I have had a fairly diverse musical background, including playing with bands and orchestras, as well as participating in choral groups and opera. I have a master's degree in music performance for wind conducting, and a bachelor's degree in music with an emphasis on piano performance.
I have taught private lessons for several years now and I love every moment with my students! I have a real passion for sharing my knowledge and experience with others, both failures and successes. I believe everyone has creative potential, and I believe music is a real universal art form that anyone can tap into if they want. Above all, making and creating music should also be fun!
*** Lesson Details ***
I try to keep my lessons professional but comfortable too. I don't yell at students for messing up or anything like that. I usually have an agenda but am willing to adjust and compromise if the situation dictates. If you don't have a curriculum in mind, I like Alfred's piano courses, but will do my best to find one that fits you as a student best. My initial goals are to make sure the basics of reading music and performing are set so that no matter what musical avenue you want to pursue, you will be successful. I do specialize in classical music but enjoy creating and playing in other genres as well.
I now also offer lessons online, as well as tutoring in most math areas!
I kindly ask for 24 hour notice whenever possible if a lesson is going to be missed. Generally speaking, if I don't hear from a student and their lesson time passes I will mark the lesson as missed, but I am also usually more than willing to make up the lesson at a later time.
*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a piano keyboard at my home.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect students to have their own instruments as needed, as well as music paper, pencils, etc. I may be able to provide some of those materials on occasion as well as some books/recordings, but will by and large expect students to purchase those for themselves.
*** Specialties ***
I am much more familiar with classical styles and Broadway. My music writing style tends to be somewhere between neo-classical and avant-garde.
Teaching since 2004
I waited after a few lessons to give feedback. Very pleased. Kevin is full of knowledge -both relevant to music and other random fun facts! He is patient and will move at whatever pace you prefer. I look forward to continuing to improve my skills under his direction.Show More
He is a good instructor. Easy to talk to.
Our son has been going to Kevin for over a year now. He is nice and great with our son. He has learned a lot during with time with Kevin and continues to grow as a student of music.
Kevin is great. No problems at all. He comes to the house, and he is always on time.
I was very pleased with Kevin! He was very easy to work with regarding scheduling, communication, and teaching my son pre-algebra. My son graduated with a B average. I was very pleased with this result due to my son didn't spend an extra time learning due to his schedule.Show More
Kevin is a great teacher! He is very patient, and really understands how to work with younger children.
My son enjoys taking lessons with Kevin!
Very patient and knowledgable instructor
I thought Kevin was real patient with me and reassured me that I will get through this ok
This was my first lesson and my instructor was very helpful. Looking forward to greater times.
Kevin is very patient and knowledgeable
Seems ok. Too early to judge the teacher
Kevin was very patient and understanding. Great instructor!
Kevin is a very patient, reliable, supportive, and honest instructor! You will love him!
He is an excellent teacher. He is very patient. Recommend!
He was very patient and accomodating. He is able to adjust to your own individual pace.
Kevin had been my teacher for piano and music composition until I left Memphis. As a person, Kevin is very kind. He has naturally gentle personality. As a music teacher, he is knowledgeable and patient, with great musicmanship and sincere love of music. He points out where I could do better, but never criticize. He helped me improving my piano playing to a higher level of techniques and musicality. I learned a whole lot from him also on music theory and composition. The lessons were both pleasurable and rewarding. I really miss the lessons with him and will highly recommend him to anyone.Show More
Kevin is great. He is very patient, understanding, friendly and very kind. He is and was always willing to work with my schedule and always had good feedback. He never made me feel like I was doing things wrong. He always was very encouraging. I can't wait to take classes again with him. thanks!Show More
Hello, Mr. Kevin is a very professional, fun teacher I will recommend him to anyone.
Great instructor. Very knowledgeable and patient. Will recommend to others.
Kevin shows to have musical knowledge as well as patient in his instruction. Willing to take the time to explain.
Very kind and patient
Kevin has been a great first-time music teacher for Mia. He has a very gentle manner and is very kind and patient with her. I would definitely recommend him a a piano teacher for others.
- Levels Taught:
- Elementary, Middle School, High School, College
Several years tutoring and teaching several math areas and education in mathematics
Provide private piano instruction for young children, teens, and adults. Accompany vocal and instrumental soloists. Maintain electronic records of individual lessons to ensure continuity and billing.
Present on demand tutoring and instruction for students of all grade levels and subjects. Maintain records of student achievement and needs and personal timecard verification. Utilized online interactive resource to administer structured learning in a timely fashion.
Present instruction in Basic Mathematics using both on campus, hybrid and Dual Enrollment classes. Plan syllabus for duration of course determined in part by department and student needs; design and facilitate testing and coursework measurement
Concorde Career College
Present instruction in College Algebra and Basic Mathematics for career track students. Plan syllabus for duration of course determined in part by department and student needs; design and facilitate testing and coursework measurement. Provide individual and group tutoring. Assist with providing foundation documentation for accreditation.
Taught at area private and charter schools. Followed regular teacher’s lesson plans to assist students’ learning. Maintain thorough record of the day’s activities.
Memphis City Schools
Conducted, taught and coordinated beginner and intermediate level small ensembles and provided music appreciation instruction for large freshman class at an inner-city school. Managed inventory and budget and communicated appropriately with students, parents and faculty. Assisted with other school functions and department meetings.
Azusa Pacific University
Assist Donovan Gray, DMA in preparation of material for university wind ensembles. Create and maintain catalog of recorded music. Provide accompaniment and support for choral ensembles, individual vocalists and instrumentalists for rehearsals and performance. Offer guidance and direction to undergraduate students in piano technique and music theory. Supervised university equipment and facilities after regular business hours. Other duties as assigned.
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa Pacific University
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