage of Dr. Gulimina Mahamuti for four years. Rachel has performed at various master classes including: the 2013 OhioMTA State Conference Pre-College Piano Master Class, and at the piano master classes at Ohio Wesleyan University given by the Cleveland International Piano Competition winner, Alexander Shimpf, by Oberlin’s Peter Takács, and by the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing piano professor, Guan Changxin. Rachel most recently worked as an intern at Richland Academy of the Arts and is currently teaching Music for Little Mozarts, ages 4-6 and piano.
Chesley Talisse' (Piano, Woodwinds)
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 Richland School of Academic Arts 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. Chesley is currently studying to receive her Masters Degree from Capital University.
Tara Briner (Piano)
Tara received her degree from the University of Akron. Currently she accompanies the Richland Academy Women’s Ensemble and serves as the organist at the First Congregational Church in Mansfield Ohio. She is originally from Georgia where she worked as a Ballet Accompanist and Church Musician. In addition to playing for University and Dance Academies, Tara worked in Episcopal, Community Methodist and Presbyterian Churches. In her own words, Tara describes being a musician this way, "The delightful work of being a musician is a blessing in itself, one that I appreciate greatly. Music can be comforting, expressive, or jubilant. It is the universal language."
Michelle Quimby (Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Voice)
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.