Acting And Music Lessons With Ken

Acting And Music Lessons With Ken

5.0 (1)
2 hires on
1 employee
56 years in business

About this pro

I tailor my lessons to each student's particular needs and desires and make each lesson a fun, educational experience sans stress. I have been teaching privately, as well as singing and acting professionally, for decades, and have received rave reviews from many of my previous students, some of whom remain dear friends. I thoroughly love teaching.                                                                      Please note I do not teach children or anyone under the age of 18. And generally I do not travel to lessons but teach out of my studio in Beaverton. 

Teaching is a gift. The payback is in watching a student's eyes and overall facial expressions when they get something...totally understanding the concept. It's magic. 

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Beaverton, OR 97005
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1 Review


  • Kim Sterkendries

    Ken is a very experienced musician and performer and really teaches what it’s all about, he uses his own material and everything you do has a specific purpose. And because Ken teaches independently of some book, or guide he can always adjust his lessons to what you need or are struggling.

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

No children; don't take students younger than 20.

First, an email interview, to learn what the student has in mind to accomplish.

Next, proceed with individual learning techniques. I use my own workbooks. 

Gently keep pushing them to learn and absorb more.

Make sure the student continues to enjoy what they're doing.

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

18 seasons with San Francisco Opera. 8 seasons with Lamplighters Music Theatre. Writing/arranging for various Grammy-winning vocal groups (see my Website); directing and starring in productions with other companies (Redwood Symphony, West Bay Opera, Lyric Theatre of San Jose, Portland Light Opera company, etc); producing and directing my own shows, that have been presented in the national Fine Arts Presenters market.

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

All lessons are the same fee: $40 per session, usually at least an hour long, but if we got over, there's never any additional fee.

How did you get started teaching?

Just wanted to share what I've learned and accomplished over the years with others. I thoroughly enjoy teaching.

What types of students have you worked with?

Important: I don't take anyone under the age of 20.

I enjoy working with people who'd taken lessons as a child, then stopped, and years later wished to regain and advance what musical knowledge they'd had. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Many performances of works I've composed and arranged. Too numerous to mention. Visit my Website for more details.

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

Dedicate time every day to studying, even if you have only 15-20 minutes to spare. The important thing is to keep at it and don't let your attention or interest flag. Moving forward and building on what you've learned is key to success.

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

Am I serious about this or do I just want to waste my time and money and my teacher's time and patience?  Period!