Ryan Murphy

Ryan M.

Saint Louis, MO

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Ryan teaches: Ages 5 and up
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Teaching since: September 2006
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Ryan M. is the Music Director at St. Barnabas the Apostle Catholic Church in O’Fallon, Missouri, where serves as organist, choirmaster, and cantor. He recently completed a six month term as Interim Organist of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, during which he played for over fifteen bishops, Carlo Maria Viganò, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, and Louis Alphonse of Bourbon, Duke of Anjou.

Mr. M. studied organ at Cleveland State University with Horst Buchholz and piano at Duquesne University with Natasha Snitkovsky. In 2011 Mr. Murphy came in third in the Rodgers North American Classical Organ Competition and was a winner of the 2005 Duquesne University Concerto Competition, playing Dimitri Shostakovich’s second piano concerto. A Colleague of the American Guild of Organists, he enjoys reading, dancing, and weightlifting in his free time.

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Playing in a masterclass at Peace Lutheran Church in south St. Louis county


Piano Instructor
Jul 2016 - Present
Teipen Performing Arts Acadmey

Piano Instructor
Mar 2016 - Present
City Music

Music Director
Feb 2016 - Present
St. Barnabas the Apostle Catholic Church

Serve as organist, choirmaster, and cantor and provide music for sung liturgies in the Ordinary and Extraordinary forms of the Roman Rite every week. Direct adult choir for Latin Mass. Choose appropriate sacred and devotional music.

Piano Instructor
Feb 2016 - Present
DaySpring School of the Arts


Master of Music in Organ Performance
Aug 2010 - May 2012
Cleveland State University
Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance
Aug 2002 - Apr 2007
Duquesne University

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Nov 2010
American Guild of Organists


Rodgers North American Classical Organ Competition
Apr 2011
Rodgers Instruments
Duquesne University Concerto Competition
Nov 2005
Duquesne University
Rookie Student Manager of the Year (Ohio Division)
Nov 2004
University Painters


Music Teachers National Association
Feb 2016

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.

American Guild of Organists
Jan 1998

The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to enrich lives through organ and choral music. To achieve this we: 1. Encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music 2.Inspire, educate, and offer certification for organists and choral conductors 3. Provide networking, fellowship, and mutual support 4.Nurture future generations of organists 5. Promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles; and 6. Engage wider audiences with organ and choral music.

15 Reviews on Ryan M.

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Randy Mar 8, 2017
· Singing · In home
My first lesson was just what I was hoping it was. Very grateful to have Ryan as my teacher.

Pete Oct 26, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
Ryan is an excellent piano instructor. He is patient, yet will drive you forward at a sensible pace. Whatever your current level of proficiency, you will see quick improvement, guaranteed. I recommend him unconditionally.
Kathi Oct 24, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Ryan is an excellent teacher. He is very qualified. It doesn't matter your age. If you have a desire to learn Ryan is the person. He is approachable. If you have questions he is very happy to answer without hesitation.
Mike Oct 24, 2016
· Organ · In studio
Great teacher. Had me work at my own pace.
Jon M. Oct 24, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Ryan is very attentive and is always pushing for better piano playing. I am a 43 year old attempting to learn the piano and he is always there to help me improve!
Joe S. Oct 18, 2016
· Piano · In studio
It's complicated.

I would highly recommend this teacher for children and absolute beginners. Very knowledgeable and very thorough. Takes you from the very first steps in learning music one note at a time and proceeds from there. Makes sure you get every note correct. If my kid expressed an interest, I would not hesitate to sign them up with Ryan.

However, I can't say I'd recommend this teacher for adults or people with some existing background in music. I informed him that I have some knowledge of music and I was currently refreshing my music reading skills on my own time outside of this class. I hoped to learn chords, scales and arpeggios, hand independence exercises, things of that nature. Regardless, our course material was a book that seemed geared towards children which covered material I've already seen, such as one note exercises and nursery rhymes. I could have bought this book (or, preferably, a book more geared to adults) and gone through the same exercises for free at a much quicker pace. I had hoped for more immediately usable, customized instruction based on tips and techniques that come from the experience that he, or someone at his level, clearly has. I accept some responsibility for the lack of progress in the short amount of time we were meeting (the pace of the course really did not match the length) but I felt that what my hopes/expectations were,which I clearly expressed from the beginning, were not met and I was instead put into the same curriculum as someone who had never seen music before. I understand teachers want their students to progress on a clearly defined path, but the class was not cheap and I hoped for/expected a more personalized instruction for the money I spent.

Overall, I'd say that the class did not meet my expectations, but I wouldn't feel good giving him only 2 stars. He is clearly a good teacher in many respects as well as being both friendly and knowledgeable and an extremely skilled musician. Aside from the course not meeting my goals/expectations, I'd give him as a teacher the highest marks.
Wesley H. Jul 7, 2016
· Piano · In home
Wesley seems to be progressing with Ryan still too soon to give a completely accurate review
Justin H. Jul 3, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio
Ryan is really helping me discover my voice. Only 5 lessons in I can only already hear a difference.
Stef S. Jun 1, 2016
· Singing · In home
Ryan Is very good with my son. He takes the time to go over the fundamentals, which has improved my son's confidence. Ryan is patient as my son is just starting out. I feel comfortable having Ryan in my home and my son always looks forward to his lessons.
Loren S. Apr 4, 2016
· Singing · In home
He was patient, knowledgable and kind to my 7 year old boy. My son said he loved it and that is the most important thing to me.
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