My name is Chris Keniley, and welcome to Chris K Music Lessons and Repair Studio.
Here is some information about my music lesson program in Mattoon, IL.
Teaching Experience: Extensive, with over 25 years experience. This includes gigging, recording, music ministry, drum corps, cruise ships, music judging, countless performances, school clinics and the list goes on. Chris K Music Lessons and Repair Studio became an official business in 2009, adding instrument repair and other services throughout the years. I perform and teach on most instruments.
Do I teach beginners: YES, beginners are welcome and preferred. This is ideal to learn my method of teaching (customized for each musician) and start with good habits. Experienced players don’t worry! You will catch on to my method quickly.
What age do I start: A mature 6, but age can vary. Usually my “younglings” play multiple instruments like piano and drums!
Studio Size: I teach an average of 80 students a week on various instruments. My Music Lesson studio is my top priority and main focus here at Chris K Music. My teaching spots are limited, but I do try to find a spot for anyone interested. Depending on the season you can always join my waiting list.
Do I accept online (remote) students: Yes, I would say about 25% of my students are online (remote), and about half of those students are outside the Mattoon area or out of state!
Most popular instruments: Most of my students learn piano, drums or guitar, but I do have a variety wood winds, brass, and strings from the list below. Many of my students become multi-instrumentalists like myself and take on many instruments!
Price of Lessons: My regular rate is $75.00 a month for 4 lessons, 30 minutes in length (once a week for 4 weeks). Breaks down to $18.75 a lesson. I do have students that go for an hour ($150.00 a month) or come twice a week for thirty minutes ($150.00 a month) or longer (varies by situation, usually families of 3 or more students). For more information please contact me cause I may have different options depending on work schedules and school situations like home school families.
How do I stand out as an instructor? Many ways! First, I DON’T USE BOOKS! I create my own music arrangements, or find arrangements or exercises that works for each individual student. I have seen a drastic change in student growth with this approach. Depending on the instrument, students will go home with a Music Lesson Reminder Page outlining what we talked about in lessons and assignments. Another on of my goals is to train “functional musicians”, encouraging students to be part of praise bands, school ensembles and more. This is achieved using a goal oriented approach, teaching what is needed to obtain each students desired goal. This could be a song, speed, audition, play with a music ensemble, and more! There are more reasons, but you need sign up for lessons to find out! Some of the best musicians in Illinois have studied under me at some point, including teachers, worship leaders and more.
How would you describe your teaching style: It is different for every one. I’m usually patient and laid back, but I can be strict and know when to push a student when needed. I have 3 kids of my own so I have a lot of patience! Quite a few students that have studied with me now have successful or fulfilling music careers including band directing, worship leading, recording, touring and more. Check out testimonials to see what families say about my music lesson program.
What to expect on a first lesson: First I get to know you, understanding why you picked the instrument, maybe examining the instrument (usually tuning it if its a string instrument, air leaks for wood winds etc.). Then we get right to work! For most it’s starting with exercises to build strength or talking about what to expect. For more seasoned players we go over goals and come up with a plan based on personal musical experience. Most students leave knowing a short song or two.
Instruments currently offered: The best thing about what I do, you don’t have to switch teachers if you or a family member wants to change instruments (or for most of my students add on an instrument!)