Kathleen Gibbs

Kathleen G.

Blue Springs, MO

Lesson Details

Classical Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Teaching for over 40 years, classic to blues and all in between. Tail your lessons to ability and desires within reason!
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Kathleen delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
April 1975

For the last 40 plus years, I have taught children as young as 3 and adults as old as ahh they won't tell me!

I have been participating in band and musical programs for over 30 years in the Kansas City Area. I am activity in a brass octet called the "Joyful Sound Brass Ensemble". We play at nursing home, churches, and other function in and around our area.

I began my musical training when I was 5. I started on a small 12 bass accordion and loved it. I moved up to the full size accordions when I was 6 years old and it was as big as I was! I wanted to learn more, so my mom took pity on me and pulled out her alto saxophone for me when I was 8. My love of music grew more with each instrument I learned. With the help of my band teachers in middle school and high school, I studied: Alto, tenor and bass saxophone, clarinet, flute,and piano before I left high school. My band instructor and his wife gave me a wonderful opportunity to play in the Stage band in high school along with a special band during the summer. Their guidance and encouragement lead me into a wonderful College where I studied music. In 1970, I graduated from Adams State College now (Adam's State University) in Alamosa Colorado in 1974 with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I try to make it enjoyable for everyone and hopefully they learn and acquire the needed skills quickly in the process. I believe it takes a lot of positive reinforcement and repetitive motions to learn anything physical. Each person is different as is the speed they learn at, it all depends on a positive attitude and there dedication to try to do their best. The trick to learning is making it fun and wanting to keep doing it.

At first I introduce each student to various types of music. This helps them to recognize a rhythm, or understand alternatives to a difficult fingering. This helps with at home practicing, never let them get bored and not challenged.. I will be adding new music all the time for them to try. If there is something specific you really want to learn, I will help you with it. I will do my best to make sure that the piece is at your learning level or below. My goal is for them to succeed and not get frustrated in the process. Remember we can always use it later if it isn't just right for you now. .

I think sight-reading is very important. It develops a personal ability to read music (it pushes you to learn rhythm and note identification quickly) and this in turns builds more confidence in what you are doing. Now if we add duets to it, this will be even make more interesting and enjoyable. Usually the first time it seems hard, but we will take it slow and before long it becomes something that the student will look forward to. Reading music is the key to learning and enjoying music. Once this is done the student has had time to hear and beginning to explore. This is when a new and creative part begins with improvisation and learning to make your own music.It is simply waiting for your exploration.

The student will progress as fast or slow as they want. It all depends on how comfortable they are after each lesson. I will either assign a new lesson or use the last with something new to help you gain a better understanding of what was being taught and something new to learn each week. Each week will be different, and never the same unless that is what you want!

The student is asked to buy a lesson book for their instrument. A 3 ring binder with plastic inserts is also an excellent addition. to add the supplemental material that always seems to get lost somewhere? This book becomes part of your repertoire, maybe it will become your most valued and loved memories of how far you have gone.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Please bring your own instrument for your lessons, unless it is a piano :) I have a studio piano to give lessons on. Music lesson book is available for purchase for students individual instrument. I will furnish stands for the lessons.

There is parking and parents are welcome and encouraged to come in and join in the lesson or just wait, listen and watch. Its up to you,

*** Travel Equipment ***
Bring your books and instrument and stand if outside the studio.

*** Specialties ***
I have worked with special need students, along with the gifted students. Every student has to be taught differently.
This is one thing I have had to learned to do with 40+ years of teaching and raising my own children and grandchildren.

I have played all genres of music at one time or another, but my favorite is playing in a old style swing Band. There is nothing sweeter than a good old dance band with swing and blues. I have far more training and exposure on the woodwind instruments because of my background, but will teach the others instruments gladly. Music is a gift that needs to be shared with generation to generation..

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Music Instructor
Sep 1990 - Present
United Teachers of Music and At My home studio

For the last 40 plus years, I have taught children as young as 3 and as adults as old as ah€ they won'€™t tell me! And have been participating in band and musical programs for over 50 years.


Bachelor of Arts in Music and Biology
Sep 1970 - May 1974
Adams State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency

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9 Reviews

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Dave R. Aug 22, 2017
Accordion · In studio

Great, had a great, got to meet with her family. I learn a lot.


Scott T. Dec 11, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

Learning alto sax

Jan G. Feb 24, 2016
Accordion · In home

Kathy is so very patient and positive. I always felt like my efforts were appreciated. I would take lessons from her always.

Ricole Dec 16, 2015
Clarinet · In studio

She was able to instruct a 10 year old so well that when she turned 11 and went to middle school she started in advanced band with the 8th graders. Her style of teaching is very centered on each child's needs and she knows when to add new music versus more difficult music to help the child move to the harder music pieces. I would definitely recommend her to anyone that asks.

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Heidi O. Oct 10, 2014
Guitar · In studio

Kathleen is very patient and encouraging. I am learning a lot because of her teaching and knowledge! I would definitely recommend her to anyone as a wonderful instructor.

Ashton P. Feb 12, 2014
Guitar ·

Kathleen is an Awesome teacher

Kathleen is a great teacher who pushes you towards excellence! She has in depth knowledge of the instruments she teaches and music in general. She is patient and an all around great teacher!

Joseph L. Nov 19, 2013
Flute ·

Kathy is a wonderful teacher

My son is 9 and has been taking lessons with Kathy for about 5 months. We started him on lessons right after the instrument "try it" day the summer prior to him starting band. He went into the try it day wanting to play drums and ended up changing his mind to play flute! He didn't know anything about the flute or how to read music when he started and she had him going in not time. My wife and I are both band nerds and highly recommend Kathy for any instrument instruction needs. She has always been wonderful at meeting our son's needs and adjusting her lessons as needed to meet the needs of my son.

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stacy K. Nov 18, 2013
Accordion ·

she is a good teacher good with kids has lot of talent and patients.

she is always there for you very friendly the kids really like to come back to her. she is very sweet of a lady and always there for you.

Samantha J. May 8, 2013
Clarinet ·

Kathy is a great instructor!

I took clarinet lessons with Kathy for about 3 years in middle school and high school. Kathy was very patient with me and knowledgeable about her craft. Most importantly, she knows how to gauge whether a student is understanding the material, and will adjust her instruction accordingly. Kathy's musical background is very diverse, covering not only the clarinet but many other instruments as well. I have also played accordion with Kathy, though not in an instructor/student setting. She is very dedicated to the music community and she played an integral role in my early years as a musician.

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