Our Instructors

We have some of the best instructors in the area. Each instructor has their own policies and fees.

Bill Limbacher

Bill Limbacher teaches the Cherokee language. He's been studying the language on his own since high school, and in 2004-2005 took Cherokee courses at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Since 2010 he's offered lessons at For A Song And A Story and taught many seminars through the Wilmington Institute for Lifelong Learning at Wilmington College. In 2019 Bill presented a successful interactive seminar of playing Scrabble in Cherokee at the American Indian Symposium in Tahlequah.

Fees: $20.00 per hour

Teaches: Cherokee Language

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Paul Shivers

Thirty eight years of teaching music in public schools. Involved in instrumental and vocal programs at all levels. A graduate of Wilmington HS under the musical direction of Rodger O. Borror. Bachelor degree in Music Education from Miami University. Master's Degree in Music Education from Ohio University. Experience includes organizing and arranging concerts and musical plays. Also has arranged and composed many musical pieces. A high-level performer on drums, keyboard and all brass instruments. Music is my life's work and I enjoy teaching it!

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Teaches: Percussion, Brass, Basic Woodwinds

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Phil Ray

Hi People! I'm Phil Ray and I teach Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Banjo, and Ukelele at For A Song And A Story. I've been playing guitar for over 50 years and teach any style including Rock, Country, Folk, Gospel, Fingerstyle, and Flatpicking. Again, I also teach beginning Bass, Mandolin, Banjo, and Ukelele. I teach children and adults, even people older than myself! I enjoy working with people, seeing the progress and making friends! Of course, we all have things we don't care for. I'm not much into Rap and the idea of taking music lessons but not practicing! Also, I don't care much for P.T. Cruisers, especially brown ones. So, drive in here with a reasonable car like a Chevy or something and LETS PLAY MUSIC!

Fees: $15.00 per lesson

Teaches: Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Banjo, Ukelele

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Bekah Muchmore Wall

Bekah Muchmore Wall, 2014 graduate of Wilmington College with a minor in Music, is a long time resident of Clinton County and an avid participant in Wilmington College Summer Theatre. Throughout the years, Bekah has enjoyed being part of shows such as Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Pippin, Shrek The Musical, Cabaret, Company and many others. Bekah currently works at R+L Carriers as a marketing specialist but enjoys spending time outside of work to help people develop their stage presence and vocal strength! "If you are looking to have some fun and get a little more comfortable with your voice or want to prepare for upcoming auditions, I would love to help!"

Fees: $17.50 per lesson

Teaches: Voice

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Carol Stewart

Carol Stewart teaches private piano and flute lessons. She lives in Cedarville. She graduated from Cedarville High School and Cederville College with a Bachelor Of Music Education degree. She taught General Music classes in grades 1 -8 in the Mad River Greene Local school district in Enon. Carol studied flute under Robert Cavally, who is principal flutist with the Cincinnati Symphony, and William Foster, who is principal flutist with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. She was first chair flutist with the Greene County Adult Concert Band for 17 years. She has also been a church organist for Grace Baptist Church in Cedarville; Cedarville United Presbyterian Church, and is currently organist at Faith Community United Methodist Church in Xenia. She taught private music lessons at Noteworthy Music Store in Xenia for many years. Teaching private lessons is her first love, and she has taught students from ages 4 to 85.

Fees: $15.00

Teaches: Piano & Flute

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Cindy Ahearn

Cindy attended Sinclair Community College, majoring in Music for 2 years. She then went on to Ohio State university, majoring in Music Education. She was a member of the OSU Wind Symphony as well as the Symphonic and Athletic Bands. After graduating, she taught in many school districts as a substitute teacher. In 2016 she began teaching General Music in Wilmington School district. She welcomes the opportunity to work with you on your musical journey.

Fees: $18.00

Teaches: French Horn

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Kimberlee Bisig

Kimberlee graduated from Wright State University in 1998 with a degree in Music Education. Since graduating, she has taught Music classes to the 4th - 8th grades in the Blanchester School District. She has been teaching private Oboe lessons at For A Song And A Story since 2011. She would love to help you learn to play the Oboe!

Fees: $17.50

Teaches: Oboe

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Nate Collings

Nate has been playing Piano since age 6, and actually began at For A Song And A Story as a student. He has been a piano instructor since 2014. Even so, he has continued to learn, taking classes in Piano Pedagogy at Cedarville University. Nate has a great appreciation of classical piano music, but also is very flexible and willing to teach each individual student in a way that is interesting and engaging for them.

Fees: $15.00

Teaches: Piano

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Kyle Eikenberry

Kyle spent 13 years as a student of Piano, before beginning as an instructor at For A Song And A Story in 2019. She has served as church pianist, on her Church's Praise team, and in the choir. She has been involved in Drama productions locally. She is currently a college student working towards a nursing degree. Kyle would love to work with you to learn to play the Piano or hone your beginning Vocal skills.

Fees: $15.00

Teaches: Piano & Beginner Vocal

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Rick Johnston

Rick has enjoyed a long and varied career as a professional musician. He toured the U.S. and Canada as a member of "The Colleagues" from 1971 to 1980. He has performed with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony, The Middletown Symphony, The Dayton Jazz Orchestra, , The O.J.'s, Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Doc Severinsen, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Bobby Vinton, Pat Boone, Andy Williams, Rosemary Clooney, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, The Harry James Orchestra, The Billy May Orchestra, Tom Daughtery Orchestra, and more. He has performed in many musicals and stage shows, some of which he personally arranged all of the music for vocals and instruments and conducted the orchestra. Instruments that he has played professionally include Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Sax, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Piccolo, Flute, and Alto Flute.

Fees: $18.00

Teaches: Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone

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Corwyn Kirkendall

Corwyn began playing Piano at age six. She enjoys a variety of styles and techniques. She can teach improvisation and classical piano and will tailor her lessons to challenge each individual student. Schedule a lesson with Corwyn and start your musical journey!

Fees: $15.00

Teaches: Piano

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Patti Knapp

Patty is a seasoned French language teacher with many years of experience teaching in secondary schools and 2 colleges. The courses she has taught included introductory through advanced levels, with emphasis on grammar, culture, and literature. She is a patient and nurturing teacher who continues to find new ways to guide, captivate, and motivate her students. Patti truly loves teaching French!

Fees: $12.50

Teaches: French Language

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Matt Lakes

Matt has been teaching guitar at For A Song and A Story since 2007. He has taught young and old and is very patient and encouraging to his students. He has a passion for learning, as he still strives to get better at playing, reading, performing, and teaching music with his guitar. He welcomes beginners, but can also delve into theory and composition for intermediate and advanced players. He works hard to help his students learn to interpret music and develop their own personal style along the way.

Fees: $15.00

Teaches: Guitar

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Mark Noland

Mark has a passion for music. He wants to pass on that same passion to his students. Music shouldn't be a grind. It should be something that you love. Let Mark show you how it's done!

Fees: $17.50

Teaches: Guitar

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Niki Smith

Niki graduated college with a major in Spanish. She studied abroad in Cuernava Mexico and speaks the language fluently. She teaches Spanish 1 & 2 in the Christian Homeschool Educators of Wilmington group. She has also taught her own children and now has a child who is a Spanish major studying abroad in Costa Rica. Let her translate her love of the Spanish Language to you!

Fees: $15.00

Teaches: Spanish Language

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Eric Stanton

Eric is a Wilmington native with a passion for Low Brass. He began playing Trombone in the Wilmington 6th grade Band. He as in the WHS marching band for 5 years, WHS Wind Ensemble for 4 years, & WHS Jazz Band for 4 years. He has also played in Tuba Christmas' . He has participated in and directed the Clinton County Community Band. He has been an instructor at For A Song And A Story since 2013.

Fees: $15.00

Teaches: Low Brass- Tuba, Trombone, Baritone

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Jamie Whitmore

Jamie attended Kent State University and Cedarville University, and graduated with a degree in Music. She has played with The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and The Springfield Symphony Orchestra. She was the interim Conductor for Springfield Youth Chamber Orchestra. She has done sectionals for The Youth Symphony Program and did coaching through this program for The Livewire String Quartet. She has played Viola in a string quartet for private events for numerous years. She has been an instructor at For A Song And A Story since 2014. Let Jamie show you the ropes... or strings.

Fees: $20.00

Teaches: Violin, Viola

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Jess Whitmore

Jess has been playing Cello since age 5. He has played in the Cedarville Youth Orchestra and The Springfield Youth Chamber Orchestra. He has played Cello in a String Quartet for Private events. He has been an instructor at For A Song And A Story since 2017.

Fees: $15.00

Teaches: Cello

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David Wood

David started playing the Trumpet at age 10. He participated in many bands and choir groups throughout his school years and attended Marshall University on full Music and Academic scholarships. While in College he gained experience through pit orchestra performing during Theatre Shows, the production of "1940's Radio Hour", and the Marshall Arts Brass Ensemble. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree and went on to teach music as a band instructor in public and private schools of Kentucky and South Western Ohio. He has performed with the Fayette County Community Band and the Clinton County Community Band. David also enjoys woodworking, DIY projects, bicycling, and is active in his church. He lives in the Wilmington area with his wife and 2 sons.

Fees: $18.00

Teaches: Trumpet

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Karin Kratzer

Karin is a Wilmington College Graduate with a B. A. Degree in Music with a focus on Voice. She has been a praise team leader at Dove Church Wilmington since 2005. Since teaching lessons at For A Song and a story, she has had students with a wide range of vocal abilities and goals. She is great at working with her students to set goals, and works hard to get them there. She loves to see her students grow in their talents!

Fees: $17.50

Teaches: Voice

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Amanda Wyatt

Hello! I'm Amanda Wyatt and I absolutely love being a mother and teaching. I began teaching in 2002 while I was working on my Piano/ Choral Education Degree at Northern Kentucky University. I added Piano Pedagogy to my course work and graduated in 2005. From this point, life gets pretty busy! In 2006, I married and moved to Ohio. In 2007, I began teaching at For A Song And A Story. We had our first of three sons in 2008. I became Kindermusik Certified and taught general music classes to children ages 1-7. Since 2015, I have been teaching Music full time at Wilmington Christian Academy. Having taught in several different ways allows me to make every lesson for every student unique to fit their needs. My students have ranged in age from 4 to 85. I genuinely believe everyone is capable of making music and it should be enjoyed by all.

Fees: $15.00

Teaches: Piano

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Rhonda Randall

I was born and raised in Ohio, but after I married, we moved to Virginia and then Florida. When my husband and I first married, we didn't have any furniture except the bedroom set my parents gave us. But I needed a piano! We bought a brand new, all wooden Baldwin and that's the instrument I still have and play. I'm the mom of 7- 5 sons, 2 daughters. Our family has been a source of joy and love for us. The piano is an instrument that people of any age can play- push down a key and a note is sounded. Knowing the piano keyboard helps every student understand music theory because it provides clear visual demonstration. Playing increases cognitive skills for children to elderly people, soothes emotions, improves hand eye coordination, concentration and much more. I have been teaching piano in Ohio since 2002. Helping my students learn piano is very rewarding, and such a privilege. I believe learning piano is a rich and satisfying experience for each student.

Fees: $15.00 per lesson

Teaches: Piano

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