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R. Jean Kennedy

Instructor, Guitarist, Vocalist, Songwriter

Jean has been teaching guitar & bass instruction since 2001. In addition to teaching privately, Jean is the adjunct guitar faculty at McPherson College, Mcpherson, KS and Central Christian College, McPherson, KS.

Jean studied with William O'Brien at Idaho State University where she received her Bachelor of Music: Performance. She has also performed in masterclasses with Dimitri Illarianov, Michael Chapdelaine, Marcin Dylla and has studied with Pablo Cohen of Ithaca College. She currently is a member of GFA (Guitar Foundation of America), KMTA (Kansas Music Teachers Association), and McPherson's local KMTA chapter: MAPTL.

Jean has also organized several ensemble opportunities with her private studio of students and at McPherson College. Past ensembles have included a 24 student guitar orchestra,a college guitar ensemble of 6-9 members, duets and trios. The 2018-2019 Guitar Trio was the winner of the Oklahoma City University Guitar Ensemble Competition in the Trio category (2018) and were competitors in the GFA Youth Guitar Ensemble Competition in Louisville, KY (2019).

Current ensembles include a beginning guitar ensemble class and a combined intermediate/advanced ensemble.

Jean is a active performer as a guitarist and vocalist and is available for weddings, private parties, concerts and events of all kinds. She performs solo classical guitar recitals, jazz concerts, and leads Christian worship services.

Private Guitar and Bass Instruction

Ages 7-107! 

Read & interpret musical notes to play solo melodies.

Accompany yourself & others in a variety of rhythmic styles.

Understand chord progressions & how to construct chords with music theory.

Gain performance experience with semi-annual recitals & other fun opportunities.

Many avenues of study are available: Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Country, Folk, etc.

Because every student has my individual attention, it's possible to teach in the unique direction that he or she wishes to study. In addition to the preferred genre, all students learn the skill of reading and comprehending musical notation, chordal accompaniment and a basic overview of musical styles.

Individual Lessons are 30 minutes on a weekly basis. 60-90 minute lessons are considered on an individual basis.

Please contact Jean for cost information.


Lessons are given in two locations: Newton, KS and McPherson, KS.

Participate in Other Music Opportunities!

Kennedy Guitar Ensembles

Playing in a guitar ensemble is a great way to stretch your musical abilities and learn how to play music with other people. Jean offers a guitar ensemble class that is a 9-10 week class for beginning to advanced guitarists. This class teaches students to work together in a chamber music setting, focusing on listening skills, teamwork and creating great musical moments. The semester ends with a recital performance by the ensemble for all to enjoy!


The Spring 2022 session of Guitar Ensemble has begun, but stay tuned for the Fall 2022 session!

Come to our June 8th concert at the McPherson Opera House to see what its all about!

Christmas Guitar Ensembles

Join our Christmas Guitar Ensembles! Each year we assemble a short burst of rehearsals with great Christmas music and alot of fun! Students 3rd grade-college can participate and experience playing guitar with others!

Rehearsals are held on Sundays beginning in November and the first part of December in McPherson on the McPherson College campus. The Christmas Ensembles will be participating in the Multi-Piano and Guitar Ensemble Christmas Festival held in December at Central Christian College. They will also perform as a part of the Annual Christmas Guitar Recital! More performance opportunities are on the horizon!

Stay tuned to the Kennedy Guitar Studio Facebook page for information on when these will begin - or send a message to Ms. Kennedy through the contact page to keep in touch when registration begins!


*New students with no previous ensemble experience will need to audition with Ms. Kennedy for placement and skill level assessment.

Please contact Jean Kennedy directly for more information and registration for current and future ensemble classes!

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