Music Instructors


Allison O'Neill

Allison ONeill

Allison teaches 4th and 5th grade orchestra.

Allison is currently an elementary school teacher (K-5) at two schools in North Platte and also teaches a class at Mid-Plains Community College. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education with Vocal and Choral Emphasis and a Masters in Music with Choral Orchestral Conducting Emphasis from Ball State University.
She is a member of the Nebraska State Education Association, the Nebraska Music Education Association, the National Association of Music Education, and Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity.
She has taught in Dowler, Ball State University, Colorado Springs Sierra High School, Colorado Springs School, Colorado Springs Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy, the Mid-Plains Community College Vocal Adjunct, and North Platte Public Elementary Schools. All told she has spent 30 years teaching students about music.
She has toured with the US Arts Choral and BSU Chamber Choir, been a member of a Cappella Vocal Jazz Ensemble that toured the US and Europe, a member of the Colorado Springs Chorale and Opera Chorus, and has toured Europe with Arts Chorale and Robert Shaw, among others.
She has had several students major in music in college. Recently two of her elementary students were selected to perform with the Link Up and NP Concert Association Series concerts.


Christopher Nippard

Christopher Nippard

Christopher teaches guitar and piano.


Dave Curtis

Dave teaches banjo.


George Haws

George Haws

George teaches violin and viola.

George started playing violin in a small string group that met after school in the 7th grade.  He progressed through private lessons and played in the Mesa Symphony Orchestra in Arizona.  He has spent 10 years teaching children and adult students.
He has played in the Sandhills Symphony Orchestra, Latin Jam, and a church worship band.
He can work with students to read and write music and can also teach students to play by ear.


Gregg Todd

Gregg Todd

Gregg teaches drums.

I have been playing drums for over 40 years and playing professionally for 30 years or more. By including a smidgen of vocals, percussion, piano and guitar, I've kept busy and out of trouble (mostly) for that time. If someone wants me to play drums I rarely say no, unless I'm already playing somewhere else.
This has meant playing in pit orchestra's, rock, country, blues, reggae, jazz, praise, jam, original, cover and stage bands too numerous to mention.
I've also sang in college and church choirs and (out of the pit) on stage for community theatre musicals. Currently dividing my time between three bands, 10-12 students, a full time job here at Kittle's, church praise band and a couple of musical productions each year I'm kept busy most nights and days.         
My studio and recording experience throughout this time has been extensive also. Not  Only have I drummed, sang and written for three independently released projects. I've also played on many artists cd's, live recordings and demos over the years. Some of these artists were: The Skyotes, The OK Sisters, KGB, Mick McLaughlin, Willie Tyce, Rick Todd, Jeff Agler, Bryan Baxter, Witness Tree, Innocent Mischief, The Hatchbacks, Lincoln Hiway, Blue Collar and Tammy Gosnell. From 1985-1992 I co-owned and helped operate a complete 24 track recording studio here in central Nebraska with two amazing song writers and musicians Rick Todd and Mick McLaughlin.
Starting out with piano lessons (around the age of 8) was a great way to begin but there was a drummer inside of me banging to get out. So in the fourth grade I started on the snare drum. Something just clicked and felt right. It all progressed through the North Platte public school system from there. So they are mostly to blame. When I graduated from M.P.C.C. with my Assoc. Degree in Elementary Education not only did I get a $0.25 /hour raise from my state job, I also realized I enjoyed teaching. So for the last 20 years, the last five at Kittle's Music, I've given drumset lessons. Playing live and recording are challenging, fun, exciting and extremely rewarding. These are also the very things that make teaching something I enjoy and strive to get better at with each student.


Holly Williams

Holly teaches the flute.

Holly Williams is a motivated, intelligent student of music. She plays and instructs in the flute, piccolo, piano, and guitar. She has taken lessons from a professional flutist for 7 years and piano lessons for 11. Students find her patient, friendly, and fun.
She is finishing her Associates of Fine Arts at Mid-Plains and has played in the Gothenburg Band, MPCC Choir, MPCC Chamber Ensemble, and has played at the Victory Assembly of God and Banner Methodist. Some of her teachers include Sherri McMichael, Pan Koch, Joyce Schmidt, Allison Fletcher, and Thomas Relanger.


Jack Bunger

Jack Bunger

Jack teaches guitar.


Jacob Cahill

Jacob teaches clarinet, saxophone, obo, and flute.


Jeanene Lusk

Jeanene Lusk

Jeanene teaches piano and vocals.


Kent Kittle

Kent Kittle

Kent teaches piano.

Kent has been involved with music all of his life. A retired piano tuner and repairman, he has performed in many styles of three- and four-person groups and currently teaches beginning to advanced piano at Kittles Music Store.
Over the years he has taught in Kearney, North Platte, and spent a few years teaching in San Jose, California. He’s played with the Russ Carlyle Orchestra, the Hatchbacks, and numerous musical groups over a 50 year period.
He has played publicly in churches, theatres, and festivals in San Jose, California, Breezy Point Resort, Minnesota, Hollywood, Florida, Tantara, Missouri, French Lake Indiana, and Witchita, Kansas.
He has a Bachelors in Instrumental Education from Kearney State College. He is proud to have had several former students go on to Associates to Masters Classes at Mid-Plains Community College and Hastings College, among others.


Kristi Leibhart

Kristi Leibhart

Kristi teaches drums, rudimentary percussion, and mallet percussion.

Kristi Leibhart is a member of the English faculty at Mid-Plains Community College. She teaches everything from Beginning Composition to 20th Century Fiction and Science Fiction Lituerature. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English, the Community College Humanities Association, and the American Association of University Professors.
Kristi is experienced in teaching rudimentary percussion and mallet percussion. She has been an Education Service Contractor for K-12 students and holds a Masters in English. She studies music for two years at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. While there she studied under Professor Al Rometo, who is the principal timpanist in the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, and who is known nationally for his work with Bob Hope, Tom Jones, and George Burns.
Kristi taught at the North Platte Drumline in 1998, 2014, and 2015. She instructed at Hershey High School from 1999-2014. She began teaching at Mid-Plains Community College in 2014 and is still an instructor there.
She has played with the UNL Drumline, the UNL Percussion Ensemble, the UNL Orchestra, the UNL Wind Ensemble, the UNS Men's and Women's Basketball Bands, the Railmen Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Spirit of America performing tour of Europe.
Kristi is an alumnus of the Big Red Drumline group, 2003-2015. She has performed many times in community band events and The Rock Service at the Methodist Church. Most recently she played drums in the Community Playhouse production of Alter Boyz in April 2016.
Her work with the Hershey Drumline lead to a Best Drumline Award in 2003, 2004, and 2005.


Morgan Greenwood

Morgan Greenwood

Morgan teaches 4th and 5th grade orchestra and the viola.


Nikki Schmidt

Nikki Schmidt

Nikki teaches piano and vocals.


Ron Daly

Ron Daly

Ron teaches guitar, saxophone, trumpet, and ukulele.

Ron has taught guitar, trumpet, and saxophone for many years. A retired K-12 music teacher, he has also been a judge of various musical contests, played in R&R bands in the 60’s, and participated in the Black Hills Tour of 63 with the Everly Brothers.
He enjoys teaching beginning to advanced students and has experience with students of all ages. He’s taught in Haps Spring and Sargent, Elwood, Nebraska, Syracuse, Kansas, and Sutherland, Nebraska.
Ron has played with Latin Jam and Mexican Dance groups, and has participated in the North Platte RailFest for many years. He has played in churches and festivals including the Cinco De Mayo Celebration, saxophone in the Bob Horse Quintent, Big Band Charts, R&R bands, and has toured four states playing proms and dances.
He has a BS in K-12 Music from Chadron State, a MS in K-12 Music from UNK, and a MS in Administration from Ft Hays State University. He was the Jazz Band Director at MPCC for some years.
His past students include a winner of local talent competitions, music minors at UNK.


We are currently accepting new students to study with us in downtown North Platte, Nebraska. In celebration of the kick-off of the kittles music blog we are giving 20% off our list price. The student will receive 4 30 minute sessions each month.

This offer is good for in-store lessons in one of our connected classrooms at our downtown North Platte location.

You may also submit an inquiry or call 308-532-2911 for more information.

Get 4 30 minute 1-on-1 music lessons over a month with a skilled instructor. There is a one-time processing fee of $45 charged to the first month of service. Proceeding months are billed at the discounted rate of $80/mo.

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