Owners – Matt & Laura Lee Crandall

Matt and Laura Lee Crandall began KC Rock Band & Guitar in the Spring of 2013.   When they aren’t teaching or performing, they wrangle three little boys at home, two of whom have been known to recite  Cake’s The Distance, in its entirety, at any opportunity there might be an audience.

 Matt Crandall Matt Crandall

~Guitar, Bass, Saxophone, & Rock Band Instructor

Matt Crandall began studying music at age 3 on the piano, before switching to saxophone at age 9.  He added guitar and bass to his repertoire at age 12, and played trombone through jr. high and high school.  He must have an innate love of collecting instruments, because he also studied flute and clarinet in college.  Is there an instrument he doesn’t play??? Well, yes.  The drums–he leaves that to his wife (see below).

Matt received his Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and is certified to teach K-12 instrumental and vocal music.  He has taught privately and in the public schools for over 10 years.  Currently, he teaches choir and guitar at Horizons High School, and 5th and 6th grade band in the Shawnee Mission School District.

Matt has been a member of the 312th Army band since 2001 and has performed with groups around Kansas City such as:

Iowa Street
Andy and the Outlaws
Ken Tucker Band
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The Boulevard Big Band
Howl at the Moon Dueling Piano Bar Band
New Vintage Big Band
Crandall Jazz Trio
Evangel Church Worship Band
Colonial Presbyterian Worship Band
Major Malfunktion


drum lessonLaura Lee Crandall

~Rock Band & Drum Instructor

Laura Lee began studying piano at age 5 and continued until she switched to drums and percussion at age 11, much to her mother’s dismay.  But dismay turned to pride for Mom once Laura Lee started sounding good and went on to earn her degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music.   Laura Lee has performed and taught in Kansas City for over 10 years.  She has a firm belief that every child should be issued a drum set upon birth.

Laura Lee performs on drum set, hand drums, vibraphone, and orchestral percussion and has performed with groups such as:

Ken Tucker Band
Marimba Sol De Chiapas

Crandall Jazz Trio
Kansas City Philharmonia
Oldie Goldie Dance Band
Alvin Ailey Dance Camp
Evangel Church Worship Band
Little Joe and the Wisemen
Major Malfunktion

Karren SchieleKarren Schiele

~Piano & Voice Instructor
What Karren absolutely loves to do:  teach music in a way that is motivating and understandable.

Karren Schiele is a graduate from University of Missouri-Kansas City with a Bachelor of Arts in Music.  She has over 20 years teaching experience.  Ms. Schiele is the Primary Staff Musician at Grace Baptist Church of Greater Kansas City.  She has a variety of outstanding abilities as a vocal coach, piano instructor, vocal seminar clinician, vocal arranger, accompanist for the Adult and Children’s choir, and small Choir Ensemble director.

She has worked with many musicians in the Kansas City area and had the opportunity to work with gospel legend, Karen Clark Sheard.   This fall, she plans to further her education by pursuing a Masters of Arts in Music at UMKC.

Besides being an amazing professional, Karren is warm, fun, and a blast to be around!

Michael English
~Guitar Instructor

Michael English is a seasoned professional in the music world and currently plays with the Ronni Ward Band.   Mike graduated from the Guitar Institute of Technology with Vocational Honors, the highest certificate offered.

His list of accomplishments are long and include opening shows for Merle Haggard, Toby Keith, Shania Twain, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Bellamy Brothers, and President Jimmy Carter.   He has also performed on guitar with Dave Brubeck, Tanya Tucker, and Lee Greenwood.  In Mike played on numerous recording sessions and toured the USA and Canada alongside Tate Stevens, who would go on to win the X-Factor in 2012.

Mike’s teaching range is as impressive as his performing:  if you’re brand new to guitar, Mike can show you the way with clarity and fun–or if you’re looking for someone who can take even the most advanced guitarist to the next level, you just found your man!

Sara Jenkins

~Piano Instructor

Sara Jenkins received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana.   While in Colorado, she taught 3rd and 4th grade in public schools for ten years followed by five years of teaching 2nd-5th grade social studies.  Sara has played piano for over 20 years and loves to teach!  Enjoying the pleasure (and stress relief!) of playing piano motivates Sara to instill the same lifelong love of music and the instrument in her students. She works to apply instructional methods and motivators she found effective in her general education classrooms to facilitate this endeavor. Her favorite aspect of teaching piano is identifying and encouraging each student’s strengths as a piano student and creatively helping them master the concepts and techniques that are more difficult for them.

Ryan Head

~Guitar Instructor

Ryan Head studied at the Aspen Music Festival and School with grammy-award winning guitarist Sharon Isbin, and has completed graduate coursework at University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music where he studied with the renowned guitarist Douglas Niedt . He has played the guitar for over 20 years and has 14 years of experience with classical guitar. In addition to his classical training, he has played in many bands and chamber ensembles and has experience with many guitar styles, especially any finger-style genre including:, blues, country blues, Piedmont blues, slide guitar, and ragtime.

 Ryan has registered teacher training with the Suzuki association of the Americas. As well as completing Guitar Curriculum.com National Teacher Training Phase 1. He founded the Panhandle Guitar School and nurtured a thriving guitar studio in Kimball and Chadron Nebraska before moving to Kansas City. Ryan is a uniquely qualified instructor, his classical training allows him to provide his students with an excellent foundation that will let them play any style of music they choose.