Since 2016, Kevin Robb oversees the music program, teaches IB Music and Introduction to Music courses and directs the Jazz Ensemble at Verde Valley School in Sedona, Arizona, one of the top 15 IB boarding schools in the United States. He is a frequent collaborator of the Jazz Program at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where he works with their Jazz Ensemble I, jazz combos and saxophone students.
From 1997 to 2016, he taught studio woodwinds and directed the jazz programs at both the Escuela Municipal de Música in Collado Mediano and the British Council School in Madrid (n.b. the municipal music schools are official music schools sponsored by the regional Madrid government, and the BCS has long held the reputation of being one of the finest International schools in Europe), where he built up enrollment over the years and sent many former students on to careers as professional musicians. In 2012 he was named Coordinator of the Music21 program at BCS, supervising an 11-member adjunct faculty team and founding the ClassBand project, in addition directing the Jazz program.
His extensive academic background, combined with years of professional performing experience in a wide variety of styles, made him one of the most successful teachers in the greater metropolitan Madrid area.
Prior to working at BCS and EMMCM, he taught at the historic Madrid jazz school, the Taller de Músicos, during six years until its close in 1994. There he was the administrator and translator of the International Jazz Workshop series, working with artists such as Joe Henderson, David Leibman, Jerry Bergonzi or Bobby Watson, and represented the Taller at International Association of Jazz Schools conferences.
Kevin Robb frequently directs seminars in jazz improvisation and performance in the United States, Spain and Portugal. His years of study with jazz masters Chuck Israels and Barry Harris, plus his own professional teaching and performing experience, give him a unique perspective within the jazz tradition.
His courses provide a practical, creative and enjoyable approach to improvisation, small-group performance and big band direction. A wide range of students attend these workshops, including beginning improvisers, musicians from other disciplines interested in jazz, teachers who want to incorporate jazz elements in their classes, and professionals looking to broaden their jazz experience.
Kevin has taught master classes and workshops at the Menéndez-Pelayo International University, the Barcelona Superior Conservatory, the Jaén Conservatory, the Barañain (Pamplona) Music School, the Tarragona International Jazz Festival, Lisbon Band Society, Association of Bands of Santa Maria da Feira (Porto), Northern Arizona University and Summer Seminars at Municipal Music Schools in the Madrid region, among other locations.