Tim  (William) Keene

Tim K.

15 Reviews
Schertz, TX

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Tim (William) teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: June 1989
Last sign in: 2 days ago
Average response time: 15 hours


My name is Tim and I live in Schertz, Texas. I hold a BM and a BME from UTSA and an MM from Texas State. I also studied drama for 3 years at Trinity University. I have been a music teacher for 24 years. I have taught elementary music, secondary choir and college level music courses. I have performed in operas, musicals and plays in San Antonio and I have sung at Carnegie Hall in New York. I studied voice with Herald Stark and guitar with David Underwood. I have led a professional singing group and a professional dance troupe. I have composed choral music which has been performed in San Antonio and entered into international competitions. I have spent years learning techniques to help students sing in tune and learn how to read music. I have experience teaching students of all ages from 3 year olds to adults. I teach students from Northeast San Antonio, Selma, Schertz, Live Oak, Universal City, Cibolo, Bracken, Garden Ridge, Converse, Marion, Seguin and New Braunfels.

*** Lesson Details ***
For my younger guitar students, I use the Progressive Guitar Method for Young Beginners series. This book includes a CD to help the student practice at home. For my older guitar students I use a progressive guitar curriculum of my own creation.

For my voice students I use Pathways of Song, Hall Johnson Spirituals, 24 Italian Songs and Arias, Alfred's Folk Songs for Solo Singers, Carl Fisher's The Young Singer series as well as song materials based upon the student's personal interests, such as arts songs and Broadway show tunes.

For my piano students I use the Piano Adventures series by Nancy and Randall Faber and the Alfred Piano Series. Music reading, ear training and theory is part of my instruction. With daily practice you will see a noticeable improvement in musicianship, aural skills and music-reading ability.

I am also an experienced tutor. I have worked with students of all ages and with various learning differences. I have tutored students in reading, writing, math, social studies, ESL and test preparation.

Through online instruction, I am available around the clock and around the globe for tutoring and music lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, classical and folk guitars
My home studio has glass doors through which one may observe the lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
2 guitars

*** Specialties ***
Classical guitar, operatic singing, folksongs, spirituals, music reading, solfege, ear training and sight-singing


Tutor Dec 2011 - Present

I have been teaching for 24 years. I have worked with students at all levels from pre-kindergarten to university. I have tutored students in a number of subjects, including English, Language Arts, Phonics, Reading, Writing, ESL, American History, World History, Geography, Spanish, Elementary Math, Pre-Algebra, ADHD, Dyslexia, study skills and test preparation.

Adjunct Faculty Jun 2011 - Dec 2011
Our Lady of the Lake University

I taught a course at OLLU called Teaching Music to Children. This is a course for Education majors that familiarizes them with various methods and techniques for teaching elementary music.

Choir Director May 2008 - May 2010
Losoya Intermediate

I directed the choir, taught general music and public speaking to fifth and sixth grade classes.

Choir Director, Guitar Instructor Aug 2006 - May 2008
Southside High School

I taught several sections of choir and guitar to 9th-12 grade students. I took a small ensemble to UIL competition in 2010. It was the first time Southside High School had been represented at a UIL competition in 8 years.

Adjunct Faculty Jun 2006 - May 2008
Northeast Lakeview College, ACCD

I taught Music Appreciation, which includes elementary theory and an overview of music history.

Music Teacher Jun 2003 - May 2006
Woodlawn Elementary School

I taught music classes to students from pre-K through fifth grade, led a choir of fifth grade students, produced programs and directed performances. I have experience working with all sorts of disabilities.


Drama, Music Sep 1975 - Present
Trinity University

Languages Spoken

French Limited Proficiency
Spanish Professional Proficiency


Kodály Level III Jul 2003
Texas State University

Kodály Level II Jul 2002
Southwest Texas State University

Kodály Level I Jul 2001
Southwest Texas State University

The Kodaly method is a highly structured system for teaching music literacy.

Classroom Teaching Certificate Jun 1994
Texas Education Agency

Elementary Classroom. self-contained, 1-8

Orff Schulwerk Level III Jul 1993
University of Kentucky, Lexington

Orff Schulwerk Level II Jul 1992
East Texas State University

Orff Schulwerk Level I Jul 1990
Vandercook College of Music

Classroom Teaching Certificate Dec 1988
Texas Education Agency

Vocal Music, all levels, K-12


Gold/Silver Medals Mar 1974
Texas Association of PrivatenSchools
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15 Reviews on Tim K.

Dina R. Jul 9, 2014
Verified Student
Really good teacher!! Great experience.
Priscilla K. May 14, 2014
Verified Student
One Year

Great Teacher! I have learned more in one year than I dreamed possible. Tim is easy to work with, patient and possesses a vast amount of knowledge. He keeps it interesting with his explanations of originations. He was my right choice!
Fina V. Apr 3, 2014
Verified Student
Excellent Teacher!

Mr. Keene is a remarkable piano teacher. My son did not want to take piano lessons but Mr. Keene inspired him to play the piano and play it well. My son has been with Mr Keene for just a few months and my son's piano playing has greatly improved. I was worried about having a teacher go too slow though the books and lessons but Mr. Keene has worked at a great pace and moved my son along adequately and he has learned so much. I am very impressed. He is very knowledgable and we highly recommend Mr. Keene for piano!
Jessica S. Dec 27, 2013
Verified Student
Piano lessons for 2 young active boys

Tim is an extremely patient, calm and professional piano teacher. He has been teaching my 5 and 7 year old boys for 8 months now. They are not easy students- one is a total wiggle worm and the other has a speech/language delay. He handles the situation beautifully. The best part is that the boys are learning properly from the very basics- sitting at the piano, hand positioning, rhythm, reading music, and actually playing. We're using Alfred's basic course starting from pre-reading and beginner. HIghly recommend for a low-stress music teacher.
Carol L. Jul 16, 2013
Opera Voice
Verified Student
Great Teacher

Tim is an excellent teacher. We were very impressed with his knowledge and my daughter showed tons of improvement in the past few months. This helped her confidence level and she sings more often. We highly recommend Tim as a voice teacher.
Catherine D. May 3, 2013
Verified Student
Very Pleased

My daughter has been taking piano lessons from Mr. Keene for 5 months. She had taken lessons in the past, but because we moved hadn't continued for 2 years. In these 5 short months she has learned more than she did in a year of prior lessons. Mr. Keene is calm, patient and teaches respectfully. Although I am pleased with what she has accomplished so far, I am most pleased with the fact that she has acquired a passion for music which wasn't there before.
Amalia K. Apr 17, 2013
Verified Student
Excellent Teacher

Mr. Keene is an excellent teacher. He explains his method very well to my daughter and listens to her as well. Very soft spoken and puts her at ease. Couldn't ask for a better teacher for my daughter.
Stella D. Feb 17, 2013
Verified Student
Excellent Teacher

Mr. Keene is an excellent teacher. He is very kind and patient and thoughtful. I would highly recommend him to anyone wanting to learn piano.
Priscilla K. Jan 25, 2013
Verified Student
My eyes have been opened!

My husband scheduled piano lessons as a Christmas gift to me. I have a definite love of music, but never thought I possessed rhythm or ability, but I do have a piano! Mr. Keene, in just a few lessons, has shown me that I may be able to accomplish what I thought an impossibe feat-play the piano. His patience, guidance and explanations are leading me down a path which I am thoroughly enjoying.
LindaD Jul 29, 2011
Piano Student

Tim is extremely patient and encouraging; my stepson and I think he is awesome!