Kenya Wilson: Piano
Name: Kenya Wilson
Instruments taught: Piano
Private rate: $30 per half hour, $55 per hour
Ages taught: 3 ½ - 99
Other Instruments Played:
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Violin, Upright Bass, Drum Kit, Recorder, Flugelhorn, Tuba, French Horn, Baritone Horn, Melophone, Flute, Piccolo, Trumpet, Euphonium, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Bass Clarinet, Alto Clarinet, Bb Clarinet, Cornet, Trombone, Piano
Teaching at Bill’s since: 2019
Experience Teaching: Teaching for over 10 years
Experience Playing Music: "I Have been the pianist for my church for over 20 years, playing for services and adult and youth choirs. Started formal music training on the Alto Saxophone. Also I play various percussion instruments: Xylophone, Timpani, Congas, and Bongos."
Genres of music taught: Classical, Popular Music, Christian Contemporary, Gospel, R&B, Folk
Education: Berklee College of Music; specializations in General Music and Music Theory
Teaching Philosophy: Tapping into our creativity through music is the key to tapping into our greatest potential in all areas of our lives. I believe that learning to play an instrument is a lifelong journey that should be fun, enriching, and revelatory. My approach in innately exploratory, using piano, voice and various artistic methods to stimulate learning outside-of-the-box and inspire innovation.
About Kenya Wilson
Kenya is a gifted musician and songwriter from the Washington, DC area. At an early age, she realized that she had a keen ear for music with the ability to sing or play musical melodies and commercial jingles almost exactly as they were rendered. It became clear to her and her parents that music was more than an interest - it was a passion and a gift.
During her school years, she sang in the County Honors Chorus and began formal instruction on the alto saxophone and on her preferred instrument - the piano, winning several awards for performance and musicianship. Her music education progressed by playing the saxophone in Concert Bands, which afforded her the opportunity to learn and perform on other instruments, including the xylophone, timpani, cymbals, bongos, congas and bells. Kenya continued to play and compose on the piano throughout her youth.
Her skills as a musician blossomed when, at the age of 18, the pianist of her church mentored her to take the reigns. For the next 18 years, she served as the church pianist and, ultimately, the Chief Musician and music minister leading the band; playing, directing and composing for the adult and youth choirs; and playing and singing with the praise and worship team. Having a heart and passion for helping others develop their musical talents and skills, Kenya began conducting small group instruction to toddlers in Washington, DC day care centers, teaching music appreciation and primer-level piano. Later, she became a traveling piano teacher through Traveling Teachers, Inc. in Maryland, providing beginner piano instruction for youth and adults.
Kenya is an alum of the Berklee College of Music with specializations in General Music and Music Theory. She continues her music education journey as a traveling and in-studio teacher, teaching for Lessons in Your Home, Inc., Music & Arts, and as an independent lesson provider through her company Judah Heritage Music. Through teaching to play the piano, Kenya aspires to bring out the creativity, musicianship and self-confidence in each of her students, as they reach their greatest musical potential.
Thank you and I look forward to getting started!