Guitar Instructors

Greg Allers

Owner of A Major Music

Greg Allers is an experienced instructor and founder of A Major Music Lessons and teaches Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals, Theory, Improvisation and Song Writing.

Greg has been playing guitar since he was 12 years old, comes from a musical family, has played in multiple bands during this time, and has a degree in music theory.

Greg has been teaching music professionally since 2008 and over the years he developed teaching strategies and values. Values as simple as always being friendly, caring about your students, teaching them what they want, being consistent, on time, and flexible!

Greg had to stop accepting new private lesson students since he graduated from MU with a mechanical and aerospace engineering degree in 2014, but he loves teaching and spreading the joy of music so he continues to do so by running A Major Music. He helps other teachers that he believes in by training them on his knowledge of music and tactics for teaching that he developed over the years. He holds those teachers to his standard of quality and helps them have the music career he feels so fortunate to have had.

Justin Hendrix

Guitar, Bass, Theory, Improvisation and Song Writing

Justin Hendrix is an experienced instructor for A Major Music Lessons and offers guitar lessons in Columbia, Missouri.

Justin has been playing guitar since he was young, comes from a musical family, and has played in multiple bands during this time. He is currently in a proffessional band. He is a certified A Major Music instructor and accepts all students over the age of 6. Justin specializes in guitar, but can also teach bass, music theory, and song writing.

He can teach any genre from classical to metal and can modify the songs difficulty to fit the student’s individual skill level. He can teach you how to jam with others, how to see what they are playing and know how and where to improvise a solo to fit the music.

Justin also can teach students how to write songs - everything from the guitar riffs and structure to the drums, bass, and vocals. Justin is currently offering lessons on weekdays from mornings till around 530pm, fill out the contact form to get in touch.

Morgan Buckler

Guitar, vocals, Alto and Baritone saxophone, Piano, Theory, Improvisation and Song Writing

Morgan is an experienced instructor at a major music lessons expecting students in the Columbia area. Morgan teaches guitar, vocals, Alto and Baritone saxophone, and beginner-intermidiate piano. Morgans favorite styles are jazz, beach rock, and pop, but he can help students learn any style they prefer.

Morgan has taken private lessons from many big names in the columbia music scene. He took private vocal lessons for 3 years from Dr. Michael Straw. He studied under Andy Launder for 4 years taking private guitar lessons, studying in jazz and improv and many other styles. He studied under Dr. Jack Shearer playing the Alto and Baritone saxophone for about 4 years. Morgan also took Piano lessons and studied music theory for many years.

Morgan has been a part of many musical programs over the years. He started choir in 4th grade, joined the school band in 6th grade and soon after he took his love for the saxophone to junior high where he played in concert band, jazz band, after school jazz lab, and participated in many festivals, placing top five of his class every time! During junior high he also participated in choirs and was in honors choir and concert choir as well as a mens choir that was offered as an extra curricular activity. Morgan took choir classes at Rock Bridge High School including a year of show choir.

Morgan has a very flexible schedule and will write out a specialized lesson plan music goals! Fill out a contact form to get connected with Morgan now!

John Canote

Drums, Guitar, Bass, Piano, mandolin, ukulele, Theory, and Song Writing

John Canote has been playing music for all of his life. Whether it was in his family's bluegrass band or leading worship at his local church, he has always played music. He began with the guitar, but has since learned to play many instruments. He teaches guitar, drums, bass, piano, mandolin, and ukulele. He plays and listens to all kinds of music and is ready to teach you whatever you wish to learn.

He can teach any genre from classical to metal and can modify the songs difficulty to fit the student’s individual skill level. He can teach you how to jam with others, how to see what they are playing and know how and where to improvise a solo to fit the music.

John also can teach students how to write songs - everything from the guitar riffs and structure to the drums, bass, and vocals. John is currently offering lessons on every day except Saturday, fill out the contact form to get in touch.

Donovan Tousignant

Guitar, Bass guitar, Acoustic or stand up bass, Piano, Drums, Vocals, Violin, Mandolin, Theory, Improvisation and Song Writing

Donovan Tousignant is an experienced instructor for A Major Music Lessons currently excepting students in the Columbia Mo area. He is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Missouri. Donovan began playing music 12 years ago, and after over a decade of whimsy playing rock, metal, punk, jazz, classical, folk, and more, he now mostly plays guitar, bass guitar, standup bass (classical and jazz), piano, synthesizer, and voice. He also has experience playing trombone, euphonium, and drumset.

As a songwriter and composer Donovan has had his pieces performed by several University of Missouri ensembles and jazz combos and his own band, The Æther Tree. He and his band have been featured in a Article in the Columbia Daily Tribune as well as on music blogs from as far away as Russia.

Donovan will write a customized lesson plan based on your goals and interests. He also has two goals for his students while teaching; the short term goal is to just have some fun learning whatever music it is that speaks to you. The long term goal is to take students and mold them into self-sufficient musicians who can perform with absolute confidence in front of a live audience or in a studio setting. The tools needed for these goals are different for everyone, and Donovan’s lesson plans reflect this.

When Donovan isn’t playing or writing music, he can often be found playing videogames, studying foreign languages, gardening, reading, drawing, catnapping with his cats, or cooking with utmost disregard for the instructions on the box.

Donovan can teach any genre from classical to metal, as well as music theory and songwriting.

He can teach any genre of music and can modify the songs difficulty to fit the student’s individual skill level. He can teach you how to jam with others, how to see what they are playing and know how and where to improvise a solo to fit the music.

Donovan can also teach students how to write songs - everything from the riffs and structure to vocal melody and lyrics. Donovan is currently offering lessons every day, fill out the contact form to get in touch.

Rachel Cenzer

Flute, beginner Guitar, Clarinet, Conducting and Theory

Rachel Cenzer studied under Mrs. Brooksie Collins for two years, Mrs. Katie Smyth for 1 year, Mrs. Lisa McMahon for 1 year and Mr. Eric Blankenship for 4 years. She is attending the University of Missouri- Columbia studying Music Education. She’s been working with Mr. Steve Geibel for 2 years and Ms. Alice Dade for 3 years. She studied conducting under Dr. Donald Bradley Snow for 4 years, Dr. Brian Silvey for 4 years and Dr. Chris Baumgartner for 2 years.

During her education at the University of Missouri-Columbia she took a semester off and joined the military. She performed with the 135th Army National Guard Band in Springfield Missouri. She went to basic training in January of 2012 and graduated from basic in April 2012 from Fort Jackson in South Carolina. She then attended The Army School of Music at the Naval Base in Virginia. She graduated from the School of Music in June of 2012. She is planning on graduating from the University of Missouri- Columbia in May of 2015. After she graduates, she would like to teach in a High School or Middle School as a Director and give additional private lessons.

Rachel is currently offering lessons on every day except Saturday, fill out the contact form to get in touch.