Learn From Kendrick

Learn From Kendrick

5.0 (2)
1 hire on Lessons.com
1 employee
18 years in business

About this pro

I'm a decorated classical pianist, placing second in the state of Tennessee twice in my youth. In college, I won the Southeast Composer's Conference with a choir composition. At Berklee College of Music, from which I graduated cum laude in 2004, I focused on jazz, so I'm fluent in both languages - classical and contemporary. 

My process of teaching is designed to get students playing quickly and is based around the practical application of theory, not teaching theory for its own sake. For example, since creating music is often a collaborative process, communicating with other musicians effectively is key. The most important factor for success is fueling a student's passion for music by allowing them to learn songs that they're interested in speckled with exercises focused to help them play those songs easier. 

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Credentials

Nashville, TN 37214
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2 Reviews

5.0

  • Amanda Tucker

    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.

  • Allison Lane

    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.



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

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.


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

Berklee College of Music

Graduated 2004 - Magna Cum Laude 


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

Book an hour introductory lesson for just $5!

One hour lessons at my studio on the Cumberland River in Nashville (including remote via Skype, etc):

Standard 13 week cohort - $390 ($30/hr)

1hr Lesson 4-Pack - $160 ($40/hr)

1 hr lesson - $45

Travel to your place within greater Nashville area is billed at $0.75/mile.


How did you get started teaching?

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.


What types of students have you worked with?

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.