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Levels Taught:
Elementary, Middle School, High School, College
I have tutored students English and Language Arts at all levels from kindergarten through high school. My daughter was diagnosed with expressive language disorder. I tutored her extensively in English throughout elementary, middle school, high school and college. She graduated from Texas Lutheran University with degrees in Accounting, Finance and Business Administration in 2010.
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Tim (William) teaches

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About

Tim (William) delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
June 1989

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 26 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

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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.

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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

33 Reviews

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CHRISTINA K. Oct 9, 2017
Piano · In studio

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!

Priscilla K. Sep 13, 2017
Piano · In home

Tim is the perfect instructor for me! His patience and instructions have taught me to concentrate, relax and enjoy learning.

Elisemarie Jun 20, 2017
Singing · In home

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

Tom Barnard Jun 16, 2017
Guitar · In home

Tim was very patient with me and it was very enjoyable!

Michael R. Mar 19, 2017
Guitar · In home

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.

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Nathanael E. Jan 6, 2017
Singing · In studio

Tim was very knowledgable and patient with my son.

Tuana T. Nov 4, 2016
Piano · In studio

He makes sure the student understand first before he goes further

Stephanie Oct 5, 2016
Singing · In studio

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.

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CHRISTINA K. Aug 22, 2016
Piano · In home

He is very talented and patient.
My 7 year old love taking piano lessons from him.

Rebekah K. May 12, 2016
Piano · In home

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!

Brandi B. Apr 6, 2016
Piano · In home

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!

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Jarrett T. Feb 22, 2016
Piano · In home

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.

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CJ D. Feb 5, 2016
Singing · In studio

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.

Taylor P. Jan 17, 2016
Singing · In studio

Great start.

Sailor M. Dec 9, 2015
Singing · In studio

Great! My daughter loved it and is excited to continue voice lessons with Mr. Tim!

Grace P. Aug 31, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio

First lesson went very well. My daughter was comfortable with Mr. Keene and I hope she continues.

Destee Richmond Jul 5, 2015
Piano · In studio

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.

Carol K. Apr 28, 2015
Guitar · In home

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!

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Dina R. Jul 9, 2014
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Really good teacher!! Great experience.

Priscilla K. May 14, 2014
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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
Piano ·

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!

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Jessica S. Dec 27, 2013
Piano ·

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.

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Carol L. Jul 16, 2013
Opera Voice ·

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
Piano ·

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.

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Amalia K. Apr 17, 2013
Guitar ·

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
Piano ·

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
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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.

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LindaD Jul 29, 2011
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Piano Student

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

JulieR2 Jul 19, 2011
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Miss

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

JohnnieS Jun 24, 2011
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Granddaughter, Cydney

Excellent teacher. Lessonss going well.

TinaF May 24, 2011
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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.

DurrellB May 8, 2011
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granddad

Polite, knowledgeable, inspiring, and fun.

SidneyK Apr 7, 2011
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Piano Lessons

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

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