Kenneth Thames
Phoenix, AZ
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Kenneth Thames

Kenneth T.

Phoenix, AZ
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have taught piano for 50 years, tutoring approximately 2,000 adults and children, many which are professional musicians today. I have been a fulltime teacher for 25 years, residing in the Phoenix Arizona area. My teaching style is casual yet structured. My youngest student is 3 years old..my oldest is 82 years old. Children are taught systematic...adults are taught according to their goals. I evaluate each student, setting goals and helping them accomplish them. I offer two recitals with students each year. I have also written an adult beginner piano course, "How To Play Piano in 12 Weeks", with a guarantee that 6 favorite songs will be played in that time. All these lessons are taught on-line. Teaching is not only my passion, it is my purpose!

About Kenneth T.

I have been teaching professionally since 1965 I am also a professional) jazz and gospel pianist. I perform primarily in the Phoenix area but have performances throughout the year throughout the United 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. I have a passion for teaching, and delight when my students are progressing. 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 5 and my oldest is 83!! I have taught over 2,000 people of all ages to play music. I began taking lessons when I was five years old, continuing 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, often of their favorite songs. I encourage creativity and originality, while emphasizing the importance of theory and structure.

*** Lesson Details ***
The lessons are information filled, with hands on guidance as the student understands and implements the lesson taught. Both myself and the student is often 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. I also teach on a Yamaha 88 key digital keyboard.



*** Specialties ***
proficient at improvisational techniques in jazz, gospel, country, blues
teach musicians to read and write charts.
Teach vocalists to accompany themselves.

ONLINE CLASSES
Approximately half of my current students are online. The online experience does not distract from the personal touch and teacher/student bonding.

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Steve
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Kenny helped me make real progress on the Hammond organ, I would not be playing at my church without his knowledge and guidance. Take a Lesson was a great find I would recommend It to anyone wanting to learn or improve their skills.

Posted Mar 4, 2017
Tyler B.
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Love Kenny, he is excellent with children.

Posted May 6, 2016
Erin Corridon
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He is perfect and already has me enthusiastic and playing...i couldn't be happier.
Erin

Posted Jan 13, 2016
Hilton G.
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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!

Posted Mar 27, 2015
Laurie L.

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.

Posted Mar 6, 2014

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Experience

Owner
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.

Music Director
Oct 2011 - May 2018

Private

I was 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.

Education

Education
Jul 2014 - Jun 2019

Grand Canyon University

Education
Jun 2014 - Aug 2016

Grand Canyon University

Associates Degree
Sep 1968 - May 1970

Glendale Community College

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

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.
Ministerial Ordination
Jan 1985

Alive Ministries, Inc.

I am a retired pastor, having done for for 24 years. I was ordained by Alive Ministries, Inc. in 1985 through the present. I have many years of experience teaching both adults and children. I founded an Academy K-12 grades, servings as administrator for 9 years.

Awards

Entertainer of the Year
Apr 2007

Echo Magazine, Phoenix

Affiliations

National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Mar 2015
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is an honors organization that recognizes and elevates high achievers. NSCS provides career and graduate school connections, leadership and service opportunities and gives out a million dollars in scholarships annually. NSCS members are deeply committed to scholarship, leadership and service and as a result, are impacting their campus and local communities every day.

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