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A community of mentors

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Every aspiring musician needs mentors


Our well-trained teachers are highly experienced and work together as a team to help students reach their individuals goals. At Music House, you'll have access to some of the best musicians and instructors in Overland Park, Lenexa, Olathe and the Kansas City metro. Our entire team of educators works together to bring a diverse range of perspectives to each and every student.

Little-known fact: Our teachers are full-fledged employees of Music House, not just independent contractors like at every other music school in the Kansas City area. What does that mean? It means consistent instruction across the board, fully vetted music teachers, and an incredibly strong music community. We can't wait to meet you!

Administrators
Aaron Sizemore Co-Founder, Executive Director
Aaron Sizemore
Co-Founder, Executive Director

Music House Co-founder, Aaron Sizemore grew up in the Quad Cities, a hotbed of blues and jazz along the Mississippi River on the Illinois/Iowa border. He started out on the trumpet when he was nine...

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Rachel Loewen Director of Outreach
Rachel Loewen
Director of Outreach

Rachel comes to Music House from Wichita, KS where she was born and raised. She brings extensive knowledge of the music retail industry having worked 5 ½ years for one of the state’s largest music ...

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Rachel Cross Director of Classes
Rachel Cross
Director of Classes

Rachel Cross is a midwest based singer, actor, harpist, voice teacher, and musical director and is excited to join the Music House team! She holds an MM in CCM Voice Pedagogy and Speech Science and...

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Becca Kephart Director of Band Workshops
Becca Kephart
Director of Band Workshops

As a popular independent music lesson teacher, Becca brought a whole fleet of students with her when she began teaching at Music House in 2014. It was the focus on community that had attracted her ...

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Joel Stratton Director of Faculty Culture
Joel Stratton
Director of Faculty Culture

Joel Stratton’s love for music first blossomed as a young boy wheeling a comically large upright bass between fireside jam sessions at the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in Winfield, KS. As he gr...

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Brian Kephart Director of Technology
Brian Kephart
Director of Technology

A veteran of many rock, funk & jazz bands from southern Illinois to the Colorado front range, Brian has a diversity of musical experiences that he loves to share with students and fans of all t...

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Kinsey Belgeri Director of Community Culture
Kinsey Belgeri
Director of Community Culture

Born in Overland Park, Kansas, Kinsey’s love for music came out of her early experiences as a dancer. Her parents influenced her love for classic rock, and she is now the self-proclaimed number one...

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Taylor Carter Community Assistant
Taylor Carter
Community Assistant

Taylor is a new resident of the Kansas City area and is originally from a small town in northeast Missouri. She attended the University of Missouri in Columbia and received her Bachelor of Fine Art...

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Jocelyn Brokob Community Assistant
Jocelyn Brokob
Community Assistant

Jocelyn, born in a small town in southeast Kansas, has always had a love for music and a desire to serve her community. Her love for music began in elementary school choir and continued with high s...

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David Cline Program Coordinator / Senior Instructor
David Cline
Program Coordinator / Senior Instructor

Born and raised in the KC Metro, David walked into his first guitar lesson at age 12 and has been playing and writing his own music ever since. After graduating from Blue Valley High School, he fol...

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Fiona Msechu Community Assistant
Fiona Msechu
Community Assistant

Born and raised in Maryville, Missouri, Fiona’s love of music started early with the influence of her two older sisters. She is now an avid listener of all musical genres. Currently a business stud...

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Brass & Woodwinds
Teri Quinn Clarinet / Saxophone
Teri Quinn
Clarinet / Saxophone

Multi-instrumentalist Teri Quinn is an active musician in the Kansas City music scene. After graduating from the University of Kansas City-Conservatory of Music with a degree in performance and mus...

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David Thal Brass / Piano
David Thal
Brass / Piano

David Thal is a trumpet and piano player from St. Louis, Missouri. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in trumpet performance from the University of Kansas School of Music. His playing career began mostly...

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Daphne Hootman Piano / Flute
Daphne Hootman
Piano / Flute

Daphne Hootman is a Kansas City native who has been teaching in the area since 1995. “My teaching philosophy is to give students the important tools they need to learn,” says Daphne, “while also gi...

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Drums
Jake Schubert Drums / Piano
Jake Schubert
Drums / Piano

Jake Schubert is a percussionist from Milwaukee, where he completed his degree in classical percussion performance from UW Milwaukee. He has toured throughout Wisconsin playing jazz fusion and musi...

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Dodi Wiemuth Guitar / Drums
Dodi Wiemuth
Guitar / Drums

Edoardo (Dodi) Wiemuth has been playing guitar, drums, and bass for over twenty-five years. He is originally from Tuscany, Italy and graduated from the Music Conservatory of Perugia in percussion. ...

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Spencer Smith Drums
Spencer Smith
Drums

UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance graduate Spencer Smith began playing the drums at age eight after his mother discovered that he loved to tap on anything he could find. By the time he'd earned ...

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Ryan Smith Drums
Ryan Smith
Drums

Ryan is a passionate performer and educator based in Kansas City where he performs with original jazz quartet Dreamachine and percussion with rock and funk band Glass Bandit. He is also a recording...

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Joel Shipley Drums
Joel Shipley
Drums

Joel Shipley has been teaching drums for years, but what brings him to Music House is his passion for playing music with others. “My goal is to share the joy of drums and music with every student.”...

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Josh Blythe Drums
Josh Blythe
Drums

Joshua Blythe, a Missouri native, is a performer, composer, and educator based in Kansas City, MO. Beginning his musical career in Columbia, MO, Josh moved to Kansas City in the fall of 2012. As of...

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Steve Thomas Drums
Steve Thomas
Drums

Throughout his over 20 years of teaching experience, Steve has enjoyed sharing his passion for music with students of all ages. His teaching style is often described as “inspirational” and we’ve be...

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Early Childhood Music
Alison Mahal Piano / Voice
Alison Mahal
Piano / Voice

Alison Mahal has a BM in Music Education from Southern Methodist University and nine years of teaching experience. While teaching, she completed 3 summers of advanced training in a playful approach...

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Mary Self Piano
Mary Self
Piano

Mary is originally from Laguna Hills, California, but grew up mostly in Springfield, Missouri. A Missouri State University alumnus, she has taught piano guitar and ukulele, for many years in the Un...

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Zakara York Voice
Zakara York
Voice

Zakara’s musical journey began at home, with musician parents and siblings. She started writing songs soon after picking up the guitar at age 11, singing in her school choir throughout childhood. A...

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Guitar & Bass
Jon Self Guitar
Jon Self
Guitar

Jon Self is a guitarist, trombonist, educator, and composer from Kirksville, MO. Having started as a self-taught guitarist, Jon understands a wide variety of musical perspectives. Recently graduate...

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Aiden Jensen Guitar / Bass
Aiden Jensen
Guitar / Bass

Aiden Jensen is a working guitarist and bassist born and raised in KC. He was first introduced to music at age 13 in a school guitar class, then moved on to private lessons and gigs shortly after. ...

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Dodi Wiemuth Guitar / Drums
Dodi Wiemuth
Guitar / Drums

Edoardo (Dodi) Wiemuth has been playing guitar, drums, and bass for over twenty-five years. He is originally from Tuscany, Italy and graduated from the Music Conservatory of Perugia in percussion. ...

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Joe Hertz Guitar / Bass
Joe Hertz
Guitar / Bass

Joe Hertz, originally from Chicago Illinois, earned his Bachelor's degree in Classical Guitar performance under the American virtuoso Christopher Parkening from Pepperdine University. During his cl...

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Alex Hyden Guitar
Alex Hyden
Guitar

Alex began tinkering with the guitar as soon as he could hold one up. His parents were set on him becoming a country music star and always had a nylon string acoustic around the home he grew up at ...

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Forrest Fowler Bass / Guitar
Forrest Fowler
Bass / Guitar

Forrest Fowler is a performer, composer, and educator living in Kansas City, Missouri. Forrest graduated from Ottawa University in 2016 with a BM in Jazz Studies and is currently pursuing his Maste...

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Collin Littlejohn Guitar
Collin Littlejohn
Guitar

Collin is a live and session guitarist, songwriter, and worship leader. He was born and raised in Memphis, TN where he grew up playing on Historic Beale Street. After attending Visible Music Colleg...

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Logan Contino Guitar/Ukulele
Logan Contino
Guitar/Ukulele

Logan Contino, a Johnson County native, graduated from Selkirk College in British Columbia with degrees in music composition, music production, and guitar. As a Music House alum, he spent multiple ...

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Guilherme Vaz Guitar / Bass
Guilherme Vaz
Guitar / Bass

It took only a split second for Guilherme (you can call him “G”) to know that music would always be part of his life. When, at age 11, Santa Claus brought him his first acoustic guitar (he’d asked ...

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David Cline Program Coordinator / Senior Instructor
David Cline
Program Coordinator / Senior Instructor

Born and raised in the KC Metro, David walked into his first guitar lesson at age 12 and has been playing and writing his own music ever since. After graduating from Blue Valley High School, he fol...

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Piano
Jake Schubert Drums / Piano
Jake Schubert
Drums / Piano

Jake Schubert is a percussionist from Milwaukee, where he completed his degree in classical percussion performance from UW Milwaukee. He has toured throughout Wisconsin playing jazz fusion and musi...

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James Wiltfang Piano
James Wiltfang
Piano

James Wiltfang is a pianist, educator, and performing artist. He’s formally trained in the classical piano repertoire, but has a passion for playing rock & jazz in his professional career. He s...

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Alison Mahal Piano / Voice
Alison Mahal
Piano / Voice

Alison Mahal has a BM in Music Education from Southern Methodist University and nine years of teaching experience. While teaching, she completed 3 summers of advanced training in a playful approach...

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Mary Self Piano
Mary Self
Piano

Mary is originally from Laguna Hills, California, but grew up mostly in Springfield, Missouri. A Missouri State University alumnus, she has taught piano guitar and ukulele, for many years in the Un...

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Mark Allen Piano
Mark Allen
Piano

Mark Allen is a passionate musician and educator whose love for music started at an early age. Originally from New Jersey, he grew up in a musical family surrounded by musicians which led him to pu...

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Audrey Lena Baughman Piano /  Voice
Audrey Lena Baughman
Piano / Voice

Music is Audrey's number one love language. With over 15 years of teaching experience, Audrey finds great joy when she inspires her students and helps shape them to become the artist they desire to...

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David Thal Brass / Piano
David Thal
Brass / Piano

David Thal is a trumpet and piano player from St. Louis, Missouri. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in trumpet performance from the University of Kansas School of Music. His playing career began mostly...

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Daphne Hootman Piano / Flute
Daphne Hootman
Piano / Flute

Daphne Hootman is a Kansas City native who has been teaching in the area since 1995. “My teaching philosophy is to give students the important tools they need to learn,” says Daphne, “while also gi...

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Stas Heaney Piano
Stas Heaney
Piano

While growing up in the Midwest, Staś had a knack for chancing upon world-class musical experiences as he studied piano, voice, violin, and percussion. He picked up a number of other instruments al...

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Andrew Ouellette Piano
Andrew Ouellette
Piano

Andrew Ouellette is a Kansas City pianist, composer, and educator. Originally from Hannibal, MO, Andrew has taught piano lessons for over 6 years. He had the privilege to study under the world-reno...

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Charles Hoeft Piano
Charles Hoeft
Piano

Charles Hoeft is a versatile pianist and a devoted educator. Originally from Minnesota, he moved to Kansas City in 2014 and has enjoyed teaching at Music House since 2015. He loves to teach people ...

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Voice
Vineel Mahal Voice
Vineel Mahal
Voice

Vineel Garisa Mahal is a Texas raised, Indian-American, award winning vocalist, pianist, guitarist, songwriter, and voice teacher. He has served as adjunct voice faculty at New York University wher...

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Alison Mahal Piano / Voice
Alison Mahal
Piano / Voice

Alison Mahal has a BM in Music Education from Southern Methodist University and nine years of teaching experience. While teaching, she completed 3 summers of advanced training in a playful approach...

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Ben Chaverin Voice
Ben Chaverin
Voice

Ben Chaverin writes songs to make friends with strangers. This drive to connect with people extends to his teaching and he’s thrilled to be part of the Music House team. Ben started his music caree...

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Andrew Sanders Voice
Andrew Sanders
Voice

Andrew Sanders is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance with a strong emphasis in music education. Performing since high school with ...

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Audrey Lena Baughman Piano /  Voice
Audrey Lena Baughman
Piano / Voice

Music is Audrey's number one love language. With over 15 years of teaching experience, Audrey finds great joy when she inspires her students and helps shape them to become the artist they desire to...

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Zakara York Voice
Zakara York
Voice

Zakara’s musical journey began at home, with musician parents and siblings. She started writing songs soon after picking up the guitar at age 11, singing in her school choir throughout childhood. A...

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