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

Early Learners

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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.

Billy Bloomquist Guitar, Piano, Voice

Picking up a guitar for the first at the age of 16, Billy had no idea that learning the theories and expressions of music would soon become much more than a hobby.  It only took a couple years of exploring the possibilities of songwriting to decide to study music at the university level.  Now he’s a Friends graduate with a myriad of instrumental, vocal, and compositional skills.

Billy’s always believed that if you understand the theories and “rules” of music, you are most equipped to break those rules when desired, and to further your learning on an individual basis. He has taken that to heart and always been committed to expanding his understanding of genre and application of technique. At any given time, you might be able to find him performing in local coffee shops, recording his own music at his home studio, composing piano pieces, teaching private lessons, playing bass for The Radio Soul, and generally collecting life experiences in order to ultimately express them in song.

Emily Strom Piano, Voice

Emily Strom was raised in a musical family, learning to sing and play piano from a young age. Classically trained as a young child, Emily switched over to jazz upon entering college. From jazz bands to a folk rock duet to the all-encompassing cover band, Annie Up, Emily has explored many different genres of music.

Emily considers one of her greatest creative outputs to date to be composing and conducting the Wichita State University Jazz Arts big band at the Wichita Jazz Festival. Within the same year, Emily won the talent preliminary, taking both the Margene Savage Memorial Top Vocalist Award and the Debra Dene Barnes Outsanding Instrumentalist Scholarship at Miss Kansas, singing and playing jazz piano. After spending a year traveling the state and country as Miss Kansas 2008, Emily went back to WSU, graduating with a jazz piano degree.

Upon graduating, Emily took a couple years to explore a television career but decided music was where her heart had been all along. She is currently pursuing a career as a full-time musician and working on creating a debut (due to be released October 2014) comprised of original songs. She leads two bands, the Emily Strom Trio, an original jazz band, and Emily Strom & The Ladybyrds, an all-girls cover band. She also plays jazz and classical shows upon request.

Eric Whetmore Piano

Eric has enjoyed over 20 years behind the piano. He began his piano studies at a young age, studying 11 years with locally renowned concert pianist and teacher, Dr. Mary Frantz, winning awards in multiple piano festival competitions. Eric continued his piano studies at Friends University, under the esteemed pianist and professor, Dr. Jamie Knight. Since then, Eric has taught piano lessons for three years, while serving as choir accompanist and pianist at two churches. He has performed at many different venues, events, and maintains an active social media presence.

Eric’s students are guided along an individual piano-based educational journey, customized to emphasize each student’s unique personalities and gifts. All facets of piano and performance will be explored: theory and technique, sight-reading and improvisation, memorization, accompanying, and music history. Students can reap the rewards of self-motivation and independence, through the discipline of practice. Eric believes that the love of music is an essential part of experiencing life as a human, to be shared and passed on, from teacher to student.

Eric Whetmore’s Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/EricWhetmore

Eric Whetmore’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EWhetmore

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.

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.

Megan Taylor Gilstrap Piano, Voice

Megan Taylor Gilstrap is a multifaceted vocalist, with experience in Jazz, Classical, Musical Theatre, Pop, and Folk. She is finishing up her B.A. in Music at Friends University. In her years at Friends, she has participated in various ensembles including Women’s Chorus, Singing Quakers, Chamber Ensemble, Jazz Vocal Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Concert Band, and Opera Workshop. As a member of the Friends University Jazz Vocal Ensemble, Megan has sung with Carmen Bradford, Connaitre Miller, participated in a workshop with the New York Voices, performed at the Jazz Education Network (JEN) conference, and most recently opened for the Pentatonix as a part of the American Choral Directors Association conference. She has received awards from Wichita Music Club, placed at National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) in musical theatre, first place in the Miller Solo Competition, played the role of Berenice in Rossini’s L’occasione f ail ladro at Friends, and currently performs in the Wichita community with her most recent project, a jazz quintet called Things That Go ZOT! Megan has directed and assisted with many choral groups including Wichita Community Children’s Choir, Cole Family Music Festival Choir, and Legacy Camp Gospel Choir.

She has taught private lessons for the past two years and loves it. Music has always been an important part of her life, and now as an adult she looks to invite as many people as she can into a deeper understanding, passion, and relationship with singing.

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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