Meet the Teachers

BARBARA DUNKER

Voice • Piano

Teaching at Scheitel’s since 2004

Specializes in Classical Vocal method applied to any type of singing; Classical, Pop, Rock, Swing, Jazz for Piano

Educational Experience
• Major in Vocal Performance, Minor in Piano from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

Teaching Experience
Barb has been teaching since 1974 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and Mankato, MN.

Performance Experience
Barb got her first taste for performing from singing on the bus as a child while commuting with her mother. While living in Winnipeg, Barb co-owned a music production company and would sing with the company bands, write her own shows and arrangements, book talent for events and writing and recording music for several Winnipeg Planetarium Shows. She has performed for weddings, receptions, trade shows, Christmas parties, Bar and Bat mitzphas, grand openings of new buildings, and company parties up to 5 nights a week. Since returning to Mankato, Barb has been performing with the Mankato Area Community Band, Merely Players, The Lake Crystal Area Community Band, The Echos Big Band-St. Peter, Rabbit Rodel Swing Band-St. Peter, and her trio, "Chance" as well as numerous solo engagements.

Other Hobbies and Pastimes
Barb loves to spoil her 3 cats with lots of love and attention. She also enjoys knitting, crocheting, sewing, reading, and traveling with her husband Larry.

RYAN RADER

Drumset • Percussion • Hand Percussion

Teaching at Scheitel’s since 2008

Specializes in Rock, Funk, and Jazz

Educational Experience
• BM in Percussion Performance at Minnesota State University, Mankato
• Trained under Dr. Rick Ouren, Gordy Knutson, Tedd Gullickson, Bob Haldouson, Leigh Howard Stevens

Teaching Experience
Ryan has been teaching private lessons since 2002. He was a Lancer Drumline instructor in 2004 and a Govenaires Pit percussion instructor in 2006.

Performance Experience
Ryan has performed in concert bands, orchestras, musicals, jazz big band/combos, percussion ensembles, and solo performances at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He has also performed in Lancers and the Govenaires, as well as groups such as Schell’s Brewery Hobo Band, Jim Lawrence Swing Orchestra, Electric Sky Blues/Rock Band, etc.

Other Hobbies and Pastimes
Ryan enjoys billiards, reading, card games, writing, movies and sports.

SARAH SCHMIDT

Piano

Teaching at Scheitel’s since 2009

Specializes in Classical, Pop/Rock

Educational Experience
• 14+ years of training
• Piano was her major instrument in college

Teaching Experience
Sarah started teaching from home in 2006.

Performance Experience
Sarah played saxophone in band from high school through college. She’s also performed in parades, college performances, concerts, weddings, and recitals throughout the years.

Other Hobbies and Pastimes
Sarah practices yoga regularly, loves reading fantasy fiction novels, experimenting at the piano to create soul music, being outside, walking or biking in parks. She is classically trained, but loves rock music.

Brian Busch

Acoustic Guitar • Electric Guitar • Bass Guitar

Teaching at Scheitel’s since 1996

Specializes in Country

Educational Experience
• Bachelor’s Degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato
• Graduate of Guitar institute of Technology, Hollywood, CA

Teaching Experience
Brian Busch began teaching guitar in 1983 at Encore Music in Mankato. He has taught guitar at LaMusique Music Studio in Excelcior, MN. He taught at Scheitel’s Music in 1996 and started again in 2007.

Performance Experience
Brian started playing in rock bands in high school. He toured the US with Top-40 cover bands. He has played professionally with several different bands around Southern Minnesota. He has played in college jazz bands and pit orchestras.

Other Hobbies & Pastimes
Brian enjoys bicycling on Minnesota trails in his free time.

Emily

Piano

Teaching at Scheitel's since 2012

Specializes in beginner and intermediate piano, Classical.

Educational Experience
• Has her BS in Teaching from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
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Teaching Experience
3 years as a piano teacher at Risen Savior Lutheran School, and another 6 years teaching privately.

Performance Experience
Accompanist for choirs - High School and College, Church Choir, and Junior Choir

Other Hobbies & Pastimes
Home School her 6 children.
Enjoys singing in Choir.
Also enjoy's writing - she has several children's book in the works.

LOGAN BURNS

Acoustic Guitar • Electric Guitar • Bass Guitar

Teaching at Scheitel’s since 1999

Specializes in everything, from Country, Rock, Metal, Jazz, various Acoustic styles, and pretty much everything else.

Educational Experience
• Bachelor’s Degree in Arts at Minnesota State University, Mankato

Teaching Experience
Logan has been teaching students for over 10 years.

Performance Experience
Logan regularly performs in pit orchestras at MSU. He has experience performing acoustic, classical, rock, metal, praise and worship, and country styles of guitar. He has performed with over a dozen local area groups as well as numerous professional artists such as Bobby McFerrin.

Other Hobbies & Pastimes
Logan loves to make and repair guitars and spend time with his wife and 2 sons.