Kelvin Lin

Kelvin L.

Bolingbrook, IL

About Kelvin L.

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Kelvin teaches: Ages 4 to 80
Teaching since: October 1984
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Overview

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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Experience

Chair of Music Department

Sep 2004 - Present
Chicago Fine Arts Institute

Director of Music Academy

Oct 2003 - Present
The Amati Chamber Group

Violinist

Aug 1997 - Present
Elgin Symphony Orchestra

Soloist

Mar 2000 - Sep 2003
Manhattan Chamber Orchestra

Soloist

May 1999 - Oct 2002
New England Sinfonietta

Soloist

Sep 1994 - Oct 1998
New York Chamber Orchestra

New York Chamber Orchestra conducted by Sir Edward Wallace

Education

Music MA

Sep 1988 - May 1990
University of Nottingham

Languages Spoken

English and Chinese Mandarin

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Certificate of performance

Aug 1987
University of London England

Awards

4th National violin competition

Aug 1990
Poland

Affiliations

Professional Photographers of America

Sep 2009
Ppa

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
AFM

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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71 Reviews on Kelvin L.

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Jasmine Powell Sep 20, 2016
Drawing · In studio
Verified Student
I have really enjoyed my drawing lessons with Kelvin! He is very detailed in his instruction and ensures that his students learn the essential skills necessary to become good drawers. He is very encouraging and honest in his feedback. I appreciate his transparency when critiquing my work. I need to hear the truth in order to get better. When I draw something that he is astounded by, I will know that I have truly earned his respect. My lessons fly by because we're having such a good time. I'm enjoying the journey.
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Jack E. Sep 2, 2016
Mandolin · Online
Verified Student
Kelvin is a talented, caring and effective teacher, able to spot technical, as well as musical, errors online. It has been a pleasure to take lessons from him - and I have progressed well beyond my expectations thanks to his expertise. I highly recommend him.
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Melissa T. Aug 19, 2016
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Kelvin did it again! He supported and prepared my son for his orchestra audition. Nicholas was accepted into the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra for the third year in a row. Kelvin has helped him to achieve this goal each time. Thanks Kelvin for being such a great instructor and truly investing in my son.
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Kevin O. Jul 11, 2016
SEO · Online
Verified Student
Kelvin was a nice guy but not very good at listening. You can tell he is probably good at SEO, but is more geared towards giving multiple lessons, because he will not answer any questions if its not in the order he is teaching. Being a teacher myself, you have to LISTEN to the person paying for the lesson. You should not tell a paying customer that you wont answer a question because you will get to that at a later time in a different lesson. Some people, like myself understand many aspects of SEO already, and just need to ask some questions to learn new things to try.

Kelvin did give me a couple very good tips I will implement.

You could be a very good teacher my friend, just listen more
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Jason May 12, 2016
Composition · In studio
Verified Student
Kelvin is an extremely knowledgeable musician with a great teaching style.
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Susan G. Apr 9, 2016
Mandolin · Online
Verified Student
Kelvin is a very patient teacher! I knew absolutely nothing about mandolin or music and Kelvin has helped with that. I have a long way to go but, with Kelvins help I believe I can get there!
I highly recommend Kelvin!!!!!
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Juan F. Mar 22, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
When we were looking for a piano teacher for our 13yo daughter we were looking for someone who could also help her out with her church music as she is the "organist" during school masses. Kelvin was more than willing to do so. She has learned more in four lessons with Kelvin than she did in more than two years with a another teacher. Kelvin is very patient and makes each lesson fun. At the same time he is demanding without being strict. We are all very pleased with Kelvin's method of teaching. We highly recommend him.
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Zilu Y. Mar 6, 2016
Cello · Online
Verified Student
The class is great.
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Eva Mar 1, 2016
Cello · Online
Verified Student
Kelvin narrows in on exactly what needs work. He is great to work with and I'm looking forward to practicing with his advice and my next lesson.
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Angie B. Feb 27, 2016
Archery · In studio
Verified Student
My first meeting with Kelvin was great! He is very knowledgeable and makes the learning experience fun. Thanks Kelvin, I look forward to the next lesson!
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