Piano, Guitar and Drum Instructor
Growing up in the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, music is everywhere you go. Paige’s mother raised all of her girls to be lovers of music, especially musical theater. Even as she moved to Colby, Kansas, Paige dreamed of singing on the big stage. At 14, she began playing piano. Too timid to play keys in the annual school talent show, Paige chose to sing Toni Braxton’s Unbreak My Heart and it was a pivotal moment. That’s when she knew music was what she wanted to do with her life. She added bass to her skills, as well as drums and then guitar. While studying music in college she played in the Jazz Band. “I’ve always been an old soul, when it came to my taste in music, but this was different. Jazz drums opened my eyes for sure,” Paige shared. Upon moving to Kansas City she began performing with local artists as backup guitarist and vocalist and then branched out on her own, never looking back. A new love for guitar grounded her as a songwriter and connected her to her diverse musicianship. Paige has found her true sound in speaking truth and living as an artist with no genre limitations.
Guitar and Piano Instructor
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Joe Wilner has been playing drums since he was 13 years old. But his path to music education isn’t a conventional one. Joe learned the fundamentals of drumming from his first music teacher and soon started playing in a punk rock band. From then on he was self-taught. Joe left music behind for a few years as he studied to become a psychologist. As he pursued this career, he realized that drumming and music were an essential part of his life he didn’t want to walk away from. Over the past five years he has dedicated himself to making drums a career. Joe drums with the band Yes You Are, touring nationally and signing an international publishing deal for their single HGX which was featured in a Pepsi Super Bowl commercial. Joe believes that music can change people's lives and he wants to help students develop the dedication and passion to be life-long musicians.
Woodwind and Percussion Instructor
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Omari Abdul-Alim began studying violin in Rochester, NY in 2000 before moving back to his home town of Seattle, Washington where he began playing orchestral and chamber music, participating in school music programs and the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras. He remains a competitive violinist and avid explorer of other generes, even producing a hip hop project. Omari recently graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory with a degree in violin performance. Omari loves opportunities to combine his formal violin training with the urban arts culture he heavily identifies with. He is an active member of the Mezzo String alt-jazz ensemble in addition to teaching with BAM. “Sharing the arts in a genuine manner creates a human bond of experience that supersedes superficial disagreements. Overcoming boundaries of opinion, social class, sexual orientation, race, religion etc. through arts collaboration is what truly inspires me.”
Guitar, Piano and Brass Instructor
As a trumpeter, Nate Nall has performed at Kansas City's most prominent jazz venues, including the Blue Room and Kauffman Center. He has been a featured soloist on the nationally syndicated jazz radio program "12th St jump" and was a residency participant in "Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead" performing original music at Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center. In 2016, Nate won 2nd place in the distinguished National Trumpet Competition-Jazz Division. Other highlights include performing with The Temptations, Michael Feinstein, Bobby Watson, The New York Voices with the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, Paducah Symphony Orchestra, and Fountain City Brass Band. Nate plays regularly around Kansas City and the Midwest with The Project H, Marcus Lewis Big Band, Ryan Lee's Mezzo String, David Basse/Joe Cartwright Septet, Clint Ashlock's New Jazz Order Big Band, Patrick Lentz Band and his own group, the Nate Nall Quintet, performing original compositions and arrangements. Nate has over 10 years of experience teaching private lessons to students of all ages and backgrounds. As a lifelong learner, Nate also developed skill on the guitar and piano while growing up in a three generation professional musician household. He has served on staff as Worship Leader and Music Director for Christ Community Church-Shawnee Mission Campus and currently teaches at The Culture House Music School in addition to teaching with BAM.
A pianist, musicologist, and writer from South Carolina, Grace Odell currently studies at the University of Missouri Kansas City where she is pursuing Masters degrees in both piano and musicology. Grace began playing piano at the age of six and music remains her life’s work, although she finds all other forms of human communication compelling as well. You can often find her at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, sitting in front of either Elberta by Helen Frankenthaler or Interior of the New Church at Delft by Hendrick Van Vliet.
Nicholas Ferguson is a freelance drummer who plays with new artists, bands, and creative community service projects locally and around the world. With several years of percussive study in St. Louis, he holds an appreciation for all forms of music. Nicholas brings a unique approach to an array of genres ranging from folk, blues, rock, reggae, hip hop, jazz and all that lies between. Sharing the many sounds of music with others brings honest joy to his heart.