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Instruments: Piano, Voice, Synthesizer, Keyboard
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Flamenco, Salsa, Showtunes, Spirituals, Reggae, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band, Punk, Mariachi, Avant-Garde

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Kit T In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Synthesizer, Keyboard
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Flamenco, Salsa, Showtunes, Spirituals, Reggae, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band, Punk, Mariachi, Avant-Garde

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 3-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

- Majored in music at Clackamas Community College (2000) and Portland State University (2004) - left both early to tour nationally with my band Intervision.

- Accepted into Berklee College of Music's prestigious songwriting/producing degree program.

- Member of BMI and NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association).

- 2-time Alumni of Judy Stakee's elite songwriting camp in Nashville, TN. Ms. Stakee is the former VP of Warner/Chappell Music and was the force behind the discover of artists such as Katy Perry, Jewel, Gavin DeGraw, and many others.

Awards:

2003 - 2013 - Co-Founded And Performed with Nationally Established Soul/R&B Group Intervision. The band released three critically-acclaimed albums, toured the country, and shared the stage with Platinum Artists such as Lifehouse and The Neville Brothers. (http://www.intervisionmusic.com)

2008 - Won an International Independent Music Award for 'Best R&B Song' with Intervision for the track "Live Out Loud", found on their second release, "Shades Of Neptune". 

2009 - Named a finalist in the category of  'Best R&B Song' in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for the track "Live Out Loud".

2010 - Released debut piano record "Evolution" to critical acclaim.

2012 - Released follow up solo piano record "Snowfall" to critical acclaim.

2015 - Winner of a Great American Song Contest award in the category of 'Best Adult Contemporary Song" for the track "Bestill My Heart".

2016 - Named a finalist in the category of 'Best R&B Song' in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for the track "All Over Again" performed by JAKLYN.

2017 - Winner of a Mid-Atlantic Song Contest award in the category of 'Best Adult Contemporary Song' for the track "Time to Say Goodbye".

2018 - Named a finalist in the category of 'Best R&B Song" in the USA Songwriting Contest for the track "Half a Man".

2018 - Released first solo pop record to critical acclaim. The album features a slew of incredible talent. Including engineer/producer Bob Stark (Everclear, Esperanza Spalding), Damian Erskin (bass; Gino Vanelli, Bass Player Magazine), Jennifer Batten (guitar; Michael Jackson), Tahirah Memory (daughter of Grammy winner Thara Memory), Marv Ross (co-founder of platinum-selling band Quarterflash and co-writer of their hit single "Harden My Heart"), Bernie Grundman (Michael Jackson), and many others.

2019 - First double-winner in the history of the Great American Song Contest for the tracks "Winter in the Village" (instrumental grand prize) and "Persephone" (pop).

2020 - Winner of a Great American Song Contest award in the category of 'Best Pop Song' for the track "Everytime You Breathe", also finalist in the category of 'Best Adult Contemporary Song' for the track "Time to Say Goodbye".

2020- Created a series of 15 live performance videos with Mark Barry, lead singer of platinum pop band BBMAK (3 million copies of their hit single "Back Here" sold).

2020 - Worked directly with both Jon Asher (writer of "Mood Ring", Britney Spears' first #1 single in over a decade) and Grammy-winner Cliff Goldmacher (Keb' Mo).

Overview:
I'm a kind and passionate teacher with a love of sharing my knowledge and seeing my students succeed. I attended both Clackamas Community College and Portland State University, both of which have highly respected music programs, but ultimately I left before finishing my degree to go on a national tour with my band Intervision. Honestly though, most of my development has come outside of the educational system, and through my own work and practice. My experience is extensive. I've led worship music for thousands, overseen massive music programs at both Lutheran and Catholic churches, plus sold out venues like the Aladdin Theater, and shared the stage with platinum artists like AWOLNation, Lifehouse, and The Neville Brothers. Currently I'm focusing more on teaching, developing my curriculum, while also performing and composing.
EXPERIENCE
I remember teaching my first lesson about 15 years ago. I was very nervous! However it was smooth sailing after that.  I grew up attending Harmony Road Music School, and they recently offered me a job, but I passed on it to focus more on my own lesson practice. I've worked for Beacock Music, Margie's Music School, and subbed at others, as well as had many of my students for 10+ years. I recently was Director Of Music at a large Catholic church in the Irvington neighborhood of NE Portland. Because of the time commitment I was forced to pare down my student base. Now that I'm stepping down from that position I'm hoping to build the base back up.
METHODS USED
I can teach any skill level. If you are beginning with zero experience, the first thing I teach is middle C. It's the center of the universe as far as the piano is concerned. I also teach 'spider position', which is how the student wants to have their hands positioned. Intermediate students can dictate to me what they want to work on. If they just want to learn "Charlie Brown" I can teach that, or if they want a more regimented lesson plan I can do that as well.  I also have advanced students. I've had players come to me wanting help learning a standard, or help with their time while playing solo. Counting and time is something I excel at and is one of my specialties. The art of the metronome can be a difficult thing to grasp, but it is ultra important and will ultimately lead to long term success.
LESSON STYLE
Having fun is paramount! I have a great personality, and teach in a loosely structured environment so the student feels comfortable. No matter the age or skill level, the student will find that their enthusiasm and effort will dictate their progress. I will kindly share knowledge and help give them the tools needed to succeed. Each student is different, and has different needs, and I have always been able to instinctively give what is needed for each individual lesson. I'm a firm believer in not being a taskmasker. I will provide the tools for the student to get better, and it's up to them if they utilize them.
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Lisa Hiller

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I just started working with Kit last month and have already seen significant improvement. I asked him for help increasing my knowledge of chords and how to use them, and he has focuses on exactly that. Phenomenal!

Review posted on Nov 07, 2020
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