R. Jean Kennedy
Instructor, Guitarist, Vocalist, Songwriter
Jean has been teaching guitar & bass instruction since 2001. In addition to teaching privately, Jean is the adjunct guitar faculty at McPherson College, Mcpherson, KS.
Jean studied with William O'Brien at Idaho State University where she received her Bachelor of Music: Performance. She has also performed in masterclasses with Dimitri Illarianov, Michael Chapdelaine, Marcin Dylla and has studied with Pablo Cohen of Ithaca College. She currently is a member of GFA (Guitar Foundation of America) and KMTA (Kansas Music Teachers Association).
Jean has also organized several ensemble opportunities with her private studio of students and at McPherson College. Past ensembles have included a 24 student guitar orchestra,a college guitar ensemble of 6-9 members, duets and trios. Current ensembles included an advanced guitar quartet and a beginning guitar ensemble class.
Jean is a active performer as a guitarist and vocalist and is available for weddings, private parties, concerts and events of all kinds. She performs solo classical guitar recitals, jazz concerts, and leads Christian worship services. Jean is a member of The Stearman Duo, a pairing of classical guitar and flute with flutist, Ann Sooby. If interested in engaging Jean or The Stearman Duo for an event, please call her directly at (316)305-8940 or fill out your information on the Contact page.
Private Guitar and Bass Instruction
Read & interpret musical notes to play solo melodies.
Accompany yourself & others in a variety of rhythmic styles.
Understand chord progressions & how to construct chords with music theory.
Gain performance experience with semi-annual recitals & other fun opportunities.
Many avenues of study are available: Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Country, Folk, etc.
Because every student has my individual attention, it's possible to teach in the unique direction that he or she wishes to study. In addition to the preferred genre, all students learn the skill of reading and comprehending musical notation, chordal accompaniment and a basic overview of musical styles.
Individual Lessons are 30 minutes or 1 hour in length on a weekly basis.
Please contact Jean for cost information.
2421 N. Main Street
North Newton, Kansas 67117
123 N. Main Street
McPherson, Kansas 67460
Participate in Other Music Opportunities!
Kennedy Guitar Ensembles
Playing in a guitar ensemble is a great way to stretch your musical abilities and learn how to play music with other people. Jean offers a guitar ensemble class that is a 10 week class for beginning to advanced guitarists. This class teaches students to work together in a chamber music setting, focusing on listening skills, teamwork and creating great musical moments. The semester ends with a recital performance by the ensemble for all to enjoy!
Christmas Guitar Ensembles Beginning Soon!
New students to the class need to audition with Ms. Kennedy for placement and skill level purposes. This winter there are 3 guitar ensemble groups! Rehearsals will be on Sundays throughout November and the first part of December in McPherson on the McPherson College campus. The Christmas Ensembles will be participating in the Multi-Piano and Guitar Ensemble Christmas Festival on December 16th at Central Christian College and performing at The Cedars Retirement Village on December 17th as a part of the Annual Christmas Guitar Recital! More performance opportunities are on the horizon!
Please contact Jean Kennedy directly for more information and registration for current and future ensemble classes!