Saxophone / Clarinet / Flute
Saxophone, clarinet and flute teacher, Russell Thorpe moved to Kansas City in 2005, after earning a Master’s degree in saxophone performance from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has been teaching and training young musicians for over a decade, and works with students ranging from 6 to 60 years old. In addition to teaching at Music House, Russell is the head coach at Heartscope Learning Center where he oversees the analysis and customization of every student program they offer. His work as both a cognitive trainer and a music teacher gives him a keen insight into how people learn.
Russell is a jazz composer and an original member of the Black House Improvisors’ Collective, a Kansas City arts initiative sponsored by the Charlotte Street Foundation. He frequently performs with the People’s Liberation Big Band. Were he to have free time for leisure interests, he would run every day and be more attentive to his organic vegetable garden.