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