LEARN from a "Real" PRO (the Secrets of HIS Success) Alabama Music Hall of Fame Keyboardist KENNY KIRBY
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In his 40 year career Kenny has toured w/ 5 members of the Rock & Rock Hall of Fame, most notably & recently VAN MORRISON. He also played w/ many R&B/Pop Grammy-Winners & 3 American Idol Finalists. He has 100+ album credits to his name. Kenny's full resume includes: Sly &The Family Stone, The Delfonics, Three Degrees, Major Harris, Billy Paul, Phyllies Intruders, The Blue Notes, The Soul Survivors, Danny & The Juniors, The Coasters (Cornell Gunter), Jewel Akens, The Marvelettes (Gladys Horton), Johnny Tillotson, Gospel Grammy-Winner Phil Driscoll, Jock Bartley (Firefall), Justin Guarini (American Idol) & Country Grammy-Winner Billy Dean.
Keyboardist KENNY KIRBY was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and began playing piano and organ at the young age of 7. After formal private study he turned professional at age 15. Kenny matriculated at The University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB), earning his Associate Degree in Music Performance/Theory.
As a music teacher, Kenny derives a great sense of enjoyment and fulfillment from sharing his gift with other aspiring musicians. He is passionate about the fundamentals; just as you wouldn't build a house without the right foundation, it's imperative that students understand basic theory in order to play music. Kenny is a wonderful fit for any student with an interest in pursuing a career in professional music, but his main goal is simply for every student to enjoy lessons and grow in their passion for music.
Dan is a Cum Laude graduate from Boston’s Berklee College of Music, and has been playing piano and keyboards on the Atlanta music scene since 1981. Dan has played with and led bands for numerous local and regional acts. He was a staff musician for the Ritz Carlton Buckhead for thirty years. There he led instrumental trios, piano and vocal duos, trios with vocalist, as well as solo sets.
He has worked as musical director/band leader for many Atlanta and regional Rhythm and Blues singers including: Robin Brown, Liz Spraggins, and Jane Powell. His bands at the Ritz have featured vocalists like Theresa Hightower, Cheryl Renee, Sheila Wheat, and Elaine Garrett.
Dan has led bands at corporate events and weddings for Mayfair Artist Representatives. Lee J. Howard Entertainment, Rupert’s Orchestra, and Event Performance.
Dan has been teaching privately for many years. The last ten years with Kevin Bales Studios where he teaches students how to function as a working keyboard player. He stresses harmony (how chords work), as well as the fundamentals of learning chords, and gets students to improvise in just a few lessons. Also, Dan has been a keyboard instructor for Chicago Joe’s Rock and Blues Camp, as well as Atlanta Rock and Blues Camp.
Dan continues to play gigs in Atlanta as well as continuing his own musical education and practice regimen.
George began studying piano at the age of five years old-his first teacher was a retired Julliard instructor.and help to launch a lifetime of study and performance of piano.
George currently performs as pianist/singer locally at Atlanta's finest local 5 star venues. George also makes his talents available for those interested in studying piano.
My goal, as teacher, is to facilitate the student in finding their inner musical voice and developing their technique to express that voice through their instrument. He believes the student should have a balance of materials that keep it interesting and challenging for their development. He performs a multitude of styles and enjoys music in most all forms-from Classical to Popular to Jazz.