Kevin Paul Turner is a native of Peoria, Illinois. His teaching philosophy and style includes utilizing all available technologies but firmly believes that human interaction is key in engaging students in the learning process. In the UAB Department of Music he teaches The Study of American Gospel Music, The Music Business and he is the founding Director of the UAB Gospel Choir. He lends his support to UAB’s African-American Studies program with a course he designed called the History of Gospel Music. His research appears in the curriculum of the Birmingham City Schools cultural diversity programs (Gospel Anthology I & II); The Music Educators National Conference (MAKING CONNECTIONS: Multicultural Music and the National Standards). He has been a contributing writer as well. "Teachable Moments" are uniquely woven into musical and theatrical productions that he has designed by involving his students conceptually and in the actual production. The magic of teachable moments happens when the subject matter is interwoven and applied into something seen, heard, felt, or experienced.
Since the inception of the UAB Gospel Choir in 1995, Kevin has brought American Gospel Music from the choir stand to the classrooms at the University of Alabama at Birmingham to performing arts centers and to radio & retail. He has developed a powerhouse strategy of turning out above-average talent from this choir. That strategy has attracted students from around the nation and other countries. In return compositions he has penned for UAB Gospel Choir recordings has resulted in live performances in Great Britain, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Japan (2016). Releasing chart topping hits on XM Satellite Radio and Amazon.com confirms that he in on to something!
Turner is a member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America. His work within the American Gospel Music genre as an educator and performer has resulted in being honored with numerous awards to include the Metro Branch of the NAACP, National Association for the Study and Performance of African-American Music (NASPAAM), the Delta Theta Chapter of the Gamma Sigma Alpha National Greek Academic Honor Society and the Stillman College Alumni Association. He is also a (2nd place) recipient of the Greg Ingalls/UAB Award for Excellence in Teaching. “The Modern-day Godfather of College Gospel Choirs,” is a cherished designation bestowed upon Turner from Gospelflava.com in 2011 during the 4th CD release from the UAB Gospel Choir. A comprehensive Artist profile is available upon request.