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About Tim T.

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Blue Springs, MO

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About Tim
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!

*** Lesson Details ***
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.

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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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Kansas City, MO

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Thomas began playing the piano when he was three, had a private teacher at age seven, and studied in high school at Jordan College of Music, Butler University. When he began his music studies at Ball State University, he learned that he could also sing! He earned his Master’s degree at University of Bridgeport, and returned to Ball State for a Doctor of Arts in Voice. His postgraduate education continued winning a fellowship at Aspen Music Festival (Fiora Contino, Margaret Hillis and Charlene Archibeque), Clare College Cambridge (where his teachers included John Rutter, Sir David Willcocks and Stephen Cleobury), The Britten-Pears School (Hugues Cuenod) and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to Mozart’s Worlds in Vienna.

Thomas shared that studying at Clare College Cambridge, deciding to remain in London, and
teaching at the Hall Mead School gave him an opportunity to broaden his horizons. He developed a close relationship with British composer Dal Strutt, who composed several pieces for his voice and sang premieres of Strutt’s work at the Greenwich Festival, the British Music Information Center, All Saints Society, Essex, and other venues around London. The guitarist Martin Vishnick invited him to sing songs by the Renaissance English composers John Dowland and Thomas Campion on his recitals. Thomas performed as soloist with the Capella Singers, Ramsey Singers, and the Pink Singers, as their soloist in West Berlin for Hans Eisler’s “Die Mutter.”

Thomas sang the first performances of John Rutter’s “Shadows” for voice and guitar, with guitarist Ramona Hartmetz in Kansas City as well as Rutter’s “Mass for the Children” with the Philharmonia of Kansas City. He served as baritone soloist for Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, KC, and on tour in Salzburg, Paris, Florence, Westminster Abbey and the cathedrals of Christchurch, St. Mary’s, Southwell, Ely, St. Patrick’s, St. Davids, Birmingham, Wells, Bristol, Worcester, Exeter and Norwich.

After singing opera throughout his college years, his first ‘professional’ opera was “Die Fledermaus” at New Haven Opera. Lyric Opera Kansas City hired Thomas in 1981 for the chorus of “Fidelio” and the rest is history! One hundred plus shows, and counting!

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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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$40 / 30-min

About Karla N.

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Kansas City, MO
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About Karla
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.

Karla N.

Kansas City, MO 64155
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$27 / 30-min

About Angela T.

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Music has been a constant throughout my life. As a young child, I remember my mother singing or playing the piano. I knew, even as a youngster, that whatever was making her feel so happy and peaceful was something I wanted. I started lessons at age nine, and have been playing the piano or organ since then. I started teaching in 2000. Since then, it has become my passion. As my children have grown and married, being a grandmother has become another passion!

I count myself so very lucky to have this career that I am passionate about. My goal is to help others see if music can be a source of joy for them.
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Angela T.

Angela T.

Overland Park, KS 66212
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$42 / 30-min

About Kaia N.

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Kansas City, MO
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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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Brett H. October 8, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
I enjoyed my first voice lesson, I have a lot to learn and I'm willing to work at what Kaia tells me to work at in order to get better. Kaia is extremely professional and really concentrated on what I knew and what I didn't know.
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Ashley August 15, 2018
· Piano · In studio
She has been helpful, informative, and more than friendly. I know that the sky is the limit with her knowledge and my determination. Looking forward to many more lessons together.
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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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Kaia N.

Kaia N.

Kansas City, MO 64106
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About Mike H.

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Kansas City, MO
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You’ll develop a big, beautiful tone. You’ll have confidence when you play. You’ll be comfortable jamming with other musicians. You’ll learn difficult parts quickly and easily.
Mike, flute, sax & improv instructor:
 Professional musician
 Bachelor of music in flute performance
 Certified music teacher
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Mike H.

Mike H.

Kansas City, MO 64157
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$50 / 30-min

About Joel S.

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Kansas City, MO

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I have been playing drums for 20 years. I started playing professionally and teaching five years ago after receiving a B.A. in jazz studies from the University of Kansas.
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Joel S.

Joel S.

Kansas City, MO 64114
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$35 / 30-min

About Jason B.

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Kansas City, MO

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About Jason
I am a professional pianist and have been playing for 32 years. I graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance.

I believe that playing the piano should be a fun and enjoyable experience. I have experience in many styles of music including classical, music theatre, jazz, blues, rock n' roll, latin, and many other styles of music.

I have music directed and played shows mainly in Tennesee and Missouri but have performed in many other various states. I also spent time on the river on the American Queen Steamboat as co-music director and pianist.

I believe in a strong technique but also having the experience to play multiple styles of music. If you are an experienced player and am wanting to learn better sight reading skills or how to play from a piano conductor score, I have much experience in th
at. Or you might just want to be able to play popular songs with friends I can help with that as well.

Hope to be able to make great music together with you!
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Jason B.

Jason B.

Kansas City, MO 64156
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$34 / 30-min

About Andrew S.

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Kansas City, MO

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I am a professional Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Saxophone instrumentalist. I graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Management Information Systems with a Minor in Oboe Performance.

Students learning Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Saxophone can expect to improve week to week in their technique. Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to play Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Saxophone with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I teach Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Saxophone students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Saxophone for 20 plus years. I can teach students to read music and pursue classical excelle
nce and pop music, depending on the goals and preference of the student.

I have played professionally with Navy Band Mid-South of Memphis, Tennessee for four years and played with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Repertory Orchestra, Corinth Symphony Orchestra. I've played with the pit orchestras of Theatre Memphis, Playhouse on the Square, Germantown Community Theatre, DeSoto Family Theatre, University of Memphis Musical Theatre, Harrell Theatre and many more.

As a professional, I currently play Clarinet in the Kansas City Wind Symphony, play in the pit orchestras of Musical Theatre Heritage, Barn Players and Mid-Life Players .

I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Andrew S.

Andrew S.

Kansas City, MO 64156
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$42 / 30-min

About Killion L.

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Kansas City, MO
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Hi! My goal for students us to help them learn as much as possible, as efficiently as possible, with as much FUN as possible. If my initial way of teaching doesn't work for you, I'll work work work until I find a method your comfortable with.

I have a lot of experience in music education and performance. My specialties are Voice, Trumpet, Piano and French Horn. I love classical music, jazz, gospel, pop, classic rock, musical theater and just about everything in between. And I'll work with you on whatever you'd like!

All of my students to learn basic music theory as well as the instrument they are working on. This is a very important building block that will make all the difference.
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Andrew October 20, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Ms. Killion was my daughter’s piano teacher for a little around a year. My daughter is very shy and reserved around people that she doesn’t know. Ms. Killion was able to help her come out of her shell and gain confidence in playing the piano. She was very flexible with her schedule and took the time to give my daughter constructive feedback. We truly miss having Ms. Killion as our instructor!
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Grant October 16, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
I was Killion's manager for several years at her previous teaching location in St. Charles, MO. It left a devastating hole in my student count when she left, as she brought in more business than any of my other teachers! She is a fantastic educator who takes on a range of students in terms of age, ability, and instrumentation. Children respond especially well to her methods, but she is also able to garner significant results from adults. Her lessons are flexible, fitting the needs of various learning styles. What I appreciated most about her technique was her patience and her emotional investment in her students. When she left my program, her students brought her gifts and handmade cards that were a true testament to her level of compassion and the excitement she inspires! I would recommend her to anyone looking to develop their skills. Thank you Killion for all that you do!
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Killion L.

Killion L.

Kansas City, MO 64130
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$34 / 30-min

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