Allison Keep

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music
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Allison Shinnick Keep is a visiting assistant professor of music at Hope, where she teaches courses in piano and aural skills.

Dedicated to refining her teaching practice, Allison received extensive pedagogical training at the New School for Music Study in Princeton, New Jersey, where she served on the faculty for four years. She has also held graduate teaching assistantships at the University of Missouri – Kansas City and at the University of Michigan. Allison has contributed to the greater pedagogical community through her conference presenting, writing and as the former digital communications and engagement coordinator at the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy.

As pianist, her solo and collaborative performances have been heard across the U.S., Germany, Spain and Japan, and in venues such as Orchard Hall (Tokyo), Helzberg Hall (Kansas City), and Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall (New York City). Recipient of various prizes and awards, Allison was a finalist in UMKC’s Chancellor’s Concerto Competition, a finalist in the Chautauqua Piano Competition, and winner of the Lawrence University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. She is also an avid choral accompanist and currently serves as accompanist for SPERA.


  • D.M.A, piano pedagogy and performance, University of Michigan (in progress)
  • M.M., piano performance, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • B.M., piano performance and oboe performance, German language minor, Lawrence University


  • Lecture Recital: Women of the Nocturne, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Lombard, Illinois, 2023
  • “Forging Your Professional Identity: Where Community, Values, and Opportunities Collide,” with Dr. Jessie Welsh and Kellie Cunningham, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Lombard, Illinois, 2023
  • Klavier Vierhändig: four hand music of Johannes Brahms with Dr. David Keep, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany, 2023
  • Lecture recital: Aaron Copland’s Music for the Piano, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2023
  • “Pictures” with Paramount Chamber Players, Tri Cities, Tennessee, 2023
  • “Mozart: Influenced and Influencer” with violinist Lauren Pulcipher, Pleyel Piano Series at the Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan, 2023
  • “More than Meets the Eye: Beginning Reading Approaches and the Pianist’s Technical Development,” Michigan Music Teachers Association, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 2022


  • Co-Chair of the New Professionals Committee for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy
  • Secretary of the governing board of PianoArts North American Piano Competition and Music Festival
  • Secretary and past president of the University of Michigan Collegiate MTNA Chapter

For more information, see Allison’s personal website.

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Allison Keep

Phone Number616.395.7650

Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts 221 Columbia Avenue Holland, MI 49423
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