Kevin Townson was born 1962 in Ft Worth Texas. Initially starting with the electric guitar playing Rock and Roll, he performed throughout the North Texas area from 1978-1983. In the late 1970’s he was inspired by a video of Andrea Segovia performing at the White House for Jimmy Carter. This inspired and motivated him to further his classical studies. He says, “I was so taken back by the fact that this guy must be 80 years old and he’s playing guitar (very well) to people that were absolutely spell bound.” Kevin decided at that point he wanted to be like that when he grew up.
In 1985 he began his studies with Tom Johnson at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX where he received both his Bachelors and Masters degree in Classical guitar performance.
Kevin is currently performing extensively as a soloist and with his Latin-Jazz group, The Kevin Townson Band, for a variety of venues throughout the DFW Metroplex. He has released three CD’s to date featuring his unique blend of flamenco, jazz and pop sounds. Pictures from Spain (2003), Between The Lines (2005) and On The Rocks (2019).
Kevin is also sharing his experiences by teaching guitar. In addition to teaching guitar starting in 1984 he has been introducing music to kids for over 23 years using the Childbloom curriculum. Kevin says “I really love teaching this method. It’s so wonderful to see the kid’s eyes just light up when they learn something they thought was not attainable. It’s such a fun way to communicate with young people and hopefully inspire them to greater goals.
My teaching philosophy is very simple. Provide a safe and positive learning environment within the studio, as well as, present the student with the appropriate material needed for long term musical and technical growth. Students must have a clear, focused and obtainable lesson plan and assignments need to be presented in a clear and concise manner to not only the student but the parent as well. Communication between everyone is also very important in order to avoid confusion and conflicts about the lesson, the home practice and any goals which need to be focused on for the lesson. As a student progresses, there are more challenges that arise and it’s important to encourage the student to have more and more ownership over their tasks.
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