Kevin Woosley

Kevin Woosley

Instructor of Piano
Area Coordinator for MUS 121


  • DMA, Piano Performance and Musicology, University of Alabama
  • MM, Piano Performance, University of Alabama
  • BA, Music, University of Alabama at Birmingham


Kevin Woosley joined the University of Alabama School of Music faculty in the fall of 2013. Dr. Woosley studied piano under the tutelage of Jan King, Yakov Kasman, and Amanda Penick. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from The University of Alabama, where he simultaneously earned a concentration in musicology. In addition, Dr. Woosley earned his Master of Music degree in piano performance from The University of Alabama and his Bachelor of Arts in music from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he graduated magna cum laude and with departmental honors.

Dr. Woosley’s DMA document is titled The Lost Art of Improvisation: Teaching Improvisation to Classical Pianists. The primary goal of this document is to delineate pedagogical improvisation methods that will better equip classically-trained pianists to participate in music opportunities beyond those experienced through traditional music instruction.

In addition to his teaching experience at The University of Alabama, Dr. Woosley has taughtFundamentals of Music at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Music Appreciation at Shelton State Community College. Dr. Woosley also helped create listening guides for an online music appreciation course by publisher McGraw-Hill. He has taught private piano lessons through UA’s Community Music School since fall of 2007.

Dr. Woosley has been an invited lecturer for various courses at The University of Alabama and for the Birmingham Music Teachers Association and has served as an adjudicator for various piano competitions and juries.

As an active accompanist, Dr. Woosley has had experience accompanying church choirs, college concert choirs, vocalists, and instrumentalists (in both solo and chamber settings). He accompanies numerous lessons, juries, masterclasses, and recitals every year.

In addition to his classical performances (as soloist and accompanist), Dr. Woosley has been the pianist for various jazz bands, contemporary ensembles, and percussion ensembles.  He enjoys participating as a pianist for a variety of professional music opportunities including solo and group jazz, weddings, receptions, and parties. As a musical theater keyboardist, Dr. Woosley has used his familiarity with keyboard/music technology to perform the notated parts for over fifty instruments in a single musical theater production.

Dr. Woosley is a member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Alabama Music Teachers Association (AMTA), West Alabama Music Teachers Association (WAMTA), College Music Society (CMS), and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). In his free time, Dr. Woosley enjoys composing for solo piano and various ensembles, gardening, biking, and spending time with his beautiful wife, amazing son, and energetic dogs.