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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 art 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
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

LYNLIE SIMPSON - Flute

My name is Lynlie Simpson and I am a flute teacher and performer. I recently moved to Kansas City from Jonesboro, Arkansas. Teaching flute lessons is the best job ever! I have been playing the flute for 13 years, and have taught lessons for the past 6 years. I love making music, and I especially love teaching students how to make music. If I am not playing the flute, you can usually find me hanging out with my dachshund, Stanley.


BLAKE JOHNSON - Oboe & English Horn

Blake Johnson has taught and performed as an oboist throughout multiple states and in Ecuador. He is currently pursuing a DMA and an MM in performance and musicology, respectively, from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. He uses varied approaches to fundamental techniques to make this area of study fun and give his students the tools needed to study any music in which they are interested. He hopes to motivate his students to love playing the oboe and continue their love of music throughout their lives.


LINDSEY KNOX - Oboe & Piano

Lindsey Knox has been teaching oboe in the Lawrence, KS area since 2003, and at the REW Music Store since 2007. In addition to teaching students, Lindsey also plays in local community performances as much as possible. She is currently working on a doctorate degree in oboe performance studying with Margaret Marco at the University of Kansas where she teaches oboe lessons, oboe reed making, woodwinds methods class, and assists with conducting the KU Double Reed Ensemble. Lindsey is a member of the KU Wind Ensemble and Orchestra and she also is a member of an upcoming woodwind trio called Un Deux Trois. Lindsey received her Master of Music degree from UMKC Conservatory where she studied with Barbara Bishop.


JARED CUMMINGS - Saxophone

My name is Jared Cummings and I have been playing saxophone for 15 years. I received my Bachelor in Music Education from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. I am currently a graduate student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City pursuing a Master’s in saxophone performance. Music has always been a way for me to connect with other people. Our lives move very quickly, which can take a toll on our personal relationships. I play music because it is a way for me to take a moment and share something special with people. Through music, I can move people to dance, to sing, to reflect, or just let go of their daily struggles. I believe this is accomplished through any genre and I would love to explore all music that piques my students’ interest. I can’t imagine my life without music, so I want to work with budding musicians and help them make music unapologetically.


PETE FUCINARO - Saxophone, Beginning Clarinet & Beginning Flute

A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Pete developed a passion for music at a young age. He was able to pursue his passion and attended the world renowned University of North Texas, where he earned a Bachelors of Music in jazz studies and was selected to play in the seven-time GRAMMY nominated One O'Clock Lab Band. Pete hopes to pass along and inspire others' love of music.


COLIN MCDANIEL - Clarinet & Saxophone

Colin McDaniel graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Clarinet focus from Clarke College (now Clarke University) in Dubuque, Iowa. Has had the pleasure of studying composition with instructors such as Dr. Amy Dunker, Dr. Narong Prangchroen, Mike Miller, and Paul Patterson with the Royal Academy of Music in London, England. Performed with groups ranging from Blues/Rock groups, Orchestra Pits, etc. Actively records for personal projects and online clients in a variety of styles.


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.


TORI WIEBERG - Saxophone & Clarinet

Tori Wieberg graduated from Truman State University with a Bachelors and Master of Arts in Music Education. She then pursued a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance from Indiana University - Bloomington. Upon graduating from IU, Tori returned to her home state of Iowa and taught music for two years in the West Fork Community School District, as well as serving as the Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at Waldorf University in Forest City, Iowa. Her goals when teaching students are to find creative and fun ways to communicate new information to her students, learn about students interests and personal goals to incorporate those into lessons, and to create an environment in which students feel comfortable enough to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes.


TIM TIMMONS - Saxophone & Clarinet

Tim Timmons: Clarinet

Tim Timmons: 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 Olson Professor. He has performed many times with the Kansas City Symphony (including their 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 the embouchure and technical skills needed to meet goals and perform the 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 and a feeling of accomplishment.


JEFF ACHESON - Saxophone & Clarinet

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.


DANA UMSTEAD - Piano & Beginning Clarinet

My name is Dana Umstead and "Passion, Patience, and Perseverance" is my motto. These are the principles that help me guide students to be successful in life and music. I've spent over 25 years encouraging my passion for playing music and 13 years honing my teaching skills (both in school and in real world experience). I earned a Bachelor of Science-Education degree in Instrumental Music Education with an emphasis on piano in 2013. I've also spent a lifetime working with individuals who have special needs. As a life-long learner, I enjoy learning from you just as much as you will learn from me. Together we will make music!




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

BRANDON FULTZ - Trumpet

Being born and raised in Olathe has given me several great experiences and opportunities in music; participating in the marching band and basketball band at the University of Kansas, performing in a local brass band in Lawrence, creating a band with my best friends called Autumn’s Fall and performing in several venues within the KC area and parts of Missouri. As an educator and musician, it is crucial to guide students into their musicianship by creating opportunities for them to make music as well as experience various cultures from around the world. I do so by getting to know each student and personalize the lessons accordingly based on their interests.


ARMANDO GUTIERREZ - Trumpet

Armando was inspired by a local mariachi at the age of 9. After acquiring his first trumpet, Armando’s lifelong goal and dream was to play in the mariachi that inspired him, Mariachi Amistad, which he achieved at age 16. While studying at Arkansas Tech University, he has had the privilege to study under many great teachers. Through his extensive studies of multiple styles, fundamentals, and ways to approach playing the trumpet, he knows how to make trumpet playing fun and easy for all ages. Armando does not believe in the “can’t” mentality and pushes to think of obstacles as new and unfamiliar. His current goal is to create a fun and disciplined atmosphere for future musicians.


ALYSSA HERSHEY - French Horn & Beginning Trumpet

My name is Alyssa Hershey and I am a graduate of Sterling College where I received my BA in French Horn and Vocal Music and Theatre Performance. Since moving to Kansas City in December 2019, I have been involved in a performance of The Magic Flute with Landlocked Opera, singing in church choirs, and stage managing the play, The Secret in the Wings with Forge Repertory Theatre. Ever since I was a little girl, I have been involved in as many bands, orchestras, choirs, musicals, and plays available to me. Being a French Horn player has been a part of my identity for 12-13 years and I have loved every minute of it! I believe that there is nothing more exhilarating than playing with a stage full of dedicated, talented, and creative musicians. I want to pass on this love for arts, music, and French Horn to students with a passion for learning and a strong desire to have fun with their artistry.


ERIC CHAPMAN - Trombone & Beginning Baritone, Euphonium

Eric Chapman is a composer, arranger/orchestrator, trombonist, educator, and advocator of the life-long benefits of fine arts participation. Eric earned a Doctorate in Musical Arts from University of Missouri-KC in music composition, a Master's of Music from Western Illinois University, and Bachelor's of Music from Eastern Illinois University. He produced and published an album of all original compositions for large jazz ensemble titled 364 Days. From this album compositions won awards from The Global Music Awards for composition and jazz. Eric has been published by Really Good Music, LLC. In 2015/2016 he was invited to participate and was a member of the BMI Jazz Composer's workshop in New York City working with top-tier jazz artists in the NYC area. Eric has performed with many ensembles in the KC area including The New Jazz Order Big Band under the direction of Clint Ashlock, Son Venezuela, Kerry Strayer Big Band, and various other jazz and popular music ensembles.

Eric is originally from the St. Louis area. He is a big fan of baseball, enjoys cooking and learning about aspects of culinary arts, is passionate about experiencing new music, and has a very handsome black cat named Wesley.


ALEXANDER "XAN" PERKINS - Trombone, Baritone, Euphonium, Tuba

Alexander "Xan" Perkins is a low brass musician and educator in the greater Kansas City MO/KS metro area and and also teaches at Missouri Southern State University as Adjunct Instructor of Low Brass. Xan holds degrees from the University of Northern Colorado (Master of Music, 2019), and Kansas State University (Bachelor of Music, 2016). As a regular performer and educator in the community, Xan has been a part of many ensembles from small chamber instrumental and vocal groups to mass wind ensembles and orchestras, playing all varieties of musical genres.

As an educator, Xan is devoted to sharing the joys and benefits of music with students, listeners, and colleagues. His teaching style involves connecting concepts learned in the study of music to other arts, academic areas, and to daily life. Xan strives to facilitate the creation of peer cohesion through group practice and pursuing personal goals individually through music. This ultimately leads to the fostering of growth mindsets and life-long learning attitudes in his students. Whether music for a student becomes a profession or simply a hobby, Xan seeks to equip his students with the tools to enjoy, appreciate and create music with joy and unity with those around them.


STEVE RESIDOR - Trombone, Baritone & Tuba

My name is Steve Residor and I currently manage a luxury furniture warehouse in Kansas City. I earned a BA in Music from William Penn University and I began my first season performing with Free State Brass Band Fall of 2019. My greatest joy is to see a student succeed and develop a sense of self-confidence. Music was the direct result of my gained self-confidence and I share that with my students by setting goals, creating relevancy, and most importantly making music fun!




ORCHESTRA INSTRUCTORS
Violin, Viola, Cello

BRANDON LAY - Violin & Viola

Brandon picked up violin at a small fiddle shop at the age of nine and has been loving playing ever since. While attending grad school, he achieved his childhood dream of playing with his teachers in the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. Each of his teachers and professors has been deeply impactful, both personally and professionally, and Brandon wants to be able to give back the same way to his students. At the end of the day, music can be challenging, but is fun and rockable, hence why he has Shostakovich and Lizzo on the same playlist.


CASEY GREGORY - Violin & Beginning Viola


Casey Gregory: Violin

Casey Gregory: Viola

Casey Gregory is an energetic and passionate violin teacher and performer. Casey began playing violin at the age of 13, and finished his degree in Violin Performance at KU School of Music. Casey has performed at venues across the US and Germany. Casey believes it is important to teach and perform all genres, making violin exciting to learn for everybody.


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 assists with the REW Homeschool Orchestra ensembles.


PIPER MYERS - Cello

I'm a student at the UMKC Conservatory of Music working towards my Bachelor's degree in Music Education. I started playing Cello when I was 10 years old and I feel that it has been a really big part of my life. Music is a really important subject. I found all of my close friends through music; I found an amazing community of people who were all so different but who all had one thing in common which I have always thought was amazing. Through music, I found something that I want to do for the rest of my life. I am currently part of the Overland Park Community Orchestra. I love it. I really enjoy playing in a group setting. As an instructor, my goal is, not only, to help kids learn how to play the cello, but to help create an environment that makes them able to enjoy playing as much as I do.


MICHAEL WAGER - Cello

Michael's Bio Coming Soon!




PERCUSSION INSTRUCTORS
Mallets & Drums

JAMES HARRIS - Percussion

James Harris, a Melrose, Florida native, is a current Kansas City free-lance percussionist. He has earned his master's degree from University of Missouri--Kansas City. James holds positions with the Sioux City Symphony as a section percussionist, and a principal percussion position with the Symphony of North Arkansas. He has taught at Interlachen Florida High School, Lees Summit West High School, and currently teaches at Liberty North High School. He looks to offer students a path to similar performance experiences. He is always willing to help students achieve more titles, performance awards, and recognition, but also strives to have his students obtain happiness when playing their instrument.


JEREMEY REYNOLDS - Percussion & Piano

My name is Jeremey Reynolds; a teacher, composer, and performer of music. I am a K-State graduate who took my studies outside of Kansas. I studied percussion in the Havana School of Music in Cuba and brought back not only skills in music but a love for culture and community. Everyone is a musician; you may just not know it yet. My students all compose their own music and we really dig into the why’s of music. When this happens, students can freely express themselves but also get a good grasp of scales, rudiments, or elements of music that we are working on. Students teach me so much as I am a life-long learner and that’s why I’ll always be a teacher. My goal isn’t to make good musicians, but curious and creative students that find a love for music. When this happens, students want to practice. And practice isn’t practice anymore; it’s exploring and fun. So come join me and let’s create, explore, and love music together.


JACOB WROBEL - Percussion

Jacob Wrobel is a K-State grad with a music education degree who wants nothing more than to share his passion of music with others and hope they hold on to that passion their whole lives. He has been playing percussion since he was a child in the footsteps of his older brother, though his mom was hoping he'd be a trumpet player! Jacob didn't find his love for music until his senior year of high school, but since then has taken every opportunity to share his music through teaching, playing, arranging, or composing. He is the graduate assistant at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he is getting a performance degree, in hopes to someday be a collegiate percussion professor and teach music to people of all ages and backgrounds.




PIANO INSTRUCTORS

VANCE BOLLINGER - Piano

Hi, I’m Vance, and I’m from Charleston, IL, a small town just south of Champaign-Urbana. I’ve been playing piano since I was six years old. I love to teach because I’m curious, driven, and I love to learn about music, so helping others achieve their goals is a treat. I’m comfortable teaching beginning to advanced piano students, in classical, jazz, blues, and pop. Fun fact, I just got a puppy and her name is Olive!


LINDSEY KNOX - Oboe & Piano

Lindsey Knox has been teaching oboe in the Lawrence, KS area since 2003, and at the REW Music Store since 2007. In addition to teaching students, Lindsey also plays in local community performances as much as possible. She is currently working on a doctorate degree in oboe performance studying with Margaret Marco at the University of Kansas where she teaches oboe lessons, oboe reed making, woodwinds methods class, and assists with conducting the KU Double Reed Ensemble. Lindsey is a member of the KU Wind Ensemble and Orchestra and she also is a member of an upcoming woodwind trio called Un Deux Trois. Lindsey received her Master of Music degree from UMKC Conservatory where she studied with Barbara Bishop.


JEREMEY REYNOLDS - Percussion & Piano

My name is Jeremey Reynolds; a teacher, composer, and performer of music. I am a K-State graduate who took my studies outside of Kansas. I studied percussion in the Havana School of Music in Cuba and brought back not only skills in music but a love for culture and community. Everyone is a musician; you may just not know it yet. My students all compose their own music and we really dig into the why’s of music. When this happens, students can freely express themselves but also get a good grasp of scales, rudiments, or elements of music that we are working on. Students teach me so much as I am a life-long learner and that’s why I’ll always be a teacher. My goal isn’t to make good musicians, but curious and creative students that find a love for music. When this happens, students want to practice. And practice isn’t practice anymore; it’s exploring and fun. So come join me and let’s create, explore, and love music together.


DANA UMSTEAD - Piano & Beginning Clarinet

My name is Dana Umstead and "Passion, Patience, and Perseverance" is my motto. These are the principles that help me guide students to be successful in life and music. I've spent over 25 years encouraging my passion for playing music and 13 years honing my teaching skills (both in school and in real world experience). I earned a Bachelor of Science-Education degree in Instrumental Music Education with an emphasis on piano in 2013. I've also spent a lifetime working with individuals who have special needs. As a life-long learner, I enjoy learning from you just as much as you will learn from me. Together we will make music!




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!




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