Violin | Viola
Alyssa’s passion for music performance and education has allowed her to develop a devotion to sharing multi-genre music with all. Her goals include: ever improving performance, and helping connect people through various types music. In the summer of 2013 along with the help of her brother, Nick Bell, she founded Classical Revolution KC: an organization that strives to make live classical music performances accessible to people of all walks of life.
While in Kansas City she has played with several area organizations including: Kansas City Symphony, Topeka Symphony, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, Harmony Project KC and is a member of Mezzo String. Additionally, she has enjoyed experiences performing with artists such as: Trans Siberian Orchestra, Peter Gabriel, Josh Groban, and Rod Stewart.
Alyssa has taught private violin and viola for more than 8 years. In 2013 she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from UMKC, and in May of 2016 received her Master of Music in Viola Performance at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. While in Baltimore she worked with various organizations such as: Baltimore Symphony, OrchKids, Occasional Symphony, and Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Alyssa’s love for teaching and performing has motivated her to inspire people of varying backgrounds, including welcoming new-comers to the classical music world.
Guitar | Bass | Piano
Tim has been teaching in the Kansas City metro area for over 10 years. Whether you’re just starting out, or you want to build on what you already know, Tim can help you reach your musical goals. He offers guitar instruction in Rock, Blues, Jazz, R&B, Country, and Classical styles, with an emphasis on music theory and improvisation. He also offers instruction for piano and bass guitar.
Piano | Voice
Julie Gardner Bray has recently retired from teaching general music and choir in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, at Westview Elementary School. Her teaching experience also includes middle school and university levels. She also has taught piano and voice privately for over 30 years. She has earned a BME and MME degree from Arkansas State University where she studied composition with Dr. Jared Spears and piano with Myron Myers. Also, she studied music at the University of North Texas State.
Ms. Bray’s interest in music composition began while she was in grade school. She and her sisters frequently “created” their own songs and musicals for the neighborhood. Her experiences in her family and then by living abroad and living in Wisconsin deepened and developed her musical talents. She credits the encouragement of many conductors such as Kevin Meidl and Steve Perry, singers like Kathy St. Clair Partain, former Heritage Music Press editor, Mary Lynn Lightfoot, and oboist Dr. Daniel Ross with her success as a composer.
Ms. Bray frequently collaborates with her sister Janie Gardner Cunningham who is also a music teacher and has been published with other composers as well. She feels that the depth and creativity of Janie’s lyrics inspire her writing. Together they attempt to write music that is timeless.
Michelle Brown has taught private lessons to a variety of age groups and learning levels since 2002. She has a Master’s degree in Music Education with an emphasis in conducting from the University of Central Missouri. Michelle has taught strings in the public school setting for the past 5 years. Currently, she is a teacher in the Lee’s Summit School District. She is a member of the Lee’s Summit Symphony and frequently plays her cello for surrounding area churches and wedding events. Ms. Brown is a member of several music organizations, such as the Mid-America Music Association, American String Teachers Association, and the National Association for Music Education, in order to continually pursue her own growth in the art of teaching students music in fun and innovative ways. In her spare time, Ms. Brown is enjoying writing and creating her new blog which shares string teaching resources and ideas with other teachers at sweetstringstudio.net.
Viola | Violin
Sean was born in Heidelberg, Germany and began studying the viola at age nine. Early teachers include Maria Maxwell and Walter Halen. Mr. Brumble holds a Bachelor of Music degree from UMKC where he studied with Steve Kruse, former Principal Violist of the Kansas City Symphony. Upon graduation he was awarded a fellowship to Music Academy of the West under the tutelage of Don McInnes. Sean has been a member of the Kansas City Symphony since 1996. He has also performed with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and is currently Principal Violist of the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. In addition to orchestral performance he also enjoys playing chamber music and performs regularly as part of the Symphony’s Community Connections and Happy Hour chamber music series. As a guest artist, he collaborated with fellow KCS musicians on the Summerfest Concert series to critical acclaim. Sean resides in Greenwood, MO with his wife, Robyn, and two sons. He enjoys playing tennis, golf, and running 5Ks in his spare time.
Guitar | Bass | Ukulele
Jimmy Dykes is a professional Musician in Kansas City and enjoys playing a wide verity of Genres while bringing rhythm and soul to every performance.
He works as a Private Music Instructor; every Lesson is Tailored to each individual and is unique using his extensive Music background to educate the novice through advanced player.
Continuing Education is key and evident in this seasoned professional.
Mr. Dykes has played in bands such as: JT Cooke, Baby Leroy, SDI The Blue Riddim Band and toured the World playing lead guitar with Oleta Adams for seventeen years. Jimmy had the pleasure of playing with some remarkable musical Greats such as Rufus Thomas, Dr. John, Isaac hays and Mike Finnegan.
Attended the Conservatory at the University of Missouri Kansas City where he was the recipient of the George Salisbury Scholarship and received the NARAS Grammy award for production of the song “Begging the Shadows”. He also spent time as the musical director in the one man show “Paul Robeson”, which played in theaters first in Kansas City, later on moving to the East Coast performing to sold out audiences every night. Currently tours with Roy Ayers and has performed in the UK and Europe most notably “Ronnie Scott’s” jazz club and many other festivals in Europe. Also toured for 13 yrs with Oleta Adams and has toured extensively in the Netherlands, the West Indies, Brazil, Costa Rica, Japan, and one of the most remote places being Turkey. Has performed in some major Jazz Festivals both inside and outside the USA the memorable being the North Sea Festival in Holland. Performs locally with his own band Eclipse as well as the Jazz Disciples and continues to be one off KC’s favorite side men, performing with nearly all the great female vocalist of Kansas City. And now performs at Sullivans Steakhouse were he is becoming quite the singer songwriter.
With excellent background in teaching piano, music and elementary education for over 25 years, Kim Gromacki brings both her passion and her expertise to those seeking to learn the skill and love of piano.
Kim is a beloved piano teacher who has recently relocated to the greater Kansas City area from Northeastern PA. She has been teaching piano lessons in Clarks Summit, PA for over 16 years. Her focus is mainly on students Kindergarten through 12th grade, but she is also available for adult instruction.
Violin | Viola
Marvin Gruenbaum is a member of the Kansas City Symphony viola section, as well as an eclectic Jazz and Country/Western fiddler. As a Lee’s Summit resident, he has served as a music substitute teacher in the LS School District since 2002, and maintains a home music studio for private instrumental (violin and viola) instruction. During his tenure with the KC Symphony, which began in 1982, he has been featured as a soloist on many occasions on Jazz, Bluegrass and other orchestral arrangements. He also performed on numerous occasions as a soloist with the Lee’s Summit Symphony, most notably at the 2017 “Booms and Blooms” performance at Powell Gardens.
Many of Marvin’s private students have excelled in their school orchestras and in solo/ensemble competitions. Some have been inspired to continue studying music in college or have become professional musicians. With methodical teaching style, Marvin offers an enjoyable experience, yet always challenging students to be the best that they can be, never compromising on basic technique, rhythm and intonation; as well as good economical practice techniques and emphasis on confidence in performance.
Lori Harris is one of Shining Light Music’s vocal instructors. Using practical exercises that build strength, teach accuracy and stretch the vocal range, Lori helps singers quickly gain confidence and display improvement while keeping a modern sound that is all their own. Her teaching style welcomes people of all ages to feel comfortable and able to be their best. Check out Lori’s style and album recordings at www.loriharris.com.
Cori Jo Hawkins
Fiddle | Violin | Mandolin | Guitar | Ukulele
Playing the fiddle for 26 years and professionally for 10, Cori Jo has devoted much of her life to this art of expression. She studied Commercial Music in Texas at South Plains College and has played on stage all through the midwest at many bluegrass festivals including Silver Dollar City starting at the age of 7, growing up with a bluegrass band. Cori Jo has played at multiple Theatrical Show’s including Dixie Stampede, Fiddler’s Feast and Black Bear Jamboree as the highlighted fiddle player in Pigeon Forge, TN. She had also played fiddle in a country band, playing gigs all over the midwest sharing the stage and opening for acts that include Rhonda Vincent, Clint Black, Diamond Rio, Tracy Lawrence, Jack Ingram and Easton Corbin just to name a few. Music is obviously a true love. Cori Jo finds enjoyment in teaching what she has learned through the years and watching students learn how to love music, applying it to their own style in life.
Piano | Voice | Strings | Woodwinds
Laurie studied Music Therapy and Music Education at the Conservatory of Music, University of Kansas City. She minored in piano and vocal performance. She has over 25 years teaching experience working with students of all ages, instructing a wide range of instruments in both private and group settings.
She offers her students the opportunity to perform at least two times a year with concerts at Christmas and in the Spring. Many of her students also participate in the Mid-America Music Festival held annually in Kansas City or Saint Louis.
She understands the important role parents play in the success of their child’s learning experience and development. She goes over the week’s lesson assignment with both parent and student after each lesson, answering any questions and keeping the parents apprised of the students needs and progress. Parents are welcome to occasionally sit in during music lessons.
Marjorie A. Kuenn – Strings Specialist
Violin | Viola | Cello
Marjorie has her BME and MME in Violin. She has played violin and viola in 11 symphonies, 4 opera orchestras, and 2 ballet companies. Marjorie also played full-time for 5 years in the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. She was the Hickman Mills C-1 orchestra director 29 years. Marjorie now teaches violin, viola and cello.
Clarinet | Saxophone | Flute | Classical Guitar | Piano
Terrin Pabst received a Bachelor of Science in Vocal Music Education, K-12, with an emphasis in piano. Her first position was with the Ft. Zumwalt School District teaching vocal music at St. Peters Elementary School, St. Peters, MO. She then moved to Independence, MO, and taught vocal music at Spring Branch Elementary and Luff Elementary until marrying and starting a family.
Mrs. Pabst has taught private piano lessons over the years and was the staff accompanist at Lee’s Summit West High School from its opening in fall 2004 to May 2016. Since September 2016, she has been teaching at Shining Light Music and enjoys helping her students find their personal niche in music.
Debbie Poindexter earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Montevallo (Alabama) studying with Robert Cowan. She earned her master’s degree in piano performance from UMKC Conservatory of Music, studying with Richard Cass. Debbie started her piano teaching career while at the Conservatory, then devoted 25 years to homeschooling her eight children. She returned to teaching piano five years ago. In addition, Debbie has served in music ministry with her church for the past 20 years, and has acted as music director for the past 11 years.
Debbie enjoys teaching students of all ages, and is especially passionate about children pursuing and enjoying their musical training. She is a cheerful and encouraging teacher and mentor. In addition to her musical pursuits, Debbie enjoys biking, reading, and time with family.
Nathan has been teaching percussion since 2000 and playing music professionally since 1998. Aside from teaching privately, he spent 9 years as the Lees Summit North High School drumline instructor, 3 years as the Pleasant Hill High School drumline instructor, worked as a clinician for various schools, and served as a judge for All-District Jazz Band and Orchestra Auditions.
Nathan recognizes that there is no one way to learn or perform so he works on developing critical thinking and problem solving skills with his students to help them find their own voice on the instrument, as well as being able to use them for any manor of academics. The percussion technique he teaches easily ties together all percussion instruments from drumset, marching percussion, orchestral percussion, and mallet percussion in a way that easily transfers from one to the other leaving the student able to play confidently on any instrument. His former students include current professional musicians and educators, as well as students marching with DCI and WGI corps, and a current member of United States Marine Band, 2nd Division. Many of Nathan’s students have held positions in the All-District and All-State Bands, including 1st chair in All-State Band in all 3 options.
As a professional performer Nathan has recorded on multiple albums in studios around the world, including the legendary BBC Maida Vale Studios in London, England. Nathan has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe performing at venues of all levels.
Greg Schaberg has 2 years of experience from the UMKC conservatory of music. He has been performing for over 38 years around the Kansas City metro, as well as nation wide. Greg has been instructing for more than 24 years.
Trumpet | Beginning Trombone | Beginning French Horn
Trombone | Baritone | Tuba
Dan holds a B.S. in Music Education degree from Missouri State University in Springfield Missouri. While in Springfield he started a private music studio teaching trombone, baritone and tuba.
In 1972, he moved to the Kansas City area to pursue a Master’s Degree in Music Education at the Conservatory of Music at University of Missouri-Kansas City. While at UMKC, he taught private lessons at the Toon Shop in Prairie Village, Kansas.
As a professional musician, he was a member of the Springfield Symphony, as well as playing in a number of bands in the Springfield area. Also, he has played in many bands in Kansas City. He has performed in the Kansas City Symphony, Lyric Opera, Symphony Brass Quintet and many others.
In 1979, he joined the Starlight Theater Orchestra where he played Principal Trombone for 35 years. He has also played in many shows touring through Kansas City such as Chorus Line, Pippin, West Side Story, Annie and dozens more. He has played with such performers as Tony Bennett, Manheim Steamroller, Nancy Wilson, Marilyn May, and Donny Osmond. He toured with such acts as Johnny Mathis, Henry Mancini, Temptations and the Four Tops. He currently plays in Vine Street Rumble, the only band in the country that performs authentic Kansas City Jazz from the ‘20s and ‘30s. He is a member of New Red Onion Jazz Babies, a traditional jazz group, which appears regularly in the Kansas City area and has appeared at jazz festivals throughout the country.
He has recorded CDs with the Trilogy Big Band, New Red Onion Jazz Babies, and Turpin Tyme Ragsters. He has performed on movie soundtracks, such as “We the People”, an historic short film on the creation of our constitution, “J. M. Pierce, Civil War Stories,” and “Blackhand Strawman”, a documentary film on KC’s mafia, and others.
His students are currently represented in professional orchestras and service bands and are serving as band directors in Kansas City and throughout the country.
Cailin began taking voice lessons at age 12 from John Pinkston and performed her first
classical solo recital at 17-years- old. She went on to Central Methodist University where
she earned a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance under the tutelage of Nancy
Thompson-Jones, a 25-year veteran of the Kansas City Lyric Opera. Cailin performed
roles in various operas including the title role of Carlisle Floyd’s “Susannah.” In addition
to her operatic roles, Cailin was also awarded the Central Methodist University Opera
After completing her Bachelor’s degree, she was awarded an opera graduate assistantship
to the University of Memphis where she obtained her Master of Music in vocal
performance. While studying under both Pam Gaston and Susan Owen-Leinert, Cailin
performed various roles including Zerlina in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” She had the
opportunity to be coached by guest coaches such as, Janet Bookspan, Charles Riecker and
Michael Paul to name a few.
During her undergraduate and graduate programs, Cailin taught voice in her private
studio as well as for Bartlett Music Academy and Collierville First Baptist Church Music
Academy. Her approach to teaching voice is one that includes parents and students input
in order to reach a common goal. She stresses the importance of challenging the student
and aiding their development while not straining the voice. She welcomes students of all
ages and can teach classical, Broadway, folk, country and pop.
Voice | Guitar | Music Theory
Rebecca has a Bachelors of Arts in Music at the University of La Verne, near Los Angeles, California and took courses for a Master in Music in Opera Performance at California State University, Northridge. Even though she is classically trained, she has experience with all types of music including musical theater, jazz, pop, and contemporary voice. In addition to teaching the basics of singing, one of Ms. Tuttle’s specialties is preparing students for auditions. Over the past 10 years Rebecca has performed in various operas, musical theater productions, and has done sacred and contemporary music for churches in Kansas, Missouri, and Los Angeles. More recently Rebecca was selected as a Young Artist with Wichita Grand Opera for their 2012 season and also has taken part in the Hariclea Darclee International Vocal Competition in Romania and Redwoods Opera Workshops in California.
Currently she is a member of the Kansas City Symphony Chorus.
Ms. Tuttle is also available to teach Music Theory and Beginning Guitar.