Music Lessons Matter

More Than 2,000 Students a Week Choose Meyer Music

Make an Investment in Education and Life-Long Learning

Taking private music lessons from Meyer Music impacts far more than musical talent. The skills students’ gain by learning to play an instrument has a positive effect on school performance and lasts well into adulthood.

No one understands that more than family-owned Meyer Music. Our founders, Ted and Betty Meyer, were both educators in local school districts before they founded Meyer Music. Since 1966, giving private music lessons to Kansas City area students has been the backbone of our business.

No music store offers more music lessons than we do, and our vetted, qualified instructors work with students of all ability from beginning to advanced. Since you’re never too old to learn something new or improve your technique, our instructors are just as skilled at teaching mature students, as they are school-aged children.

Private Music Lessons Available for These Instruments

Piano
Clarinet
Bass Clarinet
Alto Sax
Bassoon
Violin

Bari Sax
Tenor Sax
Trombone
Baritone
Trumpet
Viola

French Horn
Percussion
Electric Guitar
Bass Guitar
Tuba
Cello

Acoustic Guitar
Flute
Piccolo
Oboe
Voice
Piano

Get to Know Our Vetted Professionals

The Meyer Music family only hires qualified teachers who hold music degrees or are currently working toward their degree and have teaching experience. We extensively interview the teachers and conduct careful screenings before they join our team. Some private music teachers specialize in a specific age group. If you have a special request or questions, simply contact any one of our three convenient locations in the Kansas City area. Our helpful staff can assist you with choosing a private music teacher who is compatible with your child’s personality and skill level.

Blue Springs

Allison Moline

Piano
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Barbara Murray

Piano
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Danielle Seidel

Piano, Violin
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Jason West

Cello, Beginner Violin
In-person
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Jessy Lee

Piano
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Julie Anwander

Piano
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Justin Johnson

Percussion, Guitar
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Kathryn Hilger

Viola
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Kristin Bennett

Clarinet
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Larissa Mearhead

Piano
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Linda Simpson

Piano
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Marissa Romero

Clarinet
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Meagan Anwander

Piano
In-person
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Meagan Anwander is a piano teacher who holds a Masters Degree of Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Central Missouri and has been teaching at Meyer Music since 2007. Ms. Anwander builds positive relationships with each student, as she feels that is the first step in encouraging the student’s love of music. She makes an effort to keep the lessons enjoyable, and expects students to practice each day outside of their lesson to promote musical growth.

Nathan Humphrey

Violin
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Patrick Reeves

Guitar
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Philip Clark

Trumpet
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Roger Caliman

Marimba, Percussion
In-person
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Ron Schuler

Trumpet, French Horn
In-person
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Virgina Kearnes

Piano
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Overland Park

Anna Khalchansky

Piano
In-person
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Anna Khalchansky is a piano teacher who holds a Bachelors Degree in Music from the Ukrainian Music College who began her career in private teaching at University of Arizona as an accompanist. She has been teaching privately since 1962 and has been teaching at Meyer Music since 1995. Anna holds a certification from the US National Honor Roll of Guild Teachers. Anna prefers conservatory style teaching, only instructing children.

Carole Royster

Piano, Voice
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Caroline M. Neal

Piano
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Caroline Neal is a piano teacher who holds a Bachelors degree in Piano Performance from Stephens College, and a Masters in Music Education with an emphasis in organ. Caroline has taught privately since 1982 and has taught at Meyer Music since 2018. Caroline is one of our most popular teachers for children, but works great with all ages

Cathy DeKnight

Piano, Voice
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Cathy DeKnight is a piano and voice teacher who holds a Bachelor of Music Education and Vocal Performance from UMKC. She has taught privately since 1985, and has been teaching at Meyer Music since 2000. Cathy belongs to several music teacher clubs that allow her students to attend music festivals and competitions. She encourages her students to perform in at least one performance based festival and a recital each year. She uses several varieties of traditional method book series, offered by publishers such as Alfred, Bastien, and Faber for basic reading of notation, theory concepts, and technique. Along with the method books, she encourages students to add special solos, fun books, pop, jazz etc., to use the tools learned in the method books on something that fits each student's personal musical tastes. Cathy loves to adjust her teaching style to best suit each individual's personality and musical goals. Overall, she is easy going and works to keep lessons as light and fun as possible.

Christopher Minshall

Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Ukulele
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Chris Minshall is a Guitar and Ukulele teacher who hold a Bachelors degree in Music Composition from UMKC Conservatory. He has been teaching privately since 1995 and started at Meyer Music in 1997. Chris helps students build a plan to learn and perform the music that they choose while simultaneously teaching them to read music and understand the theories of how music functions. Chris often uses the term "Guitar Kung Fu" with his students. His philosophy is that all musicians are unique and it is his job to help them figure out how to carve out their own style. Chris says that “Since I was 10 years old, I have found that the practice, study, performance, and creation of music has been the most fulfilling experience in my life. Teaching has been another level of this fulfillment because I get to help other have their own enjoyment in the studies of music.”

Dave Johnson

Alto Sax, Bari Sax, Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Soprano Sax, Tenor Sax
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Dave Johnson is a Woodwind Teacher, who studied Clarinet Performance at the UMKC Conservatory. He has played since 1963, and has been teaching privately at Meyer Music since 2018. For 5th through 8th grade Dave uses whatever book is used at their school plus supplementing when possible with fun music for the students. For older students he has a variety of instructional books for individual study and duets that he plays along with the students. Dave likes to get the work done but have fun along the way.

David Paff

Baritone, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Trombone, Trumpet
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David Paff is a brass teacher who has a Bachelors degree in Music Studies from William Paterson in New Jersey, and a Masters in Music Performance from University of Rhode Island. He is currently working on his Doctorate degree at KU. David started teaching privately in 1998 and has been teaching at Meyer Music since 2020. David joined the navy as a navy musician in August of 2003 until August of 2017. He was featured as a euphonium and trombone soloist with navy band Northeast, Naval Forces Europe Band in Naples, Italy and Navy Band Great Lakes, IL. David was stationed in Naples, Italy from March, 2008 to March, 2012. Toured 28 countries between Europe and Africa in various ensembles such as the Brass Quintet, Ceremonial and Marching Band, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band. He was a featured trombone soloist at the Jazz Festival in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

Flor Lizbeth Cruz

Alto Sax, Bari Sax, Flute, French Horn, Oboe, Piano, Piccolo, Recorder, Soprano Sax, Tenor Sax
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Flor Cruz is a woodwind and piano teacher who holds a Bachelor of Music Performance and Bachelor of Music Education from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, as well as a Master of Arts in Music from UMKC Conservatory. Has taught all ages and has experience in teaching kids with ADD, ADHD, and children and teenagers on the Autism spectrum. Flor teaches physical and musical fundamentals, culturally relevant music, technique exercises, as well as any special interest genres the student desires. Her lessons are catered to the age group and skill level of each student, with special care taken to include the culture of the student within music making.

Hannah Jensen

Violin, Piano
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Hannah Jensen is a Violin and Viola teacher who plays with the symphony orchestra at the University of Kansas, and the Heartland Chamber Music Orchestra. She has taught privately at Meyer Music since 2016. Hannah teaches the Suzuki Method, the Muller Rusch Method, and Essential Elements focusing heavily on rhythm, intonation, key signatures, reading music, bow hold, shifting, and vibrato. She tailors her lessons specifically to the students needs, making every lesson light and fun while helping her students progress as musicians.

Joel McCoy

Drums, Percussion
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Kathryn Blaser

Piano, Voice
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Linda Arnett

Piano
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Linda Arnett is an experienced piano teacher and graduate of Emporia State University, who has taught privately since 1969 and started at Meyer Music in 2019. She uses basic well-rounded method books, plus some fun "pop" music and other supplementary pieces, based on individual interests. Some theory and small amounts of improvisation are included, as well as ear training. Her goal is for students to learn to appreciate having music in their lives, and especially to have the satisfaction of being able to make their own music. She gently encourages and supports them as they learn, making it as enjoyable as possible and individualizing instruction to help them progress.

Michael Harte

Cello, Bass
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Mike Harte is a Cello and String Bass teacher who has a bachelors degree from Kansas-State University and completed his graduated studies in 2007. Mike has taught privately at Meyer Music since 1998.

Michele Mooney

Violin, Viola
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Monica Tucker

Piano
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Peter Nisenkier

Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Ukulele
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Peter Nisenkier is a guitar and ukulele teacher who studied classical guitar at UMKC Conservatory. He has been teaching privately since 1997, and has taught at Meyer Music since 1999. Peter is well versed in rock, country, blues and pretty much whatever his students would like to learn. He primarily works out of method books as well as teaching songs his students want to learn. He also focuses on proper technique, theory, and eat training. For Peter, having fun is the most important thing. He likes to keep it light and can be pretty silly with younger students.

Richard Bragg

Drums, Percussion
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Richard Bragg I a percussion teacher who holds a Bachelors in Music Performance from UMKC. He has been teaching privately since 1962, and started at Meyer Music in 1999. Richard teaches all of his students how to read and perform all of the different kinds of music that they will be play starting in the 5th grade up through 12th grade. They will learn not only how to play in the school bands but also how to pay with smaller groups as well as the many different styles of music from concert to jazz to rock and roll. Richard firmly believes the most important thing is to allow the student to have fun while they are learning to become a great musician.

Kansas City North (Boardwalk Square Center)

Anna Waldron

Piano
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Brett Wooten

Cello
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Curt Shetler

Piano
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Jamie Phelan

Piano
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Jamie Phelan is a Clarinet and Piano Teacher who has been teaching privately at Meyer Music since 2021. She teaches piano out of the Faber and Faber Piano Adventures books. On top of that she gives her students supplementary fun sheet music. Jamie’s teaching style is energetic and encouraging with structure and purpose so that her students are excited to play the piano.

Joel Trebbien

Piano
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John Lenati

Guitar, Alto Sax
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Madeline Smith

Violin
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Marsha Stevens

Piano
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Nathan Stutterheim

Piano
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Nick Erickson

Violin, Viola
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Terri Gibson

Violin, Viola
In-person
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