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Popular Piano Teachers Near Blue Springs

Aine W.

Kansas City, MO
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Charlie H.

Kansas City, MO
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Tim T.

Blue Springs, MO
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Aine W. Kansas City, MO

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano

About Me

My commitment to my students is that they will benefit from a comprehensive program—learning theory (the foundation, construction, and fabric of music—the how and why), reading (to read - to possess fluency in the written language of music on the page—reading is the key to working out and playing anything), technique (to develop the physical skill and academic understanding of how to apply those skills), music history (a foundational background in the 400+ years of Post-Renaissance periods and styles, as well as the composers), and, finally, genres (the different styles of music that would reflect the student’s own, personal, preferences). My goal is, always, that music becomes a vital interest, and source of joy, comfort, and satisfaction, in the students’ life—throughout their lives.

Education:

Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance from Central Missouri State University – 1977, studied with Dr. Wes True.

Master of Musical Arts, Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from a cooperative program with University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University – 1988, studying Pedagogy and Romantic Period Literature and Performance with Louise Brugger Bidwell at UC Berkeley and Performance with William Corbett-Jones at San Francisco State University.

Advanced performance and pedagogical study with Karen Halverhout, retired Professor of Music from the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music.

Currently enrolled in the program to obtain the title of NCTM (Nationally Certified Teacher of Music) through MTNA (Music Teacher's National Association). Completion of coursework, essays, teaching demonstrations, and performance requirements scheduled for May, 2013.

Experience:

I have been an independent music instructor since 1979. I have worked from my home studio in the following cities: Lee’s Summit, MO, Las Vegas, NV, San Francisco, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Boston, MA, Stamford, CT, New York, NY, and Kansas City, MO. I work with children, 3 to 18 years of age, at all levels—beginners through advanced. My approach is comprehensive, incorporating fundamentals, literature, technique, music theory, music history, and performance. I work with a variety of different methods, tailoring the materials to the needs of each, individual child.

Philosophy:

I believe all children can learn to play and to love music. I work from the deep belief that a well-structured music education can enhance every aspect of a child’s personal and academic experience, laying a foundation for academic excellence, self-confidence and esteem, superior study skills, and the child’s personal code of accountability and responsibility.

Professional Affiliations:

Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
Missouri Music Teachers Association (MMTA)
Kansas Music Teachers Association (KMTA)
Kansas City Music Teachers Association (KCMTA)
American Federation of Music Clubs (Federated Music Teachers of Kansas City)
National Piano Guild (Guild)
Mid America Music Association (MAMA)

I currently hold the position of pianist for Indian Heights United Methodist Church, Overland Park, KS.

Career Highlights:
In addition to teaching, a few career highlights include:

Accompanist with the Jester Hairston Chorale

Rehearsal pianist for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (New York), Providence Performing Arts Center (Providence, RI), and Segerstrom Performing Arts Center (Costa Mesa, CA)

Accompanist for many artists including Helen Armstrong - violin, Eric Friedman - violin, David Feldman – cello, Derek Rogge – trumpet, Alan Baer – tuba, and David Fedderly – tuba

Musical Director/Conductor for national touring companies of musicals, “My Fair Lady” and "The Music Man” through touring companies Broadway Live and Allied Live

Active adjudicator (piano) for pedagogy-based festivals, non-competitive evaluative auditions, and competitions

Concerto Soloist with the San Francisco State University Orchestra performing, Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major by Ludwig van Beethoven

Currently developing and authoring a pedagogy method focusing on pre-school children.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe music is best taught, and learned, through nurturing. All students will be treated with kindness, respect, and courtesy. It is my goal that the student discovers joy, and a life-long love of music, through their music education.

Pre-school—ages 3-5 years old: Pre-K is a wonderful time for children to begin!!! Beginning with the Right Hand/Left Hand game, the young child will learn hands, finger numbers, high-low-middle sounds, up and down, note names, note values, symbols and definitions, clapping and counting rhythm lines, keyboard geography, and more. The young student develops confidence and a sense of fun and will transition, very easily, into pre-reading and then full reading.

I work, extensively with older beginners (starting at age 5 and above), intermediate levels and advanced students. Through my professional affiliations, my students enjoy many opportunities to participate in evaluative events—both competitive and non-competitive, festivals, and recitals. As the student advances, we will set a course for continued learning with the goal of personal satisfaction and enjoyment, or—if the student chooses—we will work to prepare for college/university study as a future music major and minor. Most of my high school students are striving for scholarships (in all fields) and I work to help them achieve their highest competitive edge in this circumstance.

I believe all students should have a well-balanced musical diet which should include a reading skills book, repertoire, technique, scales, and theory.

• Emphasis will be placed on an understanding of music fundamentals through the study of theory and its relationship to the repertoire being studied. Understanding will be reinforced through weekly lesson drills on notes, key signatures, chords, and rhythms as needed; weekly written assignments; and weekly ear-training assignments.

• Emphasis will be placed on technical skills through the weekly study of all major scales, arpeggios, and chords progressions and standard technical exercises and etudes. Care will be taken to provide the proper sitting and hand positions in order to accomplish the greatest skill and fluency possible for each student.

• Emphasis will be placed on music reading through weekly sight-reading studies and the study of repertoire appropriate to the student’s abilities. Special care will be taken to accomplish a final performance which reflects an understanding of musical phrases and form, stylistic characteristics, expressive elements, and musical fluency.

• Students will be expected to give equal preparation to all areas emphasized in each lesson. Careful preparation of weekly lessons will instill a sense of responsibility and discipline which applies to all aspects of life; a thorough understanding of music which should increase the student’s appreciation of music in general; and a basic life-time skill for future enjoyment and outlet for basic emotions.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio consists of a music room with an adjacent room providing seating for parents. Includes: 2 grand pianos, computer station, listening center and music library. The studio is equipped with adaptive devices: a pedal extender and two adjustable artist benches (one solo and one duet-sized) so that any student, child or adult, will be positioned correctly and comfortably.

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*** Specialties ***
I do not rely on one method as the curriculum for my studio--each student is different and each has his, or her, own orientation to learning. I try to tailor the choice of method to the student depending on if they are an aural, visual, or kinesthetic learner. This is my foundational principle--ascertaining a child's learning style and working with the child in the way he, or she, best learns. I work from a classically based approach--I incorporate scales, chords, arpeggios, and cadences, as well as technique (most notably, "Dozen a Day", Hanon, and Roeder. Older students work with Joseffy and Dohnanyi approaches to technique. I try to teach from a balanced selection of music representing the 4 post-renaissance periods of music history. As the student progresses, I add the areas of special interest to the student whether it is church jusic, writing lead sheets to play with a band, jazz, pop, etc. I teach Theory at every level, consistently as the student studies with me.

Charlie H. Kansas City, MO

Subjects Taught

Guitar, Music Theory, Piano

About Me

I was born and raised in London England, where I first discovered my love of music. Growing up I studied classical piano for 10 years, and was educated through the Royal Associated Board and Trinity College. Moving to the states I carried my musical passion, and took further instruction in voice, guitar, saxophone and violin. I recently graduated from a pioneering local music school, and have maintained a home teaching studio for several years. I have experience working with students from all ages and musical backgrounds, primarily working on improvisation, theory and composition.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe learning an instrument should primarily be an exciting and gratifying endeavor, although this does not negate the fact that diligent practice will directly lead to excellence and growth. My hope is that every student will enjoy their learning experience to the fullest, and achieve their greatest potential. Whether you aim to brush up on some technical skills or start from page one, I will tailor make lesson plans for each individual to see as much measurable growth as possible. I generally teach out of the Alfred's method, but can be adaptable to each students desires and needs. Students will grow in skills like music reading, improvisation, composition and music theory. I look forward to helping you meet whatever musical goal you may have and am excited to see growth, development and creativity.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to provide books for note taking, and music textbooks. I would expect student to have a piano/keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki, Royal Associated Board, Classical, contemporary, improvisation

Tim T. Blue Springs, MO

Subjects Taught

Piano

About Me

My wife and I have been teaching piano lessons in the Kansas City area for more than 16 years. We have studios in our home; she teaches upstairs and I teach downstairs! I am currently accepting new students and welcome the opportunity to see them grow and experience the joy of piano playing.

My full-time job is serving as the minister of music at a local suburban church. I work with all of the vocal and instrumental programs there and direct choirs and orchestra. While some of my piano students are also involved in church music, I also teach students in the entire Kansas City area and we cover every genre: classical, country, pop, rock and Broadway styles. I encourage each pianist to discover his or her own passion for playing!

I have more than 29 years of experience teaching private piano students and look forward to many, many more. Let me help you learn to play the piano with excellence and have a lot of fun in the process!

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect to have a teaching environment that is professional and conducive to learning. My lessons include instruction in theory, technique and exposure to a variety of musical styles. Beginners will learn to play songs within 3 months time and gradually expand their repertoires to include more difficult piano pieces!

Beginning students are taught fundamental skills that apply to all piano players such as scales and arpeggios. Hanon exercises are used and chromatic scales are learned as well. I use Alfred teaching materials but not exclusively.

I encourage students to find their own favorites to play and lessons are tailored to meet the goals of the student. If your desire is to become a classical pianist, we concentrate on works of the masters. If you are wanting to improvise with a jazz band, we work toward ear training with the jazz greats! If you would like to play in a church worship service, we will focus our attention on service playing and playing worship songs by ear, too.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Den: upright, couch and recliner, parents can sit in on lesson

*** Specialties ***
Classical and church music

David E.

Kansas City, MO
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Abraham W.

Kansas City, MO
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Benjamin B.

Greenwood, MO
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David E. Kansas City, MO

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano

About Me

*Now also offering online lessons*

Guitar

David picked up the guitar when he moved from his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona in 2001 at the age of 19 and hasn't looked back since. 7 years and countless hours of practicing, performing and teaching later, David plays at multiple venues in the Kansas City area while teaching from his studio at Guitar Source in Overland Park,, Southland Conservatory in Raymore, and in home tutoring service Mobile Music Teachers. David also teaches and records from his home studio in Raytown, MO where he offers lessons for home schoolers during the daytime hours.

As a guitarist David is motivated primarily by his passion for music. Growing up he was influenced by classical, jazz, and film scores. Since picking up the guitar he has been inspired by guitarists from such diverse backgrounds as Eric Johnson, Robben Ford, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny, Martin Taylor, and James Taylor, to name a few. Today David plays and teaches a variety of different styles, ranging from rock and blues to classical and jazz.

Piano

David started to play the piano after years of playing the guitar. Although a second instrument, it in many ways it was the first as everything David has aspired to on the guitar is pianistic, and he draws much of his inspiration on the instrument from piano players. Correspondingly, it wasn't long before David picked up the piano itself, studying privately first with Tatev Amir and later with Karen, Kushner, Professor of Piano Studies at UMKC. David applies many of the same principles to the piano that he does the guitar including stressing a comprehensive knowledge of music theory, self transcription, ear training and classical technique as well as the more traditional facets of piano pedagogy such as sight reading and rhythm work. Students learn music theory as applied to the keyboard, sight-reading, improvisation and the application of classical technique to modern styles.

As a pianist David is motivated primarily by his passion for music. Growing up he was influenced by classical, jazz, and film scores. Since picking up the piano he has been inspired by pianists from such diverse backgrounds as Art Tatum, Nicolai Lugansky, Oscar Peterson, and Bill Evans among others. Today David plays and teaches a variety of different styles, ranging from rock and blues to classical and jazz.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have extensive experience with all ages and skill levels. I use a curriculum specifically geared towards the guitar, as opposed to more traditional (and inferior) methods that emphasize note reading and piano pedagogy, my method will teach you music theory as it relates to the neck of the guitar and the music that the student are interested in. I am a fairly laid back teacher; we will go at your pace, but I do expect you to work hard.

With piano I use classical literature to develop technique but emphasize the development of a comprehensive understanding of music theory as applied to the keyboard. This includes but is not limited to studies in pop, rock, jazz and other style of contemporary piano.

*** Studio Equipment ***
#1) Dedicated music room seating for parents

#2) Practice/rehearsal room seating for parents

#3) Amplification provided and music stand.

#4) Keyboard/Piano for student use

#5) Broadband network, dual camera, file sharing and the latest technology utilized for online lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a music stand, my instrument, curriculum materials, music paper materials and amplification (if needed). I expect the student to have their own instrument and potentially amplification. I provide a piano for instruction but I expect my students to have a piano or keyboard for practice at home.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical and jazz guitar, however I am fluent in most styles, including rock, blues, fingerstyle, and miscellaneous. I teach from Jay EuDaly's "Vertical Truth: Chordal Mechanisms for the Guitar" but I also supplement this with a variety of other curriculum.

In piano I specialize in classical piano as well as jazz and pop.

Abraham W. Kansas City, MO

Subjects Taught

Arrangement and Composition, Classical Piano, Composition, Ear Training, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting

About Me

At age four I sat at a piano and figured out "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" by ear, having never seen the music before. My mom and dad clapped for me, but I turned to them with a sorrowful face, and said, "But I do not know 'Ode to Joy' yet."

Since then, my musical growth has spanned many styles classical, musical theater, rock and many applications piano, voice, composition, and conducting. At the center of it all, though, is outstanding musicianship and a love of facing new challenges. I believe a great ear and a great mind are the foundation on which we all make great music!

I earned my undergraduate degree in music at Yale (intensive, with honors), and went on to study composition and choral conducting at the University of Texas at Austin. I'm excited to share my approach to music with you. Whatever you want to learn, I'll help you approach it with a pinpoint ear, a blazing mind, and, of course, all of your heart.

*** Lesson Details ***
In my lessons, students and I collaborate on a curriculum. I'll recommend things I think would be good for you to work on, but I rely on your feedback to help me help you. You'll make your best music only when it's music you love!

I take a multidisciplinary approach to teaching every subject. If you're studying piano, we'll learn the deep fundamentals of theory, so we know how to interpret the sounds we're making. If you're studying voice, we'll work on analyzing our music, to best understand what it can tell us. If you're studying songwriting—boy, you're in for a ride. There's a real craft (and, in some ways, a science!) to writing good tunes, and we'll study, sing, and play great pieces to find how they've accomplished the goals you're reaching for.

The most important thing I can teach is overall musicianship, and I encourage students to work on this no matter their primary discipline. Fluency in music notation, a developed ear, and, most importantly, an intuitive understanding of the fundamentals of music will help you make music in new and more developed ways.

I'm a very easygoing person, with a fiery personality, a highly outgoing nature, and—at least my mom says—a good sense of humor. I love working with people, and hope my students challenge me as I challenge them. Let's get to it.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Digital piano; comfortable home studio with space for parents to observe if they wish

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can drive or bike to students' homes. They must have a piano or electronic keyboard suitable to their course of study.

*** Specialties ***
Composition: contemporary classical, with particular emphasis on vocal music

Piano: classical, playing by ear, improvisation, musical theatre

Theory: basic music theory up through advanced concepts such as pitch class set analysis, Schenkerian analysis, and neo-Reimannian analysis

Musicianship: Aural skills (including related skills such as dictation), sight-singing, solfège

Voice: choral singing, musicianship skills particular to choral music

Benjamin B. Greenwood, MO

Subjects Taught

Accordion, Algebra, Anatomy, Arithmetic, Basic Math, Biology, Chemistry, Clarinet, Elementary Math, English, Fiddle, Geometry, GRE, Math, MCAT, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Organ, Physics, Piano, Pre Algebra, Science, Songwriting, Statistics, Trigonometry, Viola, Violin

About Me

I was 3 years old when I started playing the Violin. Since then, I have played a number of different instruments such as the Piano, Organ, Clarinet, Accordion, and Banjo. When I was 6 I started writing music. Since then it has always been my desire to be a conductor and song writer. I attended a private University (Evangel University in Springfield Missouri) and received my B.A. in Music with a Minor in Musical Composition. While at Evangel, I had the wonderful opportunity to enhance my musicianship through academia and professional experience. As such, I became extremely proficient musical theory and performance. I have also received a B.S. in Kinesiology and the Physical Sciences, which has helped me to realize how important music is in my life today. Music is more than just notes, and all my life experiences up to this point have certainly affirmed such a statement.

*** Lesson Details ***
Well, one of my sayings is “Music should be fun!” And this is certainly true! I like to have fun with my students and I enjoy my students when they are having fun. The excitement that a student has when playing their favorite pop artist, is the same excitement I bring to my lessons. I not only teach my students the “Proper/Common” things of music, but I also teach my students how to be “free” and learn “uncommon” repertoire. I can be laid back at times. I realize that there is a time to focus and a time to play. After awhile, my students will understand how important and prolific music is in their personal life; they will learn to find the joys of music in the world around them. They will not only enjoy the music they listen to, but they will understand it as well. For your convenience, I am now offering online lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room setup for lesson with upright piano. Parking available. Parents can sit in on lessons, and waiting area available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student should provide a suitable learning instrument for their mode of interest. Example: clarinet for clarinet lessons, etc. Student is responsible for lesson books.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Classical, Pop, Rock. I also tutor in Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Human Anatomy and Physiology, GRE, MCAT, Geometry, Algebra, Statistics, and Mathematics.

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