McMusic Lessons & Performances

McMusic Lessons & Performances

5.0 (3)
17 hires on Lessons.com
2 employees
14 years in business

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Crestwood, IL 60445
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3 Reviews

5.0

  • Joe Morey

    Kevin is very detailed developing my fundamentals so I can enjoy better long term performance!

  • Dwight Declouette

    Exceptional learning experience to date as an adult beginner. Applies a great balance between performance and theory to accelerate the learning process. Great virtual teaching / communication skills.

  • Ken Noth

    Kevin has a very laid back and patient approach. He always includes some music theory in the lessons as well.




FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

No payment information is required to register. This simply provides a time and date of contact to prioritize customers in order of registration. The instructors contact customers within 24 hours of registration to discuss musical goals, enrollment options, and availability. After setting a schedule, customers receive an invoiced quote with options to make payment and book the availability discussed. 


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

The instructors at McMusic Lessons & Performances are classically trained, but also has extensive experience playing, writing, and teaching in all styles. As a music theorist, majoring in musical composition, the teachers actively study, write, and perform jazz, blues, funk, rock, fusion, bluegrass, folk, country, reggae, alternative and more. 

Kevin McClain received his associates of arts at Moraine Valley Community College and was recommended to DePaul university's School of Music in 2009. "My degree was left unfinished to take an opertuninty to teach in Fort Bragg, NC, being that my wife was being stationed there in 2012. We returned to the Chicagoland area to continue pursuing a musical education in 2018"


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Rates are based on the amount of lesson time purchased with options to pay as you go or save with extended enrollment plans outlined on our main website. Register for a phone consultation to recieve a quote based on the details of your request. 

Pay-as-you-go enrollment $60/ HR / single lesson or $35 / 0.5HR / single lesson

1 month enrollment: $55 / HR / WK or $33 / 0.5 HR / WK 

2 months enrollment: $50 / HR / WK or $30 / 0.5 HR / WK 

3 Months Enrollment $48 / HR / WK or $28 / 0.5 HR / WK 

4 Months Enrollment $45 / HR / WK or $25 / 0.5 HR / WK 


How did you get started teaching?

McMusic Lessons & Performances was established by musician, composer, and teacher, Kevin McClain in 2008. "I've been playing music ever since I can remember. Playing by ear in my earlier years and growing up on the music of Frank Zappa, Led Zepplin, and the Doors, I started to love sharing my discoveries with friends and family. As I matured musically, I played music in various amateur bands all through grade school and High School and began expanding my interests to jazz, classical, bluegrass, folk, and just about any new style I could find. By the time I was ready for college, I was fascinated with theory and composition. I Majored in composition, while I focused on techniques on the classical guitar, jazz guitar, piano, violin, and flute. I moved to Fort Bragg, North Carolina in 2012 to support my wife and her commitment to the US Military. I began providing music lessons to my students in Chicago and all of the United States with remote learning on Skype and other various applications. I moved back to Chicago in 2018, residing in Palos Hills. I recently relocated McMusic Lessons & Performances to Crestwood, Illinois in 2021. McMusic Lessons & Performances now provides guitar and piano lessons to any location with in-studio, house call, or online music lessons. 


What types of students have you worked with?

Most of my students are beginning level children but I have had experience teaching all ages as young as 3 and as old as 95. I have tutored college level students in theory I - IV. As a composer, I am well versed in analyzing any style of music. I have experience teaching and performing rock, alternative, classical, jazz, jam-band, improvisation, country, bluegrass, and folk.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I love performing. Most recent performance required a classical guitar performance at a wedding and classic rock cover band performance at the reception.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Theory is just as, and sometimes more, important than pattern recognition. Pattern recognition is only one skill among many. Be sure to focus on ear training, spatial orientation, and thinking intervalically in addition to pattern recognition and memorization. 


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Time and effort produces results. Make sure you have both to experience progress. Be patient with exercises and songs. Rushing only creates bad habits that will impede progress.