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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

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 Murry

Piano

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Clark Eaker, Jr.

Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Drums, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium

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Jason West

Cello, Beginner Violin

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Jessy Kochanowicz

Piano

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Justin Johnson

Percussion, Guitar

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Kristin Bennett

Clarinet

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Larissa Muirhead

Piano

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Linda Simpson

Piano

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Philip Clark

Trumpet

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Ron Schuler

Trumpet, French Horn

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Susan Lundquist

Piano

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Virgina Kearnes

Piano

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Will Thackeray

Guitar, Ukulele

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Overland Park

Anna Khalchansky

Piano

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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.

Bryanna Beasley

Flute

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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

Casey Artzer

Alto sax, Bari Sax, Flute, Guitar and Tenor Sax

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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.

Diane Kroh

Piano

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Grace Baugher

Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone

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Grace Baugher is a brass instructor who holds Bachelor degrees in Music Composition and French Horn Performance from Kansas State University and a Masters degree in Music Composition from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Additionally, she achieved Graduate Certifications in both Music Education and Music Theory Pedagogy. She has taught privately since 2015 and started teaching at Meyer Music in 2021. Grace’s teaching style puts an emphasis on music literacy and fluency, and her students receive instrument specific instruction in alignment with their individual goals. 

Joseph Gaughan

Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele

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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.

Madeline Smith

Violin

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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.

Russell Meigs

Beginning Piano, Trombone and Trumpet

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Russell holds over eight years in teaching both instrumental and vocal music, including 5-12 band and

PreK-12 vocal music. Has taught music, technology, and served in a leadership capacity spanning

17+ years within the public education system. Additionally, he has taught technology at the

community college and university levels for two decades and currently has taught technology at

the corporate level for the past eight years. Published author in journals at the state and national

levels. Served on the Board of the Association of Teacher Educators in Kansas (ATE-K) and the

School Board for Louisburg USD #416. Named recipient of the Kansas 2010 Distinguished

Dissertation in Teacher Education Award and inducted into the Baker University School of

Education Wall of Honor. 

Tom Perkins

Percussion and Mallets

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Tom Perkins has studied drums/ percussion for 17+ years and received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from Luther College, with emphasis toward percussion and drum set. He has toured with symphonic orchestras, concert bands, and jazz ensembles nationwide and internationally, including Spain and Austria. Currently he has involvement with church worship bands at Resurrection of Leawood and Colonial Presbyterian Churches, as well Theater in the Park in Shawnee among other local theaters. Only teaches the very beginning basics for Mallets.

Kansas City North

Cameron Gurss

Viola, Violin

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Curt Shetler

Piano

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Hunter Taliaferro

Cello

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Jackson Kasper

Percussion

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Jacob Schwartzberg

Clarinet, Alto Sax

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Joel Trebbien

Piano

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John Lenati

Guitar, Alto Sax

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Laura McWilliams

Clarinet

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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

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