THE STUDIO OF KEVIN DOLLAR
All things guitar...
More than just a guitar lesson - music, posture, thought and balance combined to make learning fun and engaging.
WHO IS KEVIN?
More than a guitarist
On classical, steel string, electric or gypsy guitar, Kevin Dollar represents a multifaceted approach to the instrument. His performances vary from solo classical guitar and chamber ensemble, to early 20th century traditional music, to the gypsy jazz guitar style of pre-WWII France. Being a versatile musician has always been a top priority for this well-rounded performer and teacher. Kevin has acted as Director of the MANC Guitar Competition, an instructor at the Music Academy of NC (1995-2013, with master teacher status since 2003), and on the faculty of Elon University (2005-2013). Kevin has performed for the Piedmont Artists Guild, Eastern Music Festival, Elon Jazz Festival, National Public Radio’s “State of Things,” UNC-TV's "NC Weekend" and at colleges, universities and other educational institutions throughout the Southeast. Kevin regularly performs with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and has shared the stage with the likes of Doc Watson, David Holt, Katherine Whalen, and Clay Aiken. Kevin has performed with the Greensboro Opera Company, the Triad Guitar Quartet, Duo Dolce, Bel Canto and the Hot Club of North Carolina, a group dedicated to the preservation of gypsy jazz. Kevin received his MM from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2001 and currently performs with Low Key (www.lowkeync.com) and the Minor Swing Band (www.facebook.com/theminorswingband). He is also the founder of "Yoga for Guitarists" having created the program after completing his RYT-200 certification.
"From the first lesson, Kevin's complete mastery is readily apparent. He demonstrates an amazing degree of proficiency on both classical and electric styles. He is able to break down complex techniques and explain them in terms familiar to the beginning, intermediate or advanced student."
My goal is to provide each student with personalized instruction that is geared to both their level of ability and area of interest. I have plans for the recreational hobbyist, the aspiring rock star, the college bound auditioner, the future professional musicians and more.
INDIVIDUAL LESSONS FOR EACH STUDENT
Each lesson is designed for the student individually. No patterns, box classes or standard material. In fact we plan our course of study monthly and divert as needed to stay on track with the changing needs and abilities of each person.
LEVEL OR AGE NOT IMPORTANT!
Regardless of age (my current range is 4-84) or ability (never played a guitar right up to expert level trying to gain new ideas or wisdom) you will find a comfortable place here in the studio.
BEHIND THE MUSIC OF KEVIN DOLLAR
As a teacher, Kevin works with many different styles and a variety of age groups (4-84 at the present time). Starting his career in 1987 as a way to spend more time with the guitar, he continued to teach through his undergraduate and graduate degrees in music performance. Upon starting his professional teaching career at the Music Academy of North Carolina in 1995, Kevin already had 8 years of experience behind him and continues to develop his teaching style through research, curriculum development, and by accepting students of all ages (4 and up) and from any musical background (beginners are always welcome as are all levels of ability).
His students have been accepted into music schools around the country, and can be found in rock, blues and jazz bands from NYC to Miami. Some have become well-established instructors and several hold prizes from national guitar competitions.
Kevin currently teaches at his own studio in Greensboro, NC and on the web at KevinDollarGuitarInstruction.com.
Kevin says, "The best way to learn anything beyond the obvious limitations of the subject matter, is simply to teach. I've become a better player through my students in many ways."