Kyle Kniceley

Kyle K.

Cleveland, OH
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Kyle delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+ and special needs

Teaching since:
August 2006

I love music! To me, it's a way of life. From listening to playing to writing and of course teaching. I grew up with music at school and home. My dad was a piano player and teacher so music has been a part of my life since day one and I want to share what I have learned. Everyone has a unique musical talent and I enjoy helping them find it. I believe that anyone can be an excellent musician. Playing an instrument should be a fun and creative adventure. Whether it's strumming at home, playing out in the clubs, or writing the next big hit, I will do my best to get you there!

My musical life began when I was in 5th grade and my dad bought me a saxophone, which I played for over 10 years. I quickly learned how fast I could improve if I simply kept playing. When I hit my teen years I fell in love with rock music and mowed enough lawns to buy my first guitar. I jammed and wrote songs with many other musicians and several bands. We played countless shows and released a few albums. Now I write music for TV, Film, Video Games, and other media outlets and I'm having a blast!

I started teaching 7 years ago and found that it is one of my favorite things to do. Helping others grow into great musicians is rewarding and fun. I've learned that from grade school to retirement, each student is a unique and special individual. My lessons reflect that fact so that we can reach all your goals together. *My personal goal is to get my students to understand and write music that will stay with them and encourage them to continue.

All lessons take place in my fully operational Digital Recording Studio and dedicated lesson room. Gaining real world playing experience through technology is a definite advantage over traditional lessons. This also allows us to capture ideas when songwriting and provides a unique practice experience.

*** Lesson Details ***
Everyone is different, and every lesson should be suited to fit the individual.

Depending on the type of lessons (guitar, bass, music production, theory) the style teaching will be very different. It's all about YOUR goals and needs. I will get you to where you want to go!

Each student is going to receive lessons based on their preferences of genre and style of music they desire to play. I expect my students to practice regularly and have a good time as their abilities and knowledge grow. By working together, we can focus on goals and problem solving to get you to the next level of play. Most importantly, we are going to have a blast while we learn to play music!

Imagine looking back years down the line, listening to something you wrote and hearing the improvements and your own personal music history. That's what writing and recording as you learn is all about.

*We'll start slow and build your knowledge base with each lesson.
*You can expect to understand what you are playing AND be able to Write Your Own Songs.
*You will be given everything you'll need to succeed.

I have several reference books, videos, and charts; plus I can show you smart phone apps and websites that will help you learn and practice! We will learn songs, write songs, and record songs. I provide jam tracks for all my students to play along too and offer to record their own music for the same purpose. We also keep a running journal that we use each week. This allows the student to look back, see improvement and be encouraged to continue!

Within 6 months you can expect to understand how songs are built (including chords and scales), be able to play several, and feel comfortable with trying your own skills as a songwriter or guitar player.

Let's start playing!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Comfortable and fully operational Digital Recording home studio & music room w/ recording capabilities, computer, keyboard, amps, books, videos, various guitars and bass, tons of music to listen to and study, FREE Wifi and seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not travel. My studio is the #1 advantage for learning!

*** Specialties ***
*Instruments: Rock, Blues, Metal, Indy, Folk and Acoustic styles.
*Production: Recording, Mixing, Mastering, Programming.
*General Music: Theory, Songwriting, Producing.

I personalize all my lessons for the students needs and interests. I use several different reference materials including: The Ultimate First Guitar Book, The Guitar Handbook, Shredding Guitar, Guitar Solo Strategies, and more. All my students learn theory and how to use it in song play and songwriting. I have them write short songs, record them, and finally use those songs to jam out their scales and use theory.

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Sound Designer
Feb 2014 - Present

I do sound design for several trailer music and tv publishers. My credits include: Alien Covenant, Independence Day, Blair Witch and Finest Hours to name a few.

Guitar Player
Jan 2014 - Present

Huge slammin Metal band.

Professional TV/Film Movie Trailer Composer
Feb 2011 - Present

I compose music for TV, Film and Trailers. The many genres/styles include rock, metal, industrial, indie, folk, blues, dance, techno, orchestral, etc.
I use my knowledge and skills I've acquired over the years daily.
If I know it, I can share and teach it!
My music has been featured on NBC, FOX, CBS, NFL, MTV and Discovery and many more.

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Music Instructor
Jan 2008 - Present
Private Studio

I have been teaching and tutoring now for over 7 years. I find it extremely rewarding, challenging and tons of fun!
Sharing knowledge and passion for music is one of the greatest things anyone can do in my book. As a teacher as I always learning and that's one of the best things.

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Guitar player
Jan 2004 - Oct 2011

I was one of the guitar players in a touring metal band for 7 years. This gave me valuable experience has a musician, band mate and performer.


Audio Engineering
Jan 1998 - May 1998
Recording Workshop
College Prep/Liberal Arts
Aug 1990 - Sep 1996
Open Door Schools


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Audio Engineering
Dec 1998
Recording Workshop

The Recording Engineering and Music Production Program.

Broadcast Journalism School
Apr 1998
The Leadership Institute

Preparation for leadership in the public policy process in Washington D.C.


Broadcast Music Inc.
Feb 2011

One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

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Photos & Videos

8 year old Jimmy playing Neil Young's "Old Man".  I'm extremely proud of him!
Hanging in the studio!  :-)

Performing live with my band.

My studio assistant.  :-)

Photo by Kyle K.

Photo by Kyle K.


13 Reviews

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Krystal B. Nov 11, 2016
Guitar · In studio

So far I can tell that taking lessons with Kyle is going to be great. He explains things in a way that is easy to understand, gives you things to work on, and doesn't mind going over something again. You feel comfortable, and work at a pace that makes sense for you. He is also a really funny & down to Earth guy.

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Dominic Aug 10, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Kyle has a great musical background and is an excellent teacher. Would recommend to any skill level player.

Dana Jun 4, 2016
Bass Guitar · Online

Kyle is awesome. Does a great job of breaking things down into understandable pieces. Appreciate his patience as well.

Dana Jun 4, 2016
Bass Guitar · Online

Kyle is awesome. Does a great job of breaking things down into understandable pieces. Appreciate his patience as well.

William W. Mar 11, 2016
Bass Guitar · Online

Kyle is great, good since of humor and takes the time needed to explain anything you need!!

John L. Mar 2, 2016
· In studio

He is a vey passionate teacher.

Ray D. Oct 31, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Kyle is a music writer and he can help players of all skill levels become better musicians. He'll take what you know and adapt a personalized lesson for you. Just getting to know Kyle, I can tell he is pationate about teaching music. If you are as passionate about learning and becoming more skilled, Kyle can help you achieve your goals.

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Izzy Sep 28, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio

Very friendly, Got to know my son and what his interests were for playing Bass as well as what he already had learned. Asked the direction of his music and what he liked. Gave him some basic things to start the juices of music flowing. 2nd lesson was amazing because Kyle started applying what he taught my son as well as jamming with drum beats and guitar to give my son a real feel to playing and learning to apply what he was taught.

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Josh W. Aug 24, 2015
Guitar · In studio

First lesson with Kyle. So far so great! Kyle is very friendly and accommodating. He has already given my 11 year old son things to work on for the next week.

Ryan B. Sep 24, 2014
Guitar · In studio

Kyle is a fantastic guitar teacher! He takes the time to show you how to play guitar with good fundamentals, and teaches you a little bit of music theory along the way without making it complicated. I tried learning on my own using online TABs and Youtube videos and a game called Rocksmith. This was a good start, but eventually I hit a wall and wasn’t really progressing. Kyle has really helped me develop my skills. We went over all the basics like how to hold a pick, how to hold the guitar, how to play single notes vs. chords, palm muting and alternate picking. I was missing all of this technique before and I was actually making playing the guitar more difficult than it needed to be! Kyle explained it all in a very easy to understand way and gives you as much detail as you need. I like lots of detail, so we went over everything! He knows a lot of little tips and tricks from playing as long as he has and this is the kind of priceless information you can't get elsewhere. He's very easy to talk to and has a breadth of knowledge on all kinds of music. We normally geek out about anything from Jimi Hendrix to 90’s music to more modern music and everything in between. I can’t say enough about how knowledgeable he is – highly recommended!

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Nicholle M. Feb 7, 2014
Guitar ·


Kyle is always friendly, patient and his enthusiasm for music is contagious. He does a fantastic job of keeping lessons fresh and fun. He has an extensive knowledge of musical theory and does a wonderful job of explaining it in terms that I am able to understand. I highly recommend Kyle as an instructor to anyone interested in learning and having fun.

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Paul M. Jan 13, 2014
Guitar ·

Great teacher!

I have been receiving lessons from Kyle for several months now and I am very impressed with his musical knowledge and his professionalism. Under his instruction, I have made gray progress on the guitar and my understanding of musical theory. Kyle is a very friendly and patient teacher as well. Highly recommended!

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Nick K. Jan 11, 2014
Guitar ·


I have had a handful of guitar instructors before I came to Kyle. I have been playing guitar for probably 6 years on and off. I had a hard time sticking with it because my other instructors bored me to death and I just couldn't learn the way they taught. With Kyle though it is totally different. I have been taking lessons from him for I think over a year now and have made tons of progress. Given I already knew basics, I relearned pretty fast, but Kyle has a unique way of teaching that just works great. He teaches everyone different and does whatever he can to keep his students excited about music. Kyle has a very chilled personality and is a fun guy to be around. I would very highly recommend Kyle to anyone who is trying to learn Guitar or bass guitar.

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