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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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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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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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Daniel D.

Daniel D.

Kansas City, KS 66106
(14)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Kathleen G.

Blue Springs, MO

I have been teaching for over 40 years, classic to blues and all in between

Accordion, Piano and guitar are my secondary instruments. I use a method plan for guitar and classical guitar.Depending on your what type of guitar you wish to learn I will use several books and lots of music from the outside in my lesson plan.There are about 4-5 books to complete a series. This will put you well into the advanced level and time to find a teacher who will help you to develop the very special Technics that only a specialist of that given instrument will be able to teach you

.On average a student will complete a book in about a years or less. This will vary with students and instruments but just a general average.

I have played all genres of music at one time or another, but my favorite is playing in a old style swing Band. There is nothing sweeter than a good old dance band with swing and blues. I have far more training and exposure on the woodwind instruments because of my ...

About Kathleen

For the last 40 plus years, I have taught children as young as 3 and adults as old as ahh they won't tell me!

'I have been participating in band and musical programs for over 30 years in the Kansas City Area. I am activity in a brass octet called the "Joyful Sound Brass Ensemble". We play at nursing home, churches, and other function in and around our area.

I began my musical training when I was 5. I started on a small 12 bass accordion and loved it. I moved up to the full size accordions when I was 6 years old and it wa
s as big as I was! I wanted to learn more, so my mom took pity on me and pulled out her alto saxophone for me when I was 8. My love of music grew more with each instrument I learned. With the help of my band teachers in middle school and high school, I studied: Alto, tenor and bass saxophone, clarinet, flute,and piano before I left high school. My band instructor and his wife gave me a wonderful opportunity to play in the Stage band in high school along with a special band during the summer. Their guidance and encouragement lead me into a wonderful College where I studied music. In 1970, I graduated from Adams State College now (Adam's State University) in Alamosa Colorado in 1974 with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I try to make it enjoyable for everyone and hopefully they learn and acquire the needed skills quickly in the process. I believe it takes a lot of positive reinforcement and repetitive motions to learn anything physical. Each person is different as is the speed they learn at, it all depends on a positive attitude and there dedication to try to do their best. The trick to learning is making it fun and wanting to keep doing it.

At first I introduce each student to various types of music. This helps them to recognize a rhythm, or understand alternatives to a difficult fingering. This helps with at home practicing, never let them get bored and not challenged.. I will be adding new music all the time for them to try. If there is something specific you really want to learn, I will help you with it. I will do my best to make sure that the piece is at your learning level or below. My goal is for them to succeed and not get frustrated in the process. Remember we can always use it later if it isn't just right for you now. .

I think sight-reading is very important. It develops a personal ability to read music (it pushes you to learn rhythm and note identification quickly) and this in turns builds more confidence in what you are doing. Now if we add duets to it, this will be even make more interesting and enjoyable. Usually the first time it seems hard, but we will take it slow and before long it becomes something that the student will look forward to. Reading music is the key to learning and enjoying music. Once this is done the student has had time to hear and beginning to explore. This is when a new and creative part begins with improvisation and learning to make your own music.It is simply waiting for your exploration.

The student will progress as fast or slow as they want. It all depends on how comfortable they are after each lesson. I will either assign a new lesson or use the last with something new to help you gain a better understanding of what was being taught and something new to learn each week. Each week will be different, and never the same unless that is what you want!

The student is asked to buy a lesson book for their instrument. A 3 ring binder with plastic inserts is also an excellent addition. to add the supplemental material that always seems to get lost somewhere? This book becomes part of your repertoire, maybe it will become your most valued and loved memories of how far you have gone.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Please bring your own instrument for your lessons, unless it is a piano :) I have a studio piano to give lessons on. Music lesson book is available for purchase for students individual instrument. I will furnish stands for the lessons.

There is parking and parents are welcome and encouraged to come in and join in the lesson or just wait, listen and watch. Its up to you,

*** Travel Equipment ***
Bring your books and instrument and stand if outside the studio.

*** Specialties ***
I have worked with special need students, along with the gifted students. Every student has to be taught differently.
This is one thing I have had to learned to do with 40+ years of teaching and raising my own children and grandchildren.

I have played all genres of music at one time or another, but my favorite is playing in a old style swing Band. There is nothing sweeter than a good old dance band with swing and blues. I have far more training and exposure on the woodwind instruments because of my background, but will teach the others instruments gladly. Music is a gift that needs to be shared with generation to generation..
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Heidi O. October 10, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Kathleen is very patient and encouraging. I am learning a lot because of her teaching and knowledge! I would definitely recommend her to anyone as a wonderful instructor.
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Ashton P. February 12, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Kathleen is an Awesome teacher

Kathleen is a great teacher who pushes you towards excellence! She has in depth knowledge of the instruments she teaches and music in general. She is patient and an all around great teacher!
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Joseph L. November 19, 2013
Flute
Kathy is a wonderful teacher

My son is 9 and has been taking lessons with Kathy for about 5 months. We started him on lessons right after the instrument "try it" day the summer prior to him starting band. He went into the try it day wanting to play drums and ended up changing his mind to play flute! He didn't know anything about the flute or how to read music when he started and she had him going in not time. My wife and I are both band nerds and highly recommend Kathy for any instrument instruction needs. She has always been wonderful at meeting our son's needs and adjusting her lessons as needed to meet the needs of my son.
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Kathleen G.

Kathleen G.

Blue Springs, MO 64015
(5)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Doug P.

Mission, KS

About Doug

I started playing guitar after I realized that the trumpet (my first instrument), besides only being able to play one note at a time, was just not as sexy & cool as the “six stringed siren of the 60's & 70's”.

After 2 years of playing I started teaching guitar in a local Toledo OH area music store on the day of my 16th birthday, and soon expanded to students spread over two stores and and my home.

My first "road gig" at the end of my senior year in high school was playing with old time 50′s rockers “Johnny & The Hurricanes” (who the Beatles actually opened for a couple of times), and
then I left to study at Boston’s Berklee College of Music for two years at 19.

After Berklee and a few years of playing all over Canada in show bands, theatre, etc. while based out of Toronto, I moved to Los Angeles to finish up my guitar studies at Musician’s Institute. While a student, I was voted the first Outstanding Guitarist of the year by the teaching staff, and then hired as staff instructor; which included writing both curriculum as well as ensemble arrangements for the then fledgling school. During my stay at MI I had the good fortune to play and teach with amazing guitarists like Joe Diorio, Don Mock, Scott Henderson, Frank Gambale, Robben Ford, and many more. Co-instructor Steve Trovato arranged for me to write and record for the Hot Licks series with Steve Freeman and Norman Brown, which is still distributed by Hal Leonard Publications.

Besides live work in Los Angeles, I have focused on composing and producing music for film & TV in recent years, and I have about 500 tracks that are heard daily around the world on everything from shows like Sponge Bob Squarepants to Justified, as well as many feature films. Although I'm a “well rounded player” in most every style, I specializes in modern rock, jazz and blues, as well as solo acoustic guitar playing.

BTW, the picture of me with the tall skinny guy in the white shirt is the actor who played "Uncle Ricco" in the movie "Napoleon Dynamite" when he came over to buy some gear I was selling on Craig's list.

*** Lesson Details ***
Probably the most unique thing that I would offer people is that I have actually studied the science of how people learn things, and show students the most effective ways of practicing that get the most results. This is especially important for adult students that have limited time to practice and I can show you how to get great results from small amounts of time that you might think was not enough to do anything in.

Most teachers just have one way to teach their subjects, usually because they don't really know them thoroughly. There is not one way to present material to a student, it is about finding THEIR way that they get that "light bulb lighting up" experience - that is my method. I know the subject of music and the guitar thoroughly, so if you don't understand something the first way I explain it to you let me know and I will try it another way.

I understand the physical challenges of playing the instrument and specialize on identifying the solutions for problem areas students have that produce dramatic improvements, and many people who have been playing for years come to me for this.

My ears are such that I can learn most anything quickly from a recording, I've written, recorded and played almost every kind of music you can name all over the world, and there isn't much that would stump me, but I am always into hearing and learning new things as they show up in the music world, so I look forward to what ever it is that you might bring in.

I read and write both regular music notation and tablature well. I don't require people learn standard notation, but I do encourage it and have lots of insights on how to learn it on the guitar, an instrument that is classically difficult to sight read on because of how many locations there are to play the same note.

I specialize in teaching harmony and have done so in front of classes of 100 or more when I taught at Musician's Institute in Hollywood. Harmony is the key to improvisation regardless of the style of music you play, and there are lots of easy and fun things I do to make this subject fun and a VERY MUSICAL thing to learn.

The door to your left as you face the house is my studio, please knock on that when it's your lesson time. Since I work as a composer for music that goes into film, TV and advertising, I have a sound proof studio with keyboards, many guitars, and a computer with internet access to always make your lesson an interesting and productive experience.

*** Studio Equipment ***
About 23 guitars, mandolins, ukes, 12 strings, baritone guitars, electric basses, etc, maybe 6 amps, MOTU Digital Performer recording system, Kurzweil keyboard controller, and more.

*** Specialties ***
All kinds of Rock, Blues, Jazz, Latin, and solo acoustic guitar styes etc.
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Doug P.

Doug P.

Mission, KS 66202
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Dylan P.

Independence, MO

I studied classical guitar performance in college, this is a specialty of mine. Learn how to play pieces well with proper technique. Learn how to read music, and how to be expressive.

About Dylan

Hello!

I have been teaching guitar for several years. I have experience performing, recording and writing in various genres. From originals to covers, from classical to jazz to rock pop and blues.

I am also trained and experienced with developmentally disabled individuals and children with special needs.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students of any level are welcome in my studio. My goal is to help you learn to play your favorite songs while also improving your technical abilities. In lessons I introduce basic music theory concepts in relation to playing, so you will not only be able to pl
ay, but be able to make sense of what you’re playing. I work with each student individually based on skill level, prior knowledge (or lack thereof), and personal taste. You’re never too young or too old to start playing!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender Acoustisonic
Epiphone Les Paul
Alvarez Steel String
Alhambra Classical Guitar
Large library of sheet music and and instructional material
Mac Book Pro:
- Guitar Pro
- Finale
- Garage Band

*** Travel Equipment ***
Macbook Pro

*** Specialties ***
I write/perform pieces for percussive fingerstyle guitar. Basically I take an acoustic guitar and use extensive techniques such as tapping, drumming, and scratching on the strings to play a whole piece of music. There are some great players in this genre, and I love to teach it to interested students.
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Bruce July 28, 2015
Songwriting · In home
Dylan is passionate for his craft, immensely knowledgable, down to earth and personable. Whether instructing or inventing parts he has an intuitive sense of invention and originality and a genius ear for creativity, writing with him has been instructive and inspiring, and I'm a better person and artist for it.
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Blake S. August 9, 2014
Classical Guitar · In home
Best teacher I've had to date. Patient, articulate, prepared, and extremely knowledgeable. I progressed more in 6 months with Dylan than I had in the 4 previous years.
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Malaika H. July 31, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Excellent teacher who really knows his stuff!
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Dylan P.

Dylan P.

Independence, MO 64055
(3)
starting at
$30 / 45-min
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Raul R.

Blue Springs, MO

I've been teaching for 8 years and have been playing for 15 years. We can learn together out if a book or based on your own personal learning style and I can develop a lesson plan that is just for you. My philosophy is you tell me what you want to learn and you're gonna know it.

About Raul

I am a follower of all things music. I have been playing the guitar for 14 years now. I have been actively instructing professionally for 7+ years and wouldn't trade it for the world. I am well versed in many styles of music as I have been a session guitarist on many albums on Music Row in Nashville TN. I have a very keen interest in seeing you reach your goals.

¡Hablo espanol!
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Sam S. February 2, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
d0ont take lessons from h1m
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Sam S. February 2, 2015
d0nt take lssons from this guy hes a liar and a cheat
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Raul R.

Raul R.

Blue Springs, MO 64015
(2)
starting at
$130 / 45-min

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