8375 Brentwood Blvd,
Brentwood, CA 94510
At Studio K Music, David Kellen teaches piano in two formats: A private lesson, lasting thirty, sixty or ninety minutes, and a one hour, small group class, consisting of three to four students.
ALL AGES, ALL LEVELS
Whether you have a young child, at least four years old, or you are looking for lessons for yourself, David Kellen has worked with over 1000 students since 1991, showing the small child the joy of discovering sound, rhythm, using her fingers, to watching students become PhDs in Organ Performance, and a near finalist in the American Idol show. He has brought up real musicians, boys and girls who are now adults, making and teaching music. That says alot about his abilities as a music educator.
Studio K teaches people how to play everything: Classical, Country, Rock, Jazz, Christian, Sacred, and any substyle you can think. If it’s music, we can play it on the keys!
METHOD BOOKS, SUPPLEMENTAL BOOKS, ORIGINAL ARRANGEMENTS
At Studio K, we use the finest educational resources available. Books that are tested and help provide a solid foundation. We use resources from Faber and Faber, Bastien, and The Alfred Premiere Course. David has worked with the major lesson books, and these are the best out there! We also use several supplement books for popular, jazz, and classical repertoire.
David has arranged hundreds of songs over the years and has used them with his students for years. Movie themes, pop songs, and student requests are always available to help make playing the piano enjoyable, like it should be!
In case no one has told you, PIANO IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN!!! It strengthens your brain and fingers and is a great way to release endorphins!
JAZZ PIANO INSTRUCTION
David Kellen is also a fairly well known Jazz Pianist. He has played all over the Chicago area since 1986 and has played with some of the best musicians in town. He brings that experience into his teaching. Many of the areas junior high and high school jazz band players study with him. He teaches fundamental through advanced levels of improvisation, comping, playing & singing together, arranging and combo playing. He is a long time student of Frank Caruso.
THE SMALL GROUP LESSON
Each small group lesson is one hour in length. David works with only three to four students at a time, so it is like a private lesson within a very small class. We use YAMAHA Clavinova digital electronic pianos. Mr. Kellen provides his students with what they need for a successful week of practice at home. During each lesson:
Students have the opportunity to practice what they learn at the lesson.
David listens to a student play through a piece of music, gives direction on what he or she needs to improve upon, and the student practices what he or she is learning, right on the spot!Students often enjoy the one hour small group even more than a 30 minute private lesson. Duet and ensemble pieces are also taught, giving the students the ability to play as a group, which is the absolute best thing for training them to keep a steady beat!The hour gives the instructor more time to cover not only the students pieces, but also music theory, improvisation, history, note drills, scales, chords and ear training!When students are taught not just how to play, but how to practice, there are more “light bulb” moments that occur, causing them to grow and become great musicians!
Studio K Music also offers private organ lessons. David Kellen is an accomplished organist with four decades of experience in church music and electronic and theater organ playing.
MIDI, ARRANGING, WRITING, RECORDING, TRANSCRIBING SERVICES
David is also very proficient at many of the other aspects of making music. These lessons and sessions are setup on an individual basis.