Keith Silliman

Keith S.

5 Reviews
Fairport, NY

About Keith S.

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Keith teaches: Ages 8 and up
Teaching since: April 1998
Last sign in: Last week


I have a master's degree in musical education. My main instrument is guitar, and I have played in rock groups, studied classical guitar with a student of Pepe Romero, and am a solid blues player. Receiving my NYS teaching certificate has allowed me to teach band and lessons in public and private schools for twelve years. I have taught most band instruments in these settings, as well as a beginning guitar class and a guitar ensemble. In my younger years, and while in college studying music, I have developed great piano skills as well.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will cater to your musical taste while teaching technique and theory. You will be led through the skills of noted reading, chord fingerings, scale shapes and their application, while learning music you like in a structured lesson. I keep things laid back and humorous as lessons should be something to look forward to, not another chore.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Finished basement: guitars, chairs, stands, amps

Living room: piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would provide my own instrument, if I have the particular one, staff paper for writing anything down.

They would provide their instrument, any lesson books, instrument supplies (reeds, oils, etc.) and a stand (if at their house).

*** Specialties ***
Guitar: beg to adv
Piano and sax: beg to inter

I am a guitarist who specializes in rock and blues. I have classical guitar training at the college level. I have taught band methods for the past 10 years.


M.M. Music Education Sep 1995 - Dec 1997
SUNY Potsdam - Crane School of Music
B.A. Music Theory & History Sep 1990 - May 1994
SUNY Geneseo

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency


Permanent NYS Teaching Certification Music K-12 Feb 2003
SUNY Potsdam Crane School of Music

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5 Reviews on Keith S.

Taylor H. Feb 13, 2014
Verified Student
If you want to learn guitar, this is your guy.

As a guitar player with already some years of experience, Keith was able to guide me in a way that others could not. With his friendly attitude and vast knowledge of the instrument, I was immediately hooked on wanting to learn all I could and Keith is gladly accompanying me on the journey. Beginner or advanced this is the teacher for you.
Mary Kaye K. Feb 13, 2013
Verified Student
What a great teacher!

Keith Silliman is a talented musician who meets me where I am at as an adult learner of piano. He is magically able to help me play music rather than just notes.
Mary Kaye K. Sep 18, 2012
Verified Student
my piano teacher Keith S. makes learning piano fun.

My piano teacher has a relaxed approach that makes our lessons comfortable. He creates an environment that makes me feel at ease and able to enjoy learning piano. We focus on timing and rhythmn patterns and he will sometimes play the same notes next to me so I can see his hand position and learn when I would change to accommodate my playing the piece. Keith is a wonderful teacher and I appreciate his comments and direction.
TomF1 Nov 5, 2010
Guitar student

Keith is the best teacher I have ever had as far as knowing the music theory for guitar and technique. I am more than challeged at every lesson.
ScottD2 Sep 15, 2010
Piano Student

Like him very much. Great player, laid back, makes the lesson fun, but keeps you pushing to improve. I wish I had met him 10 years ago.