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A community of mentors

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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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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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Rachel Vandivier Director of Classes
Rachel Vandivier
Director of Classes

Rachel Vandivier 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...

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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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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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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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Audrey Lena Baughman Program Coordinator / Senior Instructor
Audrey Lena Baughman
Program Coordinator / Senior Instructor

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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Mary Self Program Coordinator / Senior Instructor
Mary Self
Program Coordinator / Senior Instructor

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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Joel Stratton Program Coordinator / Senior Instructor
Joel Stratton
Program Coordinator / Senior Instructor

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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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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Audrey Renner Community Assistant
Audrey Renner
Community Assistant

Audrey’s love for music started with a fascination with Baby Einsteins and blossomed when she started playing viola and guitar. She performed in the school orchestra and as a Music House student! R...

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Brass & Woodwinds
Jackson Broadwater Brass / Piano
Jackson Broadwater
Brass / Piano

Jackson Broadwater is an educator and multi-instrumentalist who has been performing across the Midwest for the past 8 years. While studying with an all-star faculty at UMKC featuring Bobby Watson, ...

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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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Teri Quinn Woodwinds
Teri Quinn
Woodwinds

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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Drums
Thomas Pribyl Drums
Thomas Pribyl
Drums

Thomas Pribyl is a drummer and percussionist from Kansas City who has been playing drums since the age of 9. He received a finance degree and a music minor from Loyola Marymount University in Los A...

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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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Dodi Wiemuth Drums/Guitar/Bass/Ukulele
Dodi Wiemuth
Drums/Guitar/Bass/Ukulele

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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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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Kevin McAfoos Drums
Kevin McAfoos
Drums

Kevin McAfoos is a drummer, educator, and audio/video technician in Kansas City. Originally hailing from small town Cleveland, MO, Kevin was given ample opportunity to try his hand at music educati...

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Early Childhood Music
Anna Snow Voice
Anna Snow
Voice

Anna Snow is a multi-faceted vocalist based out of KC. From opera houses to karaoke bars, Anna carries an effusive love of her craft no matter the venue. A two-time award recipient from the Nationa...

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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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Mary Self Program Coordinator / Senior Instructor
Mary Self
Program Coordinator / Senior Instructor

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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Guitar & Bass
Aidan Murrow Guitar
Aidan Murrow
Guitar

Aidan Murrow is a jazz and classical guitarist from St. Louis, Missouri. Since picking up the guitar at age 9, Aidan has performed in many ensemble settings including the Pit Orchestra for the Broa...

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Lilah Cottrell Guitar / Ukulele
Lilah Cottrell
Guitar / Ukulele

Lilah Cottrell is a multi-instrumentalist and recording engineer from Kansas City. Lilah got her start in education at Kansas City Young Audiences, first as a student, then going on to lead their "...

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Jon Self Guitar/Bass/Ukulele
Jon Self
Guitar/Bass/Ukulele

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 Drums/Guitar/Bass/Ukulele
Dodi Wiemuth
Drums/Guitar/Bass/Ukulele

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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Forrest Fowler Guitar/Bass/Ukulele
Forrest Fowler
Guitar/Bass/Ukulele

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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Logan Contino Guitar/Bass/Ukulele
Logan Contino
Guitar/Bass/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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Joel Stratton Program Coordinator / Senior Instructor
Joel Stratton
Program Coordinator / Senior Instructor

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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Piano
Tyler Kemp Piano
Tyler Kemp
Piano

Tyler Kemp is a composer, pianist, bassist, and educator living in the Kansas City area. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University. He also...

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Jackson Broadwater Brass / Piano
Jackson Broadwater
Brass / Piano

Jackson Broadwater is an educator and multi-instrumentalist who has been performing across the Midwest for the past 8 years. While studying with an all-star faculty at UMKC featuring Bobby Watson, ...

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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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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 Program Coordinator / Senior Instructor
Audrey Lena Baughman
Program Coordinator / Senior Instructor

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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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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Mary Self Program Coordinator / Senior Instructor
Mary Self
Program Coordinator / Senior Instructor

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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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
Anna Snow Voice
Anna Snow
Voice

Anna Snow is a multi-faceted vocalist based out of KC. From opera houses to karaoke bars, Anna carries an effusive love of her craft no matter the venue. A two-time award recipient from the Nationa...

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Blair Walker Voice
Blair Walker
Voice

Blair Walker has been singing for as long as he can remember. Music was always present in Blair’s life, from exploring piano at a young age to singing in choirs through all of his secondary educati...

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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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Sarah Montag Voice
Sarah Montag
Voice

Sarah Montag has been a vocalist since she was very young, working with community theaters and churches. Sarah studied Vocal Music at East Central University in Ada, OK where she worked as a music ...

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Audrey Lena Baughman Program Coordinator / Senior Instructor
Audrey Lena Baughman
Program Coordinator / Senior Instructor

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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