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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.

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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 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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Jo Ann September 20, 2017
· Singing · In home
He may be good if you want to sing opera. I just didn't connect with him and his 'Style' of teaching. I was looking for more current music and that was where a very large disconnect was.
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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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Thomas G.

Thomas G.

Kansas City, MO 64113
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About David E.

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About David
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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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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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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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David E.

David E.

Kansas City, MO 64133
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About Michelle M.

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Kansas City, MO
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Michelle is a conductor, director, singer, songwriter, pianist and (most of all!) a teaching artist. Having worked with college and high school students, beginning adults, young children and retirees, gifted and special needs students, raw beginners and experienced professionals, Michelle feels that her love of people helps her to connect with her students, which allows both to grow, no matter what the starting point! Her goal is to help all students attain attain their musical goals and fullest potential. Since 1989, Michelle has emphasized lasting student achievement through facilitating students' mastery of technique, musicianship, and artistry. Her students have gone on to be performing and recording musicians, teachers, and songwriters. With over 20 years of experience, Michelle knows how to get the best out of you! You will be in ex
cellent hands. Michelle is a member of NATS, MMEA, ACDA, and ASCAP and is a certified teacher.
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Michelle M.

Michelle M.

Kansas City, MO 64152
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$34.50 / 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 Megan R.

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Leawood, KS

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I am a professional teacher as well as cellist of 12 years and violinist of 6 years. I have a degree in Music Education with an Instrumental Emphasis. I student taught in Middle and Elementary Orchestra, have coached numerous small string ensembles, and I currently teach Elementary Music. I have experience with learners of a variety of styles and ages. Three words to describe my teaching style are: positive, patient, and firm.

Thank you for visiting my profile. Feel free to message me with any questions.
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· Violin · Online
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· Violin · Online
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· Violin · Online
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Megan R.

Megan R.

Leawood, KS 66211
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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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Sarah J. September 26, 2017
· Violin · In home
Rob's passion for music is evident in his teaching. He is very professional and an excellent violin instructor. I can tell he truly wants his students to succeed. He is very patient and teaches in a way that is fun and involved. Very highly recommended.
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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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Rob F.

Shawnee, KS 66216
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About Dana U.

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Kansas City, MO

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It has been a dream of mine for a long time to be a full-time piano teacher. I have been playing piano since the age of five. Teaching is in my genes, both of my parents teach special education. My father is a music nerd as well! He shared his joy of music with me and I want to pay it forward.

Some of my strengths include patience, humor and compassion for others. I want to figure out what makes you tick. What do you want to learn about piano? I am always looking for new and exciting ways to teach piano. Did you know they make color by note coloring books? At the end of the day if I can share even a fraction of my love for music with you and you are able to learn something, that is what gives me true joy.
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Geoff November 11, 2017
· Piano · In home
She's great!
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Matt July 2, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I've known Dana for 7 years. She's very passionate about playing piano and her other instruments. She loves teaching other students one-on-one. She has been teaching off and on for five years and been successful. She's taught me how to play and even read music.
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Janelle June 29, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Dana is a skilled pianist with a great personality. She is kind, patient, and creative. What makes her a good teacher, in addition to her extensive study of the piano, is her ability to make music fun!
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Dana U.

Kansas City, MO 64118
(5)
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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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Daniel Shineberg, KC Music Therapist September 26, 2017
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Peter’s knowledge of the guitar will serve any student, regardless of his/her age and ability. His empathetic and constructive teaching style provided me the inspiration I needed to improve, take risk, and have fun. Anyone would benefit from his pedagogy
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Peter G.

Independence, MO 64052
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About Jeff E.

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I've been in love with the five-string banjo since I first heard those hard driving soundsof "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" in the old Bonnie & Clyde movie. I knew I just had to "learn how to do that." It was my fervent passion to collect every Earl Scruggs record I could get my hands on, play it over and over, transcribe as much as I could hear, and spend days trying to soak up every note. This was before we had computer software to slow it all down, so you had to want it bad.
Here I am nearly 50 years later, and in that time I've given lessons to hundreds of people in the Kansas City area. Dobro, mandolin, lapsteel and even a little guitar are things I do besides the banjo, though with that as my main instrument.
I realize it's not everyone's goal to be a professional player- some want to just learn a few tunes for fun, othe
rs have the goal of equipping themselves with the tools needed to make music with others. Still others banjo as a second or third instrument to play in a band (or for fun, for that matter). Because of the many experiences and various situations I've encountered in my multi-year banjo journey, I feel I'm pretty well equipped to help you whatever your goals and expectations.
Kansas City is a great town and a lot of different sorts of music is played here. I've played in a jazz oriented band with bluegrass instruments, a 30's era Hawaiian ensemble (dobro and steel guitar), a movie style cowboy band (steel guitar), and a 20's era jugband (banjo & dobro). I always come back to the five-string banjo, though.
One of the things I've been enjoying lately is being a teacher of the Wernick method. This is a class that instructs people how do basic jamming (play along with others ) on their instruments. It's a great class and many get their first experience playing with others there.
Thanks and sincerely hope to hear from you!
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Jeff E.

Kansas City, MO 64123
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