Voice

Voice lessons offer instruction in vocal techniques such as proper breathing, tone control and matching pitch while also helping students improve their vocal range, timbre, pitch and rhythm. In addition to technique, students also learn the stylistic elements of the type of music they are interested in.

Types of vocal styles offered include, pop, classical, choral, country, R&B, rock, music theater, worship and more. Air House teachers can also help students prepare for choral and music theater auditions and performances, improve their stage presence, prepare for a recording session, prepare for singing with a group or band, prepare solos for festivals and more.

Air House has an excellent selection of voice teachers that can teach all ages and levels of experience.

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

Lessons

Lessons

Private lessons available for all ages and skill levels.

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Classes

Classes

Learn music in a group setting.

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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.

Jamie Whetmore Voice

Raised in a musical family, Jamie quickly grew to love singing. Harmonizing with her family around the dinner table she would fantasize of being immersed in music forever. Not a year has gone by since that she wasn’t in a choir, musical group or providing some form of child care.

Jamie has a B.A. in Music from Friends University, where she sang in the school’s Women’s Chorus, Concert Choir, Singing Quakers (where she became section leader and then student conductor) and Madrigals, performed in several musicals gaining leading roles, and performed with the Wichita Symphony Chorus and at the Kansas Music Educators Association annual convention. While being a child member of Wichita Children’s Community Choir she didn’t know she would grow up to become the student conductor for two years of the same choir!
Children are the core focus of Jamie’s life. She brings over 15 years experience in childcare and a dozen years in leadership and teaching to Air House. Jamie’s passion lies in sharing the spirit of joy and community that music can bring to all people, and it truly shines when teaching early learners. When working with little ones, Jamie is able to help children nurture their creative side as they transform into little musicians through play time and learning.

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.

Paul Smith Voice, Wind Instruments

Dr. Paul Brodene Smith has performed in more than ten countries. His concert and operatic career has brought him to important venues including engagements at the Her Majesty’s Theatre (London), the Deutsches Nationaltheater (Weimar), Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Düsseldorf), the Prague State Opera, Théâtre des Arts Opera de Normandie (Rouen), and the Cairo Opera (Egypt). Comfortable on the musical stage as well, he performed Piangi in both the London and Hamburg productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.

Students of Dr. Smith perform throughout the world in musical theater, cruise lines, popular music and opera. In addition to teaching voice, Dr. Smith teaches beginning Clarinet and saxophone.

Dr. Smith holds degrees from Roosevelt University in Chicago and the University of Illinois Champaign –Urbana. Prior to accepting the position, the South Haven instrumental music teacher Dr. Smith has taught at Friends University, Wichita State University, University of Nebraska at Kearney, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, Blackburn College, Prairie State College and the Stella Musical Academy in Hamburg Germany.

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