Kelvin L.

Kelvin L.

23 Reviews
Bolingbrook, IL

About Kelvin L.

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Kelvin teaches: Males 4 to 80
Females 4 to 80
Teaching since: October 1984
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Average response time: 5 hours


I am a highly organized, outcome-driven and motivated professional musician and educator with solid experience in the classroom. For the past 25 years, I have been employed with Amati music academy and seven years on the faculty of University of St Francis.
I am very comfortable with all aspects of the current music syllabus, including teaching musical concepts (such as duration, pitch, dynamics, tone color, texture and structure) as well as performance, composition. I am fully qualified, with a Bachelor of Education in Music, Double Masters in music performance and education from University of Nottingham.
I am proficient in classical, jazz and Celtic fiddle violin and possess solid skills in piano (grade 8-13) Royal conservatory system.
Throughout my teaching career, I have been driven to help students achieve their very best. I strongly believe that music has the power to change lives – to enhance the social, cultural and spiritual lives of people, and serve as a profound medium of personal expression. Professional perform experience: The Chicago, Natalie Cole, Smokey Robinson, Three tours with Moody Blues, YoYo Ma etc....
The most important thing I look for in a student is communication skills, as well as talent. I like to nurture students and help identify their individual strengths, which is a key factor in shaping a musical persona that will make its mark both on and offstage. I do not advocate a uniform technique for all students. Physical differences and learning styles are always taken into consideration. Potential is as important to me as early achievements and experience. My goal is to help students become self-sufficient, discriminating artists. I discuss practice techniques often and develop individualized scale routines. I encourage initiative and expressive musicality as well as precision. Above all, music needs to bring obvious joy to the student, regardless of the difficulties.”

*** Lesson Details ***
I use Suzuki and traditional method for my students... for Suzuki beginner they will play a song in four days....

*** Studio Equipment ***
In-Studio- Lessons in separate music lesson room, piano and violin are available. Students and parents will enjoy comfortable and clean studio environment with recent remodeled new hard wood floor and studio patio window over looking at beautiful garden. Free WiFi available for parents while waiting during the lesson appointment.
University of St Francis Joliet- can teach in rehearsal rooms at the university.
Online class at world class teaching studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
violin, viola, cello, piano and guitar

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Suzuki teaching method for beginners, traditional conservatory method for intermediate and Royal conservatory recital program for advanced level students..I also teach orchestration program to help students prepare their auditions for major symphonies through out the country including Chicago symphony orchestra etc...

Photos and Videos

Rondo by Niccolo Paganini Performed by Mike Krieglstein and Kelvin Lin


Chair of Music Department Sep 2004 - Present
Chicago Fine Arts Institute

Director of Music Academy Oct 2003 - Present
The Amati Chamber Group

Violinist Aug 1997 - Present
Elgin Symphony Orchestra

Soloist Mar 2000 - Sep 2003
Manhattan Chamber Orchestra

Soloist May 1999 - Oct 2002
New England Sinfonietta

Soloist Sep 1994 - Oct 1998
New York Chamber Orchestra

New York Chamber Orchestra conducted by Sir Edward Wallace


Music MA Sep 1988 - May 1990
University of Nottingham

Languages Spoken

English and Chinese Mandarin Professional Proficiency


Certificate of performance Aug 1987
University of London England


4th National violin competition Aug 1990


Professional Photographers of America Sep 2009

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American Federation of Musicians Jan 1997

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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23 Reviews on Kelvin L.

Hong Z. Dec 6, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Mr. Kelvin is a very skillful musician and a passionate teacher. Just a couple of months into learning piano, the 30 minute weekly lesson at Mr. Kelvin's studio became a fun activity my 5 year old daughter is enjoying every week. I can tell that she is having fun every time at Mr. Kelvin's studio, and she just loves learning piano there.
Sebastian N. Sep 20, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Very good teacher, with a lots of compassion.Mr. Kelvin is paying attention to details which makes my daughter better violin player.
Melissa T. Sep 2, 2014
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Kudos to Kelvin! He played an integral part in preparing Nick for his audition with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra in Atlanta. The best part is that Nick passed the audition and will be joining the orchestra later this month. Kelvin and Nick have a great connection. He truly supports my son's love of music.
Tim C. Aug 13, 2014
Violin · Online
Verified Student
He's very helpful
Justin R. Jul 11, 2014
Chinese · Online
Verified Student
I was ready to get my money back until Take Lesson set me up with this teacher. He is amazing. So interested in the students life and takes the time to structure the lessons around what the student is interested in. Truly an amazing teacher.
Kristin O. May 13, 2014
Verified Student
A real professional

Kelvin is an amazing teacher whose love for music truly shows. His knowledge is beyond the normal music instructor and shows when organizing all my kids in the living room to play music together. It's a real treat to hear them all working together!
Alexis Z. Apr 18, 2014
Verified Student
Mr. Kelvin is amazing!

Mr. Kelvin is an amazing guy. He teaches in depth, and the classes were very flexible and insightful. I was inspired by his passion of music, knowledgeable techniques, and his enthusiasm. Violin is a powerful instrument and I want to learn as he'll teach me. There's quality in his teachings, and I if you choose Mr. Kelvin, you can trust that you'll learn good habits and have encouragement every step of the way. I couldn't have chose better.
Dawn A. Apr 18, 2014
Verified Student
Wonderful teacher

Kelvin has been an excellent instructor for our daughter. He is articulate in a friendly and informative way. She enjoys her online lessons with Kelvin and has improved her technique within months. He has discovered and adjusted the unhelpful habits that she has developed over years of study. The improved quality of her playing has not only lifted her confidence and inspired her to keep practicing, but it has been recognized by other instructors as well.
Thank you Kelvin!
Melissa T. Apr 13, 2014
Verified Student
Tremendous improvement in technique

Kelvin is a tremendously gifted musician and instructor. He has increased my level of confidence. He continues to push me to my fullest potential. His lessons are very thorough. I most appreciate the encouragement he gives me to use my talent. He is both patient and kind. I recommend him highly.
Derek V. Dec 14, 2013
Verified Student
Simply an amazing teacher

I've always wanted to play Violin but was always intimidated by the instrument, especially when I finally bought one and picked it up for the first time.

My intimidation went away when I started taking lessons with Kelvin.

Kelvin provided all of the necessary steps and guidelines along the way from my first note to my first song and did it with many examples that I can perfectly relate to.
He keeps things simple yet very complex at the same time.
The way he teaches is very easy to understand.
He can instantly notice a mistake if I've made one and he is able to correct it easily.

And through all of this, every lesson I take with him is very fun and exciting.
Kelvin is truly a professional and it is wonderful to be able to learn to play violin from him.