Hello KCRB students and families!
We’re very proud teachers–several of our students graduated high school this year! These young men have been with us for a long time, and it has been an absolute honor to watch them grow up and become not only incredible musicians, but incredible people! Congratulations to Zahne Brown, Zade McKivergan, and Landon Mainard, Class of 2022!
We’re also excited to introduce you to our newest piano teacher – Xu Zheng!
Xu Zheng is a composer and graduate from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in Music Composition. She is now pursuing her master’s at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music in Music Composition. Her major instrument is piano. She has experience teaching piano in classical and popular music styles.
Xu loves sharing her knowledge of music and encouraging her students to grow into well-rounded musicians with technical skills, theoretical understanding, and musicality. She believes that it is essential to let the students learn what they are really interested in and to have fun, while making steady progress on their personal musical journey.
The name Xu is pronounced like the English word “she”. The Chinese character related to it means vividness, which is also the quality that she hopes her teaching and compositions can bring to the world!
Thank you for choosing KC Rock Band & Guitar for your music lessons! We love having you as a student! Don’t hesitate to contact me if I can help you in any way. – Laura Lee Crandall, owner KCRB
Student of the Month – Jarrett Nordike
Jarrett Nordike has been taking guitar lessons at KCRB for a little over a year, with KCRB teacher Bryson Thomas. Jarett has made great progress and loves bringing in new songs to learn. Here’s a little more about him:
Age: 19 – Studying Audio Engineering
Favorite song you’ve learned so far?
Hip to Be A Square
What are your musical goals?
I want to perform in my own band soon!
What do you like to do besides play music?
Any advice for younger musicians starting out? Practice, practice, practice, practice
Congratulations, Jarrett! You’re doing great!