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  • College of Performing Arts Faculty

  • Keller Coker

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    keller@newschool.edu

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    Keller Coker

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    Dr. Coker is a jazz trombonist, composer, and arranger, who immediately prior to joining The New School was a Full Professor with Tenure at Western Oregon University. Dr. Coker was educated at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where he received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Jazz Studies, a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Historical Performance, and completed coursework for a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology.

    During Coker’s esteemed career, he founded the American Metropole Orchestra, served as executive director of the Smith Fine Arts Series, arranged music for Kurt Elling, Cuong Vu, Martha Reeves, Joe Lovano, and Allen Toussaint, produced shows for Aiofe O’Donovan, Dr. Lonnie Smith, the Turtle Island Quartet, and Sean Jones, and has developed and taught an extraordinarily wide range of courses including songwriting, early music ensemble, jazz composition, brass seminar, ethnomusicology, music history, improvisation, world music, music theory, popular music in America, and more.


    Current Courses

    2 cr. JCM Ensemble Placeholder
    JPER 0003, Fall 2021

    2 cr. Lessons
    JLES 2000, Fall 2021

    Independent Study
    JAZZ 4912

    Lesson Placement
    JLES 0001

    Lessons 3000
    JLES 3000, Fall 2021

    The New School Studio Orch
    JPER 4556, Fall 2021

    UG Major Skills Placeholder
    COPA 1207, Fall 2021

    UG Project Placeholder
    COPA 1307, Fall 2021

    Future Courses

    2 cr. Lessons
    JLES 2000, Spring 2022

    Historically Informed Musician
    CMUS 5000, Spring 2022

    John Cage and The New School
    UTNS 5547, Spring 2022

    John Cage and The New School
    COPA 3547, Spring 2022

    Lessons 3000
    JLES 3000, Spring 2022

    Past Courses

    3 cr. GR XL Elective Course
    COPA 5120

    Capstone: SDP Independent
    CMUS 5951

    John Cage and The New School
    COPA 3547

    John Cage and The New School
    UTNS 5547

    Lessons 2000
    JLES 2007

    Lessons 3000
    JLES 3007

    Lessons 3000: PT
    JLES 3500

    Post Genre Minor Project
    COPA 4000

    Recording Combo - CJS
    JPER 4547

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