McMusic Lessons & Performances

McMusic Lessons & Performances

5.0 (2)
10 hires on
13 years in business

About this pro

   Hi, Kevin McClain of McMusic Lessons & Performances here. We provide guitar and piano lessons on a pay-as-you-go basis with options to prepay for discounted rates. Beginning to advanced music lessons are available for children and adults with options to learn in-studio, at home, or online. House calls are available to surrounding locations for an additional service charges but are currently unavailable due to limited availability. Remote learning avialable to any location with additional discounts. Contact us to discuss musical goals, enrollment options, and schedule a pay as you go lesson to try out befor commiting to discounted prepaid enrollment for additional savings. Phone support will be provided to help with setup on Skype for those interested in remote learning.

   McMusic Lessons & Performances strives to inspire a deeper understanding of music through theoretical studies and application to practice and creativity. This provides for an understanding of form and function in addition to pattern recongnition and memorization. Students develope skills and awareness to explore music and creativity beyond the music lesson. All students learn to read and write music, play by ear, and improvise at any age. 

   The music lessons focuses on theory, exercises, and songs of interest. As a student of theory and composition, i write and perform music in many different styles and genres. You can find reviews and examples of the teachers works & performances on any of the social media links below located on the profile. They've also been listed below for your convenience.

Teaching music allows me to share music on a different level from writing and performing.

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Crestwood, IL 60418
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2 Reviews


  • 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.

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

Registration requires no payment information. This simply provides a time and date of contact to prioritize customers on a first-come first-serve basis. The teacher contacts 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 in order to book the time slot and guaranteed availability. 

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

The instructor at McMusic Lessons & Performances is classically trained, but also has extensive experience playing, writing, and teaching in all styles. As a music theorist, majoring in musical composition, the teacher actively studies, writes, and performs jazz, blues, funk, rock, fusion, bluegrass, folk, country, reggae, alternative and more. 

I received my 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 being that my wife was being stationed there in 2012. I returned the Chicagoland area to continue pursuing my 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 and the location of the lesson. 

Remote Learning

1. Quarterly prepaid enrollment - $40 / HR or $23/ 0.5 HR

2. Monthly prepaid enrollment -  $45 / HR or $25 / 0.5 HR 

3. Pay-as-you-go enrollment -  $50 / HR or $28 / 0.5 HR

Video chat music lessons include phone support to assist with set-up.

In studio lessons

1. Quarterly prepaid enrollment - $45/ HR or $25/ 0.5 HR

2. Monthly prepaid enrollment -  $50 / HR or $28 / 0.5 HR 

3. Pay-as-you-go enrollment -  $55 / HR or $30 / 0.5 HR

How did you get started teaching?

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 established McMusic Lessons & Performances in 2008

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.