Kevin Olson is an active pianist, composer, and professor of piano at Utah State University, where he has taught courses in piano literature, pedagogy, accompanying, music theory, improvisation, commercial composition, and rock & roll history, among others. In addition to his collegiate teaching responsibilities, Dr. Olson coordinates the keyboard studies program at Utah State, and oversees the USU Youth Conservatory, which provides weekly piano instruction to over 150 pre-college community students.
Dr. Olson has been a Composer in Residence at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and has written music commissioned and performed by groups such as the Five Browns, Music Teachers National Association, American Piano Quartet, Chicago a cappella, the Rich Matteson Jazz Festival, American Grands, the Festival for Creative Pianists, the American Festival Chorus & Orchestra, and numerous piano teacher associations around the country. He gives workshops and performances nationally and internationally, most recently in India, China, Canada, Great Britain, and Italy.
Kevin maintains a large piano studio, teaching students of a variety of ages and abilities. Many of the needs of his own piano students have inspired over 200 published books and solos, written in a variety of levels and styles.