Darrell McCune

Darrell M.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Taking voice lessons online makes sense at this time. Take from an instructor with 47 years of experience teaching vocal music--privately, in the public schools, directing church choirs and barbershop choruses. I will work with you on your vocal technique (breathing, vowels, timbre, ear-training, etc.), sight-reading and applying those skills to repertoire that fits your preferred styles.

About Darrell M.

My goal is to personalize a music lesson that is designed around each student’s learning style, skill level, schedule and interests. My specialty is in teaching elementary age students, but I have taught all ages, including adults through the years.

My philosophy for teaching involves these elements:
1. Nurturing a life-long love for music.
2. Encouraging independence by developing strong self-evaluation skills and knowing the right tools to use in practicing.
3. Developing and coordinating the senses of hearing, seeing and touching as students learn to play an instrument or sing.
4. Learning strong sight-playing and sight-singing skills.
5. Developing ear learning strategies and skills.
6. Selecting repertoire that is challenging and motivating. I firmly believe that students should be exposed to many styles, but that they are best motivated when playing music they enjoy.
7. Maintaining a strong emphasis on music theory and history. Mastery of such elements as pitch, rhythm, fingerings, dynamics, timbre, tempo, form, texture, key and chord structure, tonality, and style are of the utmost importance. These elements are stressed as we analyze the repertoire that is being learned.

After teaching elementary music and band in the public schools of Franklin County, Kansas for 47 years, I retired in June, 2020. During those 47 years, I have also continuously taught private music lessons in my home studio. In addition, I am the Minister of Music at First United Methodist Church in Ottawa, KS. I am in charge of planning the music program, playing piano for services as well as directing two choirs. Since 1976, I have also been involved with barbershop choruses both as an associate director and director and have been a member of numerous quartets. Currently I am singing with Central Standard Chorus in Kansas City. Our chorus has placed 2nd and 3rd place in recent International chorus competitions and were invited to perform in Europe in the summer of 2018.

I graduated from Bethany College, Lindsborg, KS in 1973 with a degree in music education. My major performance area was piano with an emphasis in vocal music. In 1985, I completed my master’s degree in music education from The University of Kansas. My master’s thesis was Developing a Beginning Piano Method for Teaching in an Electronic Piano Laboratory.


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Chorus member
Oct 2015 - Present

Central Standard Chorus, Kansas City, MO

This is a not a paid position. I currently volunteer as a bass singer in this acapella/barbershop chorus. We have placed as high as second place in International competition and we were invited as the guest chorus in England and Sweden in 2018.

Minister of Music
Aug 1982 - Present

First United Methodist Church, Ottawa, KS

In charge of the music ministry at the church, including directing a children's choir, a men's choir, a mixed men's and women's choir. I have directed Christmas musicals for most of the years.

Instructor and owner
Aug 1973 - Present

Music Studio

Private music studio, teaching piano, voice, guitar and band instruments.

Elementary Music Teacher
Aug 2005 - Jun 2020

Unified School District 287, Pomona, KS

Elementary music teacher Pre-K through 5 (two years K-8) General music, vocal music, band

Elementary Music Teacher
Aug 1973 - Jul 2005

Unified School District 288, Richmond, KS

Taught elementary music K-6, general music, vocal music and band.

Associate Director
Jan 1996 - Dec 2001

Heart of America Chorus (Barbershop Chorus), Kansas City, MO

Associate director for this organization. Was also a member of the chorus from 1985-2015.

Jan 1983 - Dec 1985

Lawrence/Ottawa Barberhawks (Barbershop Chorus), Ottawa, KS

Directed a barbershop chorus after previously singing with the organization.


Masters of Music Education
Sep 1978 - Dec 1981

University of Kansas

Bachelor of Arts in Music
Aug 1969 - May 1973

Bethany College



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Music Teaching License K-12
May 1973

State of Kansas

Currently hold a valid teaching license in the State of Kansas for teaching music in Grades K-12


Barbershopper of the Year
Jan 1996

Heart of America Chorus (Barbershop Chorus)

Barbershopper of the Year
Jan 1983

Lawrence/Ottawa Barberhawks (Barbershop Chorus)


National Education Association
Aug 1985
The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.

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