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Making Music with Students of All Ages

Lewis Music Studio brings music to students of all ages and ability levels. Whether just starting out, working on your college audition, getting back into playing, or looking for a fun class for your child, we have something for you. Making music brings joy, beauty, and fun into our lives, and we are blessed to be able to share that with you. Music has many benefits for learners of all ages, and Lewis Music Studio offers families a fun, affordable, and convenient way to learn.

Our musical programs happen in two locations- Collier Township and South Fayette
All of our teachers hold current clearances.
Lewis Music Studio strives to provide the teachers and the tools for a high quality music education for learners of all ages and abilities.
We offer affordable tuition for every stage of your musical journey.

„We love piano and voice lessons with Tom at Lewis Music Studio! He has helped to instill a love and interest in music and a hunger to learn more in my son. Highly recommend!”

Kayleigh Lucas

Our Talented Teachers

Our Talented Teachers


OWNERBecki Lewis

Becki Lewis was born and raised here in Pittsburgh. She has been playing the violin for over twenty years, and she enjoys playing locally at her church. She also plays the piano, viola, and flute and has been trained extensively in music theory. She studied with the accomplished Linda Andersen, Rick Choura, and Karen Dietrich. In addition, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Duquesne University and her Director’s Credential in Early Childhood Administration from Point Park University. Becki has been teaching piano since 2001, and has taught for several years in the classroom as well. Her passion for children and music make her music studio thrive.


ViolinKathy Araya

Originally from Chile, Katherine starts to play the violin when she was 9 years old as a self-taught musician. In 2013 she started a bachelor’s degree in music performance violin in the Universidad de Chile. After four years, she got her bachelor’s degree in music performance, violin. After that, she also attended many music festivals in Chile and Brazil like FIMP and FEMUSC to get more experience in the performance area.

In 2019, she moved to the USA because she got a full scholarship to study an Artist diploma program in Music Performance at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. She was recently graduated from that certification in May 2021. She is currently a student of a master’s degree program in Music Performance in violin at the same school.

Katherine has plenty of experience as an orchestral musician. She currently performs in Butler County Symphony Orchestra, Butler, PA, and Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, Greensburg, PA.

Katherine has the ECC course, and Suzuki books 1, 2, and 3 certifications. She has experience teaching children from 5 years old, teenagers, and adults. She is also bilingual, so she can teach violin in Spanish and English in a comfortable way. She got different violin teaching positions jobs in Chile, like in Trewhela’s school, Christian and Karen School, and Escuela de Música Enrique Soro.


Drums - PercussionChris Belin

Chris Belin, sole proprietor of Chris Belin’s <Traveling> Drum School & Freelance Drumming, has been going strong since 1999 with a full roster of students and steady calendar of performances. With the drum school, Chris has logged in over 19,000 individual lessons and 850,000+ traveling miles to date, He was voted “#1 Drum Lessons in Pittsburgh” via Thumbtack.com and currently holds a “top pro” rating.
  As a freelance drummer & percussionist, Chris has been performing 85-150 shows per year in many parts of the United States since the early 2000’s, working with over 30 bands / artists in all genres. He has also appeared on over 100 recordings, including 40 + official studio releases.
  His current endorsements include Los Cabos Drumsticks, Soultone Cymbals, Canopus Drums, Attack Drumheads, RB Drum Co. (custom snare drums), Creative Percussion (drum set accessories), and Drum Factory Direct (Pedals).

Bass - Cello - Viola - Violin - Bass GuitarJohn Daniels

Up and coming musician, John Daniels, was born, raised, and currently resides in Hermitage, Pennsylvania. He started his musical career at the age of 8 when he began learning the cello and eventually moved up to the double bass.
He has earned a strong reputation as one of the top students in the Westminster College (PA) School of Music, where he is currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and Double Bass Performance.
Mr. Daniels has performed with and even directed several ensembles during his time at Westminster including but not limited to, the Westminster Wind Ensemble, Choirs, and Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed in numerous jazz groups, pit orchestras, and community groups such as the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra. Mr. Daniels is a frequent recitalist where he performs in chamber groups and solo literature.
He has studied with some of Pittsburgh’s greatest double bassists such as Justin Bendel, Micah Howard, and Jeffrey Turner.
Expanding beyond his main instrument, John also teaches violin, viola, cello, and electric bass guitar.

ViolinSarah Garin

Sarah Garin has been teaching students of all ages to play the violin for over 20 years and is
excited to begin teaching at the Lewis Music Studio! Sarah received a Bachelor of Music degree
from the Pennsylvania State University, an Artist Diploma in Violin Performance from Duquesne
University, and a Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching from the University of Pittsburgh.
Sarah is an adjunct violin instructor at Washington and Jefferson College and has a violin studio
in her home in Mt. Lebanon. She is a member of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and an
active freelancer in the Pittsburgh area. Sarah has performed with Barry Manilow, Marie
Osmond, Andrea Bocelli, and others. When she isn’t teaching or playing her violin, Sarah
enjoys playing with her 6 year old son, Adam, and their dog, Scooter.


SaxophoneJane Grover

Jane Grover was born in Vermont and discovered her passion for the saxophone at the age of ten. By the time she reached high school, she was recognized as one of the top saxophonists in New England. Soon after, Ms. Grover left Vermont to study with Dr. Paul Cohen at the Manhattan School of Music. As a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory she holds a Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance and a Minor in Musicology. She has experience in the performance of solo, chamber, and ensemble music. Ms. Grover also has as an extensive background in music education, having taught music in public and private schools, community forums, and in her private studio. She has a special gift for working with children and adolescents, helping to bring out their own natural musicality and encouraging their self-expression by tailoring lessons to the individual needs of each student, regardless of age, skill or experience level.

Piano - Voice - Guitar -UkuleleKirsten Heibert

Kirsten Heibert is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.  Originally from Wexford, Heibert spent the last 8 years performing and teaching all over the country.  She is an accomplished vocalist and recording artist, proficient in a wide variety of vocal styles.  Heibert began studying classical voice and opera at a young age, and eventually earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Performance at Point Park University.  As an instrumentalist, she studied piano and music theory with a private instructor for many years, and taught herself how to play the guitar.  She has taught students at various studios in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and NYC.  She specializes in music theory & songwriting. Her work as a recording artist can be found under Paging Doctor Moon on all platforms.


Piano - Voice - GuitarDevon Jackson

Piano, Guitar, Voice. Devon Jackson started his journey in music when he was just 7 years old. During that time, he has studied and played various styles of music. Devon had the pleasure of studying under the retired head of the piano at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Dr. James Staples. He has also studied under Dr. David Ed from Sewickley as well as Charles Wilson. Devon minored in music at IUP, and played various recitals and concerts through out his college life. He is currently the Pianist for the band Escaping Destiny.


Guitar, Ukulele, Bass Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, LuteAlex Kendrick- Kupiec

Alex Kenrick is an active professional guitarist and instructor based in the Pittsburgh area, a transplant from his native Oklahoma.  Beginning his classical music studies during his collegiate years at the University of Oklahoma and achieving his Bachelor’s degree under the instruction of Larry Hammett, Kenrick’s fierce determination in producing quality artistic sound, matched with his love for ensemble settings and exploration of diverse musical genres led to his establishment among central Oklahoma’s local musical theater, operatic, and chamber ensembles as the go-to guitarist for productions. Performing in combos, bands, and orchestras for such shows as Avenue Q, Bonnie and Clyde, Grease, Meet Me in St. Louis, Ragtime among others, Kenrick has built an expertise in ensemble performance and fluency in many styles of music.

Alex Kenrick achieved a Master’s Degree in Classical Guitar performance studying with Grammy-winner and internationally-sought teacher Jason Vieaux and his colleague Colin Davin at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and regularly performed with the Cleveland Opera Theater, Western Reserve Playhouse, and other theater companies during his time in Northeast Ohio. During the 2021 academic year, Alex Kenrick was selected to give masterclass instruction to students attending University of Maryland – Baltimore County as a part of the InterPlay partnership, offering collegiate level instruction to undergraduates in the guitar program. Kenrick is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music Arts under the tutelage of Julian Gray at the Peabody Institute of  Johns Hopkins University, while also performing regularly with theater companies around western Pennsylvania- most recently performing Anything Goes with Stage 62.


Flute- Piccolo- Alto Flute- PianoSuzanne Levinson

Suzanne Levinson is a free-lance flute, piccolo, and alto flute player, who has taught students of all ages and levels, since she was in 7th grade. As an experienced private teacher, she has given young students their first introduction to flute and how to make a sound. She has assisted students with band music, marching band music, and auditions for honors & district band, PYPO, and college entrance. She has reintroduced flute to adults, seeking to recapture their skills or learn from scratch. She can teach all styles of music including Classical, Broadway, Folk, Irish, Rock, & Jazz.
Suzanne makes learning technical skills and musical structure a fun experience. When students can laugh at their mistakes, they begin to release the pressure to be perfect and judge themselves. She helps students find their inner voice, their confidence, and their unique talents. They learn how to use music to create a calm, peaceful state of being, and have the freedom to express themselves in a positive
way. She also likes to introduce students to new, unfamiliar music to challenge them.
A graduate of Duquesne Universityʼs Conservatory Program with a BM in Performance, Suzanne studied with Bernard Goldberg and Julius Baker. She has performed in flute recitals, chamber music concerts, & weddings/receptions in PA, OH, and Ontario, Canada.
She has played Flute/Piccolo/Alto Flute/Clarinet/Alto Sax/& Tenor Sax for shows at Old Schoolhouse Players, Pittsburgh Savoyards, McKeesport Little Theatre, Stage 62, Heritage Players, Undercroft Opera, Assumption Theatre, Silver Theatre Project, Shakespeare in the Park, Chartiers Valley High School, Redeemer Lutheran School, St. Joseph High School, and the Weird Al Yankovic Tour: Strings Attached.

Piano - GuitarTom Luketich

Tom is a composer and pianist from Pittsburgh, PA. From a young age, Tom was fascinated with music and began to take piano lessons at the age of 7. Piano lesson quickly developed into many diverse interests, and Tom began to branch out into learning to play guitar, singing in a choir, and writing original music. Tom began performing music professionally at 14, and has continued to perform ever since in various styles such as jazz, big band, rock, pop, and classical. Tom earned a Bachelor’s of Music from Duquesne University in 2014, and had the pleasure of studying with such eminent musicians as Rob Kurth, Jeffery Turner, and Lynn Purse. Tom believes that music is for everyone, and that with the right attitude, anyone can achieve their goals.


CelloMary Amrhein-May

Mary Amrhein-May holds a bachelor of music degree in cello performance from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, where she studied cello with the world renowned performer, Janos Starker, as well as cello pedagogy, the research of movement in music, and additional cello instruction with Dr. Helga Winold. After graduating from I.U., she was selected to be the cellist of the Niles String Quartet in Lexington, KY, from which she holds a masters degree in cello performance. During her time in Indiana, Mary performed with professional orchestras in Evansville, IN, and Columbus IN. In Kentucky, she was a member of the Lexington Philharmonic, principal cellist of the U.K. orchestra, and taught chamber music at the university level. Mary is a Pittsburgh native and came home to Pittsburgh to begin a freelance career and be closer to family. She has performed with several local professional ensembles, including orchestras in McKeesport, Johnstown, Altoona, Westmoreland, Wheeling, WV, Youngstown, OH, and Cumberland, MD. She is the cellist of the Cama String Quartet, the Crystal Strings, and is a regular member of music ministry at St. Louise de Marillac Church. Before having children, she taught extensively at Mt DeChantal Academy in Wheeling and the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill. After reducing her performance and teaching schedules for several years while raising her two children with her husband Charles, she is happy to be re-establishing her orchestral and teaching careers and is excited to be part of the Lewis Music Studio Faculty. Mary looks forward to sharing her love of music and the cello with all of her students and believes playing a musical instrument helps all of us to be better communicators as we work together to make the world more beautiful. In addition to her professional music endeavors, Mary keeps busy as an advocacy volunteer for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and is a panel member of the 2022 Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs. In her free time, Mary enjoys running, hiking, biking, and spending time with Coda, the wonderful four-legged member of the May Family.


Trombone- Euphonium- Baritone- Tuba- Trumpet- French HornRuss Pedersen

Russ Pedersen received his undergraduate degree from Duquesne University and his masters degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Both a musician and educator, Russ has performed around the country and in Scotland and Canada with such ensembles as the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, the River City Brass Band, the Westmoreland Symphony, the Washington Symphony, the Edgewood Symphony, the McKeesport Symphony, the Big Easy Jazz Band and the Unity Brass Quintet. Russ has been involved in music education since 1982. Russ’s experience as an music educator includes several years in the Pittsburgh City Schools beginning in 1987. He began work in the Carlynton School District in 1996 as the High School Marching Band and Concert Band Director where he built the program from an ensemble of 35 to over 100. He also taught elementary band, choir, general music and served as music dept head until his retirement in December of 2020. Russ also worked with the Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra as the Prelude Band conductor, brass coordinator for all ensembles and as the music librarian. His most influential teachers include Matty Shiner, Sumner Erickson, Edward Kleinhammer and Arnold Jacobs. Russ makes his home in the South Hills of Pittsburgh with his wife Diane and his two sons Luke and Liam.


Viola- Violin- PianoErika Pierce

Erika Pierce attended Oberlin conservatory as a viola performance major and holds two Masters Degrees from Chatham College. Erika’s past teachers include violists Thomas Dumm, former principal violist of the St. Louis Symphony, and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, as well as Jeffrey Irvine, former violist in the New World String Quartet and the principal violist in the Wichita Symphony. Erika has also played under the baton of Leonard Slatkin, David Lobel, and Kirk Muspratt. She was a National Solo Competition Semi-Finalist on viola in 1992 and has soloed with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic Orchestra several times. She formerly served as principal violist with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed with the Washington Symphony Orchestra, Butler Symphony, Undercroft Opera, Chautauqua Choir, St. Louis Opera and the St. Louis Philharmonic. Erika has performed on viola for the Berkman Festival, the Surreal Ethereal Realists, Drywall Macbeth and was a featured performing artist on Tony Buba’s film Playing to an Empty House. She also has performed as a violist with the Three Rivers String Quartet for over a decade.

Erika was formerly on the music faculty of the Oberlin Community Music School, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Seton Center School of Music, and several local Montessori schools. Erika is the founder and director of the Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra’s Prelude Strings Ensemble and also serves as PYPO’s Executive Director. Erika enjoys working with her extensive studio of private Violin and Viola students.  Erika and her husband are proud parents three children who also love music and play trombone, bass and viola.


PercussionPat Rush

Pat Rush resides in the South Hills and is a graduate of Duquesne University School of Music. He is a long-time veteran of Pittsburgh’s music scene having played drums with some of the region’s most recognizable names which include Metro, Blind Date, Nancy McKeen Bluz Machine, Rock-it, Flight Risk and Gone South.

Pat has been influenced by everyone that he has ever played with. He taught drums and  percussion privately for many years and credit’s Pittsburgh’s drum legend Tom LaFlame as his mentor and inspiration.


Piano- Bass GuitarEvan Spurlock

Evan Spurlock is a musician from Bridgeville, PA who teaches piano and bass guitar. He originally began playing in his school band when he was 10 and ever since has continued to broaden his musical skills. He picked up piano lessons when he was 13 and is self-taught on the bass guitar. Evan has also taught himself the art of recording and producing. He does freelance mixing and writes and records for his own band. He currently is the snare drum captain in the CV marching band, plays regular piano and voice recitals and gigs, and is the bassist/vocalist/producer in his own band.


CelloWill Teegarden

Will Teegarden enjoys a varied career as a cellist and teacher based in Pittsburgh, PA. He actively performs in various regional orchestras throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio, holding the associate principal cello chair in the Erie Philharmonic, as well as positions in the Columbus, Canton, and Westmoreland Symphonies. Will also performs frequently with Resonance Works Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Alia Musica, and NAT 28 contemporary music ensembles, the latter of which he has garnered critical acclaim as a featured soloist with the group.

Will frequently performs as a substitute cellist in the New World Symphony (Miami, FL), and has performed with The Florida Orchestra, the Wheeling Symphony, the Youngstown Symphony, the Akron Symphony, and the Orlando Philharmonic, under conductors Manfred Honeck, Michael Tilson Thomas, Matthias Bamert, Yan Pascal Tortelier, JoAnn Falleta, among others. He holds degrees in music from the University of Florida and Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied with cellists Steven Thomas, David Premo, and Anne Martindale Williams. At Carnegie Mellon, he earned first prize with his colleagues in the school’s Silberman Chamber Music Competition with an enthusiastically received rendition of Oliver Messiaen’s “Quatuor pour la fin du temps”. Additionally, Will has attended the National Repertory Orchestra, Brevard Music Center, and the Innsbrook Institute Summer Festivals.


Viola- ViolinSi Yu

Chinese violist Si Yu received her Bachelor of Music degree from China’s Central Conservatory and Master of Music degree from Carnegie Mellon University where she was admitted as a full scholarship student under the mentorship of Mr. David Harding. During her time at Carnegie Mellon, she was a member of the Matisse String Quartet who won Pittsburgh Concert Society major audition and was invited to perform for the royal family of Qatar in Doha. As a chamber musician, She has had the privilege to study with members of Alban Berg, Tokyo, Brentano and Juilliard String Quartet. Ms. Yu is currently a member of an all female chamber group– Kassia Ensemble. She has made appearances at the Pacific Music Festival, Banff Centre, Beethoven Institute, Heifetz Institute and the Schleswig- Holstein Musik Festival. Ms. Yu currently holds a one-year position with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

All of our teachers hold current Act 33 and 34 clearances.