Garry Ball


Garry has been teaching guitar for over 30 years to kids and adults alike. He teaches Blues, Country, Folk, Rock, and Jazz on both acoustic guitar and electric guitar. He has also taught and led song writing workshops since 2012. A singer, songwriter, and performer at heart, he plays local coffee houses, wineries, and private parties. Garry is a BMI song writing member (since 2012) and released his first CD in 2013 with more on the way. Garry is passionate about sharing his love of music with students of all ages.

TESTIMONIAL: “Garry is an awesome teacher! He always helps me when I am stuck and when I mess up he doesn’t make me feel stupid” Melanie age 10

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David Byrge

Guitar/Electric Bass

David has been a performer and instructor for over 20 years. He studied jazz guitar with Cal Collins, guitar player for Bennie Goodman and classical guitar at UC Conservatory. As a performer, he traveled the US playing in opening acts for Great White, LA Guns, Jefferson Starship, Bullet Boys, and others. Some of David’s students have formed their own bands and can be seen performing at local festivals and heard on the radio.

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Mike Lairson


Mike holds a Bachelor of Business degree. He has been teaching students of all ages for over 17 years. He served as director of the rock band program at That MUSIC PLACE from 2006 through 2014. He has performed in Community Theater Orchestras and in several local bands. Mike enjoys sharing his passion for music with others and with seeing students succeed.

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Keith Lykins


Keith has been teaching children and adults all styles of guitar in private and group settings for over 30 years. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Dayton in 1988 as well as an Ohio Teaching Certificate. He has continued studies in ethnomusicology, education as well as studied Flamenco Guitar, Acoustic Percussive Guitar and music from varied cultures. He taught at Sinclair Community College for 5 years as well as several private music studios in the area. Along with teaching at That Music Place, Keith performs in the Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana areas. Keith teaches all styles of guitar including Classical and Flamenco Guitar, Acoustic Percussive Guitar, Rock, Country and Jazz Guitar. Keith says, “One of the greatest things about the guitar is that it is used in so many different genres. I love teaching all styles of music.” Keith’s philosophy of teaching is that all learners are different. Thus, he uses a flexible approach. He uses a number of tools to teach including standard music notation, tablature and chord charts, providing an understanding of the language of music.

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