Kenny Thames

Kenny T.

Phoenix, AZ

About Kenny T.

Kenny teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: May 1965
Last sign in: More than two months


I have been teaching professionally since 1965 I am also a professional (full time) jazz and gospel pianist. I perform primarily in the Phoenix area..but have performances throughout the all 50 states. I have written and produced a musical, "Kleo the Kat", which includes 10 original songs. I have recorded 6 albums..of piano and vocal music. My lessons are diligent, yet friendly. I combine fun and learning. ALL of my students, consistently comment on my patience..that is because teaching is my PASSION. I enjoy playing and performing, but there is NO fulfillment like coaching children and adults alike, as they learn to create the music within them. I teach all ages. Currently, my youngest is 3 and my oldest is 83!! I have taught over 600 people of all ages to play music. I began taking lessons when I was five years old, and continued private until I was 20. I attended Glendale Community College and Gateway College of Music. Students enjoy taking lessons from me because they learn and are allowed to explore their creative side of music. I customize lessons for my adult students...teaching them to improvise jazz, gospel, country, pop, and blues music. I also write some of the lessons for my students of all ages..if they have a favorite song, and an arrangement at their level cannot be found. I encourage creativity and originality, while emphasizing the importance of theory and structure.

*** Lesson Details ***
The lesson are information filled, with hands on guidance as the student understands and implements the lesson taught. The student, ( as well as ME) is usually surprised that the time has come for the lesson to end! I share my enthusiasm for music with my students.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a baby grand that I use for teaching in my studio. I also have a Hammond B3, with a leslie speaker. I have a 120 bass accordion. In addition I use a Yamaha 88 key digital, when necessary.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If necessary, I bring a 61 key Tecnics keyboard with me my travel lessons. I prefer the student have their own keyboard, but am willing to bring mine for the first 2 or 3 lessons..if they are unsure about their ability to learn piano.

*** Specialties ***
proficient at improvisational techniques in jazz, gospel, country, blues
teach to write and read charts for musicians

Photos and Videos

One of my newest TAKE LESSONS students, 5 year old Hilton!!


Music Director

Oct 2011 - Present

I am responsible to co-ordinate musicians, vocalists, and choir for the services. I provide music weekly, as well as, major musical events during the Christmas and Easter season. I select, arrange, and compose some of the music for the services.


Jan 1994 - Present
Kenny T. Productions

Through my production company, I provide talent , from the small intimate settings to major events. My events can include vocalists, full band, and professional dancers.

I also write and produce a monthly web series "Kickin' It With Kenny."



Jul 2014 - Present
Grand Canyon University

Associates Degree

Sep 1968 - May 1970
Glendale Community College

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Mar 2015
Grand Canyon University

nominated and admitted to the society in recognition of commitment to the ideals of Scholarship Leadership & Service.


Entertainer of the Year

Apr 2007
Echo Magazine, Phoenix
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4 Reviews on Kenny T.

Tyler B. May 6, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Love Kenny, he is excellent with children.
Erin Corridon Jan 13, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
He is perfect and already has me enthusiastic and playing...i couldn't be happier.
Hilton G. Mar 27, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Kenny is patient with my daughter (5 yrs. old) in her learning and very encouraging! Kenny is always quick to congratulate successes and never makes the lesson feel hurried in any way. My daughter loves going to piano with Kenny!
Laurie L. Mar 6, 2014
Verified Student
Loving Piano Lessons

My grandson has just started taking lessons w/Kenny. Already he has learned so much & I hear him humming his practice pieces around the house & he tells me he likes playing piano. Kenny is very patient & good w/children. Would recommend Kenny highly.
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