My teaching approach: When I started taking lessons at the age of 9, my teachers only wanted to teach me songs and music that THEY liked and I almost quit because of it. As a result, I am dedicated to teaching my students the music that THEY love and I use that music to help them understand the fundamentals of music theory and guitar technique. My belief is that music has to be fun as well as educational. I am currently offering online lessons only. You can learn from the comfort of your own home with one-on-one live video lessons! Guitar Techniques: Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Song Writing, Recording and Production, Guidance In Equipment Selection, Slide Guitar, Fingerstyle, Open tuning, Rhythm guitar, Lead guitar
I always remember how excited I felt when I was first learning to play my favorite songs and I love to help share that feeling with others. I've watched many of my students grow to be fine musicians and I'm proud of all of them.
Kevy is very knowledgeable with lots of fun stories. He’s a great teacher and an amazing musician with heart.
Kevin is very thorough, but also has a spectacular way of not making things too complex. It’s not a one size fits all approach. He will break things down into bite sized pieces you can handle and as he gets to know you teach you in a way that fits your learning style. I would highly recommend him to a player of any skill level
I've never had live video lessons with Kevin, but learning guitar from him through face-to-face sessions and knowing his personality I am sure his live video lessons are great! Kevin lives for music. He meets people at the level they are at, whether just beginning or been playing for years, and helps them progress. He makes music fun! When I was first learning guitar, he helped me put together a Christmas tape and cds in which he played various back-up roles (even a kazoo!). He also put on a concert for all his students to perform their favorite songs that they had been learning. He teaches the fundamentals of guitar while making it a ton of fun. Overall, he is a great teacher no matter what the age or skill level!
Kevy Nova was my guitar teacher for many years, and I owe everything I have learned to him. He not only has an incredible amount of knowledge about the technical aspects of music but also a deep understanding of the history of modern music and helped me fuel my passion for rock n' roll. Kevin didn't just simply teach me how to play a guitar, he taught me how to speak with one.
Every one of my students is unique so I like to tailor our lessons to suit their own goals, tastes, abilities and personality. I start by learning who their favorite artists are and why they want to learn to play. Once I get to know these things about them, I start teaching them what they need to know in order to reach their goals as quickly as possible. I don't use text books for this very reason. I want to help guide each student on their own personal musical journey.
Most of my musical education comes from a lifetime of experience. I was raised in a musical family and was given musical toys by my parents since I was a baby. Before I started school, I began picking out TV show themes on my toy instruments. I started violin classes at age 7 and guitar lessons at 9. I began performing professionally at the age of 16. Most of my teen years were spent learning songs from my parents '60s & '70s record collection but then I got into '80s and '90s music on my own. I then went back to the music of the '50s, '40s, '30s and so on, studying early Rock & Roll, Blues, Country, Pop, Classical, Reggae, and more. I've played professionally in Rock, Blues, Country and Alternative bands.
I have taught all ages and many different styles. My students have been anywhere from 5 to 70 years old! In addition to private lessons, I've been a music teacher at four different schools and one summer camp and also used to teach ukulele classes through the city Parks & Rec department before moving.
I have recently reconnected through facebook with many of my former students who are now adults and working in the music/entertainment business. Some have become stage performers, others have become recording artists but it is wonderful for me to see that they are still making music all these years later. I remember starting with some of them when they were as young as 5 years old and now they are in their 20s and living the dream!
My advice would be to find a teacher who is flexible and interested in learning as much about the student as the student is interested in learning about the instrument. Music is a very personal thing so find a teacher who can teach you the styles that you love, and not necessarily the styles that the teacher loves.
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