Piano

Air House offers both traditional classical piano lessons as well as non-traditional, pop-music piano lessons. Lessons are offered for young children through adults and are customized to meet the needs and interests of the students.

For young children, Air House has teachers with specific training in elementary and pre-elementary education. Lessons for very young children can even be a combination of piano and basic musical skills and appreciation. Our teachers are very good in working with children, so you can feel confident that your child will have a positive learning experience.

We have a wonderful selection of accomplished classical piano teachers. Traditional classical piano instruction is available for all ages and skill levels.

For students that are interested in other styles of piano playing, we offer instruction in pop, rock, R&B, jazz, worship, blues and more. In addition to learning to read music, students can learn to read chord charts, play by ear and improvise.

Air House also offers songwriting and composition lessons on the piano. Several of our teachers are accomplished composers and songwriters with the skill and passion to help students learn how to compose their own music!

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You can also email info@airhousemusic.com or call 316-613-3378 for Piano lesson information.

Lessons

Lessons

Private lessons available for all ages and skill levels.

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Classes

Classes

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Ensemble

Performance

Play in a band!

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Studio

Studio

Hybrid analog/digital recording studio.

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Air House West

109 S. Ridge Rd.
Wichita, KS 67209
316-613-3378

info@airhousemusic.com

Air House East

2434 N. Woodlawn Blvd.
Wichita, KS 67220
316-613-3378

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Allison Wall Piano, Voice

As the daughter of a piano teacher, Allison Wall grew up in Wichita and she also grew up in music, playing piano and singing from a young age. In high school, she performed in choir and musicals, and attended Interlochen Arts Camp as a member of the World Youth Honors Choir.

Allison received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Music with a Vocal Music emphasis from Friends University. While at Friends, Allison began teaching private music lessons and participated in a number of musicals and choirs, including the Singing Quakers, and sang the lead in Bizet’s one-act opera Doctor Miracle.

After college, Allison enjoyed singing with the Wichita Chamber Chorale. She moved to the Twin Cities for two years to study in a graduate program, where she continued to teach voice and piano lessons. She is excited to be teaching in Wichita again!

Allison believes that learning should be a process of discovery and play, a collaboration between teacher and students in which students are encouraged to ask questions and experiment. She loves exploring music with growing voice and piano students, as they become mature musicians and artists, and ultimately, people.

Charisse Tierney Clarinet, Piano

Charisse has 15 years of experience as a piano and clarinet instructor. A native of Kansas, she participated in many of the local music ensembles and events that are still active today, including the Wichita Youth Symphony and the KMEA All State Orchestra. An Anderson Concerto Competition winner on two separate occasions, Charisse has also appeared as a soloist with the Hutchinson Symphony on both piano and clarinet.

Charisse holds a bachelor of clarinet performance degree from Wichita State University, and a master of clarinet performance degree from the prestigious New England Conservatory in Boston. 

Charisse has attended many of the world’s foremost summer music festivals, including Interlochen Arts Camp, Aspen Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, and Tanglewood Music Center, where she performed alongside and studied with members of the Boston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Colorado Symphony and other major symphony orchestras.

Charisse has extensive experience in orchestral, chamber music, and solo performance. Other honors include being a prize winner at the International Clarinet Association solo competition, being named a Yamaha Young Performing Artist, and performing with the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.

In more recent years, Charisse has enjoyed running piano and clarinet studios of various sizes, successfully guiding students through auditions and competitions, and holding studio recitals so all of her students can perform in a welcome and safe setting. She has had numerous students receive outstanding ratings at regional and state level solo contests, earn a seat in the district and all state ensembles, and win such honors as first prize in the Anderson Concerto Competition.

When she isn’t teaching or accompanying, Charisse stays busy at home in west Wichita with her husband and seven children, who have all provided her with great insight into how to teach different personalities and temperaments and how to fit studying a musical instrument into the daily rigors of family life.

DJ Moore Piano, Voice

Dawn Moore is a professional Music Teacher with over 15 years’ experience teaching students of all ages in piano and voice.  Currently, she is the Music Teacher at a local Wichita Kanas private school.  She teaches in the private sector, piano and voice.  She has been a professional musician for several churches locally as well as the Musical Coordinator of a National Non-Profit Organization here in Wichita, KS.

Originally from New York, she received her B.A and her Master’s Degree in Music from Syracuse University.  As a professional vocalist, Dawn was on tour as a vocalist with the late great National Recording Artist, Luther Vandross.

She teaches a vast range of music genres from Classical to Contemporary, performance vocals, fundamentals of music, etc.

When Dawn is not teaching, she enjoys camping and fishing and one day, she would really love to catch, “the big one that got away!!”

Holly Schmidt Drums, Piano

Holly Schmidt has her music degree in Percussion Performance from Wichita State University, specializing in drumset and mallet percussion. She is an active member of Wichita Caledonian Pipes and Drums and Cessna Jazz Band, and performs regularly for churches in the Wichita area.

Holly has over six years of professional teaching experience in school classroom, ensemble, and private lesson settings. She incorporates a variety of styles into her lessons, including jazz, rock, classical, salsa, and other genres of World percussion.

Joel Cachero Guitar, Piano

Joel studied Jazz Guitar at Wichita State University and received both his Bachelors in Music and Masters in Music from there. He plays a variety of styles including classical, jazz, rock and pop music. Joel has been teaching since 2006 and has experience working with students of all ages. He is also a composer and has written music for jazz combo’s, string quartets and small chamber music ensembles. He was recently involved in the Wichita Jazz Festival and edited the monthly newsletter. His passion for music and teaching inspire his students to develop into sensitive, inspired musicians.

Justin Meyer Piano, Trumpet

Justin graduated from Friends University with a B.A. in Music in 2016. While attending Friends, he participated in Singing Quakers, Jazz Vocal Ensemble, Chamber Choir, and Keyboard Ensemble. He also received four years of instruction in classical piano and vocal technique. Along with his studies in piano and voice, Justin plays trumpet, french horn, and acoustic guitar.

Since his graduation from Friends University, Justin has been actively involved in making music in Wichita. From 2012-2016, he performed and recorded two albums with the folk rock band, Commonfolk. Both albums were recorded and mixed at Air House Studios. As an active member and Bass section leader of the Church of the Savior Chamber Choir, he has performed a wide range of sacred works by master composers such as W.A. Mozart and Francis Poulenc. He is currently exploring the songwriting process and hopes to begin sharing his music at local venues this year.

Justin has been teaching piano lessons for the past 2 years. He has taught various styles and genres including classical, pop, folk, jazz, and ragtime.  While Justin teaches classical and popular musical technique, he also encourages his students to engage in music creatively through composition and improvisation. He believes that creativity is vitally important to the learning process and that anyone interested in music should feel free to explore its many wonders.

Marjean Harshbarger Piano, Voice

Marjean Harshbarger has 38 years of experience in teaching vocal music from Kindergarten to 12th grade in Nebraska and Kansas public schools. She has her Bachelors of Music Education from Nebraska Wesleyan University and her Masters of Music Education from Kansas State University. In addition to public and private teaching, Marjean has served as the director of Newton Community Children’s Music Theatre, directed Adult and Children’s Church Choirs and has been an Adjudicator for District and State Vocal Music Contest. She is currently a member of the Kansas Music Educators Association.

Mary Beth Byers Guitar, Piano, Trumpet, Voice

Mary Beth “Izzy” Byers is a Kansas-based vocalist, trumpet player, and composer, with experience in guitar and piano as well. She started singing as soon as she could talk and found her passion for songwriting as a freckle-faced youngster. Miss Byers has had many experiences, including the opportunity to open for the Pentatonix, perform at the New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camp, and share the stage with many stars in jazz, including Connaitre Miller of Afro Blue. After starting her local music career, she decided to go on the World Race, an organization that allowed her to volunteer in 11 countries over 11 months. Little did she know how many passionate musicians she would meet. Eventually, she uncovered a fresh love of music, performing on 3 different continents, numerous countries,  and rediscovering joy for her career path. Mary Beth (who writes and performs music under the psuedo-name Izzy), has also performed onstage during the Panama Jazz Festival (in Panama City, Panama) and for numerous events during her times of travel. She has also instructed numerous students with language barriers, health challenges, and other challenges, but has successfully learned ways to teach musicians from many different backgrounds and cultures all around the world. Currently, she releasing a new album in 2019 entitled “Discovering Home.” This album will highlight her travels, experiences, and growth as a woman and a musician.  Miss Byers is thankful and honored to join the Air House family and is looking forward to sharing her gifts and passions with all students.

Michaela Tubbs Piano, Voice

As a young musician, Michaela Tubbs decided that she wanted to teach private music lessons. In high school, she volunteered to be a teacher’s assistant for the 5th grade band. She also helped instruct the middle school students as they prepared for solo and ensemble contest.
Michaela Tubbs is a recent graduate of Friends University, where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Music. While she was at Friends, she participated in Singing Quakers, Kansas Choral Director’s Association, Mu Phi Epsilon, Opera Workshop, and Concert Choir. She played a chorus role in the musical Good News, and played Alice in the musical Bye Bye Birdie. During the Summer of 2016, Michaela spent three weeks touring in Germany with Opera Classica Europa, a local Opera Company. Friends University’s Singing Quakers also commissioned Michaela to do an arrangement for their Symphony of Spring. She was a Mu Phi Epsilon Scholarship award recipient for her musical compositions.
Michaela is currently performing professionally with the Wichita Grand Opera Chorus. She is the Alto Soloist and Section Leader at East Heights United Methodist Church here in Wichita. Michaela believes in the power music can give one student, and hopes that she can spread the joy it gave her to her students.

Seth Carrithers Bass, Guitar, Piano

Seth Carrithers has been an active musician and music educator in Wichita Kansas for nearly 20 years. As a double bassist working in various jazz ensembles, Seth has had the pleasure of playing with many notable musicians ranging from well know locals such as Craig Owens and Sterling Grey, to internationally recognized recording artists such as Benny Golson and Jerry Hahn. Outside of the jazz world, Seth has worked in the studio with Grammy Award winning country music star Lynn Anderson. While the double bass remains Seth’s primary instrument, he excels at the electric bass as well, and has utilized this skill as a staff musician at the Book of Acts Tabernacle of Praise Church for the past 15 years, and East Heights United Methodist church for the past 4 years. In addition to Seth’s various experiences both playing and teaching music, he holds a Master of Music Degree from Wichita State University. Seth offers lessons in electric bass, double bass, guitar, ukulele, piano and music theory.
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