Kelsey Turk

Kelsey T.

Paris, TX

Lesson Details



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

Teaching since:
May 2009

Kelsey T. is a composer of music for quartet, string ensembles, piano, guitar, and chorus. While studying music at the University of North Texas, Kelsey was classically trained to play guitar and piano, while performing in the Men's Chorus. His piece "Colors" (2010) for string quartet & piano became a point of interest in the writing of "161 Glass: Site Specific Music in an Artistic Context" by Christina Rusnak, Composer and Executive Director of Philadelphia's award winning ensemble, Orchestra 2001. Having been influenced by the musical works of Reich, Glass, and Xenakis, Kelsey's composition style is attributed to his interdisciplinary study of Music & Architecture. Today, he continues his work as a music teacher, contemporary composer, and as an architectural drafter for various architects in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area.

*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor each of my lessons to the needs of my students, in the direction that he/she would like to see their musical skill grow. I begin each new student's first lesson by getting to know a student's weaknesses and strengths, and prepare each lesson based on the student's pace of learning. In addition to the teaching of the instrument, all of my students learn to read music, as well as ear training, sight-reading, and theory. I've found that by giving my students a more rounded understanding of music, it not only opens a broader range of interest in music, but makes the learning experience that much more meaningful.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room: Seating Area for parents who choose to sit in on lesson. Equipment List: Music Stand, Casio Keyboard, Gibson Flying V Electric Guitar and Amplifier, Keystation Pro MIDI Controller, OscarSchmidt Acoustic Guitar, SilverTone Electric Guitar and Amplifier, SoundTech PA System, Valencia Classical Guitar, and more.

*** Travel Equipment ***
During the first couple of weeks, I can provide the reading material by email, in PDF format. After the introduction, the student is expected to purchase the book to keep up with the learning pace, in order to make his/her independent practice more efficient. The student is expected to use his/her own instrument, and be prepared with blank sheet music paper and other supplies for note-taking. If the rehearsal is at my home studio, I can provide the keyboard, studio equipment, and other supplies needed for our lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I've composed in various contrasting styles of music from baroque-style counterpoint, classical Galant style, to Post-1970's Avant-Garde. In my own music, I specialize in contemporary technique, minimalism, electro-acoustic, as well as experimentalism of the late 20th century into the 21st.

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Dec 2010 - Present
Kelsey Turk Studio

I compose music and offer music lessons for guitar, piano, composition, music theory, and recording.

Mar 2011 - Jul 2012
Old Banners (Folk Band)

We performed a number of venues in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area, as well as in Denton.

Lead Guitarist/Songwriter
May 2006 - Mar 2008
A Hero's Finale (Rock Band)

We performed a number of venues in the Paris Texas Area.


Bachelor of Arts in Music
Aug 2008 - Dec 2010
University of North Texas
Associate of Science / Associate of Applied Technology
Aug 2005 - May 2008
Paris Junior College
Aug 2001 - May 2005
Paris High School


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Piano Proficiency Examination
Dec 2009
University of North Texas

Successful completion of Piano Proficiency Examination.

Upper Division Examination in Applied Lessons
Dec 2009
University of North Texas

Successful completion of Upper Division Examination in Applied Lessons (Classical Guitar)

Music Theory Proficiency Examination
Dec 2009
University of North Texas

Successful completion of Music Theory Proficiency Examination.


PEF Scholarship
May 2005
Paris Education Foundation

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Old Banners
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8 Reviews

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Shantel R. Dec 30, 2014
Classical Guitar · In home

Kelsey was a great fit for our 14 year old daughter who was just learning guitar. She really enjoyed learning from him, and he was very flexible with her trying to learn songs that may have been a bit ahead of where she would have been in her lessons. I think that being flexible is a great way to keep your child interested in learning. He was always on time and very courteous. We are sad that he is moving but we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors!

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Lily J. Dec 18, 2014
Piano · In home

Kelsey has worked with my son on piano for a year or so and done a great job.
He has the patience of a Saint!! Which is extremely necessary when teaching a 10 year old boy. Jacob's had many teachers in the 5 years he's been on the piano and touts that Kelsey has been his favorite of all.

I have recommended him to friends and would always put in a good word.
The only reason he's no longer instructing our son, is that he is moving.

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MichelleM1 Apr 29, 2012

Extraordinary Teacher

My kids look forward to their lessons with Kelsey; in addition to being very talented & knowledgeable he communicates with them at their level.

ayshak Dec 28, 2011


kelsey is a great guitar teacher!

DeanaE Aug 15, 2011

Kelsey is AWESOME

Vivia is enjoying her lessons and loves to practice scales. Kelsey is very patient and gives good feedback!

JennieS Apr 17, 2011

Kelsey is doing a great job with Zhae. She is enjoying thes lessons and is learning. He does a good job working at her pace.

DionI Mar 24, 2011

thanks a lot!!!

kelsey your great with my son and appreciate you putting in the extra effort it takes with such a young student.

RickJ Mar 21, 2011


Kelsey, is a great instructor. He focuses in on what you need and asks where you want to go with it, and then helps you learn at your pace. He is very knowledgable in most music genres and has a great sense of humor!!!

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