University of Denver/Metro State University (Music - Psychology)
Few things are more satisfying to me than seeing that "Ah-ha!" moment when a student understands something new. Being able to participate in that process of comprehension and acquisition of new understanding is a deeply motivational factor in my teaching style. The only thing that's more important to me than helping others to learn new things is to learn new things myself! What sets me apart from other tutors is that I'm deeply inspired by the great polymaths of the world- people who've put in a lot of work to thoroughly understand a variety of subjects, instead of specializing in just one area of expertise. For me, stimulating both the logical/scientific side of my mind in equal proportions to the artistic/emotional side is my greatest aspiration in life. By viewing the world from as many angles as possible, I hope to cultivate an understanding that “sees” things from a bigger-picture-perspective. And, of course, I hope to share the things I learn with others!
I graduated high school with high AP test scores in English, the recognition of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, as well as the amazing opportunities of participating in All-City Honor Band, All-State Honor Band, and several other regional honor bands. My passions for both music and English have continued to grow at the collegiate level, making the Dean's List at DU and holding a GPA of 3.89. I've been a working professional in the Denver music scene since 2009, playing for various musical theatre productions, including shows at Aurora Fox Theatre and The Vintage Theatre, and maintaining a steady workload with Moment's Notice Entertainment. Since 2014, I've been continuing my education at MSU Denver, creating a degree path that emphasizes Psychology, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Biology.
My teaching specialties include electric and acoustic bass performance, basic piano and guitar, music theory, and ear training. I am also available to teach English composition and comprehension including basic vocabulary building and simple strategies to give your writing (creative or research-based) a more eloquent and organized tone. I also love the opportunity to help tutor students who are struggling with Psychology and Biology.
My strategy is to focus on whatever level the student is coming from and provide foundations and background as necessary, so the student sees immediate improvement and starts building a solid understanding of the subject matter. All of my lessons build upon the fundamentals and maintain the big picture of "why this is important", an element that may be challenging or downright boring to many young students. In terms of assignments and workload, both are catered to the specific needs of each student- if homework and quizzes would be helpful, we can work with those. In the past, I've worked with students as young as 6 and as old as middle age and i'm presently comfortable with working within this age group.
I'm always happy to hear feedback and am flexible with times and scheduling. I have a 24 hour cancellation policy, but scheduling a makeup lesson is doable.
Please feel free to contact me for further details! Few things are more satisfying to me than seeing that "Ah-ha!" moment when a student understands something new. Being able to participate in that process of comprehension and acquisition of new understanding is a deeply motivational factor in my teaching style. The only thing that's more important to me than helping others to learn new things is
my son is very happy with Kenny's guitar lessons, he's always ready for the next class, and he get's to choose what son he wants to learn
Kenny's is very patient with the children
Kenny has taught us guitar basics, like how to hold the instrument, the names of the strings, how to read tabs, and picking techniques. We just had our second lesson and we are already learning a song! He is knowledgeable and is teaching us best practices based on his personal experience. He's patient and takes time to answer our questions. We enjoy working with him!
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I've taken basic music theory classes, both classical and jazz theory, at the high school and college levels which covered basic recognition of interval patterns as well rhythmic and melodic transcription. Also, as a jazz student and professional, I've had to transcribe chord progressions, solos, melodies and bass lines for assignments and real-world application on the gig. Listening is how I learn a lot of the music I have to perform.
Since high school, the world of reading and writing in the English language has been an enriching and stimulating subject. I placed at the top of my class taking advanced placement English, achieved a high ACT English score, and consistently received feedback from scholarship application reviewers, teachers (including teachers of other subjects) and peers that I should pursue a future in writing. Since then, I've continued my development in taking creative and essay-oriented classes at the university level and constantly expand my vocabulary and literary knowledge on a day-to-day basis.
I've pursued and excelled in both academic and creative writing in college. So far, my experiences have included writing several psychological research "literature reviews" and a variety of creative styles such as short stories and poetry. Through these experiences, I've honed my understanding of correct grammar and mechanics.
I've been playing guitar for over ten years and I've been teaching others how to master the basics since 2010. In addition to my experience teaching guitar privately, I perform professionally in contexts such as musical theatre orchestras and house bands. In addition to these specific experiences with guitar, I studied jazz and commercial music performance at the University of Denver.
As a jazz performer, knowing music theory, in and out, is essential to my ability to make music. Having a thorough understanding of what makes music sound the way it does and how to replicate those sounds in the heat of the moment is what gives me the ability to improvise the appropriate bass lines and melodies for any piece of music to which I know the chord changes, and when I don't know those changes, my understanding of music theory allows me to easily figure them out. From classical harmony to basic jazz progressions and most contemporary music, my grasp of music theory can help anyone who wants to know the basics, be able to read music and even those who wish to dabble in writing their own music.
Piano was the first instrument I started learning how to play as a child. Starting with years of accumulated experience as a self-taught pianist, I've taken lessons with several different teachers since my initial experiments with keyboards. Since 2010, I've been teaching basic piano skills to children of all ages, working especially with complete beginners. My background in music includes years of professional performance around Colorado in a diverse set of contexts as well as several years of study in the University of Denver's Jazz and Commercial music program.
Psychology is my present major at Metro. Being that it's so near and dear to my heart, I could talk about psychology for days; it's endlessly fascinating to me! As such, outside of my course work, I spend a lot of time studying research, reading the foundational works of the field, as well as applying the concepts I've learned to my own personal experience. As someone who is actively applying what I learn to my own inner-workings, I have an advantage over those who simply memorize the terms. My understanding and ability to help includes social psych, trans-personal psych, and the general overview of the diverse spectrum of topics included in the study of the mind.
Few things in life are as stimulating and joyful to me as reading. There hasn't been a day that's gone by since being a high school student that I haven't read for pleasure of for my own, self-directed studies. As an avid learner, the written word is absolutely indispensable to me and because of the level of passion I feel for reading, I appreciate how valuable and necessary of a skill it is for all successful people to have.