Hilliard Community Music School offers private instruction for all ages with professional musicians. We are all degreed or certified and have strong performance histories. Our mission is to make learning an instrument fun rather than tedious so that their skill will provide a lifetime of joy.
- Musikgarten: Birth to age 5 – Erin Meats
- Musikgarten: Ages 4 to 9 – Amy Rucker
- Musikgarten: Ages 6 to 9 – Jim Williams
- Piano: Jim Williams
- Piano: Qianyoyo Liu
- Piano: Jennifer Shafer
- Piano: Patrick Bachmann
- Piano: Lin Tian
- Percussion: Curt Hudberg
- Percussion: Aaron Scott
- Flute: Tara Novy Crawford
- Saxophone: Eric Churchill
- Clarinet: Tom Regouski
- Voice: Jamie Massa
- Voice: Robert Boyd
- Guitar: Bryan Percoco
- Cello: Caitlin Trevor
- Violin/Viola: Tracy Lipscom
- Violin/Viola: Debbie Wiles
- Brass: Brad Oyer
- Music Technology: Shane Tubaugh
Jim Williams graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in 1984 and continued with piano studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He began teaching piano in 1986 after transferring to the Ohio State University and has been teaching in Hilliard, Ohio for 17 years. He is a member of the Ohio Music Teachers Association, a certified teacher of the Musikgarten program Music Makers at the Keyboard and a Founding Teacher of the Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program. Mr. Williams still studies music and hopes his students will end up having as much fun learning about it as he does.
Amy Rucker holds Bachelor’s degrees in Piano Performance and Music Education in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University and a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy from Southern Methodist University. As a National Teacher trainer for Musikgarten, she is sought after as seminar leader, lecturer, and speaker at Music Education conferences. Mrs. Rucker was Adjunct Faculty at Southern Methodist University teaching private and group piano instruction for all ages. While at SMU, she was the Early Childhood Specialist for the Piano Preparatory Program. She founded the Musikgarten program at the Arts Academy of Park Cities Presbyterian Church, and recently served on the faculty The Covenant School in Dallas, Texas, as instructor in elementary music and movement, and as upper school choral director. Amy and her husband, Rob, live in Upper Arlington, Ohio, with their two children, Elise and Benjamin.
Jennifer Shafer is currently a Ph.D. student in music theory at Ohio State University. She earned her B.M. in piano performance from East Texas Baptist University in 2010, and her M.A. in music theory from the University of Kentucky in 2012. Jennifer enjoys teaching both piano and music theory to students of all ages. Training in music theory can benefit students of any instrument, since music theory is an important foundation to being able to understand music. She focuses on tailoring her curriculum to each student’s individual needs, encouraging each student to work to the best of their ability while making the lessons and classes fun and enjoyable.
Bryan Percoco holds a MM in music composition and a BM in classical guitar performance, both from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). He also holds a composition and performance certificate from the Upbeat International Summer School of Music in Milna, Croatia. Active as a composer, his most recent commission is a chamber music project for NYC-based woodwind quintet, Vortex Street. In addition to his composition and guitar background, he is an avid pianist, and has studied piano with CCM Doctoral Candidates, and performed on keyboard with groups such as CCM’s contemporary music group, Cafe Momus. Stylistically varied, he has studied and performed in a diverse array of genres ranging from classical to rock-oriented music, while currently studying jazz. As an experienced and committed teacher/performer, he is dedicated to teaching students to approach their chosen instrument with discipline, passion, and purpose.
Tara Novy Crawford has maintained a private studio for 20+ years. She received a performance degree from the University of Iowa where she specialized in Baroque flute performance. Later she studied flute performance and musicology to further pursue historic performance. Tara currently performs with Southport Baroque and Traversi, both early music performance groups. Tara accepts dedicated flutist and pianists into her studio.
Robert Boyd has a B.M. in Music Education from Capital University. Robert works with students of all ages in groups and in private lessons.