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Music Lessons in Kansas City, MO

Kansas City has the been the origin city of some great musicians and performers, including many legendary jazz players such as Charlie Parker. One of the greatest song composers of the twentieth century, Burt Bacharach, was born and raised here, and this city has been produced several alternative bands and jazz vocalists.

If you think you have the right stuff to join these ranks, we recommend taking Kansas City music lessons. And TakeLessons is the place to find and contact great teachers in your area in order to learn your craft.

Great musicianship isn't just innate; it is honed after hundreds of hours of practice. We take great pride in the teachers who work for us, who each complete a rigorous interview process, as well as a background check. Even then, only 8% are hired!

The process is easy, and your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed. Simply search for Kansas City music lessons here or call 1-877-231-8505 to speak with a student counselor who will help connect you with the right tutor. Lesson subjects are diverse, including basic musical theory, song composition, performance, vocal technique, and a wide range of musical instruments. Our most popular lessons are guitar, bass, drums, and piano, but we also offer lessons for trumpet, saxophone, flute and violin.

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My wife and I have been teaching piano lessons in the Kansas City area for more than 20 years. We have studios in our home; she teaches upstairs and I teach downstairs! I am currently accepting new students and welcome the opportunity to see them grow and experience the joy of piano playing.

My full-time job is serving as the minister of music at a local suburban church. I work with all of the vocal and instrumental programs there and direct choirs and orchestra. While some of my piano students are also involved in church music, I also teach students in the entire Kansas City area and we cover every genre: classical, country, pop, rock and Broadway styles. I encourage each pianist to discover his or her own passion for playing!

I have more than 30 years of experience teaching private piano students and look forward to many, ma
ny more. Let me help you learn to play the piano with excellence and have a lot of fun in the process!

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Students can expect to have a teaching environment that is professional and conducive to learning. My lessons include instruction in theory, technique and exposure to a variety of musical styles. Beginners will learn to play songs within 3 months time and gradually expand their repertoires to include more difficult piano pieces!

Beginning students are taught fundamental skills that apply to all piano players such as scales and arpeggios. Hanon exercises are used and chromatic scales are learned as well. I use Alfred teaching materials but not exclusively.

I encourage students to find their own favorites to play and lessons are tailored to meet the goals of the student. If your desire is to become a classical pianist, we concentrate on works of the masters. If you are wanting to improvise with a jazz band, we work toward ear training with the jazz greats! If you would like to play in a church worship service, we will focus our attention on service playing and playing worship songs by ear, too.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Den: upright, couch and recliner, parents can sit in on lesson

*** Specialties ***
Classical and church music
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Dan September 11, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Tim is friendly, outgoing, professional, and very respective of the limited time. Also flexible and a quick judge of capability. Just what I was looking for!
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Linda August 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Time is very intuitive and knowledgeable. He has made my lessons challenging yet attainable.
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Cinda S. November 21, 2016
· Piano · In home
This guy is awesome! Highly motivating, and gets kids excited to do their best. Best of all, he's teaching my daughter to play by ear.
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Tim T.

Blue Springs, MO 64015
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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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Austin C. April 28, 2018
· Piano · In studio
David has a niche for teaching. You’ll learn what you need to know.
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Mark February 6, 2018
· Piano · In studio
First lesson, first impression, he’s a very good listener and can quickly evaluate the student and give meaningful direction. He could be exceptional...need more time to work with him to say.
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Diana September 27, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I took piano lessons 50+ years ago and David's approach is so much different. His focus is on getting the full richness of sound from the instrument not just playing the notes.
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David E.

Kansas City, MO 64133
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About Peter M.

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Olathe, KS
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*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in Studio inOlathe, amps, guitars, music stands, chairs, parents can sit in during lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide all class materials, student should provide his/her amp, guitar and brain.

*** Specialties ***
All styles of music taught, lessons follow students desires to learn.
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Don B. February 14, 2018
· Piano · In home
Pete is so easy to work with. No judgement and is totally educated in music.
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Peter M.

Peter M.

Olathe, KS 66061
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About Victor P.

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Kansas City, MO
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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 players never receive. Beginners to Professional, le
ssons to coaching to masterclasses, I cater to all skill levels, genres, and musical goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are given in my studio. Lessons are tailored to your interests and musical goals, and can change and evolve as your own musical expertise improves. Call today to start your musical journey.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fully equipped recording and teaching studio
Logic Pro X, Digital Performer, Ableton Live, Reason, and any other DAW you'd like to learn.
24-track recording capability, treated mixing environment.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar, bass, viola da gamba and other Early Music instruction (Medieval through 18th-century), specialties in Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country, and other popular genres. Lessons also available in piano, banjo, mandolin, recorder.
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susan H. February 11, 2015
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Victor is great,at piano and guitar!
Thank you Victor :-)
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susan H. February 11, 2015
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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
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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
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Victor P.

Victor P.

Kansas City, MO 64114
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About Michael C.

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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 Alastair W.

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Kansas City, MO

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About Alastair
"Wright’s playing was tremendously technical and high-flying. So high-flying in fact, that when he reached for some of his highest altissimo notes my eyebrows shot up in sympathetic awe." - KC Metropolis Review, 5/29/18.

I've been teaching saxophone and clarinet privately for 10 years. I currently serve on faculty at the University of Central Missouri as Instructor of Saxophone, and teach saxophone and clarinet at the Kansas City School of Music. I am a Conn-Selmer endorsing artist. 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.

I love working with students of all ages, whether you have goals of making all-state, enterin
g into college music programs, or are simply learning for fun! Past high school students have had successes at district and state-level competitions, and have secured places in several college music programs.
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Samantha June 16, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Alastair has been a very patient and supportive teacher and has helped my daughter grow her interest in playing the saxophone.
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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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Alastair W.

Kansas City, MO 64114
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About Kaia N.

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Hi! My name is Kaia, I'm passionate about teaching students in the way that makes the most sense to them, & inspiring others to reach their potential. I am a singer-songwriter from Denver with a diverse background and years of teaching experience. I studied classical voice at CU Boulder 2008-2010, and songwriting & commercial music business at CU Denver 2010-2013. Teaching full-time since 2013, I LOVE helping students find their best natural sound and how to use their instrument. My strength is teaching fundamental basics in a way anyone can understand, using a variety of ways of thinking and learning. I encourage students to play & sing when they are interested and try composing their own songs. I've played classical piano 23 years, guitar 16 years, and taken voice lessons for 15 years (plus a degree). I also LOVE arranging & composing
and translating this to Ableton and electronic music! Let me know how I can help you!
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Katie June 19, 2018
· Ableton · In home
First lesson with Kaia
Kaia is very welcoming and kind and very knowledgeable
Looking forward to more lessons
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Gracie S. May 22, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My niece wanted to take voice lessons and piano lessons. I found Kaia through Takelessons. She is wonderful!!!! my niece always looks forward to her lessons. Kaia takes the time to explain everything. Kaia does such a great job I have signed my husband up to take guitar lessons with her. I highly recommend her!!!!!!!
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Ernie April 13, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Kaia helped me so much more than just the guitar. Helped with music theory as well as some vocals. I intend to take more lessons with her after I complete my spring and summer travels. She helped me understand the entire fret board and I am so appreciative of all she helped me with. I would recommend her to beginners and veteran players and singers. She's great.
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Kaia N.

Kansas City, MO 64106
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About Benjamin T.

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Heyo! My name is Ben T. I've had 11 years of formal guitar education, and I've used this formal education to teach myself the ukulele. I've become very proficient with this instrument and I feel comfortable teaching students finger-style techniques as well as strumming patterns.

Students can expect to improve week to week on their ukulele playing skills. These might include: recognizing and playing chords, reading tablature, playing using the finger-style technique, and strumming technique.

I can help any student learn ukulele and unlock their inner musician!
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Kim April 9, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
Yo! This man is amazing. I am so in love with the ukulele and him. I can't wait for another lesson.
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Benjamin T.

Benjamin T.

Mission, KS 66202
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$15 / 30-min

About Jacob S.

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I am a Percussionist of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. I have studied under Ray DeMarchi (BVNW), Jenny Wagner (FCBB), Derek Frank ((Pro)ject C4) and currently Dr. Nick Petrella (Head of Sabian Music Education and Adjunct Professor of UMKC.) This is currently my 5th year playing with the Fountain City Youth Brass Academy.
My studio is a learning place for the beginning percussionist to enhance their skills in drum set, concert and rudimental (marching) snare drum, 2 mallet and 4 mallet marimba playing, and world percussion (hopefully timpani and more soon!)
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Jacob S.

Jacob S.

Overland Park, KS 66204
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$35 / 30-min

About Laurel G.

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I'm a young violin instructor who is passionate about teaching music to students of all ages. I graduated from Park University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Violin Performance, and I am currently working on my master's degree. I enjoy performing, and I often perform throughout the Kansas City area, as well as various opportunities around the world. I also travel to various international violin competitions; in January of 2018, I was awarded fourth prize at the Singapore International Violin Competition.
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Laurel G.

Laurel G.

Kansas City, MO 64152
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