Kevin F.

Kevin F.

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4 Reviews
Memphis, TN

About Kevin F.

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Kevin teaches: Males 10 to 60
Females 10 to 60
Teaching since: September 2004
Last sign in: 2 days ago
Average response time: Less than 1 hour

Overview

I have had a fairly diverse musical background, including playing with bands and orchestras, as well as participating in choral groups and opera. I have a master's degree in music performance for wind conducting, and a bachelor's degree in music with an emphasis on piano performance. I have taught private lessons off and on for several years now but have always been successful wherever I went.

I love music, which should be obvious because if I didn't I wouldn't be writing this now! I also have a real passion for sharing my knowledge and experience with others, both failures and successes. I believe everyone has creative potential, and I believe music is a real universal art form that anyone can tap into if they want. Making and creating music should also be fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
I try to keep my lessons professional but comfortable too. I don't like yelling at students for messing up or anything like that. I always have an agenda but am willing to adjust and compromise if the situation dictates to. If you don't have a curriculum in mind, I will do my best to find one that fits you as a student best. My initial goals are to make sure the basics of reading music and performing are set so that no matter what musical avenue you eventually want to pursue, you can be successful at it. I do specialize in classical music but enjoy creating and playing other genres as well.

I now also offer lessons online, as well as tutoring in most math areas!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a piano keyboard at my home.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect students to have their own instruments as needed, as well as music paper, pencils, etc. I may be able to provide some of those materials on occasion as well as some books/recordings, but will by and large expect students to purchase those for themselves.

*** Specialties ***
I am much more familiar with classical styles and Broadway. My music writing style tends to be somewhere between neo-classical and avant-garde.

***Blog Posts***
http://takelessons.com/blog/playing-the-piano-common-struggles

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Experience

Tutor Mar 2014 - Present
Elevatek12

Present on demand tutoring and instruction for students of all grade levels and subjects. Maintain records of student achievement and needs and personal timecard verification. Utilized online interactive resource to administer structured learning in a timely fashion.

Private Teacher Mar 2010 - Present
Takelessons.com

Provide private piano instruction for young children, teens, and adults. Accompany vocal and instrumental soloists. Maintain electronic records of individual lessons to ensure continuity and billing.

Adjunct Instructor Aug 2012 - May 2014
Victory University

Present instruction in Basic Mathematics using both on campus, hybrid and Dual Enrollment classes. Plan syllabus for duration of course determined in part by department and student needs; design and facilitate testing and coursework measurement

Adjunct Instructor Jul 2011 - Dec 2012
Concorde Career College

Present instruction in College Algebra and Basic Mathematics for career track students. Plan syllabus for duration of course determined in part by department and student needs; design and facilitate testing and coursework measurement. Provide individual and group tutoring. Assist with providing foundation documentation for accreditation.

Substitute Teacher Jan 2011 - May 2011
Kelly Services

Taught at area private and charter schools. Followed regular teacher’s lesson plans to assist students’ learning. Maintain thorough record of the day’s activities.

Band Director Jul 2007 - Jun 2008
Memphis City Schools

Conducted, taught and coordinated beginner and intermediate level small ensembles and provided music appreciation instruction for large freshman class at an inner-city school. Managed inventory and budget and communicated appropriately with students, parents and faculty. Assisted with other school functions and department meetings.

Graduate Assistant Jan 2004 - Dec 2006
Azusa Pacific University

Assist Donovan Gray, DMA in preparation of material for university wind ensembles. Create and maintain catalog of recorded music. Provide accompaniment and support for choral ensembles, individual vocalists and instrumentalists for rehearsals and performance. Offer guidance and direction to undergraduate students in piano technique and music theory. Supervised university equipment and facilities after regular business hours. Other duties as assigned.

Education

Master of Music Jan 2004 - Dec 2006
Azusa Pacific University
BA Aug 1999 - May 2003
Harding University

Languages Spoken

French Professional Proficiency

Awards

Graduate Assistantship Aug 2005
Azusa Pacific University
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4 Reviews on Kevin F.

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Francy M. October 21, 2014
Piano · Online
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Hello, Mr. Kevin is a very professional, fun teacher I will recommend him to anyone.
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Anthony B. October 7, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great instructor. Very knowledgeable and patient. Will recommend to others.
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Israel S. April 29, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Great teacher

Kevin shows to have musical knowledge as well as patient in his instruction. Willing to take the time to explain.
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KathyR July 19, 2012
Very kind and patient

Kevin has been a great first-time music teacher for Mia. He has a very gentle manner and is very kind and patient with her. I would definitely recommend him a a piano teacher for others.