Parent Testimonies

About Kevin

Listen to Parents talk about the Childbloom Guitar Program:

”The one thing I’ve told …several friends…just how amazed they’ll be at how much they learn so quick and that the kids love it just as much as we love.”



”What attracted me to the Program was that it said it catered directly to children.”

”The group lesson and the idea that the parent is the…. guide…dynamite!”




”What we liked instantly was when she came home that first night she could play something.”

””..He can grow up with this program. I like the idea to think that when he’s getting into adolesence this is something positive that he will have.”




”Your kids drag out the guitar when grandparents come over…they’re really proud of that you know… ”

”The fact that they could play a song so quickly.. ”


This was an encore piece at the GFA festival performance – a favorite of all who learn it.

Click here to see a video of Childbloom students playing Gypsy Teens

Kevin Carlson


Kevin Carlson is a long time guitar instructor and professional player in the St. Cloud area.

– On Thursday mornings Kevin can be found performing solo guitar in the lobby of the Coborn’s Cancer Center at the Centra Care Health Plaza in Sartell from 9:30 – 11:30 am.

Kevin Carlson has enjoyed a life long career of guitar driven performance, teaching and liturgical music. His latest recordings are “The Guitar Can Do It,” and “Inside the Heart of a Musician,” in addition to a new demo of Electric Guitar Ensemble music.

Kevin earned a BMus, (Summa) from the University of MN, Minneapolis, MN (1987), as well as a Professional Guitar Degree from Musicians Institute (GIT), Los Angeles, CA (1988).

In addition to performing as a freelance soloist and ensemble guitarist, Kevin directs the Childbloom / PMI Guitar School and the Twin Rivers Bella Corda advanced (teen) guitar ensemble in St. Cloud, MN.

Kevin is an active member of Guitar foundation of America, the MN Guitar Society and currently serves on the MN Music Teachers Assoc. (MMTA) Board of Directors as Vice President of Voice / Instrumental Programs statewide.
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Kevin Performing one of his originals titled ”Rejoice”  with Josh Honkamp



Enjoy this video of Kevin’s Etude #2 aka ”April Rain” – guitar, violin and rainstick 




”My teaching is focused on the student. I realize that young children must build motivation along with skill. If children are motivated, nothing can stop them from excelling. I have over 40 years experience with music, art and the techniques of guitar playing, so those are the elements I seek to communicate to the student. I understand the influence parents have in their child’s motivation and I work with parents to the ends they desire. What is important in my classes is learning, not teaching. I am as proud of my students who play at church, for their grandparents or at home for their pets, as I am of the kids who play on the concert stage. I am honored to bring music into the lives of young people.”

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The Childbloom Monthly Newsletter and teacher training.

”Practice Counseling” is serious business. This is an important topic in every Childbloom teacher’s training and is robustly discussed at teacher workshops. We want to help your child get through the ups and downs of motivation and to build a lifelong love for music and learning. Important in that effort is the the Childbloom Monthly Newsletter that addresses the typical challenges you will experience regarding motivation and practice. Parents overwhelmingly agree that the newsletter is an important tool in helping them support their musical child.