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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 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 ...

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Brian M. July 7, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I have had two other guitar teachers in the past. Daniel far exceeds any of the previous two! I wouldn't hesitate for a nano-second to recommend him to others! If you are looking for a good guitar teacher, look no further.
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Anchalee C. November 29, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Dan is a passionate teacher who makes the lesson fun!

Dan is patient and a great teacher. My son started learning how to play electric guitar with Dan and has developed a lot of progress in the past five months. Dan always shares the stories when teaching the lessons to make the lessons enjoyable. He has adapted his teaching style and lessons to suit my 7 year old beginner.

He is always on time, flexible and works with our schedule when we occasionally have conflicts. He encourages my son to ask questions and practice the variety of songs he teaches. I will not hesitate to recommend Dan if someone is looking for a knowledgeable and great teacher who cares about his students and teaches them what they want to know.
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John D. July 2, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
An absolutely fantastic teacher

I had been through 3 guitar teachers in just the past year before I finally found Daniel. While my previous teachers had all been very skilled and knowledgeable, Daniel was the first one who I felt actually took a sincere interest in helping me to achieve my goals. He consistently made a real effort to ensure we were focusing on what I wanted to focus on. He had a great habit of asking "Do you have any questions about the guitar that we haven't talked about yet?", and what was even better is I felt he genuinely wanted to know the answer. On top of all this, he is a phenomenal guitar player, a patient and articulate teacher, and a very friendly guy. I honestly cannot identify one deficit in his teaching style and system.
Heidi S. Kansas City, MO

About Heidi

Heidi is a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She recently finished a Master of Music in Voice Performance at Wichita State University where she studied under Dr. Paul Smith. Heidi received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from the prestigious Luther College in 2010 under the tutelage of Dr. Andrew Whitfield. Heidi has performed numerous roles, including Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring), First Lady (Die Zauberflote), and Adele (cover, Die Fledermaus). Throughout her academic career, Heidi placed multiple times in various NATS competitions. She has also received numerous scholarships and grants, including a Luther College Music Scholarship and a graduate teaching assistantship at WSU. Heidi plans to relocate to Germany in order to continue her pursuit of an operatic career. *** Lesson Details ...

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Erin H. November 7, 2012
Singing
Always looked forward to lessons with Heidi!

Heidi was my favorite voice teacher in college. I liked her so much that I requested her, as my coach, until graduation. I didn't major in voice, but her passion for music is contagious. Out of all the voice coaches I have had, her teaching skills improved the most. She is adept at helping her student's pick material that is challenging but works well with an individual's voice. Her personality is amiable and she genuinely cares about her student's improvement. I highly recommend Heidi as a voice coach.
David E. Kansas City, MO

About David

*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 ...

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neha S. August 30, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Great instructor with friendly attitude and knowledge

David is very informative and friendly teacher. He made me very comfortable with guitar.
Michael R. Kansas City, KS

About Michael

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 ...

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lorriec July 15, 2012
Thomsons drum lessons

My son Thomson LOVED drum lessons with Michael. We are sorry to be leaving Kansas City and unable to continue with him. He taught Thomson how to play some of his favorite songs, and inspired him to learn about other types of music as well. Because Michael can also play the guitar, they were able to jam together which Thomson loved. He progressed very quickly because he had such a good time. He said that Michael was very patient and nice, and made him feel confident about his playing. We really hope that when we are back in town next summer that Michael will be available to teach again. We'd give him 10 stars if we could!
Victor P. Kansas City, MO

About Victor

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 ...

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susan H. February 11, 2015
In home
Verified Student
Victor is great,at piano and guitar!
Thank you Victor :-)
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susan H. February 11, 2015
In home
Verified Student
Victor Penniman is an incredible teacher! He is really kind, prompt, super intelligent! Our kids really enjoy the lesson because it's fun and the progress is truly amazing! I would recommend Victor to ask my friends! Thanks SO much Victor!
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susan H. February 11, 2015
In home
Verified Student
Victor is very patient, with us. He is nice and a very good teacher. We have had Victor as our teacher for about 8-9 months now and we have improved so much. FOxtrot is always on time and on a great mood. I could barely play Mary had a little lamb and now I can play Nintendo songs and play the blues.-Luke
Heather N. Overland Park, KS

About Heather

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 ...

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Carole L. December 5, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
I have worked with 6 excellent voice teachers over 18 years and Heather is among the best. I asked her to work with me on operatic arias and she does so gladly even though I do not have an opera career. I do sing solo at my church monthly and have done a concert in Palo Alto, CA, sang the solo "O thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion" in a performance of the Messiah in Belton, MO, and have sung at benefits and musicals. She is knowledgeable, communicates well, her instructions are clear and helpful, and she is a joy to work with. I learn something new and helpful at each lesson. I look forward to continuing working with her for however long we can be together. Thank you for having such an excellent teacher on your website.
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Ed D. November 24, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Heather has a great attitude and is welcoming to a variety of levels of talent. She's been great for me and my daughter.
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Bryar H. November 14, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She is very patient. She takes the time to make sure I understand things.

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