Your Childbloom Guitar Instructors
Listen to Parents talk about the Childbloom Guitar Program:
”The one thing I’ve told …several friends…just how amazed they’ll be at how much they learn so quick and that the kids love it just as much as we love.”
”The group lesson and the idea that the parent is the…. guide…dynamite!”
””..He can grow up with this program. I like the idea to think that when he’s getting into adolesence this is something positive that he will have.”
”The fact that they could play a song so quickly.. ”
This was an encore piece at the GFA festival performance – a favorite of all who learn it.
Our Instructors are more than guitar teachers. At Childbloom we know that your instructor will be a mentor for your child. That’s why we are so careful in selecting, vetting and training our instructors to work with your child. Our staff has consistency, maturity, is conversant in all styles – from blues to classical – and can provide a long-term experience that parents want.
Kevin Taylor is founder of the Childbloom Guitar Program. He has taught guitar for over 40 years, including 17 years in conservatory and university settings. He has written over 350 articles about raising the musical child and has brought music into the lives of hundreds of families in Austin and Round Rock where he teaches. He has been called, ”the guitar guru of the pre-adolescent set,” by the press and been featured in the ”Great Teacher” series of Guitar Teacher magazine, His many students have excelled in their skill and love for music, winning many competitions and awards for their playing. He has instructed nine guitarists who have appeared on the national NPR radio show, ”From The Top.” He is Director and composer for Austin Bella Corda Guitar Ensemble and is Artistic Director of ”The Young Performing Artist Program.” He has also authored a high-school curriculum to teach music though guitar ensemble, which is now being used in schools in Texas and Oregon. He and his wife live in Austin, Tx.
KEVIN’S TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
”My teaching is focused on the student. I realize that young children must build motivation along with skill. If children are motivated, nothing can stop them from excelling. I have over 40 years experience with music, art and the techniques of guitar playing, so those are the elements I seek to communicate to the student. I understand the influence parents have in their child’s motivation and I work with parents to the ends they desire. What is important in my classes is learning, not teaching. I am as proud of my students who play at church, for their grandparents, friends, or for their own enjoyment, as I am of the kids who play on the concert stage. I am honored to bring music into the lives of young people.”
Slobodan Vujisic (Slobodan Voo-yi-sich) began his guitar studies at the exclusive Josip Slavenski School of Music in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. In 1975, at the age of 19, he won the Yugoslav National Guitar Competition. After attending The University of Belgrade Law School for four years, he continued his musical studies and received his performance degree from the state conservatory Orazio Vecchi in Modena, Italy.
He has performed with Yugoslav Guitar Duo, Guitar and Violin Duo, Flute and Guitar Duo, University of Texas Early Music Ensemble, Musica Antiqua Consort, Ensemble Renaissance, Texas Early Music Project, Ensemble La Folia and others. While in Europe, Mr. Vujisic toured with his early music group Ensemble Renaissance from 1981 until 1994 when he moved to Austin from his native Belgrade. He is also the Director of Austin Troubadors, an early music ensemble.
Mr. Vujisics career has included teaching music to elementary and secondary students in Europe for 15 years, where his students have won 16 awards in national competitions. Before moving to Austin in 1994, he was a full time Professor of guitar at the state music school Slavenski in Belgrade. He began teaching for the Childbloom Guitar Program in Austin, TX. in April of 1994, and was recognized as a ”Motivator of the year” in 1999, 2004 and was the Childbloom national ”Instructor of the Year” in 2013. During his tenure with Childbloom, his students have won prizes at several Regional and National competitions, including the most prestigious GFA Youth Competition.
Mr. Vujisic teaches in North West Austin near 183 and Anderson Mill Rd., with his wife Neli, a piano teacher, and his daughter Mia, a Texas Tech Red Raider.
SLOBODAN’S TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
My teaching philosophy comes from over 30 years experience teaching children. My aim as a guitar teacher is to approach lessons with my students in a creative, fun and stimulating way. It is my ultimate goal as a teacher to develop the inner artist in my students and instill a life long enriching relationship and love of music through playing the guitar.
Every student is unique and different. Each student has their own personality and learning style, and my goal is to work with that to help him or her get the most out of their lesson time.I believe that it is a great privilege to be a musician. I am grateful for being able to spend my days devoted to an art form that continually inspires me, and for having the opportunity to share that art form with others.
Katie Kerwin holds a bachelor degree in music performance from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. She has taught and performed in Austin for 25 years. She is also a trained Suzuki violin teacher. Katie returned to Childbloom guitar instruction after raising her two daughters. She teaches at the Austin Central studio and in her home in South Austin. While not performing and teaching, Ms. Kerwin enjoys bicycling and tending to her pets.
KATIE’S TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
”I believe that music enhances our lives through artistic expression, communication and growth. Consideration is given to having fun while learning musical skills to create a well-rounded musician capable of enjoying music for a lifetime.
Chris grew up in San Antonio and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has been a Childbloom Instructor since 2006. Mr. Stone is conversant with both classical and pop traditions and keeps abreast of current musical trends. Chris received the national Childbloom, ”Instructor of the Year” award in 2011 for his ability to motivate and inspire his students. He has taught music/guitar at Mid-America Guitar Camp in St Louis and at at NYOS charter School. He teaches in Central Austin, Round Rock and in Bee Cave at the Austin Tennis Academy College Prep School. Chris is also an experienced audio engineer. He was the editor and engineer for the critically acclaimed ”Gypsy Teens” CD and is the studio engineer of choice for Austin Creative Alliance’s ”Young Performing Artist Program” recordings.
TO HELP YOU TAME THE PRACTICE MONSTER
The Childbloom Monthly Newsletter and teacher training.
”Practice Counseling” is serious business. This is an important topic in every Childbloom teacher’s training and is robustly discussed at teacher workshops. We want to help your child get through the ups and downs of motivation and to build a lifelong love for music and learning. Important in that effort is the the Childbloom Monthly Newsletter that addresses the typical challenges you will experience regarding motivation and practice. Parents overwhelmingly agree that the newsletter is an important tool in helping them support their musical child.