- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
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I am a classically trained pianist, songwriter, composer, and worship leader. I received my BA in Music from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. Since then, I have spent the last 20+ years teaching and working professionally in the music industry.
During this time, I have written numerous songs and musical pieces for concerts, worship experiences, and for the studio. My most recent record is a solo piano album called Perfect Peace. It is made up of songs I composed specifically for the album. I also have an original worship album called King Over All. Both are available on iTunes, Spotify, and any of the other major digital distributors.
My goal as a piano teacher is to help you become a well-rounded musician. I teach my students how to read music so that they can play Bach and Beethoven, and I also teach them how to read chord symbols, chord progressions, and to utilize the Nashville Numbering System. Students of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to learn from me.
As I teach, I focus on 4 items: classical foundation, music theory, chords and chord progressions, and composition.
While "well-roundedness" is the goal, it looks different for every student. Since every student has a slightly different set of expectations, I am happy to work with them to accomplish their musical goals.
I'm looking forward to meeting you and I would love an opportunity to teach you what I've learned during 30+ years of playing the piano.
Piano lessons to children and adults of many ages and backgrounds. During this time, I have taught a number of different styles of music including classical, jazz, pop, rock, black gospel and more.
Primary worship leader and producer of all services at a large multi-cultural church (1000+ attendance). Oversight of all musical, technical, and creative teams. Composition, arranging, and orchestration for all musical teams.
Primary worship leader and producer of all services (1000+ attendance) and worship albums. Oversight of all musical, technical, and creative teams. Composition, arranging, and orchestration for all musical teams.
Fox River School of Music offered private lessons to nearly 100 students in piano, violin, trumpet, flute, guitar, and drums.
Primary worship leader and producer of all services and special events. Composition, arranging, and orchestration for all music groups.
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.+ Read More
Ken was great because he can do written music or chord charts. This means he can speak whatever musical language you need him to, which can be hard to find. I was looking to learn how to play from chord charts and he was a great instructor! He was patient and gave great practical tips that I could use and improve quickly. And he's nice. I've had piano instructors who made me cry before. No worries for that here! Thanks, Ken!+ Read More
As a fellow musician and music teacher, I have known Ken for many years and have always admired his musicianship, from classical trumpet to classical and contemporary piano, as well as songwriting/singing and playing almost anything by ear. Ken has a patient, kind, and calm demeanor, yet is always striving for, and attaining, the best musically. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone either wanting to learn piano for the first time or to a skilled musician wanting to expand their musical styles and abilities on the piano. Ken is a uniquely gifted musician and teacher, and any student would be blessed under his instruction.+ Read More
I loved taking piano lessons with Ken. He was encouraging and direct as we studied both classical and contemporary pieces. Because of his familiarity with both styles, he taught me to have a well rounded base from which I have been able to make my own compositions and learn new pieces quickly. He plays the piano with ease and is an extremely knowledgeable.+ Read More
Ken is a very knowledgeable, yet patient instructor. He is excellent in many styles of music, and really helped me take my understanding of theory and apply it to playing by ear. I was a music minor in college, so understood reading music, but was really lacking in understanding how to improvise and play chord charts with style. Ken's teaching and mentorship really helped my ability move to the next level. I would highly recommend him for any level of lessons.+ Read More
I worked with Ken for years as part of worship teams and as a fellow music instructor at the Fox River School of Music in Saint Charles, IL. Ken is not only an incredibly gifted musician, but also a wonderful teacher. I am a professional music and classroom teacher and experienced children’s theater director, and have observed his work with both children and adults. I have only the highest praise and recommendation to offer.+ Read More
As a musician myself, I appreciate Ken's musical abilities. Not only is he a very gifted musician and composer but he is also a gifted teacher. He teaches towards the student's interest which keeps the student interested in learning and accomplishing more.+ Read More
Ken is great to work with. He relates to Children very well. My ten-year-old looks forward to the lesson each week. His direction is easy to follow, and is encouraging. Highly recommend!
Ken is a creative and gifted musician. He's a great coach who can take you from where you are to the next level. He is patience and understanding and has the ability to communicate "in plain language." He's also a great encourager.
"My piano lessons with Ken gave me a greater understanding of the piano as a whole. They provided me with different techniques to widen my own style and skill set. Ken has a way of making the complex simple so anyone can learn and become great! I would definitely recommend him!"+ Read More
I had the privilege of working with Ken for a period of 4 years. As a result, I grew as a keyboard player and as an overall musician. Ken has a good understanding of theory and is well versed in playing chords. I highly recommend him to anyone who wants to become a better pianist.+ Read More
Ken Reynolds is a talented, multi-instrumental musician, who has a gift for teaching others. He is a solid performer and is well able to improvise inspiring music, as heard on his website and recent CD. I played with him for a number of years in our church band and was impressed with his musical knowledge and playing abilities. I would recommend him to anyone trying to further their skills in music.+ Read More