Keelin Brennan was born and raised in Milford, MA, a town located approximately 30 miles from Boston, MA. She began studying flute in a school music program in 4th grade and by 5th grade she started studying privately. She received a B.A. in Liberal Studies with a Music Concentration. It was then she began working in Special Education. Her music skills were incorporated to social and learning settings with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She also began teaching private flute lessons for students of all ages and skill levels.
By 2008 she was enrolled in Rhode Island College (RIC) for a second Bachelor’s degree. By 2010 she earned her second B.A. in Music with a Music History concentration. While there she studied flute with Dr. Mary Ellen Guzzio. She performed with RICs Wind Ensemble and the Flute Studio’s Flute Ensemble. Although she enjoys playing music of the Baroque and Classical Era, she enjoys studying music of the Romantic Era and 20th Century and diving into the psychology of music.
In 2014 she earned her M.S. in Management from Lasell College. This decision was made to help market herself not only as a musician but a businesswoman as well. Soon after she began working for the Yamaha Music School of Boston as part of the administration team. She helped bridge gaps between students and parents when it came to understanding the YMES approach to learning music as a language.
Birthday: May 26
Schools Attended: Anna Maria College, Rhode Island College, Lasell College
Instruments You Teach: Flute, Music Theory, Music History
Age you Started Lessons: 10
Anna Maria College Flute Choir (2002 – 2006)
Assumption College Concert Band (2003 – 2006)
Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble (2008 – 2010)
Rhode Island Flute Choir (2008 – 2010)
Rhode Island College New Music Ensemble (2009 – 2011)
Apple Tree Arts Flute Choir (2014)
Favorite Music to Listen to: Motown, Vocal Jazz, Minneapolis Jazz/Funk, and some Pop
Favorite Music to Play: Classical Music from the Baroque and Classical Era but I do love listening to flute music of the Romantic and 20th Century.
Other hobbies & interests: I love traveling nationally and internationally, staying active by going to they gym, going for runs, or going for hikes. I also love beaches and the Red Sox!
Something most people don’t know about you: When I was 20 I met and had a brief conversation with John Williams
Where you were born & grew up: I was born and raised in Milford, MA
1. Keep a notebook with you and take notes. This will help you stay on track and provide reminders of what you did in the previous practice session.
2. Always end on a good note. Your muscles will remember what you practiced last. If you just practiced a section of a piece, etude, etc. and you are pleased with what you just did and you think you can’t replicate it again at the moment, stop, take a break, and return later when you’ve regained focus.