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.


Private Individual Lessons




Guitar &  Bass 

Band Instruments: 

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


Lessons are $ 70.00 per month (Program is an auto-pay program using a credit or debit card). 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.


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.


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 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


“Reflections” Home School Choir

 Beginning & Intermediate Band


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.



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.







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.






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. 







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.




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.