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Music Classes Independence MO

See below to find music schools and music instructors in Independence that give access to music classes, along with music ensembles, early childhood music, music summer programs, percussion classes, guitar classes, piano classes, and guitar classes, as well as advice and content on learning music.

Rebekah S.
(877) 231-8505
NW Camelot Pl.
Blue Springs, MO
Subjects
Violin, Piano, Viola
Ages Taught
3 to 99
Specialties
I began violin lessons at a Suzuki school at age three, and continued my Suzuki studies through Book 7 and age 13, at which point I moved on to standard violin performance repertoire. I completed Suzuki training for Pre-Twinkles and Book 1, however, after years of Suzuki study, workshops, and camps, I am fully versed in the Suzuki culture and method. For violin and viola students I use the Suzuki method with an emphasis on music history, theory, and sight-reading. With piano students I use th…
Education
UMKC - Conservatory of Music and Dance - B. A. of Arts in Music, History minor - 2004 - 2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Peter A.
(877) 231-8505
Kenwood Ave,
Kansas City, MO
Subjects
Music Theory, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Singing, Songwriting, Opera Voice
Ages Taught
16 to 28
Specialties
In my study of music education at Rutgers University, we discussed Orff, Kodaly, Suzuki and other methods of teaching, but overall, I've taken a blend of the ones I've learned (along with personal ideas about teaching) and have taught in that way, trying to accommodate any specific needs of each individual student.
Education
Rutgers University (Mason Gross School of the Arts) - Music Education (Choral, Vocal, Composition) - Fall 2005 - Fall 2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Jill D.
(877) 231-8505
Jackson Dr.
Liberty, MO
Subjects
Music Performance, Speaking Voice, Singing, Theatrical Broadway Singing
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
Lessons with Jill are tailored to individual needs and skills, in a positive atmosphere. She considers practice-time between lessons very important to sustaining a healthy singing voice and growing the developing singer. Focus will be on healthy singing technique so that the singer can continue enjoying their talent for life! We will use varied repertoire and styles, taking into consideration always, the student’s age and ability.
Education
Northwest Missouri State University - Vocal Music Ed. - 1993-1997 (Bachelor's degree received) Northwest Missouri State University - Educational Administration - 1997-1998 & 2004-2006 (Master's degree received)
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Daniel D.
(877) 231-8505
Locust Ave
Kansas City, KS
Subjects
Music Theory, Guitar, Classical Guitar, Music Performance, Acting, Speaking Voice
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
Rock, Blues, Metal, Jazz, Improvisation, and Composition
Education
Pittsburg State University - Education - 04-06 (Master's degree received) Pittsburg State University - English - 01-03 (Master's degree received) University of Kansas - English - 96-01 (Bachelor's degree received) Sumner Academy - - 91-96 (High School diploma received)
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Independence School District
(816) 521-5300
3225 S. Noland Rd
Independence, MO
 
Emily Elliott
8602 Buckingham Lane Apt. 17
Kansas City, MO
Instruments
Chorus, Conducting, Ear Training, Early Music, Other, Piano, Voice
Styles
Blues, Classical, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Kids, Other, World
Experience Levels
Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$30
Years of Experience
10 Years

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Thomas G.
(877) 231-8505
W. 61st Terrace
Kansas City, MO
Subjects
Piano, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Singing, Opera Voice
Ages Taught
16 to 99
Specialties
classical bel canto styel
Education
Ball State Univ - Music Education - 1967-1971 (Bachelor's degree received) Univ. of Bridgeport - Music Education - 1973-1975 (Master's degree received) Ball State Uni - Music - 1975-1978 (PhD degree received)
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Kathryn D.
(877) 231-8505
Jackson
Kansas City, MO
Subjects
Music Performance, Singing, Opera Voice
Ages Taught
12 to 99
Specialties
Classical, Broadway, folk, sacred music, vocal technique, voice training, speaking (speakers), music theory, musical theatre, singing, theatrical singing, adults, audition prep, breathing technique, children, theatre singing, healthy phonation, building vocal tone, sight singing, singers' diction in Italian, Spanish, French, Latin, German
Education
Massaponax - Advanced Studies - 1998-2001 (degree received) Brigham Young University- Idaho - Vocal Performance, Italian, Philosophy - 2001-2007 (degree received)
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Music/Arts Institute
(816) 836-1998
1010 S. Pearl St.
Kansas City, MO
 
Reach Higher Autistic Services
(816) 785-1240
2425 S Crysler Avenue
Independence, MO
 
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Take A Breath, Listen To The Spaces

Take A Breath, Listen To The Spaces
By Chris Standring ( www.chrisstandring.com )

I was at the NAMM show recently, a massive trade show for musical products. If you've ever been into Guitar Center and witnessed that infernal noise made by guitarists and bass players 'trying out' instruments, then the NAMM show is that x 50,000. It can be hell, yet a necessary evil if you are in the business.

I spent some time walking around and of course made my way to many of the guitar and amp booths, after all it's always good to keep up with anything new and groundbreaking. I came across a few professional guitar players who had been hired to demonstrate guitars, and as good as these players were technically, there was always one aspect of their playing that stood out to me. I find this is the case with any guitar player that is not communicating. They play too much. Tons and tons of notes, in rapid succession, all brilliantly executed. But what is really being said? How can you enjoy music when you feel like you are having your teeth drilled?

Guitar players are notorious for doing this, simply because they can. If they were horn players things would be very different. You simply have to take a breath. Guitar players technically don't have to do this, so they don't, and as a result their music is compromised.

The first time I was aware of this was several years ago when I started using a digital vocoder. In order for the notes to be heard on my guitar, I would have to mouth something into the microphone to trigger them. Then of course you get to shape the sound with syllables and so on. I was in a rehearsal and my sax player said to me, "Chris you play different when you use that thing, because you have to take a breath". Perhaps that was a kind way of saying I sucked, but the talkbox thing was cool. It certainly struck a chord anyway. So from then on, and it took a while to really sink in, but I tried to really focus on phrasing. And not just as a guitar player, but compositionally, if my music doesn't breathe, I'm just not interested.

As jazz guitarists, there is a terrible tendency for us to play a lot of notes, firstly because the genre historically has given us permission to do so, and second, archtop jazz guitars don't generally lend themselves to sustaining notes, so in order to 'get over', guitarists fall into the trap of overplaying.

There are of course compromising situations which affect the way we play and it is important to be aware of these at the time. First, if you are taking a solo and the band behind you is not being particularly supportive, i.e.; playing busily and not listening to you, then this very often makes a player play more notes because they are fighting to speak, as it were. But if the band is just grooving, you as a soloist can play just a few notes and the spaces are music in themselves!

Another compromising situation might be a borrowed or rented amp that ju...

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