Kyle Kniceley

Kyle K.

Medina, OH
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Music Recording

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

The home studio is becoming a musicians must. As a professional composer I've learned how to be 100% self sufficient. I'll show you how to produce a great recording! You must know the ins and outs of the basics. I've been an audio engineer for 15+ years and I'll show you how to achieve great sound right away. Compression, EQ, panning, etc.

I specialize in using Ableton Live's recording software, but can work with any DAW.

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About

Kyle passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
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

TakeLessons.com Instructor since 2012, Kyle K. is now available for online lessons worldwide featuring a screen sharing experience like no other for personal and detailed instruction!

Kyle has been playing guitar for over 25 years, written hundreds of songs and is currently a professional composer and sound designer for television and Hollywood movie trailers. Credits include all major networks and shows like American Idol, NFL games and movies like Jurassic Park and Independence Day. He has developed his own method of teaching to positively build on the student's strengths, dexterity, ear-training, natural technique, memorization and creativity.

The goal is to always design lessons around you as an individual to help you reach your goals as an artist and musician. Whether it's guitar, bass, songwriting or production this method is used to maximize results!

A word from Kyle K:
"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 all around me 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 12 years. I quickly learned how fast I could improve if I simply kept playing with focus. 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 over the years. We played countless shows and released a few albums. Now I write and produce music and sound design daily for TV, Film and Trailers for companies like Disney, Universal, MTV, NFL and many more.

I started teaching 11 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 a fully operational Digital Recording Studio and dedicated lesson room. Gaining real world playing experience with current technology is a definite advantage over traditional lessons. This also allows the student to capture ideas when songwriting and provides a unique playing experience. 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.

*** 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, etc.) the style teaching will be adjusted to fit. It's all about YOUR goals and needs.

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!

*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 music is desired.
*You will be given everything you'll need to succeed including custom made drums and songs to play with so you can improve at home.

Let's start learning and improving today!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender Telecaster
Fender J Bass
Schecter 7 String
Schecter 6 string Hellraiser
Italia Modena Electric gtr
Danelectro U2
Peavey T60
Seagull Acoustic
Saxophone
Tambourine
Egg shaker
Line 6 Spider amp
Vox Valvetronix amp
Novation X-station
KRK Rokit monitors
Alesis monitors
Presonus monitor station
Shure SM57
GT55 Condenser
Ableton Live Suite 9
Guitar Rig 5
Superior Drummer
Dozens of Virtual Instruments
Music stand
Guitar stands
Mic stands

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

*** Specialties ***
*Instruments: Guitar & Bass -Rock, Blues, Metal, Indy, Folk and Americana styles.
*Production: Ableton Live, Recording, Mixing, Mastering, Programming, Virtual Inst, MIDI, Production, Sound Design.
*General Music: Theory, Songwriting, Producing.

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Experience

Sound Designer for TV & Trailers
Feb 2014 - Present
Freelance

I create original sound design all with Ableton Live for several big trailer and tv publishers. My credits include: Alien Covenant, Independence Day, Blair Witch and Finest Hours to name a few.

Guitar Player
Jan 2014 - Present
Infalling

Huge slammin Metal band playing live shows and releasing international albums.

Professional TV/Film Movie Trailer Composer
Feb 2011 - Present
Freelance

I compose music for TV, Film and Trailers. The many genres/styles include rock, metal, industrial, indie, folk, blues, dance, techno, orchestral and hybrids combining genres.
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 and Production Educator
Jan 2008 - Present
All Things Music LLC

I have been teaching and tutoring now for over 10 years. I find it extremely rewarding, challenging and tons of fun!
Sharing knowledge and passion for music is one of the greatest things I can do for others.

Guitar player
Jan 2004 - Oct 2011
L.O.D.

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.


Education

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

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

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.

Affiliations

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

Hanging in the studio!

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8 year old Jimmy playing Neil Young's "Old Man".  I'm extremely proud of him!
Performing live with my band.

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My studio assistant.  :-)

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Jimmy work on his songs

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Photo by Kyle K.

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Photo by Kyle K.

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Recent album of sound design for Movie Trailers released by Gothic Storm's Toolworks label.

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A solo album of tension music for television released by Position Music.
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30 Reviews

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Lianne L. Sep 2, 2019
Ableton · Online

Kyle is an excellent teacher. My son learned so much from him and loves his lessons. He is very knowledgeable, patient and kind.

John Apr 1, 2019
Ableton · Online

Kyle K has a unique teaching style. His Ableton Live knowledge has no bounds. In just five lessons he talked me through most of my usual brain-fog to help me understand, in the simplest terms, how to use Live to record music and use Midi to enhance your work. Super, Super man, Kyle is. I highly recommend Kyle if you need a teacher. John G.

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John Mar 18, 2019
Ableton · Online

Kyle employs an interactive teaching style that a total beginner like me needs to begin to understand how Ableton works.

John Mar 15, 2019
Ableton · Online

Kyle is a patient instructor. That's what I need.

Paula D. May 11, 2018
Songwriting · Online

Kyle is very informative, knowledgeable about the subject, patient, and supportive, and he has a wonderful sense of humor! I am learning a lot in my songwriting lessons and gaining much more self-confidence. Definitely several points above average!

Ray May 9, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Kyle is a great teacher and takes the time to understand where you’re starting from and where you want to go. He is very patient and his studio has a relaxed atmosphere that is conducive to learning. Kyle is a great listener and there’s no pressure regardless of your skill level. No one could be more of a beginner than me and I feel like I’ve come a long way in a short amount of time. I would highly recommend him for both beginners and the more experienced alike.

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Paula D. Apr 20, 2018
Songwriting · Online

Kyle is very knowledgeable, informative, patient, and creative in his teaching style. I am learning a lot about how to write good songs, and my self-confidence with this is improving. And I am just a beginning songwriter! Definitely several points above average.

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Paula D. Mar 16, 2018
Songwriting · Online

Kyle is a very patient and knowledgeable teacher. I am learning things I never knew before about songwriting and developing more hope and self-confidence. Definitely several points above average!

Leon C. Mar 12, 2018
Guitar · Online

Kyle is a really cool teacher. He takes what you know, helps you to build off it & helps you Improve on it. He gets you to really think about things that you are playing.

Leon C. Mar 12, 2018
Guitar · Online

Gary Feb 13, 2018
Guitar · Online

Kyle gave me a great perspective on modes. Great lesson.

Paula D. Feb 2, 2018
Songwriting · Online

This was a great first lesson with Kyle. He was very informative and inspiring and patient with me and gave me a lot of good ideas on how I can learn to write good songs. Definitely several points above average!

Billy D. Jan 8, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Loved it, thanks Kyle!

Ondrej C. Jan 5, 2018
Guitar · Online

Kyle is a great guitar teacher. He understands the theory as well as the mechanics of playing well. After I started taking lessons from him, I started to make consistent progress in my guitar playing, week after week. Before I started I could only play the most common open chords, and after a few months I can now play most bar chords, scales, how to find chords for the given key, transposing songs, and overall I understand the fretboard a lot better. We also work on arpeggiating, rhythm and other skills. I can recommend Kyle to anyone who wants to improve their guitar playing.

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Dasheonna A. Jul 8, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Kyle is an amazing guitar coach!! He is patient, flexible, and extremely knowledgeable on all things music. It amazes me that he can listen to a track once and immediately know exactly how to play it. I have come so far since I began training with him. I would highly recommend Kyle to anyone interested in learning music, regardless of skill level.

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Ed V. Jun 20, 2017
Guitar · Online

Ed V - Yuma AZ Jun 11, 2017
Guitar · Online

Kyle is great! I've invested in guitar lessons more than once but never found an instructor that could "make it all fit together." Kyle is patient and has the ability to explain the essential skills you need. Look no further - You will really enjoy lessons with Kyle.

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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 ·

AWESOME INSTRUCTOR!

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 ·

BEST GUITAR INSTRUCTOR I EVER HAD!!!!

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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