Faculty: Guitar, Banjo, & Ukulele

Please note:  Prices displayed below are for 30 minute lessons. 45 and 60 minute lessons are available by request.

AVAILABILITY: Tues/Fri afternoon/evening
MONTHLY RATE:  $110 (30 min lessons each week)
SINGLE/TRIAL LESSON:  $32 (30 min)

Joe Levens (Guitar, Ukulele, Beginning Banjo & Beginning Mandolin) has been performing and teaching professionally for fourteen years.  He has a background in Jazz and Rock styles and places an emphasis on music theory and improvisation in his teaching.  Joe’s extensive performance history includes several area big bands, rock bands, and solo work.  He also plays guitar in many area theaters including: Starlight, The Unicorn, New Theatre Restaurant, Musical Theater Heritage, Spinning Tree Theater, Metropolitan Ensemble Theater, and American Heartland Theater.  Joe often fills in for high school and college theaters including: Kansas University Theater, UMKC Theater, and Avila University.  Joe has performed on guitar, mandolin, banjo, and ukulele.  He has performed on television (KCLive w/Joel Nichols and Michelle Davidson), in the recording studio and on stage.  Joe studied at UMKC and Berklee College of Music and studied privately with Jimmy Dykes, Danny Embrey, and Doug Niedt. 

LOCATION:  Olathe & Overland Park
AVAILABILITY: Tues/Wed/Thurs Evening
MONTHLY RATE:  $110 (30 min lessons each week)
SINGLE/TRIAL LESSON:  $32 (30 min)
Dr. Victor Penniman (Guitar, Electronic music, Banjo, Mandolin, Piano,  Composition) holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Operation of Early Music Programs from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music's Historical Performance Institute, a Master of Music in Historical Musicology from Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from Marylhurst University near Portland, Oregon.

He served as music director for the Tygre's Heart Shakespeare Company in Portland, OR, and has performed with The Oregon Renaissance Band, the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra under Helmuth Rilling, the Waverly Baroque Ensemble, The New York State Baroque Orchestra, and countless other individual projects and performances. In his own original musical work, he is a frequent performer on and advocate for the Ruby Gamba, the first production-model fully electric viola da gamba. He has performed and recorded with many artists both locally and internationally. Dr. Penniman taught for ten years at Wells College in Aurora, NY, where he also earned his tenure. He has served as Director of the Music Program in the Communication & Fine Arts department at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO, and as adjunct faculty in Music History at Ithaca College Conservatory in Ithaca, NY. His teaching repertoire includes most bowed and plucked stringed instruments, Western Music History, American Popular Music History, Electronic Music and Studio Recording, choral and chamber music ensemble direction, and he offers private instruction in cello, guitar, electronic music, viola da gamba, banjo, mandolin, piano, and composition.

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Overland Park Studio & Recital Center
11806 Quivira Rd., OP, KS 66210
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15208 S. Blackbob Rd., Olathe, KS 66062