Piano & Keyboard Instruction

Will Puckett

Parkville, MO

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About Will Puckett

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Piano and keyboard instruction is offered by a working professional.

Whether you are young or all grown up and desire to study the classical literature, jazz styles, theory, improvisation, or popular music as it currently is produced, then learn from a patient pro with a practical, individual method that achieves lasting results and relative ego satisfaction.

1/2-hour and full-hour slots are available.

I am located in Historic Parkville, MO.

I am currently the keyboardist with CherryBomb (a local Kansas City band) and on staff with the Kansas City Ballet School.

I am a composer/pianist with over 35 years of professional experience, and I love to see new players grow in music!

Location

122 S. Main Street
Parkville, MO 64152

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  • 5/5 stars January 8, 2013

    Will has an incredible passion for music that will surely wear off on anyone he teaches music to.

    My daughter has been taking piano lessons from Will for the past year and he has been very patient, respecting her pace, which she appreciates. The recitals offered at Bentley also have helped her stay engaged and the experience overall has been far more creative and relaxed than the local lessons that we had received prior.

    We highly recommend Will!

    Kristi

  • 5/5 stars December 13, 2012

    Piano teachers do not come any finer than Will. He is competent, inspiring, and really great with kids! Our 10 year old son has thoroughly enjoyed his lessons with Will, and we would heartily recommend him.

  • 5/5 stars December 12, 2012

    I've taken piano lessons from Will for two years now and he is the best. Always knows when to challenge me, is a great listener, and works with me around my crazy travel schedule. I would highly recommend him, and I would know since my was a piano teacher (so I have ridiculously high standards).

    Will P. replied to this review on December 13, 2012:

    Matt, you are also a ridiculously hard worker (Mom should be proud).

  • 5/5 stars May 22, 2011

    Will has been a great teacher for my 14 year old son. On my son's first lesson Will sat down with him and asked what kind of music he was interested in and they have worked together to find music to learn and play that would keep my son interested. Thanks Will!

Question and answer

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Searching for a private music teacher can be a tricky business.

Compatibility of the teacher with the student is paramount. Can the instructer pique the interest of the pupil? Can that interest be maintained?

True learning can only be attained through constant discovery, understanding, and the desire to learn. This is not attained through morbid drudgerey. Even the most mundane technical tasks beset on a student can be made interesting with a valued reward for those that persist.

Find an private instructor that can relate to you or your prospective music student. Interveiw the prospective teacher and have them perform a piece for you at their respective instrument.

Ask yourself: Is this a good fit? Perhaps only a couple of sessions will reveal this so you may need to book one or two "trial sessions".

Deep learning and understanding will happen when the Teacher connects with the student and the student is inspired.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I love to see the "lights come on" within my students when a difficult concept is finally realized, or a wall is broken through.

I am most satsified when I see my students grow in ability, mind, and artistry. This is often a small weekly process but can occur in a sudden leap when a new plateau attained.

I love the reactions of proud parents of young students who have work very hard to present their musical talents at student recitals. Also, the reactions of the students themselves when they have acheived their goals.

That is when I know I have been succesful in passing on my own lessons learned to a new generation.

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. This is an important topic.

I am constantly in practice at my instrument learning new music and preparing for performance. Given that I am on staff with the Kansas City Ballet, I can never rest on my laurels but must always raise the bar on my personal best. I perform several hours every week.

Any quality piano instructor should also be an active professional performer.

In addition, continued study and discourse with other music educators with regard to techniques and concepts for teachers to interface with students is a key element. I am constantly in touch with several of my colleagues in the United States and Europe, including my own former teachers, on how to best improve my effectiveness as a teacher.

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