Dr. Kennith Freeman, Associate Professor of Collaborative Piano at Wayland Baptist University, earned a Bachelor of Arts in applied music from Pepperdine University (Malibu, California) as well as the Master and Doctorate of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of Memphis. An avid chamber musician, Kennith can often be found collaborating with students and faculty on the Plainview campus while also teaching Class Piano, Wayland’s freshman experience course (Best Achievement Strategies for College), and accompanying opera and musical theater productions. Recently, Freeman has performed as soloist and chamber musician in recitals in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas, and California. 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 was most recently a part of the music ministry team at College Heights Baptist Church in Plainview. He currently serves as accompanist for the Panhandle chapter of the Singing Men of Texas.