Wayne Goins

Professor of music
Director, jazz ensembles

Wayne GoinsWayne E. Goins, professor and director of jazz ensembles at Kansas State University, conducts three big bands and teaches combos, private guitar lessons and jazz improvisation courses at K-State. He joined K-State in 1998 after receiving his doctorate in music education from Florida State University. He earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in music education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Goins is an active researcher and lecturer in the field of music education with numerous articles and presentations delivered at conferences across the United States. He writes regular columns for Jazz Improv magazine and has written four books on jazz, three of which were published by The Edwin Mellen Press: "Emotional Response To Music: Pat Metheny's Secret Story," "The Jazz Band Director's Handbook: A Guide To Success," and "A Biography: Charlie Christian, Jazz Guitar's King of Swing." His most recent work, "The Wise Improviser: A Jazz Method for Instrumentalists," was written specifically for his students who actively participate in the jazz program at K-State.

Goins has previous teaching experience in Chicago, Boston and Atlanta, where he served as the jazz director at Kennesaw State University. During that time, he also taught at Morehouse College and Emory University.

Originally from Chicago, Goins is a versatile jazz guitarist who loves the West Coast cool style, but he also plays blues, funk, reggae and rock. He has recorded more than 20 albums for Ichiban Records and has toured extensively throughout Europe. His music has been performed on Broadway with Pearle Cleage in the play, "Blues For an Alabama Sky," and his guitar work was used for August Wilson's hit Broadway play, "Seven Guitars."

Goins can be reached at 785-532-3822 or weg@k-state.edu.