Kevin Silveira

Kevin S.

San Leandro, CA

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About

Kevin delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7 to 40

Teaching since:
January 1998

I love sharing my passion for music with my students. They describe me as a Fun, Patient, Punctual, and Organized teacher.

I hold a B.A. degrees in Music and Spanish from San Jose State University, and have 15 years experience in teaching and performing.

My musical palette encompasses Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Symphonic, Opera, Reggae, Funk, Rock, R&B.

I am very fortunate to have shared the stage with many masters in the Jazz and Afro-Cuban/Salsa scenes, notably: Karl Perazzo and Jeff Cressman (of Santana), Louie Romero (Hector Lavoe and Wille Colon) Wayne Wallace (Wayne Wallace Quintet) the famous salsa vocalist Tito Nieves, Cuban-born vocalist Fito Reinoso,
legendary Bolivian charango player Eddy Navia, Bolivian guitarist Gabriel Navia, Eric Rangel y su Orquesta America, Julio Bravo y su Orquesta Salsabor, and the Pacific Mambo Orchestra.

Besides music, I enjoy salsa dancing. I have been dancing for ten years and have been teaching salsa dancing for three years. I also believe in furthering my communication skills. I belong to my local public speaking Toastmaster club for 2 years. I also enjoy art very much and have been drawing as a hobby for three years.


*** Lesson Details ***
My first belief is that music lessons should be fun and help foster self esteem as well as self confidence in musical expression. I believe in a safe and encouraging learning environment filled with curiosity, exploration, and laughter.

During the lessons I concentrate the building blocks of musicianship as we switch off from accompanist and lead roles in the musical examples in the lesson books. I also focus on music theory by discussing chord / scale relationships and how to apply them to improvisation or composition. I also stress students be able to vocalize what they play to help with their ear-training.

I strongly believe in student performances. I prepare my students to perform in recitals, performance groups, as well as auditions and entrance exams.

Buying instruments can be very confusing. I go the extra mile to help my students buy the right instrument and accessories by accompanying them to the music store and offer my feedback. Parents and students feel they've made the right choice after careful thought goes into the purchase of their instruments.

Whether you just want to play in a band or major in music, you can learn how to enjoy playing music and build your confidence on your instrument at your own pace.


*** Studio Equipment ***
Baby Grand Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Double Bass, Bass Guitar, Amplifier, Music Stands, Stereo System, 1/4 Inch Cables, Tuners, Method Books: Piano, Guitar, Bass, Comfortable Seating Area for Parents, Table, TV


*** Specialties ***
Afro-Cuban, Jazz, Brazilian, Rock, Classical.

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Experience

Instructor
Jan 1995 - Present
Instructor

I've been teaching for 19 years. My students describe me as a very patient and easy-going teacher/mentor. I have a wide range of areas in which I teach, and I enjoy sharing my knowledge with my students.

Education

BA Music, Spanish
Sep 1995 - May 2002
SJSU

Languages

English, Spanish
Professional Proficiency

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4 Reviews

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George E. Oct 30, 2014
Guitar · In studio

Kevin is a great teacher. He is patient, punctual, and highly knowledgeable. He teaches technique, and offers tips on how to improve. He teaches the theory behind the notes. I highly recommend him.

Kyrie S. Sep 7, 2013
Piano ·

great features

My 7 year old daughter wanted to play the piano since 5, so we finely got her lessons elsewhere at 6. She was so excited!.. but after a year it got boring and wasn't learning much. Then we found Kevin!.. He made learning music very easy and fun for her. Now, she is always practicing and trying to make her own music notes, as well as learning theory of music. Kevin is very welcoming and is great with my daughter. She loves him!..
He is also very knowledgeable and passionate about music and plays multiple instruments. We're very happy and satisfy with him.

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Eugene W. H. Sep 6, 2013
Piano ·

Beginning Piano

Kevin is teaching me beginning Piano .
After being away from Piano for almost 30 years(since college),his patience and knowledge is making the instrument fun and challenging to learn again without all of the confusion that comes with a classroom experience .

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Eugene W. H. Sep 6, 2013
Guitar ·

Beginning Guitar

Kevin is teaching me guitar from scratch and consequently is being very patient with me .
I have played rhythm guitar in the past but we're talking over 40 years ago and I never had any formal training on guitar, so he's breaking a lot of my bad habits in technique and training my ears to hear individual notes and patterns of notes and in time hopefully full songs .

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