Piano Teachers  



Sheila Vail

Sheila Vail earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the world-renowned Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland, where she studied with Lillian Freundlich and Leon Fleisher.

Following her studies at Peabody, Mrs. Vail performed and taught in the Montgomery County Maryland area for many years. Upon arriving in Cincinnati in 1990, Mrs. Vail taught on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department from 1991-1995 before resigning to concentrate on her ever growing private studio.

In addition to teaching full time, Mrs. Vail is a frequent clinician and guest speaker at college and university pedagogy departments, teacher organizations and professional conferences on the topics of creating, establishing, and maintaining the professional private teaching studio as well as creative curriculum development for piano students.

As Senior Examiner in the Royal College of Examiners (Royal Conservatory of Music / Toronto), she travels throughout Canada and the US hearing exam candidates for the Royal Conservatory of Music Certificate Program. Mrs. Vail is also an RCM Certified Teacher, holding the title of Advanced Specialist in both piano and theory.

An active supporter of the Royal Conservatory of Music Certificate Program, Mrs. Vail is a clinician for RCM, speaking to music teacher asossications, colleges, universities and parent groups about this stellar program for students and teachers. The Indian Springs Academy is a Founding School for the program in the U.S.

Active in the Ohio Music Teachers Association, Mrs. Vail currently serves on the OTMA Executive Board as the State Student Certificate Program Chair and liason for the RCM Certificate Program.

Mrs. Vail resides in Cincinnati where she maintains a private studio and is the owner and managing partner of the Indian Springs Academy of Music.


Inna Terekhov, M.B., M.M. piano performance, piano pedagogy, accompanying, chamber music.

Born and raised in Kishinev, Muldova, Mrs. Inna Terekhov came to the United States in 1990. Her professional degrees include a Bachelors and Masters degrees in Piano Performance, a Masters degree in Accompanying, Chamber Music and Piano Pedagogy from and the Music College of Kishinev (1966-1971) and the State Conservatory of Music (1972-1977) Moldova, USSR.


Her post graduate studies include Piano Pedagogy from the Gnesin Music Institute of Pedagogy, Moscow, USSR. Mrs. Terekhov is also a Certified Suzuki Teacher of Piano. 


An active and highly respected teacher of piano, Mrs. Terekhov has many years of extensive teaching experience. She served on the Piano Faculty of the Kishinev Music College, Moldova, USSR 1970-1989; School of Creative and Performing Arts Cincinnati OH 1990-2007; College Mount

St. Joseph Preparatory Music Department 1991-1995; Wyoming Center for the Arts in Cincinnati 1998-; NKU Music Preparatory Department 1995 - ; Private Studio Teacher 1990-; Indian Springs

Academy of Music 2015.


Inna Terekhov is an active member of the OMTA and prepares her students for the RCM Certificate Program certificates of merit at all levels. Skilled at all levels of teaching, her warm and patient approach is ideal for beginners, and her exceptional performance background and artistry gives her the ability to confidently teach the most advanced levels of solo and chamber repertoire.


Annually, her students are recognized with exceptionally high scores in both national and local auditions such as the Junior Music Federation National Auditions, the Piano Guild, OMTA Auditions Festival and the Music Development Program (including state and national Gold medal winners).


Many of her students are top prize-winners in Local, Regional and National Competitions, such as the OMTA Buckeye, Heidelberg University Performance Competition, DePauw University Piano

Competition, Young Artists Piano Competitions, and local Concerto Competitions.


Mrs. Terekhov’s students are also active in community service projects. In collaboration with Mrs. Terekhov, many join the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce as part of a non-profit music organization, "Share the Music", founded in 2007. As part of this program, students perform throughout the Tri- State region at various retirement centers, nursing homes, hospitals and schools, receiving accolades for the high quality of their performance and their passion for music!


In addition to a very active teaching career, since 1998 she is the founding Director of the Summer Piano Camp and Ensemble workshops at the Center For The Arts in Wyoming, OH. She is also a sought after local adjudicator for numerous performance events and frequent Master Class clinician, including CCM’s Summer Institute. 


Mrs. Terekhov’s reputation as a professional teacher of piano throughout the Cincinnati area is superlative and her students praise both her dedicated and inspiring teaching. Mrs. Terekhov has

prepared numerous students for professional careers in Music, but her mission serves to create passionate musicians, each with their own individual musical talents, heart, soul and mind. She strives to instill a love for piano and overall appreciation for music through the beauty and breadth of the classical repertoire. Mrs. Terekhov won't allow her students to settle for less; on the contrary, she inspires them to be their very best! She works to ensure that every student develops confidence in themselves and their musical abilities, and experiences the pride of their accomplishments.

Inna Terekhov
Nora Ayvazian

Ms. Ayvazian earned her Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Missouri-Columbia under the instruction of the late Jane Allen.  She studied with Ms. Allen for over ten years.  She was the state winner and west central division second place winner at the Music Teachers National Association Piano Competition and a finalist in the Young Keyboard Artists Association International Piano Competition.  At the Arnold Bullock National Piano Competition, she was a semi-finalist and the Klatzin Contemporary Award winner for her performance of Benjamin Lees Fantasia.    


Ms. Ayvazian was also a prize winner in both the Music of the Americas National Competition and the Dixie Gulick Bryant Piano Competition.  At the University of Missouri-Columbia, she was awarded the Jan Blankenship Memorial Piano Scholarship, the Jean McGregor Bower Memorial Piano Scholarship, and the Ella Ferguson Turner Memorial Piano Scholarship.

​Ms. Ayvazian has demonstrated her versatility as a performer by collaborating with various vocalists and instrumentalists on the stage over the years.  As a soloist, she has performed numerous times in Missouri and has given lecture/piano recitals in Miami and Los Angeles.  She particularly enjoys the lecture/recital format where the audience can connect both intellectually and emotionally to the music.

​Ms. Ayvazian has always devoted her time to teaching music.  At the University of Missouri-Columbia, she taught four levels of class piano proficiency to music majors and minors.  She also gave private piano lessons to University students as well as to children in the community at large.  Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Ms. Ayvazian moved to Los Angeles in August 1998 where she joined the piano faculty of Lark Conservatory, an Armenian music school for children.  


In addition to teaching private piano lessons, she also taught music theory and music history in the large classroom setting at Lark.   In 2010, Ms. Ayvazian moved back to St. Louis where she joined the piano faculty at the Community Music School of Webster University and also maintained her private studio.  Currently, she resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where she teaches both privately and at the Indian Springs Academy of Music. An active participant in the RCM Certificate Program, her students are frequent OMTA Gold Medal winners! 


John Toedtman, piano - After receiving a Bachelors degree in history and two years of law at the University of Michigan Mr. Toedtman returned to his first love, piano, and received a Bachelors and Masters degree in piano performance at the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music. During that time he studied with the great Russian pedagogue, Olga Conus, and also spent a year studying with concert pianist Karl Engel in Hannover, Germany.

Although Mr. Toedtman has had prize winning students such as world-famous concert pianist Nicholas Angelich, his main goal is to instill a lifelong joy of music making in all of his students, 
whether younger or older, beginning or advanced.


In addition to Mr. Toedtman’s full time teaching career of over 40 years, he enjoys giving recitals, judging auditions and giving master classes. He believes that the pursuit of technique and the study of theory are important but should always be subservient to the joy of making of music.  Productive practice methods and proficient sight reading are of great importance toward successfully learning to play the piano well. To this end the Royal Conservatory Certificate Program is an extremely effective way to advance both technique and overall musicianship, developing a student's creativity and self-expression, as well as the ability to think logically and analytically about music. Mr. Toedtman’s students consistently score at the highest level in the program.   


In Mr. Toedtman’s studio, generous praise is given to commend what has been achieved and constructive criticism is always given with a smile.  


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John Toedtman
Rodrigo Vasconcelos
piano, history, theory

Rodrigo Vasconcelos holds a Master of Arts degree from Campbellsville University and a Piano Performance degree from the University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His piano teachers include Linda Bustani, Estela Caldi, Allan Hersh, and Wesley Roberts.

Mr. Vasconcelos keeps a healthy performing career as a choral conductor, pianist, and lecturer throughout the US, Germany, England, Czech Republic and Brazil, including appearances with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Vasconcelos serves as music educator for the Our Lady of the Visitation School, and on the piano, music history, and theory faculty of Indian Springs Academy of Music.

Mr. Vasconcelos is a Founding Teacher for the Royal Conservatory of Music Certificate Program and is an active member of both the National Association for Music Education and the Ohio Music Educators Association. An active participant in the RCM Certificate Program, Mr. Vasconcelos is also a member of the Royal College of Examiners, hearing candidates at all levels throughout North America. 


Dr. Sebastian Arredondo, born in Santiago de Chile, began his piano studies with Professors Frida Conn and Liza Chung at the Piano Department of the Institute of Music of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, obtaining a Bachelor of Music degree.  

Dr. Arredondo earned his Master's Degree in Piano Performance at Indiana University under the direction of Professor Shigeo Neriki, and was accepted into the prestigious Indiana University Performer Diploma program to study with the acclaimed pianist Andre Watts. With a full scholarship for the Doctor of Musical Arts program at College-Conservatory of Music - University of Cincinnati, he earned his DMA under the direction of pianist James Tocco. 

An active performer, he has performed as with the Chamber Orchestra of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and was a gold medal prize winner at the 2021 Virtuoso Artists - Seattle International Piano Festival as part of the Alphaomega Piano Duo with Wenxing Zeng in the Chamber Music - Professional category.  

A committed and nurturing teacher, Dr. Arredondo’s years of teaching experience include all levels - beginner to semi-professional. He held the position of Assistant Instructor at Indiana University, where he taught both piano classes and private lessons to undergraduate Music Majors as well as non-Majors. At CCM, Dr. Arredondo also served as a teaching assistant to Professor James Tocco, where he mentored and taught private lessons to undergraduate students of Professor Tocco.  

At the preparatory levels of teaching, Dr. Arredondo managed private teaching studios in both Santiago de Chile and in Bloomington, Indiana, working with students of all ages, including young beginners. Working with early the beginning levels of study, Dr. Arredondo is a careful, methodical and nurturing teacher who seeks to inspire his students with the love of music! Accepting students of all ages, Dr. Arredondo opens his teaching schedule at the Indian Springs Academy offering private lessons in piano, theory, and harmony.

Dr. Sebastian Arredondo
Dr. Sebastian Arredondo,
Peter Oehrtman
piano, theory

Peter Oehrtman is an active performer and teacher in the Cincinnati area. A native of northern Ohio, Mr. Oehrtman received his Bachelor of Music degree at Bowling Green State University, his Master of Music degree at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at CCM. 


A student of Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff, Mr Oethrtman has won numerous scholarships and awards. His musical honors include placing in several piano competitions, including the Brevard Music Center International Piano Competition, the Marjorie Conrad Peatee Art Song Competition, and the Bowling Green State University Concerto Competition.


An active and committed teacher, Mr. Oehrtman serves as a teaching assistant under the direction of Dr. Michelle Conda at CCM. Comfortable teaching students of all levels and in a variety of formats, he teaches many CCM students through both private lessons and group classes. Mr. Oehrtman is also a faculty member at the Piano Camp of Summer Music Institute at Bowling Green State University and at the Indian Springs Academy of Music. 


Mr. Oehrtman is a member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and has presented many of his teaching ideas through presentations at the local, state, collegiate, and national levels. Most recently, he was invited to present a session entitled “Steve Jobs Meets Mitsuko Uchida: Applying Innovative Strategies” at the Young Professionals Track of the 2014 MTNA National Conference in Chicago. Among the other lecture courses, he teaches is a course titled "Practicing and Performing Strategies". 

An active participant in the Royal Conservatory of Music Certificate Program, Mr. Oehrtman successfully prepares students for both Performance and Theoretical certificate examination at all levels. Mr. Oehrtman is full-time faculty at the Indian Springs Academy.


Pianist Jaesung “Jason” Kim, born in South Korea, began his piano studies at the age of seven. Mr. Kim enrolled at Yonsei University, completing requirements for his bachelor of music degree in 2006 under Kyungsook Lee. He received his Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Antonio Pompa-baldi


Jaesung Kim received numerous prizes and awards in Korea including the first prize in the 40th Kankakee Symphony Orchestra competition, the 2nd prize in Chopin competition by Northwest Chopin foundation in Seattle, 2nd prize in American Protégé International Piano and Strings competition, the College-Conservatory of Music piano concerto competition allowing him to perform with the CCM Concert Orchestra.


Mr. Kim has an abundance of performing experience as a solo recitalist, a collaborative artist, and a chamber music artist throughout several venues in South Korea, Italy, and the United States. His performances include concerts at Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital hall), Corbett Auditorium, Crawford Auditorium, Kulas Hall, Mixon Hall, Robert J. Werner Hall, Watson Hall, Keumho Art center, Art’s centers in Seoul, Jeoungeup, Haman, Nonsan, Namhae, Boryeung, Kimje, Kangreung, and Changwon.


He has participated in numerous music festivals, including Pianopalooza in the United States, Lucerainternazionale in Italy, Piano Adademy in South Korea where he had many performances. Mr. Kim has also performed in master classes given by great maestros such as Sergei Babayan, Jerome Rose, Julian Martin and Eduadus Halim.  

As a teacher, Mr. Kim has many years’ experience working with students of all ages. Since his years as an undergraduate, Mr. Kim has been committed to inspiring young students to play the piano and to understand and appreciate music. Operating his own private teaching studio, he prepared students for recitals and other performance events while nurturing their love of music. A dedicated church musician, while studying at Cleveland Institute of Music for the Master’s degree Mr. Kim served as a choir pianist for the Cleveland Presbyterian Church for more than three years. Since 2013, when he started the Doctor of Musical Arts degree, he has been the substitute pianists and conductor for local Cincinnati churches including the Greek Orthodox Church, Loveland Presbyterian Church, and Madisonville Methodist Church.

After finishing Master of Music, Mr. Kim served in the military service in Korea for two years, where he was the church pianist, conductor, and choir director. In addition, since he was in the Navy Band, he had lots of experiences in playing IN a band, enabling him to bring a wide variety of both musical styles and skills to his students!

Currently, Jaesung Kim is completing his Doctoral of Musical Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of pianist Awadagin Pratt. 

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Christina Tan
piano, theory

Pianist-Composer Christina Tan holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance, Theory cognate from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music where she was invited by concert pianist Béla Siki to study. At CCM, she earned her Master’s and Bachelor of Music degrees while on various scholarship awards and teaching assistantships. Her teachers include James Tocco, Eugene & Elizabeth Pridonoff, Frank Weinstock, and Béla Siki. Representing Singapore in the 1991 Robert Casadesus International Competition, she clinched the top prize and awards at several local and international piano and composition competitions, including the 1986 Diners Club Pianist of the Year Award.  


Having played with orchestras on both sides of the Atlantic, The Lexington Herald-Leader writes,  “Tan always seemed to be gauging her performance to suit the needs of the moment, and such intelligent playing is as welcome as it is rare.”  The Straits Times describes her music, “Spirited piano piece a winner...21st-century music does not need to be inaccessible to be taken seriously” On her performance, “Tan’s artistry shone through with utter clarity, humor, and beauty…There was much poignancy to be had in the familiar preludes...sheer poetry reigned ...a captivating performance on the whole.”

An enthusiastic educator, collaborator/chamber musician, and adjudicator, she has served on the music faculties of the University of Akron, Hiram College, Asbury, Transylvania, Northern Kentucky, Carnegie Mellon, Duquesne, and Winthrop Universities. In 2010, she was invited to teach at Singapore’s School of the Arts ~ SOTA. In 2014, she also began teaching at the LASALLE College of Arts’ School of Contemporary Music and NAFA ~ Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts' School of Music.  She has been invited to give master classes both in Asia and the US. She has also always served as an organist-music director at a local church. Passionate about music making and education, she is the current Vice President of the Singapore Music Teachers’ Association.


Christina’s students have been national and international level award winners in solo, chamber and composition competitions.  Equally at home with both beginning and advanced levels, her intrinsic desire is to impact a student’s life by instilling a lifelong passion for learning in a stimulating while nurturing environment for her students of all ages. It is the supreme joy of awakening the wonder of creative expression, heightening aesthetic awareness and growth in others that fuels her passion for her calling.