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Kevin Gunter

Senior Lecturer, Coordinator of Class Piano, Co-Director, SMU Institute for Young Pianists

Kevin Gunter serves as the class piano coordinator at Southern Methodist University, where he supervises graduate students in the Master of Music in Piano Performance/Pedagogy program and teaches undergraduates, both music majors and non-music majors. 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. During the summers, Gunter is the co-director of the SMU Institute for Young Pianists, which hosts exceptional pre-college piano students from around the nation. He also teaches in the SMU CAPE (Continuing and Professional Education) program, hosting a weekly master class for adults.

Gunter maintains a small but active studio of pre-college students in SMU's Piano Preparatory Department, and his students have earned first prizes in Dallas Piano Solo, Dallas Symphonic, DMTA Jazz/Pop, the TMTA (Texas Music Teachers Association) State Composition contest, TMTA State Solo contest (local and regional) and other competitions. His students have performed twice in recitals and master classes at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in Chicago. His students also recently attended summer festivals such as the Piano Academy at Indiana University and the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Tuscany, Italy. Most recently, his youngest students performed for audiences of 12,000 over six educational concerts at Bass Hall in Fort Worth, in association with the Van Cliburn Foundation.

Gunter is an active musical director and performer in the Dallas theatre scene. He has given hundreds of performances in over 50 different productions at theatres such as Uptown Players, WaterTower Theatre and Lyric Stage with acclaim from The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Culture Map, TheatreJones, Dallas Voice, Dallas Observer, BroadwayWorld and others. During the 2019 season, Gunter will serve as the conductor/musical director for the regional premieres of Disaster! The Musical and The View Upstairs, as well as the celebrated Broadway Our Way at Uptown Players. He will also appear onstage in Spring Awakening at Moody Performance Hall.

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. He will present his lecture, “Trending Now: Your Future with Adult Students” at the Music Teachers National Association Conference in Spokane, Washington in March 2019, and he is published in the November 2018 MTNA e-Journal.


M.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Southern Methodist University

B.M. in Piano Performance, Samford University

Professional Experience

Supervision of SMU Class Piano Program, 14 years.

Private Piano Instructor, including SMU Piano Preparatory Department and Samford University Preparatory Department, 20 years.


  • PERB 1131 Class Piano I (music majors)
  • PERB 1132 Class Piano II (music majors)
  • PERB 2131 Class Piano III (music majors)
  • PERB 2132 Class Piano IV (music majors)
  • PERB 1205 Beginning Class Piano (non-music majors)
  • PERB 2205 Class Piano (music majors)
  • PERB 3205 Intermediate Class Piano (music majors)
  • PIAN 3100 Private Study: Piano
  • PERB 5111 Directed Study
  • SMU CAPE (Continuing and Professional Education): Performance Piano (


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