MHS Drumline and Front Ensemble Tryouts for 2016-2017 School Year!

I am very excited to announce our dates for Drumline and Front ensemble tryouts for the Mattoon High School Pride of the Green Wave Marching Band!  All percussions entering into 9th – 12th grade are welcome to audition for this elite ensemble of percussionists.

Dates for Drumline ( tenors, snares, bass line) 

Thursday April 28 and Monday May 2nd    7:00 – 8:30 PM at the MHS BAND ROOM

Dates for Front Ensemble (for all percussionists and mallet players) 

Monday May 9th and Tuesday May 10th,  7:00 – 8:30 PM at the MHS BAND ROOM.

DRUMLINE audition material is currently posted, FRONT ENSEMBLE material will be posts ASAP. 

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Drumline 2016 Warmup and Exercises Packet (snares, tenors, bass)

MHS Drumline Exercises 2016

Drumline Reading Excercises 

Drumline Reading Excercise 2016 – Bass Line

Drumline Reading Excercise 2016 – Tenor Line

Drumline Reading Excercise 2016 – Snare line

 

Full Drumline Reading Exercises, BPM 120

 

Snare Reading Exercises Audio Examples,  BPM 120, 100, 80

 

Tenor Line Reading Exercises Audio Examples BPM 120, 100, 80

 

Bass Line Reading Exercises Audio Examples BPM 120, 100, 80

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fantastic Praise Nights at Arthur and Charleston!

We are so blessed to have many outstanding  musicians come out and perform with us at our Arthur and Charleston Praise Night Events!  Here are a couple photos from each event. Thank you Brian JohanPeter and Melissa Caywood for the photos!

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Hope to see everyone at our next praise nights in May!

Chris Keniley

Awesome Praise Night at Walnut Grove Christian Church!

What a great night of music and fellowship!  Our first Praise Night at Walnut Christian Church went very well! God always shows up in a mighty way at these events, and we are so blessed to have supportive churches that believe in our Praise Night Ministry.  We are looking forward to the next one!  A big thank you goes out to Dave and Caleb Caywood, Regina Yoder, Avery Smith,  and Kolten Keply for being part of the band, Terry Lefler for setting up this event and running media/sound, everyone that came to worship with us and our Lord and savior for bringing us together!

Our Next praise night is Saturday, April 16th @ Arthur United Methodist Church!  Hope to see everyone there!

Chris Keniley

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Photo Courtesy of Melissa Caywood

Walnut Grove, Arthur United Methodist and Charleston First Baptist Family Praise Nights in April!

Come join Chris Keniley and area musicians in a night of praise and worship!

4/8 – Night of Worship @ Walnut Grove Christian Church in Humboldt , 7:00 – 8:15pm

4/16 – Praise Night @ Arthur United Methodist Church 7:00 – 8:15 pm

4/22 – Night of Worship @ First Baptist Church in
Charleston. 7:00 – 8:15 pm

****4/30 – Praise Night @ 1st Christian Church in Arcola
(Tentative)

Everyone is welcome to come and worship, pray, and sing praises to the Holy Spirit! Musicians of all ages and abilities are welcome to join Chris K onstage for valuable performance (and worship) experience!

Event is open to the public! Offering appreciated to support the CKM Praise Night Ministry.

To participate, contact Chris Keniley at 217-232-3786 or email info@ChrisKMusic.com

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Singers:  Just come and sing! Contact Chris K for song list.  Ask about extra mics and leading music.

Bassits and Guitarists:  Due to sound we ask for guitarists to not bring amplifiers (unless used with headphones).  You may bring acoustic guitars or there are special plugins where you may use headphones.

Drummers:   We have an extra electric drumset that you may use!  Spots are limited so contact us today.  Drummers are rotated.  Due to space we ask not to bring your own drumset.

Keyboard –  We have a extra keyboards or your may bring your own!  Keyboard Players are rotated so let us know!  Spots are limited.

Celebrating 2 years of Praise Night Ministry!

2 Years ago was our first Praise Night Event at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Since then we have had over 100 performers of all ages (and abilites), performed over 80 different praise songs, held 36 praise events and expanded the ministry to serve not only Mattoon but Charleston and Arthur! All the Glory goes to our Lord and Savior!

Thank you to everyone that has helped, performed, volunteered, donated, and attended a Praise Night event! Thank You to St. John’s Lutheran Church & School – Mattoon, Illinois, Family Worship Center, Arthur United Methodist Church. and Charleston First Baptist Church for hosting us this past year!

We are excited to see the Lord move through this ministry and cannot wait to see what happens next!

 

Signup for music lessons, training, or coaching with the areas most in-demand music educator Chris Keniley!

Thank you for your interest in music lessons, training, or coaching at Chris K Music!

I currently work with musicians of all ages and abilities, not to mention a large range of instrumental lessons available!  Many of my students here at Chris K Music study multiple instruments and musical skills that will make them successful in any musical situation.  From learning how to “hear” the music to reading notes and charts,  my knowledge of music theory, aural training, improvisation, transcription and composition (writing) helps even the most well versed musicians obtain new levels of musical mastery.  I am also known for working with many Praise Leaders, Band Directors, Pastors and Youth Leaders in the area.

My list of instruments include (but not limited to):

Drums , Percussion, Voice, Piano, Synthesizer/Keyboard,  Guitar (all types), Mandolin, Ukulele, Bass Guitar,  Brass Instruments (Tuba, Trombone, Trumpet, French Horn, Baritone etc), Wood Wind Instruments (Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Recorder, etc.).

Skills or other Training Includes:

Song Writing or Arranging (composition),  Aural Training (listening and transcription),  Theory (understanding, reading),  Note Training,  Improvisation (soloing, jazz and multiple styles),  Sound Engineering (sound boards and effects),  Recording,  and more!

Contact Me today about what I can do to improve your musical abilities!

Blessings on your current and future musical journey!

Chris Keniley

Family Praise Night @ Arthur United Methodist Church! 7:00 – 8:15 PM.

Praise and Worship Night @ Arthur United Methodist Church!

Come join Chris Keniley and area musicians in a night of praise and worship!

Everyone is welcome to come and worship, pray, and sing praises to the Holy Spirit! Musicians of all ages and abilities are welcome to join Chris K onstage for valuable performance (and worship) experience!

Event is open to the public! Offering appreciated to support the CKM Praise Night Ministry.

To participate, contact Chris Keniley at 217-232-3786 or email info@ChrisKMusic.com

For More Information, please click here to visit our FaceBook Event Page!

Singers:  Just come and sing! Contact Chris K for song list.  Ask about extra mics and leading music.

Bassits and Guitarists:  Due to sound we ask for guitarists to not bring amplifiers (unless used with headphones).  You may bring acoustic guitars or there are special plugins where you may use headphones.

Drummers:   We have an extra electric drumset that you may use!  Spots are limited so contact us today.  Drummers are rotated.  Due to space we ask not to bring your own drumset.

Keyboard –  We have a extra keyboards or your may bring your own!  Keyboard Players are rotated so let us know!  Spots are limited.

 

Interested in Hosting a Praise Night or Night of Worship?

At ChrisKMusic there are 2 events we are excited about!

The Family Praise Night is now in its 2nd year of ministry! Inviting musicians of all ages and abilities to come and gain valuable worship experience and to continue to grow as a musician and with the Holy Spirit.

Our new Night of Worship is starting early this Spring, and it reaches deeper into worship with more experience musicians and singers looking for personal growth through music and worship.  This event is smaller but powerful in the word!

Both events are open to the public and would love to have you at a Chris K Music Ministry Event! Interested in hosting? Just let me know!

Current Participating Churches:

Arthur United Methodist Church   – Praise Night

First Christian Church Arcola   –  Night of Worship/Praise Night

Walnut Grove Christian Church  – Night of Worship

First Baptist Church Charleston   – Night of Worship

Family Worship Center Mattoon   – Praise Night

***Coming Soon****

Vineyard Church in Sullivan

Lessons available 2016

Blessings!

We currently have openings for interested students and families!  At Chris K Music,  I teach MANY instruments and most of my students become multi-instrumentalists or vocalists just like myself.   I also enjoy Winter/Spring lessons with all the musical activities in place, including:

Solo/Ensembles,  Theater Productions,  Pep Bands, Winter Drumlines, Honor Bands, Auditions,  Recitals and of course our Praise Nights!

I currently teach around 80 private students that enrolled in one-on-one private lessons (not including school bands, praise bands, group classes….) and I always try my best to get everyone in I can!  Home school students also found it reasonable to come early in the day along with parents, college students and adults with late night jobs!  I teach from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm most days.

Interested in becoming a Chris K Music Student? Just let me know!

Enrollment is open year round!

2015 Wrap Up!

Looking at 2015 I can’t express how blessed I truly am!  I gotten to know many wonderful students and musicians of all ages and abilities,  and I am very proud of the progress everyone has made through music lessons and our Praise Night Music Ministry.    I have also personally grown through my students and ministry, and cannot wait to see what 2016 has in store!

Music Lessons at Chris K Music really has seen a change this year,  training more students to become part of the Praise Night Ministry and equip themselves to serve more at church.  There has also been a growth in concert band students, which I am always  very excited to work with!  My hours also expanded to work with more home schooled students and adults.   Though our private school programs came to a hold, being able to now reach out to home school families has been a huge blessing.

This year marked a year of many positive changes at Chris K Music.  My Praise Night Ministry celebrated its 1st anniversary in March including switching to Family Worship Center.  The Praise Night Ministry also made many changes, including using real, authentic worship to train musicians to serve and lead in their on church or community.  We also had a few musicians from the ministry graduate from HS and pursuing worship as a career.  We also have many talented High and Middle school students take over their youth or adult praise bands!  In July we added Arthur United Methodist Church and Charleston First Baptist Church to the roster of churches offering Praise Nights!

I also had the privileged to serve a the drumline instructor at the Mattoon High School for the 6th year, including rearranging the show and working along side Todd Black everyday preparing the band for performance and competition.  The band and drumline took a huge step this year and very excited to see what is to come.

More great things to come!  Hopefully I will see everyone at a praise night or in music lessons soon!

Chris Keniley

CHris K Music

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