- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
As an experienced producer and artist coach, I bring a diverse set of experiences and skills to teach and develop songwriters.
I've conducted numerous songwriting workshops and judged songwriting competitions all over the world, and am very interested in helping you get deeper in your expression as a songwriter.
Artistic maturity for the win!
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
I've been making music since I started piano lessons at 6 years old. I love teaching and have been doing so privately and in classroom settings throughout my career.
My wife and are empty nesters of three children but no grandchildren yet... <sigh>.
Musically, I started with classical piano and progressed to jazz and pop music as a teenager. In junior high, playing trumpet in band progressed to playing bass in jazz ensemble. Finally, acoustic guitar satisfied my need for something to play songs with that was more portable than a keyboard.
Initially, my desire to be a studio session musician resulted in pursuing a wide variety of musical skills, instruments, and segments of the music world. From arranging and composing for orchestra and rap albums, to audio engineering/consulting and music typesetting, my experience became very diverse. Loving so many styles of music, I played professionally such diverse things as salsa piano, folk guitar, jazz bass, and funk drumming. I also love teaching and have developed curricula for several schools as well as guest-taught at numerous universities and conferences.
-international touring with multiple artists and bands, 45 countries
-record producer with 100+ projects and developed producer curriculum for audio trade school
-conference speaker and guest university instructor all over the world teaching music and creativity
-skill on multiple instruments and styles as well as extensive experience in the world of audio and teaching music theory
I traveled quite a bit as a guest teacher/speaker, so an exhaustive list is not practical. Some highlights include:
-Oral Roberts University - Tulsa (8 years in multiple roles)
-Southeastern University - Florida
-MediaTech Institute - Texas
-LPI Hernhutt - Germany (3 months)
-Created to Worship - England (2 years)
-and of course, numerous conferences, clinics, workshops all over the place
I've been asked numerous times "how many instruments do you play?" Well, I can get around on most anything. However, I don't play anything bowed (like violin or cello) nor the steel guitar. The instruments I teach are those I have the most background and have played professionally with.
Please contact me if you have any questions, I would love to talk with you!
Have produced hundreds of projects of all stripes, including pop/latin/rock/jazz/gospel albums, scored music for industrial films and video game companies, and my own 12 albums of music.
Everything from rap/metal to jazz and orchestral, versatility has been a hallmark of my career here.
-developing and teaching the producer course for MediaTech Institute (audio trade school)
-some scoring for Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns (TimeGate Studios)
-'Distant Thunder' album for Britain's Revival Now ministries
-Walter Suhr's pop/rock album, including a salsa single that charted on Billboard Latin
-projects for large churches, Southeastern University and Oral Roberts University
Various highlights here, including:
-Guest lecturer and masterclasses on music, creativity, and artistic maturity to numerous colleges universities
-Keynote speaker to several conferences all over the US and Europe
-Developed multiple courses for schools including Music Producer (Mediatech Institute), Music Theory I, II, and III (Catharsis)
-Directed and primary teacher for 2-9 weeks schools all over Europe and the US with Levite Praise Institute-Germany, Created to Worship-UK, Return-Latvia
-Have taught 100's of various people private music lessons, artist coaching and mentoring over the decades
30 years as a professional musician - Toured the world (45 countries, 46 states) playing music with all kinds of artists, bands, and ministries. Multiple instruments and many times 2 at once
Notable gigs include Al Jarreau, Yolanda Adams, Regina Belle, Ingrid Rosario (Venezuela tour), Chris Waler (Chinatour ), Ron Kenoly, Rick Pino, Leonard Jones, Benny Hinn Ministries
Also, countless local gigs of the variety/wedding reception kind, and jazz shows with Certain Wonder, the Mark Dini Group, and many others.
My 6 years old son wanted to take piano lessons and it was always my dream to learn to play on piano as well. I am happy we found Austin. He has skills and patience to work with kids, which is impressive. Austin motivates and encourages them, so they enjoy playing. I am enjoying learning piano as well and my dream is coming true!!!Show More
Austin has been an amazing guitar instructor!!! I find Austin to be many things some of which range from extremely knowledgeable, talented musician, patient, understanding and an excellent communicator of the information he is relaying to get you to another level. Thank you.Show More
Very good mentor and teacher, feels less like a teacher and more like a friend
Mr. Austin is such an awesome piano instructor! His love of music can directly be seen on how he teaches his students, he knows how to unfold their innate abilities, from proper finger placement to composing their own song. His constructive, subtle critique makes his students eager to learn more. A 5 star rating to a mentor who aptly utilizes the A-Z of music!Show More
Alex has been a great teacher. As an adult student I can recognize and appreciate the different ways he tries to make sure you fully comprehend the lesson.
It has only been a month, but I have learned so much more than I anticipated at this time.
We have had 2 lessons with Austin in our home. My son is not always the easiest to work with....that being said, Austin has worked beautifully with him. We look forward to more lessons to come. Austin has been kind, positive, easy to communicate with, and patient.Show More