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Dan Keast

Department of Arts
Music Program
WNPAC Room 191

Dr. Dan Keast is a pioneer of online teaching and presents his research and innovations to a variety of disciplines in secondary and higher education. The link between Dan's research and teaching is obvious as he continually adapts his courses and constructivist teaching methods to new media, student needs, and innovative pedagogy. Keast won the University's nomination for the Regents' Teaching Award in 2014 and the 2015 nomination for the Piper Professor due to his teaching accomplishments, reputation as an online educator, and caring mentor to his students, faculty, and alumni.


Dr. Keast graduated from Oakland High School in Iowa with a broad range of musical experiences ranging from over 100 honor bands and solos to a European tour at the age of 16. After high school, he attended Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa to receive a B.M.E. He was Director of Bands in Wakefield, Nebraska where he taught 5-12 instrumental music. Under his direction, the program grew from 95 students to over 200 students by adding a jazz band, six chamber ensembles, commissioning From Seed to Harvest from David Moore, receiving approximately $15,000 in external grants to supplement the bands' budget, and sponsored 500 solos and small ensembles at state contests and festivals.


Keast auditioned for acceptance into the University of Missouri - Columbia to pursue his M.Ed and PhD in Curriculum and Instruction. At Mizzou, he worked with several performing ensembles such as the 300-piece Marching Mizzou, the Symphonic Band, the Wind Ensemble, and the Missouri Tuba Ensemble, as well as two commercially available recordings. The participation or coaching of these ensembles included an appearance of Marching Mizzou in George W. Bush's 2001 inaugural parade and a performance of the MU Wind Ensemble at the Sydney Opera House in Australia. In the three years while working towards his Ph.D., he taught beginning low brass and percussion in the Columbia Public Schools; Basic Music Skills for the MU School of Music; Inquiry in Curriculum and Pedagogy I and II, Summer Immersion, Music for Children, guest lectured for faculty in MU's College of Education; and he was active a clinician and private applied low brass and clarinet teacher. He finished his dissertation - The Implementation of Constructivist Techniques into an Online Activity for Graduate Music Education Students - to complete his PhD in music education with a cognate in administration in higher education.


Keast was recruited by UTPB to re-start the Music Program in the fall of 2004. He is a diamond-certified online educator by The University of Texas System, a Quality Matters online course reviewer, an Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Department, has written many grants netting over a million dollars of external funding for Music at UTPB, and reviews grants for the US Department of Labor and HP Catalyst Programs. Keast is an avid supporter of the arts by serving as a member on the Board of Directors for the West Texas Jazz Society. As a music education researcher, his research interests include teaching and scaffolding activities in online learning environments. He has twelve publications including book chapters, peer-reviewed research journal articles, invited columns, and serves as an editor for Texas Music Education Research Online, World Journal of Education, and Journal of Learning and Teaching.


Dan enjoys exploring life with his wife, Michelle, and two children, Elijah and Isabella.

Last Updated: 11/12/2019
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