Lynn Kelley
Virginia Beach, VA
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Lynn Kelley

Lynn K.

Virginia Beach, VA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Both Scruggs 3 finger Bluegrass & Frailing/Clawhammer styles are fun & challenging! No experience necessary!

About Lynn K.

Whether you are 5, 25, or perhaps 85 years old when you make the decision to enter the world of music, you will be changing your life for the positive.  

Your relationship with music & your chosen instrument is unique &
will be lifelong.  I look forward to sharing your
excitement as we pursue the path to comfort, confidence & the
eventual, inevitable joy you will achieve with your new friend.

*** Lesson Details ***
In a calm, easy going atmosphere you can expect to laugh a bit, as it is called 'playing music', as well as become focused & disciplined to succeed.

You will learn to have an understanding of how to read & play a minimum of 3 songs each month, & will be picking up enough music theory as it applies to your instrument each week to feel confident & inspired to continue on as far as you desire.

We will learn how to 'play well with others' in informal as well as more structured gatherings every few months, with no pressure, only compassion & encouragement.

For those wishing to join in the fun of playing bluegrass music, we will start out with technique exercises, scales, basic melodies & accompaniment patterns to prepare you to learn this unique & exciting style of American music. There are many gatherings in the area called 'Pickin' Parties' that I want to get you ready to participate in as soon as is humanly possible.

If you are one of those brave souls undertaking the lovely but challenging fretless instrument, the violin, my main focus is to get you started with the all the necessary basic techniques - holding the instrument & bow correctly, getting the best possible tone & pitch using efficiency & accuracy, mixed with a great deal of ear training & heart.

Specific songs you'd like to learn? Your reward for accomplishing what I deem necessary on whichever instrument you've chosen will be for us to then listen to & analyze your desired piece, & I will then write it out in either tablature or standard notation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lesson studio contains music stand, tuner, metronome, & there is easy parking in the well-lit front lot.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student must have own instrument & be willing to purchase necessary tools as recommended at their first lesson for their instrument & playing level, such as music stand, tuner, pick, book, strap, etc. at a local music store or online.

*** Specialties ***
Bluegrass, Country, Country Rock, Contemporary Christian, Americana, Ragtime Blues Guitar, Fingerstyle, Flatpick, Accompaniment, Ear Training, Theory, Harmony


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49 Reviews
Jim S.
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Lots of work to do

Posted Aug 12, 2021
Pamela M.
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Lynn was friendly and easy going. She was patient when I asked her to repeat directions and was enthusiastic about how the first lesson went.

Posted Jun 23, 2021
Allison Wilson
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Always learninging something new

Posted Mar 19, 2021
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Lynn has been teaching my children for almost 7 years off and on. She is a great teacher. Knowledgeable, patient, encouraging, friendly... a great person.
My children have done violin, ukulele, guitar, and mandolin, Highly recommended! 💫

Posted Mar 4, 2021
David merker
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Lynn is a great teacher and very patient

Posted Feb 19, 2021
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Great lesson! She is getting me to SLOW down and try using all my fingers. Looking forward to practicing.

Posted Jan 18, 2021
Karl C.
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Very patient with me who has not much instrument experience.

Posted Dec 9, 2020
Nick I.
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Lynn is a master of her craft and has lots of patience.

Posted Nov 5, 2020
Carol H.
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My first lesson was excellent. Lynn began instruction immediately: a passionate musician, experienced and gentle teacher, and a professional with a warm, funny personality.... I look forward to Session Two with excitement!!!

Posted Oct 16, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

For a beginner Good focus on basics. Firm enough delivery to promote the work needed

Posted May 11, 2020
Dave S.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Lynn gets down to basics from the get-go. Starting with tuning and the correct way to hold the banjo, she progresses to proper finger positions and chord structure from fret to fret. By the way, she's also very personable, and seems to enjoy a laugh from time to time.

Posted Feb 27, 2020
Allison Wilson
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I always learn so much and have so much fun

Posted Feb 26, 2020
Gina C.
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lynn is great

Posted Nov 26, 2019
Katherine S.

Just had my first lesson on learning to play the Banjo. Lynn appears to be the perfect teacher for me. She is extremely knowledgeable, yet was able to explain the basics that made sense with my novice understanding, and gave great constructive feedback, as well as encouragement and praise. I look forward to many more lessons with Lynn.

Posted Nov 8, 2019
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Exceptional teacher. Lynn is patient and her passion for music is contagious! I always look forward to each lesson.

Posted Nov 7, 2019
Allison Wilson
Profile-location-online Online

Always learning new things

Posted Sep 17, 2019
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Learning lots ...Lynn is her style..

Posted May 5, 2019

Lynn is a wonderful instructor..

Posted May 5, 2019
Bruce R.
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It was a pleasure meeting Ms. Kelly today. She has a great personality and the lesson flew by. She was patient and her instructions were very helpful. I am looking forward to working with her as I learn to by the Banjo.

Posted Apr 10, 2019
Allison Wilson
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Always fun, always new things to learn!!!!

Posted Feb 25, 2019
Gina C.
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Lynn is a Great Teacher.....

Posted Jan 25, 2019
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Great first lesson!! Looking forward to my next one.

Posted Jan 11, 2019
Allison Wilson
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Always fun

Posted Aug 13, 2018
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Great teacher

Posted Jun 19, 2018
Allison Wilson
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Always constructive criticism and support

Posted May 14, 2018
Allison Wilson
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Learning many new skills each week

Posted Apr 23, 2018
Allison Wilson
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New techniques every week

Posted Mar 12, 2018
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I found Lynn after attempting a few other places. Those folks were interested in helping me learn the banjo - to a point. They were nice enough but I knew I wanted to get further than they were willing to assist. When I met Lynn I quickly learned that she was ready and willing to help a new banjo student. She made it clear that she expected practice and that dedication was the key, and she makes it clear in our lessons, too. She is professional but has a sense of humor (and patience) that helps when things get frustrating (or when I am frustrating). I'm very glad I found her and I intend to learn a lot from her. Thank you, Lynn!

Posted Mar 6, 2018
Allison Wilson
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Able to record this time, should help with practice this week

Posted Feb 26, 2018
Allison Wilson
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Feel like I'm making progress

Posted Feb 19, 2018
Allison Wilson
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Easy going, lots of positive feedback

Posted Feb 15, 2018
Allison Wilson
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Fun and informative

Posted Feb 5, 2018
Kenneth C.
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I like Lynn
I think.she able to teach me what I want to know
Seams she know how to tailor the lesson
To fit.

Posted Nov 16, 2016
Jonathan S.
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My first lesson was today - and I look forward to learning banjo from an experienced teacher!

Posted Oct 29, 2016
Rayna & Brandy C.
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Very patient, knowledgeable, and encouraging!

Posted Mar 17, 2016
Fred T.
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Very skilled teacher. Look forward to lesson 2

Posted Feb 18, 2016
Jen Blake
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Looking forward to next week!

Posted Jan 7, 2016
Harold W.

A great teacher

Lynn is a great teacher. Of many that I have had over the years, she is the best, most knowledgeable, and most fun.

Posted Dec 10, 2013
Linda T.

Why we like our guitar teacher.

Lynn is very understanding and patient when she goes over a lesson. She makes it fun! I would recommend her to anyone who is interested in the guitar.

Posted Feb 8, 2013

Alice would like you to know that she got thru lesson 13 and will practice today but can't make today's lesson.

Posted Jul 26, 2012


lynn is the perfect instructor for me. I can sometimes be stubborn and Lynn with a firm and also gentle approach keeps me on track and challenges me to reach my potential.

Posted Jul 11, 2012

Having fun and learning, too!

Lynn is a fine, patient instructor! She stresss the basics, yet makes it fun. I look forward to each lesson and the songs that we tackle each week. I highly recommend Lynn!Lou Noah

Posted Dec 28, 2011

Andrew Calway

Mrs. Lynn is a fantastic teacher my son loves working with her he has accualy learned a lot in the few short weeks he`s been with her. she`s a great teacher.

Posted Dec 25, 2011

Great learning experience!

Lynn feeds off of you and your learning curve making the learning fun and effective. Very relaxing yet challenging. So far so good; learned allot in a short period of time; highly recommended.

Posted Nov 17, 2011

Lynn is a very good teacher. My daughter really enjoys her lessons with Lynn and feels she is learning more with Lynn than in school, especially in the basics. I would highly recommend Lynn to anyone.

Posted Aug 6, 2011
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Posted Mar 17, 2021
Allison Wilson
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Posted Sep 1, 2020
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Posted Jun 25, 2019
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Posted Nov 17, 2018

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Jan 1967 - Present

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Sep 1974 - Jun 1976

Old Dominion University



Fluent / Native Proficiency

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