Private Lessons

              The quality of musical ensembles in Hilliard City Schools is reflected by the quality of its members.  Every student musician plays a vital role in the success of the program. We want to congratulate  EVERY Hilliard band student on their hard work and encourage parents to make a small investment in your band student’s future. Just as a successful athletic team needs the best athlete at every position, our bands need strong musicians seated in every chair!

It is important that students strive for excellence in all their endeavors. As students play their instruments better, they seem to gain more from the musical experience. The feeling of accomplishment through musical performance directly increases their sense of self-worth. It is always amazing to see how this improvement is reflected in better attitudes, better grades, and a brighter outlook on life.

Our regular in-school practices allow the musicians to assemble and work together to prepare music of artistic and entertainment value. The culmination of their hard work is presented to parents at our concerts. Though we work hard to address every student’s individual musical needs in school, there is no substitute for weekly sessions of individualized, specialized instrument band in instrument specialist—Private Lessons. Private lesson instructors serve as an ideal model and mentor to assist in your band student’s improvement in the areas of tone, technique, and general musicianship. The helpful hints or minor adjustments suggested by the instructor can greatly improve your band student’s playing ability.

Private instrument lessons are a small investment that helps insure your band student’s success. Times are arranged and prices vary (usually from $17-23 per lesson). Below you will find a list of local private lesson instructors. Contact your band director is you need further assistance with this process.


Private Lesson Teacher List



  • Karen Pfeifer – Dublin – 614-733-0401
  • Stephanie Hookway – 330-417-8574 or email
  • Billie Eaves – (607)725-0715




  • Kevin O’Neill – 406.2318
  • Isaac Bendele – 419.302.2280 or




  • Brook Cornely 740-361-4049
  • Joel Shonkwiler –

All Brass:

  • John Crumley – 876.4781

All Brass/All instruments:



  • Ryan Galasso – 614-563-7542 or
  • Adam Gilbert – 580-8665
  • Carlos Duran – 530.2028 or
  • Matt Rinella – 313.2923
  • Billy Giacomelli –
  • Brian Vogt –