Music Teacher

Music teacher at McMusic Lessons & Performances

Kevin McClain is an educated music teacher in Palos Hills, IL. He started McMusic Lessons & Performances in 2008. He has been teaching beginning guitar and piano lessons to children and adults for more than ten years. Kevin focuses on a strong foundation of theory and technique while exploring the student's interests. 

Music Teacher's Education

   The music teacher has been 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 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 a step by step process that would take much time and practice spent on each step. It was a seemingly necessary 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 time and struggle 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 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.