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Private Piano Lessons

The piano instructors at Richland Academy are pleased to provide quality piano instruction to students of all ages.  No matter what your skill level and abilities, we provide a fun and comfortable environment for you to learn. Taking private piano lessons allows you learn at your own pace, and at a time that specifically fits into your schedule! 

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Janet Guetle

Voice and Piano

Janet Guetle completed a music career teaching at the Mansfield City School district in Mansfield, Ohio. While in urban education, she embraced diversity through teaching techniques and musical selections relatable to her students.
She found success while teaching elementary and middle school vocal music, co-directed and accompanied the high school choir, and even taught beginning strings for four years. During her career as a public school teacher, she also raised two daughters as a single parent.

Janet holds a sacred music diploma from Moody Bible Institute as a piano major. She obtained a bachelors degree in vocal music education as a  piano and voice major. She obtained a masters degree in vocal performance from Northwestern university. During graduate school days, Janet began studying classical organ along with vocal studies. Her professional training in organ began first with Adeline Huss at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Upon receiving a teaching position in Mansfield, she was able to continue professional organ studies with Haskell Thomson and David Boe from Oberlin College. She is now in graduate study at Cleveland State University, studying organ with Todd Wilson, considered around the world as once of today’s finest concert organists. Janet has extensive experience as an organist, accompanist, choir director, praise team leader and vocal soloist.



Diego Santamaria (Piano, Keyboard, Guitar)

Diego received a Licensure and Bachelor’s in Music Education Studies (K-12) from Universidad Libre de Costa Rica and is a Keyboardist, Pianist and Organist. He also studied popular music and Improvisation from the Omar Arroyo Academy of Music (Costa Rica). Diego has been working in education for 8 years. Currently, Diego is also a permanent substitute teacher at Spanish Immersion-Mansfield City Schools and Spanish tutor.


Alicia Porter: Private piano lessons at Richland Academy

Alicia Porter (Piano)

Alicia received both her BS and MS in Math Education from Pensacola Christian College, Florida. She is a student in the Royal Conservatory, London methodology. Alicia has been teaching private piano lessons since 1998 and provided accompaniment for many recitals and special events. Currently she is the Music Director and a math instructor at Temple Christian School.


Rachel Ballitch: Piano Instructor

Rachel Ballitch (Voice & Piano)

Rachel is a recent graduate from Ohio Wesleyan University with a Piano Performance and Vocal Performance Major with a German Studies Minor . She has studied under the tutelage of Dr. Gulimina Mahamuti for four years. Rachel has performed at various master classes including: the 2013 OhioMTA State Conference Pre-College Piano Master Class, and at the piano master classes at Ohio Wesleyan University given by the Cleveland International Piano Competition winner, Alexander Shimpf, by Oberlin’s Peter Takács, and by the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing piano professor, Guan Changxin. Rachel most recently worked as an intern at Richland Academy of the Arts and is currently teaching Music for Little Mozarts, ages 4-6 and piano.







Helga Rein

(Violin, Viola, Beginner Piano, Beginner Cello)

Helga Rein holds three university degrees in the Arts and Education.  Her journey began in elementary school, shortly after she was introduced to the English language.  She studied violin with Edward Matey, a first violinist in the Cleveland Orchestra, for several years.  Helga earned a full music scholarship and graduated from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor of Music Degree.  She majored in Music Education and Violin Performance.  Helga also minored in Piano Performance, as well as Political Science, Biology, and Psychology.  She continued her studies at Baldwin-Wallace College, where she earned a Master of Arts in Education Degree, as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree, with a major in German.  Helga teaches students of all ages from six to sixty and all levels from beginner to advanced.  Helga was educated in the United States and Germany, and has taught in both countries.  She is currently teaching music and German in the State of Ohio.  Helga also performs as a soloist for weddings, funerals, memorial services, and other special occasions.Helga received her Bachelor's of Music in 2000 from Cleveland State University and went on to receive her Master's in Arts Education in 2005 from Baldwin-Wallace College. During this time, she received several honors and awards and was involved in numerous orchestras including the Cleveland Philharmonic.
She has been a private music instructor since 1978 and has taught at several schools and colleges throughout Ohio including Wooster and Lexington school districts, Cuyahoga Community College, and Cleveland State University. 



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