Philosophy of Teaching

My philosophy of teaching music is to allow students to express themselves through their music. Techniques can be taught in a variety of ways to meet the student’s interest. Theory is important but does not have to be boring. My current students study classical, country, Irish, popular and sacred music. While they are all learning proper playing techniques, scales, chords, etc., they are also learning to love music and making music.

All lessons are in half hour increments. Most young beginning students take half hour lessons. As your skills and desire to improve increase, moving to an hour lesson would be appropriate. For adults who are learning “just for fun,” lessons should be at least every other week for 30 minutes.

How quickly a student progresses and improves is based largely on how much he or she practices throughout the week. In addition to lesson time and school class time, students are expected to practice three times a week. To this end, it is necessary for students to have their own instrument. Instruments are available for purchase or rental at several area stores, including KC Strings.

I accept students of all ages, from age 5 to 125. Lessons are geared toward the individual student, and students are encouraged to talk about their individual musical goals and what they would like to learn, whether they are beginners, intermediate or advanced level.

Lesson Location

I  teach lessons at my home studio in the Kansas City northland, conveniently located two minutes from I-35. I also teach at the School of Music at Outreach Christian Education, just a minute from North Kansas City, and at KC Strings store and studio in Merriam, Kansas.

Lesson Cost

At my home studio: $25 per half hour 
At the School of Music: $25 per half hour 
At KC Strings: $25 per half hour