Guitar Instructors

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 is a trained professional music teacher. 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 has come back to Columbia to get his degree from Mizzou and he is excited to play music with you!

Ben Wilton

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Trumpet, songwriting, Improvisation and Music Theory

Ben is a trained and professional Musician who comes from a musical family, and grew up listening to his mother play the piano while teaching him how to play from a very young age. He was given his first guitar for his 10th birthday, and has been passionate about playing guitar and music ever since then. He has played guitar in several different bands, including his high school jazz ensemble. He plays many different kinds of genres, including rock, jazz, funk, and he studied classical guitar at the University of Missouri.

He has also been playing trumpet for 12 years, and was an all-state trumpet player during high school and then played in Marching Mizzou during college. He is well versed in both classical and jazz playing.

He graduated from Mizzou with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, and is eager to spread his love of music to others. Ben has a wide availability of weekdays and evenings. Fill out a contact form to get in touch!

Maciej Dwornik

Guitar, Bass, Improvisation and Music Theory

Maciej is a trained and professional music teacher, who excels in the fundamentals of guitar and beyond. He is a very personable friendly teacher who does a fantastic job explaining complicated things in an easy way.

He first started guitar when he was 11 years old. Music quickly became his life and he always set aside some time each day to play his instrument. He plays a lot of rock and its derivatives (blues rock, psychedelic rock, alternative rock etc), but he also plays and takes interest in all styles.

Born in Poland and raised in the city of Chicago, he is a Junior at Mizzou working on a double major in Psychology and Biology. He plans on going to graduate school for developmental/educational psychology, doing research in the field of teaching and trying to find the best way to learn for different types of students.

When he is not doing school work or playing guitar, he enjoys being outdoors. Whether its hiking, running, biking, or fishing, he loves spending his free time out in the elements, rain or shine.

Stephen Lavely

Guitar, Piano, Bass, Theory, improvisation, and Song Writing

Stephen is a guitarist and pianist from O Fallon, Missouri. He has been playing music every day for hours a day for over ten years. He studied music in college and is currently a senior at MU getting his bachelors degree.

He has played with choirs, jazz bands, rock bands, and many other types of bands. He has studied Jazz, classical, rock, country, folk, bluegrass, funk, experimental, and many other types of musical genres in the world.

He loves to jam with friends, improvise along with whatever comes on the radio, performing, and figuring out how to learn songs by ear. In his spare time, he reads all kinds of books including science fiction and history, and hangs out with his cat Jaspurr.

Jashawn Linwood

Guitar, Bass, Violin, Drums, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin, Piano, Theory, improvisation, and Song Writing

Jashawn has been playing music since he was 11 years old. He started taking violin in middle school and went on to play in his high school symphony in Indianapolis. In addition to violin, he expanded his musical horizons to guitar and bass guitar from a young age.

Jashawn has played music in a lot of different bands of varying genres of music and instrumentations. He has experience in Jazz, blues, alternative, reggae, funk, hip hop, and more.

In his free time, he likes to dabble in creative writing, he loves learning new instruments, and learning about new cultures. He is very easy going and does an amazing job keeping his students interested and progressing at their instrument. He is excited to help people start or continue their musical journeys!

Tyler Kemp

Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Improvisation and Music Theory

Tyler is a trained and professional guitarist who entered his six-stringed journey after a live album blew his mind. He has a specific taste for an overdriven blues tone, but loves all genres of music from acoustic fingerpicking to progressive rock. Years of vocal experience help give Tyler an ear for notes, and leads to some great jam sessions.

Born and raised in central Missouri, Tyler is a 2014 Mizzou Alum who has not missed many home football games since 1991. With a wide variety of hobbies and skills from working on cars to videography, Tyler is easy to get along with and a patient teacher you are sure to have a fun time learning from.

Owning a small business gives Tyler a fair amount of scheduling flexibility, you can schedule appointments with him during weekday afternoons and evenings. Fill out a contact form to get in touch!

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.