Music Lessons

We offer music lessons for almost every musical 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 8pm. 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 you to 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 Marshall 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.“

Leonard Arthur








Dave Byers

Dave is a 35+ year guitarist. He also plays the keyboards, drums and several other instruments. He is a songwriter, singer, and musician that has taught music for the last 30 years. He has performed in many bands in a wide range of genres as well as solo gigs. Dave can help you as a complete beginner get off on the right foot, as an advanced student reach new levels. Basic chording, strumming, songwriting, soloing, improvisation, reading music, charts, music theory and more are what Dave can cover. Dave strives to inspire his students and help them avoid the pitfalls and be more productive so that they learn quicker and advance as a musician. Dave s the author of the book "The Songwriting Fundamentals" which has sold nationwide and has done many seminars on music, songwriting, and playing music. 

Carlos Montiero

Carlos is a Staff Sergeant in the US Army National Guard. He is known as an accomplished drum and percussionist starting in High School and leading to his many church and club gigs over the years. He is simply one of the finest drummers this area has known. He is an accomplished instructor and will quickly advance your skills be it as a starter or seasoned drummer or percussionist in drum set or snare/percussion for school. 





Chris Alverson

Chris plays the Saxophones, flute, clarinet, guitar, and bass. Chris started in the school band and has taught sax since 1997. He has taught in elementary and high schools along with DC Music Store. Chris has a Bachelors in music education, a masters in saxophone performance from the University of Cincinnati. He works with school bands in marching and performance as well as in local blues and rock bands as well as the church. Chris also does jobs for weddings and more. Chris will inspire you and help you quickly advance as a musician. 

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

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




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