Kevin Walker

Kevin W.

Philadelphia, PA
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Studio Studio

My approach to teaching has a very heavy emphasis on implementing the idea of mindfulness into the students life. I have found that this is not only the quickest way to learn, but also the most motivating way to learn any skill for both my students and myself. A simple awareness of the finite details that go into a craft, while at the same time acting upon them in way that is loose and detached has helped me learn an array of new skills and has profoundly changed my life as well as others for the better.

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  • Speaks English, Italian
  • Awarded Thomas Siwe Scholarship from PASIC
  • Teaches students 5 and up

Reviews (3)

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Christopher Mar 24, 2016
Drum · In studio

Very knowledgeable. I liked being educated or informed about the process of my son's lesson before and after.

Sally G. Jun 6, 2015
Drum · In studio

After 30 years I finally decided to learn how to play drums. Kevin clearly knows what he's doing in any genre of drumming! It seemed like every lesson he had a clear/thorough plan, didn't stress me out by teaching to rapidly, or bore me by going to slowly. A very solid teacher.

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Sam K. Jun 6, 2015
Drum · In home

Been trying to get my middle-schooler to practice for a few years now. It's like pulling teeth.

Kevin has somehow broken through to him. Fun lessons. Incredibly useful homework. Couldn't recommend him more.


Lesson Details

Drum

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I offer a comprehensive program that can accommodate any student's specific needs or interests. It is important to me that the student learns to play the drums for the sake of a musical context, rather than focusing on technique. I teach technique as a tool for making music. I aim to teach people how to be musicians first and foremost, and how to be drummers second.

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Experience

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Sep 1999 - Present

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NOTEABLE PERFORMANCES: 2017 Feature on MTV's "Teen Mom" 2017 Sofar sounds (Philly, Brooklyn, DC) 2016 Philly Fringe Festival 2015 Opening act for Lady Lamb 2015 Opening act for Hey Marseilles 2013 Opening act for San Fermin http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com/event/375497-san-fermin-philadelphia/ (w/ Panic Years) 2013 World Music Contest – Kerkrade, Netherlands- “Fab kit playing...” -4barsrest.com 2013 CMJ-Music Marathon 2013 (w/ Panic Years) 2013 Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Series performance of Drumming by Steve Reich 2013 PAS Pennsylvania Day of Percussion- Lancaster, Pennsylvania 2012 World Premier of Bill Cunliffe's Overture, Waltz, and Rondo at Temple Performing Arts Center 2012 Premier recording of Bill Cunliffe's Overture, Waltz, and Rondo (Grammy nominated) 2012 Premier recording of John Mackey's Mass for Percussion Ensemble OTHER EXPERIENCE Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra The Choristers Princeton University Theater Company La Salle University Theater Company Temple University Orchestra Temple University Wind Symphony Alokli Ewe Drum and Dance Ensemble Atlantic Brass Band Philadelphia Wind Symphony Percussive Arts Society Philadelphia Sinfonia (Principal Percussion of the 2008-2009 Season)


Education

Bachelor of Music- Percussion Performance
Jan 2008 - May 2013

Temple University

Jazz Studies
Jun 2007 - Jul 2007

Uarts Pre-College Summer Institute


Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Italian

Limited Proficiency


Awards

Thomas Siwe Scholarship
Nov 2012

PASIC

Orchestra Scholarship
Jun 2008

Upper Moreland High School


Affiliations

Percussive Arts Society, The
Mar 2009
We offer students and professionals opportunities to grow artistically and professionally. Students can learn have a music industry experience through the PAS Internship program or apply to receive a PAS scholarship or grant. Professionals can create new percussion programs or gain recognition through PAS grants and contests. Many individuals have significantly impacted the world of percussion through the Percussive Arts Society and they are recognized in our Hall of Fame and Awards pages.

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