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Welcome to Bella Musica

Bella Musica,  from the Italian for “beautiful music,” perfectly encompasses our goal – to lead individuals in their pursuit to create beautiful music and discover their musical potential.

Our mission is to meet the musical needs of the greater-Dayton area by providing quality instruction in a comfortable environment that will cultivate the student’s life-long interest in music.

Our music teachers offer weekly lessons at our studio location or in your own home for voice, piano, guitar, electric bass guitar, violin, viola, flute, clarinet, trumpet and beginning brass,  percussion, and more!.  We are also a retailer for sheet music, methods books and materials, instrument accessories, and more.
Thanks for visiting our website.  We hope to help you create your own “bella musica”!

Teacher Qualifications

Master Teachers are those instructors with at least a Bachelor’s Degree in a music field and advanced training on their instrument.

Teachers are those instructors with at least 10 years of performance and/or teaching experience on their instrument.

<b>Sarah Bucher</b>, Master Teacher
Sarah Bucher, Master TeacherOwner, Voice & Piano Instructor
Sarah Bucher, founder of Bella Musica, holds a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from Wright State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Music and Business Management from Wittenberg University.

Our Valuable Team Members


<b>Fatima Akhmedova</b>, Master Teacher
Fatima Akhmedova, Master TeacherPiano Instructor
Fatima Akhmedova holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with a concentration in Choir and Piano Performance from Wright State University.

Guitar & Songwriting

<b>Garry Ball</b>, Teacher
Garry Ball, TeacherGuitar Instructor
Garry Ball has been teaching guitar for over 30 years to kids and adults alike. He is also a singer, songwriter, and performer.


<b>April Bennett</b>, Master Teacher
April Bennett, Master TeacherVoice Instructor
April Bennett received her bachelor’s in Music Education from Wright State University. Ms. Bennett has experience in performance, both as a choral singer and as a soloist.

Bass & Guitar

Christian Berg, Master Teacher
Christian Berg, Master TeacherBass & Guitar Instructor
Christian Berg holds a Master of Arts in Theory and Composition from Montclair State University, NJ and a Bachelor of Music in Double Bass Performance from Manhattan School of Music in New York.

Violin & Viola

<b>Denise McCready Carter</b>, Master Teacher
Denise McCready Carter, Master TeacherViolin & Viola Insructor
Denise McCready Carter earned her Bachelor of Music Education from Wright State University in 1994. She began teaching privately in 1993.


<b>Dan Duncan</b>, Master Teacher
Dan Duncan, Master TeacherWoodwinds Instructor
Dr. Dan Duncan has been teaching woodwind instruments for over 40 years and holds Music Education degrees from Indiana State University, Wichita State University, and Northwestern University.

Bass & Low Brass

<b>Joe Edwards</b>, Teacher
Joe Edwards, TeacherBass Guitar, Upright Bass, & Low Brass Instructor
Mr. Edwards is an active performing musician who has been teaching upright bass, bass guitar, and all brass instruments for over 40 years. He has also been both a studio & orchestral musician.


<b>Tifton Graves</b>, Master Teacher
Tifton Graves, Master TeacherVoice Instructor
Mr. Graves has a Master’s in Vocal Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance from Youngstown State University.

Piano & Voice

<b>Jia Yu How-VanderMeer</b>, Master Teacher
Jia Yu How-VanderMeer, Master TeacherPiano & Voice Instructor
Ms. How-VanderMeer has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Evansville, and a Diploma in Music (Performance) from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore.

Guitar, Banjo, & Mandolin

<b>Dustin Keith</b>, Master Teacher
Dustin Keith, Master TeacherGuitar, Banjo, & Mandolin Instructor
Dustin Keith holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music. Dustin has performed as a professional musician throughout the Midwest in solo and ensemble settings.

Piano & Organ

<b>Linda Kessler</b>, Master Teacher
Linda Kessler, Master TeacherPiano & Organ Instructor
Linda Kessler graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Organ from Heidelberg University and did graduate work at the University of Dayton.


Yoshiko Kunimitsu, Master Teacher
Yoshiko Kunimitsu, Master TeacherViolin Instructor
Yoshiko received her BM from New England Conservatory of Music, MM from University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and also received additional training at the Universitat Mozarteum in Salzburg Austria.

Violin, Fiddle, Viola

<b>Moira Levant</b>, Master Teacher
Moira Levant, Master TeacherViolin, Viola, & Irish Fiddle
Moira Levant holds a Master’s degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of Limerick, Ireland; a Master’s in Music Comp from Carnegie Mellon; and a Bachelor’s in Music from Wright State.

MYC & Piano

<b>Freda McKinney</b>, Master Teacher
Freda McKinney, Master TeacherMYC & Piano Instructor
Freda McKinney has a Bachelor of Music Education from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas and is pursuing a master’s degree in Music Education at the University of Dayton.

Brass & Piano

<b>Jon Misere</b>, Master Teacher
Jon Misere, Master TeacherBrass & Piano Instructor
Jon Misere graduated from Cedarville College in 1995 with a Bachelor of Music, emphasis in trumpet. He also did further graduate studies in Education at Cedarville University.


<b>Dee Paul</b>, Teacher
Dee Paul, TeacherPiano Instructor
A church musician at heart, Dee’s teaching style focuses more on accompaniment and forming chords and less on traditional note reading.


<b>Elizabeth Procopio</b>, Master Teacher
Elizabeth Procopio, Master TeacherPercussion Instructor
Elizabeth holds a Bacehlor of Music in Percussion from Wright State University. She is an active performer who frequently performs with the Lansing Symphony, Richmond Symphony, and Yellow Springs Chamber Orchestra.


<b>Sarah Robertson</b>, Master Teacher
Sarah Robertson, Master TeacherFlute Instructor
Sarah Robertson holds a Master’s degree in Music Education from Wright State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance, flute emphasis, from Indiana University of South Bend.


<b>Christin Rondeau</b>, Master Teacher
Christin Rondeau, Master TeacherVoice Instructor
Christin Rondeau holds a Master of Music in vocal performance form Miami University in Oxford, OH and a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Mercer University in Macon, GA.


<b>Joseph Saksa</b>, Master Teacher
Joseph Saksa, Master TeacherPiano Instructor
Joseph Saksa has been playing and teaching piano and organ for over 20 years. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Wright State University.

Violin, Viola, Cello

<b>Josh VanTilburgh</b>, Teacher
Josh VanTilburgh, TeacherViolin, Viola, & Cello Instructor
Joshua VanTilburgh is a Music Education major at Wright State University. He has played the viola for over 13 years, and has a wide range of experience playing orchestras and chamber groups.


Andrew Whitman, Master Teacher
Andrew Whitman, Master Teachertrumpet, trombone, french horn, baritone, & tuba
Andrew Whitman received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Mount Union in 2013. He has served as the brass caption head for the Miamisburg High School Marching Band since 2014.