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Popular Guitar Teachers Near Kansas City

Daniel D.

Kansas City, KS
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Ben H.

Lees Summit, MO
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Megan I.

Mission, KS
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Daniel D. Kansas City, KS

Subjects Taught

Classical Guitar, English, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Reading, Songwriting

About Me

Dan is a teacher and guitarist from Kansas City, KS. As a teenager he studied blues and jazz with former B.B. King sideman Dwight Foster. This background aided him when he took classes in jazz improvisation and music composition at the University of Kansas. At KU, he started giving guitar lessons and teaching English Literature to help pay tuition. He also joined the blues-rock/metal hybrid Inphobic, a group that went on to play with Carlos Santana, Everlast, and Cheap Trick among others.

After finishing his MA at Pittsburg State University, he returned to Kansas City and began teaching in the Kansas City, KS school district. His five years of high school teaching (to go along with another three at the college level) has showed him that being a great teacher is both the greatest challenge and the greatest reward. As a result, he has dedicated himself to combining that passion for teaching with his love for the guitar and music.

Over the last few years, he has developed guitar curriculum that both teaches students things they want to know as well as how to communicate with other musicians in almost any musical capacity. He frequently shows up at local jam sessions and plays studio sessions.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are very relaxed but still move at a fast pace. I realize that not all students learn at the same rate and in the same manner and I do my best to accommodate whatever the needs of the student might be. Students will learn a variety of styles but there always be an emphasis on their specific interests as it relates to the guitar.

A beginning student will be given a solid background in theory and in reading music as well as learning songs that they want to learn. In three months, the beginning student will be able to play basic songs and read music, as well as begin to apply theory to a variety of musical styles. In six months, the beginning student will be developing more difficult techniques on the guitar, beginning to learn the art of lead guitar and learning more complicated tunes. Intermediate and advanced students are welcome too, but they may want to focus on specific styles, techniques or songs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitar, amp, etc.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, amp, etc. The student should contact the instructor if s/he needs to borrow a guitar for the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Blues, Metal, Jazz, Improvisation, and Composition at all levels beginner, intermediate and advanced.

Ben H. Lees Summit, MO

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Upright Bass

About Me

EXPERIENCE
Instructor for two years at North Central University, Minneapolis, MN.
Music Director and Producer of Ben Jamin€™ Breakthru CD.
Instructor for two years with the Brooklyn Conservatory.
Private Teacher of bass theory and technique with an emphasis on jazz and classical applications.
Member of various jazz, gospel, blues, classical and pop music groups.
Provided independent workshops in which I worked with students on basic guitar, bass, piano and drum skills including music interpretation, rhythmic development and music theory
Private Teacher of bass and guitar at East Valley Music for two and half years with a regular roster of 40-50 students.
Private Teacher of bass and guitar at Music and Arts in Mesa for three years

EDUCATION
Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA.
Music Major

Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY.
Music Major

Bass studies with
Bill Curtis of the Boston Pops Orchestra
John Neves of the Berklee College of Music
Bill Fielder, chairman of Rutgers Jazz Music Department, Music Theory
John Ebinger of the Phoenix Symphony

PERFORMANCES
Performed for two years with the Brooklyn Conservatory Faculty Jazz Ensemble. Included recording €œBridging the Gap,€ Received three stars in review by Downbeat Magazine.
Performed with Pianist Composer and Grammy Award winner Arturo O€™Farrill.
Performed with variety of talented artists such as: Doc Pitman of the Inkspots, Jazz Organist Jimmy Smith, Sir Charles Hughes of the Drifters, Guitarist Mike Stern
Perform and lead the Ben H. Trio. Currently playing in a variety of venues.
Performed in a variety of theatrical, corporate and wedding settings.

*** Lesson Details ***
My strengths are in developing creative teaching techniques and training approaches which quickly produce results, improving skills and confidence in students. My focus in teaching is music fundamentals in blues/pop/jazz idiom in addition to scales and chords. I use a variety of curricula based off the student's level and interest. I am willing to work with students to learn music that they are interested in. I concentrate on both reading music and learning to play by ear.

*** Specialties ***
I play all styles Jazz, Blues, Pop, Latin, Swing, etc

Megan I. Mission, KS

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Bluegrass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Composition, Country Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Theory

About Me

Hi! My name is Megan. I am a Wichita State graduate with a degree in music education. I have taught mandolin/guitar lessons for the past 5 years in Wichita, KS and in the KC area. I am also a music sub for several public school districts on the Kansas side of Kansas City. Besides teaching music, I have also played mandolin/guitar for several music projects from a typical Irish band to a free improve jazz ensemble. I am a very versatile player so I can teach/play from Irish to rock to jazz.

*** Lesson Details ***
When it comes to teaching private music lessons, I am a laid back teacher but I still have high expectations for each student. I really do not have a set curriculum because each student wants to learn something different. I have used books like Suzuki violin books when I have taught some mandolin students to teaching rock tunes off of chord charts for guitar. Whatever a student's avenue they want to take, I am confident the student will have that much more knowledge before they had started.
I can teach both mandolin and guitar any level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Be in an open room much like a living room with amps, instruments, and other musical equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have their own instrument. I expect them to have their own music stand and an amp if need be. I will provide copies of music at a small charge ($5) and would be willing to purchase the material if the student gives the money up front.

*** Specialties ***
For the most part, I play Irish, Jazz, Bluegrass, and the Blues. I am cool with teaching anything.

David E.

Kansas City, MO
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Michael R.

Kansas City, KS
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Victor P.

Kansas City, 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.

Michael R. Kansas City, KS

Subjects Taught

Drum, Guitar, Music Theory, Percussion

About Me

My name is Michael R. I am a drummer, percussionist, guitarist, and musician. I have been playing the drums for 15 years, the guitar for 10 years, and I've just reached my 5th year of teaching as of 2014. Unlike most extraordinary musicians, I'm not necessarily 'naturally gifted.' I got to where I am as a musician by practicing and studying for years and with hard work and determination, anyone and everyone can be a killer musician! When I first started, I never caught on quite as quick as others, so I understand completely that patience is the most important aspect of becoming a musician. If you're looking for a stress free, patient, learn at your own pace learning experience, you've come to the right guy!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am not a strict teacher at all. I feel that learning music should be a fun and exciting! That being said, students can expect a more relaxed, patient, and stress free learning experience. Though I am laid back and patient, I am very thorough and feel that the fundamentals should not be skipped or over looked. I will teach everything that there is to know when becoming a drummer, guitarist, and ultimately a musician.

The most important thing to remember is that learning an instrument should be a fun experience, and I intend to keep it that way!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I've got an electric drum set and guitar as well as an amplifier. I don't have my own studio, so our lessons will be in the comfort of your own home!

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Blues, Funk, and RnB drumming styles as well as folk, country, and rock n' roll guitar styles.

Victor P. Kansas City, MO

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Cello, Guitar, History, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Upright Bass

About Me

With a Doctor of Musical Arts from the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and 12 years of University music teaching, you will be hard pressed to find a more comprehensive, diverse, and qualified music teacher anywhere. Let me help you create a music lesson experience tailored to YOUR specific interests and needs! One size does NOT fit all, and I have the experience you help you reach your musical goals in a way that focuses on your strengths, while catching you up on those less-strong bits. Lessons are friendly, relaxed experiences that not only teach you to play the instrument of your choice (and the recording studio is an instrument!), but also supply you with valuable theoretical and historical context to provide a richness to your musical experience that most players never receive. Beginners to Professional, lessons to coaching to masterclasses, I cater to all skill levels, genres, and musical goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons can be taken in my studio or in your home. Lessons are tailored to your interests and musical goals, and can change and evolve as your own musical expertise improves. Call today to start your musical journey.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fully equipped recording and teaching studio
Digital Performer, Ableton Live, Reason, and any other DAW you'd like to learn.
24-track recording capability, treated mixing environment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Have car, will travel.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar, bass, viola da gamba and other Early Music instruction (Medieval through 18th-century), specialties in Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country, and other popular genres. Lessons also available in piano, banjo, mandolin, recorder.

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