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.
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 ...
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 ...
I am a Roster Artist at Lyric Opera of Kansas City with 92 productions to my credit. I have also sung with New Haven Opera. I am currently singing La Bohème for the sixth time and awaiting contracts for the 2014-2015 season.
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 ...
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Performance is a skill just like any other part of music study. By practicing performance students can better be able to handle things like performance anxiety and adjusting technique to successfully perform in a variety of venues.
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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