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Popular Music Performance Teachers Near Kansas City

Aine W.

Kansas City, MO
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Susannah K.

Shawnee, KS
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Thomas G.

Kansas City, MO
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Aine W. Kansas City, MO

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.


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.


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.


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.

Susannah K. Shawnee, KS

About Me

I recently graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Music Education (vocal emphasis) and a trumpet performance minor. I am currently in the process of obtaining a Masters in Vocal Pedagogy. Right now I teaching K-8 General music and 5-8th grade band and Chorus.

If you are pursuing voice I teach can teach you Classical operatic singing, Broadway style, or Art Songs (Lieder in French, German and Italian.)

If you are pursuing trumpet I can enhance you skills whether you are just beginning or are already an intermediate player.

*** Lesson Details ***
I prefer to work with children and female students! (No adult males)

I am a teacher that helps you reach whatever goals you set for yourself. You tell me what you want to accomplish and I will work together with you to make it happen. I will create a curriculum according your personal needs and skill level.

If you are taking lessons with me you will learn lots of music theory and music history. I want you to understand the style and reasoning behind each piece of music you play.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The in studio lessons are taught in the living room which includes a piano (88 key weighted), books, and seating. Student must provide own trumpet. Parking is in guest spaces.

The Elementary School lessons are taught in a classroom which includes an upright piano, books, & seating. Student must provide own trumpet. Parking is in lot.

*** Specialties ***
German Lieder and Italian Arias

Thomas G. Kansas City, MO

About Me

From the time I began musical training at the age of 5, I knew that music making would always be an important part of my life. It became my muse and I followed it all around the world. I have performed in Japan, England, Scotland, Wales, Italy, France, Austria, and the United States. I know what makes a good musician and a good performer and I'm pleased to be able to share that with my students! MY STUDENTS WIN AUDITIONS! I taught in several of the States and in London. I am also a certified teacher in Missouri, Kansas and other States including England, Scotland and Wales. I hold a Bachelor’s degree and Doctorate from Ball State University, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Bridgeport. I have studied on fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and University of London. While teaching in London I performed at many famous venues such as Queen Elizabeth Hall, St. John’s Smith Square and Somerset House. I sing at Lyric Opera of Kansas City where I have appeared in over 90 productions. Upcoming: Mozart: Magic Flute, November 9-17, 2013 and Puccini: La Bohme, March 15-23, 2014 I also sing professionally at Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Kansas City. Whether you are seeking coaching on technique, Broadway, Opera or the American Songbook, I would be happy to work with you to realize your full potential. I get excited about helping students become good performers! Let me help you become the best musician you can be, IN PERSON or ONLINE!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid back teacher with a great sense of humor. You will also learn a lot of music theory and music history from me! My lessons begin with some training in reading music (Music Theory) and I suggest that you purchase Alfred's Music Theory Volume One or Two depending on your level of understanding.

After refreshing your music reading and rhythm skills, we will listen to you sing and begin to vocalize. I will develop exercises just for you, to help you develop your voice, making it stronger and more flexible.

When you have warmed up your voice with vocal exercises, we will work together on the music you wish to learn. It could be a song, an aria, a Broadway or Opera aria, or a religious piece.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Large 30 foot living room with two pianos, music stands, keyboard, couches, seating area.
Mac computer, multiple cameras and great sound system.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Bel Canto (beautiful voice) style, operatic singing, Broadway style, Art Songs (Lieder in French, German and Italian.)

Benjamin B.

Greenwood, MO
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Victor P.

Mission, KS
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Heather N.

Overland Park, KS
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Benjamin B. Greenwood, MO

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.

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Well, one of my sayings is €œMusic 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 €œProper/Common€ things of music, but I also teach my students how to be €œfree€ and learn €œuncommon€ 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 Health Sciences, and Human Biology courses.

Victor P. Mission, KS

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.

Heather N. Overland Park, KS

About Me

Teaching music is a privilege and a joy. I've had the great pleasure of teaching students of all ages and ability levels. Currently I am completing my doctorate in vocal pedagogy from the University of Kansas, and should be defending in early fall. My training has given me unique and comprehensive training in anatomy and physiology of the voice, which gives me a thorough understanding of vocal development. I am connected to area medical centers and voice clinics and am a Singing Voice Specialist working with clients who have been diagnosed with a vocal injury, such as polyps or nodules.

I have been teaching voice and piano for fifteen years, including teaching at universities as a faculty member. I strive to develop curriculum that is student-centered and will meet the student's goals. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have. I'm looking forward to working with you!

Lessons are taught in a dedicated space in my home studio. Parking is available in the driveway or on the street. I do have an indoor dog and cat in case of allergy concerns.

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