Kyleen Boyd | Instructor Bio

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  • What is your teaching philosophy?

    My teaching philosophy would be that you get out of it, what you put into it. If you apply yourself and are willing to put in hard work, you will succeed and progress quickly.

    How long have you been teaching music? At YMP?

    I began interning at YMP the Spring of 2014 and started teaching private piano and voice lessons in 2016.

    What is your favorite thing about teaching music?

    One of my favorite things about teaching music is seeing students “light up” when they understand something new. I also really enjoy watching and experiencing how each student grows from the time I start teaching them.

    What do you expect of your students in classes/lessons?

    I expect my students to come into class and/or lesson with a positive attitude, ready to learn and also willing to have some fun at the same time.

  • What do you expect of student’s parents?

    My expectation from parents is to encourage and support their students practice time, commitment, and positive attitude both individually and collectively.

    When did you first start playing music?

    Since I was born into a musical family, music has always been a part of my life. I started playing piano and violin at the age of 3 and started playing the harp at age 12.

    What is your educational background? Did you study music in school and/or privately?

    I graduated from Canby High School in 2016 and am currently a student at Clackamas Community College working towards my degree in Education. I was highly involved with choir throughout all of high school, but I studied piano, voice, and harp, privately.

    Do you play in any bands / perform in the Portland area?

    Currently, I am not performing in any bands but in the past I have performed with my school choir, Tualatin High School orchestra and two different senior retirement homes.

    What is the first song you learned how to play and how old were you?

    Hot Cross Buns was the very first song I learned how to play on the piano at age 3. Twinkle, Twinkle was the first song I learned on the violin also at age 3.

    How do you handle mistakes while practicing or during a performance?

    Although mistakes are frustrating, they are important for learning. The thing that I found works best for me when making mistakes during practicing, is to drill that section over and over. It is easy to skip over it, but that will not help in the long run. When I make a mistake while performing, I go on like it never happened, because most of the time, the audience has no clue you made a mistake. It is important not to be too hard on yourself, because everyone gets nervous and everyone has or will make a mistake, once in their life.

    Describe a skill on your instrument that was a challenge and one you’ve had to work very hard to achieve.

    A skill that I struggled with was reading music in both hands at the same time. When I was younger, I liked to play and learn by ear, so when it came time for more difficult music, I struggled reading music while putting hands together. This is something that has not come easy for me, but one that I continue working hard  to achieve.

    Who are your musical influences?

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is one of the greatest musicians of all times and has had a positive influence on my overall music experience. I have always been in awe of the way Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder play the piano so flawlessly. Vocally, I would say Norah Jones and Michael Buble have been my biggest musical influences.

    What do you feel when you play music?

    When I am stressed or feeling sad, I like to sit down at my harp or at the piano and play pieces that I have already learned. This brings a sense of relaxation and stress relief for me. Music is an awesome way to relieve stress and find happiness again.

    If you had the chance to study and/or perform with any musician, living or deceased, who would it be?

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He is one of the greatest composers of all time and I would have loved the chance to study piano with him.

    When did you know you wanted to be musician?

    Because I was born into a very musical family, I never thought about it. Music came natural to me and I have just continued to love it!

    If you weren’t a musician/teacher what might you be?

    I love music AND I love working with children so it just makes sense that I am a music teacher. But if I wasn’t a music teacher I would probably pursue being an elementary school teacher.

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