Lessons

Why Study Music ?

Music research in the past few years has linked music to improved math and science skills and test scores.  Direct improvements have been discovered in the cognitive thinking process for those who are active in music study. The University of California at Irvine continues extensive research called the “Musica Research Notes”, and is actively analyzing the direct correlation to music and intelligence.

INSTRUCTION AVAILABLE:

Private Individual Lessons

           

Piano

Voice

Guitar &  Bass 

Band Instruments: 

Baritone, Clarinet, Cornet, Flute, Oboe, Piccolo, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba & more !

TUITION:

Lessons are $ 70.00 per month (A discount of $10.00 per month is applied when enrolled in our auto-pay program using a credit or debit card). **Lessons are higher when paid weekly or if not paid within the month they were taken.  There is a one-time $ 25 registration fee to get students set up in our system.  Please ask the instructor for specific details about fees.

Attendance:

Students are expected to attend all lessons. Naturally there will be times when vacation, illness or transportation problems will unavoidably alter your schedule.   If possible, your teacher will try to offer a make-up lesson.  Due to the size and   complexity of our schedule, make-up lessons are not guaranteed.

FACILITIES:

All our studios are individually ventilated and equipped with teaching tools as suggested by our instructors.  Our drum studios are equipped with professional drums and cymbals.  All guitar studios feature state-of-the art amplifiers.

Orchestra Instruments:

Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass

Banjo, Mandolin & Ukulele

RENTALS:

Rentals are available on most instruments we teach (excluding piano & bass violin).  The basic rental period is four months.  Fees vary by instrument.  Please ask a salesperson for details on our rental programs.

Drums & Percussion

Music Theory & Arranging

Multi-Track Recording & Songwriting

GROUP INSTRUCTION & CLASSES

“Reflections” Home School Choir

 Beginning & Intermediate Band

PLEASE CONTACT ME ABOUT LESSONS!

Qualified instructors:

Our instructors have an extensive music backgrounds, especially in music education.  Most of our instructors have already received a Music Degree from an accredited university or college, or have a minimum of a Music Minor background.  Other instructors are pursuing music degrees or graduate level degrees.  All instructors continue to study and improve their skills.

EMAIL SARAH

SARAH LOVE-VIOLIN & VIOLA

Sarah Love earned her B.A of Music Performance with an emphasis of violin at the University of Central Missouri.  As well as playing for various churches, she is an active member of the Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra. Sarah has been teaching private lessons for more than three years in Warrensburg, MO. She was the concertmaster of  UCM Symphony Orchestra and first violin of the UCM Service Quartet for three of the four years she was involved with the University.  This quartet gave her the experience of playing for weddings, school events, and various off campus occasions.   She was also a apart of the All-Collegiate Orchestra in her senior year. Sarah received the award for Outstanding Senior Student for UCM Orchestra for the 2008-2009 year. She has enjoyed being involved with several orchestra pits including Oklahoma, Thoroughly Modern Milly, Cabaret, and The Robbers Bridegroom.

 

 

CHRISTOPHER BUNCH-PERCUSSION & DRUM SET

Music is a universal language that is set within the parameters of meter, harmony and melody. Music can allow us to think outside the box, express emotions, build connections and relationships and to engage creatively within your surroundings with others. I try to bring a philosophy to the studio that is geared toward aesthetics, semantics and overall just to enjoy what music has to offer. What we do behind the drum kit, sitting on the cajon or playing on a concert bell kit is creating a language that speaks to all individuals in many different respects.

I have studied music, specifically percussion, for the last twenty years in a variety of settings. I started in the Music Department at the University of Central Missouri in 2012 to study with Dr. Michael Sekelsky. I studied with Dr. Sekelsky for two years before leaving the department to pursue my passion for philosophy, in which I will graduate in the spring of 2017 with a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy. During my time in the department, I have worked with several professors in my pursuit of philosophy and worked closely with Dr. Gregory Hakos on a thesis on the role of ethics and music in society. It is here I developed a passion and interest in Kodaly concept in music education.

As an instructor, my goal is to be as engaging as I can be without stepping on the creative foundation of the student. I hope that all students who pass through my studio will have an open mind to music and an eagerness to pursue all genres of music through playing activities in the studio to listening assignments. It is here that we can start to break down music and see how the elements of rhythm, melody and harmony can come together to create many different and beautiful voices.

Currently I devote my time to serving in the ministry of music. I am a drummer at the Celebration Center First Church in Sedalia, Missouri. I have been with this position for 7 years, playing for the 5:30, 8:30 and 12:30 worship services. I have also played with different groups in the praise and worship settings throughout the Sedalia area.

I hope that you as a parent or student are excited, as am I, to bring to the studio, the passion and love I have for music. I truly look forward to meeting you and setting the foundation to a solid music education with your child here at the percussion studio at Instrumental Influence.

 

EMAIL TOM

TOM RAY-GUITAR, BASS, SAXOPHONE, CLARINET, BASS CLARINET

Born and raised Sedalia, MO native, Tom Ray, has been an active musician and educator for almost 20 years. While pursuing a bachelors degree in jazz/commercial performance at Central Missouri State, he was the university's top bassist from 2001-2005; holding the bass spot in the university jazz band and service combo, performing with many professional musicians, faculty, and students. He earned an Outstanding Musician Award his junior and senior years. From 2003-2005, he was the principal bassist for the University Symphony Orchestra and was elected to the Missouri All-Collegiate orchestra his senior year. He also played bass clarinet in University Concert band and was a member of the saxophone section in the Collegiate Jazz band. Outside of college, Tom has played with the Sedalia Symphony, Marshall Philharmonic, UCM Faculty and Alumni Big Band and many other groups in all different genres. Currently, Tom is part of the praise and worship teams at First United Methodist Church in Sedalia and loves spending time with friends and family, especially his wife and three kids. 

Tom has been an instructor at Instrumental Influence since 2012. His method for teaching is a balancing act geared around performing and having fun while also gaining a strong foundation in technique and theory.

 

 

 

EMAIL MICHAEL

MICHAEL SPROLES-VOICE & PIANO

Michael received his Bachelor of Music degree in Church Music from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, TN (1989).  He was the section leader of Dayton Opera in Dayton, Ohio 1988-1990, Associational Music Director-Southwestern Baptist Association in Hamilton, Ohio 1993-1998.  He was a Metropolitan Opera Contest District winner in Knoxville, TN, and a Regional winner in Memphis, TN. Soon after, he sang with the Dayton/Detroit Opera Companies for two seasons, performing roles in Don Giovanni, Lucia Di Lammermoor, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Pirates of Penzance, Die Fledermaus, and others. He then went into full-time Christian Music Ministry for twenty-two years.

Michael is currently serving as Music Director at Calvary Baptist Church in Sedalia MO, and teaches music at a local elementary school.  He is dedicated to reinvesting his time and talents back into the community to help strengthen the local music programs.

He has four beautiful, talented daughters and a son-in-law who makes his family proud by serving this country. 

 

 

 

 

DILLON HASTEN-GUITAR & BASS GUITAR

Dillon’s approach to teaching is as simple as this. “My goal with my students is to teach, equip, empower, and encourage them to become self-sustaining and capable students-able to use their talent to express what words cannot, and to teach valuable lessons such as ‘Discipline’ to help them succeed in all areas of their life”.

Dillon started playing guitar around the age of ten, teaching himself on whatever guitar he could find until he got his first guitar when he was fifteen. Since then, he has graduated with a B.A. in Music from Evangel University in Springfield, MO, and has toured with multiple bands in over six different countries and across the United States leading worship and even touring with an orchestra. He has over ten years of teaching experience in the guitar. Dillon is the current Worship Pastor of Bethel Assembly here in Sedalia, MO.

Dillon’s musical styles range widely from everything from classical composers, country, rock, jazz, and modern day contemporary worship.

Dillon’s goal with any student is to meet them where they are at. Starting with the basics such as cords and single-line melodies with beginners, to full length solos in classical, or of the student’s choice of genre.

Whether you’re an older beginner, a younger student wanting to learn guitar for the first time, or want to grow deeper with your instrument, Dillon is here to help facilitate your student’s passion for music!

 

 

 

ALINA PONKRATOV-PIANO & VOICE

Alina Ponkratov is currently working on her BA in Church Music, and at the end of this (her third year)she will earn a certificate as director of church choir. Her current course work is through the Institute of Sacred Music based in Moscow, Russia. She makes trips to Seattle, WA for the intensive course work under the direction of conductor/composer, Evgeny Semyonovich Goncharenko, who travels from Moscow. He also leads the students in special choir rehearsals of new music. Other instructors there include Kirill Goncharenko for vocal, and Tamara Lozavaya for composing and choral studies. Additional teachers cover working with orchestras, which is a new interest for Alina.

As a child, Alina studied piano from 1987 to 1992 in the music school in Odessa, Ukraine. Since moving to the U.S. in 1992, she has continued her piano studies at the University of Missouri and Western Washington University in Seattle. She has been a church musician since she was 8 years old, doing solo piano and singing performances. At the age of 13 years old, she was playing for services and choir rehearsals. She is now volunteering as the conductor of the church orchestra and worship leader, as well as the choir conductor for Word of Life Church in Sedalia.

Sharing her skills is important, and Alina has been teaching piano and vocal lessons since 1999.  She and her husband Yuriy and their two children returned to Sedalia in early 2016 so she could be the choir leader at Word of Life Church.

 

EMAIL LISA

LISA YONCE-PIANO, VOICE, FLUTE, "REFLECTIONS" HOME SCHOOL CHOIR

Education Director

Lisa Yonce has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from the University of Central Missouri.  She completed her music education degree at College of the Ozarks in Branson.  She then returned to the University of Central Missouri to work on her master's degree in Music History and Literature. 

Lisa has taught K-12 vocal and instrumental music at Northwest, Hughesville and at Sedalia 200 School District.  She has taught private lessons for twenty four years, nineteen of those years with Instrumental Influence.

Lisa has been active in church music all her life. She began playing the piano at age thirteen at her home church in Lawson, Missouri.  She has actively led worship, sung and played piano and keyboard at several area churches.

Lisa has a true passion for music education and she is devoted to training musicians of all ages to use music for personal enjoyment, performance, and church service.