Music Lessons | Columbia, MO

At Palen Music Center, we believe that music makes a difference in the lives of people. One of our great missions is helping others learn how to express themselves through music. Not only are our instructors great teachers but they are also people of great character. Our Performance Week Program gives you the opportunity to perform what you are learning.

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Questions? Give us a call! (573) 256-5555


Caleb Alexander

Guitar

Caleb Alexander is currently a Graduate Student at the University of Missouri pursuing a masters in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy. He received his Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies with a concentration in guitar from Wichita State University, where he graduated Cum Laude. Caleb has a wide portfolio of work ranging from large and small jazz groups to an electric blues band based out of Columbia. His life’s passion is music, and he is excited to share that passion with his students at Palen Music Center. Caleb accepts students of all levels in all styles, and integrates music theory, technology, and recording into all of his lessons.

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Check Caleb's Availability: (573) 256-5555


Jeannine Anderson

Violin & Viola

Jeannine Anderson – violin/viola instructor. I am a classically trained violinist who broke out into fiddle playing and improvisation. I play with a country/rockabilly group called The Woodsmiths. I started playing violin sixteen years ago, and now I am very excited to join the Palen team! I studied under Siri Geenen in Columbia, while playing in public school ensembles. Later, I studied violin and viola under master violinist Olga Kousnetsova in Andover, Massachusetts. I played in Phillips Academy’s Symphony Orchestra and other ensembles. Over the summers I returned to Columbia and played in the pit orchestra for P.A.C.E. children’s theatre. I also played in and conducted a large ensemble called Unaccompanied Minors for three years in high school, which mainly did self-arranged pop songs and movie scores. Currently, I live in Columbia and I am an undergraduate at MU majoring in Journalism with a minor in Music. I study under Julie Rosenfeld of the Esterhazy String Quartet.

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Check Jeannines's Availability: (573) 256-5555


Josh Cochran

Drums, Guitar, & Piano

Josh began teaching at Palen Music Center in 2003. He began playing the piano in first grade, moving to drums in fourth grade beginning band and picking up guitar in Junior High. Since then he has played drums and percussion in University Concert and Jazz bands, studying Jazz under Andy Leask in Reading, England. He has performed and recorded on drums and guitar in many local rock, blues, and country bands. Josh received his BM in Music History from the University of Missouri in 2010 and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Musicology.

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Check Josh's Availability: (573) 256-5555


Robert Michael Cook

Drum Set, Snare Drum, & Hand Percussion

Michael is a drummer who works in the oddly unrelated genres of country western and metal. Finding that his graduate studies in Greek and Latin at the University of Missouri-Columbia did not allow him enough time to play drums, Michael left to carpe diem. At 24, Michael has been active over the last ten years, recording albums with A Hill to Die Upon, touring the US, and playing festivals in Mexico and across Europe. In 2014, a student of Michael’s, from Wataga, Illinois, released an album on Thumper Punk Records, and Michael hopes that the second album to be released by one of his students will be by a Columbia-based drummer.

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Check Robert's Availability: (573) 256-5555


Jack Falby

Saxophone, Guitar, Electric Bass, Beginning Drumset, Ukulele, Composition, & Theory Instruction

A graduate of the famed Baltimore School for the Arts in Baltimore, Maryland, Jack graduated with honors and scholarships after completing their four-year curriculum with an emphasis in saxophone performance. Upon qualifying for financial aid through the Berklee World Scholarship Tour, he began his studies at that renowned university during the fall of 2000. While at Berklee, Jack studied saxophone with professors Dino Govoni and George Garzone, music theory and composition with National Endowment for the Arts recipient Steve Rochinski, and was fortunate enough to study with Grammy Award-winning tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano for an entire year as part of the "Artist in Residence" series produced by Berklee. Opting to take advantage of Berklee 's renowned Music Production and Engineering program and facilities, Jack graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in that field, studying under, among others, Bill Scheniman, most notably credited with engineering Bruce Springsteen's legendary "Born To Run" album. Continuing to play professionally in Boston while in school, Jack was able to appear with smooth jazz impresario Walter Beasley, as well as play as a supporting act for hip-hop legends Talib Kweli and Common. Jack moved to the Columbia area in the summer of 2005, and began teaching at Palen Music starting in 2007. While in Columbia, Jack has worked with many area and national acts across a wide range of styles, including local punk-rock-soul revue "The Record Collector", as well as internationally renowned soul recording artist Roy C. Jack currently teaches students aged 4 to 74, and especially enjoys teaching beginners.

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Check Jack's Availability: (573) 256-5555


Joshua Hickam

Clarinet, Recorder, Fife, & Penny Whistle

Growing up south of Boonville Missouri and being around music his whole life, Joshua is continuing his passion for music and education as an instructor at Palen Music. He graduated from College of the Ozarks in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music where he studied clarinet, jazz performance, and music production. Twice the recipient of the John Philip Sousa Award, Joshua traveled abroad, was drum major, first chair, received several music scholarships, and an internship in Colorado. Joshua has performed in numerous theater productions and bands around the Midwest and currently plays in Columbia with some of the areas finest. His goals as a private instructor at Palen are to help you become the best you can, and he will create a customized lesson plan that fits your style and personal goals, giving you the best experience possible.

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Check Joshua's Availability: (573) 256-5555


Tanner Jones

Guitar

Tanner took up the guitar at age 14, and was drawn first to Rock n' Roll after discovering artists such as Van Halen, AC/DC, Guns n' Roses and Ozzy Osbourne.In the fall of 2013, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from the McNally Smith College of Music. Tanner has played with various groups, including the metal band Cantharone, and the video game music bandDo A Barrel Roll, and has played in numerous musical stage productions as a member of those show's pit orchestras.

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Check Tanner's Availability: (573) 256-5555


Debbie Lenz

Piano/Keyboard

Debbie loves playing piano, writing songs, and playing keyboard in the worship band at church. When she has an extra 15 minutes, you will find her at her keyboard, playing spontaneously, working on a new song, or learning new material. She started piano lessons in first grade, performing in several recitals and talent shows while growing up. She learned to play the pipe organ in high school, and began playing in her father’s church for services, weddings and funerals. After she married her husband, Mike in 1971, she began teaching piano lessons and continued playing the organ in church. She wrote her first song almost 40 years ago and in 1987, Debbie started playing piano/keyboard in contemporary worship bands with guitars, drums, and brass instruments. Coming from a strictly classical and liturgical background for over fifty years, she was still tied to written music. However, in the past five years, Debbie has made the transition from liturgical music to playing with lead sheets and chord charts, and by ear. Her creativity and passion for music grew exponentially when she no longer had to have a full musical score in front of her. Debbie played keyboard on the first Revolution Church worship album, and co-wrote two of the songs with Nate White on that recording. She has recorded four easy-listening cds in the past two years (with her keyboard purchased at Palens!) and has distributed more than 150 cds to people in nine states and Canada and Mexico. Her cds have been used by other churches, in school classrooms, as music therapy during childbirth, and also by massage therapists. She has been invited by other churches to play during prayer times and also lead worship at conferences.

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Check Debbie's Availability: (573) 256-5555


Lane Phillips

Harmonica & Blues Harp

Lane Phillips has played harmonica since he was 6 years old and professionally for over 20 years. He has shared the stage with the likes of Hank Williams Jr., Lee Roy Parnell, Sammy Kershaw, Rick Trevino, Tracy Bryd, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and the Lighthouse Singers. He has performed all over the US and once for President Jimmy Carter and astronaut John Glenn. Lane teaches blues harp and how to apply those techniques to rock, country, gospel, and blues. Lane is also an avid Harley Davidson enthusiast.

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Check Lane's Availability: (573) 256-5555


Jay Pilkington

Guitar, Electric Bass, & Ukulele

Jay Pilkington is a dynamic and swingin' hip cat! He started playing guitar at age 13 while living on the island of Maui. He originally wanted to be an astrophysicist, but when he realized girls in high school liked guitar players, he bought his first electric with the money he made during a summer job working at the Department of Vital Statistics in Carson City Nevada, and started his first band.

He gradually lost his eyesight from the age of three until he finally became blind at 15. About his moment of realizing he was blind he says "Really, it just wasn't any big deal, and it still isn't!"

After graduating, he attended the University of North Texas where he studied Jazz and also met his wife of 31 years, Lisa. They have four children who are hip cats in their own right!

Jay has played as a side man with several bands and given concerts from Seattle to Burmingham. He has written and produced music for the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks basketball team, recorded and released two original albums, and recently just released a third on iTunes called "Points of Origin". He is currently in production on a fourth album that will be released later this year.

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Check Jay's Availability: (573) 256-5555


Nathan Redelfs

Mandolin

Nathan began playing mandolin at the age of 14. He learned quickly, being mostly self taught. His style is influenced by David Grisman, Sam Bush, and Chris Thile. He has performed in Italy and Ireland, and is the 2012 Kansas State mandolin champion. He also plays guitar and sings, having studied vocal at Columbia College. Now, he focuses on learning Bach pieces transcribed and adapted to mandolin.

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Check Nathan's Availability: (573) 256-5555


Cindy Segafredo

Piano & Voice

Cindy Segafredo teaches piano and voice lessons. She has been singing and playing for 40 years and uses her experience in many areas of music. She has participated in several organized choirs, including the Southern Illinois University Community choir where she sang at the St. Louis Opera House with the choir and the Philharmonic Orchestra. Presently, she sings with the Missouri United Methodist Church choir. In addition to teaching music, Cindy has been taking drum lessons for six years. Cindy taught Special education for 15 years, where she utilized her skills to teach music to special-needs children in the classroom and in private lessons. Cindy enjoys sharing her love for music with all ages.

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Check Cindy's Availability: (573) 256-5555


John White

Bass

I have been playing bass guitar for almost fifteen years and have been teaching for eight. As a musician growth and learning never stops. I continue to pursue my music education in different areas by loitering at Palen Music Center. By chatting with Jack Falby and Nathan White, I can brush up on my chord theory or having a conversation with Josh Cochran about the application of drum rudiments, and the developmental history of music. PMC and I have the same mindset and goal concerning the pursuit of music; that it should always lead to personal growth and produce ceaseless admiration for both art and life. Whether you are a beginner or have been playing bass for some time, you should definitely stop by to chat some bass (guitar not fish).

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Check John's Availability: (573) 256-5555


David Witter

Piano, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, French Horn, Flute, Guitar, & Bass

David Witter (b. 1978) is a composer, improviser, and educator active in Columbia, MO. An avid trombonist, pianist, and guitarist, he holds B.M. and M.M. degrees in composition from the University of Missouri, where he studied with W. Thomas McKenney and Stefan Freund. He works with the University of Missouri and Columbia Public Schools in music education, and lives in Columbia, MO with his two young children Owen and Olivia. His work has been performed at the Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis and the Missouri Botanical Garden, and he has led performances of MU's performing ensembles at conferences in Ann Arbor, MI and Paterson, NJ. He was the recipient of the 2013 Sinquefield Composition Prize, and his music was performed and recorded by acclaimed chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound at the 2013 Mizzou International Composer’s Festival. He is a member of the Gamma Gamma chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda.

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Check David's Availability: (573) 256-5555


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Address:

2609 E. Broadway
Suite 206/208
Columbia, MO 65201

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Mon. - Fri. 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm