Emily Beck is the owner of ETBMusic and Fine Arts Center. She has been teaching private music lessons since 2000, and in schools since 2007. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Speech Communication as well as a Piano Pedagogy Certificate from Northern Kentucky University and then a Master's Degree in Education with emphasis in Music from Xavier University. She currently offers piano and composition lessons along with other specialized group lessons and classes. When Emily is not at the studio, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially outdoors!
John Bertke is an accomplished, professional drummer who has been playing for well over 20 years. He regularly performs live at venues around the city and has toured coast to coast as well as internationally. He has a great deal of recording experience with exposure reaching national TV. John has been teaching privately and working with marching percussion groups since 2003. His teaching skills range from basic drumming to multiple styles of drum set percussion to specializing in marching snare/tenor/bass drum. He has worked with many Cincinnati high schools, including Elder, Sycamore, Turpin, and Madeira.
Nick Federinko has been making and experiencing music his whole life. Raised on the classics, seeking comfort in oldies and 90's radio, music has always been crucial to getting through life’s ups and downs. At fourteen, he had the urge to pick up a guitar, and what was supposed to be a side hobby ended up catapulting him into many exciting activities: youth group band, jazz band, pit orchestra, traveling internationally with marching band, and, finally, leading a band through covers and originals. A transplant from Michigan (fear not, he roots for the Buckeyes), Nick’s studies in English and religion took him from Ada, Ohio, to a Methodist seminary north of Columbus, to Cincinnati in search of an exciting and meaningful life.
Today, Nick has found that meaning through playing in multiple bands and teaching. He wants to help others find new kinds of joy and affirmation through music. No matter your skill level or favorite music, he will help you enrich your life and your spirit through musical expression. Nick mostly listens to the classics and alternative rock- preferably on vinyl- but is currently exploring jazz and hip hop. He relishes the chance to play any and every style, from vintage-flavored rock, to pop reggae, to neo soul, to the occasional praise song. In addition to teaching and playing music, Nick does audio/video work, including the ETB Music “Tiny Desk” videos, church communications, and social media.
Jeannine holds a Piano Pedagogy Degree from the College of Mount Saint Joseph where she studied piano with Atarah Jablonsky. She studied music history and theory with Rev. Angelo della Picca. While earning her degree, Jeannine won awards for Academic Merit, taught Piano in the college’s Community Music Center, and tutored fellow students in Theory.
In addition to Classical piano, Jeannine studied “Popular” piano with Frank Wolff. Phil deGreg taught her Jazz chord voicings, and occasionally Jeannine sings with Phil and his trio.
During her college years, Jeannine also taught piano for Buddy Roger’s Music, where she won several teaching awards, including Teacher of The Year. After being selected for training by the Yamaha Corporation, Jeannine became head of the Music Instruction division of Willis Music, where she taught group piano lessons to students ranging from age 4 to adult. In addition, Jeannine conducted keyboard ensembles during rehearsals and emceed the Yamaha Clavinova Festival, featuring 24 Clavinova instruments being played all at once.
Later Jeannine directed the Handbell Choir, and was assistant to the Parish Music Minister of St Ignatius church and school. Jeannine also played and sang Masses and conducted the Women’s Ensemble and the contemporary music groups there.
The Jeannine Groh Trio, Quartet, and Quintet has been heard at many of the finest Tri –State venues, including the prestigious Horseshoe Casino (now called Hard Rock) in the elegant steakhouse, the Diamond Lounge, and the Ballrooms. Also a Jazz singer, Jeannine has played solo performances.
Although Jeannine’s groups often play the “Great American Songbook” classics of the Big Band Swing Era, Jeannine loves to perform Latin Jazz and some Pop as well. She began performing gigs at age 12 with her parents' group. Her dad was a Jazz Harmonica player, her mom a cocktail set drummer, and both sang well.
With all of these performance and teaching experiences, Jeannine is competent teaching many different styles of music, and has many” tricks of the trade” to teach any piano student.
Ben Huhn is a drum teacher at ETBMusic and Fine Arts Center. He has been playing drums since 2010 and currently plays in a hard rock band. He has a passion for the music he plays. He teaches drumline percussion and drum set. Ben was Elder Percussion section leader for two years and has participated in Marching Band, Indoor Drumline, Steel Drum Band, Pep Band, and the Stage/Jazz Band. He also has experience playing different live gigs from Grade School Festivals to Battle of the Bands competitions.
Ally Oakes is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) with a degree in Music Education. Her primary instrument is violin, but she also loves to teach viola, cello, and bass. She has experience teaching with the New Horizons Orchestra and the Wyoming Middle School Orchestra and has acted as a guest conductor with the Cincinnati String Festival at CCM. Ally loves to teach music because she feels that it is a wonderful route for self expression as well as a fantastic way to learn life skills like patience, collaboration, and discipline. It is Ally’s goal as an educator to meet each student where they are and help them grow to be proud of their accomplishments as musicians.
Alison Shepard loves to make art and empower students to pursue their creative dreams! With over 25 years of teaching experience, Alison has taught children, teens, and adults of all ages.
Alison holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Norther Kentucky University and a Master of Fine Arts from Miami University. She also studied Printmaking in Mallorca and Classical Realist Drawing in Barcelona, Spain. Alison was an art professor from 2004-2014, and has been working as a full-time artist for the last 7 years. Learning from Alison is an opportunity to receive a college-level education from an experienced artist at a fraction of the cost. Alison is able to offer a depth of technical training in painting and drawing to take your talents to the next level!
When Alison isn’t teaching, you may find her singing with her brother, Carl Shepard, in their band, entheos, or playing music with Carl and John Bertke in MixTape, or making art and murals with her husband, Evan Hildebrandt. Alison has also recently published a children’s book, Millie the Monarch, and is offering children’s curriculum and workshops that will inspire the whole family!
Carl G grew up knowing music was going to be his path in life in a little community called Sayler Park. Both he and his sister Alison followed the arts as a career choice and have composed music together in a band called entheos. Carl received a certificate in Sound Engineering in 2003 from the Recording Workshop and worked for Cincinnati Recreation Commission as a sound engineer on Fountain Square and the P & G Pavillion. While taking lessons at Keller Music in 2006, he was offered a job teaching guitar. In addition to Keller Music, he has worked for Mehas Music, and the School of Rock as a Vocal, Guitar and Bass instructor.
Christina Stalbaum has earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with concentrations in Painting and Drawing from the College of Mount St. Joseph and a Master in Special Education from the University of Cincinnati with the emphasis on Severe Behavior Handicapped and Learning Disabilities, along with a Reading Endorsement. She is a Certified Registered Behavior Technician, Emotion Code Practitioner and Yoga Instructor. Christina incorporates her 40+ years of academic and work experiences into her studio classes to provide individual and universal learning opportunities for her students that include play, expressive and receptive language, journaling, visual arts, respect for self and others, self-management and meditation. She has taught students in public and private schools in a variety of demographic, multi-age and multi-ability settings.
Justin VanWagenen is in his third year of studies at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM). He is studying Music Education and Jazz Drumset Performance. Justin has experience with a variety of instruments including drums, piano, guitar and bass. He plays and records with several local bands of varying genres.
Mary White has recently retired as a Music Teacher of 41 years. Her last teaching post was the Music Director at Mercy McAuley High School. She is so excited to join the staff at ETB, which will allow her to continue to share her love of music with others. In her new “retired chapter” she knows she will enjoy spending time with her husband, grown children and grandchildren. Her hobbies include cooking, gardening, and travel.