Acoustic Guitar

Levels Taught: Beginner - Advanced

About Kimberly A.

Background Check: Last verified 08/16/2013
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Male Ages Taught: 7 to 99
Female Ages Taught: 7 to 99

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 13 years. 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 ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.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

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

B.M. in 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

Awards

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

Student Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by 4 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by This teacher is amazing and always really helpful! Kimberly is a great teacher. She is always prompt and ready for the lesson. If a student runs behind she makes sure to catch them up and follows up on their progress. I enjoy taking classes within the convenience of her home. She is very organized and I look forward to her lessons weekly. May 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Know how to help you succeed In a very short time, Kim has helped me to expand my ability as a musician. I played in a band for a few years, and I feel like only now through her guidance am I really starting to understand my instrument. She has a great way of layering knowledge to help it stick, and is very patient. I highly recommend her. February 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Most awesome guitar teacher ever !! June 26, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Understanding my instrument in whole new way! I am self taught and knew there where holes in my understanding of my instrument. I was tired of just spinning my wheels and not improving. And although I have only taker three lessons with Kimberly so far, it has already started to open doors in my understanding of the bass guitar. Kimberly is doing a great job, and I very much look forward to learning as much as I can from her! April 25, 2012