Fred Kern is Professor of Music and a Specialist in Piano Education at the University of North Texas in Denton where he has been on the faculty for 25 years. Widely known as a clinician, author, teacher, composer and arranger, he has published numerous texts on piano instruction and more than 500 arrangements and original compositions for piano solo. He has given presentations at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, the Music Teachers National Association Convention and the Texas Music Educators Association and has been invited to speak on creative piano teaching at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy and at the 2006 MTNA convention in Austin as a part of Pedagogy Saturday. He is a native of Pittsfield, Illinois and formerly taught at Northwestern University and Harper College. He holds three graduate degrees in music education, piano performance and pedagogy and he holds the Master Teacher Certificate given by MTNA.