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The Guide: Music lessons

Find a music teach in 5 minutes or less

SXC.HU

January 31, 2013 | 12:00 a.m. CST

No matter which musical instrument you’ve been wanting to try, Columbia has a wide array of local musicians excited to teach you their craft. Some businesses offer lessons for myriad musical instruments, and others specialize in piano, guitar or percussion. If you’ve been dying to spice up your life with a little funk or blues, there’s no excuse not to sign up for lessons after exploring this guide. When you become the next Bruce Springsteen or Alicia Keys, you can thank us.


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Access Percussion

Instruments: All percussion (drums, drum set, concert snare, bells, marimba, xylophone, etc.)
Lesson Length: 30 minutes
One-on-One or Group: Both
Cost: $20
Where: 1203 Rogers St.
Call: 228-9774
Online: www.facebook.com/AccessPercussion
Access Percussion opened in September with new teaching studios and multimedia equipment. “Regardless of who you are and how you learn best, we can approach a teaching style that fits,” owner Charley Waddill says. Students can sit alongside instructors on drum sets to learn skills.

Alina's Music Studio

Instruments: Piano
Lesson Length: 30 minutes
One-on-One or Group: One-on-one
Cost: $20
Where: 3504 Barksdale Mill Drive
Call: 529-2679
Alina Ponkratov says music instruction was different for her growing up in the Ukraine. “I went to music school daily, even on Saturdays,” she says. “It makes a difference.” Ponkratov speaks English, Russian and Ukrainian.

Ben's Piano Studio

Instruments: Piano
Lesson Length: 30 minutes to 2 hours
One-on-One or Group: One-on-one
Cost: $15-60
Where: 1544 S. Sonora Drive
Call: 319-450-8625
Ben Painter is a certified Suzuki method instructor. He also teaches a variety of other learning techniques, including Keith Snell’s Piano Town. Painter can play many different genres and is also available as an accompanist for the same rates below.

Blue Room Music Studio

Instruments: Voice and piano
Lesson Length: 30 minutes
One-on-One or Group: One-on-one
Cost: $20
Where: 4508 W. Knox Drive
Call: 529-9257
Online: www.facebook.com/blueroommusicstudiocomo
Ellen Williamson accepts students as young as 5 for piano and 10 for voice. “The student should come away still loving music,” Williamson says. “They not only learn to read music but also how to play by ear.”

Columbia Academy of Music

Instruments: All instruments
Lesson Length: 30 minutes or 1 hour typically once a week; will accommodate twice a week or twice a month
One-on-One or Group: Both
Cost: $20-40
Where: 1020 E. Walnut St.
Call: 442-9627
Online: comoacademyofmusic.com
Take any instrument to Columbia Academy of Music, and the staff will provide an instructor. “Our talented staff can teach age 4 to 74, with any range of skill coming into a first lesson,” General Manager Kara Miller says.

Community Music Program at MU

Instruments: Violin, viola, cello, guitar, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, piano, percussion, drum set, vocal and audio sound engineering
Lesson Length: 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 1 hour
One-on-One or Group: One-on-one
Cost: $16-28
Where: Fine Arts Building and Loeb Hall, MU campus
Call: 882-2605
Online: music.missouri.edu
Community Music bridges MU and Columbia residents while providing student teachers professional experience. Lessons are scheduled directly between student and instructor and can be held on the weekend or evenings.

Greg Allers Guitar Lessons

Instruments: Guitar, drums, bass, music theory and
song writing
Lesson Length: 30 minutes, once a week
One-on-One or Group: One-on-one
Cost: $70 for 1 month
Where: 20 Southampton Drive
Call: 636-288-9447
Online: guitarlessonscolumbiamo.com
Allers makes a personalized lesson plan for each student based on interest, age and aptitude. “If a student wants to learn some AC/DC, some of those songs are really hard to play,” Allers says. “I’ll make a simplified version of that and teach that to them first until they’re ready for the real thing.”

Makarov's Piano Lessons

Instruments: Piano
Lesson Length: 30 minutes or 1 hour
One-on-One or Group: One-on-one
Cost: $25-40
Where: 1729 W. Broadway, Suite 10B
Call: 864-4785
Online: www.facebook.com/pages/Makarovs-Piano-Lessons
Konstantin Makarov emphasizes classical piano. He makes sure his lessons include music theory, history and playing by ear. “I really let my students choose their own repertoire,” Makarov says.

Palen Music Center

Instruments: All instruments
Lesson Length: 30 minutes
One-on-One or Group: One-on-one
Cost: $75 for 1 month
Where: 2609 E. Broadway, Suite 206/208
Call: 256-5555
Online: www.palenmusic.com
At Palen Music Center, you will find seasoned teachers who specialize in a variety of instruments. With locations in Columbia, Springfield, Joplin, Liberty and Broken Arrow, Palen Music isn’t hard to find.

Robin Anderson Piano Lessons

Instruments: Piano, voice and short-term audition coaching
Lesson Length: 30 minutes to 1 hour
One-on-One or Group: One-on-one
Cost: $20-35
Where: 1791 W. Gateview Court
Call: 321-3886
Online: lessonswithrobin.com
Along with teaching music at a public school, Robin Anderson also holds private lessons. “If a student has an audition piece for a musical, I am more than happy to teach a multitude of styles,” Anderson says.

Wallace Guitar Lessons

Instruments: Guitar, bass, basic piano and voice
Lesson Length: 30 minute to 1 hour
One-on-One or Group: Both
Cost: $15-25
Where: 222 Calvin Drive
Call: 875-4094
Online: wallaceguitarlessons.com
Scott Wallace is a certified teacher in the state of Missouri and a seasoned music instructor. “I try to be very consistent,” he says. “I’ve been here week after week, year after year for 13 years.” His son specializes in teaching bass guitar.

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