Kevin S.

Kevin S.

3 Reviews
Salt Lake City, UT

About Kevin S.

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Kevin teaches: Males 5 and up
Females 5 and up
Teaching since: May 2010
Last sign in: Yesterday
Average response time: 11 hours


I have been playing music for 19 years, beginning on piano at age 4. Since then, I have learned the saxophone, guitar, drums, and bass, as well as cultivated a deep understanding of music theory. In the past few years, bass/bass guitar has become my primary instrument. Learning and playing music has enriched my life greatly, and I believe that can be true for you as well.

I have been performing since a young age, and have participated in multiple performing groups over the years. Currently, I am the bassist for The Hot Club of Zion (jazz) and bassist/songwriter for the Merchant Royal (rock).

I am currently attending the University of Utah and I am in the process of completing a Bachelor's of Music in Jazz Performance (Bass). This program has greatly expanded my knowledge of music theory, history, and composition. It has also provided me with the opportunity to work with some of the best musicians in Utah,

I am grateful for all of the joy and satisfaction that music has given me and enjoy helping others experience the same.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher, I place emphasis on helping a student determine what their personal goals are, and then tailor lesson plans to those interests. My personal experience has taught me that the best learning environment is one in which the student feels relaxed and involved. As such, I strive to maintain a comfortable, yet professional setting, and consistently communicate with the student about what they want to learn.

Because each student's goals and interests are different, I do not use a specific curriculum. However, I intend to teach all of my students introductory music theory, fundamentals of sound science, and basic songwriting techniques. After several lessons, students will have a better understanding of music-making itself, as well as a clearer idea of what their musical goals are, and how to achieve them.

I look forward to working with you and helping you realize your musical potential.

*** Studio Equipment ***

Markbass Little Mark III
Markbass 1x15 cabinet
Markbass 2x10 cabinet
Fender Twin Reverb
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe
Ampeg BA115
Eden E10

Art & Lutherie Acoustic
Gibson Les Paul Studio
Fender Stratocaster

Fender Jazz
Schecter Stilleto
Oscar Schmidt Acoustic
Upright Bass

Casio CDP-100 (digital)
Akai MPK49 (MIDI)
M-Audio Axiom 25 (MIDI)
Yamaha Upright (acoustic)

PreSonus Audiobox USB
Tascam US-1800
Behringer Xenyx X1832 USB
Shure SM58
Sennheiser e935
Audix i5
Audio Technica AT2020
Logic Pro X
Ableton Live 7

Nalo Soprano Ukulele

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring a bass guitar or guitar and amplifier. I will also bring lesson materials (i.e. books, sheet music, notation paper, writing utensils) as well as a metronome and recording/playback device.

For upright bass or piano lessons, student would need to have instrument of their own at their home.

*** Specialties ***
I have the most experience with the genres of rock, blues, and jazz, specifically on bass/bass guitar. I have extensive experience with gypsy/straight-ahead swing jazz, classic rock/rock and roll, and modern blues playing. I also have experience playing and, to a lesser extent, teaching country, pop, and gospel.

I am well versed in music theory, both classical and jazz, including scale and harmony theory, song forms, and performance practice.

I have played guitar as a secondary instrument for about 6 years. Though it is not my main instrument, I am very familiar with the fretboard (know every note, etc.), chords, scales, and performance practice. I would be able to teach acoustic and electric guitar. I am familiar with the genres of rock, blues, jazz, and pop.

I have played piano since a young age, and use it primarily as a composition instrument. I have played classical and romantic era music, as well as jazz standards.

My upright bass playing experience has almost exclusively been jazz-oriented. However, I have played blues, country, bluegrass and pop music on upright bass as well. I am confident in teaching those styles on the instrument.

Photos and Videos

Performing with my jazz group, The Hot Club of Zion, as part of Salt Lake City's Excellence In The Community Concert Series.


Bass Instructor Jun 2014 - Present
Granger School of Music

Bassist Jan 2013 - Present
Merchant Royal

Bassist Jan 2011 - Present
The Hot Club of Zion, LLC


Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) Jan 2011 - Present
University of Utah
Jazz Performance (Bass) Aug 2010 - Present
University Of Utah

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency
English Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish Limited Proficiency
Spanish Limited Proficiency
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3 Reviews on Kevin S.

Michelle T. Jul 21, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Kevin's passion for music in infectious in his teaching style. He really wants his students to enjoy playing and to have a deep understanding of their instrument, and his strong knowledge base is apparent in every lesson.

I have studied music for many years with other instruments, and have had many different instructors. I am the kind of student who wants to know the hows and whys of what I am doing, not just be shown a list of chords and shapes to memorize, and Kevin has been a perfect match. I feel challenged but supported; he is willing to answer even the dumbest questions with a straight face.

I would recommend him to anyone of any skill level. He is patent and good humored while maintaining a feeling of professionalism and dedication.
Mary B. Apr 9, 2014
Upright Bass
Verified Student
Great teacher!

I'm really enjoying lessons with Kevin. He's extremely knowledgeable and he explains things very clearly. I'm an older student with some musical knowledge, but I desired to learn more of the theory aspect of music, along with learning how to play. Kevin is incorporating everything I want to learn into the lessons in a fun way. It is never boring and though he keeps a fast pace, I don't feel lost at any time because he always stops to see if have any questions about what he's covering. He's willing to customize the teaching to suit what kind of styles and techniques I want to learn. I'm very pleased with this teacher and would recommend him to anyone.
Nick / Michelle M. Dec 23, 2013
Verified Student
Fantastic Guitarist! Even Better Teacher!

I'm an advanced guitarist, and started as such when I started receiving lessons from Kevin. I took lessons to learn music theory and how to apply it to my guitar. We discussed rhythm, melody, and harmony, and I studied it on my own time as well with a music theory book. We also discussed audio pre-production and used a few programs to help with learning it. Kevin had a few injuries during the time I was taking the lessons, but was very quick to make up each lesson he missed. Kevin is an awesome guitarist/bassist and friend. If I was still in Salt Lake, I'd continue to take lessons from him to further my audio production skills.