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Kenny M.

Denver, CO

$25/hour

Electric and Acoustic Bass, English/Language Arts, Music Theory

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 8/19/14

$25/Hour


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University of Denver/Metro State University
Music

Education

University of Denver/Metro State University (Music)

About Kenny

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. Having graduated high school with high AP test scores in English, the recognition of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award as well as the experience of participating in All-City, All-state as well as 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. Additionally, I've been a working professional in the Denver music scene since 2009, playing for various music theatre productions including shows at Aurora Fox Theatre and The Vintage Theatre, and maintaining a steady workload with Moment's Notice Entertainment.

My teaching specialties revolve around electric and acoustic bass performance as well as basic piano and guitar, music theory and ear training, English composition and comprehension including basic vocabulary building as well as some simple strategies to give your writing (creative or research based) a more eloquent and intelligent tone. Although I'm most certifiably educated in Music and English, I'm presently working towards a degree in Psychology as well, so I'm very comfortable going over the foundations of this course.

My strategy is to focus on whatever level the student is coming from and provide whatever foundations and background are necessary to give the student immediate improvement as well as a solid understanding of the subject matter in order to make further progress more easily- all of my lessons will build upon the fundamentals and maintain the big picture of "why this is important", an element that many young students face in learning subjects that may be challenging or downright boring to them! 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 23 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.
For the time being, I'm available for lessons at the student's home only. 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. Having graduated high school with high AP test scores in English, the recognition of Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Denver, CO 80218
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Science:
Philosophy, Psychology
Music:
Ear Training,
General Music, Guitar, Music Theory,
Piano
English:
English,
Grammar, Proofreading, Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading,
Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Ear Training

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.

English

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.

Music Theory

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.

Psychology

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.

Reading

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.

University of Denver/Metro State University
Music

Education

University of Denver/Metro State University (Music)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $25.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Kenny will travel within 10 miles of Denver, CO 80218.