- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- April 2001
Hello and welcome to my profile here on takelessons.com thanks for stopping by! My name is Calvin and I’ve been teaching students of all ages for more than 16 years now.
I started my personal music journey at 4 years old first learning piano and guitar and multiple other instruments from there. My father was my first music instructor which grounded me in the foundation and theory of music while at the same time knowing that ear training and learning how to play with other musicians was just as important. From there I had the privilege of learning jazz, blues, and many other styles from the late Hal Stesch at UNLV School of Music who played piano and organ for many great artists including Elvis, The Platters, Frank Sinatra, and many more. Currently my wife and lead Praise and worship 3 to 4 times weekly a two different church campuses and also perform every Saturday at a Branson style show in Liberty, Texas.
My approach to teaching music is to customize lessons to the student’s interests while still maintaining the essentials and foundations including music theory, scales, and reading music. I like to incorporate particular songs and genres of music that the student likes by providing customized tracks with their particular instrument taken out so that feel a sense of accomplishment and get the practice of playing along with other musicians which benefits in the ear training process. I look forward to meeting and "jamming" with you soon!
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It only took one lesson to realize I made the right decision selecting Calvin. He is patient and truly customize your lessons for reaching your goals. If you are serious about playing, I would recommend him as an instructor.
My son had his first piano class with Calvin and he enjoyed the lesson very much!
I was extremely nervous about starting bass guitar lessons, but Calvin made it easy to understand and I was playing music in no time
Instantly felt "at home" with Calvin! I've never taken any type of formal music lessons before but your layed back style helped me feel confident, even at 51, that it's never too late to start...Thanks Calvin
Instantly felt "at home" wirh Calvin! I've never taken any type of formal music lessons before but your layed back style helped me feel confident, even at 51, that it's never too late to start...Thanks Calvin
Thanks for coming to our home and teaching my son. he loves it
I have watched Calvin perform and wanted to be able to play boogie-woogie piano and country piano. His lessons are enjoyable
Great patience! :) Easy to understand and got me playing chords and songs quickly