Keith Karns

(Professor, Dr., Mr.)

Professor, Music

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At WOU since



Hiking, Boating, Fly Fishing


North Pole, Alaska

Favorite book/movie

Film: Once Upon a Time In The West Fiction: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress Non Fiction: Peak: Secrets From the NewScience of Expertise

Office Hours

By Appointment

Areas of responsibility

Jazz Orchestra
Latin Jazz
Jazz Improvisation
Applied Trumpet
Brass Chamber Music

What you will do and learn in my courses

We will be developing the skills needed to express music. You will need to practice.


B.M. University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Trumpet Performance
M.M. Indiana University, Jazz Studies
D.M.A. University of North Texas, Jazz Studies/Brass Pedagogy

Teaching focus

Music, Jazz, Chamber Music, Brass Pedagogy

Research areas

The intersection of hard bop and free jazz in the music of Woody Shaw
The role of jazz composers and large ensemble jazz music in jazz history
Jazz Education
Brass Pedagogy

Professional memberships


International Trumpet Guild

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