LecturerKevin Gunter serves as the Class Piano Coordinator at Southern Methodist University, where he instructs undergraduate and graduate students, both music majors and non-music majors. Mr. Gunter holds degrees in piano from Samford University and Southern Methodist University, where he studied with Dr. Betty Sue Shepherd and Dr. David Karp, respectively. He also maintains an award-winning studio of pre-college students in SMU's Piano Preparatory Department, and he is sought after as an adjudicator for local piano festivals throughout the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.
Mr. Gunter is an active musical director and performer in the Dallas theatre scene. In the past three years, he has given hundreds of performances in over 30 different productions at theatres such as Uptown Players, WaterTower Theatre, and Lyric Stage. His 2010 performance schedule will begin with the debut of Uptown Players' Broadway Our Way, held at Dallas's famed Kalita Humphreys Theatre.
Mr. Gunter is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association, as well as the Texas MTA and Dallas MTA. He is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the professional men’s music fraternity, as well as Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Tau Delta. In May 2005, he the received the Roy and Sue Johnson Award from the SMU Division of Music for excellence in teaching.
During the summers, Mr. Gunter is a director of the Young Artists Institute, which hosts exceptional pre-college piano students from around the state of Texas. More information can be found at the website for the National Piano Institute for Teachers and Young Artists,www.npitya.org. In summer 2009, Mr. Gunter celebrated the debut of one of his piano students at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in Chicago, Illinois. He is also featured in the Fall 2009 issue of Samford University's Seasons Magazine in the “Adventures in Music” article.
EducationM.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, SMU;
B.M. in Piano Performance, Samford University
Professional ExperienceSupervision of Class Piano Program, 5 years. Private Piano Instructor, including Samford University Preparatory Department and SMU Piano Preparatory Department, 10 years.
TeachingPERB 1131 (First semester Class Piano for music majors), PERB 1132 (Second semester Class Piano for music majors), PERB 2131 (Third semester Class Piano for music majors), PERB 2132 (Fourth semester Class Piano for music majors), PERB 1205 (First semester Class Piano for non-music majors), PERB 2205 (Second semester Class Piano for non-music majors), PIAN 3100 (Private Study: Piano)