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Welcome To The Yandas Music and Pro Audio Private Music Lessons Homepage!

For over 10 years Yandas Music and Pro Audio has been committed to the future of music in our community by providing in-house private music lessons at both our retail locations in Kearney and Grand Island, Nebraska. 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.

Certified Instructor List

Name: Amy Freitag
Location: Kearney, NE
Email: amyfreitag@gmail.com
Phone: (308) 455-0983 

Biography: Amy is a new teacher but a long time music lover! She had traditional piano lessons as a child but transitioned to the alto saxophone in middle school. Amy continued that instrument through her first two years of college and was a proud member of the "Goin' Band from Raiderland!". 

Amy is a part-time physical therapist and also home schools her two children ages 6 and 8. Amy's first experience with Simply Music was with her son last year.  She fell in love with the method of learning and the fun she was having with her son. Amy is now a Licensed Simply Music teacher and ready to share the joy of piano playing with this brilliant method!

Name: Bella Hoppens
Location: Kearney, NE
Email: jbellafrancescapiano@gmail.com
Phone: (308) 627-4285

Biography: 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.

Name: Alexis Nachtigal
Location: Grand Island, NE
Email: alexisnachtigal@gmail.com
Phone: (316) 217-3563

Biography: Alexis Nachtigal graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 2015 with a degree in Music Performance where she served as the concertmaster, was active in the Capri Piano Trio, and played with the Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra. She has been teaching violin lessons for four years during which she completed a violin instructor internship at Nissa's String Studio. She teaches beginner through advanced lessons on the violin.

Name: Lauren Cantrell
Location: Grand Island, NE
Email: cantrelllauren@gmail.com
Phone: (308) 550-0543

Biography: I attended Wayne State College and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies and Music Performance. I performed in college all 4 years for professional and community events. I participated in Marching band playing clarinet and color guard captain. I was section leader in the concert choir and show choir. I taught lessons in college and served as the director of vocal music assistant for 2 years. I have a passion for performing and enjoying teaching music to new and rookie musicians!

Name: Mark Rogers
Location: Grand Island, NE
Email: wb0syv1@gmail.com
Phone: (402) 746-0661

Biography: Mark has been teaching in public schools for 30 years. In addition to teaching, he has been an active performer as well as arranging music for small bands. He is also very active with electronic music and currently records in his home studio with Pro Tools 11 using Virtual Instruments, as well as traditional. Mike offers lessons for all woodwind instruments, brass instruments, percussion instruments, guitar, and bass guitar.

Name: Adam Eschliman
Location: Kearney, NE

Website: www.Kearney-Guitar.com
Email: adam@kearney-guitar.com
Phone: (308) 391-0525

Biography: 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, various UNK ensembles, and is currently playing in the band "Wrong Way Jack".

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. You can reach Adam via email at adam@yandasmusic.com.

Name: Rob Paz
Email: robpazmusic@gmail.com
Location: Kearney, NE
Phone: (308) 240-1155

Biography: Rob Paz has been teaching private guitar since 2001. At the age of 20 years old, Robs band “The Look” was signed with booking agency in Denver Co., to a full time contract and goes on the road playing 6 nights a week. 2 Years later Rob joins Band “Sister Max” based out of Las Vegas, who is contracted with the largest booking agency in Las Vegas. Sister Max would go on to tour all over the US, playing 5 star resorts, hotels and casinos in Las Vegas. After having played 6 nights a week for over 5 years, Rob has logged over 5,000 hours of onstage performing experience. Specializing in beginning, intermediate guitar and bass lessons. All ages are welcome he has taught people as young a 5 and ones in there 80's. Robs studio is open Monday – Thursday from 3:30 – 8:00. Rob is experienced in Rock, Blues, Country and Contemporary Worship Rob's e-mail is robpazmusic@gmail.com

Name: Dave Lerbakken
Location: Kearney, NE
Email: davelerbakken@gmail.com
Phone: (308) 440-4321 

Biography: 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 davelerbakken@gmail.com 

Name: Becky Jones
Location: Kearney, NE
Email: wethejones@gmail.com
Phone: (308) 240-0645

Biography: Hello! My name is Becky Jones and I am incredibly passionate about music and teaching. I teach voice and piano lessons to anyone six and up. I have been teaching since 2004 and I can truly say I love my job. I am originally from Bertrand, NE about forty miles from Kearney. I went to North Central University, a small inner-city Christian college, in Minneapolis, MN to study vocal performance with a minor in piano and Biblical studies. While in college I began teaching on a small scale. After college my husband Arik and I moved back to Kearney and I began teaching at Yanda's. In 2008, I started with one person and now I have several wonderful and talented students. I teach full time and all year long. Besides teaching, I am also involved in college outreach ministries and worship leading in church. Contact me and we will see if I can help you achieve your musical goals.

Name: Brenda Tincher
Location: Kearney, NE
Email: tapyourfeet@hotmail.com
Phone: (308) 440-9464 

Biography: Brenda Tincher has been teaching piano since she was persuaded at the age of 13 to teach her junior high history teacher's daughter. She went on to study Piano Performance at UNK with an emphasis in Piano Pedagogy. Lessons include the use of method books along with ear training, improvisation, and composition. When she's not in the studio she can be found accompanying at Sunrise Middle School and with high school/UNK instrumentalists, teaching class piano at UNK, making music while worshiping at her church or volunteering with a UNK international student ministry.

Name: Mike Metzger
Location: Kearney, NE
Email: mmetzger154@gmail.com
Phone: (308) 627-6288 
Specializations: Banjo, Mandolin

Biography: 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.

Name: Tricia Murrish
Location: Kearney, NE
Email: tricia.murrish@gmail.com
Phone: (308) 440-2432 


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.

Name: Elizabeth White
Location: Kearney, NE
Email: bluedancetheatre@charter.net
Phone: (308) 240-0461 

Bio: Originally from Michigan, Elizabeth White began her dance studies at an early age with the Royal Academy of Dancing, focusing on Classical Ballet, Highland and Irish Dance. Ms. White continued her dance studies as a student of The Juilliard School of Music, dance division, in NYC. She has performed, choreographed and taught nationally with professional Ballet and Modern dance companies. Ms. White's choreography for concert dance and musical theater is inventive and based on a strong technical foundation. Her instinctive sense of music is apparent in her expressive and passionate style of choreography. As an instructor of dance she teaches a range of levels from beginning children to the advanced dancer. Her commitment to inspiring self confidence in dancers combined with her extensive knowledge of dance is rare. Ms. Whites’ students explore their own creativity while receiving the highest level of dance technique. Ms. White believes in training the body towards a professional career while protecting the imaginative spirit.

Name: Riley Volkmer
Location: Kearney, NE
Email: rileyvolkmer@gmail.com
Phone: (402) 984-2473 

Bio: An avid fan of music, Riley has been playing guitar since he found his dad’s old acoustic at age 12. Riley began his career in music as an intern for Pallas Music in Kearney while attending UNK. It was there he acquired his first guitar students and has been teaching ever since. He graduated with a Music Business degree in December 2014 and joined the Yandas Music and Pro Audio team the following January, where he works as a floor salesman and continues to teach guitar. On the side, Riley plays lead guitar for local artist Alexa Kriss.

Name: Brenda Rohrich
Location: Kearney, NE
Phone: (308) 893-3746

Bio: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.

Name: Karla Ritter-Lindsay
Location: Kearney, NE
Phone: (308) 237-4236

Bio: 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.

Name: Steve Warren
Location: Kearney, NE
Email: swarren66@yahoo.com
Phone: (308) 238-0907 

Bio: Steve Warren has taught guitar to all levels and ages of players since 1996 in both Kearney and Omaha. He especially loves rock guitar and classical guitar and the techniques associated with those styles of playing. Also, if you want to learn song-writing techniques or music theory, he can help you add those important skills to your musical understanding.

Name: John Ross
Location: Kearney, NE
Email: chekymunkee@yahoo.com
Phone: (308) 233-2288 

Name: Janita Pavelka
Location: Kearney, NE
Phone: (308) 995-1015 

Name: Javier Lara
Location: Grand Island, NE
Email: javier@yandasmusic.com
Phone: (308) 216-0953 

Name: DeAndrae Clayton
Location: Grand Island, NE
Email: deandrae@gifree.org
Phone: (601) 880-6665 

Name: Kathrine Welk
Location: Grand Island, NE
Email: kwelk13@hastings.edu
Phone: (308) 850-8188