Dana Umstead
Kansas City, MO
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Dana Umstead

Dana U.

Kansas City, MO
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I started playing clarinet in 1998 and continued through college. I took private lessons under Dr. Gibson at Northwest Missouri State University.

About Dana U.

Welcome to my page! I believe strongly that each student, young or old, deserves respect and diligence on my part. Of course, no lesson would be complete without some corny humor and an understanding that each student is unique in their own way. My specialty is in making music accessible to everyone. Whether it's in person or online, I would love to meetcha and teacha :D


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10 Reviews
Komi Z.
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It was so much fun!

Posted Apr 6, 2021
Anaya Z.
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Very patient and very nice to my daughter. She is really good with Kids. My daughter really likes her.

Posted Mar 23, 2021
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My son is really enjoying his piano lessons. He is learning so much. She is also great about giving him “homework” to work on and practice between lessons. She is very patient with him and is a great teacher. I can’t believe how much he has learned already.

Posted Dec 4, 2020
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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.

Posted Sep 3, 2018
Brooks D.
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Great first lesson! She is patient and creative!

Posted Jul 17, 2018
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She's great!

Posted Nov 11, 2017
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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.

Posted Jul 2, 2017
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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!

Posted Jun 29, 2017
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

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

Posted Jun 17, 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.

Posted Jun 9, 2017

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Private Lessons Teacher
May 2020 - Present

REW Music

I teach piano, clarinet, and bassoon :)

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.

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.

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



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Teaching Certificate
Jan 2014

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

I have been certified to teach instrumental music k-12 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.


National Guild of Piano Teachers/American College of Musicians, The
Jan 2017
Our primary function is to establish definite goals and awards--in noncompetitive auditions--for students of all levels, from the earliest beginner to the gifted prodigy.
Music Teachers National Association
Jan 2017
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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