Keith L. Cooper;
Commercial Guitar & Music Education
It’s been said "play skillfully" with the "language of the soul;" a concept Guitarist Keith L. Cooper has taken to heart throughout his career, encouraging guitarists, worship leaders, and young professionals in the music industry. Coop teaches, performs, and writes articles which showcase aspects of guitar playing (his primary instrument), and music education, to ensure commercial, ministerial, and collegian success in music.
Behind the Scenes with Coop;
Hailing from New Jersey, Keith L. Cooper (Coop) is always pushing to achieve maximum success in guitar performance, namely in jazz, be-bop & hard-bop, worship, percussive-acoustic, metal-shred, and occasionally delta-slide styles. Looking to perfect technical abilities and develop unique approaches to music education, "Coop" draws upon expertise and knowledge from previous teachers, including Jazz guitarists Tal Farlow, Bobby Lane (Di'Meola's instructor), John Pell, and classical players Mario DaSilva (Belmont Univ.), and Sean Beavers, (Liberty Univ.). Cooper has a rich performance background from the South East's diverse music scene, including D.C, Richmond, Charlotte, Nashville, Atlanta, Memphis, Jacksonville, New Orleans, and Dallas. This is coupled with an academic passion for music education. Credentials include a B.M (Belmont University), an M.A (Criswell College) a Master's Degree in Music Education with commercial guitar performance (Liberty University) - and is certified in Jazz Guitar Performance from Berklee College of Music. These include 39 graduate hours in the guitar discipline, with over 1000 solo guitar concerts worldwide. Cooper will finalize a Doctorate of Music Ed.,(D.M.E) this Fall 2021. NASM and SACS solidify these as teaching certifications for all guitar levels; bachelor, master, and/or doctoral in commercial guitar styles at any university level.
"To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable"