Kevy Nova Guitar/Bass/Ukulele Live Video Lessons
Hello There! My name is Kevin but I go by Kevy Nova. I’ve been playing guitar, drums, bass and ukulele professionally for 34 years and teaching for 30. I love helping students of all ages reach their musical goals. Every student is different so I come up with lesson plans that are unique to each one. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
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.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
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.
What types of students have you worked with?
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 also taught an after-school musical theater program for 12 years.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
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!
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
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.