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20 employees
39 years in business

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We are proud to be a top-ranked Online Lesson provider!

At Music101Ohio.com Private Online Lesson Academy we believe learning music should be enjoyable, built on a solid technical foundation, and fit the unique needs and goals of each individual student. When you contact us at www.music101ohio.com you will be introduced to a specialist who can best meet your needs and scheduling preferences. We offer Quality Professional instruction and have a team of qualified college degreed private music instructors available Monday through Saturday.  We now serve the Eastern time Zone with quality online lessons. We also serve NE Ohio/ Western Pennsylvania, operating 2 full-line retail stores with teaching facilities and offering in-person (or hybrid) lessons at either of these 2 great locations!

Meet the teachers!-Copy the link below into your browser:  https://www.facebook.com/GirtsCortlandMusic101OHIO/photos/pcb.2898472157077245/2898464393744688/

In addition to online lessons Music101Ohio.com operates 2 full-line retail music stores, both near the Ohio/Pennsylvaina state line:

Girt’s Cortland Music 101 - 197 S. High St, Cortland Oh 44410 (330) 637-4478 *Open  Mon through Sat

Music 101 , 4389 OH-305 (* near PA border, Fowler-center), (330) 638-1101 * Open  Mon through Thurs

We teach both online and in-person lessons throughout the year, as needed or desired. We are among the finest Music Academy's in the area, and are ready to serve your needs. We are proud to be a top ranked private lesson provider. Our studio policies include easy pre-paid lessons, with paperless invoicing and no registration fees.

We are professional music teachers, excited about music education! The study of music has been proven to enrich adults and help children build self-esteem, improve grades and boost SAT scores! Music study helps children with focus and concentration, learn about new cultures, develop great study skills, learn about teamwork, imagination and the creative arts. Music study should be a fun journey - it’s not a race. As someone who has spent my lifetime surrounded by music and music education, I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve, and share the music journey with students of all ages. Music study boosts health, is good for the mind, body, soul. Music increases endorphins! All ages can benefit from music study. We currently teach students ages 4 to 90! Our desire is to share a rewarding musical journey with each student and teach each student based upon their unique needs and goals. We are a legacy Music team - learn more at www.music101ohio.com

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Cortland, OH 44410
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3 Reviews


  • Jan Harding

    I have an excellent instructor who works with me and take time to customize my lesson. Very happy with my lessons with Rachel!

  • Tucker Stephanie

    Great teacher. Patient.

  • Lynne

    Highly recommend this friendly local music store. Great teachers!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Although we teach in-person, we are also an ONLINE DISTANCE LEARNING MUSIC SCHOOL SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES. *We offer 4 week initial minimum enrollment with no registration fees, a secure online payment service, and easy renewal option.

We teach to 5 elements of music education: Music reading and literacy, solid technical foundation, the study of a wide range of repertoire, study of music theory, and performance goals. For very young students age 4+ we access for their minimum 20 minute focus and discover their knowledge of basic A-B-C s and  1-2-3 s (*we then start pre-readers accordingly). We unlock musical potential, introduce musical concepts and strengthen focus and concentration through music study. In all ages the teacher will identify unique strengths and needs to develop a fitted course curriculum plan accordingly.

MEET THE TEACHERS! *  https://www.facebook.com/GirtsCortlandMusic101OHIO/photos/pcb.2898472157077245/2898464393744688/

(*Meet the teachers list may not include all currently available teachers)

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

We offer some of the areas finest instruction : A Degreed teaching staff, Music professionals with backgrounds in teaching, including Bachelor of Music Education, degrees in Special Education with Music background, Masters of Music, Music Performance, Music Therapy performing artists. We teach beginner to advanced and offer Master classes available upon special request. 

Member: National Association of Music Educators, Ohio Music Educators Assoc, and Steinway Educators Partnership.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Our sessions are billed per half hour, or  45 minutes, or at 1 hour * You will have a choice of day/ time which remains your day/ time each week throughout the term unless you indicate otherwise needed.

We are accepting new students  now for Quarterly session (4 week minimum enrollment): *We will work with you to choose best day/ time for you. Once enrolled your lesson is held weekly at the agreed upon day/time. Vacations and Holidays must be removed from your billing in advance. You are expected to pre-pay for the agreed upon lesson weeks and remove any planned Vacations at the time of sign-up. You can then call ahead to pre- cancel if needed (* we offer an easy to understand policy and you may cancel a lesson with 24 hr call ahead, with pre-cancellations kept to minimal, per contract). Your contract will arrive as a part of your invoice. You may start taking lessons at any time during the seasonal quarter as openings permit,  and will only be charged for the weeks assigned (minimum 4). You can cancel or reschedule a lesson for credit only with 24 hr call ahead cancellation. We have a no-refund policy for 4 week minimum enrollement, and provide an easy to understand no-hassle credit or makeup policy, provided at time of first visit and supplied with your online invoice. 

If you like your lesson time, you may keep that same day/ time for ongoing quarters, you’ll be able to keep that same day/ time by simply requesting through renewing by enrollment deadlines. We always give students this convenient option. 

How did you get started teaching?

I began teaching privately during music college, in early 1980s. I have been both a teacher and a professional performing musician for over 30 years  (toured 22+ years opening for major recording artists and professional shows). I am now also the music ministry leader for a large local Christian church. I teach privately, and am the owner of these 2 local music stores (www.music101ohio.com). My father was both a professional performing artist and a high school and college music teacher. Music education and performance is our family legacy. I love to teach music, and appreciate the opportunity to serve.

What types of students have you worked with?

All ages 4 to 90! Many of my prior students went on to be public and private school music teachers, college music teachers, professional musicians, or are currently enjoying playing music in churches, or for private enjoyment and enrichment, play in community groups, and more.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

We enjoy watching our string and instrumental students perform in YSYO (*Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra).

Also: We are proud of our many talented students who just performed in the annual Music 101 Winter recital, hosted by our community Church!

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Choose a teacher who meets your unique needs and goals. Do not accept a teacher who will not teach you to read music, as well as play and perform. Music literacy should include you learning various styles. Look for a well rounded teacher, then have fun learning and growing in your musical journey together! 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Everyone has unique goals, time requirements, etc. -  so be sure to make your needs known. Share! As a teacher I love to hear about what my students goals are! I just met a man who wanted to learn to sing, in order to perform a song to ask his girlfriend to marry him! I have students who want to play in a school talent show, try out for a college theater show, or audition for music school. I have met older adults who are worried about preventing memory loss or improving motor skills, wanting to ward-off arthritis. Some parents bring their special needs child for music lessons to help improve focus and concentration. Whatever your reason for wanting to study music, don’t be shy to share your needs and goals. Maybe you’re going to be my next student who goes on to be a college music prof! Or, ends up in NYC as a performing professional musician. Or, maybe your goals are more personal, you are seeking enjoyment, a new hobby, learning music for health and wellness. All people are equally unique. Ask whoever you choose what they can do to help you toward your specific and unique goals.