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Private Lessons

Private music lessons are available in:

Private lesson times are arranged between teacher and student, once registration has been processed and fees are collected through the Community Music Program Office (rm 4097, Creative Arts Center). Teachers do not handle registration forms or tuition payments. Fees are based on a 13-week semester for Fall and Spring, and on a 9-week term for Summer Session.

Private Teachers

(*All teachers have completed certification in the understanding of dealing with minors, through the "WVU Children On Campus" training)

  • Nina Assimakopoulos WVU – Flute (WVU Faculty)
  • Andrew Aycoth – Guitar (Associate)
  • André Januário – Bassoon (Associate)
  • Catherine Baker – Viola, Violin (Senior)
  • Sara Beattie – Cello, Viola, Violin (Senior) - Sara Beattie graduated from the High School of Music & Art in NYC. She earned a BA with a music concentration from Brown University receiving the Marion P. Hassenfeld Premium in music and the Rostropovich Prize.  In 2010 she received a MM in Cello Performance from WVU, where she began work on a DMA in Cello Performance, as well as passing level 3.5 on viola.  Beattie has performed with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, is a founding member of the Allegheny Chamber Players, and established a local Chamber Music Camp.

       She is currently Professor of Strings and the Orchestra Director at Waynesburg University, and teaches Aural Theory at WVU. Beattie’s students participate in WVMTA and ASTA events, as well as the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations.  She believes that music is intrinsic to all human beings, and that everyone is capable of learning to play an instrument well, at any age.

  • Dr David Bess WVU – Digital Photography (Artist) - David Bess, Associate Professor of Music Education at West Virginia University, joined the WVU music education faculty in August 1987 following a successful career in high school band directing. He went on to serve in several administrative positions at WVU, including Chair of Division of Music from July 2000 through June 2007. He has earned three Division of Music Distinguished Service Awards, two WV Music Educators Association (WVMEA) Presidential Awards, and has served as WVMEA President. In addition to his forty year career in music education, David has a passion for photography dating back to his high school years, when he served as a yearbook photographer at Berea (KY) Community School, a publicity and group photographer for the WV State Baptist Camp, and won first-place awards for his black and white portraits and landscapes at the Kentucky State Fair.  In January 2010, he started a business named David Bess Photography LLC, focusing on portrait, event, and wedding photography. He has taken student, faculty, and staff portraits for WVU websites and publications over the past several years. His photos have been displayed and sold in four solo shows at Slight Indulgence II in Morgantown, WV, a solo show at Glen Manor Winery in Front Royal, VA, a solo show at the Fairfax Coffee House in Berkeley Springs, WV, and at the Mountain Laurel Gallery in Berkeley Springs, WV. He teaches a popular class in digital photography through the WVU Community Music Program. He states that his work in photography represents his “inner journey from a world governed by fear, mandate, judgment, and illusion to a world of peace, love, beauty, and creativity.” David is a member of the Professional Photographers Association of WV.
  • Bonnie Blanchard – Voice (Associate)
  • Dr Hooi Yin Boey – Piano (Senior)
  • Marie Borillo – Piano, Jazz Piano (Senior)
  • Dr. Marguerite Bostonia – Organ (Artist) - Marguerite Bostonia is an organist who has been working in the field of church music for over forty years. She completed a Doctorate in pipe organ performance in 2009 at WVU. As an officer in the American Guild of Organists, she is active in providing instruction to youth and adults, and offers the introductory class “Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza” for organ fans and players, in addition to private lessons. She is also on the music faculty of WV Wesleyan College, teaching piano, theory, and accompanying.
  • Christopher Delouis – Clarinet, Saxophone (Associate)
  • Jeanne Frieben – Clarinet (Artist)
  • Xiaohan Hu – Piano, Theory (Associate)
  • Youngju Lee – Piano (Associate)
  • Christine Mazza WVU – Harp (Artist)
  • Brandon Morgan – Composition, Guitar, Theory (Associate)
  • Deborah J Morgan – Conducting, Piano, Voice (Senior)
  • Mary Morrison NCTM – Cello, Piano (Artist)
  • Janis-Rozena Peri WVU – Voice (Artist)
  • Jose Ramirez – Flute (Associate) - José Fernando had had a successful international carrier as a performer and instructor. Jose has traveled around Colombia, Germany, and Netherlands performing and teaching. He performed as a soloist with “Academia Filarmónica” (Medellín – Colombia) and Rhythm & Melody Concertband (Berlin – Germany), where he used to be the principal flute. He was also principal flute at the “Young Orchestra of Antioquia” and “EAFIT University Concert Band”. In 2012 Jose finished his Bachelor degree at EAFIT University with his professor León Grialdo. In 2013, he traveled to Europe to have his certificate as flute instructor. Currently, he is finishing his last year of Master degree at West Virginia University with Professor Nina Assimakopoulos. In the last 2 years, he has received several awards from the School of Music at WVU and in 2016 and 2017 he won the Canady Scholarship. He had master classes with excellent flautist such as: Luis Julio Toro, Tadeu Cohelo, Gabriel Ahumada, Peter-Lukas Graf, Alberto Almarza, Conor Nelson, Linsey J. Goodman
  • Dr Alyssa Schwartz – Flute (Senior)
  • Dr Kym Scott WVU – Conducting, Piano, Voice (Artist)
  • Michelle Smith – Piano, Voice (Associate)
  • Dipendra Sunam – Piano (Associate)
  • Karen Taddie NCTM – Piano (Artist)
  • Abigail Watson – Violin (Associate)
  • Mary Wilson – Violin, Suzuki violin (Artist)

WVU – designates current or emeritus School of Music faculty
NCTM – designates “Nationally Certified Teacher of Music”


WVU Music Faculty. Includes School of Music College Faculty. Some, however, elect to teach at “Artist Faculty” rate.

Artist Teachers: Includes some School of Music College faculty; and our most outstanding, successful, highly-achieving, and experienced community teachers (as determined by awards, honors, performances, continuing education). Successful teaching experience is exhibited in student retention rates, studio growth, student participation in program-sponsored/endorsed activities, and leadership/volunteerism of the teacher.

Senior Teachers: Members of the community, selected on the basis of advanced professional training and experience and achievement (as determined by awards, honors, performances, continuing education); or Master of Music degreed students who are working toward completion of a Doctoral degree or have demonstrated equivalent professional achievements (as determined by awards, honors, performances, continuing education). Successful teaching experience is exhibited in student retention rates, studio growth, student participation in program-sponsored/endorsed activities.

Associate Teachers: Outstanding music students, generally upperclassmen working under faculty supervision; or degreed students working toward completion of a Masters degree; or most of the ‘newly-hired’ to the program.