For purposes of ArtsLink  we offer the following definitions:

Academia:   Music Teaching within a College, University, Community College – Most teachers at the College/University Leve have attained a minimum of a master’s degree in the specialty area of music (whether academic (Music Theory/Music History, etc. or Instrument or Ensemble) and many have Doctorate Degrees.

K-12 Public, Private, Parochial Schools:  In most K-12 school environments there are Music Faculty who have degrees in Music Education from a College or University and have had to declare a performance instrument and a teaching area; i.e.:  General Music, Band, Choir, Orchestra

Independent:   Music Teaching by an individual teacher either in a home or a remote studio. Note that the word “Private” is not a preferred label or indication of a teaching setting. Independent Music Teaching can also be within a group of teachers, either supervised or an independent within a collective organization, i.e.:  each teacher is autonomous. Independent Music Teachers do have to hold a degree or special license to teach as an Independent Music Teacher. Degrees that IMT’s could have would be Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorates in Music Education, a Performance Instrument Degree and Pedagogy in an Instrument Area. The Music Teachers National Association offers a Professional Teaching Certification program and many teachers, who are members of MTNA, choose to pursue this Certification.

Individual Lessons:  Music Student predominantly attends their regular lessons alone; with or without other opportunities to engage with other students in groups. 

Group Classes:  Music Student predominantly attends their regular lesson with a class; with or without other opportunities to engage alone.  paragraph here.

Engaging People with the Arts!

Our mission is to engage the arts community and arts consumers in a manner that presents arts education, information, performance, and other artistic experiences. Thus, increasing the public's access to the broad benefits of the arts as spectators, participants, and patrons.

AliveArts also engages and energizes the arts community with relevant and effective dynamic arts educational programs with intentional collaborative design.

Engage the People!

The Arts Industry* is both a curse and a blessing! All you must do is take a cursory look around to know that music is ubiquitous and there is no shortage of resources for people of all ages. That is the blessing!

What is the curse? There is SO MUCH information and resources with an undeniable stamp of “melting pot” embedded, that navigating this surplus of information can be daunting. Thus, it often leaves the consumer of the arts stuck in the weeds without a strategy or way out.

AlivenArts capitalizes on diverse programming that mirrors our diverse community. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced musician, a performer or a spectator, there is something for you. Everyone can explore, discover, create, engage, embrace, and change. But where to begin?

Level the Field!

The Arts Industry* field needs to exist without silos - no insulation and no isolation. There is a flattened playing field where artist, performer, practitioner, teacher, student, and humans come together in the name of art. A field of dreams!

One Stop Resource

ArtsLink is a way for you to navigate the information – in one place – without bias, opinion and in the most transparent way possible. Our goal is to help you make informed decisions about your arts life. ArtsLink has begun the process of developing ArtsLink with mostly music arts activities and information, but there will be expansion into all of the arts areas: Dance, Theatre and Visual. 

*Music Industry includes Performing Arts Organizations, Individual Artists, Individual Teaching Artists, Professional Arts Associations, Retail Stores, Arts Publishing and Manufacturing.

For purposes of this section, ArtsLink  will narrow “Music Industry” to include:  Retail Music Stores, Professional Music Associations, Music Instrument Manufacturers and Print Music Publishers. 


Copyright law is an incredibly relevant topic for music educators, performers and students. By and large, copying music is against the law. Also, arranging copyrighted music, without proper permission is also against the law. The copyright laws can be a bit overwhelming and so we are providing the MTNA Copyright Overview and FAQ for quick reference. For further investigation into specific concerns and questions, please please see the links below. 

Whether trying to stay up to date on the latest information in the arts locally, in the state or in the US – there are plenty of sources from which you can pull vital and interesting information! Maybe you want to read a recent review or preview what is happening. Whatever information is “fit to print” can be found in these sources. 

Creative, out of the box artists are always coming up with new ideas and new ways of doing old things! Here is just a beginning to the ever-growing list of fantastic ideas! We will try to stay as "up-to-date" as is possible with new and exciting arts projects in the Greater Cincinnati Area! Check here for what's new (ish!) Have something new going on in the arts and it a project we should know about? Fill out the "Submit Listing Idea" and we'll take a look! 

Continuing Education and Experiences for Professional Arts Performers and Educators is a component of maintaining quality performance and pedagogy. Research, Masterclasses, Professional Affiliation, Performance are some of the ways Continuing Education is achieved by Professional Music Educators and Performers. 

Is there something missing from the listings that you would like to see? Please submit your idea! We'd love to hear from you! 

Performance Education opportunities are important for "students" of all ages. Greater Cincinnati has many resources for people to attend concerts that move beyond just "passive" listening and involve intentional education components. 

During the late Winter/early Spring of 2020, the world witnessed, first-hand the unprecedented “shutting down” of the population and economy during the COVID-19 Pandemic. To contain and slow the spread of the virus, music teaching and performing organizations and individuals had to close their current situation and move to alternate processes. As music artist teachers and performers and organizations reopen, we thought it would be helpful to have the current guidelines available for you.  


Music instruction encompasses an extremely broad and remarkably diverse landscape. There are College Faculty, Artist Teachers, and Independent Music Teachers. And, where they teach, is equally expansive; there are Schools of Music, Departments of Music, music teachers who teach in a home studio, a remote studio, virtually, and in students’ homes. This innumerable group of teachers teach the Well-Elderly, Preschool, Pre-College, College, and Special Needs populations, such as developmentally disabled and Alzheimer’s patients.

What is most important?  CHOOSING A QUALIFIED MUSIC TEACHER!  How do you do that? By not choosing a teacher who is only nice, cheap, close and has the timeslot you need! You will do your research, just like you would in choosing any other professional individual with whom you would work.

To get you started on how to choose a qualified music teacher, here is the link to the Music Teachers National Association “How to Choose a Music Teacher” Resource.

Below you will find a list of teachers and resources that will get you started. While the list is numerous, we will let you know right now that it does not include every single teacher, but again, this will get you started! 

Soccer Practice Without Games! Cooking Class without Eating!

The thought of going to soccer for an entire season and never playing a game seems unusual. Or, attending cooking classes and then never preparing a meal to enjoy seems like it might be wasted effort.  Likewise, when people participate in music, there are Performance Opportunities that can be greatly beneficial and engaging to students – particularly pre-college students. Students’ teachers who provide options and opportunities for students will also provide the preparation and coaching necessary for students, though in not all instances are teachers required to be a part of the students’ participation or entry.

General Definitions:

Competition:   Usually a highly, professional event that awards prizes and where there is usually a “winner” or “First Place, 2nd Place” designation. Performance requirements (age and level) are usually strict and both performance and adjudication are demanding. 

Festival:  Usually a highly, professional event that awards prizes and where there is usually no “winner” or placing of participants. Every participant is given feedback and only adjudicated on their individual performance, not “against” others. Judging and Repertoire are usually more flexible, and participation is open to many ages and levels.

Recitals:  Usually programmed by Artist Teachers and are not open to the public.

Ensembles:  Ensembles can exist both in and outside of teaching artist studios. There are performance ensembles that are open to the public in virtually every genre of music. Ensembles can be as few as 2 and as many as 100’s.