Keith Kelly

Jazz Studies Coordinator


Saxophonist and educator Keith Kelly, a San Francisco Bay Area native, holds degrees in music from the Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific and Arizona State University.  As a woodwind specialist, Kelly has performed with the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Phoenix Theater, Natalie Cole, Bear Valley Music Festival, and the Berkeley Saxophone Quartet. As an educator, Kelly has taught public school band, orchestra, choir, and jazz band in Northern California and has worked regularly as a saxophone coach, improvisation specialist, and jazz ensemble director at summer music institutes in both California and Arizona.  Kelly has also directed the Young Sounds of San Joaquin, Tri-Valley Jazz Workshop, and the Paradise Valley Jazz Institute.

As a researcher, his focus is on teacher preparation, gender and music participation, and the early history of public school jazz education.  As a collegiate music educator, he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in music at Paradise Valley Community College, Boston University (Online) and Arizona State University.  Kelly is currently completing a DMA in Music Education (Jazz Studies), focusing on the ways in which middle-school and high-school students learn to play jazz.  He maintains an active private teaching studio in addition to his faculty responsibilities at California State University - Stanislaus.

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