- Teaches students:
- Ages 5 to 95 and special needs
- Teaching since:
Raleigh K. is a guitarist, songwriter, and teacher from Chicago whose love and serious passion for music began early with playing piano, continuing throughout high school as a guitarist in jazz band and then beginning professionally by performing in the vibrant local Chicago blues scene. This led to studying instrumental performance at Columbia College Chicago with renowned guitar instructor Bill Boris. While studying at Columbia he also privately studied jazz performance with saxophonist Roy McGrath and also chord theory with David Bloom of the Bloom School of Jazz. While attending Columbia he was personally invited to tour and teach with the Blues Kids of America Foundation by Blues Kids founder and Blues Hall of Famer, Fernando Jones.
As an instructor with Blues Kids he has taught and performed at the Fender Center in California, House of Blues in Disneyland, University of California Irvine and many other camps across the country helping young musicians learn how to work together in an ensemble and perform. With his own progressive rock band Giantess and other local Chicago funk-jazz bands such as Waxworks, Sunny Apollo, and Friends of the Program he has performed regularly at venues like Buddy Guy’s Legends, Kingston Mines, Navy Pier, Tonic Room, Moe’s Tavern, Elbo Room, Reggie’s Rock Club and the House of Blues as well as performing all three days at the 2013 Chicago Blues Fest. In recent years, he has been an extremely active teacher around the Chicago-land area both in the city and the western suburbs as a private guitar, bass, and keyboard instructor as well as an ensemble director for Stonegrove Guitar, School of Rock Oak Park & DuPage, and also Flatts & Sharpe Music Company in Rogers Park & Norwood Park. As both a private instructor and ensemble director, he focuses on helping students build a relationship with music through a variety of teaching methods including a classical approach of learning by sight reading if needed, as well as incorporating learning popular music styles and any type of songs for a well-rounded music education experience that helps students start playing right away. Most recently, Raleigh has just returned to Chicago from a six month composition apprenticeship with Berlin-based composer and acclaimed guitarist, Markus Reuter. During the six months, he studied complex practice techniques for multiple instruments as well as an intensive course in generative composition and modern improvisational theory.
Raleigh is great with kids - my 7 year old daughter said her lesson was fun! She is going to learn a lot from him. Raleigh's music background is impressive and he kept the pace of the lesson challenging, but not overwhelming.