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Dr. Kenneth Saxon

Dr. Kenneth Saxon

Dr. Kenneth Saxon
Assistant Professor
Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music
Coordinator of Collaborative Piano
Department of Music


DMA, University of Alabama
BM and MM, Shorter College

CV/VITAE: Saxon Vitae

Classes Taught:

Applied Piano, MUAP 1187, 1188, 2187, 2188, 3101, 3102, 3302, 4101, 4102, 4302
Accompanying, MUEN 1142 and 3142
Advanced Studies in Performance Practice, MUSI 6389
Master’s Project, MUSI 6390

Joined UTB/TSC:


area of specialty and responsibility:

Dr. Kenneth Saxon is an Assistant Professor of Music. Also Dr. Saxon is the Director of Graduate Studies and coordinates the Collaborative Piano Program. Dr. Saxon has performed in Italy, Singapore, Mexico, and throughout the United States. In 2007, he was recognized as a Distinguished Musician by judges at the IBLA Grand Prize International Music Competition held in Ragusa-Ibla, Sicily.

He is also a dedicated music educator, and his many former students make significant contributions to the music education of young people in South Texas. These young pianists and singers have inspired his work as a pianist and as a teacher. Saxon's first article addressing sight reading, "Teaching Sight-Reading: Old Saws and New Tools for Effective Sight-Reading Skills" reflects his work with these students. It appears online at the Piano Pedagogy Forum. His subsequent articles have expanded on his initial work in sight reading, offering a fresh and successful approach for developing sight-reading skills. These articles are "The Secrets of Sight-Reading" in Pianist Magazine No. 37 and "The Science of Sight Reading" recently published in the June/July 2009 American Music Teacher. Saxon’s web-site, reflects his continuing interest in this field, offering fun and effective solutions for those trying to improve sight-reading skills.

In 2005, Saxon released his first solo recording, 13 Preludes, Op.32 by Sergei Rachmaninoff (Plum 052). Saxon’s performances of the Preludes have garnered accolades in Mexico, the United States and Italy. Listeners have noted the pianist's dedication to Rachmaninoff's score and his success in bringing the music to life as the composer intended it.

Saxon has also recorded Kawai Shiu's clear shade for the CD, music of Kawai Shiu (SSR0004) and Shiu's Winter Tide for the CD, eXchange: China (CRI805). During the spring of 2005, he premiered Shiu's piano piece, la negacion de simbolos which was written for him.

As a collaborative pianist, Saxon has performed with Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Louis Lane, Kawai Shiu, Stafford and Rebecca Turner, Andrea Dawson and many others.

He holds a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Alabama where he was awarded a Graduate Council Fellowship. His teachers include Amanda Penick, Helen Ramsaur, Elizabeth Buday, Anthony di Bonaventura and Bela Nagy.

Previous Experience:

Assistant Professor/Coordinator of Accompanying (2006-09)
Director of Graduate Studies in Music
University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College
Courses taught: Accompanying, Piano Literature, Applied Piano

Instructor/Coordinator of Accompanying (2005-2006)
University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College
Courses taught: Chamber Music and Accompanying, Keyboard Skills

Instructor/Vocal Coach (2002-2005)
University of Texas-Pan American
Courses taught: Applied Piano, Class Piano, Music Appreciation

Adjunct (2002)
Mississippi University for Women
Course taught: Applied Piano

Adjunct (2001)
University of Alabama
Courses taught: Music Management and Careers in Music

Instructor/Staff Accompanist (1998-1999)
Mississippi State University
Courses taught: Music Appreciation and Class Voice

Instructor/College Organist (1994-1996)
Talladega College
Courses taught: Applied Piano, Class Piano, Sight Singing and Ear Training, Music Appreciation, Beginning Conducting

Graduate Teaching Assistant (1997-2000)
University of Alabama
Courses taught: Applied Piano, Introduction to Listening

Piano Teacher (1996-2002)
University of Alabama Community Music School

Private Piano Studio (1987-1994)
Rome, Georgia

Piano Teacher (1989-1994)
Shorter College Preparatory Department

Adjunct Piano Faculty (1991-1992)
Shorter College


Office Hours - fall 2014

Monday & Wendnesday: 
                10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
               Monday: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Office: Eidman Hall 120-D
Phone: (956) 882-8267
Fax: (956) 882-3808

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