Growing up, my mother decided that all 6 of her children were to take piano lessons from the first grade until they were 16.
She did this not because of some great love of music but because that is what her mother made her do. I began lessons with a teacher who was very serious and strict and who dictated the music I would learn and limited the scope to only songs that were completely inaccessible to me as a young child. I loved music, but being forced to play classical music without deviation led me to dislike piano. While I begrudgingly learned excellent technique and strong music fundamentals, I didn’t enjoy playing.
As I entered high school I negotiated with my parents to find my own teacher, and it was then that I found my mentor, teacher, friend and role model. She saw the interest and desire I had to play and let me follow my own interest as far as picking repertoire. I learned so much and I kept playing, and even today I’m the only member of my family who still plays and loves music.
Meet the Teachers
AT KC & Friend we love gigging musicians, and six years ago we found another gem of the Bay Area music scene with our teacher Emily. Sometimes music is cool, expressive, slightly magical, and hopeful. Those are the things that Emily encompasses and brings to the team. Emily plays the piano and sings with heart, and has the skills to help those she teaches do the same. When you meet her, you’ll get it; this person is here to share what she has found in the musical world. As she boarded our train in 2014, we’ve been thrilled to have her on board.
Daniel is a bright splash of color joining the KC & Friends world this year. Recently relocated to the Bay Area after studying music and education at Reed College in Oregon, Daniel brings a happy, earnest, plosive presence to the KC & Friends team. There have been many musical interests in Daniel’s life—jazz, bass, rock—but his studies in ethnomusicology showed him the connections between his interests in community building and music. He is looking forward to sharing music with kids, teaching teachers about the KC & Friends method, joining the Bay Area musical community. You’ll love his easy-going personality, and be thrilled with what the kids learn in their time with him.
Meet KC and learn the method she developed; a fun, playful introduction to note reading and song playing. In each lesson, she tries to find the right balance of structure and play for each student, and each family. KC offers composition from the very beginning.
In the years since then, I began teaching. I sought to teach kids first to love and appreciate music so that they will want to play music.
I believe that learning to write songs is just as important as learning others’ songs. I also teach students to play popular music that they know from the beginning because I think that students should genuinely enjoy the songs they play. If you enjoy playing the songs you know, that builds a curiosity to learn new songs and styles you don’t know yet.
It is a privilege to be able to follow in the steps of my mentor and become the teacher that I always wanted. Thanks for your interest in KC & Friends and for taking the time to meet KC!