Dr. Kenn Gartner


Pianist, Conductor, Nationally Certified Teacher of Music: Piano & Voice, Juilliard Teachers Directory, Steinway Private Instructors List, MTNA, CAPMT, NATS.

Bay Area resident with Ph.D. in Performance (Steinhardt School, New York University, 1979) where he studied with Eugene List.  An M.S. in Music Education with emphasis on Musicology (Queens College, City University of New York, 1970).  Studied with Adele Marcus and Eduard Steuermann leading to the Artist’s Diploma (The Juilliard School, 1964).


Earned an A.B. in Music as a student of John Kirkpatrick and of music historian Donald J. Grout, author of A History of Western Music  (Cornell, 1960).  Performances in many countries (1969 to present).  Teacher of Music, NYC etc.; Supervisor/Director of Music for school districts Lexington, MA; Copiague, NY; Jackson, NJ.  Professor of Music at Long Island’s Hofstra University; Adelphi University; LaGuardia Community College; Suffolk County Community College; Chair/Associate Professor, Five Towns College.



"In the past three months of taking lessons with Kenn, I've learned more technique than I have in my twenty years of playing. I feel I have grown as an interpreter of classical music in such a short period of time that I can't wait to see what else he has up his sleeve to help me improve even more! He is an amazing pianist for whom I have so much respect for and am blessed to be under his wing," Tara O'Brien


"Kenn is truly an epitome a music expert.  He is a master teacher in piano performance, pedagogy, and life in general.  He has been such a huge influence in my life and I am so grateful to be learning from someone who not only talks his talk, but also walks his walk'.  Feona Lee Jones

Reflections on a Movement: Silence, Napa 2015


Somewhere between harmony and melody

there is an empty place in which notes find themselves

abandoned from the stream of music.

All alone

searching  for a moment in time to resonate.

A tempo that awaits the notes presence returning into being;

a languid anticipation,

and therein lies an ecstasy, a longing

to hear, that I cannot express in words and is absent in music,

it has no voice or sound and yet is



Mark Whelan

Feona Lee Jones

Tara O'Brien

Kenn & Tara in studio...

Teaching and performing at the same time, with Kephra Owl.

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