Brian Katz is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, pianist, recording artist, improviser, composer, and music educator. As a performer and composer, he is noted for bringing classical and world music influences to modern jazz and various world music streams, and is highly regarded as a “free” music improviser, where he blends many of his influences into coherent musical statements. He holds Mus. Bach. and Mus. M. degrees (Music Education) from the University of Toronto, and Dalcroze Eurhythmics Certification—a method of education exploring the intrinsic relationships between music and movement—from Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh. Brian also studied jazz at Humber College in Toronto, composition and classical guitar at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and various subjects at York University, Toronto.
Brian has taught music in a variety of settings—from pre-school to university— for over 30 years. At the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, Brian teaches a variety of courses that prepare prospective teachers of music for careers as elementary and high school music teachers: Guitar for the Classroom and Movement and Music: Dalcroze Eurhythmics. In addition, Brian leads Klezmer ensembles at the University of Toronto, and at York University, Toronto, where he also instructs courses in Contemporary Improvisation, Music for Health and Wellness and classical, jazz and folk (world) guitar. Brian also recently taught at Ryerson University, Toronto, where he was instructing courses in arts education for Early Childhood Education majors.
In addition to contributing guitar compositions to the Royal Conservatory of Music Syllabus, Brian is the author of Guitar Music of Brian Katz: 3 Pieces for Classical or Jazz Guitarists (with a treatise and practicum on Tonal Improvisation). His academic/research interests include: Relationship of Movement to Music Cognition; Music Memory; Improvisation Pedagogy, Classical Improvisation and Psychological Dynamics Inherent in the Private Music Lesson. His writings have been featured in several publications including Orbit and Canadian Musician, and he has written articles for several journals including The American Dalcroze Journal. Brian regularly tours internationally, often combining giving solo and ensemble concerts with lectures/workshops in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, music pedagogy, composition, improvisation, and guitar/piano performance.