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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Jake Arant was born and raised in Missouri, and was a student with Palen Music for over ten years under the tutelage of Tom Willbanks and David Hanna and has recently made the jump to full-fledged teacher. He enjoys a wide variety of music, and gravitates towards blues and rock as a musician. He enjoys meeting and teaching all different kinds of people, and spends his spare time collecting and playing vintage electric guitars.
Born in Colatina, Espirito Santo, Brazil he has been playing guitar for 15 years, starting at the age of 13. Bráulio has won multiple competitions and performed in many venues, theater productions, festivals and concerts throughout Brazil and the United States.
Like most young guitarists he started out playing Rock music on Electric Guitar with his high school band before falling in love with the art of Classical Guitar.
Beginning his formal musical study at the Federal University of Espirito Santo in Brazil with a Bachelors degree in Music Education, Bráulio continued on with a full ride scholarship to complete a Masters degree at Oklahoma City University and a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, both in Guitar Performance.
Dr. Bosi researches in the field of performing arts medicine and has co-authored a book on musician’s health entitled “The Musician’s Health in Focus: Multiple Perspectives” as well as a published dissertation and multiple articles on the same topic of an injury free career.
Bráulio is currently the guitar instructor at the Univeristy of Missouri-Kansas City.
Christine Chesney is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University where she earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree. Ms. Chesney has studied flute and piccolo primarily with Ms. Elaine Brown and Dr. Rebecca Dunnell, and has had the opportunity to perform for masterclasses taught by Dr. Eldred Spell and Susan Milan. As a dedicated teacher with a passion for music education at all levels, Ms. Chesney currently maintains a thriving flute studio in the Kansas City Northland and performs as a member of the Liberty Symphony Orchestra, Northland Symphony Orchestra, and Northwinds Symphonic Band. Ms. Chesney has been the Flute Instructor at Palen Music for two years.
Dr. Randall Cunningham is a graduate of Indiana University and a professional teacher and performer with over twenty years of experience in the Northland. He teaches clarinet and saxophone at Palen Music and at William Jewell College in Liberty, MO. He is the principal clarinetist of the Liberty and St. Joseph Symphonies, bass clarinetist with the Des Moines Metro Opera and co-principal clarinetist of the Kansas City Wind Symphony. He is also a composer of original educational music for clarinet that has been published by Woodwindiana of Bloomington, Indiana.
David started teaching private guitar lessons at 16 years of age and is an accomplished singer, guitarist and songwriter. He teaches all forms of guitar and specializes in Rock and theory. Besides teaching guitar, bass and beginning voice, David owns and directs Rock Camp, a camp for kids that helps develops the skills they need to play with other musicians. He has a very well developed studio and is also the singer/songwriter and guitarist for the band, Chasing Zen. As Palen Music Center’s Luthier, he has repaired and fixed several fretted instruments from minor to severe damage.
Megan studied viola and violin at William Jewell College and Northwest Missouri State, graduating with a Bachelors of Art in Music Performance with an emphasis in Music Education. She has performed with the Liberty Symphony and St. Joseph Symphony. She is currently a member of the Heritage Philharmonic Orchestra.
Bill studied music education at the University of Wisconsin where he received his undergraduate degree. He also studied music composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna Austria before getting his graduate degree from the University of Illinois. Bill has taught at every level. Before coming to the Kansas City area he taught elementary general music and middle school band in McHenry Illinois, high school band in Joliet Illinois, and various undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Maryland. Since coming to Kansas City in 1983 he was the the band director at Shawnee Mission East and Sumner Academy where he also taught piano lab, music theory and IB music. Bill has enjoyed tuning pianos and teaching at Palen Music since 2009.
Debbie started piano at age 5, voice at age 10, and served as pianist for an inner-city church in Kansas City at age 12. She taught piano while in high school, received her bachelor's degree from William Jewel College in Music Education and taught high school choral music before moving to Northern Illinois. She served as pianist for a variety of community choruses, music director / organist for four churches and sang Soprano as a vocal soloist for churches and the Spirit of Life praise chorus. She recently moved back to Liberty and teaches at Palen Music, as well as serves as a church pianist / organist in Excelsior Springs.
Rob Leytham has been a popular Drum Instructor in the Kansas City area for over 25 years. He has written 8 Best-selling Drum instruction books for MEL BAY publications along with over 20 articles for MODERN DRUMMER MAGAZINE. He was an adjunct professor at Missouri Western State University. Rob teaches all ages from beginner to professional. Some of his former students are Tyler Chiarelli (FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE) Kenny Burkitt (PUDDLE OF MUDD) Jason Dean (SIDEWISE) David Vittetoe (U.S. AIRFORCE BAND) and Dr. Andrew McGraw (University of Richmond). Rob is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ascap).
Born in Chicago IL, 1991, Emmett Starkey is a working musician in Kansas City. His primary instrument is trombone, but he is also a composer, arranger, Tubist, and keyboard player. Starkey has studied music from all reaches of history and across the globe, with a focus on Jazz and Latin genres. He has performed throughout the midwest alongside artists such as Maelo Ruiz, Mindi Abair, the Skatalites, Andy Frasco, and many others. Starkey has a Bachelor’s in Jazz Studies from UMKC where he studied under Bobby Watson and Steve Dekker. His current musical projects include The MGDs—and energetic blues/funk band, and Inkontenible Sonora—a Mexican Cumbia band.
Mary Sanders is a violinist and instructor, and has taught members of the Kansas City community for over seven years. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Violin Performance from William Jewell College. Mary currently holds the principal second violin chair of Heritage Philharmonic. She has had the pleasure of playing with various ensembles in Kansas City, including Northland Symphony Orchestra, Saint Joseph Symphony, and as a featured soloist with Liberty Symphony Orchestra. She has also been a musician in local ensembles for the Kansas City portions of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Rod Stewart, and Josh Groban tours. When she isn’t playing or teaching, Mary loves to read all the books, drink all the coffee, and spend time with her family, friends, and beloved cat.
Mike Steffen currently serves music educators in the KC area as an Educational Representative for Palen Music. He grew up in South Kansas City playing in the Grandview band program, and holds Music Education degrees from Missouri State and University of Missouri - Kansas City. Prior to joining the team at Palen, Mike taught in the Lee's Summit R-7 School District (KC area). While there, he worked with students in grades 5-12, assisted with the LSHS Golden Tiger Marching Band, directed the LSHS Concert Band, and led the Plesant Lea Middle School band program. In addition, he was instrumental in the development of the LSHS Jazz Program which had an active, well-respected big band, two student combos, and placed many students in the KC Metro All-District Jazz Bands each year. Prior to that, he taught middle school band in Pleasant Hill, MO. Mike loves playing the saxophone, is married to his high school sweetheart, Miranda, and is the proud papa of three amazing girls - Melody, McKenna, and Mae.
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340 South 291 Hwy
Liberty, MO 64068
Mon. - Fri. 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm