Our Team of Instructors and their Areas of Expertise!
At The Music Studio, we employ only the best teachers because we believe that what each person teaches should be what they are truly best at doing!
Jim Duncan is the owner and Artistic Director of The Music Studio. He holds a BA and Masters degrees in Music Education and has taught in the public schools of Missouri and Illinois for nearly 20 years. His professional background also includes over 25 years of singing with the Kansas City Symphony Chorus and 3 years with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus. Active in semi-professional and amateur theatre, Jim has directed and/or appeared in over 80 shows at venues such as the Lyceum Theatre, Theatre in the Park, and the Bell Road Barn. Mr. Jim founded The Music Studio of Warrensburg in 2016. Mr. Jim teaches piano, voice, clarinet, and saxophone. He also teaches Kidz Rock, home school band, home school music, and Kidz on Stage.
A graduate of the University of Central Missouri, Tim Williams earned his music education degree majoring in violin. His father, Dr. Hugh Williams, was a long-time professor of violin at the university. After teaching briefly, Tim turned his passion for performing into a career with the Nace Brothers Band performing all over the Midwest for many years before retiring “from the road.” He has been teaching both classical violin and fiddling for many years. Mr. Tim teaches violin, viola, cello, bass, electric bass, and country fiddling.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Colin Levins currently studies Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy at the University of Central Missouri under Dr. Mia Hynes. Levins has performed in the United States and abroad. As a soloist, Levins has attended the University of Central Missouri Summer Piano Institute, Southeast Missouri State University Chamber Music Institute, Pennsylvania State University Honors Music Institute, and the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival (Valdeblore, France). In addition to solo performing, Levins has worked with many instrumentalists, vocalists, chamber ensembles, wind bands, and choruses. Past teachers of Levins include Nanell Kupits McAlpin, Jacqueline Ashley, Karen Poore, and Dr. Jennifer Judd (East Central College). He has also worked with Dr. Christopher Guzman, Dr. Francine Kay, Dr. Futaba Niekawa, Dr. Albert Kim, Natalya Antonova, and many others.
Gracie K. Heath, B.F.A. (Musical Theatre) Candidate – Univ. of Central Missouri – THEATRE
“My name is Gracie Heath and I am ecstatic to begin working with Phoenix Performing Arts Center. I believe that everyone can find a place in the theatre if they are willing to look. Theatre is my passion, and I want nothing more than to share it with the next generation. I want to help people find what they are excited about and give them the knowledge to grow in their area. “
A graduate of Lees Summit West High School, Gracie is a musical theatre major and dance minor pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Central Missouri. She studied dance at Monica’s School of Dance in Lees Summit. She has appeared on stages including many roles in her high school years, with Summit Theatre Group where she also teaches youth theatre classes and workshop, and several other venues including U.C.M. She considers herself a “quadruple threat” as a singer, actress, dancer, and theatre tech. Recent projects and roles include Iconic (UCM), Mamma Mia (Rosie). and Elf the Musical (Jovie). Directing, Tech, and Stage Management credits include Tilikum (UCM), The Customer is Always Wrong, Bedtime Stories as Told By Our Dad (LSWHS), and I (Summit Theatre Group). Gracie’s favorite musical: Mean Girls. Favorite Play: Anatomy of Gray. Favorite Role Played: Black Stache (Peter and the Starcatcher). Favorite Movie: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Alex Baron, B.A. (Music Technology), Univ. of Central Missouri – GUITAR
Alex Baron, currently a student at the University of Central Missouri, has been playing guitar for 15 years and teaching for five years. He studied classical, rock, and jazz guitar under the mentorship of Dr. Thomas Pender for four years. Alex loves to infuse music theory with guitar which provides his students with both playing skills as well as the fundamentals of music needed to be a well-rounded musician. He is in his second year of teaching at the studio and is ready to help his students truly understand the works and knowledge of guitar.