Have you always wanted to learn how to play the guitar? Is your child gifted at music? Guitar instructor (16+ yrs. experience) and Polaris Music Prize juror, York University music graduate, DownBeat contributor Kerilie McDowall is now accepting students for guitar and theory lessons for the 2019 season. Beginners are welcome, all ages 6+ to seniors. Registration for the current 2019 spring/summer/fall and information sessions will take place by appointment at Oceanview Guitar Studio Nanaimo, BC during Open House. Ample parking.
Reserve your appointment by email with Kerilie at keriliemcdowall(at)gmail(dot)com or message with a PM through Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/keriliemusic/ McDowall teaches Composition, Improvisation, Theory and Jazz, Folk, Blues, Pop/Rock/Hip Hop/Country and your favourite songs and styles on the guitar. Kerilie McDowall was invited by CBC to judge Canada’s Polaris Music Prize in 2018 and is a current juror. McDowall judged the JUNO awards from 2016-18, and since 2017 has been judging the DownBeat Critics Poll.
In past years McDowall released City Wildflower (1995) with her jazz quintet. In 1999 her sextet was recorded and broadcasted by Hot Air at CBC Radio in Vancouver by producer Neil Ritchie. A Spotlight review about Kerilie McDowall and her collective from US Guitar Player magazine raved, “a very talented musician”…” labels listen up,” and “a first-rate jazz quintet.”
McDowall was a bandleader and led her own quartets, quintets, and ensembles and was active in the 90’s as a jazz guitarist and guitar instructor in Vancouver, BC performing at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and other jazz and music festivals, and at venues like The Glass Slipper, Vancouver East Cultural Centre and O’Doul’s. McDowall played clubs/parties/TV and radio. As a side player, she performed with local Vancouver vocalists and various artists such as Vancouver’s popular all-female jazz group Mother of Pearl and the Katya Gorrie Band playing jazz, blues, R&B and pop. Her educational background includes a York University, Ontario, B.F.A. in Music Performance degree in Jazz Performance and New Music Composition. At York University, McDowall studied with New Music composer the late James Tenney and studied Classical Guitar. She also studied with renowned Toronto Classical guitar instructor Eli Kassner (instructor of Liona Boyd, Lenny Breau, Norbert Kraft).
After receiving a major Canada Council Composition grant award, she studied with acclaimed Toronto and New York City area jazz musicians including New York’s John Abercrombie. As a teenager, McDowall was mentored and influenced by gifted Toronto blues guitarist Buzz Upshaw and she began playing professionally in pop/rock bands while still in high school.
As a writer and critic for the popular US jazz magazine DownBeat, Kerilie has recently written reviews of music by The Cory Weeds Little Big Band, Charlie Porter, Anthony Fung, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Amanda Ekery, Vanessa Rubin, Guy Mintus and Zela Margossian.
Formerly BC-born Kerilie was a US award-winning volunteer jazz radio host/producer and was on the air for over 18 years in Victoria and Nanaimo, BC, Canada. She has listened to thousands of recordings as a radio producer. In radio, McDowall spent six years as an international jazz/creative/avant-garde music podcaster of Rhythm’a’ning reaching #1 in 2015 on Google under “jazz podcasts.”
Kerilie is currently a volunteer TV host on The Show and a volunteer TV director on Coast Connections at Nanaimo’s SHAW Spotlight. In 2016, McDowall won the Stiletto Woman of Distinction Award from the Black Women & The Arts Awards of Atlanta, Georgia, USA and was the Celebrity of the Month in August 2016 in Nanaimo Magazine.
Kerilie has 16 years of guitar teaching experience with all ages and enjoys teaching in a fun and relaxed environment for students. McDowall has 34 years in the music industry. McDowall has experience working with children and adults with ADHD and learning disabilities. Mark Open House on your calendar and reserve your appointment now by email. Meet with Kerilie McDowall at the Open House weekday or weekend of your choice to chat and discuss booking your lessons. Limited lesson spaces. Questions? Keriliemcdowall(at)gmail.com or PM Kerilie on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kerilie and https://www.facebook.com/keriliemusic/.
See you at the Open House!