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.

Caleb Roman

Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals, trombone, songwriting, Improvisation and Music Theory

Caleb is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and trombonist from Lenexa, Kansas and has been playing music since he was five years old. He has been in many bands through the years encompassing many styles including jazz, rock, and pop. He loves to improvise and write riffs, and often can be found sitting in front of a pair of speakers playing along or soloing over whatever music happens to be on.

In high school Caleb was in the Kansas All-State Orchestra as a trombonist and the Kansas All-State Choir as a Tenor. He plays trombone in the Concert Jazz band at the University of Missouri and has also been in Marching Mizzou. In 2009 he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston and studied under Robin Stone and Sal DiFusco while pursuing a degree in Music Production and Engineering, with guitar as his principle instrument. After spending a couple of years in Boston he's come back to Columbia to get his degree from Mizzou and can't wait to play music with you!

Phillip Todd

Guitar, Bass, Drums, keyboard, songwriting, Improvisation and Music Theory

Phillip Todd has been playing music for over 20 years, Guitar is his specialty but he also teaches bass, drums and keyboard. He has been in several bands with varying styles that range from pop / classic rock to metal. Phillip is a Radio producer as well as a professional music teacher.

Music has always been a huge part of his life. In his spare time he can be found creating electronic beats on his computer, enjoying the weather with friends or tubing in creeks. He’s lived in Columbia since 2005, Halloween is his favorite holiday, and he’s just a great musician and an easygoing guy!

Hayley Leal

Guitar, vocals, Theory, Improvisation and Song Writing

Hayley is a trained and professional instructor at a major music lessons excepting students in the Columbia area. Hayley teaches guitar and vocal lessons. She has been taking Lessons since she was 8 years old and is now an accomplished player, performer and instructor.

Hayley has performed in various bands in the columbia area and has a passion or songwriting. Her bands have performed at the Earth Day Festival, KOPN radio station, farmers markets, art receptions, first night, and many other places. She has often said her musical journey has been so wonderful, and she loves sharing that with others by through her lessons.

Hayley has a very flexible schedule and will write out a specialized lesson plan based on your goals in music! Fill out a contact form to get connected with Hayley 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.

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.