Kyle S.

Kyle S.

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Portland, OR

About Kyle S.

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kyle teaches: Males 5 to 80
Females 5 to 80
Teaching since: June 2001
Last sign in: Yesterday
Average response time: 15 hours

Overview

Hey!

My name is Kyle S. and I'm incredibly passionate about music education for all ages. Over twenty years of playing all instruments has taught me there is not one specific way to teach music, so I change my curriculum for every student and completely customize what you learn to how you learn, and what you're interested in. I started teaching music lessons in after school programs when I was eleven and fell totally in love. I continued to do this for many years driving to neighboring towns, volunteering at church youth groups and local Boys and Girls Club all around my hometown.

I went on to study Music Education at Oregon State University and Guitar Performance at the University of Oregon and Jazz Performance on Guitar at Portland State University! At each of these Universities I taught students my age as well as locals in each town and have been supporting myself entirely through music since 2008!

In Portland I've been gigging, playing on records, recording music for films, and volunteering every week at Nonprofit Music Schools around town to help underprivileged kids, and expose them to the joy of music. Give me a call and we can talk about what you're interested in, and get lessons started.

Look forward to hearing from you!

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm fairly laid back, and teach from a number of different texts depending on the interests of the student. Each student is different, and I vary instruction accordingly. I have a lot of experience songwriting, composing, and playing as a sideman in groups on different instruments. I've been part of bands led by myself and been hired by other people, as well as composing for different groups of instruments from trios to full orchestras.

If there is interest, I can also provide worksheets based on the curriculum and standards held by the University of Oregon, and Portland State University.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Private home studio equipped with a many guitars, a piano, a Wurlitzer, electric bass and amplifier, two drum kits, and a beautiful kitty.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide guitars, amplifiers, and notebooks for all students even if they do not own guitars or amplifiers. I also make copies and email attachments of all homework, and record lessons and send them to students to listen to when practicing.

*** Specialties ***
I've been playing and studying guitar since I was seven years old. I've attended Berkley School of Music summer workshops, camps, seminars, and presented music theory papers at conferences at the University of Oregon. I can and am willing to teach any type of musical style or interest to any skill level!

Photos and Videos

Live for the Time Based Arts Festival, Portland OR 2013

Experience

Executive Assistant Jan 2012 - Present
PJCE Records

I currently for a record label in Portland as well as teach. I love to share the information about how the recording industry works, how to obtain gigs and how to effectively promote yourself!

Group Lesson Accompanist and Choral Educator May 2010 - Sep 2012
Ethos Music School

Worked for two summers as Ethos Music School in North Portland. We ran day camps for 80 kids a week of all ages, and I was an accompanist for vocal camps on piano, guitar, and bass, and played in student recitals as well.

Education

B.S. in Jazz Performance Aug 2011 - Jul 2013
Portland State University
B.S. in Music Composition Jan 2008 - Jul 2010
University of Oregon

Languages Spoken

Spanish Limited Proficiency

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association Sep 2007
MTNA

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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13 Reviews on Kyle S.

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Joel M. October 2, 2014
Songwriting · In studio
Kyle has been one of the most helpful music teachers I've had the privilege to take lessons from. He cuts through all of the extraneous pedantries that so often inhibit real effective music instruction and learning. He is approachable and down to earth while wielding a vast and comprehensive knowledge of music, which makes for a genuinely satisfying and productive educational experience. Five stars for sure.
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Kevin W. September 22, 2014
Piano · In studio
Kyle has a deep understanding of music. He knows the theory far beyond an ivy halls definition of things. He understands what is important and what is used by a playing musician. This is helping me get a deep understanding of music. I am very confident that if I put in the effort I can not help but become a good musician who will be able to lay a nice arrangement under a melody or accompany myself or others. Kyle gives you the knowledge and the exercises needed to succeed. I highly recommend Kyle.
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Christie S. September 3, 2014
Piano · In studio
I have been a piano teacher for 30 years and taught my grandson. I moved out of state and did some research. My goal was to find a teacher where my grandson could ride his bike to lessons, a young role model with good credentials. I got 3 choices and after talking with all 3, Kyle was it. He is wonderful; inspirational, inspiring, creative and encouraging. He is not a push over. He has expectations and the enthusiasm and commitment on the part of my grandson (14 yrs. old) is a dream come true!
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Emily M. July 23, 2014
Singing · In studio
Kyle is a patient, flexible, thoroughly knowledgeable teacher and musician. I signed up to take singing lessons with him, having not done a bit of it for 15 years or so. I'm mostly a beginner and he immediately intuited what I needed from him in terms of balancing instruction, discipline, and enjoyment.

My schedule is busy, and I was less than committed to practice and being present/confident in my lessons. Kyle has been encouraging as well as forgiving precisely when I need him to be, which is essential for adults learning or relearning musical skills as an aside to a full-time job and other responsibilities.

Kyle tailors our lessons exactly to my diverse levels of proficiency on both piano accompaniment and voice, and throws in music theory only when appropriate (he is extremely clear about why he's doing it, which I really appreciate.)

Most importantly, he's always willing to have us practice and perform songs during lessons that appeal to my musical preferences, ensuring it always remains fun and attractive and I leave the lesson with extremely positive feelings, which promotes the learning and continuation of my lessons.

I love his laid-back attitude combined with professional, serious approach to music, which clearly is his passion and something he loves deeply. He's exactly the kind of teacher I was looking for and his home studio is a very inviting, comfortable place to practice and learn.

I recommend him highly to anyone looking for guidance, flexibility, and a positive, encouraging, open musical experience. Thanks, Kyle!
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Erica B. March 8, 2014
Drum
Patient and thorough teacher

Kyle is teaching both of my kids and both are beginning players. A five year old on drums and a ten year old on guitar. I have been so pleased with the way he tailors instruction to their age, attention span, and knowledge. I am especially pleased at the way he is teaching musicianship as a whole (music theory, sight reading, basics of structure) along with the fundamentals of the instrument itself.
I like the way he creates a learning environment where the kids feel safe to ask questions, or admit they don't understand something. He never talks down to them, but rather treats them as partners in their own learning. They are both having fun and I would definitely recommend him as a teacher.
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Pstrick K. January 15, 2014
Piano
Excellent Instructor

Kyle is thorough and passionate about his teaching. I am learning a lot. I thought I was too old to learn music sight reading and to become proficient on the piano. I highly recommend Kyle.
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Todd G. December 11, 2013
Piano
I'm lovin' it

I am an adult student trying to learn a couple nice songs to play and build on lessons I took when I was a kid. Kyle has a real depth of music knowledge but is suiting my lessons so I am challenged but not too much. We are covering all aspects as we go; sheetmusic reading, technique, music theory. I am enjoying playing piano again.
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matt G. December 8, 2013
Piano
piano instruction

Kyle S. has been working with my Son for several months and his interaction and enthusiasm are impressive. He works with classical music as well as music which my Son enjoys such as Sonic. I would highly recommend Kyle to anyone looking for a music teacher especially for younger people.
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Jaclyn H. December 7, 2013
Guitar
Kyle is a knowledgeable instructor

Kyle breaks down instructions into easy to follow steps, and creates a great learning environment. He also understands my goals and structures his lessons accordingly. I would recommend him to anyone looking to learn the guitar.
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Rebeka A. December 3, 2013
Piano
A teacher to recommend

Kyle is great! Even though I started with the intention of only learning how to play a few songs and nothing more, Kyle slowly introduced me to fundamentals of music and a better understanding of how to read music so that in the future I can continually learn and remember music even if I don't study all the time. He has taught me more than I thought I could do. Atmosphere is relaxed and makes the lessons fun.