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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.


Natalia Rowe

Music Therapist
Voice, Piano, and Guitar Instructor

Natalia is an MT-BC (music therapist, board-certified).

She might be biased, but she honestly thinks she has the coolest job in the world.

Natalia is passionate about blending music, neuroscience, and trauma-informed principles in her work. She loves seeing people reach their goals through the power of music.

Music has played a strong role in her own life, and it has always helped Natalia to feel more empowered and healthy! She hopes to help others feel the same way through music therapy sessions, unique workshops, and adapted lessons.

Natalia's background is very diverse. She went to Cleveland State University (shoutout to her fellow Vikings!) and completed her internship with Capital City Hospice in Columbus, Ohio. 

She has worked in psych, substance use/addictions, early childhood, hospice, assisted living, schools, and more! She also taught Kindermusik classes for a couple of years and absolutely loved being a Kindermusik educator during that time. 

In her free time she enjoys going to concerts, spending time in nature, and reading good books! You can usually find Natalia hanging out at local coffee shops or music venues.

Natalia can't wait to meet you!


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!


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!


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. 


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!

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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.

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