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About Thomas G.

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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 s
uch 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 Bohème, 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!

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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.)
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Jocelyn B. April 5, 2017
· Singing · In home
Right off the bat I could tell that my daughter will flourish with Dr. G. He is very encouraging while simultaneously effective at improving a weak nuance of her current skill set without making it feel like a negative critique. She is very excited to see what he can help her accomplish.
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Meta Evans July 21, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Awesome teacher! The good Dr. knows his stuff and has the credentials to prove it. If you want to improve your voice give him a try. You won't be disappointed.
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John D. May 3, 2013
· Singing ·
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I never thought anyone and I mean anyone could get me past the fear of singing. I have over three decades of acting, including a prestigous acting school, but never developed confidence in singing. Thomas taught me. He helped me develop my new voice. Wow! Thank you sir!
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Thomas G.

Kansas City, MO 64113
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About David E.

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Kansas City, MO
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*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 guitarists from such diverse backgrounds as Eric Johnson,
Robben Ford, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny, Martin Taylor, and James Taylor, to name a few. Today David plays and teaches a variety of different styles, ranging from rock and blues to classical and jazz.

Piano

David started to play the piano after years of playing the guitar. Although a second instrument, it in many ways it was the first as everything David has aspired to on the guitar is pianistic, and he draws much of his inspiration on the instrument from piano players. Correspondingly, it wasn't long before David picked up the piano itself, studying privately first with Tatev Amir and later with Karen, Kushner, Professor of Piano Studies at UMKC. David applies many of the same principles to the piano that he does the guitar including stressing a comprehensive knowledge of music theory, self transcription, ear training and classical technique as well as the more traditional facets of piano pedagogy such as sight reading and rhythm work. Students learn music theory as applied to the keyboard, sight-reading, improvisation and the application of classical technique to modern styles.

As a pianist David is motivated primarily by his passion for music. Growing up he was influenced by classical, jazz, and film scores. Since picking up the piano he has been inspired by pianists from such diverse backgrounds as Art Tatum, Nicolai Lugansky, Oscar Peterson, and Bill Evans among others. Today David plays and teaches a variety of different styles, ranging from rock and blues to classical and jazz.

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I have extensive experience with all ages and skill levels. I use a curriculum specifically geared towards the guitar, as opposed to more traditional (and inferior) methods that emphasize note reading and piano pedagogy, my method will teach you music theory as it relates to the neck of the guitar and the music that the student are interested in. I am a fairly laid back teacher; we will go at your pace, but I do expect you to work hard.

With piano I use classical literature to develop technique but emphasize the development of a comprehensive understanding of music theory as applied to the keyboard. This includes but is not limited to studies in pop, rock, jazz and other style of contemporary piano.

*** Studio Equipment ***
#1) Dedicated music room seating for parents

#2) Practice/rehearsal room seating for parents

#3) Amplification provided and music stand.

#4) Keyboard/Piano for student use

#5) Broadband network, dual camera, file sharing and the latest technology utilized for online lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a music stand, my instrument, curriculum materials, music paper materials and amplification (if needed). I expect the student to have their own instrument and potentially amplification. I provide a piano for instruction but I expect my students to have a piano or keyboard for practice at home.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical and jazz guitar, however I am fluent in most styles, including rock, blues, fingerstyle, and miscellaneous. I teach from Jay EuDaly's "Vertical Truth: Chordal Mechanisms for the Guitar" but I also supplement this with a variety of other curriculum.

In piano I specialize in classical piano as well as jazz and pop.
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Luann S. March 24, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
David is an exceptional teacher and musician with a unique ability to teach a student the way they learn to get the most from each lesson. There is a no one size fits all how to learn and he has the capability to pick up on an individuals leaning style which best fits them to get the most from each lesson.
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Sharon D. September 21, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
I learned some interesting techniques that I had never heard of. I look forward to my next lesson
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Arthur Nugent June 29, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Very impressed with David's piano teaching ability. Arthur has been inspired! I really like the way David 'paints a picture' in his descriptions of how to improve a player's performance. For example, "Your hands should be like dancers who know their routines, and are independent of one another". Plus he backs this up with practice and repetition until it sinks in. Essentially, what's so great about David is that the finer details of being an outstanding pianist are fully addressed in a positive way, and I feel confident that Arthur will emerge from his chrysalis as a more fluent, happy, and improved performer. Arthur has learned so much in so few lessons. Thank you!
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David E.

David E.

Kansas City, MO 64133
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About Karla N.

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Karla is a self-motivated and proactive music educator with a solid experience in music performance and hands-on experience in developing and implementing music programs. Guiding, developing, and challenging students to achieve their highest levels has been a successful and passionate experience for her. Karla obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2004 from, with an emphasis on Viola from UMKC. She was a Viola performer with the Conservatory Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra, Bach Cantatas, and a string quartet. Her viola teachers have been Dr. Steven Kruse, concert virtuosos Paul Coletti and Scott Lee, and composer Robert Hagenbuch. At the Conservatory she pursued the violin and took lessons from Paul Hatton of the Kansas City Symphony.

Karla also received her Music Educators license in Instrumental Music from William Jewell Co
llege in 2005. Instrumental Conducting, Secondary Music Methods, Instrumental Techniques, and Educational Psychology were some of the courses that prepared her to become a more knowledgeable teacher. After completing her student teaching at the Liberty Public School District, she pursued her field experience and prepared for her career as an educator at numerous schools ranging from grades 4 - 12 and college students. Currently, Karla plays 4th chair viola with the Kansas City Civic Orchestra and in the past has subbed for the St. Joseph Symphony. She is also the Viola player with Crescendo Trio. They perform 30-35 weddings and corporate events every year. Karla keeps an in-home and downtown studio offering music lessons for children and adults of all ages from beginners to advanced students.

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The methods I use for teaching primarily depends on the students' style of learning and the level that they are at musically. For beginning students I use a lot of visual and aural techniques and for more advanced students I build on what they already know and challenge them to go further. I am also familiar with the Suzuki method and pop music styles.

*** Studio Equipment ***
- Home studio with keyboard, 1 violin, 1 viola, music stand, music cabinet, seating for parents, wi-fi
- Downtown studio with 1 viola, music stand, seating for parents, and wi-fi

*** Specialties ***
I use the Essential Elements book for beginners so they can learn to read music. I use Suzuki Books for my student's solos. I also use Wolfhart Books to teach technique and Essentials For Strings Scale Book.
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Paloma October 7, 2016
· Viola · In studio
The best violin and viola teacher that I have ever had. She is flexible and encouraging and is great.
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Karla N.

Kansas City, MO 64108
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About Brad A.

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Professional musician with 20 years of performing experience, including 7 years in the U.S. Army Band. Have performed with many different types of bands, including jazz, rock, blues, alternative, country, and steel drum. Recorded 5 CD's. Achieved 1st. chair percussionist for 2 state honor bands, winning the position over 70 other students who auditioned. Helped several students to achieve 1st chair in their state honor bands as well. Have several former students who are now playing professionally. Helped several adult students, who had never played an instrument before, learn to play well enough to play in local bands, achieving their lifelong dreams. Over 10 years of experience teaching guitar and drums to students ranging from small children to adults. Hobbies and interests include songwriting, singing, home recording, bicycling, runnin
g, weight lifting, history, traveling, movies and web design. Fun teacher who loves to help others learn to play an instrument.  

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Instructor teaches both drums and guitar, depending on the student. This is unique because if you're studying drums, the teacher plays along on guitar. If you're studying guitar,the teacher can play along on the drums. In this way you learn to play in a band rather than just learning to play an instrument. Most importantly, it's fun!The focus for new students is to quickly teach them to perform in a band. For beginning guitarists, this means learning power chords, simple songs, and 2 scales, eventually progressing to more advanced songs and techniques. Most beginning drum students start by learning basic rock beats, and songs, eventually progressing to advanced fills, techniques and styles. Lessons are geared to the individual student's interests and abilities as well. For instance, percussion students sometimes focus on marching percussion techniques, jazz band skills, etc.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ludwig s/l series drums, and Zildjian cymbals. Fender stratocaster electric guitar, Carvin all tube amp and Peavy trans-tube amp. Seagull acoustic guitar, handmade in Canada.  

*** Travel Equipment ***
Instructor provides drum-sticks, mallets, a practice pad, and/or guitar and amp if applicable. If student is taking drum/percussion lessons, they need to have their own snare drum and /or drum-set and sticks. For guitar lessons, they need to have their own guitar and picks.

*** Specialties ***
Many years of experience in jazz and rock drumming. Many years of experience in marching percussion. Additional skills in country, blues and Latin drumming.

I also play and teach rock and folk guitar.

Ed Feltman
"Brad worked as a drum teacher for my son from the ages from 11-16. Brad encouraged by son day by day at each lesson, the encouragement resulted in the constant addition of new skills and great competence, Brad encouraged him to play in many different styles and situations and provided opportunities that allowed him to stretch himself out of his comfort zone in many situations. In outside situations my son was not required to "try out" due to his well-known skills."

"I would recommend Brad's teaching expertise to anyone interested in learning drums or continuing to expand their skills."

Kim Wheeler
"Brad started teaching our 11 year old son the guitar about 2 years ago. He offers reasonable rates and flexible scheduling. Our son was enthusiastic about music but discouraged after taking piano lessons and feeling like it was a chore. Within 3 months of taking guitar lessons with Brad, he had learned the power cords and could play over 5 songs by ear. Brad s method of teaching emphasizes learning the basics and immediately applying it to playing music a young student recognizes and can grasp. He understood that just learning notes in a book would not keep a young man s attention long, and instead emphasized learning cords by sound and developing good fingering and hand/eye coordination on the instrument. Brad emphasizes positive encouragement while adding layers that pushes our son s learning a little bit further with each lesson. After 2 years, our son can play a portfolio of songs including the solos, he s performed in school talent shows and he s learning to read music on the page just in time for school band. We couldn t be happier with our son s progress thanks to Brad s measurable teaching abilities."
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John J. March 3, 2017
· Drum · In home
Brad does very well with my 8 year old who hashould a very short attention span. He I'd more than accommodating coming to our place for his first lesson and showing him how to put his drum set together.
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Sean December 3, 2016
· Drum · In studio
My daughter has taken four lessons so far and Brad has her playing very well already. He will even play along on the guitar which gives her the feeling of playing in a band. She is having a good time and looks forward to more lessons.
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Duane S. December 5, 2013
· Drum ·
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Brad is currently working with me as a drum instructor. I had been working with another instructor for about 2 yrs when I realized it was time for change. Brad was a perfect fit when we met. Brad works with me once a week for anywhere from 1/2 to 1 hr depending on my needs. He has been so encouraging and supportive of everything I want to learn as well as what he feels I need to learn. My skills are improving everyday with the techniques he uses which fit me very well. I am very blessed to have him as my new drum instructor. He is very good at adapting to where you are and moving forward from there. I would recommend Brad to anyone who is ready to learn the drums no matter at what level you are currently playing.
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Brad A.

Brad A.

Peculiar, MO 64078
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About Michael C.

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Kansas City, MO

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I have experience working with students from beginning students picking up the horn for the first time to college freshman. I have studied with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Lyric Opera, and Kansas City Symphony. I have a Bachelor of Music from the University of Central Missouri and a Master of Music from DePaul University.
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Michael C.

Michael C.

Kansas City, MO 64118
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About Charlie A.

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Kansas City, MO

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Hello!

I am looking forward to advancing your knowledge and understanding of music and how it applies to what you are hoping to achieve in your studies, be it for work or pleasure. I have been playing since I was a young teen and later studied classical and jazz guitar at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, where I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Music.
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Charlie A.

Charlie A.

Kansas City, MO 64109
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$20 / 30-min

About Alastair W.

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Kansas City, KS

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I serve on faculty at the University of Central Missouri as Instructor of Saxophone. I am a Conn-Selmer endorsing artist. I have been teaching all ages and levels of saxophone for 8 years. I hold music performance degrees from the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music (Bachelors), UK, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Masters). I am currently completing my Doctorate in Music Performance at the University of Missouri Kansas City.
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Charles July 27, 2017
· Saxophone · Online
Very much looking forward to the next lesson. He's perfect for the adult learner.
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Matthew K. May 14, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
Overall, Alastair does a great job teaching. Stay tuned.....
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Matthew May 14, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
Alastair has a wealth of experience and knowledge about the saxophone. He's very patient and understanding and only wants you to get better. I hope to be learning under him as well as working with him for years to come.
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Alastair W.

Alastair W.

Kansas City, KS 66102
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About Rob F.

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Shawnee, KS

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My name is Rob Foster. I teach violin and viola lessons in the KC area. My parents started me on the Suzuki Method at 3 years old. I have played and taught lots of Classical music but I am also passionate about other kinds of music as well. Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country, Funk and Improvisation. I have played in many bands playing all of those genres. We can go any direction you want. I usually use the Suzuki books for sight reading and classical practice/technique, and also do ear training exercises. Come check out my website for more information. Thanks. www.robmusicianfoster.com
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Lindsey Eusterwiemann May 14, 2017
· Violin · In home
Rob is a great violin teacher. He is very competent and knows how to break the steps down to help our 6-year old learn this complex instrument. We are excited to see her learn and grow!
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Lindsey April 29, 2017
· Violin · In home
Rob is a great teacher. Highly recommended.
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Paul L. March 20, 2017
· Violin · In home
Mr. Foster is thorough. He understands the difficulties beginning students face and he has a nice way of helping you to work through them.
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Rob F.

Rob F.

Shawnee, KS 66216
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About Tanner L.

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Going into his 4th year of receiving a bachelors in music education from the renowned University of Kansas Tanner has completed all knowledge acquisition and pedagogy courses. Tanner is in his 3rd year as the director of percussion at Basehor-Linwood High School, formerly holding the same position at Free State High School for two years.

Tanner's performance experience is heavily influenced by his love for chamber music. Having performed on the Bernstein Festival and prestigious College Band Directors National Association concerts at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts with the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble Tanner believes large ensemble experience to be important. He is a member of the University of Kansas Percussion Group which regularly performs unconducted chamber works, Tanner's favorite kind of music. Having been no
minated and accepted to perform on the University of Kansas' Undergraduate Honors Recital his second year in school Tanner looks forward to graduate school auditions and other competitions.

Tanner has participated in master classes with world-class performers such as Svet Stoyanov (Frost School), Michael Compitello (New Morse Code), Cliff Walker (Gateway WGI), and Kevin Bobo (Jacobs School).

Having had students in the KC Youth Symphony, earn perfect scores at state solo competitions, consistently advancing to the state solo and ensemble competitions and earning "superior" ratings, earning first chair in their schools band, earning the first chair at international music camps, participating in the Fountain City Youth Brass Academy, making regional and state bands, and having fun on the journey to greatness all speak to his breadth of knowledge and grasp of pedagogical techniques.

Tanner's principal teachers have been: Kenneth Anderson (2008-2013) a freelance musician with a masters from the University of Kansas, W. Lee Vinson (2013-2015) former Navy Band a Boston Symphony percussionist, Ji Hye Jung (2014-2015) former professor at KU now at the Vanderbilt School, Dr. Michael Compitello (2015-present) University of Kansas.
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Erica July 31, 2017
· Percussion · In studio
Tanner is a phenomenal musician, and a fantastic teacher. He works well with students at any stage of learning to boost playing confidence and overall musicianship. When I struggle with a specific skill, Tanner helps to break it down and then build up to it's best. I definitely recommend him as a percussion instructor and mentor.
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Curtis July 29, 2017
· Percussion · In studio
Great musician! Very effective at improving students skills/technique immediately.
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Tanner L.

Lawrence, KS 66045
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About Peter G.

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I will provide a foundation for years to come as your journey to learn classical Spanish guitar begins! I have played classical guitar (Spanish guitar) for 14 years. My teachers have included the great Douglas Niedt, Joseph Armetta, John Svoboda and briefly Beau Bledsoe. I attended the UMKC Conservatory of Music for three years as a Performance Major. And I have a thorough understanding of the fundamentals to correct classical guitar technique. Classical Guitar is a beautiful instrument and is also a great way to learn electric, acoustic guitar and bass guitar as your fingers will have the dexterity, speed and agility needed to learn any type of pluckable instrument. I am kind and patient with my students. And follow their song interests as well as implementing fun exercises to broaden their ability. No question is a "stupid" question wit
h me and I take all student questions and insights with a humility to the wonders of the guitar. Take this exciting journey you've always wanted to take and learn to play the guitar beautifully! I am confident in you!
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Peter G.

Independence, MO 64052
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