keven kalay

Keven K.

Chicago, IL

Lesson Details



keven delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7 to 70

Teaching since:
October 2007

I have been a guitarist for 15 years. I'm well versed in many styles from rock to metal, classical to jazz, and many styles in between. I mostly compose on the 8 string guitar for my progressive metal band and have been performing in various bands for the past 10 years. I have studied with notable rock, classical, and jazz guitarists. I completed my undergraduate degree in Musicology with a focus on classical guitar, and have recently earned my Master of Fine Arts in Sound Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I have taught privately and at music academies. My students ages have ranged from 7-70 from beginner to intermediate/advanced.

My main specialty is electric guitar but I am also well versed in acoustic guitar techniques like finger-style and hybrid picking. Each student comes from a different ability and learning level so every lesson is specific to the student's needs.

For beginners I like to start with proper ways of holding the guitar ie left and right hand placement and then jump into reading tablature and playing basic riffs of rock and roll like Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple and Iron Man by Black Sabbath. From playing single string riffs, we move onto power chords and more complicated melodies and songs.

Reading standard notation is highly stressed and the fun rock stuff is usually supplemented with reading out of Hal Leonard Guitar books. Once a basic proficiency is reached we move onto more advanced topics like scales, chords, and the theory/harmony behind them. I try to balance the more theoretical and technique based approaches to guitar with learning favorite songs of the student and other classic/contemporary rock songs.

Other topics covered in lessons are listening to music(especially the music you are trying to learn), writing/composing, playing with and improvising with others, rhythm and soloing techniques.

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Graduate Teaching Assistant
Sep 2012 - May 2014
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Teaching assistant for various electronics and software based classes

Guitar Instructor
Jan 2010 - Jul 2011
Forte Academy of Music, Denver Colorado


Master of Fine Arts in Sound Art
Sep 2012 - May 2014
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Bachelor of Arts in Musicology
Aug 2004 - Dec 2009
University of Colorado at Boulder


Fluent / Native Proficiency

4 Reviews

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Praveen K. Jan 17, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Kevin is an extremely good teacher: very knowledgeable , patient and really enjoys what he does. I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants to learn guitar.

Mike Sorenson Jan 13, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Keven is very patient and knowledable..kudos.

Mike Sorenson Jan 12, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Keven is very patient and knowledable..kudos.

Z Z. Jul 26, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio

I'm interested in metal bass and Keven is the right teacher. He's very skilled and patient. He's also been pointing out my flaws to make sure I get the most effective and steady training. Highly recommended!

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