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Bass Guitar Instructors

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.

Uriah Carter

Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Ukulele, Drums, and Vocals

Uriah Carter is a guitarist from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was raised by his grandparents in rural Choctaw, Oklahoma, where he loved to sing and discover new music on the radio. In 7th grade he joined his school choir, and was accepted into the East Central Oklahoma Choral District Association (ECOCDA). He also participated in his church bell choir, traveling to perform around Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado.

Uriah comes from a family of music-lovers, and he purchased his first Arbor electric guitar and Fender amp, and began learning. Years later, he sold his first car to purchase the guitar he still uses today, his Schecter C-1 Classic.

Uriah has two Associate's degrees: one in Enterprise Development; the other in Cyber Security. Although his young-adult career was centered on computers, Uriah is following his true passion and now teaches music. Uriah enjoys listening to, playing, writing, and teaching music. He is also active in Columbia's Yoga community, and believes in living a life of progress and self-betterment.

Phiya Kushi

Piano, Guitar, ear training, music theory, arranging and improvisation

At an early age his older musical sister taught him to read music and he was immediately hooked. By age 11 he spent hours on the piano learning every song and style he heard and loved. In his teens, he was gifted a classical guitar and quickly developed the ability to learn songs and complex chord arrangements by ear on the guitar. Although he loves playing and teaching all different genres, his forte is classical and finger styles.

Professionally, Phiya is a macrobiotic educator and has worked in the natural and organic foods industry his entire life. Through the years, in his spare time and as a hobby, he strove to advance his musical skills whenever he could, focusing more recently on jazz piano improvisation and expanding his Brazilian, Spanish and classical guitar. Through the years he has met and been inspired by many musicians who sees music as the universal language that brings people together.

Phiya loves teaching music at A Major which combines his background in education and his passion for music. He looks forward to meeting and joining others on this amazing journey of discovery and exploration known as music.

Jashawn Linwood

Guitar, Bass, Violin, Drums, Ukulele, Mandolin, 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!

Evan Little

Drums, Guitar, Bass, Improvisation, and Song Writing

Evan has been playing guitar and drums for over 10 years. He started out playing in the youth group at church, and now plays in several rock bands.

Evan started drumming at the age of 8, and started guitar lessons around 6th grade. He's in a couple of bands currently and he plays bass in his most active band at the moment.

From songwriting and chord structure to touring in punk rock acts, Evan is sure to use his experiences to help his students develop their own artistic expression.

In his spare time, Evan likes listening to records and hanging out with his cat, Callie. He also enjoys going to all types of concerts and supporting the local music scene.

Evan is accepting new students and is excited to teach the fundamentals of music and to learn the songs you request and enjoy!

Zack Hoff

Guitar, Saxophone, Banjo, Theory, improvisation, and Song Writing

Zack is a guitarist, saxophonist, and songwriter from De Soto, Missouri.  He started playing guitar at nine years old and sax when he was twelve.  He has performed with multiple music groups since his early teens, including jazz combos and rock/metal bands.

His favorite thing to do in his spare time is improvising guitar solos to popular songs.

In high school, Zack was the lead guitarist for his jazz ensemble, played the baritone sax for two years in concert and marching band, and also sang for three years in concert choir.

He is attending the University of Missouri for a degree in astrophysics and mathematics, but one of his greatest passions is teaching and playing music.

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.