Brendan Keenan

Brendan K.

Madison, WI
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Whether you've never held a guitar in your hands, or have been playing for decades, I can help you grow as a musician.

I teach rock electric guitar at all levels, and acoustic guitar at beginning and intermediate levels. My teaching is song-oriented. It is designed to help you learn to play entire songs. Lessons include technique, knowledge of relevant chords and eventually scales, rhythm and soloing, and guidance in find the right guitar sounds. Students will also learn how to better hear and understand music.

About Brendan K.

I excel at the process of teaching and guiding students to get results. I know how to relate to students in different ways to help them understand problems and find solutions. I understand how frustrating and mentally exhausting practicing can be, and I know what to teach and when to teach it. I also understand that every student fits music into their life in a different way.

When studying with me a student can expect to be shown best practices in technique and musicianship, patient answers to questions, and to have time to absorb new information. Students will never be condescended to or belittled. Music is about adding joy to your life, and I can help.

I have studied nearly every style of music from medieval chant to Indian classical music. For over twenty years I have taught students in guitar, songwriting, classical composition, music theory, and applied musicianship at all levels from beginners to graduate courses and students.


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6 Reviews
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Really, knowledgeable, easy to understand. Gave me great head start In playing.

Posted Jan 30, 2019
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Posted Jan 30, 2019
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My son really enjoyed the lesson with Brendan and was amazed at his guitar skills.

Posted Oct 2, 2018
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I have had a couple of lessons with Brendan. I was still taught and knew little about technique. He has made both technique and theory relatable and has improved my playing immensely. I've already learned a couple of songs I've always wanted to play so I'm jazzed about that and looking forward to learning more. I highly recommend Brendan.

Posted Sep 7, 2018
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Brendan spent time helping me clean up my sound and increase my speed. He was very patient and knowledgeable. He was able to approach my problem in a way that helped almost immediately.

Posted Aug 21, 2018
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Brendan was patient and thoughtful with teaching me the uke! He was able to fix my strumming online almost immediately.

Posted Aug 12, 2018


Private Lesson Teacher
Jan 1998 - Present

Brendan K.

Lessons in electric guitar, acoustic guitar, music theory, applied musicianship. songwriting and composition.

Private Lesson Teacher
Sep 2010 - May 2013

University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Classical composition lessons to undergraduate and graduate conservatory students.

Jan 2010 - May 2010

Longy School of Music

Graduate course instructor in applied musicianship.

Teaching Assistant
Sep 2007 - Aug 2009

Longy School of Music

Tutoring and remedial education in applied musicianship and music theory, and conducting.

Theory and Ear Training Tutor
Sep 2005 - Aug 2006

Mesa Community College

Tutored students one-on-one in music theory and ear training.

Guitar Instructor
Sep 2004 - Aug 2006

Diamond School of Music

Private instructor in electric, acoustic and classical guitar.


Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition
Sep 2010 - May 2013

University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Master of Music in Composition
Sep 2007 - May 2009

Longy School of Music

Bachelor of Music in Composition
Sep 2000 - Aug 2004

Berklee College of Music



Limited Proficiency


Licensed K-12 Music Teacher
Dec 2016

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Licensed to teach music in public schools at all levels. License number: 494286


Nadia and Lily Boulanger Scholarship
Jan 2008

Longy School of Music

Electric Guitar Performance Scholarship
Sep 2000

Berklee College of Music

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