Kyle Norquist

Kyle N.

San Diego, CA

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About

Kyle delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+

Teaching since:
June 2011

*WHY TAKE LESSONS*

Study after study shows that strong music exposure at young ages leads to academic success in all subjects. But the benefits propagate throughout your life - confidence, positive self-esteem, and the knowledge that working hard yields fruit. My job as your teacher is to help you or your young child along this path. It's not a stretch to see that music lessons, where you achieve success by diligent practice, teach patience and discipline.

*WHO I AM*

I'm a recent graduate of the Applied Music Program at San Diego Mesa College and a current senior at San Diego State University majoring in Music Performance. I've been teaching since 2011, and have had a blast teaching students as young as 5 and as "mature" as 65 (their words, not mine!). I specialize in classical guitar technique. So often guitarists are stereotyped as "musically illiterate." You know, the guys who can play a couple chords, but don't read any music except tab and sing out of tune. Not my students! By the time you've had a few lessons with me, you'll be reading music, playing chords, and have a strong foundation to pursue a future in music - should that be your desire. That being said, music is supposed to be fun. We'll be learning, but hopefully I'll do my job so well you won't even realize I've just taught you a bunch of music theory mumbo-jumbo!

*LESSON POLICIES*

We'™re all here for the music. With that in mind, there are a few things we can all do to make sure we have the best experience possible, which I'™ll go through now:

THE THREE P'™s

I promise to be professional, punctual, and prepared. In return, I ask the same from you. The rest of our policies are merely an extension of these three, so if we follow these three p'™s, we'™ll have the most fun!

THE IMPORTANCE OF PRACTICE

For most students, we meet once a week. Six of the seven days of the week, then, it'™s up to you to work on your scales, arpeggios, chords, pieces, and the myriad other parts that make up being a musician. My job as a teacher is to provide guidance; to show you the way I think is the best, to encourage and to push. As a student, your job is to listen, to try, to experiment, and to even fail. Most of this occurs outside of our small time together. Generally, 30 minutes to an hour of practice a day will be enough for younger students. As you improve your skill and technique, you'™ll want to practice even more. Without practice, our precious time together will be spent working on things you would normally be doing during your six days. I don'™t mind playing scales with you (I do like playing scales),“ but wouldn't you rather be jamming?

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Experience

DJ
Jul 2014 - Present
Pirate Radio

As a DJ I take the helm at Pirate Radio, building play lists, talking on-air, manipulating queues, and all sorts of musical wizardry.

Private Instructor
Jan 2012 - Present
Classy Kyle

Private traveling music instructor, particularly experienced with young children. Since beginning my teaching career, I've taught hundreds of lessons and maintain about a dozen regular students at a time. I prepare all of my own teaching materials and tailor them to each student to fit to their individual skills and needs.

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Education

B.M. Music Performance
Sep 2014 - Present
San Diego State University
A.A. Music Studies
Sep 2011 - May 2014
San Diego Mesa College

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Japanese
Professional Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Awards

Second Place - GCCA Music Scholarship Council Competition
Mar 2014
Music Scholarship Council of the Grossmont Community Concert Association

Affiliations

National Association for Music Education
Jun 2014

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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Photos & Videos

Thibaut Losay and I practicing our Lesson for Two Lutes!
A walkthrough on how to play the chromatic scale, one of my favorite warm-ups.
Thibaut Losay and I working through his solo for an upcoming performance!
Photo by Kyle N.

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Professor George Svoboda and Kyle Norquist.

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Guitar Ensemble performance at the Serra Mesa Kearny Mesa Library.
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2 Reviews

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Axelle A. Oct 16, 2014
Guitar · In home

Kyle is my 9 year old son's guitar teacher for several months now. I really appreciate his professionalism, lessons organization and daily work at home. Above all , I am touched by his passion for music and his ability to make my son willing to play and move on.

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Elena J. Feb 22, 2014
Classical Guitar ·

Great class

Kyle is an excellent guitar teacher. He is patient, entertaining, and seems to have all the natural assets of a good teacher.
He is very passionate about guitar and about music in all its aspects, and he clearly takes his job as a teacher very seriously. He was highly professional and very well-prepared for the lesson.

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