McGuire

Kenneth McGuire

Associate Professor of Music Education

Contact Info


Education


Syracuse University

State Universities of New York at Fredonia and Binghamton

Bio


Kenneth Michael McGuire is Associate Professor in the School of Music at the University of Alabama where he teaches courses in songwriting and music education. He earned degrees from Syracuse University, and the State Universities of New York at Fredonia and Binghamton. Prior to his appointment at Alabama, McGuire taught music in New York public schools and worked extensively as a songwriter, arranger, performer, and producer of audio recordings and music videos.

McGuire’s songwriting style and interests are diverse and his efforts include both solo and collaborative productions. Items from his catalog reside in formats that span generations of technology—from early analog tape to the latest digital products—and are published by Cabin 5 and distributed by Livingston Records (Listen to some samples below). His teaching approach encourages student songwriters to examine their preferences and craft personal, original art.

Dr. McGuire’s other scholarly activities include numerous research presentations, workshops, articles, and conferences on music education. His articles are published in Journal of Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Therapy, International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, Southeastern Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, and Teaching Music. He has served the National Association for Music Education, Alabama Music Educators Association, Alabama State Education Department, and locally situated arts and arts advocacy groups in multiple leadership roles.

 

IfUwantIt

Lyrical Inspiration

“If You Want It” is about how vision, risk, hope, goal-setting and perseverance can lead to success. Some might see it as an expression of striving toward the “unalienable rights” mentioned in the United States Declaration of Independence: “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

 

Musical Influences

Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Phil Collins (solo material)

 

Personnel

Kenneth Michael McGuire – songwriter, arranger, producer, lead vocal, keyboards

David Weaver – Guitars

Brett Holton – Bass

Randy Doer – Drums

Beth McGuire – Harmony vocal

Binghamton Crew – trumpet, alto & tenor sax, trombone

 

Recording Technology

Recorded on 2” reel-to-reel tape. Mastered on digital tape. Copied to cassette tape. Transferred to mp3.

 

 

MinrvaLk

Lyrical Inspiration

For some people, New Year’s Eve often is associated with measuring or evaluating the significance of a year gone by: People reflect on whether or not they used time wisely, enjoyably, lovingly, etc. Other people, however, experience different annual events that affect similar introspection. During most of my formative years, my family spent one week every summer camping in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. It was an experience that provided me an opportunity to slow down and ruminate and it functioned as a sort of guidepost or measuring stick in my life. “Minerva Lake” is homage to that important place and time.

 

Musical Influences

For me, the music of The Allman Brothers and Bruce Hornsby are associated with “open-air,” “outdoor” life. The influence of both artists can be heard in this song.

 

Personnel

Kenneth Michael McGuire – songwriter, arranger, producer, lead & harmony vocals, piano, keyboards

David Weaver – Guitars

Brett Holton – Bass

Randy Doer – Drums

 

Recording Technology

Recorded on 2” reel-to-reel tape. Mastered on digital tape. Copied to cassette tape. Transferred to mp3.

 

Cover art

Original oil painting by LaRochelle.

 

 

WhenYoung

Lyrical Inspiration

“When I Was Young” contains imagery and thoughts about eras and experiences gone by.

 

Musical Influences

The vocal melody and instrumental motive are reminiscent of 60s folk music; however, the arrangement is flavored with pop and rock elements from that era as well.

 

Personnel

Kenneth Michael McGuire – songwriter, arranger, producer, lead vocal, piano, keyboards

David Weaver – Guitars

Brett Holton – Bass

Randy Doer – Drums

Beth McGuire – Harmony vocal

Binghamton Crew – trumpet, alto & tenor sax, trombone

 

Recording Technology

Recorded on 2” reel-to-reel tape. Mastered on digital tape. Copied to cassette tape. Transferred to mp3.