Debbie’s study of music began with private organ lessons at the age of 9. Her instructor, Jane Crippin, was a great mentor and saw to it that Debbie continued her education as an organ performance major at Ohio University. After college, she began working as a church organist as well as teaching private lessons from her home. In 1978, Debbie met her husband, Matt Brennan, when auditioning to be apart of his classic rock band, Polyphony. Matt and Debbie have co-owned and operated Brennan Music Studio for the past 14 years. Currently, Debbie is also the Music Director at St. Peter’s church in Worthington, Ohio. With their daughter Maddie, they continue the tradition of quality instruction by people who are passionate about music.
As the daughter of Matt and Debra Brennan, Maddie’s passion for music emerged at a young age. She has played the piano her entire life as well as the oboe since the 6 th grade. She graduated with a Music Education degree from Ohio University in 2010 and has been teaching at Brennan Music Studio since early 2011. She is very passionate about teaching as well as growing the Brennan Music Studio into a life long career. She feels very blessed to have such an amazing opportunity to not only work along side her family but in a business that she loves dearly.
Growing up as the youngest in a family of seven during the sixties, Matt was exposed to an incredible variety of music. Starting with Big Band and Sinatra, thanks to Mom and Dad, and then, from his older brothers and sisters, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Jimmy Hendrix, and the Temptations. With all of these influences, Matt soon found his love for the drums and at a very early age started behind the traps, holding rythm for a band with his older brother on guitar. Matt studied at the Koch School of Music and, at the age of 10, won a prestigious IML award along with his brother Mark. He continued to play in bands with his brother throughout his high school and college years. During the mid-seventies, “The Brennan Cosma Band” was one of the top bands in the Cleveland area. In 1978, the brothers formed the progessive rock band, “Polyphony”. This is when Matt met his future wife Debbie who became the keyboard player for the band. In 1985, Matt accepted a management postion for Federal Express which brought the Brennans south to Columbus. He continued with Fedex until 1995 when he left to pursue his passion for music. Matt started teaching, and in 1998, along with his wife Debbie, started Brennan Music Studio.
Harrison Belew grew up in a musical family. Some of his first memories are of his father accompanying his sister on piano as she sang. Both of his paternal grandparents were accomplished pianists as well. Music was just part of life, but when Belew found his first guitar at 8 years old, there was no turning back. Belew studied under the great Scotty Anderson and wrote his own charts for his high school marching band. For college, Belew attended Capital University and studied with Stan Smith, graduating with a degree in jazz studies in
2018. Belew has played with touring bands and performed with numerous Grammy winning artists. You can catch him around town with various local acts, and playing festivals that are staples of Columbus’ eclectic culture. He loves to teach students of all ages and believes that anyone can play a musical instrument at any level they want, if they put their mind to it.
Jeff’s musical journey began in the fifth grade and has been going ever since. He was an original member of what was to later become the Columbus Children’s Choir, singing at local events and the annual Holiday Pops concerts with the Columbus Symphony. Shortly thereafter, Jeff began taking piano, private voice, and exploring the worlds of theatre, opera and musical theatre. After graduating from The Ohio State University with degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance, Jeff pursued his theatrical aspirations on the West Coast, in New York City, and on national tour. Since returning to Ohio in 2012, Jeff works vigorously in the field of arts education as both a performer and a teaching artist with several organizations in central Ohio. At Brennan Music Studio, Jeff teaches piano and voice aiming to make the experience fun and education for everyone!
William Manley, a Columbus native, started playing the violin at the age of eight. He then spent his high school years at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan where he studied with Julia Bushkova. He attended Manhattan School of Music in New York City completing his Bachelor of Music Degree as a student of Albert Markov, Oleh Krysa, Sylvia Rosenberg, and Ariana Bronne. He then received his Master of Music degree at Indiana University as a student of Nelli Shkolnikova. William attended summer festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany and the Spoleto Festival in Italy. William also lived in Hong Kong where he played with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. Upon returning to the U.S. he played in the Arkansas Symphony in Little Rock. Since returning to Ohio William is in his 10th season as a member of ProMusica. He also is Assistant Concertmaster of the Dayton Philharmonic, and is an Associate Musician with the Columbus Symphony.
Nate Shaw is a performer and educator in Columbus, Ohio. He currently performs regularly in multiple groups and as a solo artist. Nate plays and teaches several styles of music including rock, funk, jazz and classical, and is an expert in music theory. He currently works as keyboarding coordinator at Capital University’s conservatory of music, and as a part-time accompanist and keyboardist for Opera Columbus and The Ohio State University.
Catherine graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from The Ohio State University. She also has a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning. Catherine has been teaching with the Dublin City Schools for 30 years and is currently the Olde Sawmill Elementary music teacher. She is so excited to be a part of Brennan Music Studio, where she teaches beginning piano. Catherine and her husband, Mark, live in Columbus and have two daughters, Samantha and Gabrielle.