Ken Renfrow

Ken Renfrow

Kenon D. Renfrow returned to the faculty of Bob Jones University in 2004 where he teaches applied piano, piano pedagogy, music technology, and music business. He also serves as Program Director of Piano Pedagogy and is active in producing music for a variety of campus productions. His students have been accepted to prestigious graduate schools and have won major competitions. As a performer, Dr. Renfrow has presented concerts on piano and organ for churches and teacher groups in the United States and Canada. He was a pioneer in the creation of multimedia concerts where he performs along with projected images.

Prior to his return to BJU, Renfrow was Professor of Keyboard Performance and Director of Keyboard Pedagogy at The University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He has written articles for American Music Teacher, Clavier, Church Musician, Electronic Musician’s Digital Piano Buyers Guide, Keyboard Companion, Piano & Keyboard and the Proceedings & Reference of the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy. A prolific arranger, composer and author of leading textbooks in his field, his numerous music offerings are published by Alfred Publishing Company, Soundforth (a division of Lorenz), and the Hal Leonard Corporation.

Renfrow holds the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from Bob Jones University and the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education from The University of Oklahoma. Renfrow has served in churches as pianist, organist, and guest artist for more than 40 years. He has worked with choirs, ensembles, and soloists as accompanist and vocal coach, and as music producer for major productions.

Dr. Renfrow believes that while the content of subject matter is highly important, it is not taught at the exclusion of the whole person. He is very active in the lives of his students and graduates beyond the classroom or studio.

Happily married for over 35 years, Kenon and Beth have two married children and 4 grandchildren. In addition to his musical activities, Ken enjoys sports cars and antique clocks.

What Happened to All My Notes? Navigating Chord Charts and Lead Sheets for the Church Pianist (PART ONE)

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Church pianists are being called upon more frequently to realize accompaniments for hymns and gospel songs from a chord chart or lead sheet. This skill requires a thorough knowledge of chords, chord voicings, and chord inversions. Since the piano keyboard is the ultimate audio-visual aid for understanding functional music theory, we will explore ways to use it […]

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What Happened to All My Notes? Navigating Chord Charts and Lead Sheets for the Church Pianist (PART TWO)

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Church pianists are being called upon more frequently to realize accompaniments for hymns and gospel songs from a chord chart or lead sheet. This skill requires a thorough knowledge of chords, chord voicings, and chord inversions. Since the piano keyboard is the ultimate audio-visual aid for understanding functional music theory, we will explore ways to use it […]

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What Happened to All My Notes? Navigating Chord Charts and Lead Sheets for the Church Pianist (PART THREE)

C218

Church pianists are being called upon more frequently to realize accompaniments for hymns and gospel songs from a chord chart or lead sheet. This skill requires a thorough knowledge of chords, chord voicings, and chord inversions. Since the piano keyboard is the ultimate audio-visual aid for understanding functional music theory, we will explore ways to use it […]

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