Masters in Bassoon performance from Mannes College of Music, 2005
A freelance musician in the New York area, Keith performs on bassoon, saxophone, and clarinet. He has appeared with numerous orchestras, opera companies, chamber groups, and various contemporary music ensembles, and he and is a founding member of TABOR, an ensemble dedicated to expanding the sonorities of the traditional woodwind quintet. Keith occupies the baritone chair with the French American Saxophone Quartet, and his woodwind doubling has brought him to the pit of countless Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals. He currently is on the faculty of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, the Rockland Conservatory of Music, and the Concordia Conservatory. Keith received his MM from the Mannes College of Music and his BM from the Aaron Copland School of Music; he also holds a BA in art from Binghamton University.
I have been teaching bassoon, saxophone, and clarinet privately and in conservatories for over ten years, and have been a professional performer for twelve.
Method books vary by instrument and student; there is a wonderful, vast library of methods available, and I like to base my selections on many factors unique to every student. Age, experience level, musical understanding, etc. all inform my choice of course of study. I will always supplement method books with my own exercises and studies tailored to each particular student.
This, too, varies based on the individual student. I pride myself on my flexibility, and always try to run my lessons based on what best fits the student's personality and learning style. I always, however, provide a thorough and comprehensive music education–I want my students to understand the music they're learning, not just learn how to play their instrument. And most importantly, I strive to maintain a patient, encouraging learning environment.