Dana Umstead

Dana U.

Liberty, MO
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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 NWMSU.
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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:

It has been a dream of mine for a long time to be a full-time piano teacher. I have 25 years experience playing piano and 7 years teaching. I play many other instruments and have an overall passion for music!

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.


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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Sep 2007 - May 2012
Northwest Missouri State University

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


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


Limited Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


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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7 Reviews

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Ashley Sep 3, 2018
Piano · In home

Dana is a terrific instructor for our three boys and is concentrating on sight reading as well as working toward performances. We enjoy working with her a great deal and she's strong with both early and advanced learners.

Brooks D. Jul 17, 2018
Piano · In home

Great first lesson! She is patient and creative!

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

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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