Our Instructors at Columbus Music Workshop
Russell Myers- Guitar, Bass Guitar, Double Bass, Piano, Percussion, Drums, Theory & CompositionRussell Myers is the co-owner of Columbus Music Workshop and has more than 30 years experience teaching and performing music. Russell has performed nationally as a soloist as well as with major artists and performs in the Central Ohio area on a regular basis. Though largely self taught, Russell received classical training and harmony studies with well known pianist Richard Sundin and jazz improvisation, composition, harmony and theory with Dave Wheeler from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. In addition, Russell has participated in many master classes with such noted guitarists as Christopher Parkening and Jason Vieaux.
His history as a performer includes a two-year tour of the U.S. with the Center Stage Jazz Trio, piano accompanist for Weathervane Playhouse Theater Orchestra, Newark Ohio, accompanist for modern dance (classical guitar and percussion) at Denison University, Granville Ohio, piano accompanist and percussionist for Granville Players Theater, Granville Ohio, percussion for the famous Ink Spots and was fortunate enough to have the opportunity perform with the late great Lou Rawls. In addition, Russell performs as a freelance studio musician and is well versed in classical, jazz, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, rock, funk, country as well as other multi-cultural and popular music styles. He was also an Open Labs Artist and Software Beta Tester for their open platform keyboard workstations. He has performed at Universal Studios (Orlando Florida) as well as composed and arranged choral and string music for the soon to be released movie “Haze”. He has also worked as the percussion instructor at Licking Valley High School.
Currently, Russell performs in the central Ohio area and arranges and composes music for local and national groups, schools, TV and movies. In addition, he presents clinics and concerts in schools throughout Ohio and is a faculty music instructor at the Columbus Music Workshop. Russell is also the founder and owner of Columbus Piano Doctors. Providing complete piano service and tuning in the central Ohio area.
Many of Russell’s students have gone on to pursue music degrees at Manhattan School of Music, Berklee College of Music, Capital University, OSU, Wheaton, University of Chicago, Pittsburgh School of Performing Arts, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Belmont University in Nashville, TN.
Jane Watson- Violin, Viola, Cello & String Ensembles
Jane Watson is co-owner of the Columbus Music Workshop and has studied, played and taught violin since the age of eight. Her musical studies include 8 years of violin study at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and The Ohio State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree; and 12 years of private study with such teachers as Robert Billups, Virginia Christensen, Ronald Konieczka and Robert Culver. In addition, Jane has performed with many orchestras and ensembles in the Central and Southern Ohio area and currently does freelance performing work in Columbus and the surrounding area. Jane also can be seen playing out with the CMW Jazz Ensembles and the Baroque String Ensemble and is the program administrator and director of the New Horizons Music of Central Ohio and Buckeye Band & Strings for homeschooled children. In addition to violin, Jane has also studied and plays piano, viola, cello & guitar.
Wes Miller- Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Wes holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Bowling Green State University where he was a student of Dr. John Sampen. He is a member of the Black Swamp Saxophone Quartet (BSSQ) and first prize winner in the 1991 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. In addition to his saxophone studies, Wes has studied flute with Dave Mel at BGSU and Gordon Cole at the University of Kentucky. As a high school student, he studied with Dr. Ronald Monsen at the University of Kentucky. Wes has been teaching lessons both in private and group settings for the past 20 years. Wes is also the head coordinator and director of the Columbus Chapter of "New Horizons Music," an adult music program.
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