Kit Thornberry

Kit T.

North Hollywood, CA

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About

Kit delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
April 2010

My name is Kit. I am a successful studio musician, songwriter, and touring musician. I am the current touring Keyboardist/Guitarist for World Famous Violinist/Dancer Lindsey Stirling. I have shared the stage with many other notable performers including Amy Lee (Evanescense), ZZ ward, Sabrina Carpenter, Andrew McMahon, Carah Faye (Shiny Toy Guns) and many many others. I have played sold out headlining shows at acclaimed venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado, The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, The Hammersmith Apollo in London, and festivals including Lallapalooza (Chicago and Berlin), Outside Lands, Billboard (New York) and many many others. I have appeared on TV shows Conan, The Today Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kelly and Ryan, The Disney Channel Awards and others.

In The studio. I have played on tracks by One Direction, Robbie Williams, Lissie, and dozens of other local and international artists. I have released two self produced albums under the artist name Kit Nolan, as well as under my own band name "Moonlit Kit."


*** Lesson Details ***
First and foremost we will have a great time, and you will learn a ton. If you choose to only practice while we are in our lessons, you will get a little better. If apply the techniques and ideas we come up with during our lesson during the week, and practice everyday, you will improve in ways you never thought possible. If you are coming for voice you will learn to extend your range, intonation, pitch, as well as ways to connect with your audience. We will do funny little scales all designed to strengthen different areas of your voice to make you a diverse and confident singer. I concentrate on vocal "Setups™" that are non pitch dependent, meaning we go for how to make certain types of sounds in ANY part of your range, rather than limiting to one type of sound for lower pitches, and another type of sound for higher pitches. If you are coming for keyboards, I will emphasis the style of music YOU are interested in, whether pop/rock, jazz or even classical. Or maybe you are singer-songwriter looking to accompany yourself on keys or guitar, I have had 100's of hours performing solo gigs on both keyboard and guitar. I can also give you the fundamentals to set yourself up for success on Guitar, Bass Guitar, and Drums, as well as the Recording Arts. You will learn how nothing is more rewarding than making yourself the best musician you can be!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Computer, recording equipment, 100 square feet, keyboards, mic with PA, parents can sit in on lesson

*** Specialties ***
I have studied just about every technique of vocals out there, and developed my own method I call Streamline Vocal Method™. We will find the areas that hold you back in your singing goals, and we will DEMOLISH them. Piano I am well versed in many of the Pop style Piano including Blues Piano, Funk, Singer-Songwriter, R&B, country, as well as atmospheric or synth playing (EG, playing strings convincingly on a keyboard). I can also teach beginning to lower intermediate Guitar and Bass guitar, teach you not only chord structures and scales, but how to get the most creatively out of your 4 or 6 string beast. We will learn songs and apply the theory involved with each song to better yourself as a musician, while loving the process.

I teach online so that I can reach anybody in the world without them having to leave the comfort of their home or office. I have taught many lessons online and have mastered how to listen with an "adjusted ear" to take into account how camera mics alter the frequency range. I will also provide you with a link to scales for vocals that I have created so we can do the scales in real time, to avoid the slight delay that comes with online communication.

You will love how much you will learn with me, as well as how much fun we will have. I have been lucky enough to make my living on music, I have toured the world several times over, and I'd love to share my passion and knowledge with you!

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Experience

Session Piano Player
Jul 2012 - Present
Independant

Have played on records that have sold millions of copies, including One Direction (Midnight Memories) and Robbie Williams (including the #1 hit in the UK "candy" as well as "Losers" from the same album).

Music Teacher
Oct 2010 - Present
School of Rock, Takelessons, Private Clients

I have been teaching steadily since 2010. In that time, i have taught thousands of lessons with hundreds of students. The thing I am most proud of is how long I get to work with most my students. Many of my students have stayed with the lessons for 2 or more years! That shows a real teacher-student relationship and I am very lucky and proud of that fact.

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Live Performer
Jul 2010 - Present
Variety

Most notably, I have been the touring Keyboardist and Guitarist for International Violin Star Lindsey Stirling. I have also shared the stage with such acclaimed stars as Amy Lee (Evanescense), ZZ Ward, Sabrina Carpenter, Carah Faye (Shiny Toy Guns), Ruth Anne, Andrew McMahon, and many many others. I have played some of the most sought after venues in the world, including the internationally famous Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado, The Hammersmith Apollo in London, England, Lollapalooza in both Chicago and Berlin, and many more. I have played a variety of keyboards, guitar (lead and Rhythm), Bass, Celeste, Glockenspiel, and solo lead vocals.

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Education

BA in Music
Aug 2006 - May 2010
San Diego State University

Photos & Videos

Playing Guitar in front of 15 Thousand people at Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, 2015.
Playing Keyboards on Conan O'Brien
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14 Reviews

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Jenny K. Oct 31, 2013
Guitar ·

Really enjoying myself

Chris makes learning really fun. I look forward to my lessons and just told him the other day that I wish my lesson was for 3 hours. I go to Chris for 1.5hr every other week and that gives me to time to practice for 2 weeks. We cover a lot of ground. Chris gives me structure to follow and that helps me. I've only had a few lessons with Chris but I can tell that I am going to make that big leap this year from "practicing" music to "playing" music.

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Timothy C. May 15, 2013
Singing ·

Excellent Teacher

Chris is extremely talented and very knowledgable of the technical aspects of the voice. He doesn't have a rigid cookie-cutter lesson plan that he just pulls out for everyone regardless of his/her level. He has a great ear for whatever problems you may have, and as a result he's able to cater his lesson plan to your needs. He has a wide array of vocal exercises for exactly this purpose. He knows a lot about a variety of genres, so he's able to help you build your voice while still maintaining the style that you prefer. He records every lesson on a cd/usb drive (whichever you prefer), so it's very convenient and easy to practice throughout the week without missing any of the feedback that he gives. It's also great to hear yourself gradually improve throughout your time with him.
I've been able to expand my vocal range by over an octave during my time with Chris and now I feel much more confident in my vocal ability. Chris is a great teacher and I definitely recommend that you give him a shot!

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JudithB Jul 10, 2012
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Our 15-year-old son loves his guitar lessons with Chris

Our teenage son really looks forward to his guitar lessons with Chris. Chris is extremely knowledgeable and inspiring. He offers concrete suggestions and provides written updates to our son's status via the TakeLessons journal.

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EasterH Apr 1, 2012
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It is best that you ask my daughter Tiffany Haney who is an adult. From the feedback she has given me, she absolutely loves Christopher. She says he brings out the best in her and makes her feel that she can do even better with practice.

PaulS3 Feb 25, 2012
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All that jazz!

love that jazz scale that you are teaching Koji, my wife loves it too! Doing great with Kai too. Thanks!

RubenP Feb 13, 2012
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Look no further for a great teacher.

Chris is VERY talented instructor. His talent and technical knowledge of signing (and music in general) is vast. He is very practical in his choice of tools and exercises to match your needs. He has a great ear for what your problem areas and and can help you through them.As others have mentioned, he's patient, and supportive, but also pushes you to improve at every lesson. You won't regret choosing him to teach you.As a 40 year old guy who decided, "hey, I really want to learn to sing", I could not be happier with my choice of instructors.

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SharonS2 Feb 3, 2012
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Awesome Teacher

Christopher is so patient with my 8 year old daughter. She has always wanted to play electric guitar and after the third lesson she was playing Adele's Someone Like You.I would recommend Christopher to everyone!!!

MelissaL Dec 23, 2011
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Brilliant Teacher

Chris is the best music teacher we've ever had. He's inspiring, nurturing and fun. My girls are thriving under his instruction. Thanks Chris.

EdithM Dec 12, 2011
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teaching a novice 9 year old

He is very patient and incorporates pop music to the lessons. My son liked Bruno mars and he had him playing the first few lines in the first lesson!my child did NOT have any musical experience at all nor anyone in the family is inclined to it. However, kid is showing some interest and Chris seems able to fuel that fire even more.

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AnnMarieC Oct 8, 2011
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he is an excellent teacher, very patient and complimenting on all progress

Debs Aug 31, 2011
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Beyond our wildest expectations. Excellent!

My 21 year old daughter takes singing and guitar with Chris. She has become extremely enthusiastic about her practicing due to the uplifting, inspirational manner in which Chris teaches and he is obviously very accomplished in all of the subjects that he offers. Chris is quite the find!

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NaemahM Jun 22, 2011
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Wow!

We tried guitar lessons once before, but my son lost interest and getting him to practice was a chore. With Christopher, my son has a great time and is once again excited about playing an instrument. I appreciate Christopher's patience and candor. He clearly loves what he does. I agree with my son who recently told me, " Christopher is just a really great guycan my lesson be longer?"

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SeanM1 Jun 22, 2011
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Another great lesson. Really enjoy working with chris, he's very laid back and fun.I'd recommend him to anyone wishing to learn the guitar.

JillV Jun 19, 2011
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Great teacher

Christopher is teaching guitar to my son who is 8. Little boys are often unmotivated to practice but Christopher has a way of getting him excited about the process and he is really interested in becoming a better guitar player now. Christopher listens to what my son tells him and adjusts his teaching to make it more enjoyable for him. He is very relaxed in his teaching style and a very nice person too.

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