Quick Facts about Kelvin
- Teaches Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Voice and Beginning Piano
- Works well with all ages and experience levels
- Specializes in contemporary music – everything from singer-songwriter to jazz, r&b, hip-hop, blues, and alternative rock.
- Graphics Design background helps make fun handouts and worksheets for students
- 7 Years Teaching Experience
- Master of Music from Berklee College of Music
Learn More About Kelvin
General Teaching Style
One of my biggest goals is to help each of my students feel a deep connection to the music they’re playing. For a younger student that might mean getting out a big floor mat piano so that we can “hop” the distances between the notes of their song. For an older student, it might be about using rhyming words to help them master a groove. Every student is different, and it’s important to find an approach that fits their unique personality.
I love working with students of all ages! Young students have so much energy and passion for learning their instrument. Older students ask great questions, and the diversity of their taste in music help make each lesson unique and fun.
I especially like contemporary music – everything from singer-songwriter to jazz, r&b, hip-hop, blues, and alternative rock. I appreciate a catchy, well-written song, no matter what the genre is.
I also really like playing the music from video games, cartoons and movies! Some of my favorite theme songs that I have recently taught are Plants vs. Zombies, Hello Neighbor, Star Wars, Harry Potter and Beyblade
[Video Lesson] How to play Perfect by Ed Sheeran
I like using Alpha-notes to help students get used to reading and singing / playing music. Tablature can also be very helpful – and many pop songs are easily mastered with one approach or the other!
Some books I like to use in lessons are:
Hal Leonard Guitar Method
Hal Leonard Ukulele Method
Singing Lessons for Little Singers by Gregory Blankenbehler
The Coffeehouse Companion Realbook
and Alfred’s Piano 101
Kelvin is a Seattle based Alternative Rock Singer Songwriter who recently received a masters degree in Performance and Music Production at Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain.
Focus & Goals of the First Lesson
We will go over proper technique, and the very basics of reading music. For younger students and vocalists the Do-Re-Mi system of solfége is a great place to start. Along with exercises, I love to incorporate examples from real-world songs – and hopefully by the time you leave you’ll be able to play a short piece of music that’s fun and impressive!
I started out on Cello and Voice, but quickly found out that I really enjoyed playing chords on guitar and piano to accompany my singing. Since then, I have branched out to explore other string instruments and percussion.
I teach Voice, Guitar, Piano, Bass, and Ukulele students of all levels. I also teach beginner Drums.
As a teacher it’s very important to be attentive and to listen carefully to your students. I feel like one of my strengths is that I am very thoughtful about what my students need to help them grow and to reach their full potential.
Working with special needs students over the past few years has been an amazing and very rewarding experience – it has made me a better teacher in more ways than I ever could have imagined.
Wildfire by Kelvin
Most Inspirational Music Moments and Experiences
I got to open for Dweezil Zappa at a guitar festival, that was pretty cool. On a more personal note, I feel very proud and inspired when I get to see my students perform – all that practice really pays off!
Top 3 Desert Island Albums
Haha, really I only get three?! Okay:
- Grace – Jeff Buckley
- Black Radio – Robert Glasper Experiment
- Danger Days – MCR