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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 location in Kearney, 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

Jordan Ellis

Name: Jordan Ellis, MM
Location: Kearney, NE
Phone: (402) 327-1545
ellis.strings@gmail.com Specializations:

Bio: Jordan Ellis is a violinist and violist who specializes in classical, rock, pop, and composition. Combining traditional methods and strong foundations in technique and theory with student-driven learning, Jordan aims to provide each student with a balanced and personalized lesson experience. Based in Lincoln, Jordan is looking forward to getting acquainted with Kearney's music and arts communities. Jordan is an active performer as a violist with Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra, and electric violinist in art-rock band Universe Contest. She may also be found playing chamber music, collaborating with composers, and knitting whenever possible. 
Jordan first began violin lessons at age 7 in Manhattan, KS, and moved to Lincoln in 2006 to pursue studies in music at UNL, earning a BA in Viola Performance with a minor in German, and later earning her Master's of Music in Viola Performance.

Name: Thomas Prentice
Location: Kearney, NE
Phone: (308) 850-4649
Email: Lprentice8@live.com

Bio: 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.

Christa Eschliman

Name: Christa Eschliman
Location: Kearney, NE
Phone: (308) 455-7934
Email: kearneypianolessons@gmail.com

Bio: Christa has been playing piano for 17 years, and has been writing music for 8 years. She specializes in teaching beginner piano and composition. Other curriculum will include sight reading, theory, and ear training. Her passion is helping her students find a love for music, and watching them grow.

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: Adam Eschliman
Location: Kearney, NE

Email: kearneyguitar@gmail.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: 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: 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.

Brenda Rohrich

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) 390-0777

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.