Topher Keene
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Topher Keene

Topher K.

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Levels taught:
Elementary, Middle School, High School, College
“He got an A- in geometry this term. Other than vocal ensemble, this was his best grade. For comparison sake, in the first grading period of last year he got a D in algebra. We are thrilled!"
— Judi M, Parent

Families, if you could use some academic assistance during this extended shutdown, I’d love to help. I’ve led online tutoring and test-prep sessions with students around the world over video chat for many years and found it a wonderful way to enhance a student’s education. Online tutoring has many advantages, such as: ease of scheduling, lack of travel, and the ability to screen share on our devices to make use of online resources and assignments

I've been tutoring math since 3rd grade, when my teacher asked me to help the 2nd graders after school. It is a labor of love and a deep-seated passion. In high school I achieved perfect scores on AP Calculus and 790/800 math SAT scores (2300 Total). In 2011 I successfully tested in the top 1% of IQ worldwide, qualifying for membership in MENSA. In 2015 I tested in the top 0.01% of IQ worldwide, qualifying for the Triple 9 Society.

Math tutoring and SAT/ACT prep are my specialties, other subjects can be accommodated by request.

Test preparation and content review is supported with instruction carefully aligned to current research in brain science, motivational psychology, and educational psychology.

Primary focuses include fostering a growth mindset, improving attention to detail, and overcoming test anxiety.

About Topher K.

Hi! I'm Topher K, a speaker, author, coach, educator, musician, and mentor working to help the young (and young at heart) to build self-confidence and express themselves through vocal music. I also specialize in tutoring math, and have many students that take both singing lessons and math tutoring in combo-lessons! I do some public speaking and acting coaching in addition, both are big areas of passion for me.

I run a private studio of passionate singing and acting students in Phoenix, AZ, while offering lessons to students worldwide over video chat.
I also performs for churches, schools, and community organizations as a singer, conductor, and speaker.

I previously served as the Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education for the Grammy-Award Winning Phoenix Boys Choir, America's top boy's choir. While working with PBC I led choirs, in addition to leading workshops in elementary, middle, and high schools throughout Arizona working with hundreds of teachers and over 5000 students. As a result of this work I was a Quarter-finalist for the 2018 and 2019 Grammy Awards for Music Educator of the Year.

I am a certified Kodály educator and previously served as President of the Arizona Kodály Teachers Society and served on the National Board of Directors as chair of the Technology Task Force. I have presented at Eastern and Western Division Regional Music Educator Conferences.

I received the “Outstanding Emerging Educator Award” from the Organization of American Kodály Educators in 2018.

I co-founded ChoirUnlimited: a sheet music and choral resource publisher that provides singable, accessible, beautiful, innovative music by living composers. A single purchase comes with unlimited photocopying, recording, and performance rights. My choral arrangements have been performed by dozens of choirs across the world. I regularly commission and premiere new works.

I have a passion for musical theater and lead many productions throughout Arizona. I have been one of the music directors for the top summer program in AZ at the Phoenix Theater, and also directed productions with Act One Youth Theater, Pinnacle Creative Arts, and a variety of other organizations. I have served as the music director for the Phoenix Theater's "Musical Theater Intensive", a 3-week training program for pre-professional musical theater students.

I'd love the chance to help you or your child learn to sing, act, speak, or do math more comfortable and confidently.

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Linda
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Topher was a great coach for my child. He always had fun at lessons and his voice got so much better, his confidence also greatly improved. He's started auditioning for musicals at his school and just got his first lead role!

Posted Mar 26, 2020
Jen
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Topher is a wonderful teacher with a real gift for helping singers. I felt so much more confident in my voice after just one lesson.

Posted Mar 25, 2020
Meghan
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Stella loves lessons with Mr. Topher. I wasn't sure if online lessons would be the right fit for us but now that school is shut down it's ended up being a blessing! She sang for her school talent show this year and sounded so beautiful, thanks Mr Topher!

Posted Mar 24, 2020
Amanda
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My daughter loves working with Topher, she’s always looking forward to lessons now! She’s had other music teachers in the past who she didn’t like as much, but since switching to Topher she’s started to practice a lot more and always has fun with her lessons.

Posted Mar 24, 2020
Kathy
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I was blown away by the things you were saying - and feel as if Amanda learned in that one hour more than she’s learned in a year of voice/piano!
I only wish we had known you a year ago!
Your enthusiasm, experience and passion are amazing!

Posted Mar 24, 2020

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Experience

Artistic Director
Jul 2019 - Present

Arizona Girl Choir

The Arizona Girl Choir is an organization for girls ages 6 an up to learn to sing and perform. Our adult choir features many mothers of singers in the choir who enjoy singing along with their daughters in joint performances. As Artistic Director I have grown the choir from a 10-year low of 30 singers to a 10-year-high of 65+ singers.

Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education
Aug 2017 - Mar 2020

Phoenix Boys Choir

The Grammy Award Winning Phoenix Boys Choir is America's top Boy Choir. Touring internationally, recording professionally, and training the best young male Classical singers in the nation, the Phoenix Boys Choir helps young men grow into talented musicians and professional leaders.

Education

Kodaly Philosophy of Music Education - Full Graduate Certification
Jun 2009 - Jul 2011

New England Conservatory

Music Education: Concentration in Voice
Aug 2006 - May 2011

University of Maine

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Level III Kodaly Certification
Jul 2011

New England Conservatory

Awards

Grammy Award for Music Educator of the Year (Quarterfinalist)
Jan 2020

Recording Academy GRAMMY Awards

Affiliations

Toastmasters International
Jan 2012
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs.
Mensa
Jun 2010
Mensa, the high IQ society, provides a forum for intellectual exchange among its members. There are members in more than 100 countries around the world. Activities include the exchange of ideas through lectures, discussions, journals, special-interest groups, and local, regional, national and international gatherings; the investigations of members' opinions and attitudes; and assistance to researchers, inside and outside Mensa, in projects dealing with intelligence or Mensa.
Organization of American Kodaly Educators
Jun 2009
Inspired by the vision of Zoltán Kodály, the mission of the Organization of American Kodály Educators is to support music education of the highest quality, promote universal music literacy and lifelong music making, and preserve the musical heritage of the people of the United States of America through education, artistic performance, advocacy and research.

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