Dr. Kennith Freeman is Associate Professor of Collaborative Piano at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas. Holding degrees in piano performance with an emphasis in collaborative piano from the University of Memphis (D.M.A. 2009, M.M. 2001) and Pepperdine University (B.A. 1996), Dr. Freeman is an avid chamber musician. He has performed with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra as well as faculty from the University of Southern Florida, the University of Missouri - Kansas City, the University of Memphis, and Union University. In addition to his work on the concert stage and classroom, Kennith enjoys opera and theater work as well. Recent credits include The Mikado, Into the Woods, Hansel and Gretel, and Little Shop of Horrors.
Musical topics of special interest to Dr. Freeman include the role of the piano in the chamber ensemble with special attention to the piano duo, French piano repertoire of the early 20th century, the piano compositions of American composer Ned Rorem, and the effective use of contemporary Christian music in the traditional piano studio. He has presented workshops for studio and group piano teachers at the annual conventions of both the Texas Music Educators’ Association (TMEA) and the Texas Music Teachers’ Association (TMTA). In addition to membership in TMEA and TMTA, Dr. Freeman is also actively involved with the American Brahms Society and the National Association for the Teaching of Singing (NATS).
Kennith greatly enjoys teaching piano to elementary students and maintains a small piano studio through Wayland’s Academy of Fine Arts while also serving as musical consultant for Bartlett Music Academy in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. He passionately believes that all students should receive instruction of the highest caliber from their earliest interactions with music and constantly looks for new ways to bring excitement and fun to his piano studio. With nearly 20 years of experience in church music ministry in Arkansas, Tennessee, and California, Dr. Freeman serves as accompanist for the Panhandle chapter of the Singing Men of Texas.