Kipp Kahlia Music Instruction
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18 years in business
2 hires on Thumbtack
I was in love with reggae music. I finally decided that I wanted to play it. I had seen Kipp as a guest musician playing at a festival called Doheney Days, with a prominent international reggae band called Third World. She rocked it. Sometimes I played bass for my lessons, and sometimes guitar. She taught me how to recognize chords and bass lines by listening to a song, and to know when they changed. She was always on me about groove –– my playing had to sit "in the pocket"! I like that she kept me focused on what I needed to do to be a real musician.Sep 3, 2016
I was in love with reggae music. I finally decided that I wanted to play it. I had seen Kipp as a guest musician playing at a festival called Doheney Days, with a prominent international reggae band called Third World. She rocked it. Sometimes I played bass for my lessons, and sometimes guitar. She taught me how to recognize chords and bass lines by listening to a song, and to know when they changed. She was always on me about groove my playing had to sit "in the pocket"! I like that she kept me focused on what I needed to do to be a real musician.Jan 13, 2016
When I was 14, I took a guitar class from Kipp through the Parks and Recreation Department of Long Beach with my two sisters. One of my sisters ended up taking private lessons from kipp for about a year, and then I started too. After a couple of years of lessons, she played a classical piece for me and I really wanted to learn it. I learned to play the piece from the written music on my own, and then Kipp worked backwards with me to clean up my playing technique for classical guitar. I still love that piece. Spanish Ballad by "Anonymous."Jan 13, 2016
My son Daryl started guitar lessons with Kipp when he was 8 years old. Playing the guitar became a great release for Daryl and the interest in guitar and music has never left him. He is 21 years old now and in college. Over the years he has organized small groups/garage bands and has had several gigs at venues in the Southern California area. I attribute his skill and ability as a musician and bandleader to Kipps way of teaching. She really gets to know her students and tailors her lessons accordingly. Daryl is able to pick up any piece of music, and through the music theory that Kipp taught him, he can play anything! She is a wonderful teacher!Jan 9, 2016
Kipp was an outstanding guitar teacher for the Los Alamitos Education Foundation. She related well with the students in our district and always was very easy for us to work with! Kipp was always honest and forthright with her students and with her employer. When she no longer could work for us, she gave us a tremendous referral for a teacher who is teaching for LAEF today. I recommend Kipp 100% of the time! Please feel free to contact me at anytime to speak to about Kipps credentials and or LAEF's recommendation of Kipp. My contact info. is programdirector@LAEF4Kids.org and our phone number is 562.799.4700, ext. 80424. My name is Mike Kahn and I am LAEF's Program Manager.Feb 4, 2016
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?My pricing is $35 per 30-minute lesson, $50 per 45 minute lesson, and 70 per 1-hour lesson. Independent contractors like myself pay taxes, social security, medical, dental, sick, vacation & personal days and workmen's compensation out of what we earn. That's reflected in our pricing.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?The first thing I do with a new student is find out what their goals are. Then I ask a few questions and ask them to show me things that let me know what their current ability level is. I know what to look for, so I can figure it out quickly. Then I do some teaching, and pay attention to how they respond so that I can see how they LEARN. Some students are visual learners, some need detailed technical instructions, some respond to descriptions that relate more to feelings than intellectual concepts. I cater people's lessons to them as unique individuals. As soon as possible, I ask them to bring in a song they want to work on, and I use that song as a way of teaching them the important stuff. Most songs have much more in common than people realize, and they can be used to provide a student with a basic musical foundation.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I earned my living exclusively for nearly 20 years as a freelance lead and rhythm guitarist -- either you're good at your job or you starve! I eventually decided I wanted to spend less time on the road and work on my recording projects, so I started teaching. Along with giving private lessons for over a decade, I taught beginning and intermediate guitar classes for the cities of Long Beach and Lakewood, CA as part of their parks and recreation departments. I developed those courses myself, and put together my own handouts to make progress easier and more straightforward for those classes and my private students. People from my classes frequently said, "I learned more from you in 6 weeks than I did in a year with my last teacher!" I also attended the Guitar Institute of Technology at Musicians Institute in Hollywood -- it is a highly-rated and highly-intensive one-year course in guitar, guitar, and more guitar. It was 5 days a week, 5 hours per day, MINIMUM. My own teaching style has partly evolved from what I learned about teaching from the excellent instructors at that school. They were incredible.