I am a young piano teacher with a lot of flexibility and adaptability. I create a unique curriculum for each student based on their interests and musical tastes. I am enthusiastic about music theory, improvisation, composition, playing by ear, and organic learning methods. My interests span genres from classical to jazz to rock to blues, pop, and world music.
I have been teaching for over a year at Chanson Voice and Music Academy. I have a B.A. in Music from the U of MN.
I have a website with more information about me and my lessons: <paulkinkade.com/lessons>. Also check out my profile at the school I teach at: <chansonvoicestudios.com/paul>
I love sitting at the piano and talking about music, so piano lessons are naturally fun for me. I love making other people feel empowered to play music and come to confidence and fluency on the instrument just like I have. I enjoy making people feel like musicians and enabling them to play music that is compelling and beautiful.
Paul is great! He's a super kind, skilled teacher that knows what he's talking about and works hard to make the lesson about your interest and skills. Working with Paul, I feel like not only have I become a better piano player but I've learned a lot about music, practicing, and skills that I will take with me. 100% recommend taking lessons with Paul!
Paul is an excellent piano instructor for individual lessons. He has a wealth of knowledge in music theory as well as in practice. He is very friendly and keeps practice fun by integrating music from the area of study into practice. If you are looking for a comprehensive teacher who will really get down to the how and why of the practice material as well as getting into jamming and improvisation, Paul is the right instructor for you.
When a student comes in, I'm interested in hearing what type of music they like to listen to, and what music has moved them in the past. I ask what their goals are for the piano and how they imagine themselves playing down the road in order to decide what to teach them. I like to get them making music from day one.
I have played the piano since preschool, have taken private music lessons on multiple instruments throughout high school, and recieved a B.A. in Music from the University of Minnesota.
My standard prices are $30 per half-hour, $37 per 45-min, and $45 per hour for in-studio lessons.
I got started teaching when I was hired at Chanson Voice and Music Academy in Minneapolis.
I have worked with all different types of students, but the best fits are the ones who are interested in composition, improvisation, music theory, jazz, and creative music.
A new student came in and I had him work on some music that he thought would be out of his skill level, but he found that it was simpler than he thought and felt encouraged and empowered when he was able to figure it out.
It's great if you can find a video or recording of them playing so you know what they sound like!
The most important thing to think about is what your goals are for your playing. Do you have a mental image of yourself playing at your dream skill level? What kind of music will you be playing? In what setting? With other musicians, or alone? This will help your teacher know what to teach you. Also think about what kind of music you like to listen to the most, and what some of the best music-listening experiences you've had have been.
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