Musicians Studio
in Overland Park

Woodwind Instructors

Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone 

Don Miller
Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone Instructor

 Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Kansas. Over 40 years of private teaching experience.  Served as clinician and sectional coach for Shawnee Mission, Lawrence and Olathe School Districts.  Band and Choir Director in McLouth, Kansas for 3 years.  Bloodstone (Rhythm and Blues Recording Group), Commercial Dance Band Work, KU Ensembles - Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble I.  Various Community Bands and Orchestras

Jan Faidley Saxophone Instructor,
Teaching alto, tenor and baritone saxophones.
Education - Doctoral Course work and a Master of Music in Saxophone from Indiana School of Music, Additional studies at the Conservatoire National de Region, Bordeaux, France; Bachelor of Music Education from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas.   
Teaching Experience - Adjunct Professor of Saxophone, MidAmerica Nazarene University (1998 - present).  Nearly 20 years of private saxophone teaching experience in Johnson County. Previous experience includes Adjunct Professor of Saxophone and Saxophone Ensemble, Emporia State University (2000-01),  Professor of Saxophone at various conservatories in France including Ecole de Musique, Societe St. Martin (Espace Musical), Pessac, France (1983-89)

Performing Experience - Extensive performing experience in USA and France including founding member/saxophonist of New Ear, Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Saxophonist with the Kansas City Symphony (1997-2002).

Contact Info: 
Phone Number: 913-709-6812
E-mail Address:

Emily Smith, Flute & Piccolo Instructor

Education – Master of Music Education from The University of Kansas; Bachelor of Music Education from Kansas State University.

Teaching Experience – 25+ years experience teaching private flute and piccolo lessons in the
Kansas City area; 20 years experience as a clinician in Olathe, Blue Valley, Spring Hill, andShawnee Mission school districts; adjudicator for district/state band auditions, Sousa Honor Band auditions, and solo/ensemble festivals in Kansas and Missouri; master class clinician/guest artist at the University of Central Missouri, Emporia State University, and Kansas State University; teaching artist/fife player with Kansas City Young Audiences (2009 recipient of the Lighton Prize for Teaching Artist Excellence); presenter for a pedagogy workshop at the 2003 National Flute Association Convention. 

Performing Experience -- Principal flute with the Olathe Community Orchestra (1985-present); founding member/bass and alto flutist with professional flute quartet, Collage; the Silverwood ensembles; the Sunflower Ragtime Orchestra; cofounder and conductor of the Kansas City Flute Choir (2005-2015). Recital performances include: Ruel Joyce Recital Series, Westport ArtsCenter Recital Series, Californos Westport, and the Music in the Garden series at the Overland Park Arboretum; has performed with several metro area community orchestras as well as pit orchestras for The Theatre in the Park, The White Theatre at JCC, and Gardner Community Theatre.

Contact Info:

Phone Number: 913-909-3025

E-mail Address:


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