Kirk Mclaren

Newport News, VA

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What do you enjoy about the work you do?

When a student realizes he of she can play a piece they enjoy, that moment is my favorite part of my work.


Newport News, VA 23603

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11 Reviews
  • Suparna D. May 19, 2016
    Piano Lessons
    Verified Review
    Very Happy with Mr. Mclaren. Courteous, patient and knowledgeable, he is passionate about teaching. He has been focused on development of both my children.
  • George H. Nov 24, 2015
    Piano Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
    Our teenage son enjoys his enthusiasm and the music history he adds to the lesson.
  • Nani S. Mar 16, 2015
    Piano Lessons
    Verified Review
    Kirk has been wonderful with my daughter. She's very young, only four years old, but Kirk has been able to look past her young age to her ability and desire, and he has made learning fun! He knows what's appropriate for my daughter, in terms of time and focus, and his level of praise and critique is balanced out just right.
  • Amanda S. Jan 22, 2015
    Piano Lessons
    Verified Review
    My 8 year old son has been taking lessons from Kirk for about 6 weeks now and absolutely loves him. Kirk is patient, constructive, and passionate about teaching piano. We are thrilled to have him as a teacher and look forward to when our daughter is old enough to begin!
  • Josephine W. Oct 25, 2014
    Piano Lessons
    Verified Review
    Mr Kirk is very passionate about what he does. My daughter has been learning from him for 8 months now and has picked up some much more from Mr Kirk than the previous teacher of two years. We are so thrilled to have found him.
  • Larry W. Jan 12, 2014
    Verified Review
    Outstanding Job! Mr. MvLaren is a very patient and competent. He seems to be very knowledgable and provides more than we expected. I hope that we can continue together far in to the future. I recommend him highly and can't say enough on his behalf. Great Job!
  • Tami J. Jan 10, 2014
    Verified Review
    Kirk was introduced to my daughter 2 years ago (She is 9 now). She loves him, and she loves piano. He never misses an appointment, EVER!! He is patient but really expects things from her. He is a very very very good teacher. I would strongly recommend him for any piano instruction, adult or child.
  • Karen R. Nov 4, 2013
    Piano Lessons
    Verified Review
    Kirk has been my daughters piano teacher for almost a year now. I have one word that describes him....FANTASTIC!!! He is patient - offers lots of advice, talks about music history and he even offers to pick up her piano books for us. When we first started he helped us find the appropriate keyboard for learning piano and was very patient in the time it took us to buy one. Really - if you want an experienced teacher for yourself or your child - I really recommend him to the fullest! Karen - Newport News Va :)
  • Jarel G. Mar 19, 2012
    This is Jarel and I am almost 8 years old. Kirk has been my piano teacher for 8 months and I like it that he's my teacher. I like that he always gives me homework so I can learn more stuff and he always marks the things I need to practice. He always does technique first and I also learn how to play fast songs and also fun songs. When my hand is in the wrong position, he stops me and shows me how to do it right. He introduces me to new and fun stuff that are hard but which helps me make my fingers strong. I really like Kirk as my piano teacher.
  • Esther G. Mar 19, 2012
    When we were looking for a piano teacher for our 7 y.o. son, we interviewed more than a couple of teachers and we were really impressed with how Kirk's interview went. We told him we wanted our son to learn different styles of piano playing including jazz; when he showed us how he teaches and plays jazz, my husband and I looked at each other agreeing on hiring Kirk right there. Our son has worked with Kirk for just 8 months but he has progressed fast and really well. Kirk has a way with working and communicating with children; our son is shy and doesn't usually talk to new adults and teachers--he talked to Kirk the first time he had lessons with him. The way he teaches techniques really feed on our son's strengths and helps with his struggles. We are so pleased with the service that we are getting from Kirk and plan to have our son take lessons from him as long as he needs to. I highly recommend Kirk McLaren because he is an excellent teacher, set apart from others that we have known and worked with.
  • Ford M. Sep 22, 2010
    Kirk is a great teacher. He is extremely patient, explains things very clearly, and really knows the piano and all kinds of music. His enthusuasm is infectious and inspires the student to try hard to improve his or her ability.