"Were it left to artists to choose titles most would choose none." - Julia Cameron author "The Artist's Way"
Music, and all art in essence, is all about communication - with your audience and with other artists. What's that mean when you're just starting out? It means that your approach to music should involve learning what the other musicians in your band are doing. For example, what sort of chords should you play on guitar if your bass player is playing a funky slap line?
I'm a graduate of Berklee College of Music and a multi instrumentalist. Coming from a musical family (you may have even heard of my grandfather), I spent my youth excelling at classical piano. I was introduced to contemporary music at college and began learning jazz. The Fender Rhodes became my musical weapon of choice, and soul/funk/jazz fusion my sound. Over the years, I've played in many bands of various genre, toured out of Nashville, and recorded an album. Through it all, I've learned that the key ingredient is knowing how to speak the languages of music - you didn't know there was more than one, did you?
Enabling you to present yourself in your instrument(s) of choice is what I strive for in my classes. You choose the message, I just help you say it clearer.
#1 I absolutely love watching the birth of new artists. When a student takes the tools they've learned and creates something purely their own, it is pure magic.
#2 When a student devours everything faster than I can teach, that excitement is effervescent!
I have played the acoustic guitar for many years. Kendrick has challenged me to play new sounds, and I am currently expanding my guitar vocabulary. If you are looking to amp up your guitar (or piano/ keyboard) musical skills, Kendrick has a wealth of knowledge and skill. He is able to teach the theory of music well and plays with much soul and knowledge combined. Highly recommended.
We've tried 3 other piano teachers, and none of them inspired our son to be a better player like Kendrick. His method is effective and expectations for each lesson are clear. He even went so far as to help us find a new teacher when we moved.
The most important aspect to any new relationship is rapport, and I establish rapport by spending the first part of the introductory lesson finding common ground in music tastes and sharing experiences. I like to tell the story about touring with a Journey tribute band that failed horribly It was a truly embarrassing moment in my career, and students seem to relate to it for one reason or another.
During this first lesson, I will explain briefly why I structure my lessons along 13 week cohorts, or semesters. At the end of each cohort, we can look forward to a recital of some form where the student can show off everything they've learned over the course of the cohort.
The first lesson is capped by a conversation about expectations and goals, which includes in some cases the student showing me what they know. We discuss how important goal setting is and how to establish a working plan each week to meet the milestones the student sets for him/herself. The milestones each week should be designed to help them reach their overall goal for the 13 week cohort.
We part ways with homework for both the student and me. While the student's assignment is decided on a case by case basis, my homework is to create a listening list to help inspire the student over the next few weeks.
Berklee College of Music
Graduated 2004 - Magna Cum Laude
My Studio in downtown Las Vegas (including remote via Skype, etc) :
Standard 13 week cohort (1 hr lessons) - $600
1hr Lesson 4-Pack - $200
1 hr lesson - $60
At your place (within greater Las Vegas area):
Standard 13 week cohort (1 hr lessons) - $700
1hr Lesson 4-Pack - $230
1 hr lesson - $70
I actually started coaching basketball with my father at a catholic middle school, recreational leagues, and AAU. While I understand the theory of basketball better than most, I never had the technical skill or passion for it like I do for music. I started teaching music as a side job when I left Berklee, although I took a hiatus until 2017 to pursue my graduate degree and my career.
The majority of my students have been teens with moderate experience in their instrument, although I've taught beginners from 6 to adult and extremely experienced musicians picking up keys/guitar for the first time.