At the Eastern Division Conference for the Organization of American Kodály Educators I gave a presentation (and live demonstration!) of how to work with singers who struggle to match pitch and how to empower people to see themselves as singers.

I was blessed to speak about the power of singing to bond communities and families at the 2013 Maine District III Elementary Choral Festival. To learn more or to bring me to work with your choir, school, church, or community, please email TopherKeene@gmail.com

At the state music educator's conference in Massachusetts, I had the opportunity to guide a group of professionals through a new way of looking at music literacy and sight reading in their classrooms. An excellent primer on using Solfège to develop reading skills in your singers.

At the 2012 MA NAfME Conference I gave a workshop session on how to lead a community sing. Through combining traditional folk melodies in an "I sing, you sing, we sing" style, quick bonds are formed and beautiful music rings out.

in 2014 I presented a clinic on Directing Your First Musical to the collegiate chapter of NAfME at UMass Lowell. Had a blast up there and got to really dig into some practical advice for new music teachers anticipating their first big show.

I had a wonderful time leading a workshop called "Singing Through Shame" at Rockland District Middle School in Maine earlier this year. Inspired by the work of Brené Brown and following in the footsteps of Nick Page and Ysaye Barnwell, I attempted to guide these young people and their teachers on a journey through the vulnerability of art making and the emotional barriers that can hold us back from expressing ourselves creatively.


At the University of Maine leading a quick community sing with an audience of several hundred 'non-singers'.  Wade in the Water is one of my all-time favorite African-American Spirituals.

High school, middle school, elementary school singers and their parents and teachers are led in a magical arrangement of partner songs. Over 1000 people singing in the room!

Maine District 3 Honors Festival Chorus "Sansa Kroma" a Ghanan round