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Janessa Cardillo

Owner, Voice and Piano Instructor

Janessa, owner and instructor, is a classically-trained vocalist pursuing an education in vocology, an 18-year veteran private voice and piano lesson teacher, a piano bar entertainer, and a mom of 4. If you couldn't guess, she doesn't like to be bored! For that reason, lessons and classes with Janessa are anything but boring!

Raised in the suburbs of Cleveland, OH, Janessa earned a bachelor's degree in music from Eastern Michigan University, and has worked steadily in music all of her adult life. In recent years, she has performed with The Cleveland Opera, Cleveland Opera Theater, and Tri-C. She now works as a dueling pianist at The Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar in The Flats, with Felix & Fingers in Northeast Ohio and surrounding areas, and as a solo piano entertainer.

In the past three years, Janessa has dramatically updated her teaching resources with research-based, engaging, FUN materials. She is thrilled to be able to offer these resources, combined with her knowledge, skills, and personable teaching style, to the community via private lessons, small group classes, and summer camps.

Book a lesson with Janessa

Jo Powers

Voice/Piano Instructor

Passion for performance! Jo is a classically trained vocalist and contemporary pianist with theatre experience. Raised in Twin Cities, MN, after a hiatus in Chicago, she headed to the Home of Rock and Roll, where she has found a place here to embrace and share her experience in the performing arts.

Jo began learning piano at age 3, and voice lessons, choir, and acting at age 7. She performed in recitals, several theatrical roles in high school, and community and college productions. She studied vocal performance for 2 years, then went to Chicago and completed improvisation training at The Second City. Presently working as a solo and dueling piano entertainer (follow her for local gigs), Jo is also currently pursuing a degree in psychology with a minor in music.

The performing arts teach lifelong creative skills. Jo hopes to help each student build confidence with unwavering patience in a creative and fun learning environment. Join her for some beginner lessons!


Ines Bakia

Guitar/Ukulele Instructor

Ines is a singer-songwriter on the Cleveland music scene, frequenting local open mics and jam nights. She believes in the power of community and that it takes a village to truly nurture and lift up one another, especially as musicians. As a teacher, Ines prioritizes personality and passion over perfection, creating a low-pressure environment to improvise and create, often using games to write songs. Although she is a guitar and ukulele teacher, she likes to use other instruments, such as piano and percussion, to help develop the musical ear and internal rhythm.

Ines is a first-generation American with family from Albania. She is a Lakewood native, and lives here with her cat, Klea. You can find her at Root Cafe during the day, whipping up your favorite beverages!


Ethan Scheuer

Guitar/Bass Instructor

Details coming soon!

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Tricia Crane

Early Childhood Coordinator

Tricia Crane is a music educator, choral director, performer, and Lakewood resident. She is engaging, energetic, passionate, and experienced. With her degree in Music Education and Level III Kodaly certification, she strives for each lesson to be a solid and well-rounded foundational experience, while still having fun, playing games, and exploring the world of music. Tricia has over 17 years of experience in classroom teaching and directing choral ensembles of all ages. Her passion is for everyone to find their own inner-musician, and plans lessons and rehearsals with that goal at the forefront. Tricia has developed a curriculum designed specifically for Lemon Seeds, and is very excited to be providing music education to the community that she and her husband, Ian, and their children, Phoebe and Alex, have made their home.


Tim Lane

Drum Instructor

Tim Lane is an inspired working Cleveland drummer that has been playing since 1986. Armed with 23 years' teaching experience, Tim Lane has a wide variety of knowledge to share, from music reading skills to rudiments and improvisation. Tim will help you grow and keep you challenged while having fun with drums. Snare drum, drum set, hand percussion, and more!


Dan Gilles

Drum Instructor

Dan's earliest memory is using his mom's wooden spoons on her pots and pans and his parents buying him a "Muppet Show" kiddie drum set for Christmas. But he never took lessons or got his own kit until he was 18 and found out one of his co-workers at the pizza shop he worked at taught drum lessons. He fell in love with the instrument right then and there and has been playing ever since. After surviving an explosion that caused severe burns to his arms and legs in 2007, Dan jumped back behind his drums about a year later and started going to local jam nights frequently. His playing caught the attention of many other local musicians, and eventually he started his own cover band called DiRt in 2015. DiRt quickly gained a following around Northeast Ohio covering 80s thrash metal like Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax & Megadeth and has played everywhere from The Odeon to the Akron Empire to the Outpost in Kent and much, much more. DiRt broke up in May of 2022 and Dan has since caught on with tribute bands Maiden America (Iron Maiden), Wall of Sleep (Black Sabbath) and The Mob Rules (Dio), while also picking up fill-in gigs with various bands.

Dan has privately taught off and on for the past 6 years and is excited to teach out of a great music school. Dan, 49, lives in Elyria with his wife Allie and their 2 dogs (Abby & Lemmy) and 4 cats (Dio, Bonzo, Morris & Dakota). He cites Neil Peart, John Bonham, Dave Lombardo, Mike Portnoy, Bill Ward & Nicko McBrain as his favorite drummers and metal as his favorite style of music to listen to and to play.


Maddie Polk

Piano Instructor

Maddie has 7 years of experience in music education and has been playing piano for over 20 years. She has her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Capital University and has taught band, choir, orchestra, and general music curriculum in classrooms with students K-12, as well as private piano and percussion lessons for all ages.

While Maddie plays piano teacher by night, her full time job is in arts administration, where she is currently the Head of Operations for a local non-profit festival, ENCORE Chamber Music Institute.

When she isn’t making or organizing music, Maddie can be found crocheting, volunteering at the city dog shelter, or enjoying the outdoors hiking, camping, and backpacking!

Maddie resides in Tremont with her husband, dog, and 2 cats. 

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