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Private Lesson Instructors

Yandas Music is committed to the future of music in our community by providing in-house private music lessons at both our retail location in Kearney, Nebraska and Grand Island, NE. In order to ensure the best possible learning environment, we are pleased to offer:

  • 17 private lesson rooms
  • Relaxing student lounge areas
  • Two dance studios
  • A beautiful recital hall
  • Competitive rates on all instruction categories
Each instructor is selected carefully by the Yandas team, and carries the necessary skills and accreditation required by Yandas Music and Pro Audio. All lessons are hosted locally at our Kearney, NE retail location. To start taking lessons at Yandas Music, simply contact one of our certified instructors below.
Dan Gibbs

Dan Gibbs - Woodwinds | Brass | Piano

Kearney, NE

Phone: (308) 440-3587

About Dan
Hello! I’m Daniel Gibbs. I’ve been teaching music in schools for 8 years. I received my B.M. in K-12 Music Education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2015, my M.A. in Music Education from Kent State University in 2020, and M.S. in Curriculum Design and Instruction from Peru State College in 2022. I enjoy working at Bryan Elementary School in Lexington, where I teach general music to Kindergarten through 5th grade, as well as beginning band.

Katie Christiansen

Katie Christiansen - Piano

Overton, NE

Phone: (402)366-8588

About Katie
Katie Christiansen attended Cedarville University in Ohio majoring in keyboard pedagogy. She has 30 years of experience teaching private piano lessons of all ages and levels. Lessons include elements of method, theory, sight reading,composition, improvisation, ear training, technique, music history and appreciation and performance. Also including supplemental classical, pop, Religious and Holiday pieces.

Adam Eschliman

Adam Eschliman - Guitar

Kearney, NE

Phone: (308) 391-0525

About Adam
Adam Eschliman graduated from the University Of Nebraska at Kearney with a degree in Music Business. He has been teaching guitar and trumpet lessons for several years through Yandas Music where he also works full time as the online sales manager. Adam has performed in several rock and stage bands including Meltdown, Stop 30 Road, Wrong Way Jack various UNK ensembles, and can currently be seen playing with "The Phil Koubek Project" and "The Lawnmower Dogs" Experienced in rock, blues, and country. Adam teaches everything from the very basics to the more advanced scales and theory, mixing in plenty of fun stuff along the way.

Issac Biehl

Issac Biehl - Guitar

Kearney, NE

Phone: (308) 746-4541

About Issac
Issac has been playing guitar for over 15 years. He currently performs country-rock style guitar live with both the Ashton Dugan Band and The Emmett Bower Band. Issac began performing guitar seriously with his hometown of Lexington's jazz and pep bands, and continued on to play with a variety of local rock and hard-rock groups. He has experience with digital recording, composing, and mixing. Issac can help you acquire the virtual, physical, and mental tools you need to create your own music, as well as learn the practical skills expected of today's working guitarist!

Brenda Rohrich

Brenda Rohrich - Piano

Kearney, NE

(308) 893-3746

About Brenda
Giggle, play, sing, dance, snuggle, learn & grow with your child at Kindermusik! Classes for Birth - Kindergarten. Brenda Rohrich was inspired to play the piano at an early age by her Grandfather who played by ear and could make a piano sing. Brenda took lessons through her grade and high school years and throughout college and began giving lessons as a junior in High School. She is a past Vice President and President of Kearney Area Music Teachers Association. By day, Brenda serves as Deputy Treasurer of Buffalo County. Private piano lessons with Brenda will include theory, technical exercises, and lesson mechanics. Supplemental music will be included to balance the program including seasonal music, classical, hymns, and popular music. Once a month, students participate in Group Lessons which include performance technique, composers and music history. Group Lessons allow students to meet others who strive toward similar musical goals and can encourage one another to pursue excellence. Performance opportunities include recitals, talent shows, festivals, workshops and performance parties. These opportunities offer students the discipline of achievement through daily practice as well as the accomplishment of creating music. Please contact Brenda to begin lessons today.

Karla Ritter-Lindsay

Karla Ritter-Lindsay - Piano | Flute

Kearney, NE

Phone: (308)390-0777

About Karla
Karla Ritter-Lindsay graduated with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts from Kearney State College. Her principal area of study was Flute and Piano. She began giving lessons while still a student there and discovered it was her vocation and love. She also volunteers with the bands and orchestras at Horizon and Sunrise Middle School as well as Kearney High School.

Thomas Prentice

Thomas Prentice - Piano

Kearney, NE

Phone: (308) 850-4649

About Thomas
Thomas Prentice graduated from University of Nebraska at Kearney with a degree in Piano Performance. He teaches all levels of piano players from beginners just starting out to advanced musicians with years of experience. Thomas also teaches in various styles ranging from Classical to Neo Soul and Jazz/Contemporary. Additionally, he offers lessons in Tonal Harmony and music theory.

Bella Hoppens

Bella Hoppens - Piano

Kearney, NE

Phone: (308) 627-4285

About Bella
Bella Hoppens graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a degree in Piano Performance with Pedagogy Emphasis as well as Music Education. She has provided private piano instruction for both children and adults since her late teens. Lesson curriculum includes theory, technique, improvisation, composition, sight reading, ear training, and performance practice.

Mike Metzger

Mike Metzger - Banjo | Mandolin

Kearney, NE

Phone: (308) 627-6288

About Mike
Mike began playing guitar when he was in elementary school. His early days of music included playing electric guitar for a hometown rock band. As time progressed, Mike became interested in acoustic music with early influences including Doc Watson, Clarence White and Tony Rice. He soon traded the electric guitar for the banjo and began studying Bluegrass. He took private lessons from Steve Hanson, a professional musician from Lincoln, Ne and attended workshops from other great Bluegrass musicians including: Alan Munde, Tony Trischka, Bela Fleck, Pete Wernick, and many others. His love and respect for Bluegrass Music also inspired Mike to also study mandolin. Mike was a member of the Turtle Creek Bluegrass Band, which was on the Nebraska Arts Council Touring Guide for over 20 years. He is also a member of the local group, Miles From Dublin, playing a variety of stringed instruments in the Celtic tradition. He currently is available for lessons on the 5-string banjo, mandolin and acoustic guitar.

Tricia Murrish

Tricia Murrish - Kindermusik

Kearney, NE

Phone: (308) 440-2432

About Tricia
Giggle, play, sing, dance, snuggle, learn & grow with your child at Kindermusik! Classes for Birth - Kindergarten. Tricia brings a rich love of children and music to the Kindermusik class and has been serving families in Kearney as a Licensed Educator since 2007. Her experiences include: a B.S. in Elementary Education, teaching preschool, administrating church related preschool and children's departments, directing preschool and elementary Christmas musicals, and offering private piano lessons. As well as having four children of their own, she and her husband have been involved with full time youth and children's ministries for over 27 years. This year Kindermusik with Tricia earned the status of Maestro given by Kindermusik International to the top 5% of programs worldwide.

Dave Lerbakken

Dave Lerbakken - Guitar | Bass | Trumpet

Kearney, NE

Phone: (308) 440-4321

About Dave
Dave Lerbakken has been teaching private guitar/bass/and trumpet lessons since 1998. Dave earned his B.S. in Music Business from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. While playing professionally in bands in Nebraska for 20 years, Dave has shared the stage with Journey, Big N Rich, Foreigner, Cheap Trick, Kansas, and many other legendary artists. Dave has been privately taught by famed bassists Victor Wooten (bassist for Bela Fleck) and Steve Bailey (soloist and studio musician), both regarded as two of the best in the industry. Specializing in beginning and intermediate guitar and trumpet lessons, Dave can teach all levels of bass guitar as well. Ages can range from 7 to 100. Dave's studio is open Monday-Thursday evenings 4pm-8pm. Dave's e-mail is