Alyssa Murray
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Alyssa Murray

Alyssa M.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Looking for a well-rounded approach to expanding your keyboard skills and expressing yourself more fully? Whether you're wanting to learn more harmony, start reading notation, jump into improv, or simply rekindle a childhood past time I can help!
With a decade plus experience as a jazz pianist and singer-songwriter, I can provide the guidance, structure, and creative perspective to help you achieve your musical goals! Open to all styles and abilities!

About Alyssa M.

Welcome future student! I'm a full-time, professional keyboardist, vocalist, songwriter, and educator currently teaching, recording, and performing throughout the midwest (USA). In 2014, I graduated with a Bachelor's of Music in Jazz-Studio Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. There I studied jazz under the direction of Bobby Watson & Dan Thomas as well as classical studies under Diane Petrella & Karen Kushner. In 2015, I released my first, live-studio EP 'As of Now' featuring all original songs & arrangements for trio with guitar and horns. This project explored the cross section between contemporary-folk & jazz and led to featured performances at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and National WW1 Museum & Memorial. Since then, I've spent extensive time as a pianist and vocalist across the region both as a sideman and soloist. In addition to teaching and performing, I also accompany dance classes both for Kansas City Ballet's outreach dance program 'Reach Out and Dance' and Owen/Cox Dance Group's 'Take the Stage'.

Since the pandemic, I've spent time improving my recording and production skills and am excited to be releasing my first self-produced EP 'Half & Half' in February 2021!!!

Hope to meet soon!

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Kyle F.
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Alyssa helped my understanding of theory and helped me analyze songs faster. As a guitarist, my keyboard skills were definitely lacking and I needed clarity on some theory concepts I hadn't completely tackled. With just one lesson, I saw an improvement in my workflow and had a game plan on how to continue improving my keyboard & theory skills simultaneously.

Posted Dec 21, 2020
Claire A.
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Alyssa is an amazing piano teacher! Piano had always intimidated me, and Alyssa helped guide me through both the theory and the practical use of voicing, chord movement, and progression structure. As an experienced guitarist and music teacher myself, I found her lessons to be constructive, informative, and inspiring! Highly recommend for piano, theory and songwriting!

Posted Dec 15, 2020

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Experience

Freelance Keyboardist and Vocalist
Jan 2008 - Present

Freelance/Self-Employed

Provide live music in restaurants, clubs, hotels, venues, and private events. Solo or a part of select group. Played a wide variety of genres including but not limited to jazz, singer-songwriter, salsa, folk/rock/blues, country-pop, and musical theatre/cabaret. Featured performer for events at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Johnson County Community College, TEDxUMKC (National WW1 Museum), Johnson County Library, and Musical Theatre Heritage (w/ People's Liberation Big Band).

Piano Accompanist
Mar 2017 - Dec 2020

Take the Stage- Owen Cox Dance Group

Accompanied Community Outreach Program

Piano Accompanist
Aug 2014 - Dec 2020

Kansas City Ballet

Reach Out and Dance Community Outreach Program Kansas City Ballet School Classes

Education

Bachelor's of Music-Jazz Studies
Aug 2010 - May 2014

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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