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Stages Music Arts creates an atmosphere that inspires a passion for music. Whether you’ve never strummed a string, are preparing for college, or you’re a seasoned performer, Stages has an experience tailored to suit your aspirations and fulfill your potential.

Our beautiful, state-of-the-art facility provides a safe, clean, and comfortable setting to nurture the creative spirit, featuring spacious lesson rooms, HD video lesson recording, and incredible indoor and outdoor performance spaces.

Within our walls, you can take individually customized private lessons, join a group session to play your favorite styles, and learn from industry professionals in exclusive workshops and seminars. When you walk through our doors, you have access to all things music. Book a lesson today!

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Paul Tokarz
Paul Tokarz
Bass (Beginner) Guitar (Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate)
Since age 12, Paul Tokarz has been fascinated with music.  He began by jamming with friends in various garage bands.  After spending countless hours practicing guitar during his teenage years, Paul decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music.  He attended the GIT program at Musicians Institute from 2010-2012,...
Brennan McShane
Brennan McShane
Bass (Beginner) Guitar (Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate) Piano (Intermediate, Beginner) Ukulele (Intermediate, Beginner)
Brennan’s first recollections of music were singing Motown songs and hearing his grandmother play the piano while he stayed at her house during the summers. Brennan received his first guitar, a red-satin finished Stratocaster, the summer before high school.  Two years later, he formed his own band, The Naked Truth, which record...
Jason Cohen
Jason Cohen
Drums (Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate)
When one obtains a specialty too early within a vast, interconnected topic such as music, they lose the chance to fully understand the big picture. Jason Cohen, although a drummer by trade, has had the opportunity to see music from many different vantage points through his personal studies in piano, guitar and vocals as well as drums. Onc...
Ashley Higginbotham
Ashley Higginbotham
Piano (Beginner, Intermediate) Voice (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
Ashley has had a passion for singing and performing since she could speak. She began training at a young age as a musical theatre vocalist and soon developed a love for opera. A lyric coloratura soprano, she has a degree in vocal performance from West Chester University with Dr. Emily Bullock. Ashley has also studied with f...
William Scaletta
William Scaletta
Piano (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
Hello, my name is Billy Scaletta.  I am a 2016 graduate of Belmont University with a Bachelor's in Music.  Within Belmont, I have been a member of a number of ensembles, including the Piano Duet Ensemble and New Music Ensemble.  I have also held various church and accompanist positions in Nashville and Baltimore.  ...
Charles Simon
Charles Simon
Banjo (Beginner) Bass (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) Guitar (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) Piano (Beginner) Ukulele (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
Since a young age Charles has always been surrounded by music.  And since getting his first guitar at age 11 he has never slowed.  As a teen, he studied from several great local Baltimore instructors including Carl Filipiak and Dave Jacobson, but his passion for music eventually took him to Boston, MA and the Berklee College of ...
Junior Vocal Ensemble
Junior Vocal Ensemble
Group Session
Singers of all experience and ability are welcome to join the Stages Music Arts Junior Vocal Ensemble! Singers in this 14-week session learn fundamentals of harmony and ear training while gaining experience singing and performing in a group setting. The Junior Vocal Ensemble sings a variety of styles and incorporates popular, age-appropri...
John Coale
John Coale
Drums (Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate)
John has been teaching at the professional level for over 30 years.   Focusing on a complete curriculum at the Music Cellar which includes reading drum notation, hand  and feet techniques as well as a variety of playing styles on the drumset.  He also likes to verse students on what’s necessary for performing wit...
Student Band Program: Tuesday
Student Band Program: Tuesday
Group Session
Musicians of all levels ages 10-17 get the opportunity to take their skills from the practice room to the stage in the student band program.  This program gives students access to many of the amazing features of Stages Music Arts including the studios and recital hall.  Bands are assembled with other Stages students and rehearse...
Conor Brendan
Conor Brendan
Banjo (Beginner, Intermediate) Bass (Beginner, Intermediate) Guitar (Beginner, Intermediate) Mandolin (Beginner, Intermediate) Piano (Beginner)
Conor Brendan is a Folk Pop multi-instrumentalist singer songwriter intent on creating positive change in a troubled world. With visceral story-weaving lyrics and a broad range of instruments, he pushes the boundaries of folk, Americana, and pop music, from cinematic ballads to explosive tribal-like passages.   Aged 22, Conor B...
Jess Uhrin
Jess Uhrin
Clarinets (Beginner) Flute (Beginner) Piano (Beginner) Saxophone (Beginner, Intermediate) Trumpet (Beginner, Intermediate)
Jess realized her passion for music when she began playing the piano at age 7.  Two years later she began playing the saxophone, which increased her experience into ensemble performance.  She continued to play piano and saxophone throughout high school, where she performed in the top ensembles.   Jess continued her study...
Taso Kotsos
Taso Kotsos
Drums (Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate)
Taso has been teaching at the professional level for over 30 years.   Focusing on a complete curriculum at the Music Cellar which includes reading drum notation, hand  and feet techniques as well as a variety of playing styles on the drumset. He also likes to verse students on what’s necessary for performing with e...
Stages Band Program: Wednesday
Stages Band Program: Wednesday
Group Session
Musicians of all levels ages 10-17 get the opportunity to take their skills from the practice room to the stage in the student band program.  This program gives students access to many of the amazing features of Stages Music Arts including the studios and recital hall.  Bands are assembled with other Stages students and rehearse...
Derek McNamara
Derek McNamara
Bass (Beginner, Intermediate) Guitar (Beginner, Intermediate) Piano (Beginner, Intermediate) Ukulele (Beginner)
Derek McNamara is a graduate of Towson University with a Bachelor's degree in Music. He has been playing guitar for over a decade and enjoys teaching students of all ages the many facets of music while offering information and material that challenges them to think about music in new ways. He believes that lessons should be tailored t...
Anthony DiMenna
Anthony DiMenna
Bass (Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate) Drums (Beginner)
Hailing from a family of musicians, Anthony began playing and performing on the piano at age 3. Over the course of his childhood, Anthony also studied clarinet, guitar, bass guitar, and drums. By high school, Anthony was performing regularly on drums and bass guitar with a variety of bands spanning genres of rock, jazz, and pop. During th...
Student Band Program: Thursday
Student Band Program: Thursday
Group Session
Musicians of all levels ages 10-17 get the opportunity to take their skills from the practice room to the stage in the student band program.  This program gives students access to many of the amazing features of Stages Music Arts including the studios and recital hall.  Bands are assembled with other Stages students and rehearse...
Jessica  Crutchfield
Jessica Crutchfield
Clarinets (Beginner) Flute (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) French Horn (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) Saxophone (Beginner) Trumpet (Beginner, Intermediate) Violin (Beginner)
Jess offers 15 years of diverse experience performing and studying music. As a young student she chose flute as her primary instrumental study, leading her to all-county performances and solo opportunities, and eventually attending Towson University concentrating in that.  After 10 years of playing flute, Jess became enamored with th...
John Burkhardt
John Burkhardt
Drums (Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate)
John began playing drums at 11 years old and has an undeniable passion. With a musical family in full support, he quickly began learning and mastering the art of percussion throughout his years of experience. At 16 he began touring the US with the Paul Green School of Rock All-Stars exposing him to different styles and venues in major cit...
Mike Smith
Mike Smith
Guitar (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) Voice (Beginner)
Mike Smith is a multi-platinum recording artist with 20+ years’ experience as a professional musician.   As a singer and songwriter, he is now currently creating a new album with Producer Brian Virtue (Chevelle, 30 seconds to Mars, Deftones, Audioslave, Jane’s Addiction etc.) with hopes of an early 2018 release...
Teen Holiday Vocal Ensemble
Teen Holiday Vocal Ensemble
Group Session
Singers in this 11-week program build on elements of vocal technique, harmony and ear training while gaining experience singing and performing holiday material in a group setting. Vocal ensemble participants will be featured in holiday perfomrances singing a variety of popular seasonal tunes. Teen Holiday Vocal Ensemble is ideal...
Student Band Program: Saturday 12pm
Student Band Program: Saturday 12pm
Group Session
Musicians of all levels ages 10-17 get the opportunity to take their skills from the practice room to the stage in the student band program.  This program gives students access to many of the amazing features of Stages Music Arts including the studios and recital hall.  Bands are assembled with other Stages students and rehearse...
Student Band Program: Saturday 10am
Student Band Program: Saturday 10am
Group Session
Musicians of all levels ages 10-17 get the opportunity to take their skills from the practice room to the stage in the student band program.  This program gives students access to many of the amazing features of Stages Music Arts including the studios and recital hall.  Bands are assembled with other Stages students and rehearse...
Adult Band Class}}
Adult Band Class
Group Session
Students 18 and up will meet bi-weekly to work on building a repertoire of material, preparing for performances and recordings, as well as learn about jamming and songwriting.  This class will introduce the fundamentals of music theory, rhythm, harmony, and melody, all while learning your favorite songs with other students in a fun g...
Group Program: December
Group Program: December
Group Session
Installment: December ...
Adult Open Jam (12/18)
Adult Open Jam (12/18)
Group Session
This class is ideal for musicians of all levels aged 18+ who are interested in playing with others.  Those who sing, play guitar, bass, drums, and piano/keyboards are invited to come learn! Each class we will work on a new song or style with a goal of building a core repertoire of well known open-jam standards.  T...