Kimberly A.

Kimberly A.

17 Reviews
Monrovia, CA

About Kimberly A.

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Kimberly teaches: Males 7 and up
Females 7 and up
Teaching since: September 2000
Last sign in: Today
Average response time: 6 hours

Overview

I started playing music around the Kansas City area twenty five years ago. I graduated from The University of Southern California with a degree in studio/jazz guitar (cum laude). While at USC, I received a merit scholarship and an award for professional leadership and service within her department. I also graduated with honors from Musicians Institute (GIT), of Hollywood, CA.

I have toured the U.S. and Canada playing venues such as The Portland Rose Festival, The Playboy Jazz Festival, The Santa Monica Twilight Concert Series, Irvine Lake Blues Festival,The Burnaby British Columbia Blues Festival and the Long Beach Blues Festival. The headliners at these events included Robben Ford, The Neville Brothers, and Johnny Winter.


I have released two solo CD's that have received first-rate reviews, as well as international airplay. After the second CD, I was biographied for AMG (All Music Guide) the internet's first source for music information. Here are excerpts from the AMG bio:

... there are also elements of Jimi Hendrix (arguably the first true heavy metal/hard rock artist), Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan in her playing, and she clearly has a strong appreciation of jazz--not only jazz-rock fusion improvisers like John Scofield, Larry Coryell and Mahavishnu Orchestra founder John McLaughlin, but also, straight-ahead bop favorites such as Kenny Burrell, Grant Green, Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass.......eclectic outlook is one of her strong points; her ability to move from a tough, aggressive blues-rock groove to a more cerebral, fusion-minded approach to the occasional soul-jazz/hard bop number has made for some very unpredictable albums.

I have been teaching full-time for the past 15years. I have taught all ages and popular styles. In 2008, my blues guitar method was published and distributed through Amazon.


*** Lesson Details ***
I incorporate a tailored curriculum to help people achieve their personal goals. Learning music is not a "one-size fits all" proposition. I can show you the songs that you want to play. I can also teach you music theory, technique, improvisation, reading and more. I adjust your course of study according to your areas of interest. If you are dying to learn a Led Zeppelin tune, or are planning on auditioning for a college level jazz guitar program, I can help you achieve these goals. I have taught hundreds of beginners along side more advanced students. My students have gone one to study music at GIT, Fullerton College, Pasadena City College, Berklee, Cal State LA, and USC.

Most of all, I am extremely patient. The ability to playing a musical instrument is measure on a calendar, not on a watch. I often work at a slow, systematic pace. I am generally very laid-back. On the other hand, if you learn very quickly, I can readily show you the skills you need to meet your goal. I have fast-tracked many individuals that were seeking admittance to an academic program.

My teaching studio is computer equipped. This allows me to incorporate computer software that enhances learning. One such program, Band in a Box, generates accompaniment for students so that they can work on their soloing skills. Another program can slow recorded music down so that the student can practice slowly with it. Also, I often give out play-along practice CDs for improved learning.

The aspect of performance is often not addressed by many. I am able to work with my guitar students while accompanying by performing live bass or drum parts, or work with bass students while playing the guitar or drum parts. This allows the student to understand his or her roll in an live band.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated music room room w/ guitars, bass, drum set, pa system, and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I teach all popular guitar and bass styles.
I am a expert in Jazz, Blues, and R&B. (degree in Studio/Jazz guitar)
Great with theory, technique and reading.
Have given recording lessons with CUBASE.
Now teaching drum kit to beginners

Photos and Videos

Live from the 2009 Long Beach Blues Festival

Experience

Guitar Method Book Author Nov 2008 - Present
available on Amazon

Published guitar method book specifically for beginners wanting to learn blues..."Blues from the Beginning"

Music Instructor Oct 2000 - Present
Private music studio

I have been giving private lessons locally for 14 years. Have taught guitar, bass, drums, recording and music ensembles.

Lesson available via internet 2007

Performing Guitarist and Bassist Jul 1987 - Present
Freelance

Club gigs, private parties, festivals and tours

Music Instructor Oct 2000 - Mar 2007
Musical Beginnings

Guitar and bass lessons

Computer music editor Sep 2002 - Apr 2003
Contracted to Yamaha

Contract computer music editor for Yamaha Disklavier (player piano).

Music Instructor Oct 2000 - Mar 2003
Fitchett Guitar School

Guitar and bass instruction

Education

BM Studio/Jazz Guitar-Cum Laude Sep 1993 - May 1996
USC
Commercial Music Jun 1992 - Jun 1993
Long Beach City College
Guitar Certificate (with honors) Mar 1991 - Mar 1992
Musician's Institue (GIT)
Art Foundations and Photography Sep 1989 - Dec 1990
Kansas City Art Institue

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Departmental award-Studio Guitar May 1996
USC
Howard and Jean Rarig Endowed Scholarship May 1996
USC

Affiliations

Broadcast Music Inc. Aug 2000
BMI

One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

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17 Reviews on Kimberly A.

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Peter B. Dec 10, 2014
Blues Guitar · In studio
I've been taking guitar lessons with Kimberly since the beginning of 2011. At the time I'd had several years of lessons using a traditional method on acoustic guitar and was looking for a teacher who could help me focus on electric blues rock and move me beyond my intermediate skill level.

Kimberly has a real focus on and talent for teaching. My lessons are tailored to meet my interests. A large part of the lesson is devoted to learning her method for blues soloing--at least 5 approaches to improvisation and comping. After several years, I've come to see how these approaches interweave, complement each other and have become an intuitive part of my musical vocabulary.

Also, because I expressed an interest, part of the lesson involves sight reading, learning blues and jazz theory, developing rhythmic playing sense, and learning a few favorite solos. Kimberly has an amazing ability to tab out and teach any song you give her. Which leads to the best part--after 6 months I was invited to play with one of her ensemble classes. While I was absolutely petrified with fear at the beginning, this has turned into one of the highlights of my week every week. It is just downright fun! It's a safe and forgiving environment where you can make mistakes and learn, or try things out that might flop, or turn into something cool. Every teacher and guitar magazine article all point to the need to play with other musicians to develop your skills and this is where Kimberly Allison really delivers. I feel that I could now sit in with other musicians and contribute.

I give my highest recommendation for taking lessons with Kimberly.
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John H. Dec 10, 2014
Bass Guitar · Online
I've been taking lessons with Kim, off and on as finances allowed, for 10+ years. Kim has a brilliant knack for being able to quickly assess what is needed to keep me moving forward in my study of music. We have primarily focused on bass with some guitar thrown in. That speaks to the flexibility and patience that this instructor possesses. She will keep lessons focused and moving forward,challenging me when it's called for, all in a gentle, affirming manner. I cannot speak highly enough about Kim's abilities both as a performing musician or as a music instructor. Nobody could go wrong with Kim as a teacher, she's been great!!
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emile J. Dec 8, 2014
Guitar · In studio
I've been taking lessons from Kimberly for three years now and still look forward to my weekly lessons. She is a great instructor and truly cares about your progress. After trying a couple instructors in the beginning then I found Kimberly I knew I never had to look again for a talented caring instructor I highly recommend her she's great!!
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Jeff W. Dec 8, 2014
Guitar · Online
First off Kimberly is AWESOME. Did I say Kimberly is AWESOME! Just making sure I said Kimberly is AWESOME.

Kimberly is a PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN!

Teaching is her profession. She is devoted to it. She has chosen to be a teacher. She isn’t teaching because she isn’t good enuf to make money another way. She does it because she enjoys passing on her music experience and knowledge while giving her stability and a life in music too. This means she is totally professional. She shows up on time. She is prepared, communicative and focussed on you the student.

Kimberly’s professionalism extends to her way of doing business too. She has well thought out, reasonable rates and payment plans. Her online business is straightforward and user friendly.

Being one of her Online students (I live in Australia) she and I depend on Skype technology for our lessons. She is IT savvy. I am not saying she is a computer whiz…(maybe she is) but she has the right equipment for the job of online teaching and can give basic advice to those who want to join her online. She has students from as far away as Japan I think. So the technology works.

Kimberly is a GREAT MUSICIAN!
Notice I said Musician not just a Great guitar player
If you have been trying to find a music teacher you know that great guitar players do not necessarily make great guitar teachers.

Kimberly is BOTH!!

Her Knowledge and Experience as a Musician spans Jazz, Blues, Fusion and Classical genres.

Having all that knowledge and chops you might think she has an ego the size of the empire state building! She doesn’t. In fact there are many lessons between she and I where she didn’t even pick up the guitar. If you are like me you may have gone into many a guitar store and asked to play a cool guitar. The girl comes over and takes it off the wall for you and plugs it in…but before she hands it to you plays some wild riff 8 bars long and THEN gives you the guitar. I just don’t like that kind of showing off….Kimberly doesn’t show off. Stevie Ray Vaughn said something about his brother Jimmie Vaughn, “When I play I play 90% of what I know; when Jimmie plays he plays 10% of what he knows”. That’s Kimberly….from Blues, Metal, Classical she has the chops but doesn’t shove them down your throat but if you need them …she has them!

Kimberly is very very busy. But when you are with her she is not thinking about her next lesson she is focussed on you.

Kimberly understands Music and how to put students and music together.
The guitar is her main instrument but Kimberly can play and teach several instruments including the drums.

Kimberly is ALWAYS practicing and expanding her experience of Music she is not just a country player or a snobby jazz player.

Kimberly is a self-proclaimed overachiever. That means that even though Kimberly is very very talented she has had to work through musical concepts herself (they didn’t come easy). This is a big plus for students because Kimberly can totally relate to people who are learning. No matter what level of musicianship you are at Kimberly understands and supports your struggles and emphasises your triumphs. Plus she welcomes the sceptical student, “Ok Kimberly why in gods name do I need to learn this??”

I am a slow learner, an overachiever and generally muddle headed. Musical concepts don’t come easily to me at times. I memorise things slowly and get confused and lose focus easily due to my ADD. Many teachers I have had in the past would get frustrated with me. Kimberly just smiles or laughs WITH me and backs up and takes another approach. Kimberly has a variety of tools at her disposal for teaching the same concepts. What this means for students is that she is very adaptable to personal needs, attitudes and ways of learning. If I am not getting something she is trying to get across she dips into her chops bag and pulls out another approach….amazing. If I need her to repeat an explanation 5 times she will do so with a smile on her face…really.

And what is really cool about her is her smile. Kimberly actually smiles at you and makes you feel special and understood.

Kimberly is a wise teacher. More wise than her years. So wise that she knows when NOT TO TEACH!! She wont let you flounder or get stressed. As she gets to know you as a student she knows when you are working something through out loud or in your head and she will just be SILENT. That is a very profound gift of a GREAT TEACHER…appropriate SILENCE.

Kimberly is not only a great music teacher and player Kimberly is a Great PERSON!!

I am a very very discerning person when it comes to friendships and close personal relationships. I can tell you without a doubt I like being in her presence.
Kimberly is a Professional but with a very casual laid back attitude. She is not only inspiring but Kimberly is fun to be around. Which makes each lesson more of a sharing of knowledge time rather than a chugging through gruelling wrote rudiments time.

I am really stoked that Kimberly is not only my music teacher but Kimberly is my FRIEND.

I have been taking lessons from her for 10 months now and every Saturday I am excited to see her and talk to her.
If you have had difficulty finding a music teacher I definitely recommend you give Kimberly a try!!

Did I say Kimberly is awesome!!
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Peter B. Dec 6, 2014
I have been taking lessons from Kimberly A. for almost ten years. I would highly recommend her as a music instructor. Her experience as a performing musician and her formal education in music makes her an excellent instructor and overall resource. Besides having taught me the theory and how to play solos and fills for jazz, pop, rock, blues, and even country tunes and styles. I have used her to help me get bands ready for live performances, she taught one of my metal head friends better soloing techniques, and I even brought a formally trained "note reading only" trumpet player to her to show him how to improvise! Lately I even had her help me in how to play a pedal steel guitar an instrument she was totally unfamiliar with, but using her vast musical experience and education, was able to teach me how to play from a guitarist perspective which made more sense to me. I also saw her help students select suitable equipment as well as how to properly use pedals and effects.
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Rob H. Dec 6, 2014
Guitar · In home
I first met Kimberly as a player-jammer at a local club and soon after began working casual gigs and covering her club engagements when she was out of town. When I realized what great jazz fusion guitarist skills she possessed, I began studying jazz concepts, theory and classic jazz standards with her. This is what I would tell my friends who were interested in studying jazz theory to improve their playing skills and move on to the next level: Kim is a well educated teaching professional who can answer any question you have regarding jazz and music theory. She can break it down and explain it to you and demonstrate it also. It is a rare quality to be able to do this well, articulate it clearly and help any willing student to improve their playing ability.
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Martin P. Dec 6, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio
A great teacher that has provided the structure and knowledge to give me the confidence to learn the Bass guitar. I am now playing in an ensemble that Kim has set up and the experience and additional knowledge that I have gained is invaluable. I can highly recommend her as a teacher.
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Patricia P. Dec 6, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Kim took me on as a student with me having no musical knowledge whatsoever, and in addition a lefty with many years under my belt. She has provided a framework that works for me in this journey of music that has brought me immense satisfaction and the ability to play now with others. The structure of her teaching and the lessons has given me a firm foundation in music, and although I see this as a lifelong journey the pleasure playing for myself and with others is terrific. I can recommend her most highly, a terrific teacher!!!
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Lars T. Dec 5, 2014
Guitar · Online
I have been taking guitar lessons from Kimberly via Skype for about five years. I really like her teaching style which is systematic and focused. She tailors her lessons to my goals and time.

Her teaching method is to help you gain insight and skill through patient practice of gradually changing exercises. She doesn't snow you with theory, but presents it to you in digestible amounts just when it will make sense. She welcomes questions and I always learn from our discussions.

She has led me to learn techniques on the guitar that I was absolutely sure I could never learn. For something to seem impossible at the start, to seem possible a week later and to be routine a month later is amazingly uplifting.

Kimberly's background was first a life of teaching herself and playing gigs with all kinds of bands in all kinds of places. She has also deepened and strengthened her knowledge by gaining academic degrees in guitar and jazz and also by studying under masters. This gives her an incredibly deep understanding of learning and teaching music, an immense skill in playing guitar, and an appreciation for the challenges of playing with other people.

I especially love her continued enthusiasm for guitar and that she really enjoys teaching. I have found in Kimberly the best of teachers and highly recommend her without reservation.
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Eric F. Dec 5, 2014
Guitar · Online
I've been a student of Kimberly's for nearly seven years, which speaks for itself.

During that time I've significantly increased in playing ability, ear training and understanding of music theory. Whether you want to transcribe & play a song, or learn blues or jazz foundations, or dive deep into understanding of chords/modal theory/etc., you'll find Kimberly has deep and broad experience. She's a rare combination of a real world player and an educated, professional musician. Kimberly also has a wonderful, non-intimidating style that is great for all us mere moral guitarist. On top of all that Kimberly is an accomplished teacher and also author of Guitar books.

I should also note that for the first year I took lessons with Kimberly at her studio and then switched to Skype lessons when I moved to Seattle and then Austin. The Skype lessons are just as effectively, and even if I still lived in LA I'd probably take some lessons by Skype to save on the commute time.