Kelvin Lin

Kelvin L.

Bolingbrook, IL

About Kelvin L.

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Kelvin teaches: Ages 4 and 80
Teaching since: October 1984
Last sign in: Yesterday


I am a highly organized, outcome-driven and motivated professional musician and educator with solid experience in the classroom. For the past 25 years, I have been employed with Amati music academy and seven years on the faculty of University of St Francis.
I am very comfortable with all aspects of the current music syllabus, including teaching musical concepts (such as duration, pitch, dynamics, tone color, texture and structure) as well as performance, composition. I am fully qualified, with a Bachelor of Education in Music, Double Masters in music performance and education from University of Nottingham.
I am proficient in classical, jazz and Celtic fiddle violin and possess solid skills in piano (grade 8-13) Royal conservatory system.
Throughout my teaching career, I have been driven to help students achieve their very best. I strongly believe that music has the power to change lives – to enhance the social, cultural and spiritual lives of people, and serve as a profound medium of personal expression. Professional perform experience: The Chicago, Natalie Cole, Smokey Robinson, Three tours with Moody Blues, YoYo Ma etc....
The most important thing I look for in a student is communication skills, as well as talent. I like to nurture students and help identify their individual strengths, which is a key factor in shaping a musical persona that will make its mark both on and offstage. I do not advocate a uniform technique for all students. Physical differences and learning styles are always taken into consideration. Potential is as important to me as early achievements and experience. My goal is to help students become self-sufficient, discriminating artists. I discuss practice techniques often and develop individualized scale routines. I encourage initiative and expressive musicality as well as precision. Above all, music needs to bring obvious joy to the student, regardless of the difficulties.”

*** Lesson Details ***
I use Suzuki and traditional method for my students... for Suzuki beginner they will play a song in four days....

*** Studio Equipment ***
In-Studio- Lessons in separate music lesson room, piano and violin are available. Students and parents will enjoy comfortable and clean studio environment with recent remodeled new hard wood floor and studio patio window over looking at beautiful garden. Free WiFi available for parents while waiting during the lesson appointment.
University of St Francis Joliet- can teach in rehearsal rooms at the university.
Online class at world class teaching studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
violin, viola, cello, piano and guitar

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Suzuki teaching method for beginners, traditional conservatory method for intermediate and Royal conservatory recital program for advanced level students..I also teach orchestration program to help students prepare their auditions for major symphonies through out the country including Chicago symphony orchestra etc...

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Chair of Music Department

Sep 2004 - Present
Chicago Fine Arts Institute

Director of Music Academy

Oct 2003 - Present
The Amati Chamber Group


Aug 1997 - Present
Elgin Symphony Orchestra


Mar 2000 - Sep 2003
Manhattan Chamber Orchestra


May 1999 - Oct 2002
New England Sinfonietta


Sep 1994 - Oct 1998
New York Chamber Orchestra

New York Chamber Orchestra conducted by Sir Edward Wallace


Music MA

Sep 1988 - May 1990
University of Nottingham

Languages Spoken

English and Chinese Mandarin

Professional Proficiency


Certificate of performance

Aug 1987
University of London England


4th National violin competition

Aug 1990


Professional Photographers of America

Sep 2009

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the world's largest non-profit photography association organized for professional photographers, by professional photographers…and with over 27,000 creative members in 50+ countries. Mission Statement: Creating a vibrant community of successful professional photographers by providing education, resources and industry standards of excellence.

American Federation of Musicians

Jan 1997

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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51 Reviews on Kelvin L.

Logan N. Oct 30, 2015
Violin · Online
I have studied violin with Kelvin for over a year, and have had an amazing experience being able to learn from one of the best violinists I have ever met. He is incredibly patient and kind, and has taken my playing to a whole new level. Highly recommended. Truly a one of a kind teacher.
Robert S. Oct 19, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I have been studying with Kelvin for 2 and 1/2 years. I chose him because he was the highest rated teacher in my area. The rating is well deserved. I have found him to be an excellent teacher: patient, respectful, encouraging and extremely knowledgeable. I am well satisfied with my progress, especially since I had no prior musical instruction and yet was ambitious enough to take up the piano at the age of 67. I expect to continue with Kelvin for the foreseeable future, as I have not yet found the limit of what I can do.
Leslie H. Oct 9, 2015
Origami · Online
Verified Student
great first lesson!
Maria G. Sep 14, 2015
Adobe Photoshop · In home
Verified Student
AWESOME!!, AWESOME!!!! Great teacher, takes his time and goes at your own pace. I will continue taking my lessons with Kelvin.
Jeremy kochman Aug 11, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Kelvin is the best instructor for music that i have ever had. he is very nice and welcoming for any student.
Austin Jul 23, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My son had a great first lesson. We are excited for next week.
Holly Mills Jul 21, 2015
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Kelvin is a very good teacher always trying to meet students where they are.
Brian F. Jul 9, 2015
Viola · Online
Verified Student
I had a great first lesson with Kelvin! He's fast and efficient and knows how to maximize the online time slot! This is gonna be fun!!!
Jeff G. Jul 8, 2015
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Kelvin is an awesome teacher. I wanted to learn to play by ear, because that's the way I learned to play the guitar. I had been looking for a teacher for several weeks, and after contacting several teachers, most of them didn't respond. The one who did respond refused to teach me without sheet music. I was about to give up the whole idea of playing, but Kelvin took me on and has developed a method of teaching me without the burden of having to learn to read sheet music. My playing has improved with only four lessons! I highly recommend him as a teacher!
Jeff C. Jul 8, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
First Lesson went great. Kelvin is very encouraging. The amount of things we covered in the first lesson seemed appropriate. Not an overwhelming amount of info, but enough to keep me busy practicing until the next lesson.