Since 1994, Kevin Kinane has been teaching music in a wide variety of situations with an emphasis on younger, beginning students and special needs children. You may have seen him at The Public Library Summer Reading programs or at The City Of Albuquerque Summerfest events where Kinane has brought his high energy, interactive music programs for over 20 years. At the libraries, Kevin alternates between his “Drums Around The World’ and his “RecycleMan” programs each year at every library. One features dozens of percussion instruments while the latter utilizes found objects as well as the Dr. Seuss like “RecycleMachine” to teach kids rhythm, tone, and team building.
Kevin began his teaching career as a preschool music teacher at Garden Gateway in the north valley. Since then he has served as interim music teacher, after school music program coordinator or guest teacher at the following facilities: Bandelier, Monte Vista and Eubank Elementary Schools, The Academy, Jefferson and Harrison Middle Schools, UNM Children’s Hospital, NM School For The Blind, Cornstalk Institute, ARCA Special Needs Facilities and various home school groups. As a founding teacher for The New Mexico Jazz Workshops summer music camps, Kinane has taught piano, ukulele, drum set, harmonica, jam band, percussion, and junk band/instrument building for nearly 20 years. Presently, Mr. Kinane has been performing at family events, juggling private students and going into schools to reach a new generation of our future musicians.
Back in 1990 I realized that I can’t waste my time working for a company and still try to pursue a career in music. So I studied and kept learning new instruments and found a way to immerse myself in music and still eek out a living. Forming my own bands, teaching, playing in five bands on different instruments, taking pickup gigs and generally making myself available (without missing any gigs) is how I’ve spent more than half of my life and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.