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West Music Piano Gallery Urbandale – Tanner Taylor

West Music Piano Gallery Urbandale – Tanner Taylor

Tanner Taylor

Tanner Taylor began playing piano at the age of 6 and has been a professional pianist for over 18 years. Originally from Jefferson, Iowa Tanner studied under the “Father of Iowa Jazz”, Jack Oatts and also attended the University of Northern Iowa and Manhattan School of Music. In 2001, Tanner relocated to Minneapolis to begin a career for the Yamaha Piano Corporation and continued to flourish as a performing artist, collaborating with artists such as Clark Terry, Lew Tabackin, Dick Oatts, Delfeayo Marsalis, Marilyn Maye and also toured the US and Canada as pianist and conductor for the symphony pops group “Five by Design”. As a skilled piano tuner and technician, Tanner has unique insight into the inner-workings of both vertical and grand pianos. His teaching credentials include 5 years at the Institute of Production and Recording as well as numerous appearances as an adjudicator and clinician throughout the Midwest. Tanner joined the West Music Piano Gallery team in January of 2015. In his spare time, Tanner enjoys spending time with his wife Jana and two children.

Phone: 515.278.6102 (Direct) – 800.407.4266 (Toll-free)

Email: ttaylor@westmusic.com.

West Music Quad Cities/Moline – Kathryn Stieghorst

West Music Quad Cities/Moline – Kathryn Stieghorst
Kathryn Stieghorst

Kathryn Stieghorst

A member of the West Music Quad Cities Piano Division, Kathryn Stieghorst joined West Music in March of 2015. As a musician, Kathryn understands the special joy in owning instruments and has the honor of assisting customers in bringing that joy into their own lives.

Kathryn is a native of Sarasota, Florida and grew up in Peoria, Illinois. Kathryn’s grandmother started her with piano lessons when she was nine. In 5th grade, she was excited to start band on the alto saxophone, later adding clarinet in high school. Kathryn attended Western Illinois University in Macomb where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Business and a minor in Management. While there, she studied classical saxophone in the studio of John Vana. She was also very active in the various ensembles at WIU, her favorites being the Marching Leathernecks and the Steel Band. Kathryn was in the marching band for four years, two of those years as the saxophone section leader. The steel band provided her the opportunity to play beside Liam Teague, the leading advocate for pan in North America. Throughout her four years, Kathryn also engaged in four rewarding internships with the Peoria Symphony, Prestige Communications (Macomb’s local radio conglomerate), Respectable Artist’s Management and Publishing Inc., and Cadenza Artists LLC (an artist management company based in Los Angeles, CA).

Kathryn is new to the Quad Cities and resides in East Moline, IL with her cats Felix and Midas, whom she rescued in college while volunteering at the local animal shelter. When she’s not at work, or practicing her various instruments, Kathryn enjoys cycling, playing racquetball, fishing, binging on various shows on Netflix, and cheering on the only sports team she follows: the St. Louis Blues hockey team (Let’s Go Blues!).

Phone: 309.764.2115 (Direct) – 800.852.9106 (Toll-free)

Email: kstieghorst@westmusic.com.

West Music Piano Gallery – Jeff Musel

West Music Piano Gallery – Jeff Musel

Jeff Musel - Piano Associate

Jeff began playing piano in 3rd grade, which eventually led to trumpet, guitar and bass. After graduation from Iowa State University, Jeff worked at Sunset Sound recording studios in Los Angeles, where he worked on projects with the likes of Bob Dylan, Yes and many other clients. Upon returning to Iowa Jeff began working at West Music in Marion and is currently store manager.

Jeff stays busy playing with local band “Dogs on Skis” and was inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

Phone: 319.377.9100 – ext. 5106 (Direct) – 800.373.9101 (Toll-free)

Email: jmusel@westmusic.com

Kephart – West Music Dubuque – Wendy Kephart

Kephart – West Music Dubuque – Wendy Kephart

Wendy Kephart

Wendy joined the West Music team in 2014, after the merger of her family’s business, Kephart’s Music Centers (Decorah and Dubuque, IA), with West Music.

As a former owner/manager of a full-line music company, she has a unique perspective on the processes involved in the selection of a musical instrument.

Having raised 5 children who all participated in music, she understands the challenges that families may face when providing a music education to their students. Overcoming these challenges so that all students may experience the benefits of making music, and making the process enjoyable, is her goal.

Wendy has served on the board of directors for the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education and the Retail Print Music Dealers, and is a former president of the Nordic Fest in Decorah, IA.

Phone: 563.583.7333 (Direct) – 800.728.7333 (Toll-free)

Email: wkephart@westmusic.com

Kephart – West Music Decorah – Ann Kephart

Kephart – West Music Decorah – Ann Kephart

Ann Kephart
Ann is a Decorah native, and graduated from Luther College with a degree in elementary education. She taught for a number of years before coming into the family business, Kephart’s Music Center, in 1995. Ann has been involved in many areas of the business since that time, from bookkeeping to sales.

Ann’s family includes four kids who all have taken piano lessons, and have been involved in music from an early age. She is a true believer in music making students smarter and better individuals. Kephart’s joined the West Music team in February 2014, and Ann is excited to have a selection of piano and keyboards to offer to the community, and to continue making music!

Phone: 563.382.3684 (Direct) – 800.369.9633 (Toll-free)

Email: akephart@westmusic.com

West Music Cedar Falls – John Waltz

West Music Cedar Falls – John Waltz

John Waltz - Piano Associate

With a fitting last name, John Waltz remembers taking piano lessons at an early age. Then came the French horn and guitar. Enjoying playing, singing, and studying music through school and college, he took a combo position at West Music in Cedar Falls, where he has been the last 20 years. Coming around full circle, he was asked to help with the piano department. He has toured the Steinway factory and has received many hours of training from both Steinway and Yamaha. John is passionate about music and believes it raises the quality of life, no matter what your age might be.

Music overflows at the Waltz residence. Daughters Angelle and KD play piano, cello, viola, flute, guitar, saxophone…whew! John’s wife Crystal (a school music teacher) likes to take the girls to talent shows throughout the state. John enjoys family time, engineering sound for music concerts and riding bicycles and motorcycles.

Phone: 319.277.4104 (Direct) – 800.248.7004 (Toll-free)

Email: jwaltz@westmusic.com

West Music Coralville – Matt McClellen

West Music Coralville – Matt McClellen

Matt McClellen portrait

Before he could reach the keys, Matt McClellen always wanted to learn to play and fix pianos. His fascination with music began when he heard old ragtime and Beatles LP’s at the age of three, and he would sing and dance to them. A couple of years later, he joined his local church choir, and at eight years old he begged his parents to take piano lessons. Saxophone propelled and fed the love of music from 5th grade through college with a Minor in Music and a Bachelors in Business from the University of Iowa. At a young age, Matt equipped himself with basic tools and tore into washers, dryers, radios, bicycles, houses, and cars–but pianos proved to be both elusive and fascinating to him. He found inspiration and encouragement from local churches, schools and communities, and began to train for his dream job by working on their seemingly endless supply of out-of-tune pianos.

In 1997 an article in the Iowa City Press Citizen showcased the profession of aging piano tuners, as well as the schools where one could study to learn the profession. Matt saved that article until 2001, when chance led him to take up temporary winter residence in Minneapolis to attend the Minnesota School of Piano Technology.

Since his training in 2001, he has worked with many other experienced technicians and attended several factory training seminars to further his abilities. Matt Has attended training at Yamaha for The Little Red School House, 37 Steps of Regulation and The Performance Piano Service Seminar. He has also received training from Steinway & Sons on Grand Regulation and Touch Control. Matt is a qualified service technician for PianoDisc and Yamaha Disklavier player pianos.

Matt loves his job: “No matter what I work with, I strive to make it better. Pianos are the perfect outlet for my obsession because they have no limit to what you can learn to play or how well they can be tuned, regulated and voiced. Unless it’s a spinet. Don’t play a spinet.”

Phone: 319.351.2000 (Direct) – 800.373.2000 (Toll-free)

Email: mmcclellen@westmusic.com.

West Music Quad Cities/Moline – Cathi Dorr

West Music Quad Cities/Moline – Cathi Dorr
Cathi Dorr

Cathi Dorr - Community Outreach Coordinator; Educational Sales

Cathi’s enthusiasm to instill the love of music performance in others is the legacy that she brings to West Music Company.   To her, every musician is important, from the beginner to the seasoned artist, whether it is the first stage or  the concert stage!  She represents West Music by travelling to our Quad Cities area schools, providing weekly service visits to music directors, teachers, and students.  In addition, Cathi coordinates West Music’s participation in Community Outreach, supporting music outside of the classrooms, events, and clinics.

In the beginning, Cathi started  playing the flute in the East Moline Schools in 6th grade, and she  Cathi has enjoyed performing flute since.   She has been a solo concert flutist for many years, and a few years ago, added piano as her second instrument.  She has been a private flute instructor for 35 years, successfully guiding her students’ progress. As an adult piano student, she is finding a new “vehicle” to enjoy throughout her life.

Cathi entered the Musical instrument business after working 18 years in a  local fine  jewelry store.   In 1993, she began to use her retail skills to open and operate her own band and orchestra instrument store called WindSounds Music, in Rock Island, IL.   After 8 years in business, WindSounds Music merged with West Music in 2001.  Cathi joined West Music as store manager of the former location  in Davenport, as well as managing the current store in Moline on John Deere Road.

Cathi has lived in the Quad Cities all of her life.  She lives in Moline with her husband, Mark,  who is a guitarist, and stepsons Rob and Dan, who are also musicians.  Even the family’s dogs, Izzie and Ozzie, love to sing when the piano is played!  Cathi invites you to bring music into your life, and she will assist you with years of experience and the passion to nurture your success.

Phone: 309.764.2104 (Direct) – 800.852.9106 (Toll-free)

Email: cdorr@westmusic.com

West Music Cedar Falls – John Williams

West Music Cedar Falls – John Williams

John Williams portrait

John has been in the music business for over forty years, the past 21 with West Music. One of John’s greatest enjoyments is to see how children grasp that music is an art full of human feelings and emotions. Music creates a self awareness. John believes he lives in a timeless world within the music industry.

John is now educating the children of parents that he sold musical instruments to in the past years. They’re now visiting the store with their children teaching them how important music will become a part of their lives. John’s hobbies consist of with his wife keeping up with their eight children and seven grandchildren. John believes there is no better combination then that of youth and music.

Phone: 319.277.4104 (Direct) – 800.248.7004 (Toll-free)

Email: jwilliams@westmusic.com

West Music Piano Gallery/Urbandale – Michelle Jensen

West Music Piano Gallery/Urbandale – Michelle Jensen
Michelle Jensen

Michelle Jensen - Piano Sales Associate

Michelle Jensen is a graduate from the University of Northern Iowa in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy. She is a current member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA / IMTA), the Women’s Music Fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota, Certified Teacher in Private and Group Piano, and Certified Piano Consultant with West Music Piano Gallery in Des Moines, IA.

Michelle was always inspired by the sound of music, especially when listening to her grandmother play the beautiful melodies of old folk tunes and classical arrangements. Michelle began playing piano at the age of 7 and studied under her grandmother Evelyn Jensen for 3 years. At the age of 10 she began her studies with Arlyce Schroeder of Denver, IA. She continued her music education throughout high school and college. Along with piano she also plays flute and organ. She has competed in numerous competitions and held several solo recitals in Cedar Falls, Des Moines, and Iowa City.

At the University of Northern Iowa, Michelle was under the tutelage of Dr. Howard Aibel and Dr. Genadi Zagor. She had studies in Piano Methodology, Piano Pedagogy, and Piano Literature. Throughout her time at the University of Northern Iowa Michelle accompanied a variety of students for recitals, lessons, competitions, and various performances. She plays in worship bands, judges for local piano contests, and plays professionally for many social gatherings and business events. She is accomplished on both acoustic and digital pianos. She values hard work and dedication, but most of all the enjoyment of music and helping others realize their own unique ability and individuality!

Michelle’s hobbies are reading, painting, photography, crafts, gardening, cooking, traveling, health & fitness, mountain biking, fishing, and of course playing the piano!

Michelle has a bulldog named Pike and two cats, Cierra and Tilly.

Phone: 515.278.6102 (Direct) – 800.407.4266 (Toll-free)

Email: mjensen@westmusic.com