Welcome to Austinburg Music Academy! We teach stellar lessons in piano, guitar, saxophone, and composition.
•Commitment to Quality•
We have spent many years honing our craft as musicians and teachers. With a combined 16 years of teaching experience, we are ready to help you make tremendous improvement in your musical journey.
•Lots of Fun•
We're especially keen on this one. Learning music should never be a drag, and we believe there is so much musical beauty waiting for you to experience it that we can't wait to help you discover it for yourself.
Because we, your lovely instructors, operate the studio ourselves, you get to connect with us directly in all facets of the lesson process. You'll never have to go through a front desk or leave a message with an administrative assistant–instead, if you have any questions or particular concerns, you can come directly to us. We take special joy in getting to know each student and family that comes into our music studio, and we look forward to meeting you soon.
•A Music Studio That Feels Like Home•
From the moment you walk in the door at AMA, we're ready to make you feel welcome. We offer a waiting area with water to drink, comfortable seating, restroom facilities, and a bright atmosphere to help you feel cozy while you or your child takes lessons.
We are located just 5 minutes from downtown Cincinnati, I75, Newport, and close to many Northern Kentucky cities. Our students come from throughout the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area.
We love witnessing the moment when our students look back at where they were a few months ago and realize how far they've come. We love working with great music, which never grows old–there is always more for us to learn from the masters. We invite students into this journey with us.
We have been attending Austinburg Music Academy for about a year now, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the quality and breadth of music instruction that our children are receiving. Both Christie and Garrett are skilled at reading their students and working with their strengths. They couple this with a savvy of knowing how to push their students to the next level , without the students realizing it. We feel very lucky to have found Christie and Garrett.
My son is 10 years old and has been taking lessons at Austinburg Music Academy for over a year now. He has been known to always shutdown if he doesnt catch onto something quickly. Christie has been always so patient with him he has never once told me he has wanted to quit. (Which is a big deal) I am so glad I was able to find this place and these people. They are wonderful and I couldn't be more pleased with my son's progress. Thank you!
We have been attending Austinburg Music Academy for about a year now, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the quality and breadth of music instruction that our children are receiving. Both Christie and Garrett are skilled at reading their students and working with their strengths. They couple this with a savvy of knowing how to push their students to the next level simultaneously, without the students realizing it. We feel very lucky to have found Christine and Garrett.
Christina is amazing at teaching our son piano! She is so patient and encouraging with him. Our son is not the type of kid to be able to sit and focus on a task like that for very long, but with Christina’s kind encouragement and teaching ability he could sit for hours working on his songs with her.
First, we'll arrange a time and have a free consultation lesson to talk about your goals. We'll ask good questions and get to know you during this process. While we believe strongly in the curriculum we use, we know each student is unique and make adjustments based on what each student needs. If you've studied music previously, we'll give you a chance to play for us and will start the learning process here.
We'll go over any needed materials (music books, instrument accessories, etc.) and help you make sure your instrument is in good shape. We'll also go over our studio policy.
Garrett George – Saxophone, Guitar, and Composition Instructor
M.M. Composition, in progress, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM)
B.M. Composition, Biola University
Other studies at EAMA Nadia Boulanger Institute (Paris), Upbeat Summer Music School (Croatia)
Christina George – Piano Instructor
Ph. D. Musicology, in progress, Claremont Graduate University M.A. Musicology, Claremont Graduate University
B.M. Piano Performance, Biola University
Other studies at Brevard, Masterworks, Indiana University Piano Camp
We offer a complimentary first lesson, and lessons after that follow the pricing guide as follows: 25.00/30 minute lesson, 37.50/45 minute lesson, and 50.00/60 minute lesson.
We also offer an ongoing sibling discount, where each sibling after the first student receives a 10% discount each week.
In addition, we have a month-long referral discount of 10% off for four consecutive lessons if somebody you refer to us joins our studio!
We began teaching in college, and found that the more we do it, the more we enjoy it! We hope that we can give the gift of guidance and encouragement to our students, but most don't know how much encouragement they also give to us!
We have worked with students of all ages (3-70's), and all skill levels. Many are just beginning (both children and adults), and some have played music extensively and are looking to further their training.
We also have experience teaching students with a variety of learning differences, and have found that music lessons are a wonderful way of working through the challenges of autism, Asperger's, dyslexia, and hyperactive states.
This last week, I (Christina) was teaching a lesson, and halfway through, the student stopped me to say, "I'm glad I get to go home after this, but I also wish I didn't have to–I love piano!" These moments make our day.
Make sure the instruction fits your style of learning, and that they are excellent in their field. The personal connection is important, too–find someone you feel safe studying with, who is encouraging, and knows what you love (and what you don't!). You and your children are worth it.
Who do I want to sound like? Who are my musical models?
Where do I hope to be, musically, a year from now? Five years from now?
Am I getting the results I want? If not, what can I try differently?
How will lessons fit into the weekly routine?
What will practicing look like at home for my child? How can I be supportive of his or her growth?
What will my response be if my child wants to quit lessons?