Patrick McKearn, is a pianist, teaching artist educator and writer who has lived and worked in New York for thirty years. During his career he has played with a variety of players, including Abbey Lincoln, Betty Carter, and Oscar Brown Jr. His pianistic artistry reveals a wide range of influences from Blues and Boogie-Woogie, to Jazz, Funk and Latin styles. His CD, ‘Throw Out the Lifeline’, co-produced with the saxophonist Paul Shapiro, features several original compositions and arrangements and can be found on CD Baby.
Patrick began his teaching artist career in 1999 with the Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts and Imagination. Since then, he has become deeply invested in exploring the ways that an arts and inquiry based pedagogy can serve to engage, inspire and empower students of all ages and backgrounds. In addition to working with grade levels from pre-k to post graduate, Patrick has designed and lead professional development workshops for educators in New York City, Oklahoma, Baltimore, Louisiana, Singapore and Seoul, Korea.
In the summer of 2012, Patrick joined Community-Word Project and in the last year has delighted in the opportunities that CWP’s longer residences have presented.
“I get to see students grow, and discover and develop their own voices. There’s that moment when all the previously untapped or unconnected knowledge and desire comes together and suddenly there’s an actual poem on the page, or a song on a CD, an artifact they can claim as their own, something that expresses and expands who they are. It’s a moment I feel privileged to be a part of.”