Owen Summers

Owen S.

Brooklyn, NY

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Owen delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
June 2005

I'm a pianist, saxophonist, composer, teacher, and the bandleader of Mente Clara. I began teaching piano as a teenager in 2004, when I assisted one of my former teachers at a summer piano institute. I've operated my own studio since 2007. I teach students of all ages and skill levels. I'm conversant in a variety of styles, but I especially love working on improvisation, composition, jazz, and the music of Brazil. My ultimate goal as a teacher is to spark a love of music in every one of my students, whether it be as a listener or player. I want this to be fun for everyone involved!

I stress strong fundamentals in young students and usually teach beginning students out of the Faber Piano Adventures method, although I supplement the method books with a variety of exercises and pieces of my own. I generally prefer that beginning students go through some classical repertoire before expanding their horizons, but we can often work concurrently on other styles of music. From every student's very first lesson, I challenge them to consider the bigger, often overlooked musical picture. Needless to say, all lessons are tailored to the student's desires and needs.

More broadly, I believe that music is an essential part of life and that studying it develops and stimulates our minds in ways that have positive outcomes in other facets of life. I don't expect my students to become professional musicians, or even that they continue to play music into adulthood. Music encompasses the entire range of human emotion. It has ineffable qualities that can give us solace in times of pain and inspire us in times of joy. I hope to show that to all of my students instill a lifelong respect and passion for music.

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Jun 2005 - Present
Owen Summers Music

Instruct piano and saxophones students from age 5 to adult in a variety of styles.


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Music Teachers National Association
Jan 2014

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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Photos & Videos

My band, Mente Clara, performing Hermeto Pascoal's Essa Foi Demais.
One of my students performing Joe Zawinul's Mercy, Mercy, Mercy at one of our recitals.
Photo by Caio Barreira

One2One Bar, Austin with Mente Clara (Photo by Caio Barreira)

Photo by Brad Emmons

Central Market, Austin with James Anderson Elevation Quartet (Photo by Brad Emmons)
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2 Reviews

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Holly May 9, 2016
Classical Piano · Online

My kids love Owen!! He is so patient, understanding and calm. My son has mentioned a few times that he would have quit piano if he had a different teacher. He teaches them a variety of music, not just classical, and gives them freedom to explore. He has given them a true appreciation and love of music. They have grown so much musically because of him. We will continue lessons with him via Skype even though he's moved away because they just don't want another teacher. -Holly

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Paul Mar 25, 2016
Piano · In home

Owen has been our piano instructor for six years. He has taught all three of our children from ages six, to sixteen. His ability to relate to all skill levels, from beginner and up, has been a great asset in our household. Owen pushed them without condescension or frustration. He did a great job guiding them from not being able read sheet music or play an instrument, to actual musicians." -Paul Schuster (Austin, TX)

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