Sharing Skills – Local Musicians Teach Their Trade

It’s a well-known fact that the music scene in Omaha and the surrounding areas is thriving on a national level. Live music fans can catch bands performing almost every day of the week in a variety of venues both large and small. Our local pool of musicians includes a wide variety of genres and more talent than many cities across the nation. They work hard on their creative endeavors, but most musicians don’t make a living from their art. So what do they do to maintain their rock and roll lifestyle when not performing?

Many local musicians support themselves by taking their talents off stage and sharing their knowledge with others through music lessons. Kids and adults can take advantage of the massive talents of our local musicians through lessons taught by qualified instructors who actively hone their chops on stage.

If you or someone you know wants to learn how to play, why not get schooled by those who actively make our music scene one of the best in the country? Below is a partial listing of active local musicians who also work as music instructors, complete with contact information and musical background.

Listen to the Worlds of Wayne Podcast at to hear an interview with several of our local music instructors and their experiences teaching others the joys of learning to play an instrument.

Scott “Zip” Zimmerman – Ocean Black, The Whipkey Three, Citizen’s Band

What: Drum set, marching percussion (snare & tenors), concert/school percussion (snare/bells), mallet percussion (bells/vibraphone) 

Where: Dietze Music (132nd & W. Center)

Age Range: 5 and older

Contact info: 402-617-0884 or

Other info: Zip has a Bachelor of Education in Music Teacher Education from UNL

Matt Whipkey – Whipkey band, Brad Hoshaw and the Seven Deadlies

What: Guitar

Where: Private Studio

Age Range: Any

Contact info:

Glen Smith – Mannheim Steamroller, Yardapes, Taxi Driver, Musico, The Labels, Omaha Symphony, Dallas Opera, Fort Worth Symphony, Russ Morgan and Bobby Layne orchestras

What: Guitar, Bass, Double Bass, Mandolin, Banjo, Music Theory

Where: Dietze Music (132nd & W. Center)

Age Range: Any

Contact info:

Vern Fergesen – The Willards, Brad Hoshaw and the Seven Deadlies, Travelling Mercies, Matt Cox Band, Steve Byam, Bonehart Flannigan, the Talbott Brothers, John Klemmensen and the Party, Molly and the Mother May I’s

What: Piano, guitar, bass, uke, mandolin, drums

Where: Millard music house (136th & Q) or private house calls

Age Range: 8 and older

Contact info: 402-658-9352

Kait Berreckman – Kait Berreckman Band / Solo performer

What: Guitar and voice

Where: Private studio

Age Range: 10 and older

Contact info:

Craig Balderston – The 9s, Sailing in Soup, Brad Cordle Band, The Jailbreakers

What: Bass Guitar

Where: Home studio / private lessons

Age Range: Any

Contact info: 402-208-1068 –

Kevin Sullivan – Omaha Guitar Trio, Rock and Roll Suicide, Belles & Whistles

What: Guitar

Where: Dietze Music (132nd & W. Center)

Age Range: 7 and older

Contact info: 402-880-9949 /

Zachary Adkins – Narcotic Self

What: Guitar

Where: Private instruction / Remote (Skype)

Age Range: Any

Contact info: 402-429-4172 /

Jacob Duncan – Rock and Roll Suicide, Robo Dojo

What: Guitar, bass, voice, bass, mandolin, piano, and composition instruction

Where: Private instruction / Studio

Age Range: Any

Contact info: 402-301-8014 /

Other info: Bachelor’s degree from UNO in classical guitar performance

Jason Ferguson – Tucker Hill, Citizen’s Brigade, Solo performer, Yesterday and Today, Sarah Benck and the Robbers, Filter Kings, Soul Trigger, Musical Theater

What: Guitar

Where: Dietze Music (20th & Cornhusker Rd, Bellevue)

Age Range: Any

Contact info: 402-291-3745 (Dietze main line)

Other info: Jason has been at Dietze Music in Bellevue since it opened 13 years ago. For most of that time he’s taught around 20 to 40 students a week. Find him on Youtube to check out some of his music. 

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