Tim  (William) Keene
Schertz, TX
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Tim  (William) Keene

Tim K.

Schertz, TX
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I received six hours of college credit in English from Trinity University based upon my entrance exam scores. As a substitute teacher I have taught English and Language Arts at all levels from kindergarten through high school. I have tutored students in English and Language Arts at all levels. My daughter was diagnosed with expressive language disorder. I tutored her extensively in English throughout elementary school, middle school, high and college. She graduated from Texas Lutheran University with degrees in Accounting, Finance and Business Administration in 2010.

About Tim K.

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 29 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 art 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

Reviews

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Steve
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Posted Mar 28, 2020
Damien A.
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The whole thing seemed to be very unorganized

Posted Mar 10, 2020
Nesli T.
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Posted Dec 21, 2019
Jill
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Tim took the time I needed to understand and explained things so well. Can't wait for my second lesson.

Posted Oct 31, 2018
Sandra R.
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I have really learned a lot in the 3 lessons I have completed. Look forward in future lessons to come. Keep up the great work.

Posted Jan 28, 2018
S K.
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My 8-year-old has been taken the lessons from him since March of last year and it has been an amazing journey for her taking his lessons.
He is calm, patient and very talented.
I am so thankful that I found him through this website!

Posted Oct 9, 2017
Priscilla K.
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Tim is the perfect instructor for me! His patience and instructions have taught me to concentrate, relax and enjoy learning.

Posted Sep 13, 2017
Elisemarie
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Tim William is a GREAT TEACHER, and I will only go to him for my singing lessons.thank you very much.

Posted Jun 20, 2017
Tom Barnard
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Tim was very patient with me and it was very enjoyable!

Posted Jun 16, 2017
Michael R.
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My first lesson, i haven't had any other instructors, so it is hard to say best instructor ever. I was nervous about what to expect, but the lesson went well. Tim is skilled and makes it easy to learn. Aside from my sweating from nerves and unsureness, i feel it was a great lesson and will be going back for more.

Posted Mar 19, 2017
Nathanael E.
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Tim was very knowledgable and patient with my son.

Posted Jan 6, 2017
Tuana T.
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He makes sure the student understand first before he goes further

Posted Nov 4, 2016
Stephanie
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Tim is a wonderful teacher! I've taken voice lessons before and had been in choirs growing up, but I recently decided to get back into singing as an adult. He has helped me to continue to learn proper vocal technique and we've worked on beautiful, challenging songs. Tim has shown me how to finally overcome my horrible "solo nerves" with different exercises - something I thought was impossible! I would recommend him to any singer - beginning or experienced.

Posted Oct 5, 2016
S K.
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He is very talented and patient.
My 7 year old love taking piano lessons from him.

Posted Aug 22, 2016
Rebekah K.
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He was experienced and very caring for my daughter to feel comfortable.
It was a first piano lesson for my 7 year old and she bragged about how she enjoyed the class. I am so glad that we found him!

Posted May 12, 2016
Brandi B.
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Tim is an excellent teacher. He is great with my 9 year old daughter in her piano lessons. He is very patient, and quite passionate about music. He takes the time to answer my daughter's many questions, and has helped to further her passion for piano playing. She has been taking lessons with him for almost a year now, and has enjoyed and benefited from every minute. I couldn't ask for a better piano teacher!

Posted Apr 6, 2016
Jarrett T.
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This teacher let me 9 year old struggle through piano pieces he hadn't played in month during his first lesson, although I made sure to let him know that my son hadn't played in over half a year. The teacher sat there in silence as my child struggled through the pieces. He didn't give any positive or constructive feedback as my child sat there in silence struggling. He took a phone call during our 30 minute lesson and wrote comments in his notebook, visible to my child such as "rusty" "needs improvement". I was tempted to rescue my son after 15 minutes, but hoped that some instruction would soon take place, it didn't. Not suitable for young children in my opinion. Definitely will not return.

Posted Feb 22, 2016
CJ D.
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Mr K. takes a very solid and practical approach. He has really helped me understand what the body needs for singing. I would recommend him to anybody really wanting a formal instruction and a "backbone" for vocal technique.

Posted Feb 5, 2016
Taylor P.
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Great start.

Posted Jan 17, 2016
Sailor M.
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Great! My daughter loved it and is excited to continue voice lessons with Mr. Tim!

Posted Dec 9, 2015
Grace P.
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First lesson went very well. My daughter was comfortable with Mr. Keene and I hope she continues.

Posted Aug 31, 2015
Destee Richmond
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Tim was very pleasant and professional. We covered a lot of material in a short amount of time and he was very patient with me when I made mistakes.

Posted Jul 5, 2015
Carol K.
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Tim Williams has been teaching guitar lessons to my 9 year old grandson. He is very patient with him and after 4 months Kevin is really excited about learning more from him. We are taking a break for the summer because of vacations but will be bake in the fall after school starts! Very good teacher!

Posted Apr 28, 2015
Dina R.

Really good teacher!! Great experience.

Posted Jul 9, 2014
Priscilla K.

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!

Posted May 14, 2014
Fina V.

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!

Posted Apr 3, 2014
Jessica S.

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.

Posted Dec 27, 2013
Carol L.

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.

Posted Jul 16, 2013
Catherine D.

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.

Posted May 3, 2013
Amalia K.

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.

Posted Apr 17, 2013
Stella D.

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.

Posted Feb 17, 2013
Priscilla K.

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.

Posted Jan 25, 2013
LindaD

Piano Student

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

Posted Jul 29, 2011
JulieR2

Miss

lessons going well.learning a lot and playing for friends already.

Posted Jul 19, 2011
JohnnieS

Granddaughter, Cydney

Excellent teacher. Lessonss going well.

Posted Jun 24, 2011
TinaF

PARENT OF ALEX ROJAS

MR. TIM HAS BEEN WONDERFUL. HE IS KIND, PATIENT AND A GREAT TEACHER. MY SON IS DOING VERY WELL UNDER HIS INSTRUCTION.

Posted May 24, 2011
DurrellB

granddad

Polite, knowledgeable, inspiring, and fun.

Posted May 8, 2011
SidneyK

Piano Lessons

My daughter has learned so much and we appreciate you!!!!

Posted Apr 7, 2011

Experience

Tutor
Dec 2011 - Present

Tutor

I have been teaching for 26 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.

Education

Drama, Music
Sep 1975 - Present

Trinity University

Languages

French

Limited Proficiency

Spanish

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

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

Awards

Gold/Silver Medals
Mar 1974

Texas Association of PrivatenSchools

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