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By Patty N. - Houston Piano Teacher

Teaching Houston piano lessons has been more rewarding to me than any previous experience I have had. I used to live in a VERY small town in Kansas. My students wanted to learn piano, but that was pretty much as far as they could go. There weren’t events or contests, and opportunities to take their learned skills to play along with others were few and far between.

In Houston, the opportunities for my piano students are endless. There are piano classes at school, community groups for musicians, and even opportunities to play within their churches. Some of my proudest moments are when my students walk into their Houston piano lessons and tell me about a time when they played one of their songs for a friend, or that their family was in town and they were able to show them what they had learned.

I highly recommend that up-and-coming musicians and music teachers to take on some students of their own. From this experience, I have been able to hone in on my own music skills along with my students, as well as expand my contacts with people in the music industry and school districts. It is a very rewarding and humbling experience when someone calls or emails me to ask for lessons, advice, or even a performance because of the work I have put in with another student. The hard work and dedication you put in to your Houston piano lessons will open doors to opportunities which would not be available to you without this experience.


Shannon S.

Houston, TX

beginning through intermediate / adult.

American Association of University Professors
American Federation of Musicians
American Symphony Orchestra League
College Music Society

About Shannon

See details of "AFFILIATIONS", "MUSIC" and "FITNESS" below:


MUSIC (see fitness below): Shannon has numerous years experience teaching all skill levels on woodwinds, and beginning-intermediate piano & classical strings, using various approaches to best suit the students learning style, personality and needs.

Shannon is an active musician, who has been featured as a soloist, and in the flute and woodwind sections with various orchestras, chamber
ensembles, opera orchestras and musical theatre within the United States, Italy, and Mexico. She is presently Principal Flute of the Baytown Symphony, Director of the Da Capo Chamber Ensembles, and is a substitute musician with the Orquesta Sinfnica de Monterrey, Symphony of Southeast Texas, and Opera in the Heights.

Shannon has been a faculty member at various colleges, is currently Adjunct Professor of Music at Brazosport College, and also has an active private studio, Leigh Studios. She is the College Music Society South-Central Regional President; and is an Advisory Board member for the Houston Flute Club.

Shannon received her Masters of Music degree in Performance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She also studied at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and received her B.A. degree in Performance, and B.S. degree in Music-Business from Winona State University, and has studied with world-renowned instructors.

Shannon has received grants for her work, from the Minnesota State Arts Board, American Federation of Musicians, Rome Festival Orchestra, and the Winona Music Guild, and was the 1997 recipient of the Vivian Menees Nelson Music Award.

Shannon is also a sponsored triathlete and trainer/coach/race director, and gives workshops on the importance of healthy living, nutrition and exercise for musicians. She is a board member for The Lake Charles Triathletes. And she is a strong advocate for music, health, and triathlon. Sponsors: Maggie Martinez-LMT, Eating for Performance, Bikesport, DeSoto Sport, Gu Performance Energy, Rudy Project, Amit Jethva-DDS, Leigh Enterprises.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am pretty easy going. I want you to feel comfortable and at ease, but we do need to focus and can have fun doing it. :)
I utilize various methods for each instrument, which is determined by the students learning style and ability; needs, so this can change as time goes on (not sticking to one particular publishers materials). I have done (and continue to do) extensive research into materials available for each instrument I teach, and supplement with my own, to utilize the best out there for "YOU" for the best possible progress. While ensuring an extremely well-rounded musical education, so you can progress at the best possible rate. Since each student's potential is different, each will progress differently. This is also determined by your dedication to daily practice (the more you practice, the quicker you will progress & the more accomplished you will become). This is a 'Team Effort'; I give the guidance and tools. You practice, utilize learn these tools, and off we go! The sky is the limit!

*** Specialties ***
Classical, jazz

FITNESS: Shannon has been athletic most of her life. she is a Certified Personal Trainer, and Specialist in Exercise Therapy, with 10 years experience in triathlon. She is a sponsored athlete. She applies her years of teaching experience to helping you reach your physical and nutritional goals, to be the healthiest you can be. She's not for quick fixes/results. It's all about a transformational lifestyle change. Enjoy the journey! It's well worth it! (see info above).


Wayne October 6, 2015
Running · In home
Shannon has been by personal trainer and running & cycling coach for many years now. She has trained me to achieve many training and competition goals in weight lifting, running, and duathlon (run/bike).
I have been able to lose weight and develop more lean muscle. She has taught me how to eat better to achieve my goals as well.
I can't imagine my life without her guiding me toward my fitness goals. I have regained my quality of life thanks to Shannon!
I highly recommend her as a trainer and coach. She will help you create a healthy lifestyle change to live a long and healthy life.
Melissa Ray October 6, 2015
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
Shannon is very personable and obviously loves what she does. She explains things in a very simple and easy to understand fashion. I was comfortable with her right away. I'm excited about playing my instrument!
Gustavo C. September 29, 2015
Clarinet · In studio
Verified Student
Shannon does a great job with the lessons, and I really like the way she approaches them. She has been willing to work around my schedule, and it is very helpful. I definitely recommend her as a teacher!
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Shannon S.

Shannon S.

Houston, TX 77047
starting at
$30 / 30-min

Mei L.

Houston, TX

About Mei

I am an enthusiastic and fun teacher. I acquired my bachelor's and master's degree in piano performance. I started playing piano at the age of 6. Since I was 8 years old, I have been trained systematically and professionally throughout my years in school. My solo performances and recitals were held when I was attending the University of Wyoming. I have great passion towards performing in public, but I found greater love in teaching piano. I have 9 years of teaching experiences. I believe that the piano is our best friend and keep it close to our heart and shares this love with the world when w
e play.

*** Lesson details ***
Strict but fun and enthusiastic, these words were said by my students after years of teaching. In Piano lessons, I assign diverse music repertories in order to assist students to have the ability to grasp the essentials of each different style of music. Learning piano skills is very important, but note-reading, theory, ear training and music history can't be neglected. I will include all these subjects consistently during the lessons to help the students build stronger and richer musicality. One or two recitals will be provided by me, all the students are encouraged to participate in the recitals.Students are also encouraged to take advanced performance opportunities, in church, school, and joint studio recitals. I must be notified at least one month in advance if the student desires to participate in the events.

Students responsibility:
-Daily practice is strongly recommended. It is important and necessary for steady progress.
-Students should have neat, clean, trimmed nails at every lesson.
-Students must be prepared for each lesson.

Parents responsibility:
-Parents should promptly pick up their children at the end of each lesson.
-Parents should regularly check and support the students practice routine.

*** Studio Equipment ***
One Yamaha piano, space for parents to sit and observe lessons.

*** Specialties ***
classical piano,music theory, ear-training

IMPORTANT NOTE: the studio space is inhabited by an energetic, adorable Jack Russel terrier. Do consider this when you plan to sign up for lessons.


Olive B. May 18, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
No one could possibly gain anymore respect than Mei has with Olive. Olive loves the piano as a result of Mei's tutelage.
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Mei L.

Mei L.

Houston, TX 77030
starting at
$40 / 30-min

Troy W.

Houston, TX

I have been teaching this subject for over 13 years. The main curriculum for beginners is Alfred's Basic Piano Library. There are three beginner levels (beginner, late, adult) and one will be selected after the first meeting. For non-beginning students, the course of study will be developed based on past experience, current abilities, and goals. It is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson for beginners. However, learning to read is a part of subsequent lessons. Music is not learned "by ear." A certain amount of theory will be a part of every lesson just as technique and repertoire. Students should come to the first lesson prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.

About Troy

Composer Troy W. graduated from the New England Conservatory, earning his Bachelors, Masters (cum laude) and Graduate Diploma while studying with mentor Malcolm Peyton. After spending a year studying with Lukas Foss in Boston, Mr. W. moved to Houston in 2001 where he continued graduate studies at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.

During his time as a teacher with the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, Troy taught classes in music fundamentals and music theory for pre-college students. He has also served on the faculty of the Summ
er Institute for Piano teaching courses in Form & Analysis for pre-college students.

Troy also has maintained a private studio, tutoring and teaching private lessons in composition, ear training, voice, piano, literature, and history for over ten years. Students who have studied with him come from a wide range of backgrounds with different goals. Those who have continued with musical studies in college have consistently placed out of at least the first two semesters of music theory and achieved advanced placement in their chosen fields of study. Those who chose a different path continue to benefit from the education and training they received from taking music lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
There is no "standard formula" to lessons. Each student has their own unique background, needs, and goals. Lessons tend to be somewhat casual but are structured in such a way as to meet the unique requirements of the student.

To accomplish your goals, there are a few requirements and basic expectations that the student and parent must meet.
The first is practice. Students are expected to practice daily for at least the length of their lesson time. This, above all else, is essential to progress. It is also expected that a parent will attend lessons for students who are too young to drive themselves here. It's important for a parent to guide the student's practice time (particularly for younger students) to ensure that the most is gained from it. This is why I ask that a parent observe lessons.
Each student or parent should bring to each lesson a notebook, pencils (with erasers). The notebook will be used to record notes about each lesson, homework, practice advice, etc. Pencils (not pens...nobody's perfect!) are used by composers to record their creations and performers to mark their music. Both of these essential practices are subject to changing thought and must be open to change. So no ink, please!

Performers: It is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson for beginners. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons and will be a large focus for all non-readers. Lessons are not learned "by ear." A certain amount of theory will be a part of every lesson just as technique and repertoire. Concerning repertoire, it will be selected based on the student's learning needs but also with their input. The main emphasis on performance lessons, however, will be technique and reading. Students should come to the first lesson prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.
Note: Voice students must be at least 16 years of age.

Composers: Just as with performers, it is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons. Many young composers have great ideas but can only hear them in their heads or play them on an instrument. Lessons will allow you to obtain the skills to write them down with greater speed, accuracy, and clarity. More advance students will also include exploring a wider range of harmonic languages, advanced notation, instrumentation, orchestration, and aural skills. Students should come to the first lesson with examples of their work, either written, notated, or recorded in a digital format. They should be prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.

IMPORTANT NOTE: the studio space is also inhabited by two lovely cats. Do consider this when signing up for lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha DGX-650 weighted 88 keys full sized keyboard
area for parents to sit and observe lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Main area is in classical music and media scoring with secondary focus on musical theatre vocal performance and composing/arranging.


Matt October 2, 2015
Piano · In studio
As an adult with no former knowledge or lessons on piano, I was a bit hesitant to find a teacher. But after the first lesson with Troy I knew that concern was completely unfounded. Troy is great at helping the student progress at their own preferred pace, while still ensuring that each lesson provides significant progress. In my experience he is very flexible with an unpredictable schedule, and is reliable and consistent about communication. I would recommend troy for any piano student, especially those starting later in life like myself
Ray J. September 16, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
He was overall a good teacher. Learned a lot more than I knew before. I felt he provided me the materials necessary to become better at singing. He was highly knowledgeable about music composition. Recommend!
Emily Z. August 16, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Troy is an excellent teacher – clear, knowledgeable, attentive and kind. I look forward to lessons every week because I know that I will come out of them with a sense of direction, something concrete I can work on during the week to improve. If you want to actually learn to play piano (and many other things besides!) I highly, highly recommend him.
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Troy W.

Troy W.

Houston, TX 77006
starting at
$40 / 30-min

Rachel H.

Houston, TX

Perfect class for those interested in starting a path to learn music, music theory, ear training, or have just always been interested in an instrument but have never known where to begin. Piano is so much fun to learn. Students will start with basic techniques and learn to play chords, scales and learn music theory.

About Rachel

I started my musical path in a Ballet Studio. I fell in love with the crackle of the vinyl record playing as I learned to listen and dance with the rhythm.

I started playing the guitar when I was nine and took classical lessons until I was seventeen.I really enjoy the art of practice and the journey of patience. The process of learning has helped me carve out and cultivate my style of music. It's opened up a lot of doors for me in my life. I've had the honor to play with a lot of great performers and have been lucky enough to tour the U.S. and Canada with festivals and showcases such as V
ans Warped Tour, South By Southwest and the Halifax Pop Explosion.I've been the opening act for Carolyn Wonderland, Maria Taylor, Tsunami Bomb, Tilly and the Wall, Basia Bulat, Rise Against, Strike Anywhere. Anathallo, Cursive, Milton Hopkins, and Pony Up.

When I have free time I volunteer with the Houston Chapter of Girls Rock Camp to help teach girls empowerment through songwriting and music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I began teaching as an afterschool job when I was 16. I was homeschooled so I feel that the experience taught me that everyone learns differently and that there is not just one standardized method to playing music.

My Teaching style varies with each student, but the one constant is my ability to make each and every client I encounter completely fall in LOVE with music. It's my super power. Lesson plans are tailored for your specific needs and to help you achieve your musical goals and aspirations at your desired pace. I enjoy my students and making music with them.

Here is an overview of the lessons that I provide.

Finger Picking, Song Writing, Rhythm, Lead, Scales,Modes & Ear Training.

Songwriting and composition: Learn techniques, how to brain storm and plot your musical story line. This class pairs great with vocal lessons or guitar lessons.

Scales, Rhythm, Beginner and Advanced song structure, Ear Training

Ukulele :
Technique, Intro to Chords, Ear Training, Strumming patterns - Ukulele is one of my favorite classes to teach. You simply can not help but smile when playing this instrument!

Vocals :
Breathing techniques, Scales, Harmonizing


Zoeieann T. October 5, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Great knowledge, terrific personality and goal oriented. Im so confident that i will grow and develop vocally with this instructor. Very comfortable yet professional and knowledgeable.
Bob Jackson September 17, 2015
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Rachel is one awesome teacher. There is no one else that I would take my lesson from. I plan on getting back to lesson in about 12 weeks.
Sarah M. August 5, 2015
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Rachel was really easy to get along with. She gave a lot of good tips and tricks in regards to practicing. Really knowledgeable about instrument and passionate about her job. She makes the lessons very enjoyable. Absolutely recommend!
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Rachel H.

Rachel H.

Houston, TX 77007
starting at
$30 / 30-min

Phebe W.

Houston, TX

Lessons will be catered to students' needs and goals.
My main goal is to teach the simplest ways possible, to get the most result, so time is spent playing, more than learning how to play.
I love to play music that will connect, as a form of communication. Ask me anything, I like curious learners.

About Phebe

I moved to Houston a few months ago, from San Francisco Bay Area. I owned piano studio with average of 25 students, while maintaining another profession as professional ballet pianist in reputable companies and institutions, like Stanford University, Ballet San Jose, and Bayer Russian academy.
I'm trying to balance my self as an efficient educator who is also proficient as a professional pianist to fulfill myself as an artist.

Most of my students had stayed with me throughout, from beginning to advanced level, with options to take graded state exams, or international ones (eg. ABRSM, Tr
inity etc).

Choosing repertoire is the most important process for me, as piano music has incomparable repertoire lists. Texture, sound ranges, and personality of student are key, so as teacher I too could enjoy the music that my student and I work on.


Joyce F. June 8, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio
I've taken piano lessons with Phebe from second grade to my junior year in high school. In that time, Phebe introduced me to the state exams in California (Certificate of Merit) and I progressed from level 3 to Advanced Panel within 8 years. Throughout my time with Phebe, she has taught me so much about all aspects of playing the piano. Whether she was teaching me new techniques, helping me cultivate my own musical judgment, or imparting her little tips and tricks from her numerous years of playing, Phebe was always patient and truly wanted to see me succeed. Unlike many other piano teachers, Phebe puts on as many student recitals as possible to allow students to refine their performance skills as well as listen to others' playing. I always looked forward to hearing what the other students had been working on and it was always amazing to see how much each student had grown since the last performance. Phebe's attention to detail and the effort she puts into each student is unparalleled. I would highly recommend Phebe to anyone who is looking to start or continue playing the piano.
Barbara B. May 10, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Phebe took time to understand where I was with my playing and what my objectives for taking lessons are. She had a number of suggestions and sent me away with a few good times to practice before the next lesson. Very good approach to an initial lesson
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Phebe W.

Phebe W.

Houston, TX 77005
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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