Kevin Swets teaches guitar and ukulele in the San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas. He has experience teaching private lessons, beginners to advanced students, ages ranging from 7-45. Lessons emphasize fretboard literacy, proper technique and posture, critical thinking skills, and ear training for advanced students. Performance experience includes an eclectic mix of genres ranging from classical, flamenco, and rock. Kevin is classically trained in music performance and uses this as the foundation for his own teaching.
Kevin has earned his M.M. degree in Classical Guitar Performance from California State University Northridge, which was ranked as one of the top 25 music schools by the Hollywood reporter in 2014. He has performed in numerous school-organized recitals and accompanied choreographed dancers on guitar for student’s capstone projects. In addition, Kevin received a cherished spot on the dean’s list during his first year of study. His rigorous studies in the classical guitar have led him to perform in master classes with guitar legends Scott Tennant, Adam Holzman, Sharon Isben, Marcin Dylla and more. Most recently he has been a recipient of the prestigious Randy Rhoades Scholarship, upon which students competed and were then selected as winners by Randy Rhoades brother and sister. This marks Kevin’s second year as a Rhoades Scholar. As of Spring 2017, Kevin has had the honor of being elected and initiated in the Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society, the only nationally recognized music honors society.
Currently, Kevin is exploring repertoire that engages musicians of all instruments, similar to Yo-Yo Ma’s silk-road ensemble. He holds the belief that there is beautiful music to be discovered and performed within the atmosphere of collaboration. He is influenced by music from South America, primarily Venezuela and Argentina. In concerts, he will draw upon works from the great Spanish and South American composers including Albeniz, Turina, Piazzolla, and Barrios.
In his free time Kevin enjoys watching reruns of “the office.” snowboarding, reading non-fiction, attending concerts, and collaborating with friends.