DC Music Store "The Musician's Store"


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Music Lessons

Music Lessons


We offer music lessons for almost every music instrument. We have fantastic instructors who have been teaching in the area for a long time and have been employees with us for quite a long time also. It is important to obtain someone who can play very well but it is even more important that the person is a qualified instructor also. We have very capable instructors who are excellent in their music skills, friendly and sociable and make music fun and they understand and have the ability to teach you or your student how to play music.

Our lessons are generally held once a week in our classrooms in a one on one setting so you have the instructors undivided attention on you for 30 minutes. A lot will be accomplished because they know how to take you from step one of knowing nothing about music and quickly advance you as a musician. If you would like more lessons per week or longer lessons we do offer them, but we have found in our studios teaching since 1998 that the student often gets overwhelmed with so much information that it is usually best for once a week lessons for 30 minutes a session.

We're often asked about ages of students for music. There is no such thing as too old. For young students though we usually suggest a minimum age of 4- 6 on piano and 8-10 on other instruments. It's important a student can found to 4 and knows their ABC's to G and more importantly that they have a desire to play music. You are welcome to sit in with your young student and see how the lesson goes with them. For a young child 30 minutes in a room concentrating on one thing can be a long time so their level of maturity will be important.

Our lessons are paid monthly but you can start at any time of the month and pay the portion of the month left to get started. You can also try a lesson if you're hesitant about starting. Once you get started we need to have your lessons on a routine day and time. Each instructor will have 20 - 50 students so juggling them with different times each week would be a mess. Of course over the months if you change a shift at work, or need to move a lesson to a new day/time that is fine ongoing. But moving them on certain occasions or often would present the problem mentioned earlier as each instructor needs to keep a schedule. If your schedule always changes that's understandable and we can have you purchase individual lessons for a slightly higher price and call in to check available openings. Lessons are generally throughout the weekdays from about 2pm till we close at 8 pm Monday - Thursday and Saturday from 10 till we close at 6pm. Openings and time slots vary so please stop by, call or contact us about those.

Anyone can learn to play music. We find that many people are hesitant to try music. Music is like swimming or riding a bicycle in that with a little practice anyone can do it and have fun but only a few people can be Olympic swimmers or bicyclists. We'll certainly be able to teach to you play music and have fun quickly as long as you add some practice at home but cutting a record and touring the world we cannot guarantee. But anyone can learn to play music and have fun with it. You'll go as far as your desire takes you. The desire to play will influence you to practice more which will simply make you better faster.

No sense continuing to say "one day I'll get started" or "one of these days I'm going to..." or even "I'm too old" etc. Those are excuses so put those aside and get started enjoying music today.





Meet our instructors!

Leonard Arthur:

Leonard Arthur began teaching with DC Music Store in 2004. He teaches piano, guitar, bass, violin, banjo, vocals, accordion, mandolin and voice. I asked Leonard for a brief bio of his musical journey and here it is: “My music career started at a very young age. My family was a gospel singing group. Having won “Best Family Group” in the nation by Billboard magazine in 1962 we made four 45 records and 4 albums. My first record was when I was only 6 years old. After studying music at Leonard ArthurMarshall University I was very fortunate to have an uncle in the music business. He had his own booking agency that booked all the top country artists. I toured with many artists either as a fill-in or as a regular band member. Not to be a “name dropper” but a few include The Oak Ridge Boys, Willie Nelson, Ernest Tubb, Little Jimmy Dickens and many more. I then played a Branson Missouri where I got to play with some more great musicians but after 22 years on the road I decided to give that life up and went into teaching music. Having taught at a few schools I then found a home at DC Music Store where we really do care about students.“










Joel Thomas

Being born into a musical home, music became a second language. With a classical pianist mother and a jazz arranging father, it wasn't long until Joel started his own life of music. After violin, piano and drum lessons, he finally settled on the guitar. After attending Dana school of music at YSU for classical guitar, he found a home at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh studying performance and improvisation. After auditioning for Ozzy Osbourne in 1994, Joel played with numerous bands as such Stoker, Warpigs, Sledge and Typhoid Mary. After countless performances, concerts and album recordings, Joel was contracted to compose music for video game soundtracks. Although "Heavy Metal at heart", Joel has a unique fondness for jazz, classical, world, bluegrass, and Celtic music.

Joel Thomas


Brian Harrington

Local musician, singer, songwriter, music instructor Brian Harrington has performed, toured, recorded and instructed music for the past 41 years locally as well as on tour from Nashville to Los Angeles. Brian began playing the piano at age 5. He was playing professionally by age 15. He toured with the Kurt James Band at age 18. In 1987 Brian lived in Nashville and toured with the band Ride The River which had four top 100 country songs on the charts. Brian also toured with Brad Paisley in the early 90’s and has had several of his original songs published by companies in Nashville and Los Angeles. He has extensive experience recording in studios locally as well as in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Weirton, and Nashville TN. He has played on hundreds of albums and demos. He also has made 4 albums and written a companion book for his latest which is available at DC Music Store. Brian plays and teaches the drums, bass and 6 string guitar, piano/keyboard, banjo, mandolin and hand percussion. He also teaches ear training, songwriting and basic knowledge of the music industry.  


Brian Harrington


Cody Floyd

Cody is versed in most all horns brass & wind, as well as percussion as he played throughout his school days. He then went to college for music as a band instructor. Cody works at and teaches at the store. He teaches piano, all brass and wind horns and all drums and percussion. Cody is our store customer service & sales rep to the local school's band programs as well. 


Call or stop by today to schedule your lessons. 330-385-0468

DC Music Store
15765 State Route 170
East Liverpool, OH 43920