Faculty Members

BJ Schweinlin
BJ SchweinlinDrums
BJ Schweinlin’s musical career has spanned almost 4 decades. He started piano when he was 6, drums when he was 8, and has been performing since about 10. From grade school through college, he studied many musical styles, being involved in rock bands, marching bands, jazz bands, orchestra, African drum ensembles, Native American music, and others, all while performing professionally since before he was old enough to drive. He has released multiple EDM albums, plays drums for the international blues artist Dudley Taft, and writes and records film score for BBC, Amazon, Netflix, and many more.  BJ’s wide array of styles, and genuine love of teaching make him excellent at finding what new students get excited about and keep them enthusiastic throughout their lessons.

Michael Pringle
Michael PringleGuitar, Bass, Mandolin, Banjo
 The magic of music showed up early in Michael’s life; specifically in the person of a Chicago Symphony Orchestra string player, who demo’ed the instruments of the Viol family. Michael decided he HAD to play the viola, because it sounded so incredible! Fast-forward through Suzuki string classes, elementary school and onward to junior and senior high school, with private lessons for most of this time. Michael’s orchestra conductor began pestering him to consider going to music camps like Interlochen, getting one of the “right” teachers, and getting on the road to CCM for classical music. However, at about 13 years old, Michael had concurrently taken up… the… guitar. Concentration on private lessons and viola practice began to fade, and playing the guitar began occupying every spare moment. Michael has studied jazz theory with several wonderful teachers, including CCM Theory & Composition grad Keith Bowers, and Rick Fitzgerell of the Manhattan School of Music. He has played in several blues, pop and country cover bands, and currently is working with a keyboard collaborator, writing and recording original music in the project studio in his home; Michael is also a pro-level slide guitar player. He is also responsible for the dubious scientific discovery that if you have played for four hours, you can put toothache gel on the tips of your fingers, and play for another four hours. “I feel that any song that the student would love to be able to play can be a jumping-off point for learning not only the song, but also the ‘nuts and bolts’ of how music works, and different techniques their favorite players may be using. There is a magic to seeing someone’s favorite song come together under their fingers, and realizing, ‘This is how my favorite song is really played!’”


Morgan Asher
Morgan AsherPiano, Voice, Drums & Music Production
Morgan Asher cannot remember life before music. At the age of 3, he started playing the classic beginners kit, pots and pans on the kitchen floor. He received his first real drum kit at the age of 4 and haven’t stop playing since. Morgan grew up playing in multiple bands and performing at various venues from the age of 10 with bands such as Thunderhead (including various members of The Blessed Union of Souls). Around the age of 12 he started recording in studio and writing originals with various bands he was affiliated with gaining experience in musical composition. Being consumed by the idea of recording records, Morgan furthered his education by attending The Warren County Career Center for Digital Design for 2 years and taking as many music course that his high school had to offer from music theory to choir and jazz band. After high school Morgan decided to make music his life pursuit by attending Sinclair Community College for 2 years for music production and various music theory and composition classes, eventually leading him to UC for Electronic Media and Jazz Studies. While enrolled in college pursuing his education and passion, Morgan co-owned and co-operated This Is That Recording studio located in Maineville, gaining experience and knowledge that would be a defining movement in his development in life and as a musician.  Being the head engineer and the drum session musician of This Is That, Morgan was challenged with having to understand and be completely comfortable with almost every type of musical genre such as R&B, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Metal, Hip-Hop, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Blues, Indie, Country, Electronica, Fusion, and Classical. Through opening the recording studio, he has been introduced to many great opportunities such as recording drums on Roy Orbison’s song “Evergreen” for the “Sun Records” label’s archive in Nashville, performing with Oregonia,  appearing on Cincinnati’s own television show “Cincinnality”and performing at the Freedom Center on the 4th of July celebration in front of 5,000 people. He has recorded over 20 albums and has performed either drums and percussion or background instruments on 15 of those albums.  Morgan is also lead engineer for the O’Keefe Music Foundation.  In the 20 years of experience that he has accumulated, with the innumerable performances, recordings, extensive education and research in music, Morgan Asher is able to craft lessons that suit each student’s learning style. No one person is alike nor should they’re path to understanding be the same as any other.

Shawn Steele
Shawn SteeleGuitar, Piano, Bass, Drums & Music Production
Shawn Steele’s music career began at the age of 11 after catching a live performance of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Lenny” on TV just before an early bedtime. Shawn instantly began to learn how to play the guitar. By the time middle school came about, he began to develop music fundamentals by joining concert band playing Trombone.Through High School, Shawn was a part of every music oriented program offered, having completed 4 years of Jazz band, Marching Band, Concert Band, Winter Drumline, Singers, Advanced Music Theory and Music History. Shawn regularly received first chair position for his section and won multiple jazz solo awards at the Miami University Jazz festival.Outside of the High School curriculum, Shawn began performing at a young age in various groups playing guitar, bass and trombone. Since 2006 Shawn has steadily been playing, recording and performing with groups such as Ok To Drive, Sirens On Sunday and his latest, Nicholas and The Pessimistics. He has performed all across Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, down to Nashville, TN. In 2008 Bootsy Collins, former bassist for James Brown, caught ear of the studio work done by Shawn and was asked to become a studio guitarist for Bootzilla Productions. Working with Bootsy allowed Shawn to contribute guitar work on albums featuring Bucket Head, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Charlie Daniels, Bela Fleck, Ice Cube, Samuel L. Jackson, Steve Jordan, Snoop Dog, Victor Wooten and George Duke.  Shawn’s Studio guitar work has since been released under Mashamug and Mascot Records. Combining disciplined courses of study and industry experience, Shawn is able to not only teach music fundamentals, but character building as a performer as well.

Mike Brokamp
Mike BrokampGuitar, Piano, Drums
Mike Brokamp’s musical aspirations began in the 2nd grade, and he hasn’t stopped since. Beginning with piano, Brokamp has also picked up percussion, guitar and voice over the years to become the well-rounded musician he is today. During his elementary and high school education at Loveland, Brokamp played in the Loveland High School Stage, Lab and Jazz Orchestra on percussion, guitar and piano, and sang in numerous choirs across the Cincinnati community. Receiving his undergraduate degree in Music and Media Arts & Studies from Ohio University in March of 2012, Brokamp is continually striving to become a better musician through the most important aspect of communication: listening. It is in this way that Brokamp hopes to make himself useful to his students. Using a prescription of music that will not only make his student’s technical and versatile musicians, Brokamp hopes to help his students become trained in whatever genre they most desire to be trained in. As every genre carries different weight in regards to tone, technique and sound, Brokamp will build a course load catered to every student’s needs. In his free time, Brokamp enjoys the outdoors, basketball, and cheering for his favorite Cincinnati and Ohio University spor’ts teams. He also gigs, and tours with his own funk/rock fusion group, Elemental Groove Theory, across Ohio, and the midwest.
Derek Kalback
Derek KalbackPiano, Guitar,Ukulele, Banjo
Derek’s first instrument was the drums which he began when he was nine years old and played, along with percussion, in his school band from 4th to 12th grade. When he was fifteen he decided to play the guitar. Having purchased a chord book, he then proceeded to teach himself how to play. Initially drawn to folk and finger-picking guitarists like John Fahey and Leo Kottke, he soon branched out to all different styles; from Rock, to Blues and Jazz. When he was sixteen he decided to learn piano and advanced considerably on it as well, learning to play songs from The Beatles to Erik Satie. He has played gigs all over the Cincinnati and Dayton area at establishments such as The Southgate House Revival, The Blind Lemon, Baba Budan’s, Canal Street Tavern and others. As a songwriter who has been recording and playing guitar, bass, drums, piano, banjo, mandolin and a multitude of other various instruments for nearly ten years now, Derek is extremely excited for the opportunity to give back to budding musicians the talents he’s acquired, and through basic notation and music theory, along with a commitment to each student’s individual needs, help to advance their understanding, appreciation, and proficiency of their instrument.

Justin Davenport
Justin DavenportGuitar, Mandolin & Ukulele
Justin Davenport grew up right here in Maineville and has been obsessed with music from an early age. In addition to teaching guitar, ukulele, mandolin and bass, Justin also builds effects pedals, ukuleles, guitars, mandolins, theremins, small amplifiers and repurposing old gear into new creations.  He tailors all of his lessons to suit the student’s goals and needs.  Whether it be learning your favorite songs or preparing for a jazz band audition, Justin always makes sure that his lessons are enjoyable and help you reach your goals.

Annie Burton
Annie BurtonVoice, Piano
 Annie Burton studied voice at Indiana University and Eastman School of music where she performed in many operas and choruses. She has recently performed with Indianapolis Opera, Chicago Folks Operetta, Evanston Savoyaires and Opera on Tap Chicago. She has taught voice in Chicago, Indianapolis and Bloomington, IN.  Annie teaches fun, stress- free lessons in classical, musical theater, pop, folk, country, and R&B style singing using a healthy vocal technique which is based on the bel canto style of emphasizing ideas of placement, tone, diction, and musical expression. Annie is a very patient and encouraging teacher of beginning piano, theory and musicianship.She loves to teach people of all ages and stages in life from preschoolers to senior citizens and everyone in between!

Aaron O'Keefe
Aaron O'KeefeVoice, Piano, Drums & Guitar
For more information about the lessons that Aaron offers please visit www.aaronokeefe.com