University of Denver/Metro State University (Music)
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
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.