Maria Lyapkova

Maria L.

Austin, TX
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Maria delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4 to 75 and special needs

Teaching since:

Welcome to my Piano Studio!

I offer piano lessons to students of all ages, levels, and abilities as well as solfège, music theory, and music history for those who are interested.

My teaching philosophy is to help my students to discover and appreciate various styles of music, learn and master the piano and keyboard instruments, enjoy making and sharing music with others. I apply an individual approach to each student according to his/her level, abilities, and goals.

My teaching experience includes 19 years of leading a private studio and teaching at music schools in Russia and the USA.


Piano Teacher
Sep 1999 - Present
Piano Studio

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Aug 2015 - May 2018
The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music

Assisted undergraduate vocal accompanying class

Coached undergraduate and graduate instrumental and vocal majors and non-majors as part of weekly rehearsals

Sabbatical replacement
Oct 2017 - Oct 2017
University of South Florida School of Music

Taught chamber music and piano accompaniment to graduate piano majors

Piano Teacher
Jun 2015 - Aug 2015
Aspen Music Festival and School

Piano lessons to intermediate level students in the Passes and Lessons Scholarship and Roaring Fork Valley Music Lesson programs

Piano Ensemble Class Instructor
Aug 2013 - Aug 2015
University of South Florida School of Music

Taught a piano ensemble class to undergraduate and graduate piano majors

Piano Teacher
Aug 2011 - Aug 2012
Lynn University Preparatory School of Music

Taught piano lessons to beginner level students

Piano Teacher
Aug 2011 - May 2012
“Lessons with Adam Studios”,

Taught piano lessons to beginner and intermediate level students


Doctor of Musical Arts in Collaborative Piano
Aug 2015 - May 2018
University of Texas at Austin
Master of Music in Piano Performance
Sep 2004 - Jun 2010
Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Music Teachers National Association
Jan 2017

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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College Music Society, The
Oct 2016

The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.

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Photos & Videos

Anton Rubinstein. Sonata for Piano and Violin No.2
Giuseppe Verdi, Falstaff, Act I Scene I
Lili Boulanger, D'un Matin De Printemps
Ryan Foley, flute
S. Rachmaninov, Sonata for Piano and Cello in G Minor, Op. 19, III
Seungsei Kim, cello
Gunther Schuller: Duologue - 4 Characteristic Pieces for Violin and Piano
W. A. Mozart, Sonata for Piano in F Major, K. 332, Mvt. II
Photo by Maria L.

Photo by Maria L.

Photo by Maria L.


6 Reviews

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Cathy Jul 18, 2018
Piano · In home

Maria is the best possible teacher for any student of the piano. She is steeped in the classical, European tradition, she holds a Phd in piano (!) and she is a dedicated teacher. She has worked miracles with my middle school aged granddaughter. I would recommend her to anyone.

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Andrew Jun 29, 2018
Piano · In home

Maria is a true professional! Her style of teaching is perfect for anyone looking to play the piano for the first time, to those seeking to master Mozart. I hired Maria to teach my two daughters ages 16 and 12. Maria started with instilling the basics in my daughters for a solid foundation. Her teaching style allowed my daughters to take their piano skills as far as they want because she set them up for success. Today my oldest daughter is now 17 and composing her own music. While my youngest daughter has been able to take the lessons on music (piano) taught to her by Maria and is applying them to her other instruments like the saxophone and violin. No matter your level or goal Maria will help you and push you to achieve it! I could not recommend her enough.

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Samuel Jun 25, 2018
Piano · In studio

I am a 19 year old music major at UT. Im currently taking lessons with Maria and am amazed by her vast knowledge of various styles and eras of music and her ability to give me practical tools to perform pieces with accuracy and beauty. She always has something insightful to say to guide me in my musical development.

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Anna Jun 23, 2018
Piano · In studio

Took Maria's classes couple of years back as a distraction from my office job. Didn't have any prior experience with a piano, so I really appreciated Maria's patience with me. Maria has a great personality and at her classes she's engaging and respectful. The classes were a lot of fun!

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Sam V Mar 6, 2017
Piano · In studio

Maria is a personable, dedicated professional who has a clear drive to not only teach but to inspire her students. I found her teaching style to have a pleasant flow, and it inspired me to keep with my lessons with her. I would recommend her as a teacher to anyone looking to enrich their lives with beautiful music.

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C. Nguyen Mar 5, 2017
Piano · In studio

Ms. Maria Lyapkova is not only an incredibly gifted pianist, but she is also a brilliant and inspiring instructor, proficient in teaching solo, chamber, and ensemble literature (for piano). Over the course of my two years in her piano ensemble class at the University of South Florida, I learned and progressed so much in terms of technique, musical sense and sensitivity, interpretation, practicing efficiently, and the art of performing, to name only a few.

During lessons and ensemble coaching sessions, Ms. Maria is extremely patient, kind, understanding. She is highly committed to teaching, able to work with students of any proficiency level, and always earnestly encouraging students to improve to the best they can. I will always remember the amazing lessons I had learning Arensky’s Suite No. 2, Op. 23 (“Silhouettes”) under her instruction!

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