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GUITAR

BASS GUITAR

BANJO

MANDOLIN

UKULELE

 

GUITAR

JOE ALTON:

Joe has been teaching all styles of guitar with strengths in classical, folk, jazz, and rock music since 2003. He attended Southwestern Community College where he played with the jazz band, and has played with Voices Iowa and in Stage West productions. Joe has also directed and arranged music for a guitar ensemble.


 
ROB ANKUM:

Rob received his Music Education degree from Kirkwood Community College and additional training from the University of Iowa School of Music. Rob plays extensively around town, specializing in jazz and blues.



 
DAVE CUNNINGHAM:

Bringing over 20 years experience to the studio, primarily in rock, metal and blues, Dave is an excellent choice for both beginners and intermediate players. Dave also teaches advanced theory, soloing, technique building and improvisational skills. His goal is to help develop "guitar players" into well balanced musicians.


 
SETH JAMISON:

A Des Moines native, Seth has been playing music years. Seth was rewarded a music scholarship to the Los Angeles College of Music and now holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Guitar Performance. There, while learning from world class musicians, he taught private lessons and worked as a session musician. Seth is able to teach and play virtually every style of guitar. This includes jazz, blues, funk, reggae, country, soul and r&b, fingerstyle acoustic, slide, rock, and gospel. He can also teach music theory and sight reading. He is willing and wanting to teach all levels and all ages. Music is his passion, and it is a dream come true for him to share his passion and his knowledge to all of those who walk the same path.

 
STEVEN KENNEDY:

Steven received his Master of Music degree from Belmont University and his Bachelor of Music degree from Simpson College. He has performed in master classes for notable guitarists Jason Vieaux, Petar Jankovic, and Jerome Ducharme. His specialty is classical guitar but he’s also affluent in rock, metal, jazz, and blues. Steven has been an active musician in central Iowa for the last decade, both teaching and performing with the guitar.


 
JOE KLINEFELTER:

Joe Klinefelter is a freelance guitarist from Norwalk, Iowa. Joe started playing guitar in 2006 and began taking lessons with fellow Des Moines guitarist James Biehn in 2009. The following year, he began studying classical and jazz styles with Des Moines guitarist Seth Hedquist. Joe has also taken lessons from notable fingerstyle guitarists John Standefer, Stephen Bennett, and John Pell. After attending Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee as a music performance major, he returned to Des Moines in 2015. Since then, Joe has been teaching lessons and performing as a solo artist providing music for senior living facilities, weddings, corporate events, and local churches. He has taught students of all ages and varying skill levels. Joe is well versed in pop, country, folk, and swing era jazz styles and specializes in classical and fingerstyle guitar. Joe loves sharing music knowledge and helping students succeed in their musical pursuits.

 
HAL THOMPSON:

Hal has played professionally for over 20 years. He wrote, recorded and produced his own record and is the lead guitarist for the band Toaster. Hal works well with all levels of players and promotes a fun atmosphere in his lessons. Specializing in both lead and rhythm guitar, Hal's expertise is in rock and folk. He also teaches songwriting, voice, theory and studio production.


PAUL THOMPSON:

Paul R Thompson is a professional Musician, Clinician and Educator. In 1991 Paul graduated from Musician's Institute in Los Angeles California. Paul worked at Paisley Park Studios for The Late Prince, from 1993-1996. He is a multi instrumentalist and Songwriter, who has over 15 years experience teaching drums, guitar and bass guitar. Paul has toured the world playing and doing production for Dolly Parton, Weezer, Tanya Tucker, Paul Rodgers and Bad Company.

 
DAVE YAZEL:

Dave holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University. He began his music career with the viola at age eight taking instruction from top players in the Des Moines Symphony for seven years. At 15, he applied this background and skill to the guitar and has played for over 20 years. Rock, metal, and blues are his personal focus, but he welcomes the opportunity of teaching other styles. Dave enjoys the challenge of starting beginners in the right direction and helping students that are more advanced with chop building, speed, improvisation, theory, and tasteful playing. He currently plays, writes and records with the band Kamikaze Dragonfly.

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BASS GUITAR

 
DAVID ALTEMEIR:

Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a Bass emphasis and Jazz Studies Minor from the University of Northern Iowa. While there he was in Jazz Band One for four years and principal bass in the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra. He has taught for more than a decade in central Iowa and performed with the Des Moines Big Band, Orquestra Alto Miaz, and the Jack Oatts Quartet, among many others.


JOE ALTON:

Joe has been teaching all styles of guitar with strengths in classical, folk, jazz, and rock music since 2003. He attended Southwestern Community College where he played with the jazz band, and has played with Voices Iowa and in Stage West productions. Joe has also directed and arranged music for a guitar ensemble.


PAUL THOMPSON:

Paul R Thompson is a professional Musician, Clinician and Educator. In 1991 Paul graduated from Musician's Institute in Los Angeles California. Paul worked at Paisley Park Studios for The Late Prince, from 1993-1996. He is a multi instrumentalist and Songwriter, who has over 15 years experience teaching drums, guitar and bass guitar. Paul has toured the world playing and doing production for Dolly Parton, Weezer, Tanya Tucker, Paul Rodgers and Bad Company.

BANJO

 
PAUL PERKINS:

Paul teaches math in the Waukee school district. He received his Bachelors degree with a major in Mathematics and Masters degree in Education from Iowa State University. He has been playing the banjo for 16 years. He has played throughout Iowa for the past 12 years and has been teaching banjo for 9 years. He teaches the Scruggs, melodic, and clawhammer styles of playing the banjo and can provide instruction for beginning guitar and ukulele students. As a diligent student of the music, he is consistently expanding his repertoire, learning new material, teaching techniques and waiting for the next pick.

MANDOLIN

 
STEVEN KENNEDY:

Steven received his Master of Music degree from Belmont University and his Bachelor of Music degree from Simpson College. He has performed in master classes for notable guitarists Jason Vieaux, Petar Jankovic, and Jerome Ducharme. His specialty is classical guitar but he’s also affluent in rock, metal, jazz, and blues. Steven has been an active musician in central Iowa for the last decade, both teaching and performing with the guitar.


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UKULELE

JOE ALTON:

Joe has been teaching all styles of guitar with strengths in classical, folk, jazz, and rock music since 2003. He attended Southwestern Community College where he played with the jazz band, and has played with Voices Iowa and in Stage West productions. Joe has also directed and arranged music for a guitar ensemble.