Meet the Teachers!
Guitar, Uke, Songwriting and Dobro
Kathy Roush has been a professional vocalist and guitarist for a number of years, performing in Kansas City, Nashville, and our local region. She has enjoyed presenting a variety of music ranging from the 1940's Big Band/Swing to Country, Oldies Rock and Roll (50's and 60's) and others. She was also co-owner of C Major Guitars & Banjos along with her late husband Clif Major and was co owner and producer of a recording studio in KC. Having taught for more than 30 years, her students range in age between six and ninety years old. Laying a basic understanding of music structure she goes straight to techniques and skills that create a lifetime of musical enjoyment.
Piano and Violin
Katelyn began piano lessons when she was 6 years old and has loved playing from day one. She started violin lessons in Jr. High and then pursued every opportunity to grow in both instruments throughout High School. She received her bachelor of music degree from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago where she studied piano performance for five years and also played violin in their college orchestra. Since graduating in 2021 she has enjoyed teaching both piano and violin lessons, and she loves getting to know each of her students to build a relationship with them and to help them grow in their love for music. Katelyn also enjoys serving her church family by playing and singing often for Sunday worship. In her free time she loves discovering new music, going to coffee shops with friends, and reading good books.
Guitar and Piano
Andrew has been teaching for several years now. While he has played guitar for most of his life, his passion for piano grew and now teaches beginners.
Cello, Piano, Violin
Ailed began her musical studies at the age of eleven. At the age of 18 she won the audition to be a member of the professional Chamber Orchestra “Higinio Ruvalcaba” conducted by Vladimir Milchtein and Konstantin Ziumbilov. In 2018 she began her undergraduate studies. She remained working in this orchestra for two years and played as a soloist in different parts of Mexico collaborating with professional musicians from all over the world. Together with the orchestra she went on tour to Costa Rica and had the opportunity to give a couple of masterclasses.
Ailed started her master's in music performance in 2021 and was awarded the first prize in the Wolff Ilse Bing Chamber Music Competition two years in a row (2021 and 2022) and second and third prize in 2023. In 2022 she was also a finalist for the concerto aria competition. Ailed has had the opportunity to play with the WSO and the Wichita Grand Opera orchestra during the years of 2021-2023. In May of 2023 Ailed obtained her master's in music performance at Wichita State University. Besides performing Ailed has a great passion for teaching.
Guitar, Bass, Banjo and Ukulele
Christopher Shaw has been working as a professional musician for over 25 years. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from the University of Kansas in 2003. He has performed in multiple groups playing various styles of music including classical, folk, blues, rock, zydeco, funk, and jazz. He is an enthusiastic teacher who loves helping students embark on their musical journey.
Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute
Caleb is a multi- instrumentalist, specializing in saxophone. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Bethel College, and his master’s degree at Wichita State University, both in music performance. He now performs regularly in various groups in the Wichita area, including his own. Caleb recently toured with the Josué Estrada Band, where they recorded at the famous Blackbird Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.
Cole started taking lessons at Music Scene when he was in middle school. Now Cole plays at a professional level and teaches piano here. His hard work and dedication shows in how he goes about teaching his students.
Guitar, Bass Guitar and Piano
Ben has been teaching and mentoring in guitar/bass at every level, and beginner piano, since 2009, with a specialty in music theory and improvisation. He has performed in orchestral, bluegrass, rock, and worship groups, and enjoys repairing and modifying guitars in his free time.
Tricia began playing the piano at age 7 and continued her studies while playing at church and accompanying the choir. In Jr High, and High School she played for her choir classes.
These experiences along with many others led to her into a career as an accompanist beginning in 1989 and continuing in the classroom until 2021 where she was able to retire from full time accompanist to full time piano teacher!
When Tricia isn't teaching or playing, she enjoys discovering new music, spending time with her husband and motorcycle family while riding their bikes.
Kyle started with the Trombone at the age of 10, and switched to piano at the age of 18. He has been teaching piano since 2012 now. He is currently in the band ‘Cool Blue’. Kyle also has started his own Jazz trio, and gigs around town. He also owns and runs Andover Tutoring Scene just a few doors down from Music Scene.
Mikhail started playing trumpet at the age of eleven and studied trumpet performance and education up until the age of twenty-one. During that time, he got to play with a symphony and several concert bands. At the age of 21 he decided to pursue a career outside of music, and currently works in the aerospace industry. However, he continues to play trumpet with various groups, such as Delano Wind Ensemble, Delano Chamber, Christian Performance Theater, and others. Mikhail is grateful and excited to be teaching trumpet at Music Scene.
Trombone, Piano and Composition
Douglas studied with Dr. Wayne Goins, Dr. Paul Hunt, and Dr. Craig Weston at his alma mater Kansas State University. Currently, he is working towards his Master of Music in Composition at Wichita State University, studying with Dr. David MacDonald. As a composer, Ragon’s work spans a wide variety of instrumentations and styles, from solo piano to full big band. As a performer, he works frequently and can be seen performing every week, and he has shared the stage with such luminaries as Matt Wilson, Wayne Goins, Jim Pisano, and William Flynn.
Upright and Electric Bass, Guitar, Cello
Lane has been playing since age 11, and studied Bass Performance with Mark Foley at WSU. He was in the youth symphony growing up, and has a real passion for teaching music. Lane plays electric bass around town as a musician, and he is also one of the repair techs at Music Scene.
Christy has been playing piano since the age of seven, and started percussion in elementary school. her love for music grew and played all throughout college until she graduated with a degree in elementary education. After college she went on to teach music for nine years at St Andrew and St Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic schools. She enjoys singing in the church choir and playing bells.
Jayme and Taylor Liardi
Cello and Piano
Both started teaching in 2018. Jayme has played cello throughout middle and high school and has studied voice throughout his college career. Jayme also works at the front desk here at Music Scene. Taylor started music in elementary school at Cottonwood Elementary and has been playing piano seriously since 2015. Taylor has been taking advanced courses on piano since 2017. Together they have a small cut flower farm named Grace Gardens which is located 20 minutes north west of Andover.
Guitar Bass and Piano
Ryan has lived in Wichita for his entire life, and currently plays professional in many local restaurants and venues around town. Ryan won Guitar Center's Regional King of the Blues contest in 2011. He wants to spread his passion for Music to a younger generation, and is great at making learning fun.
Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, & Beginning Banjo
Eric has been performing professionally with jazz groups since 2010. He also plays with bluegrass groups, classical guitar groups, and in pit orchestras around Wichita. Eric has also been teaching on guitar, ukulele, bass and other string instruments since 2010. He has his degree from Friends University in Guitar Performance and Jazz Studies.
Trombone, Trumpet, Low Brass
Steve is the owner of Music Scene. He studied trombone under Dr. Irving Wagner at Oklahoma University and participated in various bands while in college. Steve has played trombone in his jazz band ‘Cool Blue’ since 1994. His philosophy is to make music fun and relaxing and believes students benefit the most by having many opportunities to perform.
Kevin Rutschman has played the drums for 35 years. He studied music at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Percussion, with a minor in Education. After graduating in 1997, Kevin relocated to Atlanta, Georgia and performed as a drum set player and percussionist both locally and touring, until returning to Kansas in 2015. He is known for his proficiency in all styles on drum set, as well as being a well-rounded percussionist and educator.
Guitar, Bass and Piano
Thor Bonner is a graduate of the WSU Jazz Performance program. He performs solo instrumental works as well as with jazz groups, colleges, and theaters in the surrounding area. Featured performances include Roxy’s Downtown, Crown Uptown Theatre, Forum Theatre, Mosley Street Melodrama, Century II, Wichita Grand Opera Orchestra, and Music Theatre of Wichita. He has also been a featured artist on KWCH, The Fox Morning Show, and as a guest performer at the Winfield Bluegrass Festival and International Oklahoma Bluegrass Festival.
Guitar, Voice, Piano, and Percussion
Nathan is currently on the Worship Team at Christ Church in Wichita. Nate was a Worship Leader at Augusta United Methodist Church, Off Broadway musical, and was with New Song. He also has two years at Hutchinson Community college. 3 years at Friends University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music.
Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano
Becky began piano lessons when she was preschool age, and violin lessons when she was 10 years old, and continued with lessons throughout high school and college. In 1999 she moved to South Dakota where she studied ministry, music, and education. During that time when she placed a violin in a three-year old’s hands and saw her eyes light up, she discovered her love for teaching music and began taking students. She opened up a teaching studio in South Dakota, “Fall River Fiddle”, and taught private and group lessons to all ages. She has also played in a variety of settings such as churches, weddings, funerals, graduations, and other venues. In 2019, she and her husband moved to Wichita, Kansas, and she began teaching at Music Scene soon after.
Flute, Piano and Composition
Rylie began playing the flute in fifth grade in the Andover school district. In high school, she took piano lessons and began her study of music theory, performance, and composition. She received her Music Composition degree from Kansas State University and has been teaching at Music Scene since June 2021. Her other musical activities include playing in her church orchestra; writing music for band, flute, etc.; and coaching color guard at ACHS.
Voice, Piano, Woodwinds and Community Choir
Cathy received her bachelor degree in vocal music performance, with a minor in instrumental music-woodwinds, and an endorsement in piano from Cameron University, Lawton OK in 1994.
Cathy has accompanied numerous choirs for about 30 years and many soloists and instrumentalists for weddings, solo and ensemble contests, an all-region choir concert, many school and community choir musicals, and accompanied for six choirs at Derby High School in 2012-2013. She currently teaches Band and Orchestra at Life Prep Academy.
Viola, Violin, Piano
Gabe has a love for music that shows in his playing ability and in his teaching.
Josh Bergman joined Music Scene in August 2023 is a trumpet player and educator originally from Newton, KS. He is currently a student at Wichita State University pursuing Bachelor's degrees in Music Education & Jazz Studies. Josh has played trumpet in every kind of ensemble such as Bands, Jazz Bands, Orchestras, Jazz Combos, Brass Quintets, Marching Bands, Pep Bands, Salsa, Dixieland, Funk, and much more. There's simply nothing better than making music full of beauty and groove with others and that's what I seek to help my students do!