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Popular Piano Teachers Near Austin

Rob B.

Austin, TX
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James C.

Austin, TX
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Joshua A.

San Marcos, TX
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Rob B. Austin, TX

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone, Songwriting

About Me

I have been playing guitar since August 1992. I cut my teeth on the alternative music that was popular at the time (Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, Nirvana) but soon began to focus on earlier movements, specifically the playing styles and mindsets of Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and Eric Clapton. I formed a band in 1996 and began gigging in Austin and throughout Texas. During this time, I immersed myself in jazz and did everything I could to bring the sonic palettes of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis into my playing, even taking up saxophone and piano in order to better understand what they were doing.

I eventually moved back to my home town of Lubbock, where I graduated from Texas Tech University with a BA in English with a minor in Music, having played guitar and saxophone in the Jazz Band in addition to taking several classes in theory. During this time, I was giving private lessons in Lubbock and setting up arts education programs at the Lubbock Boys & Girls Club and Buddy Holly Center. Since then, I have started a family and begun writing fiction, both of which have given me a much wider spectrum through which to channel my songwriting.

*** Lesson Details ***
These are your lessons. I see my role as being nothing more than helping you get to the place that you want to be, in whatever fashion and at whatever pace that you set. While it would be disingenuous to say that I don't take pride in watching my students succeed, I believe that the instructor should only be as concerned with measurable results as the student. If the student wants to learn three scales and two songs every week, then it's the instructor's responsibility to have those ready to go, along with a few suggestions for additional work. If the student wants to learn a few chords and then spend ten minutes talking about Led Zeppelin, it's their dollar and their time to spend however they wish.

All of which to say, my teaching style varies dramatically from student to student. It can be laid-back, strict, calm, or rapid-fire, depending on the learning environment that the student prefers. My experience is that this approach leads to the greatest level of student satisfaction, which I consider to be of the utmost importance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1 Paul Reed Smith, 1 Fender Stratocaster, 1 Alvarez acoustic 12-string, 1 Jasmine Takamine, 1 Montana electric/acoustic bass, 1 '75 Gibson SG electric bass, 1 88-key electric piano, 100-watt Fender Twin tube amp, 35-watt Mesa-Boogie solid-state amp, 1 Yamaha tenor saxophone

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have an acoustic guitar and I could provide one for the student, though they're not going to get very far without one to spend hours practicing on outside of the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I'm best at teaching students music what they want to learn. I specialize in rock, blues, songwriting, and music theory in general.

James C. Austin, TX

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Music Theory, Piano

About Me

I have been performing, recording, and teaching music for the past five years. After getting a degree in music theory, I began playing with a band full time. In addition to playing all around Austin, I have traveled to places like Seattle, Nashville, and Waikiki to play shows, record, and interview with with my band on live radio. Songs from our album were played on Austin's own KGSR. We also played on Fox 7's morning show, Good Day Austin. I enjoy playing and teaching a variety of instruments and a variety of genres. To me, understanding music is key to unlocking your full potential for artistic expression. When I teach, I incorporate both what I learned in school and on stage.

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal is not to teach my students how to play a few cool songs on their instrument. Rather, my aim is to develop the knowledge and skills in them that will take them to the next level in their playing. Whether they are beginners or have been playing for years, whether young or old, there is always more to be discovered and experienced! I want to see my students become musicians, who never stop learning and growing. In my lessons, I try include a balanced blend of Music Theory (understanding how it works), Ear Training (learning to play by ear), Practice Exercises (developing speed and coordination), Sight Reading, Improvisation (learning how to jam!), & Song Writing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in the finished garage with sound foam, piano, record display, drum set, guitars, and seating. No pets.

*** Travel Equipment ***
They need to have their own drum kit, metronome, sticks. I will provide curriculum and other various resources.

*** Specialties ***
Blues, rock, country, contemporary worship, sight-reading and performance.

Joshua A. San Marcos, TX

Subjects Taught

Fiddle, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting, Viola, Violin

About Me

Joshua has been a musician for over twelve years and been a teacher for five. He is an award winning composer, critical thinker, and an honest teacher. Joshua has a high standards for his students and himself. Joshua has studied Suzuki method under Dr. Paula Bird for four years and has taught over 100 students. He performed his official Suzuki training under Dr. Laurie Scott. Joshua also teaches at the Texas State String Project under the direction of Dr. Ames Asbell and Dr. Karla Hamelin. He has done so since it's inception.

Joshua is an award winning composer and has composed over 80 pieces, ranging in style from classical symphony to electronic dance. He has also arranged hundreds of works for violin and piano.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a relaxed person with a strict teaching style. I have two critical expectations for my students.

1: I expect my students to practice everyday, with time depending on age. (10 minutes a day for 5 year old's, 20 minutes for 10 year old's, etc.) No exceptions. Lessons are a place for me to teach you, not a place to watch you practice.

2: I expect parents to participate in every lesson. You are the teacher 6 days a week, I'm only get to teach them one.

If everyone understands my expectations, students will grow and learn quickly, and have a great time doing it!

I develop a lesson plan depending on each students strengths, weaknesses, talents, and personality. No one student is identical to the next, so none will be taught the same, but everyone will follow a similar pattern.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano lessons with full keyboard. Stands, couches, and a small library of sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki style instruction for violin technique. For songwriting and performance I focus on the analysis of music to find a middle ground of emotional expression and theory. Once that middle ground is found we explore what music means to the student, and how they can use it as a tool of expression.

Richard D.

Austin, TX
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Kamila S.

Austin, TX
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Shannon S.

Austin, TX
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Richard D. Austin, TX

Subjects Taught

Guitar, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting, Violin

About Me

My name is Richard, and I am a musician/violinist/composer with a Master of Music in Composition/Theory from Penn State. I began violin lessons at age 5. Since then, I have been involved in bands, orchestras, and choirs throughout school. As a composer and recording artist, I am interested in electronic composition, interactive media, songwriting, film music, and video game music. I have experience writing music for and working with orchestra, choir, chamber ensembles, solo instruments, film, and video games. Along with my sister, Cecilia, we released our debut electronic/pop album, "Henri," under the name, Umu. I have experience teaching violin, piano, music theory, songwriting, and audio production lessons.

I'm always open to the interests of the student and what he/she wants to learn. Being exposed to a variety of different styles of music throughout my life, I can share these experiences through teaching. Whether you are interested in instrumental performance or music composition, you can expect to have a fun time learning things you never knew about music.

*** Lesson Details ***
For the most part, students can expect a fun and laid back teaching environment. I will encourage the student to create reasonable goals. If a student is interested in a particular style or genre, I will ensure that I provide them with the necessary technique and understanding to be able to succeed.

After 3 to 6 months of lessons for instrumental lessons, you can expect to know at least a handful of pieces you are interested in, the basics of your instrument, and some music theory fundamentals. Likewise, for songwriting and audio production, you can expect to have written, composed, and produced a couple of songs and projects.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music studio with keyboard, guitars, violin, music stand, computer, sheet music. Parents are welcome to sit in on lessons.

*** Specialties ***
For teaching violin, I am familiar with the Suzuki method. I also encourage ear training and rote methods for all instruments. Improvisation, theory, and having fun making music are necessary to facilitate student growth.

Kamila S. Austin, TX

Subjects Taught

Classical Piano, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting

About Me

Being a musician has lead me to wonderful places, people, and experiences, and it is my intent to help my students along the way of realizing their dreams, whether that means becoming a classical pianist, or simply learning how to play their favorite tune. As a teacher, I am focused on making music, having fun, willing to adjust to fit the needs of the individual, and providing a solid and quality musical foundation.

I graduated from Ithaca College in May of 2014 with a Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance. I have been teaching piano for four years to students ranging in age from six to early twenties. While a piano student at Ithaca College, I taught and mentored through the Teaching Intern Program (TIPs) under the guidance of Dr. Deborah Martin. I took an in-depth piano pedagogy course which helped me learn about the most effective ways to teach piano both in private and group settings. I have extensive experience as a piano tutor, and I was chosen to be a sigh-treading instructor at the Summer Piano Institute at Ithaca College in 2013. I was also an adjudicator for the Southern Tier Division of the 2013 New York Music Teachers Association.

I have taught using several different methods, including Faber, Alfred, Bastien, and Keith Snell. Every student has different strengths and weaknesses. After an initial introductory lesson, I will be able to determine which method will prove to be most effective.

I believe that learning the piano should be fun, and that deciding to include any aspect of musical learning in your life is a wonderful endeavor. It is also my belief that a strong music theory background is essential in building a foundation in music, and that it should be a significant part of the lessons. I am committed to giving my students instruction that is both inspiring and motivating.

I look forward to working with you, and helping you along your musical journey!

Shannon S. Austin, TX

Subjects Taught

Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, American History, AP European History, AP U.S. History, AP World History, Basic Math, Creative Writing, Elementary Math, Essay Writing, European History, Grammar, Health Coaching, History, Humanities, Language, Makeup, Piano, Pilates, Skin Care, Speech, Vocabulary, Weight Loss, World History, Writing, Yoga

About Me

I am a recent Graduate of Austin College in Sherman, Texas and Majored in History, Communications and French. Throughout my College years, I have studied Political Science, Math, English, and Journalism. Further, I have been playing piano for 13 years and have been teaching for over eight. My hobbies include health and fitness, which I have been dedicated to since I was sixteen.

If you would like more information on any specific subject or accolades, please email me.

A Closer Look at Music in Oklahoma City

By Beverly M. - Oklahoma City Piano Teacher

I’ve lived in some interesting places in my life — Paraguay, South America: Roswell, New Mexico; and Scottsdale, Arizona - just to name a few. I can tell you a lot about Paraguay and Roswell, because I spent long periods of time in each of those places. But in the 8 ½ years I have lived and taught piano lessons in El Reno, Oklahoma, I had no idea until today that there was a famous musician from this sleepy little town.

Surprisingly, there is a famous musician from my little town—and a very good one at that! Sam Rivers is a jazz musician and composer who performs on soprano and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet, flute, harmonica and piano. He was born in 1923, currently resides in Orlando, FL, and performs regularly with his ...

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