Kenny Thames

Kenny T.

Phoenix, AZ

Lesson Details



Kenny delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
May 1965

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


My availability includes ON LINE CLASSES at the same time. If interested, designate on-line in your contact.

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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."

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Jul 2014 - Present
Grand Canyon University
Jun 2014 - Present
Grand Canyon University
Associates Degree
Sep 1968 - May 1970
Glendale Community College


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.

Ministerial Ordination
Jan 1985
Alive Ministries, Inc.

I am a semi-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.

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Entertainer of the Year
Apr 2007
Echo Magazine, Phoenix


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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Photos & Videos

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

This is an interview with a student from Walter Cronkite Scnool of Journalism focusing on my performance and piano instruction
My arrangement of "My Funny Valentine" with band and back up singers.
Kenny Thames

playing brunch for Aunt Rita's Foundation at Sheraton Downtown Phoenix

playing brunch at Westin Kierland Resorts, Phoenix

yeah...this Phoenix Policeman takes lessons on his lunch hour!!

I have students of all ages...this student has been with me for 5 years..this was one of her first lessons.

Another student, a musician that I am teaching the basics to help with his recording/producing career.
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5 Reviews

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Steve Mar 4, 2017
Organ · In studio

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.

Tyler B. May 6, 2016
Piano · In studio

Love Kenny, he is excellent with children.

Erin Corridon Jan 13, 2016
Piano · In studio

He is perfect and already has me enthusiastic and playing...i couldn't be happier.

Hilton G. Mar 27, 2015
Piano · In studio

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

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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