PRYAF music teacher featured in ‘Behind the Set List’
Piece entitled, ‘The Key of Lee: Musician Kunchang Lee on Teaching, Practicing and YouTube’
–Kunchang Lee is a local musician and music teacher who was featured in an article on Behind the Set List. He has been playing guitar for over half his life. In addition to guitar, he also teaches bass, ukulele, banjo, mandolin and dobro. Most of his teaching time is spent at the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation in California, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing arts education to students from low-income families. He also has a full roster of private students ranging from ages seven to over 60.
Behind the Setlist is an online music publication for high-quality music journalism and concert storytelling. The piece reads:
The piece begins:
All is quiet in Kunchang Lee’s garage studio. A child sits, holding his guitar in quiet concentration. He’s been learning “Sweet Home Alabama” and he’s hoping this next take will be the one. Moments later, after three clean chord transitions, that same child has put his guitar down and is now dancing around the garage.
That’s Jimmy. He’s one of Lee’s younger students, and he has just made a breakthrough.
“When he gets something—anything—when he just plays an A minor to an F to a G, he jumps up and starts dancing. Every time,” Lee says. “The first time he did that, I had an epiphany. I realized I had lost that [excitement] at some point, and I need to get that back.”
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