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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.



 
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.

 
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.


 
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.



 
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.



 
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 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.



 
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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