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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 Program Manager - West
Rachel Loewen
Program Manager - West

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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Andy Launder Program Manager - South
Andy Launder
Program Manager - South

When Andy was 11 years old, he begged his mom for a guitar. It was the 1990’s then, during the height of the grunge rock era. Needless to say, she was uneasy at the prospect of Andy turning into on...

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Celeste Applegate Program Manager - East
Celeste Applegate
Program Manager - East

Celeste's background in music, business, & community building makes her the perfect fit for the Music House team. “Music is such a beautiful thing," says Celeste. "Creating a community that nur...

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Kinsey Belgeri Community Manager
Kinsey Belgeri
Community Manager

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

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Cheyanne Hodges Community Assistant
Cheyanne Hodges
Community Assistant

Cheyanne was born and raised in Kansas City, MO by a musical family. They kept her mind open to a wide range of music, from rock to classical and everything in between. Throughout her music-loving ...

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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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Haley Herzberg Community Assistant
Haley Herzberg
Community Assistant

Haley, a Nebraska native, caught the music bug in elementary school where she wrote and performed her own songs in her classes. In her later school years, she joined the choir and continues to love...

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Becca Kephart Outreach Manager
Becca Kephart
Outreach Manager

Becca has been teaching guitar, bass, and ukulele in the genres rock, pop, funk, soul, jazz, and classical for over 10 years. Helping people learn, grow and reach their full potential is what motiv...

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Brian Kephart Tech Manager
Brian Kephart
Tech Manager

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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Brass & Woodwinds
David Thal Brass Instruments
David Thal
Brass Instruments

David thal is a trumpet player and educator. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in trumpet performance from the University of Kansas School of Music. His playing career began mostly centered around jazz ...

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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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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
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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Guitar & Bass
Alex Hyden Guitar/Bass/Ukulele
Alex Hyden
Guitar/Bass/Ukulele

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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David Cline Guitar/Ukulele
David Cline
Guitar/Ukulele

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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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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Justin Murray Guitar
Justin Murray
Guitar

Since picking up the guitar and immersing himself in his father’s blues/rock music collection (at the age of 12), Justin has not let the instrument escape his sight. With 10 years of teaching exper...

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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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Collin Littlejohn Guitar/Ukulele
Collin Littlejohn
Guitar/Ukulele

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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Brandon Vogt Guitar / Bass
Brandon Vogt
Guitar / Bass

When it comes to teaching, Brandon’s philosophy is to help his students enjoy the instrument as much as possible. “I have come to notice that the best guitar players just simply enjoy playing more ...

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Piano
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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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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Manuel Vizurraga Piano
Manuel Vizurraga
Piano

Manuel enjoys learning about each student’s background and interest in music. While teaching in private studios, community music schools, and summer camps, he has always striven to get to know his ...

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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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Drew Crane Piano
Drew Crane
Piano

Tulsa native Drew Crane is a Kansas City based pianist and orchestra conductor. He received his Bachelors in Piano Performance from the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma, and while there was able to ...

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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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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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Voice
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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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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Michaela Glover Voice
Michaela Glover
Voice

Michaela Glover is a vocalist who loves to perform and educate. She received her bachelor's degree in vocal performance & composition from Friends University in 2017. While in college, she perf...

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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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