Our Team of Music Teachers
Oxford Music Academy and its teachers are affiliated with several professional organizations including:
- Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
- Ohio Music Teachers Association (OMTA)
- National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC)
- Ohio Federation of Music Clubs (OFMC)
- Oxford Music Teachers Forum (OMTF)
These organizations help provide enhanced experiences for students to participate in enrichment programs such as recitals, competitions and festivals.
Jon Sanford, Piano, Director
Jon Sanford is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music with a Master of Music degree from Miami University where he studied with Dr. Siok Lian Tan. Previously, he studied with Dr. Melinda Hickman at Cincinnati Christian University where he graduated as Salutatorian.
Jon has experience with all types of students, who vary in age from four to seventy-four learning all styles of repertoire. In addition to being a private piano instructor, he is also an adjunct professor at Miami University where he teaches Functional Piano Class and Sight-Singing/Dictation to college music majors.
Jon enjoys performing collaboratively with vocalists, instrumentalists, and choirs from Oxford and the Greater Cincinnati area. These ensembles have taken him to prestigious venues around the world, including New York City’s Carnegie Hall. He has traveled and performed in nine countries among North America, South America, and Europe.
Jon’s experience as a musician in several capacities adds to his comprehensive approach to lessons. As a staff accompanist and church music director, he can offer students practical training to assume such roles in the future. His students learn to enjoy and appreciate music while lessons incorporate music theory, music history, ear-training, and improvisation.
Alivea Cline, Violin
When Alivea was 10, she started playing violin in her school orchestra. She showed great interest in learning more, so she began in a pre-college program at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY. Shortly after taking lessons there, she met Julianna Waller, based out of Nashville Tennessee, who led a group called the “Red River Fiddlers.” Alivea was invited to tour with the group and for 2 years Alivea traveled through the Bowling Green, KY and Nashville area playing with the “Red River Fiddlers”. Due to her father’s job, she moved to Illinois. There she was a part of the Illinois Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra, played in the Wheaton Pops orchestra, played in weddings, concert benefit concerts, musical pits, random gigs, and was in a few chamber groups. She was the concert master of the IVYSO for 3 years and won the concerto competition her senior year. She received best section leader award as well as the student of the year in music at her high school. Alivea studied with several teachers and eventually was led to Professor Blaise Magniere at Northern Illinois University.
She ended up auditioning to several colleges and began studying at Cincinnati Christian University for her first three years of college. While she was attending Cincinnati Christian University she was in a symphony at the University of Cincinnati where she sat Assistant Concertmaster. She took lessons from Dorothy Han who was also from the Cincinnati area. After some changes at CCU, Alivea made the decision to transfer to Miami University where she is currently finishing her degree in Violin Performance under the direction of Dr. Harvey Thurmer. Once she graduates, she would like to continue teaching violin, be in a symphony, and continue doing what she loves—performing and bringing music to everyone around her.
Shi Yong Yu, Piano
Shi Yong Yu holds a B. Mus in Music Performance with Piano Performance emphases from Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia. Her teachers include Dr. Fung Chiat Loo, Ms. Geneviene Wong Jen-Pei, Mr. Chee Yean Wong, and Ms. Carolyn Lo. In 2014, she obtained her Licentiate of the Trinity College of London (LTCL) Recital Diploma from Trinity Guildhall. Currently she is a graduate student at Miami University, Ohio, where she studies piano performance with Dr. Siok Lian Tan.
Shi Yong has experience in teaching both private and group piano lessons. Her students vary in age from six to college-aged adults. In addition to being a private piano instructor, she is actively involved in accompaniment work for churches, choirs, instrumentalists and vocalists. Her experience as an active musician develops a comprehensive approach in her lessons.
Shi Yong is also a member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).
Robert Head, Piano
Robert is a graduate from Miami University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance. While attending Miami he had been the pianist in Miami’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo and has also participated in both Wind Ensemble and Chamber Music concerts. He had the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall with Miami’s Jazz Ensemble in 2012. He has received many honors while at Miami, such as the Miami University’s Owls Music Scholarship Award in 2013 and 2014, Mary Rees Piano Scholarship Award in 2015 and the Tom Teiney II Music Scholarship Award in 2015. Robert studies under Dr. Frank Haung.
Andrea Davies, Voice
Andrea Davies holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance with a Musical Theatre minor from Miami University. She has been formally studying voice for over 8 years, teaching voice for 2 years, and has been singing for over 20 years! Andrea has performed in leading roles with the Miami University Opera, as well as the Cincinnati Actor’s Studio and Academy. After graduating from Miami, Andrea will pursue a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance in the upcoming years. Although she is a classically trained singer, she thoroughly enjoys singing all different styles of music. Andrea teaches students interested in varying styles, such as jazz, pop, musical theatre, etc. She also teaches the basics of reading music, aural skills and theory to students. Besides her passion for music, Andrea loves to play volleyball, go to concerts, travel and eat yummy food!
Naomi Latta, Voice
Naomi Latta is a junior Choral Music Education major at Miami University with a Critical Youth Studies focus. She has been studying classical voice for 9 years. She first fell in love with music at her church, where she has been the Worship Arts intern for the last 3 years. She enjoys teaching a variety of musical styles including art song, folk songs, jazz and musical theater, and is passionate about equipping her students to have healthy singing habits and to be musically competent. Once she graduates, she hopes to continue to teach voice lessons as well as middle school choir and general music
Anthony Rapp, Guitar
Anthony Rapp has been playing guitar for almost ten years and teaching for the last two. Though he started in rock and blues, Anthony found a passion in playing classical guitar, which has remained as his primary focus. He received a degree in classical guitar from Miami University in May of 2017. Anthony has also picked up electric bass and ukulele along the way. Through hobby, he has continued on with rock, blues, and folk, with a most recent pursuit in jazz. This instrument has been his passion and he's always excited to share that with someone else.