We offer lessons on the following instruments:
Guitar, Bass, Piano, Dobro/Lap Steel, Trumpet, French Horn, Saxophone, Drums, Mandolin, Ukulele, Banjo, Voice, Audio Production, and Theory.
We also periodically have classes in Bluegrass Jamming, Beginning Guitar, Beginning Ukulele, Beginning Piano, and Home Recording Studio Techniques.
All of our instructors have full or partial degrees in music and/or extensive experience in performance and teaching. Lessons slots are available weekdays from 3-8pm and on Saturdays 10-5pm. Each instructor teaches one morning/early afternoon a week to schedule students who need an early time slot.
Students are invited to participate in our recitals. Family and friends are invited to come and support and listen.
Lessons are tuition based at a half hour lesson per week. Payment is due at the first lesson of the month and cancelations will be made up that month if possible or forfeited. National holidays will be the only exceptions as well as any lesson missed by the instructor. 24hr notice of a cancellation is appreciated and any lesson cancelled without 24hr notice will have to be forfeited. Our instructors are full time professional instructors.
Lesson fees are $25 per half hour lesson.
Offered through Park HIll Community Eduction and taught at our studios in our Acoustic Room. We offer Beginning Guitar, Ukulele classes. Classes are scheduled for Fall, Winter, and Summer sessions. Please contact Park Hill Community Education or call 816-359-4060 for fees and class schedules.
Matt Allen- Bass Guitar, Audio Production. Matt Allen has 15 years of audio engineering experience and has done numerous CD and demo projects for musicians in the Kansas City area. Whatever your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation such as Pro Tools, Garageband, etc.) Matt can help you get started and see it to completion. Matt is fluent in recording techniques, mixing, and mastering.
Mark Bentley- Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin. Bachelor of Music from UMKC, professor of guitar at Park University 1992-2002, professor of guitar at MWSC from 1986-2002. Performing artist in a traveling guitar duet with concerts in the USA and in Europe.
Theresa Bentley - French Horn, Piano, & Folk Harp. Bachelor of Music in Performance from University of Missouri, MBA in Finance at UMKC. Performed with Kansas City Symphony, St. Joseph Symphony, Ray Charles, The Who, Spoletto Opera Festivals in Italy, and South Carolina.
Jeff Elsloo- Banjo, Mandolin, Dobro & Lap Steel. Over 30 years of experience teaching privately and doing workshops. Currently performs in the local band, The Knobtown Skifle Band. Jeff regularly teaches the "Wernick Method" Jamming Workshops at Bentley Guitar Studios.
Douglas C. Hassel-Piano, Drums and Trumpet
Doug has 37 years of experience in teaching and performing. His education includes 1974 Berklee College of Music, 1975 University of Missouri, 1976-78 Longview Community College. Professional experience includes teaching at Mission Music from 75'-77', teaching piano, drums & trumpet at Antioch Music from 77'-2012.
Jace Hughes - Sales, Guitar Repair, Guitar Instructor, Live Sound Engineer. Associates Degree in Sound Engineering and Jazz Guitar. Extensive training as an apprentice with repairman Keith George of George's Music Service II. Jace has played in numerous bands in the Kansas City area including Starship Troopers and currently the band My Brothers and Sisters.
Michael Judd - Guitar & Electric Bass Guitar. Currently in the local band The Sun Eaters who released their first CD in 2015. Mike has attended Berklee School of Music in Boston.
Jay Kennel- Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin. Bachelors of Arts in Music and Guitar at MWSC, Masters Degree in Guitar Performance at UMKC.
Kandi Kos - Vocal & Piano. Studied vocal performance at the University of Missouri and Northern Arizona University. Lead role of Hansel in MU’s production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, other notable performances include roles in the Magic Flute, Cosi Fan Tutte, Susannah, Phantom. Singing waitress while studying at NAU, performed for 2 years with the KC Symphony Chorus, music director at a youth academy in Colorado where she taught in a classroom setting to preschool through Kindergarten aged children and assisted elementary school aged children with writing their own musicals in after school care, as well as private piano and voice lessons. Sang for 7 years with the local rockabilly/country band, Crybaby Ranch, and continues to explore other musical outlets.
J.P. McClain- Guitar & Electric Bass. JP has been playing out, recording and giving lessons since the early 1970's. Titan Records recording artist and leader of many bands most recently The JP McClain Band and formerly with Billy and the Gravetoppers. JP began his teaching career at Rich Roberts in 1975 then at Antioch Music for 35 years. He moved over to The Guitar Syndicate from 2012 to 2016. Forty one years of teaching experience and legions of former electric guitar students that have become professional musicians have all benefitted from JP's unique approach to teaching. JP currently has students from 8- 78 years of age in his studio at Bentley Guitar Studios.
Jimmie Meade -Jiimmie Meade has been playing and teaching harmonica for 25 years- studying with Joe Filisko, Lee McBee, and Lazy Lester. He was a founding member of Levee Town for 13 years, taught classes in the KC Blues Harmonica Workshop, and has had students from the ages of 8-80.
Joe Miquelon - Saxophone/Keyboards/Theory
Joe's credentials include a Theory/Composition Major from Tulsa University, performing with various artists including Bonnie Raitt, The Temptations, George Clinton & the P-Funk all-stars, members of Eric Clapton's band etc. Most recently he was a member of The Elders irish rock group.
Will Puckett- Piano & Electronic Keyboards. Accompanist at the Kansas City Ballet, Keyboardist in CHERRY BOMB, voted KC's best cover band 2015.
Brian Steever - Drums. Bachelor of Music in percussion at UMKC. Brian performs regularly with various jazz groups in the Kansas City area. www.briansteever.com
Alyse Weatherford - Alyse is a graduate of University of Central Missouri with a degree in Special Education. She started playing the Ukulele when she was around the age of 6 and has continued to refine her craft throughout the years. Alyse has been actively involved in music for the past 8 years now, with her involvement ranging from Musical Theater to large and small choral ensembles as well as district and state solo and small ensemble competitions. Teaching and the Ukulele are both passions of Alyse’s and she is enjoying the opportunities Bently Guitar Studio has given her to combine both!
Erica Weatherford - Beginning voice/piano. Musical studies at Bob Jones University. Church pianist/vocalist/teacher for over 15 years. Involved with music for 30 years.