Dana Umstead

Dana U.

Kansas City, MO
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Lesson Details

Clarinet

Levels Taught:
Beginner
I started playing clarinet in 1998 and continued through college. I took private lessons under Dr. Christopher Gibson at Northwest Missouri State University. I have a Bachelor of Education in Instrumental Music from that university as well.
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About

Dana passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Dana delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2011

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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Experience

Student Teacher
Aug 2013 - Nov 2013
Fulton 58

I student taught in Fulton, Missouri. I directed the middle school and high school bands. I organized music and instruments for the department. I helped with the marching band. I helped teach a beginning guitar class. It was a wonderful town and a wonderful experience.

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Long Term Substitute
Jan 2012 - Jun 2012
Kelly Educational Staffing

I was hired as a temporary substitute paraprofessional in January of 2012. After two weeks my supervisor was so happy with my work that she hired me for the rest of the school year. I worked with special needs children in kindergarten through fifth grade. It was a very rewarding job.

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Accompanist
Sep 2007 - May 2012
Northwest Missouri State University

I accompanied many instrumental and vocal students throughout my college education.

Education

Instrumental Music Education - Piano
Sep 2007 - Dec 2013
Northwest Missouri State University

Languages

French
Limited Proficiency
German
Professional Proficiency
Japanese
Limited Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Teaching Certificate
Jan 2014
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

I have been certified to teach instrumental music from kindergarten to twelfth grade in the state of Missouri.

Substitute Certificate
Jan 2012
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

I worked as a substitute teacher in my hometown of Columbia, MO and in North Kansas City, MO.

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5 Reviews

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Geoff Nov 11, 2017
Piano · In home

She's great!

Matt Jul 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 Jun 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!

TASHA Jun 17, 2017
Piano · In studio

My son has autism and he was happy that he she works well with him and she makes him happy

Kathy Jun 9, 2017
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Dana is a wonderful piano player who has been studying the piano since she was a young child. In addition she is a very patient and talented teacher.

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