©2018 Kevin O'Neil

Verdun, QC  H4H 1P1

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A Bit About Me

I'm a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and teacher living in the Verdun borough of Montreal. 

Mostly self-taught at first, I've also pursued 15 years' of formal studies in music. I've studied classical guitar and composition at Dalhousie University in Halifax. I hold a Master's degree in composition (where I studied under composers Denis Gougeon and Michel Longtin). I've completed most of a PhD in Music Education at McGill (where I'm ABD: all-but-dissertation). I'm currently on a leave from my PhD studies, to focus on my family and on making & teaching music.

I've been teaching music for almost as long as I've been playing it.  I picked up the guitar at age 13, and by the time I was 15, I had a roster of students of all ages that I taught out of the studio I build in my parents' basement. Since then, my educational work has continued to grow in richness and variety, from a teaching guitar and bass at a school in Montreal's Haitian community to designing university-level courses at McGill, to founding a creative music camp for Acadian youth.  Recently, I've had the amazing experience of working as a producer for albums by my former students.

Since 2016 I've been a member of la Coopérative de professeurs de musique de Montréal, where I teach private and groupe classes in ukulele, guitar, and bass at our office in the Plateau area. Having moved from Mile End to Verdun in 2017, I am currently building a base of private students in the Sud-Ouest boroughs and environs (Verdun & Nun's Island, Westmount, St. Henri, NDG, Lasalle). I also plan to teach music camps in the Montreal area starting in the summer of 2019.