Music Teacher

Gister teacher in Palos Hills Illinois

Kevin M McClain is a formally educated composer, performer, and Music TeacherHe Provides "Pay As You Go" Guitar Lessons, Piano Lessons and Music Theory Lessons with discounts available for prepaid music lessons bringing prices to as low as $30.00 an hour or $18 for a 30 minuet sessions, provided with 100% flexibility and 24 hour student support. He teaches by drawing from students interests and developing the interests into an analytical breakdown of technique and theory. He focuses on teaching the student "How To Practice" in order to invoke a process of hands on learning from experience.

Music Teacher's Education

Piano teacher in Palos Hills Illinois

   The music teacher has been formally studying the guitar and composing music for 27 years. He studied music theory, composition, and flute under the direction of Professor Tammy Carlson, (Roosevelt University's Music Conservatory, Chicago IL.), Classical & Jazz Guitar under the direction of Linda Kelly, (Roosevelt University's Music Conservatory, Chicago, IL.) and Dr. Tim Burns, (DePaul University's School of Music, Chicago IL.) and (University of Illinois in Champagne, IL.), and Piano under the direction of Dr. Daniela Broderick, (University of Illinois, Champagne, Illinois) and Dennis Doris, (American Music Conservatory).

Music Teacher's Experience

Taking a profound interest in the guitar, I developed a keen sense of improvisational skills in my earlier years, playing in multiple styles of  bands that included Rock, Jazz, Funk, Bluegrass, and improvisational Jam-bands. After high school I gained great experience "gigging" professionally in various experimental bluegrass, rock, and Jam-bands. I returned to school to obtain a degree in music performance and composition in 2006. Since then I have performed professionally for various churches, private and public recitals, festivals, musical contests, conventions, restaurants, weddings, etcetera. I have been formally teaching beginning to advanced studies on the guitar and piano to all ages while continuing to perform professionally.


Why Choose Kevin McClain as Your Music Teacher?

   As a young, developing musician, I was always frustrated with many of my teachers whom taught on a "need to know" basis. This left me with many unanswered questions about music and practice that would have to be answered over much time spent practicing and studying. Understandably, this was due to the many abstract musical concepts and performing techniques, each of which have many levels of complexity. This made comprehension and execution of these concepts and techniques a step by step process that would take much time and practice spent on each step. It was a, seemingly necessary, general to specific method of teaching that was intended to prevent students from becoming overwhelmed and discouraged. Nonetheless, I had always felt that I could have saved myself much unnecessary time and struggle that could better be utilized by being devoted to more efficient and aggressive progress within my practice, if presented with the "big picture" so to speak. As I progressed further through a lifetime of music studies, I increasingly confirmed this to be true. I began to question exactly who were teachers trying to make the music lesson easier on, the student or themselves. After all, isn't it the teacher's job, first and foremost among many other duties, to promote and inspire understanding as completely as possible, despite the difficulty in presentation and explanation? Of course, teaching methods often should be, and are adapted to fit each individual student, but I quickly noticed a dramatic difference in my own, as well as my student's, ability, understanding, and overall progress when applying an analytical and full explanation of both theory and technique within my music lessons.