"Playing music feeds your SOUL."
Kipp Kahlia is a music educator based in Long Beach, California. She has years of experience as an instructor teaching group classes as well as giving private lessons. She teaches guitar, bass and vocals, and speaks English and Spanish.
"I love working with people who are just starting their first real experience as musicians. I REALLY love working with people who have been singing or playing for awhile, and feel STUCK. I remember really clearly what it felt like to have a certain level of ability, but not knowing how to ADVANCE. There were a zillion things I could have learned, but I didn't know enough to choose the most important things. I needed information, and I needed GUIDANCE. Finally, music school answered most of those questions for me. The other questions got answered when I started working professionally as a musician."
"Now, it's one of my favorite things to pass that information on to other "hungry" players -- it's great to watch their faces light up when they've gotten what they needed."
Kipp is a graduate of the world-renown Musicians Institute in Hollywood, a magnet for professional and aspiring professional musicians from around the world. After graduating from the Guitar program, she went on to tour for more than a decade with international reggae artists as a lead & rhythm guitarist, and vocalist.
"Touring has been great," she says. "I also wanted to broaden my musical horizons, and began to teach. I spent years developing a system that teaches students in a way that allows them to learn difficult concepts and build diverse playing abilities. And I do it in a way that makes it fun for them! Even during the learning process, music is meant to be enjoyed."
Kipp gives private lessons in guitar, vocals, and bass at a location near the Long Beach Airport, and teaches classes for local organizations and schools. Her performance workshops for intermediate guitarists and bassists are held in different locations in Southern California.
Kipp has volunteered for Long Beach Community Partnership's music program, instructing teenagers in songwriting, composition, music theory and digital recording. She continues to participate in the monthly roundtable discussions with underprivileged teens at LA's Youth Mentoring Connection. Her work with teens has earned her Soroptimist International Long Beach's "Woman of Distinction" award for 2013 in the area of International Goodwill.