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Summer Programs

Summer Remote Private Lessons

Remote Private Lessons are available for voice, piano, and most instrumental areas including woodwinds, brass, strings, and guitar. Private lesson fees are paid directly to the instructor. Lessons are weekly 30-minute, 45-minute, or 60 minutes each. Lesson tuition is generally $60-100 per month for 30-minute lessons, prorated for longer lessons. Contact each instructor directly to get started!

Piano - Rebecca Abbott
Dr. Rebecca Abbott teaches Musikgarten, this year including folk music and group piano. An adjunct professor at MVNU, she also accompanies the Collegians Choir, teaches church music history, and plays the organ.

Piano - Joann Koh-Baker
Dr. JoAnn Koh-Baker teaches piano, piano literature and pedagogy, music theory and history at MVNU. She offers and prepares students for the Royal Conservatory of Music certificate program with a comprehensive curriculum covering technique, repertoire, musicianship, and theory. Dr. Koh-Baker holds her doctorate and masters degrees from Boston University and Ohio University, as well as performer diplomas from the Trinity College of Music and the London Royal Schools of Music.

Guitar - Zakk Jones
Zakk Jones is a Columbus, OH based guitarist, bandleader, and educator with a B.M. in Jazz Studies from Capital University. In his 8+ years on the Columbus scene he has had the opportunity to play at major venues and festivals both locally and all over the world. He regularly tours and performs with Doc Robinson, Safety Squad, Popgun, Birdshack, Tony Monaco, the Zakk Jones Trio and many more artists/bands. He has studied with Stan Smith, Julian Lage, Corey Christiansen, Jonathan Kreisberg, and Gilad Hekselman among others. Besides performing, Zakk Jones is an adjunct faculty member at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University where he heads the guitar studio. Visit him online at

Strings - Shiloh Six
Shiloh Six teaches group string classes and private string lessons. Shiloh is a senior at MVNU where she is majoring in music education and performance. She is the violinist, cellist and synth player for MVNU’s traveling worship band and also enjoys singing in MVNU’s choirs and musical theatre productions. After graduation, Shiloh plans to attend graduate school for music history and theory.

Flute - Jennifer Packard Jenny Packard has 18 years of experience teaching flute, and holds both BM and MM degrees in Flute Performance. She has taught all levels from beginner to advanced. Jenny’s students have participated in honor bands including OSU Honor Band and All-State Band, as well as various competitions and youth orchestras. She is currently the flute instructor and flute choir director at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

Clarinet/Saxophone - Adrienne Lape Dr. Adrienne Lape teaches clarinet and saxophone at MVNU. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts from The Ohio State University and is an active musician and private music lesson instructor in central Ohio.

Trumpet - Heather Faulkner Heather Faulkner studied music at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and at the Carl Maria von Weber Hochschule für Musik in Dresden, Germany. She's played trumpet with orchestras, concert bands, big bands, pit orchestras, and brass bands but started her instrumental journey on the clarinet. Heather teaches trumpet at Kenyon College and is the Assistant Band Director at Highland Local Schools.

Trumpet - John Packard Dr. John Packard teaches trumpet and band. He is a music professor at MVNU where he directs the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and chairs the music department. He earned his Doctor of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado and is active as a performer, clinician, and adjudicator.

Low Brass - Jeremy Smith Jeremy Smith teaches all brass instruments. Jeremy teaches at Ohio Wesleyan University and Kenyon College. He earned his Master of Music degree from Carnegie Mellon University and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in music at The Ohio State University.

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MVNU Community Music School
800 Martinsburg Rd.
Mount Vernon, OH 43050
740-397-9000 ext. 3000
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