Mikala Petillo
Kansas City, MO
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Mikala Petillo

Mikala P.

Kansas City, MO
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Are you interested in learning how to write a song? Do you play an instrument or sing and want to take that next step of songwriting seriously?

I've been writing songs for as long as I've been around music, and whether they were good or bad, I never stopped writing. Songwriting for me is as therapeutic as journaling, and over the last 10 years I've taught myself how to craft a song out of my own life experience. So far I've released 2 full-length albums that I've written myself; about my life. (Side-note: you don't have to be a musician to write a song, but it is helpful to know an instrument.)

In our lessons we will start where you are at, whether you're a beginner to writing or have had plenty of experience, I can help you find your voice and write that song you've always dreamt of. In our lesson plan we can also eventually record your song so you can have a professional recording of your own music (whether I play in the recording or you is your choice!) If you have any questions, please message me today!

About Mikala P.

Want to learn how to play or sing your favorite song? Are you interested in learning how to write your own songs?

Since the start of my teaching career 4 years ago, my lessons have expanded to include guitar, ukulele, bass, piano, drums, singing, and even songwriting! I'm eager to help you find exactly what you want to learn while finding your own voice along the way.

Besides teaching I have 7 years of experience as a professional musician, so learning instrument's or composing my own songs to be able to play for others is a passion of mine! I've played numerous festivals with my band and as a solo act, traveling to cities in the Midwest and "touring" is one of my favorite ways to connect with music lovers.

Everything from beginner to performer, I will show you what I know about how to play an instrument, sing, crafting your own songwriting skills, recording, as well as performing on stage and the best way to talk to an audience and keep people engaged. My lessons are modeled to be more hands-on, letting the student decide their curriculum and direction of learning. I love more than anything helping people meet their musical goals, so if you're looking to learn an instrument, sing, or write, send me a message and let's work together!


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6 Reviews
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Really great experience for our daughter working with Mikala.

Posted Jan 20, 2021
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Mikala was patient and encouraging, helped me learn techniques as well as have fun. A great experience!

Posted Jan 12, 2021
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Mikala has been providing lessons for my son Ben, and she has been amazing!! I love that she is not limited at all in her abilities to cross over her knowledge as a vocalist, piano player, percussion and strings! And her perspective as a professional musician is incredible! She is so energetic, my son is always engaged! Thank you Miki!!

Posted Jan 1, 2021
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Mikala is one of the most professional, consistent, and talented teachers I have ever met! Her musicianship is unmatched and that means a lot when giving lessons!

Posted Jan 1, 2021
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Our daughter has been taking vocal, guitar and piano lessons from Mikala for the last few years. I can't say enough good things about Mikala. Not only is she a talented musician, she is an excellent instructor. Mikala is thoughtful, patient, detailed with her instruction and always gives our daughter critiques that lead to her learning and growing as a musician. Mikala is also very fun to be around and makes lessons fun. We love her and would highly recommend her.

Posted Nov 19, 2020
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Makala is an extremely talented versatile musician. I asked her to help me learn about the instrument that I strummed as a teenager. I continued to do this until I met Makala. She inspired me to continue growing with my guitars and now with her help, I am composing and writing my own music. I am not finished with that bucket list and hope to continue with her collaboration and
Advise in hopes of performing on stage.
I am a senior, but she has a knowledge and appreciation of all types of music. Of course Beatles, Blues and boogie is what relate to. Makala can do it with all guitar types, key board and percussion. I am considering her instruction on the other instruments. OH !!!
She is a pleasant and patient instructor.

Posted Nov 19, 2020

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Private Music Lesson Teacher
Feb 2019 - Present


Private Music Lesson teacher specializing in teaching guitar, ukulele, bass, piano, drums, voice, and songwriting.

Nov 2017 - Present


Professional performing & recording musician Debut Album release - 9/1/2018 EP release - 8/1/2019 2nd full-length Album release - 8/21/2020 Festivals Played: - SXSW | March 2018 - Plaza Art Fest | September 2018 - Boulevardia | June 2019 - Middle of the Map Fest | October 2019 - Crossroads Music Fest | September 2019 - Folk Alliance International | January 2020 Official Tours: - April 5-11 2019 - October 12-14 2019 & February 6-10 2020 - January 18-27 2020

Music Teacher
Jan 2016 - Feb 2019

KC Music

In 2016 I took my first teaching opportunity at KC Music in Parkville, MO teaching a band of 5 through a program called “ROCK-U” how to play classic rock with a performance every 4 quarters. I also worked with a few beginner vocal students through performances with ROCK-U. Over the years I helped establish and host recitals for every student that took lessons at the store. By the end of my time with KC Music, I was the most highly-requested teacher on staff and had a full schedule with 30+ students. In February of 2019, I left KC Music and started implementing my own strategies for private lessons.


High School Diploma
Aug 2011 - May 2015

Park Hill South HS



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Sep 2018
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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