The Beverly Arts Center (BAC), 2407 W. 111th St., recently announced that Matt McKinney has accepted the position of manager of the BAC School of Fine Arts.
McKinney has taught piano classes for the past several years and previously held the position of outreach coordinator.
The BAC will begin both online and in-person instruction on Monday, Sept. 14, with classes in music, dance, theater, visual arts and film.
“In an effort to restructure our organization due to the impact of COVID-19, I am happy to take on this new role in a challenging year,” McKinney said. “It’s a time when our organization is navigating new adventures in the virtual world, in addition to the quality programming we have historically offered. As of this time, we are in a hybrid model with many of our classes being offered online. The Beverly Arts Center is an essential organization for our communities. We want them to know that we’re here for them and dedicated to bringing the best in arts programming on whatever the platform it is being offered.”
McKinney will also teach online classes in piano introduction on Wednesdays at 4 p.m., piano basics at 4:30 p.m., and Piano One at 5 p.m.
“Writing simple, progressive songs about Chicago scenes or places that students might connect to seemed like a fun way to engage students,” McKinney said. “Whether songs describing sadness and written in a minor key, like ‘A Sad Chicago Street,’ or a fun, adventurous song, like ‘Pirates of Lake Michigan,’ the pieces become a topic to explore in addition to the skills being learned.”
McKinney created a pedagogical piano method book with songs named after places or scenes in Chicago and Illinois as a fun way to introduce piano music while also learning and attaining piano skills. He is also the host of the monthly podcast “Beverly Arts Talk.”
For more information, call (773) 445-3838 or visit the website at beverlyartcenter.org.