Updates and news from Kansas City's coolest music school: Music House School of Music

Written by Terri Paglusch | Oct 20, 2016 9:31:34 AM | 0 Comments

Music House Voice Teachers Offer Wide Range of Experience

The voice teachers at Music House, while all excellent teachers, have a variety of musical backgrounds. From singing lead in operas and being a part of a Grammy winning chorale, to playing with lots of famous bands such as REO Speedwagon and Fastball, to taking home the silver medal at an international barbershop competition, to experience teaching school choirs and theatre classes, these teachers cover the spectrum in what they have to offer their students. 


Topics: vocal classes, voice lessons, voice teacher

Written by Joel Stratton | Oct 17, 2016 5:40:03 PM | 0 Comments

Jazz Ensemble Students Gain Serious Skills

Teaching a whole world of music to a newcomer can be a daunting task. Early on, I succumbed to sulking over not having enough hours in the day to comprehensively teach jazz improvisation, interpretation, and history.


Topics: music teacher, Music House Teachers, Staff Musings at Music House, jazz, jazz ensemble

Written by Brian Kephart | Oct 11, 2016 11:30:00 AM | 0 Comments

Audio Effects for Musicians

You might have noticed that just because you play a famous song on your instrument, it doesn't always sound like the recording. If you play the same notes on the same type of instrument, why does it sound different? Many times, the answer is audio processing. Every sound you have ever heard from a speaker started as an electrical signal, and electrical signals can be manipulated to change the way they sound.


Topics: music teacher, Staff Musings at Music House, kansas city music

Written by Terri Paglusch | Sep 28, 2016 1:34:07 PM | 0 Comments

Setting Goals Leads to Success in Playing a Musical Instrument


Recently, I read an article about setting goals. It wasn't specific to music, but it definitely applied to the process of learning to play music. The headline promised that you can learn in two days what would normally take you 6 months to learn, just by setting goals. 

I'm not going to promise you those kind of results in learning to play a musical instrument, but as Yankees legend Yogi Berra famously said, "You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there." The point is, if you want successful music lessons, start out by setting goals, and when you accomplish them, set new ones. 


Topics: Music Lessons, setting goals, How to Succeed in learning music

Written by Terri Paglusch | Sep 13, 2016 2:37:42 PM | 0 Comments

Adult Band, The Disclaimers, Rock The House

What would you do if you had the opportunity to be in a rock band? Would you take it? Here's the story of five adult students who did just that. Recently, The Disclaimers performed at the Music House Grand Showcase in front of an audience of friends, family and fellow musicians. They rocked the house, but the band members were, without a doubt, the ones who enjoyed their performance the most.


Topics: Adult rock band

Written by Josh Blythe | Sep 1, 2016 1:26:45 PM | 0 Comments

The Versatile Drummer

Recently, I had an encounter with a student while I was teaching a class. As we were going over some basic music theory concepts I could see his eyes glaze over and his attention begin to wane. So I stopped and asked the class, “Does this information apply to everyone?” Surprisingly, he raised his hand and said, “not me.” When I asked why, he replied, “Because I am a drummer.”


Topics: drum lessons, music teacher, Music House Teachers, Staff Musings at Music House, drum teacher, drummer

Written by Terri Paglusch | Aug 31, 2016 1:56:42 PM | 0 Comments

What's So Great About Playing Music With Others?

Learning to play music is something a lot of people think about and might have on their list of things to do "in the future." A roadblock for many people is that they think learning to play an instrument involves spending a lot of isolated time practicing, with no real goal to work toward. But this doesn't have to be the case.


Topics: Playing Music With Others

Written by Elizabeth Lehner | Aug 18, 2016 3:30:00 PM | 0 Comments

A Look at Kansas City Jazz

When most people think about Kansas City, our recent World Series win (go Royals!) or award-winning BBQ probably come to mind. However, Kansas City is the birthplace of more than just good food and baseball. There is a rich tradition of music in the city, home to one of the world’s greatest jazz crossroads; 18th and Vine.


Topics: music teacher, music history, Staff Musings at Music House, kansas city music, jazz

Written by Terri Paglusch | Aug 15, 2016 4:00:00 PM | 0 Comments

Enroll In A Music Program for Fall

It may still be early in August, but many kids are going back to school this week. It's time to finish those last few items on the "to do" list: get school supplies, shop for new sneakers, enroll in a music program. That's right, it's time to find the right music lessons or classes for the kids, and maybe yourself.


Topics: Music Lessons, Music Classes

Written by Terri Paglusch | Aug 10, 2016 2:02:42 PM | 1 Comment

Student Spotlight: Lauryn VonAhnen's Recording Studio Experience

In photo above: Lauryn performs at a student showcase with her voice teacher, Amy Lammeli, and guitar teacher, Becca Kephart.

Lauryn has always loved making music and performing. As a child she would stand on the coffee table and sing and dance for her family, wanting them to record her performance. Now, at fourteen, she's taking a big step toward her dream of becoming a singer/songwriter and recording artist. She recently spent some time in a professional studio, recording  her original songs, and it was quite an experience. Here are some of Lauryn's thoughts on her recording session:



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