Ken Brown is a guitar performer, composer, and instructor. A guitar faculty member at The Music Academy of North Carolina, he began studying classical guitar at age ten, and has participated extensively in master classes and private study with a diverse group of today’s leading artists. As a performer Ken is immersed in many genres ranging from classical to electronic. Recent performances in 2009 include appearances as a guest artist at Arizona Musikfest, and with Nascar's Kyle Petty at the Reckless Kelley Celebrity Softball Jam, an event organized to help fund programs for exceptional children in Austin, TX. His compositions have been featured in film scores, advertising, and modern dance performances including a recent premier in
New York City.
As an educator Ken strives to create an environment which utilizes a broad spectrum of methodologies to bring out the potential in each student. To date Ken has developed three guitar method books and interactive DVD’s, one of which is tailored specifically to strengthen fine motor control and overall kinesthetic ability in both young students and students with physical and developmental challenges, such as Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Multiple Sclerosis.
Ken holds degrees in both music and psychology, and works in depth with students with autism, Down’s syndrome, and cerebral palsy. He has lectured on the many benefits guitar education can provide exceptional students and will have the honor of sharing these experiences with other guitarists as a lecturer at the Guitar Foundation of America's 2010 international convention in Austin, TX.
In addition to guitar, Ken performs on sitar, mandolin, bass, pedal steel, and is an avid visual artist. His artwork was featured on the cover of Soundboard’s Spring 2009 issue No. XXXV, No. 2.