Kevin Merkel earned a degree in Music Education from Northwestern State University in Louisiana and has been teaching music since 2011. He grew up in Arlington, TX and his primary instruments are percussion and bassoon. Kevin has previous experience as a band director in public schools, and he is now a Site Leader in the Dallas Symphony Association's Young Musicians

Program, in addition to teaching private lessons full-time in Kennedale ISD and local music stores. His students have earned many honors and awards including: earning music scholarships for college, making the All-Region band, numerous first-division (superior) ratings on solo and ensemble performances, and more. Kevin currently lives in Flower Mound, TX.