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Daniel D.

Kansas City, KS

About Daniel

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 te
aching 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.
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Chandler J. February 6, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My very first lesson on the guitar. I was not disappointed.
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David Hinton August 31, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I would highly recommend any prospective students to explore lessons with Daniel. He was great! He tailored the lessons around what I wanted to learn, and gave exercises that were very specific and targeted toward my goals, not his. In addition, it was a lot of fun and the material we worked on was challenging and very applicable to what I wanted to learn.
First rate instructor!
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Eugene K. July 22, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Dan is a fantastic instructor. He is very personable, patient, upbeat, and has made my guitar learning lots of fun with a new song almost every week, and new exercises that help me get better. With lots of travel, and little kids I haven't had much practice time, but Dan is very encouraging and is able to help me with song choices that make we want to pick up the guitar every time I can. I would strongly encourage you to seek Dan for learning guitar - you will be happy that you did.
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Daniel D.

Daniel D.

Kansas City, KS 66106
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$25 / 30-min
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Susannah K.

Overland Park, KS

About Susannah

I graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Music Education (vocal emphasis) and a trumpet performance minor. I then completed my Masters in Vocal Pedagogy in December of 2015. Right now I am teaching K-8 General music and 5-8th grade band and Chorus. I have been a private studio instructor for the past 6 years.

If you are pursuing voice I 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 your skills whether you are just beginning or are already an intermediate play
er.

*** 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
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Victoria M. January 8, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I like her as person , she is patient and loves what she does . Excellent
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Ben W. January 6, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
For a first-time lesson. She was very good at going slow and making sure he understood what she was talking about.
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Parker V. August 13, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
So far so good!!!
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Susannah K.

Overland Park, KS 66223
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Marci S.

Lenexa, KS

About Marci

Welcome to my studio!

*Please note that I am a teacher of children only.
Teaching adults requires a specialized set of skills, and I am aware that my particular teaching skills are best for helping only children learn the piano. However, I encourage adults to keep searching for the piano teacher that is the best fit for them.

Here is a recent blurb about me:

Marci began her classical piano studies at 8 years old, in the private studio of concert pianist Elaine de San Miguel. In addition to recitals, concerts, camps and master classes, Marci branched out into performing in a variety
of venues, as an accompanist for vocalists, instrumentalists, choirs and musicals. When she wasn't playing the piano for people, she was taking voice lessons, singing in both traditional & show choirs, and performing in musical theater. Her favorite TV show is currently "Phineas & Ferb"! (Great music on that show, if you hadn't noticed!)

Marci holds a teaching license in the state of Kansas, and is classified as "highly qualified" according to the No Child Left Behind Law. She is currently working on finishing a PhD in developmental and behavioral psychology, and for 5 years taught Child Behavior & Development classes at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Because of her education and experience teaching in public schools, she is unique in that she has an understanding of children and young adults and how they learn. She encourages her students to work towards their goals, but is patient and knows when a skill is currently beyond the child's grasp due to his or her individual development. Every child learns and develops differently, so each person's lessons are highly individualized.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have a relaxed teaching style, a sense of humor, and lots of patience! I absolutely love the one-on-one teaching experience I get with teaching private lessons. Students tend to feel welcome and comfortable in my home studio. A beginning student will be surprised to be reading and playing music within just a few weeks!

For beginning piano curriculum, I use different piano book series, although lately I have been focusing on the Piano Adventures series by Faber & Faber. I also use a series called A Dozen A Day, technical exercises for the piano which teaches a little theory along the way. For older students, I like Czerny and Hanon exercises to strengthen fingers and hands. I have recently started a series of sight-reading books with my advanced beginner to intermmediate students. There are all kinds of on-line resources that I consult for ideas. Lessons are a combination of theory, learning the keyboard, and learning to read music.

For intermediate piano students, I will determine their level of musical understanding and design an individualized curriculum to address areas of improvement, and to build on each student's strengths.

In addition to the mechanics of music, I try to instill an appreciation for all types and genres of music in my students. I strongly believe that the most competent and interesting musicians are the ones who are familiar with music from all walks of life.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Guitar, Computer, Music Software

*** Specialties ***
Piano-- Keyboard basics, music theory, playing technique, sight-reading music

ALL genres of music are welcome in my studio!
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Nancy November 29, 2015
Piano · In home
My 6 year old son and 8 year old daughter love going to piano every week! I am very impressed with the way she teaches and is so patient!
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Julie November 26, 2015
Piano · In studio
This is my third review of Marci's teaching. My son, Arthur, participates in weekly piano lessons, and is still enjoying them!

Arthur has been practicing hard for his next recital, and I'm really looking forward to hearing him play :)

Keep up the good work!
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Wanda S. November 22, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Marci is an amazing teacher!
She's very patient and is Great at explaining when you don't understand something. I've improved so much since I've switched to her! 12/10 recommend. She's amazing
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Marci S.

Lenexa, KS 66219
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Lee L.

Basehor, KS

About Lee

I love Irish Traditional Music, and one of the best parts is its history of sharing!
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Marco January 11, 2016
Tin Whistle · Online
Verified Student
Lee is a great instructor - engaging and fun to work with. I have noticed significant improvements in my playing over the last few weeks, and my family is appreciative too, to the point that I no longer need to hide in a remote corner of the house to practice :-)
Highly recommended.
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Lee L.

Basehor, KS 66007
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Kristy B.

Olathe, KS

About Kristy

Several years of teaching experience for beginning to intermediate piano students.
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Kristy B.

Kristy B.

Olathe, KS 66061
starting at
$24 / 30-min

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