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Queen City Music Studio offers comprehensive music education for all ages by Grace DeGregorio

Europe always has nurtured the fine arts. At Queen City Music Studio (QCMS), that tradition is honored and upheld by owner and founder Dobrowlawa Rybinska-Johnson. Of European descent, her formal musical education took place in both Poland and the United States. She and the other QCMS instructors strive to bring the best of both to their students. “In Europe you’re taught the fundamentals of music as well as music history, says Mrs. Johnson. “I believe they’re both important to teach in addition to having students learn an instrument.” Raised in Lodz in central Poland, Mrs. Johnson began studying violin at age six and piano at age eight, developing passion and love for them - and for music in general. With the help and influence of her father, a professional violinist, she went through formal musical training in Poland. She entered Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Poland at age 18 and had the honor of studying under Polish violin virtuoso Henryk Keszkowski. Two years later she won a full tuition scholarship from Oklahoma City University in the United States, where she earned her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance. Mrs. Johnson completed her music education by studying with Emanuel Borok (Concertmaster of Dallas Symphony Orchestra) at the University of

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Noah Dietsch (Hyde Park) and Dobroslawa Rybinska ‑ Johnson B.M./M.M | Artistic Director and Founder of Queen City Music Studio during ‘Little Mozarts Piano Class’ North Texas, where she earned a Master of Music in Violin Performance. Over the course of her education, majoring in violin and minoring in piano, she also studied viola, making her a versatile student and, now, a teacher. After several years in Texas, she and her husband relocated to Cincinnati upon his job transfer. She continued teaching and performing and, “With the help and

support of my wonderful husband, I decided to open a private music studio.” Mrs. Johnson brings more than 10 years of teaching and performing experience. She has taught violin, viola and piano privately and in a variety of group classes in private residences, public and private schools (such as Coppell Music Conservatory) and numerous public schools. “I always wanted to run a music school,” she says. “My goal is educating and sharing knowledge through teaching. I also have an interest in business and worked a few years in a corporate environment. I’ve combined both my music and business backgrounds into managing the studio.” While focusing on the traditional European manner in which she was trained, Mrs. Johnson furthered her studies in other techniques such as Suzuki, Sassmannshaus and Faber. She says she evaluates and consults with each student individually, as their needs and expectations are unique, and uses her knowledge of and experience to choose the right approach for every pupil. She feels this approach, and her passion for enriching people’s lives with the best in fine arts education, makes her a successful and well respected teacher. QCMS offers private one‑on‑one and group lessons for youth through adult at any skill level and interest in violin/ fiddle, viola, cello, piano, voice, guitar, ukulele, trumpet, clarinet, flute, oboe


and saxophone. “Instructors are professional music educators with many years of teaching experience,” Mrs. Johnson emphasizes. “Their high adaptability to students’ needs and desires sets them apart.” For the very young, Little Mozarts Piano and Singing Lessons are offered for 3-6 year- olds. Maggie Dietsch of Hyde Park, whose son Noah is a “Little Mozart,” says, “I was excited to finally find a piano teacher who was not only willing and capable of teaching my three year old son piano, but also enthusiastic about the whole experience. QCMS has allowed my son to expand his passion for music and is giving him confidence to start playing actual songs. He is now sneaking up to the piano to master his ‘Old McDonald,’ among others.” Mrs. Johnson observes, “ Noah is my beloved student. He is 3 years old and is very bright for his age. He has made great progress since he started taking this class with me. He has unusual capability to concentrate for longer than most children his age, therefore his progress has been quick. “The ‘Little Mozart Piano Lessons’ Course introduces musical concepts through playing piano, written, ear training and coloring exercises as well as through singing, listening and movement activities. Included in the course are songs to sing for fun, motion songs to introduce musical responses to music, songs to reinforce specific rhythm patterns and songs to aid in the development of musical expressiveness. “We have tons of fun with Noah in his music adventure. He loves singing the songs, performing listening and movement exercises and playing piano, of course. “We enjoy working with students at all levels - some are beginners; some took lessons as a child and want to re-visit the instrument; some are working adults who want to play for pleasure.” Students participate in regular recitals once a semester. Faculty recitals also are scheduled. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Johnson has a distinguished performance career in solo, chamber and symphony settings. In the U.S., she has performed with Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, Abilene Philharmonic, Hamilton‑Fairfield Symphony Orchestra (OH), and Clermont Philharmonic (OH). She has participated in many prestigious music festivals such as Spoleto Festival USA, Mimir Chamber Music Festival, and Texas Music Festival, to list a few. She

served as the Concertmaster of The Ohio Light Opera in 2007. Before moving to the U.S., Mrs. Johnson performed with numerous European symphony orchestras including International Junge Orchestra in Germany, European Philharmonic Orchestra in Austria and Interregional Jugendsinfonieorchester in Germany, among many others. She also propagated polish folk music on a tour throughout Poland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Portugal with the Polish Folk Group. While classically trained, she has explored and performed jazz, tango, bluegrass, folk and contemporary/20th century music.

Mrs. Johnson would like to see her studio evolve as well. “My vision is to teach other classes, such as chamber music. I’d love for students to learn how to play in an ensemble. My main goal is to teach not only competence but appreciation for music and to encourage our students whatever their musical goals.” Queen City Music Studio is located at 7213 Ivy Way near the corner of the OH‑32 (Batavia Rd/Batavia Pike) and Round Bottom Road. For more information please call (513) 201‑8593, email info@QueenCityMusicStudio.com or visit www.queencitymusicstudio.com.

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