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Daniel D. Kansas City, KS

I have plenty of experience with music theory and music composition. I use examples from popular songs and apply that to the students own songs and ideas. For guitar, I use practical guitar theory to help get intermediate and advanced students to the next level.

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.
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 ...

Barbara H. Kansas City, KS

Theory is a part of all lessons, but especially in piano lessons. I include theory as needed in vocal lessons.

About Barbara

I love music and I enjoy helping my students to share the fun and enjoyment of making music. I am a very patient teacher and have a good sense of humor. My experience includes over 25 years of teaching private singing and piano lessons as well as school music and choral directing of students of all ages I have Bachelor and Master degrees in Vocal Performance with minor in piano. I especially enjoy teaching Broadway singing, but also teach country, classical and pop. In piano I teach all types. I have several former students that are pursuing musical careers in performance and teaching. *** Lesson Details *** Lessons are tailored to individual students needs. Fundamentals are emphasized and I always enjoy finding out what each student wants to learn and help him/her to do that. ...

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Catherine E. April 25, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Patience of Job

Barbara is a kid-whisperer. She is excellent at figuring out how best to motivate each individual student and is extremely patient. I highly recommend her as a teacher!
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Kim A. February 12, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Great lesson

It's only been one lesson, but it is quite clear that Barbara knows her stuff. She has an air of comfort and confidence in her teaching that can only be achieved with years of experience. Barbara makes you instantly feel at home and makes an effort to get to know you before jumping into instruction. I'm looking forward to my next lesson with this great teacher!
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Robyn B. December 2, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Very Enjoyable

Barbara H. has a teaching technique that will build your natural voice and talent. I look forward to our lessons and always leave her studio with new knowledge and a smile.
Thomas G. Kansas City, MO

I can help you with your knowledge of music theory and composition.

About Thomas

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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John D. May 3, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Beyond Compare

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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Julianna D. February 11, 2013
Opera Voice
Tom is a most excellent vocal instructor

Tom is a wonderful teacher. He is always cheerful and encouraging and positive. He searches for the best selections to match my voice. He helps me work toward the best I can be and doesn't let me "settle" for anything less. Best of all, he is so fun to be with.
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Rickie J. February 8, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Piano Lessons

I started taking piano lessons from Dr Garrison in August 0f 2012. He has taught me about music notes and all their meanings. I started as a beginner with no musical knowledge or background. I am 56 and with Dr Garrison teaching method, knowledge and education he's given me the understanding I need to continue to learn from his instructions. Any questionsed that I have he has an answer for and each problem I have he solves each and everytime. I started my first lesson with an old keyboard I brought at a yard sale, but never used it. Since I have been under the instructions of Dr Garrison I have brought a Baldwin piano without any hesitation. I truly know with his teaching method/instructions that I will continue to learn something new at each lesson.
Michael R. Kansas City, KS

Music theory is absolutely necessary to understand no matter what instrument you're playing. If you understand how music works as a whole, you'll be able to pick up any instrument and master it quicker. People can be kind of intimidated by music theory (I know I was at first), but it's a lot easier than most realize!

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!
Heather N. Overland Park, KS

Music theory will be a part of any music study with me, but a focused look at music theory to prepare for collegiate music study or improvisation can be helpful. I can get you started on the road to musical literacy.

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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