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OUR INSTRUCTORS

REW Music has a long standing tradition with Music Education excellence. We take pride in the success our teachers have with teaching students the fine are of making music and being successful on their instrument. Our students perform with top marks are area and state festivals and competition because our teaching staff is the most qualified in the city! Our instructors are top rated in the Kansas City area! We offer lessons on site at either of our convenient locations in Lenexa, KS and Olathe, KS. 

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WOODWIND - Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Bassoon
BRASS - Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Euphonium, Tuba
ORCHESTRA - Violin, Viola, Cello
PERCUSSION
PIANO
GUITAR - Acoustic, Electric, Bass, Ukulele

 


WOODWIND INSTRUCTORS
Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Bassoon

AMBER UNDERWOOD - Flute

Amber graduated with her Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from Wichita State University in 2002. In addition, she earned her Masters in Arts Administration and Music Business from UMKC in 2005. Currently, she is working on her Master of Music Education and Instrumental music at Pittsburgh State University. She has been performing and teaching in the greater Kansas City area for over 5 years, and has been playing her flute for almost 20 years.


ZAK PISCHNOTTE - Flute

Zak recently received a doctoral degree in Music Performance from the University of Kansas and now works as a performer and educator in the Lawrence and Kansas City area. He is a former band director and has taught all ages from Kindergarten through college-level. His varied musical interest have led to performances in orchestral, jazz, funk, pop, folk, and free improvisatory settings. Zak loves to learn what most interest his students and find ways to incorporate this in to lessons and spark a life-long curiosity for music.


LINDSEY KNOX - Oboe

Miss Knox has been teaching private oboe and piano lessons since 2003. She is currently working on completing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in oboe performance at The University of Kansas where she has been teaching oboe lessons, reed making classes, chamber music and piano lab for music theory 1. She is also active in the community playing with local churches, universities, schools and orchestras in both the KC and Lawrence, KS areas.


TREVOR STEWART - Clarinet

A native of Arkansas, Trevor Stewart currently serves as Principal Clarinetist of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, with whom he was featured as a soloist in 2013. He has performed with the Fort Smith Symphony, the Conway Symphony Orchestra, and the Missouri Symphony. ​Stewart was the winner of the Arkansas state round of the MTNA Young Artist Woodwind Competition, and was selected as Principal Clarinetist of the Arkansas All-State and Intercollegiate Bands for five years. In 2013, he won the Principal Clarinet position of the College Band Directors National Association Intercollegiate Band. He was a finalist in the University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium Young Artist Competition in 2006, the same year he attended the Interlochen Arts Camp, where he studied with Daniel Silver. His early mentors also include Kelly Johnson, Luc Jackman, and Kristen Denny. ​Currently, Stewart is pursuing a Performer's Certificate in Clarinet at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, where he also earned his Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance in 2016. In addition to performing in UMKC's award-winning Graduate Fellowship Woodwind Quintet, he is a member of the Conservatory Wind Symphony and Conservatory Orchestra. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, where he studied clarinet with David Carter. He was awarded the UAFS Academic Excellence Award for Music Education, and won the 2012 Undergraduate Research Symposium with his project New Technologies for Viewing Beethoven’s Residences in Vienna. Stewart was an adjunct clarinet instructor for several school districts in Arkansas, and currently teaches at REW Music in the Kansas City metro.


LEAH BERNSTEIN - Clarinet

My name is Leah Bernstein. I am a native of Overland Park, KS. I graduated with my music performance degrees in Clarinet from the University of Kansas and Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. During my studies, I developed a passion for teaching and spreading the joy of music to others! After many years of playing in orchestras, wind ensembles and new music ensembles, I am excited to share my knowledge and enthusiasm with students and their families!


SEASON COWLEY - Clarinet

I have been playing clarinet for 15 years and have aspired to teach music for just as long. I love that music brings people together and inspires imagination, joy, and curiosity. Teaching music allows me to help students think critically in ways that relate to their own learning styles and capabilities. Each student's unique abilities, interests, and personalities make teaching and learning fun, which is the ultimate goal of music. I earned my Masters of Music degree in Clarinet performance from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2015 and am currently an adjunct professor at Johnson County Community College. I've been teaching private lessons for many years, working with students ranging from 10 - adult.


KAITLIN MCFADDEN - Clarinet & Saxophone

Hi, I’m Kaitlin McFadden and I’ve been playing the clarinet for the past 15 years and the saxophone for 9. To say that music changed my life sounds dramatic, but it’s true! Being a musician for most of my life has helped me to form friendships and bonds that I know will last a lifetime. I graduated from Friends University of Wichita, KS in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and am returning to school for my Masters of Music Therapy from the University of Kansas. My whole life I’ve felt called to help those around me, and given my passion for music, I wanted to find a way to combine those two things. I am so excited to be teaching private lessons with REW music and look forward to sharing the joys of music with my students.


TIM TIMMONS - Clarinet & Saxophone

Tim Timmons is a professor emeritus at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance where he served as professor of saxophone, Division Chair, Associate Dean and an Anna Olson professor. He has performed many times with the Kansas City Symphony (including the Grammy award-winning recording of Benjamin Britten), Lyric Opera, and Kansas City Ballet. He has performed throughout Europe and the United States as a soloist and clinician. He has premiered and recorded works written especially for him by major composers. His students hold positions at universities and in top military service bands. I try to get to know the goals of each student and the family. I strive to give each student that I'm a shirt and technical skills needed to meet goals and performing music that is interesting to them. I find it important to challenge each student with goals that they will be able to obtain and create confidence in the feeling of accomplishment.


JEFF ACHESON - Clarinet & Saxophone

Music is fun! When I started playing the saxophone at the age of 10, my instructor inspired me to learn many different styles of music and to learn in many different ways. 37 years later, I still have the passion that was instilled into me from my musical experiences. It is my ultimate goal to teach all of my students to love music and be as successful as they can be.


NICOLAS LIRA - Saxophone

I grew up in East Lansing, MI known as the kid that listened to classical music. Today I find myself balancing my interests in the new and the old. I study and teach piano music by some of the most revered classical composers in history, while performing and collaborating with living composers on the saxophone. Projects have taken me across the United States from recording with New York based singer-songwriter Dalton Deschain, to performing in the Kansas City Symphony. I am a doctoral student at UMKC studying saxophone performance. As a teacher, I seek to help my students discover their own love of music. My students build an appreciation for the breadth of musical styles that grace the world, past and present, through playing, listening, and discussion. My hope is that they learn to recognize the positive effects music can have on their lives as a listener, an audience member, and a performer.


ZAK PISCHNOTTE - Saxophone

Zak recently received a doctoral degree in music performance from the University of Kansas and now works as a performer and educator in the Lawrence and Kansas City area. He is a former band director and has taught all ages from Kindergarten through college level. His varied musical interest have led to performances in orchestral, jazz, funk, pop, folk, and free improvisatory setting. Zak loves to learn what most interests his students and find ways to incorporate this into lessons and spark a life-long curiosity for music.




BRASS INSTRUCTORS
Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Euphonium, Tuba

NICK HOWELL - Trumpet

Nick Howell is a trumpet player, composer, and teacher. He holds a Bachelor's in Music Education from UMKC. He performs regularly in Kansas City with groups such as The People’s Liberation Big Band, The Good Foot, Sansabelt, and Pitch Music Award-winning The New Riddim.


LAUREN KERRICK - French Horn

Lauren's Bio Coming Soon!


BEN ROMAN - Trombone, Baritone/Euphonium, Tuba

Benjamin received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from the University of North Texas in 2004. There he was active as a teacher and a performer in the Denton, Texas area before he moved back to Kansas. He is currently working on his Master of Trombone Performance degree at Kansas University. Ben teaches most of the low brass instruments, including trombone, baritone, and euphonium and has been a long standing teacher at REW Music.




ORCHESTRA INSTRUCTORS
Violin, Viola, Cello

KARIANNE WATERLAND - Violin & Viola

Karianne Waterland has a Music Business degree from William Jewell College in Liberty, MO. Karianne is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has completed Books 1-3 Teacher Training in the Suzuki Method. She also plays in the Northland Symphony and is Executive Director of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of Kansas City. Additionally, Karianne assits with the REW Homeschool Orchestra ensembles.


KIM EBRAHIMZADEH - Violin

Kim's Video Coming Soon

Kim's Bio Coming Soon!


PAM CAMPBELL - Violin & Viola

 

Pam started playing the piano in the second grade and by the ninth grade was the piano accompanist for the all-boys choir. She started playing the violin in the fifth grade. After going to music camp every summer until college she went on to be a violin performance major at UMKC Conservatory of Music. Many symphony orchestra's later, Pam has dedicated her career to music education and passing on her love to private lesson students. Whether the student is beginning an instrument at a young age or helping A student prepare for a youth Symphony audition the goal is to have fun and therefore achieve success! This fall she will be involved in lesson labs giving students a chance to experience the fun of playing together in small groups.


MATTHEW IMBER - Cello

 

Matthew Imber has been playing the cello for 16 years. In high school, he was a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He studied the cello and composition at Grinnell College. Back in Kansas City, he likes to introduce young musicians to the possibilities of the cello in different genres and styles, like pop, rock, metal, bluegrass, and jazz. Besides being a classical music nut, he is a Beatle-maniac, history buff, bookworm, and total nerd. His favorite living composers are David Lang, Judd Greenstein, and John Luther Adams. His favorite dead guys are Bach, Shostakovich, and John cage.


MICHAEL WAGER - Cello

 

Michael Wager started his musical path when he was seven and started teaching himself to read music by plunking out Christmas songs on the piano. His parents quickly got him into piano lessons. The next year he started on the violin, but it wasn’t until he switched to the Cello in seventh grade that he really fell in love with music. He has been teaching cello lessons since 2010, including a brief stint as the official cello teacher for a tiny town in Utah. He loves working with students to make sure that they’re learning what they need and want to learn and that they really get the concepts they need in order to play the cello well. In addition to music, Michael is interested in history, art, reading, writing, and language.




PERCUSSION INSTRUCTORS
Mallets & Drums

DEAN LINTON - Percussion

Dean Linton studied and graduated from Kansas State University with a BA in Mucis, Applied Percussion Performance. He loves teaching and playing percussion because of the seemingly endless ways rhythm and melody shape lives. He believes that a strong foundation allows the student to explore what they personally enjoy about percussion and music. Dean enjoys working with people on developing theri musical knowledge and ability.


ROBERT BLOOMER - Percussion

Robert Bloomer has been playing percussion for over twenty years and is finishing his Music Education degree at MNU. Robert is passionate about teaching percussion, not just drumming!




PIANO INSTRUCTORS

CHRISTINA KESLER - Piano

Native of the area, Christina's love of music began when she studied piano in her childhood. This level of music inspired her to earn her bachelor of music and piano performance and pedagogy from Wichita State University, which she completed in 2013. Vocal music has also been an interest of Christina's for many years. Christina is a current member of the Kansas City Symphony Chorus. Christina wishes to share her love of music through teaching and helping people develop their own talent and passion for music. She welcomes all types of students including the young beginner with the curiosity for music, the high school student looking to improve their vocal technique, and the adult hobbyist who wants to learn something new.


NICOLAS LIRA - Piano

Nicholas's Piano Video Coming Soon!

I grew up in East Lansing, MI known as the kid that listened to classical music. Today I find myself balancing my interests in the new and the old. I study and teach piano music by some of the most revered classical composers in history, while performing and collaborating with living composers on the saxophone. Projects have taken me across the United States from recording with New York based singer-songwriter Dalton Deschain, to performing in the Kansas City Symphony. I am a doctoral student at UMKC studying saxophone performance. As a teacher, I seek to help my students discover their own love of music. My students build an appreciation for the breadth of musical styles that grace the world, past and present, through playing, listening, and discussion. My hope is that they learn to recognize the positive effects music can have on their lives as a listener, an audience member, and a performer.


LINDSEY KNOX - Piano

Lindsey's Piano Video Coming Soon!

Miss Knox has been teaching private oboe and piano lessons since 2003. She is currently working on completing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in oboe performance at The University of Kansas where she has been teaching oboe lessons, reed making classes, chamber music and piano lab for music theory 1. She is also active in the community playing with local churches, universities, schools and orchestras in both the KC and Lawrence, KS areas.




GUITAR INSTRUCTORS
Acoustic, Electric, Bass, Ukulele

TOM NELSON - Acoustic, Electric, Bass, Ukulele

Thomas M. Nelson is a guitarist and composer of contemporary music, born in Kansas City Missouri in 1978. Beginning music lessons at an early age, his formal music education comes from the Paseo Academy of the Fine and Performing Arts and the Conservatory at UMKC. Part of his education included his compositions performed by the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra and an educational exchange in Capetown, South Africa. Thomas has been a teacher and performer for over 12 years. In that time, he has performed and taught in a variety of musical genres including classical, jazz, folk, country and rock. Thomas teaches his own method which includes an education in note reading, cords, basic theory and composition. He strives to import a skill set which provides a student with access to music of all genres and an enjoyment of music which can last for the students’ entire lifetime.


JEFF SHIRLEY - Acoustic, Electric, Bass, Ukulele

Hi, I'm Jeff Shirley, Kansas City jazz guitarist! Without teaching I would not be the performer I am and without performing I wouldn't be the teacher I am! It's so much fun being a part of the Kansas City music scene, and a part of this great, family-run music company that has a heart for music. I love hearing people grow musically overtime (it does take some time!) And I really like to explain things from the ground up. I think the best approach is to work on the material that the student wants to work on. It's important that practice be fun. It does take hard work, but it should also be fun. So think of a couple songs that you like, and we can focus on those and we will consistently set goals, goals we can achieve!


TIM WILCOX - Acoustic, Electric, Ukulele

Tim Wilcox picked up the guitar 20 years ago. He spent countless hours, in high school, learning various styles such as rock, blues, pop, country, bluegrass, folk, and world. Later on, he studied classical guitar in college. Tim has over eight years of experience teaching guitar. His teaching style focuses on fundamentals, popular music, and helping students learn the songs they personally enjoy. However, Tim also believes in acquainting his students with unfamiliar artists and genres because it is an integral part of expanding an individual’s ability and music vocabulary. Lessons consist of many aspects of playing the guitar such as strumming, picking, arpeggiation, tablature and standard notation reading, playing duets, and much more.