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Kevin Paton-Cole
Music Teacher, Professional
Location: Laurel, MD
Speaks: English, French
Instructs: Piano, Voice
Education: B.M Music Performance - Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute 2nd Place Winner - Organ Competition by National Association of Negro Musicians 2nd Place Winner - Peabody Art Song Competition Grade A Trumpet Certificate - Royal School of Music for Trumpet
Performance Experience: Organist/Piano Accompanist - Saint Phillip and James Catholic Church Organist/Piano Accompanist - DC Strings Organist/Piano Accompanist/Singer - Six Degree Singers Organist/Piano Accompanist/Singer - City Choir of Washington Opera Singer @ Peabody Opera, Baltimore
Teaching Experience: Piano Instructor @ Severn River Music School, Severn Maryland - 2019 - Present Piano Instructor @ School of Rock, Annapolis Maryland - 2018 - 2019
Teaching Philosophy: As a music teacher, my role is to provide a safe environment for students to learn and grow. I believe that we are all life time students, and I always approach my lessons with this in mind, so as to grow and learn with the student as I communicate my knowledge as a musician to help guide them in their musical journey. I see it as my responsibility to meet the students’ needs and tailor every lesson based on their knowledge and level at which they are in their musical education.

Get to know Kevin

Kevin is a native of Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa, where he spent most of his childhood as a young choirboy and organist at the age of fourteen. He relocated to the U.S in 2015 and started his musical studies at the Prince George’s Community College under the baton of Dr. Nakia Verner and Gary Kirkeby. He graduated from the Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute with a B.M in Music Performance (organ/voice-opera) Degree, while studying with world renowned organists Dr. John Walker, Dr. Daniel Aune and American baritone William Sharp. Currently he is pursuing his Masters in Organ Performance and Opera performance at the same university. Kevin also serves the Johns Hopkins university community as the Music Director, organist and pianist at Saint Phillip and James Catholic Church (university parish). He has performed as piano accompanist and organist for numerous churches, choral groups and orchestral groups in the Washington D.C Metropolitan area such as DC Strings based in DC, Six Degree Singers, based in Silver Spring, Epiphany Episcopal Church, District Heights, Saint Phillips Episcopal Church, DC, and Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Takoma Park. A few highlights of his operatic singing experience include the role of High Priest in the Peabody Opera production of Handel’s baroque masterpiece, Semele, and Don Alfonso in Italian Mozart’s opera Cosi Fan Tutte. Kevin frequently performs as a soloist in the Peabody Organ Department’s Virtual Halloween Concert done annually. In recent productions, he has been featured as a bass soloist in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass conducted by Marin Aslop, Simone in Italian Pucinni’s opera Gianni Schicci, Mr Collins in the world stage premier of of the opera Pride and Prejudice and Crebillion in Pucinni’s opera La Rondine. Kevin currently freelances as a professional singer, organist, and piano instructor.

Kevin teaches at:
11200 Scaggsville Rd Unit 111
Laurel, MD 20723
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