BOAZ KIM - Harmonica, Voice, Piano, & Brass Instructor
Growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Boaz began his musical studies at a young age, taking up piano. Seeing a Mr. Rodgers episode with the Boston Brass made him excited to join the band program in 5th grade and choose the trumpet. His admiration of his 7th grade band director was the driving force behind his musical direction and Boaz even credits the music director with why he went on to major in Music Education. Boaz became fully immersed in had such a love of music that he began giving lessons during his lunch periods in 12th grade. This experience reassured him that this in fact was the field he would pursue. Upon graduating high school, Boaz received the Michael Brecker Jazz scholarship, which only strengthened his drive to succeed in music.
Boaz went on to attend and graduate from West Chester University of PA with a B. M. in Music Education, with a focus on voice. During his time at WCU, he participated in several of the ensembles including the Concert Choir, Mastersingers, Statesmen jazz ensemble, and the marching band. He participated in master classes and vocal honors recitals. Boaz is very grateful to have studied voice under Dr. Inyoung Lee and vocal pedagogy under Dr. Emily Bullock.
Boaz welcomes students of all ages to join him for lessons. Through his college education, trumpet lessons from Philadelphia’s Tony DeSantis, and harmonica lessons with Chicago’s Howard Levy, Boaz has learned that both fundamentals and individuality are very important in private lessons. He is comfortable teaching music theory and ear-training, which will allow the student to become flexible and well-rounded on their instrument.
When Boaz is not teaching, performing, or in the recording studio, he is currently the “go-to guy” for harmonica repairs for many of Philadelphia’s blues harmonica players. Two of the more exciting restorations for his clients were of a 1930’s Hohner harmonica, and two very rare 1990’s Joe Filisko customized Marine Band.