FALL 2021

Kenny Keys is a keyboardist, pianist, composer, producer, session musician and teacher of music. He has collaborated and played with an array of esteemed musicians, including: the late queen of soul Aretha Franklin, Steve Arrington & Slave, Buddy Guy, Donell Jones, Jon B, Chico DeBarge, and others. This class will cover four areas: History/Fundamentals, Harmonic Expansions, Contextual Listening, and Harmonic Dictation.

DECEMBER 13, 2021 @ 6:00 – 7:30 pm CST VIA ZOOM
Part 1: All Music Is Soul Music
  • How music genres relate to each other
  • How music genres intersect each other
  • Cultural music dynamics (Asian, African, India)
  • Music Entrepreneurship (music therapy, health and wellness)
JANUARY 3, 2021@ 6:00 – 7:30 pm CST VIA ZOOM
Part 2: Arrangements in Music. Why?
  • Different arrangements of the same songs
  • Simple & Complex song structure
  • Traditional Rock
  • Jazz
  • R&B
  • Hip Hop
JAN 10, 2021@ 6:00 – 7:30 pm CST VIA ZOOM
Part 3: Can You Dig It? The Art of Sound Searching
  • Getting familiar with musical personnel
  • Liner notes
  • Digital music platform credits
  • Writer, Composer and Musician relationships


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