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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.



 
NATHAN FINESTEAD:

Nathan has been playing professionally over the last ten years in various rock, pop, jazz, blues, funk, and Latin groups. He holds a degree in Communication Studies and Film from the University of Iowa. He has studied with Susie Midget, John Albough, and Dan Towey. His education includes jazz theory, composition, and improvisation. He has been teaching guitar and bass since 2003 and has taught beginning adult guitar classes through West Des Moines schools since 2005. Nathan is an excellent choice for aspiring songwriters. He currently writes, plays guitar and sings for local band MooseKnuckle.

 
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 KORI:

Joe has studied harmony and theory, and has had many years experience playing jazz, rock and country styles. He has written and recorded various types of music and has over 30 years of experience in guitar performance.





 
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, folk and country. He also teaches songwriting, theory and studio production.



 
MIKE TYLER:

Since an early interest in studying and playing guitar, Mike has actively pursued a career in music. He has performed in various bands and music events over the past 30 years, and studied guitar fundamentals under Fred Brese.. Through an extensive background of experiences in the field, Mike has developed strong performance skills, and enjoys playing many styles of music including blues, rock and country. Mike loves to perform as well as share his knowledge of music through music instruction. Mike’s students range in age and skill level, and he enjoys working with beginners.

 
MARK WILLIE:

Mark holds a Bachelors degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston. While at Berklee, he studied under notable professors such as Joe Stump, Chris Buono, Shaun Michaud, Jeff Dorenfeld, and John Kellogg. Upon graduation, he completed his internship at Prosthetic Records in Los Angeles, CA and is now currently playing guitar in the L.A. based metal band Systems. Mark has been teaching at Rieman Music for two years and specializes in metal, jazz, classical, rock and blues styles. He also teaches basic and advanced music theory including topics such as: harmony, counterpoint, tonality/polytonality/atonality, solfege/ear-training and rhythms/polyrhythms.

 
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.


 
NATHAN FINESTEAD:

Nathan has been playing professionally over the last ten years in various rock, pop, jazz, blues, funk, and Latin groups. He holds a degree in Communication Studies and Film from the University of Iowa. He has studied with Susie Midget, John Albough, and Dan Towey. His education includes jazz theory, composition, and improvisation. He has been teaching guitar and bass since 2003 and has taught beginning adult guitar classes through West Des Moines schools since 2005. Nathan is an excellent choice for aspiring songwriters. He currently writes, plays guitar and sings for local band MooseKnuckle.

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BANJO

 
PAUL PERKINS:

Paul received a Bachelors degree with a major in Mathematics from Iowa State University. Paul performs throughout Iowa with Mr. Baber's Neighbors: The Solar String Band. He teaches five string banjo in Scruggs, Clawhammer and Melodic styles. 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

 
PAUL PERKINS:

Paul received a Bachelors degree with a major in Mathematics from Iowa State University. Paul performs throughout Iowa with Mr. Baber's Neighbors: The Solar String Band. He teaches five string banjo in Scruggs, Clawhammer and Melodic styles. As a diligent student of the music, he is consistently expanding his repertoire, learning new material, teaching techniques and waiting for the next pick.


 
NATHAN FINESTEAD:

Nathan has been playing professionally over the last ten years in various rock, pop, jazz, blues, funk, and Latin groups. He holds a degree in Communication Studies and Film from the University of Iowa. He has studied with Susie Midget, John Albough, and Dan Towey. His education includes jazz theory, composition, and improvisation. He has been teaching guitar and bass since 2003 and has taught beginning adult guitar classes through West Des Moines schools since 2005. Nathan is an excellent choice for aspiring songwriters. He currently writes, plays guitar and sings for local band MooseKnuckle.

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