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West Music Piano Gallery Urbandale – Tanner Taylor

West Music Piano Gallery Urbandale – 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 […]

West Music Piano Gallery – Jeff Musel

West Music Piano Gallery – Jeff Musel

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 […]

Kephart – West Music Dubuque – Wendy Kephart

Kephart – West Music Dubuque – 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 […]

Kephart – West Music Decorah – Ann Kephart

Kephart – West Music Decorah – 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 […]

West Music Cedar Falls – John Waltz

West Music Cedar Falls – John Waltz

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, […]

West Music Coralville – Matt McClellen

West Music Coralville – Matt McClellen

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 […]

West Music Coralville – Nelda Wittig

West Music Coralville – Nelda Wittig

Nelda Wittig has been a Certified Piano Sales Consultant with West Music since 1991 and in piano sales since 1979 which qualifies her as ‘getting elderly’—although she prefers the coined, affectionate term—‘getting Nelderly.’  She graduated with honors from college with a degree in Piano Tuning, Repair, and Refinishing.  (Ask her how many parts are in […]