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.
Ahdda Shur, Voice
For the past 25 years, Ahdda has taught and empowered children, teens and adults to sing with beauty, skill and ease. She teaches classical and non-classical voice and helps singers and speakers recover from vocal strain or injury. She holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Opera and Opera Stage Direction from the Indiana University, School of Music, Bloomington, Indiana. At IU, she was a voice student of the famed Rumanian/Italian soprano and Bel Canto specialist, Virginia Zeani.
As a featured vocal soloist, Ahdda has performed in America, Europe and the Middle East in repertoire spanning opera, musical theater, sacred music and world music. For over ten years she performed internationally in a variety of mezzo-soprano roles with major opera companies such as Zurich Oper, Switzerland, New Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv, Long Beach Opera, CA, Cincinnati Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin/San Antonio Festival, Strasbourg Music Festival, France, and more.
Her powerfully effective holistic system of voice training: VOGA™ VoiceYoga for peak performance, combines elements of vocal therapy and mind/body disciplines with the traditional Bel Canto methods. You can read more about this in her book, Sopranos Are Not Pianos – How Vocal Magic Happens For Women Singers (available on Amazon).
This past July 2017, Ahdda relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio from Los Angeles, CA, where for the past 15 years she taught voice privately working with beginners to professionals. Previous to that she was an adjunct voice professor at the New World School of the Arts, Miami, and on the voice faculty of the Levinksy College of Education, Tel Aviv.
Additional information available at shurvoice.com
Charles Ramsey, Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele
At an early age Charles fell in love with classical music, the Beatles and Heavy Metal (in that order). He graduated from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he studied classical guitar with Clare Callahan, a student of Andres Segovia. He also holds a Master of Arts degree from the Hebrew Union College. After graduating he then spent seventeen years living in New York City, performing in various venues and teaching privately as well as at the Bronx House School of Performing Arts.
Charles has performed at the United Nations, the Rubin Museum of Art, the Tibet Center, The Yippie Museum, ABC No-Rio, Make Music New York and in the Music In Chelsea series in New York City. He has also performed in Los Angeles and in cities in the Midwest -- including Cincinnati, Ohio and Richmond, Indiana -- as well as in Tokyo, Japan, and Chiang Mai, Thailand. He is a recipient of a 2012 New York State grant (COAHSI) with his work with flutist Yuuki Koike in their Duo Nanashi, a duo which performed jazz, classical, and original compositions. He currently plays in the Richmond Jazz Orchestra, in the psychedelic band Sonic Jelly Quasar, with the the jazz-ish group Moment's Notice, and in a classical guitar duo which is perpetually in a state of trying to find a name. He is also a guitar instructor at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.
Charles loves teaching all ages of students and all styles of music, and his goal is always to equip students with a solid foundation in technique and understanding so that they can find a real joy in playing the guitar and so that their own creativity can flourish.
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 has completed her Bachelor of Music Degree degree in Violin Performance under the direction of Dr. Harvey Thurmer. Along with teaching, she would like to be in a symphony, and continue doing what she loves—performing and bringing music to everyone around her.
Kang Ning Yong, Piano
Kang Ning Yong is a second-year graduate student at Miami University, Ohio, pursuing a M. Mus. in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Siok Lian Tan. She holds a B. Mus in Piano Performance at Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia under the guidance of Dr. Fung Chiat Loo, Geneviene Jen-Pei Wong, Chee Yean Wong, and Carolyn Lo. In 2015, she received the Licentiate Trinity College London (LTCL) Recital Diploma from Trinity Guildhall with distinction and also earned both Grade 8 Practical and Theory Exams from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) in 2004.
As a pianist and teaching assistant at Miami University, she teaches Functional Piano Class to college music majors and also private lessons with students who vary in age from four to college-aged adults. In addition, she enjoys performing collaboratively with Chamber Singers from Miami University, as well as vocalists and instrumentalists from different areas. Being an active musician throughout the past few years has given her a comprehensive approach in her lessons.
Kang Ning is also a member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) since 2016.
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.
Nathan Groot, Viola, Violin
Nathan Groot is a violist and second-year graduate student at Miami University pursuing a Master of Music in Viola Performance under the tutelage of Professor Mary Harris. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance and Pedagogy from Tennessee Technological University. In 2018, he performed as a guest soloist with the Sofia Sinfonietta at the Sofia Music Weeks Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria, attended Brevard Music Center, and performed in masterclasses for Professor Thomas Riebl at Internationale Akademie Bad Leonfelden in Austria. In previous years, he has studied at the Karen Tuttle Viola Workshop (2016), Sewanee Summer Music Festival (2015), and Marrowstone Music Festival (2014). Nathan is currently the principal violist of the Miami University Symphony Orchestra (2017-2019) and was principal violist of the Tennessee Tech University Orchestra from 2013 to 2017. He was also performed with the Bryan Symphony Orchestra for two seasons (2016-2017) and was a substitute violist with the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra in 2016. While at Tennessee Tech University, he was the recipient of the Charles F. Bryan Award (2016), Captain William Lafayette Anderson Scholarship (2016), H. Leroy and Mary Faith Henderson Award (2016), and the Education Foundation Scholarship (2016). He is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Miami University (2017-2019).
Taylor Wallace, Violin
Violinist Taylor Wallace is currently a junior at Miami University, where she is pursuing a Bachelor's of Music Performance. She is studying with Dr. Harvey Thurmer. Throughout her musical careers, she has won many awards and scholarships, including superior ratings at OMEA Solo and Ensemble Competitions, the David and Marge Belew Young Artist Solo Competition, the Edward Kezur Award, and the David Steuk Music Award.
During high school, Taylor served as the concertmaster of the Hamilton High Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Hamilton Fairfield Youth Symphony, now known as the Butler Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. She now serves as the principal 2nd violinist in the Miami University Symphony Orchestra.
Taylor has a passion for teaching. She has been teaching privately since she was 13 years old. She also teaches through Mehas Music, a store in Hamilton.
Anna Adams, Voice
Anna Adams is a junior at Miami University studying Choral Music Education with a minor in Musical Theatre. She has loved music and singing since she was seven years old, and has taken voice lessons for the past five years. At Miami University, she is a member of Collegiate Chorale and is also the music director for The Miami University TrebleMakers A Cappella group. Anna is interested in all different styles of music, and is very eager to share her love of music with her students. After graduating from Miami, she hopes to find a job as a high school choral conductor.
Mayu Uchiyama, Voice
Lyric coloratura Mayu Uchiyama hones her craft through solo repertoire, making operatic debuts both domestically and internationally. Her debuting roles include Ms. Goldentrill, also known as Madam Herz, from Mozart’s Impresario (Miami University, February 2019) Laurentia from John Duke’s Captain Lovelock (VOXnorthwest, summer 2018), Genevra from Handel’s Ariodante (Summer Music in Tuscany, 2016), the flirtatious Musetta from Puccini’s La Boheme (University of Redlands 2016) and Cis from Britten’s Albert Herring, while simultaneously covering the role of Belinda from Dido and Aeneas (Miami Music Festival, 2015). Growing up in Portland Oregon, she had the opportunity of working with notable contemporary composer Libby Larsen, Robert Kyr, as well as Pink Martini, the Von Trapp Family Singers, and symphonies from Oregon, Seattle, and Eugene. Six years of cello gave way to a focus on voice after a solo stint in “Alice in Wonderland;” she volunteered to sing at area nursing homes to overcome stage fright, and now relishes the spotlight.
Mayu received her Bachelor in Music at the University of Redlands in Southern California, and currently pursues her Graduate degree at Miami University in Ohio. She thoroughly enjoys teaching voice lessons to students of all ages and having the opportunity to share a mutual love for 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.