Meet our instructors
Polish American mezzo-soprano Matilda Smolij is a third-year undergraduate voice student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Matilda is passionate about sharing the joy of singing and playing the piano with the next generation through healthy technique and musical exploration. Sign up with Matilda today!
Soprano Victoria Ellington received her Master’s of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where she studied with Professor William McGraw. During her time at CCM, she was able to workshop several new operas including Blind Injustice and Awakenings with the Opera Fusion: New Works program, a joint collaboration between Cincinnati Opera and CCM Opera. In past seasons she has performed at Cincinnati Opera and the Kennedy Center among other places. She is looking forward to participating in the world premiere of Fierce by William Menefield with Cincinnati Opera in the 2021 season.
Josh Kim is a recent graduate from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a Master’s degree in cello performance. Currently, He is pursuing an Artist Diploma degree with a full tuition scholarship studying under Alan Rafferty. As a recipient of numerous awards, Josh has received masterclasses from Yo-Yo Ma, Hans Jørgen Jensen, Stephen Geber, Mark Kosower, Melissa Kraut, and Sara Sant’Ambrogio to name a few. Click on his image to learn more about Josh!
For the past decade I have been offering private lessons at home, with my youngest student being 3 yrs old, to my most mature, being in their 60’s. Music education is something that I believe should be available to everyone, and catered to fit the needs and goals of those learning it. I had good teachers that pushed, encouraged, corrected, and challenged, but most importantly, really loved sharing music with others. It is a gift that we just have to reach out and acquire. Click on his image to learn more about Preston!
Seriously talented, Dr. Jason Richmond brings a plethora of experience to Tallant Music Studio and will be spear-heading our Music Technology department! You can study guitar (all styles), music composition, music theory, songwriting and music technology and recording with Jason. We at TMS believe that understanding how to write or improvise on your instrument is just as important as learning to play- Jason brings an expert level on this approach. Not to mention, he can teach you how to create an entire song or a piece from the tips of your fingers on a computer! Click his image for more info.
Alex comes to TMS as an experienced clarinetest and saxophonist. We are excited to have her spearhead our wind instrument department. She is a current doctoral candidate at CCM in clarinet performance, and has years of experience teaching all levels and ages. She is also known for premiering new compositional works. Whether you are looking to start fresh or freshen up your skills, Alex can help you acheive your goals. Click on her image for more information. *Lessons on Thursday’s are in person and lessons on Friday’s are online*
Caileen, director of Tallant Music Studio, truly believes that anyone is capable of learning an instrument and she is passionate about finding the unique approach that will work for you. Caileen approaches all instrument instruction from a compositional standpoint encouraging improvisation and creating music that is truly your own. Click on her image for more information. *CAILEEN IS CURRENTLY BOOKED FOR THE YEAR.*
Doctoral Candidate at University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music, Nic comes to TMS with an incredible ability to discover the musical voice in all his students. He is a well-accomplished composer and violist with a keen teaching ability. He also works with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and in the CCM admissions office, bringing an expertise of knowledge in arts administration and the college admissions process. Click on his image for more information.
Flute & Piccolo Lessons in Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Julianna is an insightful, inspiring, and invigorating teacher for students of any age. Whether you want to learn to play the flute for the first time, get into a collegiate music program, youth orchestra, music festival, or just become a better flutist and musician, Julianna is […]
Eric has been teaching in the Fort Thomas and NKY area for several years and brings an ample amount of experience to TMS. He is patient and enthusiastic about teaching and watching his students thrive in their learning. His students of all ages rave about their time with him. Eric teaches all styles of music and is comfortable meeting you wherever you are on your musical journey. Click on his image for more information.
Mark is a very experienced teacher and brings a diverse background to TMS through his background in different musical styles including rock, blues, jazz, Appalachian music, and bluegrass. Mark is also an active performer throughout NKY and Cincinnati. Click on his picture for more info!
Rich is a highly accomplished pianist and teacher. He is well-versed in the Suzuki method which has been been proven to be very effective in early music instruction. *Rich requests that all new students contact him BEFORE booking a lesson so they can observe a lesson prior.* Click on his image for more information.
Composer and pianist, Velislava (Veli) Franta, has been teaching piano instruction for almost 20 years. A native of Bulgaria, she began playing the piano at the age of 6 and received degrees in Piano and Music History in her country. When Veli isn’t teaching, you can hear her playing and writing beautiful, storytelling music echoing through the rooms of the studio from our white grand piano. Veli is patient, well-experienced, and excited to teach all ages how to master a beautiful instrument. Click on her picture for more information.