dan kennedy, piano

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Private Instructor: Piano & Percussion 

I am a piano teacher, as well as a drum teacher, who teaches ages 7-adult in Amherst, Massachusetts.  Classical, Jazz, Rock, New Age, there is no limit what can be done with a great technique.  I have high expectations, though a quite fun approach to teaching.  A graduate of two top conservatories and also a parent, I am eager to share the successes I have had teaching in my studio.

Contact me, or visit my piano teaching website to learn more.  You can also visit my drum teaching website.


Private Instructor: Composition & Theory

Theory/Composition Lessons are one-on-one and include theory, composing, computer notation, desktop publishing of scores and parts, rehearsal techniques, portfolio assembly, and college preparation.  The music studio, furnished with a grand piano, an iMac, and several pencils, is in an 1860 farmhouse in Amherst, Massachusetts.


  I've said it before: something happened with your

  encouragement that started all this . . . Stay cool!
                                          -Pamela Brindamour, parent 


Dan's high school students in Theory/Composition have been accepted to the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI), the most elite summer program in the world for young composers.  Three of his students in Theory/Composition entered Ivy League Schools in part on the strength of their music portfolios. One was accepted to Berklee College of Music, and one to Jazz in July at UMASS Amherst.



I present lively, interactive How to Compose Seminars for school-age children as well as adults.  Whether you teach in a classroom, or in a private studio -- no matter the instrument -- and would like to experience a How to Compose Seminar at your facility, please contact Dan at your convenience. 

   -Keynote Speaker, North Shore Piano Teachers Guild  
   -Keynote Speaker, Tuesday Morning Music Club

College Teaching

Dan previously taught Theory & Composition at Westfield State University, and was a T.A. at New England Conservatory.  Classes taught:    
    Applied Composition Lessons   
    Music Theory III
    Basic Music Theory
    Music Appreciation   
    Sight Singing & Ear Training III, IV   
    History of Jazz
    Keyboard Harmony I
    Keyboard Harmony III