reviews from participants

Before we met [via Zoom], I was very frustrated. I was ready to throw the theremin
into a ditch. I searched “theremin lessons” and “grounding the theremin.” I found
out about you on an old Reddit thread and emailed you. When I first contacted you I
was wanting help with how to set up the theremin, how close to have the amp to it,
what to turn on first. I had no idea how to mute it with the cord, I had no idea how
to set zero beat. You were very patient and I could tell that I was going to get
somewhere. You walked me through everything step by step. Once you showed me
how to make the theremin be quiet, my mind was able to pick up on what you were
saying. Then it was easy for me to understand how waveform and brightness affect
the sound. I can feel excited again about the theremin. Now I can begin to play it on
my own. I really appreciated your help.
Helen Delamar, Thereminist, Cyberknife Dosimetrist

I learned more in one lesson with Kip than in two months of trying on my own. He is
a wonderful teacher and his teaching methods are astonishingly efficient. I would highly
recommend him to anyone wanting to play the theremin.
Larisa Migachyov, Pianist

I was immediately drawn to the way he approached instruction. Kip displayed the acuity
needed to assist someone when dealing with such an abstract instrument. His astuteness
quickly took me from interested to apprentice.
Amanda B. Valvano, Music Therapist

I’m a performing artist from Sacramento. This year I decided to add the theremin to my
repertoire of art mediums, and I wanted to say thank you for posting your lessons on
your website and youtube channel! …they’ve provided me a lot of guidance and insight
as I explore this new instrument. Thank you again for the education and inspiration!
Dabby Longlegs, Performance Artist

After trying to learn from a DVD and a book, I was ready to sell my theremin on ebay.
I saw Kip Rosser playing in the New York City subway. He worked with me for ten
minutes and I was suddenly playing better – not virtuoso stuff, but better than everything
up to that point.
Stephen Wohl, Engineer, Aspiring Thereminist

I did a lot of research and I went on theremin sites, watching tutorials and they just
didn’t resonate with me. I kept looking, found Kip’s tutorials, which led me to his YouTube
channel. I saw that his lessons started more basic – really thorough but not in an over-
whelming way. And I felt his energy too. I truly felt his caring. I was having a problem
getting “zero beat” and we found that my factory settings were off, and lucky for me they
were because if I had been able to tune it I might never have reached out. He has the love
for what he does and I could feel that. I saw what he saw in me – when I was matching
pitch and when I was “hitting it,” I saw his excitement. It’s not just a teaching gig for him,
it’s more than that. He’s not looking at the clock and saying, “Okay, we only have an hour.”
He wants you to learn, and he wants to see the fire in your eyes, feel you playing it. He
loves what he’s doing.
Greg Prasker

I found Kip through Youtube. I just went through a couple of different videos and I saw
Kip had a whole tutorial series. I watched a couple of them and decided to contact him.
I didn’t have any expectations, I’m just open to it because I’m totally new, not just to the
theremin, but to music. This is my first instrument, so I just wanted some basic under-
standing. I found the information very helpful. He is very enthusiastic and his methods
for playing, such as the volume hand dipping techniques, and also the explanations about
calibration were really useful. It’s inspired me to work on my own now and experiment. I’ll
definitely take another lesson in the future when I need more professional tips.
Tenglong Ruan

I was on the verge of sending my new Moog Theremini back to the dealer after a week of
frustration. One relaxed and fun lesson with Kip got me pointed in the right direction. He
gave me the basics and useful practice exercises to help me approach this instrument with
new confidence. I learned the right attitude to take to play this instrument and attitude is
everything! His teaching methods were perfectly suitable – exactly what I was looking for.
I am keeping my Theremini and plan on enjoying the discovery of its possibilities. Thank
you, Kip.
David Vogel, Electronics Technician (Retired)