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About Duncan McKee


Duncan rehearsing with Michael Bolton

Duncan McKee is a professional jazz musician, composer and educator from the UK. Graduating from Middlesex University, London in 1996 with an Honours Bachelors Degree in Jazz Music, he went on to teach and perform around the UK. Students included Jamie Cullum, now the highest paid jazz musician in UK history. Duncan has been lecturing and performing in Singapore for over ten years. He composes, teaches and performs with the wealth of local and international talent, he formed McKee Music which has now grown into a successful music consultancy.

As a performer, Duncan has recorded with internationally-renowned jazz musicians and worked with Maxjazz vocalist Laverne Butler in Singapore and China and with Michael Bolton in Singapore. He continues to perform in various jazz clubs and venues around Southeast Asia and Europe. A passionate educator, Duncan also lectures La Salle College of Arts, United World College of Southeast Asia in Singapore where his students learn jazz improvisation, harmony, composition and performance. He also works closely with organisations designing and executing music-based learning solutions and workshops centred on leadership, teambuilding and creative thinking.

It was Duncan’s approach to music education that led to the creation of STIX – Motivation Through Music™ – a structured leadership simulation with numerous applications, where his method of collective music making became the basis for demonstrating how corporations can effectively work together, creatively and in harmony. He has addressed audiences from many large companies such as Cisco Systems, HSBC, Commonwealth Bank, Intel, Microsoft, and many more.

Duncan’s Story

Born in Scotland and raised in England, I became obsessed with jazz after listening to the great pianist and now friend of mine Jason Rebello. I had been studying classical piano for a number of years by then, but as soon as I heard his piano playing I became fixated. That was it for me.

The sound represented freedom to me. My classical studies provided a great foundation (as they always say), but jazz offered me the freedom to create, to make mistakes, to find my own voice, so to speak.

In my naivety I believed that jazz was something I would one day graduate from. Sort of like qualifying as an airline pilot. It’s not. Jazz is a continuous journey and a search for new ways of playing music. This makes it theoretically unattainable because its very survival is based on its continuous evolution. It can’t sit still so you simply have to just try and keep up or influence its behaviour.

Saying that, I have been fortunate to share the stage with some of the most fantastic musicians in the world. We’ve created moments of music which were spectacular and it’s those moments which keep you hooked on playing.

Education has always played an important part of my career (lifestyle). Growing up music channeled a lot of misguided energy into something positive. I believe that we’re all wired to learn differently and music education addresses everyones unique style, regardless of whether or not you actually want to learn to play music.

The realisation that music is a language before an art form has made huge sense to me. I have spent most of my adult life trying to understand how music connects us and how we can apply this very inborn skill to improve the way we operate as communities, classrooms, organisations and even families.

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Balawan & The Gamelan Masters – Ubud Village Jazz Festival, Bali
Balawan & The Gamelan Masters – The Jazz Market, Bali
Michael Bolton “Live in Singapore” – Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Tembusu Live in Concert – The Esplande Theatre, Singapore
Dale Barlow – Southbridge Jazz
Chris Batchelor – Leamington Jazz
Martin Speake – Leamington Jazz
LaVerne Butler – Beijing, China
Quaystone Live – Esplanade Theatre, Singapore

LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore
United World College SEA, Singapore
The Jazz School Summer School, Singapore
Hardenhuish Comprehensive School, UK
Farleigh College, UK

HBO “Next On” Music 1999-2005.                                                 Tembusu





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About Duncan McKee

I'm a jazz pianist, television composer & educator. I share the stage with some of the worlds best musicians.

I compose soundtracks for television networks such as HBO and The Discovery Channel and I also write for my own trio The Duncan McKee Trio and multi-cultural group Tembusu.

I'm fascinated by music and its collaborative effect on people. When I'm not on stage playing music I'm very often on stage talking about it.



  • Nico Balschuweit, Manager Sales Learning and Development

    FedEx Express Europe, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa

    "The session was excellent and will be remembered for a long time. You brought the energy of our team to a different level. We all enjoyed it. Well done and thank you again!!"

  • Simon Lau, Head of Leadership Development, Group Learning and Talent Development

    Standard Chartered Bank

    “I have worked with Duncan on numerous occasions to support large scale leadership development events. He brings a unique energy to the way he engages with the audience to provide a leadership and team experience out of the ordinary. His natural passion for music comes across clearly as he translates this into his work."

  • Rosina Wickart, Senior Director, Commercial Procurement EMEA

    Johnson & Johnson

    "We engaged Duncan and his stix programme to help build conversations within our group. We were looking for a unique way to improve the team’s performance and build on communication. The result was a fully-engaging and insightful meeting that shifted our perceptions of what was achievable. Duncan challenged our ideas of leadership and teamwork, and we could not have predicted such positive results."

  • Nick Hutton, CMO


    "stix was a revelation - everything that we hoped for happened … high energy, motivation, teambuilding, dynamism, no cultural boundary and fun - everyone enjoyed the STIX experience so much that it was voted the top session at the conference."

  • Stephanie Cross-Wilson, CEO


    "Thanks again for an outstanding performance yesterday.  It was just brilliant.  You are really lucky being able to have a career in something that you clearly love doing - and it shows in the quality of the work that you do."

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