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Piano Lessons in Austin

The piano is a beautiful instrument, challenging to play but full of potential. If you are serious about taking your skills to the next level, supplement your piano lessons in Austin with some of these events and activities offered around the city. Watching others perform will give you a glimpse as to where you could be one day!

Restaurants with Live Piano Music in Austin

The Driskill Grill Experience this traditional Texan-style grill with live piano playing while you enjoy a meal made from locally-sourced ingredients, game, and wine from the restaurant’s extensive list. http://www.driskillgrill.com/about/driskill-grill-austin-texas

Chez Zee A bistro, bar, and dessert bakery is certainly a unique place to enjoy live piano music. Pianists perform all day long, offering you entertainment during drinks, an evening meal, or Sunday brunch. http://www.chez-zee.com/

Green Pastures Set in a Southern manor house, Green Pastures is the place to go if you want a truly spectacular brunch. Peacocks roam the grounds and pianists perform some of your favorite pieces to complete the atmosphere. http://greenpasturesrestaurant.com/page/o965/Green_Pastures.html

Piano Festivals

Austin Piano Festival Formed as a non-profit organization to enrich musical culture in Austin, the Austin Piano Festival is held every spring for piano players and music lovers in the area. It is your chance to listen to top artists, take master classes with guest teachers, and learn something new to take back to your piano lessons in Austin. http://www.austinpianofestival.com/about.htm

Austin Chamber Music Festival If you are interested in the role that the piano has to play in classical music, the Austin Chamber Music Festival is an event you just can’t miss. Taking place every July, the festival consists of a number of concerts performed by a wide variety of musicians as well as several free community concerts, presentations, and workshops. You can turn up to any of the free events without a ticket or reservation. http://austinchambermusic.org/festival-2015/

Piano Stores

Strait Music Company The Strait Music Company sells all the top piano brands, both new and used, including digital pianos. Models are available with a no-interest financing option and a 5-year full-trade policy, which enables you upgrade to a new piano after five years. Plus, you can rent before you buy to try out different models. http://www.straitmusic.com/t-departments-pianos.aspx

Music Masters This piano showroom is dedicated to digital and acoustic pianos. The company also uses their website to advertise all the upcoming piano events in Austin, meaning you need never miss another recital, contest, or festival. http://www.musicmasterspianoservice.com/index.html

Floyd Piano Company Along with their pianos for sale, the Floyd Piano Company offers piano tuning, repairs, and restoration. A team of experienced carpenters have their own woodshop, where they restore aged or damaged pianos to their former appearance and acoustics. http://www.floydpianocompany.com/

With these services, you will have no more excuses not to practice after your piano lessons in Austin. Good luck, and have fun!

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I use the Piano Adventures series of textbooks. They contain step by step clear explanations and the music selections are excellent.

About Lillian
Lillian is a classically trained pianist. She is a native Cuban. She studied piano in her youth for eight years at the International Conservatory of Music and at the Raisa Olivé Musical Institute in Havana, Cuba.

She completed two years of college with an Education major at University of New Orleans.

The studio is located in the Chisholm Valley neighborhood in Round Rock, close to La Frontera.

Member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers, Teacher Division of American College of Musicians, USA; and Music Teachers National Association

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For children, I use the Piano Adventures Method. This method excels in step by step teaching of musicality and artistry. In six months, students will be able to read and play simple melodies.
For adults, I use Alfred's Adult Piano Course. It is recognized as one of t
he best in the industry. It explains concepts clearly and briefly, and it drills material while offering delightful pieces.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room w/ acoustic piano and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
Piano Adventures, Alfred's Adult Piano Course
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Jeanne Mitchell May 9, 2017
· Piano · In studio
As an older adult, relearning the piano, I appreciate Lillian's skill in boosting my confidence while stretching my abilities. She keeps it fun, but challenges me to improve. Lillian is just who I needed to enjoy playing again.
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Jeanne Mitchell June 2, 2016
· Piano · In studio
After 40 years without lessons, I decided I wanted to be able to enjoy my piano. Lillian is the perfect teacher for me. A gentle nudge, lots of praise, I can see progress is being made. I certainly leave my lessons with a smile on my face and playing pieces I never thought I could master.
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Jeanne Mitchell January 28, 2016
· Piano · In home
I enjoyed my first lesson with Lillian. She was very respectful of my previous learning and the many years spent without regular play. Together, we are improving my skills and I am grateful to have found her.
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Round Rock, TX 78681
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About Aimee B.

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Individually catered pianolessons in pop, rock, country, blues, etc.

All in-home lessons are an hour minimum.

About Aimee
Aimee's Teaching Mission:
To provide an inspiring environment for students to learn their favorite songs and to encourage creativity through exploring songwriting. Aimee demonstrates a clear self-awareness…revisionary”–Austin Chronicle

“Nothing short of a work of art”–Performing Songwriter

*Over ten years experience as a professional performing and touring musician
*Five years teaching private and group classes in guitar, piano, bass, songwriting
(over 100 private students)
*Three years instructing Rock Camp USA Austin (children band camp)
*Selected as a “Top 10 Band” by Austin Monthly
*Featured in Austin’s premiere photo journal, Sound of Austin
*Charted co-written songs in Europe
*Songs commissioned and licensed to film
*Performances with Dr. John, Ian McClagan (The Faces, Rolling Stones),
Alejandro Escovedo, Ian Moore
, Freedy Johnston, Thao and The Get Down Stay Down and more

Aimee''s Music Studio is a privately operated studio for music instruction hosted by award winning and international touring songwriter/performer, Aimee, in downtown Austin, TX. Both private and group lessons are available in guitar, piano, electric bass, and songwriting. Students vary in age from 5 years to 60 + years and are of a beginner and intermediate level. Lessons are conducted in 30 to 60 minute intervals. Styles studied are in the popular music genre (rock, pop, country, blues and fingerpicking techniques). Music fundamentals in reading, tablature, scales, and ear training are stressed and all lessons are supplemented with audio and visual reference material recorded during lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Acoustic & Electric Guitars
Upright Piano
Recording Gear to Record Lesson to E-mail Student
Music Stand
Copier/Paper/Scanner

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my instrument, stand, music and charts.
The student provides their instrument and a quiet, undisturbed working space.

*** Specialties ***
Performance:
As a professional performing artist I help intermediate students adapt songs for performance and explore performance from a background in acting. From the moment you walk on stage the performance has begun. We discuss how to introduce a song, talk on the mic between songs, and how to deliver an energetic engaging performance.

Songwriting/Recording:
I work directly with students wanting to compose and write their own songs. We look a different techniques to help you get "un-stuck" and to widen your chord range and feel in songs.
Co-writing is included upon request.
I have with both beginner and intermediate students arranged recording sessions with professional studios to document songs in a professional environment complete with band and all!

Young Students:
I combine a both classical note reading/theory with learning by ear. I simplify chords to get students playing quickly and to reap fulfillment from the very first lesson.

Adult Students:
I provide you with the basics in the first three lessons and resources online to help you get moving quickly. We discuss your specific performance goals and track your progress weekly.
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Dennis June 15, 2017
· Songwriting · In studio
Came in there and learned exactly what I wanted to learn. Was ultra stuck at moving past 8 bars and Aimee helped me get past that. Now I'm finishing full arangements all thanks to her.
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Edward February 7, 2017
· Piano · In home
Fantastic teacher. Amazing lesson plans. Really really happy with it
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MARY E. July 21, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
We got right to work on a song I selected. Aimee gave me a range of interlocking to work on which was just enough of a challenge. I've really enjoyed p.o. king up my guitar and practicing. Can't wait for the next lesson.
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Aimee B.

Austin, TX 78703
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I have been teaching piano for over 17 years to ages 4-90 at all levels from beginner to advanced. I teach the importance of mastery at each level, so that the student understands what it takes to play and perform at her/his best.

About Gfire
Gfire has been teaching and performing music full-time for over 17 years. Based in Austin, Texas, the "Live Music Capital of the World," she offers voice, piano, songwriting, yoga, folk guitar, and DJ'ing lessons to students from 5-105 and she specializes in sculpting her lessons to the strengths and desires of each individual student. Her students range from beginning to advanced levels, and they sing and play a multitude of musical styles, including classical, pop, rock, r 'n' b, country, folk, singer-songwriter, musical theater, blues and more.

Gfire loves to share her talents with her students. She prides herself on instilling a "sense of mastery" to each of her singing and piano students, no matter on which level they are. The students come away with a real sense of knowing their songs and their instruments inside out an
d with a real sense of confidence in their musicianship. Plus they have a lot of fun as they make musical progress!

Gfire is also an award-winning singer-songwriter and "Yoga for the Voice" innovator. She has released 4 CDs of all-original music and is currently working on her 5th CD, to be released in 2015.

As a teacher, Gfire works with students of all levels and all areas of interest. In October 2007, Gfire became the only vocal teacher in the Western Hemisphere to gain full certification in the Science of Singing, developed by Ernest G. White of London, England. Her unique voice training program, entitled "Yoga for the Voice," combines this knowledge of the Science of Singing with ancient yoga breathing techniques. This technique allows each voice student to develop a "vocal tune-up" for the voice AND to discover what the natural singing range is and how to use the voice as effectively as possible. With the internet SKYPE technology, Gfire teaches voice students all over the world, from Switzerland to the U.K. to New Zealand to New York.

Her vocal students have sung in touring rock bands, on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, in successful auditions, in karaoke clubs, in coffee houses and folk clubs, at weddings and for their own enjoyment amongst family and friends. Whatever level of singing training you wish to acquire, she will show you the way to achieve it!

Gfire was also the main voice instructor and one of 3 main piano teachers at the Austin branch of Mars Music (now defunct) for 3 1/2 years. In addition to her vocal study and innovation, she has studied piano with top classical and jazz pianists, studied songwriting with Pat Pattison of Berklee College in Boston, gotten her full yoga teaching certification in 2004 and DJ'd at clubs and parties worldwide. For eight years straight - 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 - she has won the prestigious ASCAPlus Award for professional songwriting.

As a singer-songwriter, Gfire continues to write, record and perform with some of the best musicians and engineers in the world, including engineer Stuart Sullivan (Willie Nelson, Sublime, Meat Puppets, etc.), Hammond organ player Ian McLagen (Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart), cellist John Hagen (Lyle Lovett), fiddle/mandolin player Warren Hood (The Waybacks), bassist George Reiff (Ray Wylie Hubbard) and banjo picker Danny Barnes (Bad Livers, Dave Matthews).

Gfire's original songs have been played on over 200 radio and television stations worldwide. She has toured in over half of the fifty states, plus the U.K. and Canada.

*** Lesson Details ***
NEW - Gfire is now available to teach WORLDWIDE via SKYPE or FaceTime - so you can have a music lesson in the privacy of your own home!!

Voice lessons - I have created a unique and wonderful vocal method, "Yoga for the Voice," which combines ancient yoga breathing exercises with special vocal exercises to give you a "complete vocal tune-up." These techniques are simple, effective and easily-learned by any student of the voice, from about age 5-105. I love to help you learn to apply these wonderful techniques to learning the songs you wish to learn - whether they are pop, r 'n' b, folk, singer-songwriter, rock, country, opera, musical theater, jazz, etc. "Yoga for the Voice" is just as effective for professional speakers, such as teachers, lawyers, clergymen or actors - we just use a range of notes that is smaller than a singer's range, and we focus on using your speaking voice as effectively and efficiently as possible.

In 3-6 months, you will be able to:

1. master the "breath of fire" and "one-minute breath" - the BEST yoga breaths for singers!
2. master the "sinus humming exercises" - identifying where EACH note in your range originates in your own head
3. master the "full-body exercises" - traditional singing exercises on "mah, mee, moh, moo, meh" - so that you can move easily between your chest voice, middle voice, and head voice
4. master 2-10 songs or more, depending on your level and the level of difficulty of each song - being able to sing each song in TUNE, with feeling, and having a blast doing it!!
5. if you wish, you can perform your song(s) at one of my voice and piano recitals - on a REAL Austin stage!!

Piano lessons - I teach a wide range of piano styles at levels from beginner to early advanced, beginning around age 5. Whether you want to learn classical, rock, blues, country, boogie-woogie, or other styles of piano and keyboard playing, I will sculpt your lesson plan so that you have a great foundation in technique AND you learn the styles and songs you wish to play.

In 3-6 months, you will be able to:

1. master the Leschetizky, hand massage, and isometric warm-up exercises - the BEST piano warm-ups!
2. depending on your level, master Hanon exercises 1-12, major and minor scales, major and minor arpeggios
3. for beginners, you will be able to play with BOTH hands on the treble and bass clefs - at the same time!!
4. master the I-IV-V progression in 3-12 keys, depending on your level - so that you can play blues, rock, country, boogie-woogie, and ragtime songs!!
5. master 4-20 songs or more, depending on your level and the level of difficulty of each song (classical songs tend to take more time to master) - being able to play each song with great technique, with feeling, and having a blast doing it!!
6. if you wish, you can perform your song(s) at one of my voice and piano recitals - on a REAL Austin stage!!

Songwriting lessons - I will teach you how to create a great song, in the style you wish to write in. Country songs, pop songs, rock tunes, r'n' b, folk, etc. - all of these genres have "unwritten rules" about how to put together an effective song. We will utilize special songwriting exercises and tools to help you learn to be a wonderful songwriter.

DJ lessons - I teach beat matching, turntable fine-tuning and repertoire selection to help you become the DJ you aspire to be. I own crates and crates of vinyl records and CDs, and I have DJ'd all over the world to enthusiastic crowds, so I can teach you to attain a real joy and skill in the art of turntablism.

Yoga lessons - I am a fully KRI-certified yoga teacher and I can help you develop a valuable yoga routine to help you achieve your health and relaxation goals. We will choose from literally hundreds of exercises and breathing techniques specifically geared to your needs and wants.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pro Tools mBox PRO Full Recording Studio
Yamaha U1 Upright Piano
Shure SM 58 Microphone
Shure SM 57 Microphone
Korg microKorg Synthesizer
Yamaha M06 Synthesizer
Yamaha StagePas 300 PA System
Neumann TLM 103 Microphone
Neumann KMS 105 Microphone
Nord Lead Synthesizer
Taylor Acoustic Guitar
West African Djembe
MacBook Pro Computer
Universal Audio LA-610 Pre-amp
2 Technics 1200 Professional DJ Turntables
American DJ Pro-Scratch 1 Professional CDJ
Rane MP22 DJ Mixer
Mogami Professional Audio Cables

*** Travel Equipment ***
Yamaha M06 Synthesizer
Yamaha StagePas 300 PA System
Neumann KMS 105 Microphone
Macintosh Laptop Computer

*** Specialties ***
music, singing, piano, songwriting, DJ'ing, yoga, folk guitar

I have developed "Yoga for the Voice" - a combination of my 18 years of studying and receiving certification in the "Science of Singing" (as taught by Ernest George White of London, England) and my 10 years experience and certification in yoga, specifically ancient yoga breathing techniques. I will work with voice students as young as 4 and as old as they want to go! Voice lessons span all styles and all levels - pop, rock, r 'n' b, country, folk, singer-songwriter, opera, classical, musical theater, etc. from beginner to advanced. Generally beginning around age 7.

Piano - levels beginner to early advanced, most styles, including classical, rock, pop, folk, country, singer-songwriter, blues and boogie-woogie. Generally beginning around age 5.

Songwriting - all popular styles, including rock, pop, folk, country, blues, singer-songwriter, r 'n' b, etc.

DJ'ing - all basic DJ methods, including beat matching, turntable basics and repertoire selection.

Yoga - yoga breathing AND physical exercises, depending on the needs and wants of the student.

Folk guitar - finger picking and accompaniment skills for folk singers.

In piano, I specialize in teaching students who want to play a wide variety of music - classical, pop, rock, country, blues, etc. I begin with piano students who are 5 years of age and older, as long as they have the requisite attention span.

In songwriting, I specialize in teaching students methods of developing popular songs - pop, r 'n' b, country, rock, folk, etc.

In DJ'ing, I specialize in basic beatmatching and repertoire selection.

And in yoga, I specialize in tailoring the yogic needs of the student - whether she/he wishes to work on stretching, breathing, abdominal strengthening, etc.
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Ava July 18, 2017
· Piano · Online
Gfire was a pleasure to work with. She was interested and attentive and worked hard to learn about my daughter's musical interests and tastes. She supported my daughter's playing and has earned a high recommendation from our family.
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Kyle A. June 21, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Gfire is a teacher for creatives, encouraging exploration and expression while supplying students with effective research-based tools to support realization of potential.
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Jim B. March 2, 2017
· Songwriting · Online
In the course of a few lessons with Gfire, I (with coaching) wrote a song that I felt pretty good about. I've written a few songs before and had learned the basics, but I enjoyed learning her method (which, in a phrase, would have to be "keep going") and I plan to use it to see if it'll help with my productivity. Gfire was always very upbeat and positive without being phony, encouraging without being demanding, so the lessons were always enjoyable. I would recommend her.
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Austin, TX 78723
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About Brandon C.

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Piano - I teach beginning through lower advanced piano. It is important that each student enjoys what they play while developing a firm understanding of the technique for the instrument. Each student will be able to master 3 - 12 major scales within the first six months of playing along with the first 2 - 10 Hanon exercises. Students will also work on various pieces/songs ranging from classical to pop depending on the students interests. I try to cater lessons to the individual learning styles of each student while trying to introduce new and interesting ideas to push the student to the next level. For those that have been playing for a while I will find out where they are on their journey and help guide them from there. For very young children (ages 4 - 5) I encourage parents to take part in their child’s lessons so they can help when their child is practicing at home. It is also important that every student learns how to relax while playing along with forming good practice habits. ...

About Brandon
Brandon has been surrounded by music since a young age, having both parents as musicians. Brandon began his musical carrier playing the trumpet eventually branching out to piano, a little violin, composing, and conducting. He attended the University of Central Florida where he received a BA and MA in composition and conducting respectively.

While in Orlando, Brandon worked as a part of the A Gift for Music program teaching beginning violin to inner-city elementary school children. He was also the conductor of the A Gift for Music Core Orchestra, a group of very talented young string students. Brandon was also the Brass Instructor for a local Jr./Sr. High School where he taught trumpet lessons, coached brass ensembles, and accompanied students on the piano. On top of this Brandon also had a small studio in the area.

Currently Bran
don is a graduate student at the University of Texas in Austin where he is studying composition.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher I find the most important thing is to make sure the student has fun making music. I realize that everyone is different and I try to cater to the needs of the individual while still making sure that there is advancement in technique and musicianship. It is also a goal of mine to make sure that every students learns to practice without having someone ask them to do it.

I believe it is important to have a strong foundation when playing music. If that foundation is there it is easier to have fun making music and far less likely for a student to fail. For beginners I generally start with basic technique and gradually shift into playing pieces. If a student has been playing for a while, I will find out where they are in their musical journey and take it from there. I also try to focus on developing musicianship and individuality. I can not stress how important it is to not only have fun but to practice. It takes a great deal of dedication and effort to become a good musician.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide some music and small things like the occasional rosin or valve oil. I can also help students find rental venues for instruments. I would expect the students to have their own instrument/s and material to properly take care of the instrument. I would also expect them to keep the music we are currently working on with them.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical music though I can teach popular music and basic improvisation. I try to focus on expression and technique with students.
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Daphny K. April 16, 2017
· Piano · In home
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Ursula H. August 11, 2016
· Trumpet · In home
Brandon has been teaching my son for the past 3 years and has been a fantastic instructor in both trumpet and piano. He is very patient, encouraging and understanding with my son. Brandon is diligent and requests the best performance from the kids without being pushy or overbearing. His knowledge of trumpet and piano are exceptional and his demonstrations are impressive. He is always punctual and super nice. I would recommend Brandon as music teacher for any student.
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Juliet J. July 25, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Brandon is by far the best piano teacher I've ever had in my 7-ish years of instruction. He truly cares about your advancement as a student, and goes above and beyond to ensure that you are learning AND having fun. Just within my first lesson with Brandon, he helped me to identify quite a few bad playing habits I had no idea I had developed over the years. He's astoundingly observant and perceptive, and is helping me to improve my posture, my reading skills, etc. Habbits are difficult to break, and I really appreciate his patience and constructive criticism, and that he challenges me to take difficult yet important steps to improve. In the past, I would learn one piece each week with an instructor, then move on without taking the time to perfect it. Brandon will take the time to show you how to TRULY master a piece, even if it takes 5 lessons. I cannot convey how valuable such an experience has been to my own progression. He's also very fun to talk to and makes you feel comfortable and at ease. BEST PIANO TEACHER EVER - HIGHLY RECOMMEND FOR ALL AGES
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Austin, TX 78728
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Students of all ages and levels welcome! Teaching experience of eight years from all corners of the world!

About Leanna
Pianist Leanna L., 26, began her piano studies at age six and violin studies at age eight. At age 11, Ms. L. performed the Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 26 with the East West Symphony in Sydney, under the baton of Henryk Pisarek. Ms. L. has also soloed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and was invited to play at the City of Sydney Cultural Council Outstanding Performer's Concert in April 2008. She has placed in several Australian competitions and is a two-time winner of Sydney "Theme and Variations" Outstanding Pianist Award and a three-time finalist for the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer's Award. In 2006, Ms. L. was one of three students honored by the Cultural Council at the Sydney McDonalds Arts Challenge. She made an appearance at the Sydney Opera House as a result of being awarded third place in the 2007 national Austr
alian Higher School Certificate Music Extension course. In 2008 Ms. L. won the Werner Baer Memorial Award and the audience prize in the Cochem International Piano Summer Festival in Germany. Most recently, Leanna participated at the Banff International Piano Master-Classes in Canada last year.

Ms. L. studied with Margaret Hair in Australia and has made several appearances performing in the United States, Canada, Germany, Asia and Russia. She has also performed in master classes for Marc Durand, Gary Graffman, Robert Levin, Susan Starr, Jacques Rouvier, Richard Raymond and Sarkis Baltaian. Previously, Leanna attained a Bachelor of Music at The Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, California, where she studied with John Perry. At The Colburn School, she was selected to be a Teaching Fellow through which she had several young private students. She was also selected as a Teaching Assistant at Boston University, where she is pursued her Masters of Music Degree at Boston University with Professor Boaz Sharon. Currently, she is studying with Professor Anton Nel at the University of Texas, Austin, as a part of her Doctorate of Musical Arts. She is working alongside Professor Gilmson as part of the Piano Project and Teaching Assistantship at the Butler School of Music.
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Shelley G. December 11, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Leanna is patient and encouraging. I am returning to playing after many years, and it is very frustrating, but Leanna is knowledgeable, inspiring, and I always leave encouraged and motivated.
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Harry August 1, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Fantastic! She is just what I needed to get me started with Piano!
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Daniel May 23, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great teacher. I'm a total beginner on piano and Leanna has consistently been patient and brought me along at what feels like a very reasonable pace through the fundamentals and basic pieces. She consistently has good tips and helps me work through issues with what feel like very intuitive solutions. Would definitely recommend her to anyone else looking to pick up piano, and would have to imagine she'd be similarly excellent to students who are further along than I am.
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Leanna L.

Austin, TX 78712
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I've been teaching beginner piano for over 2 years and can focus on a range of subjects including music reading, theory, and pop/ folk/ rock songs.

About Derek
TEACHING MISSION: Capture the joy of playing music. Inspire continual playing and/or practice, regardless of student's lifestyle/career choices.
I start the first lesson with a student wish list (songs, goals, etc) and every lesson we take significant steps towards the goals.

Skills: Guitar/Mandolin/Piano/Bass/Banjo/Recording/DJ Technology

Education: B.M. Classical/ Jazz Guitar Performance, University of Colorado, 2003
B.S. Audio Engineering/ Production, Middle Tennessee State University, 1997

Teaching Experience:
-The Musicians Woodshed (Austin) Sept 2013- Present
-Brooklyn Music Lessons (NYC) 2010-2013
-University of Colorado (Boulder) 2000-2010
-Naropa University (Boulder) 2007-2010
-The Lesson Studio (Boulder) 2005-2009

Performance Experience:
Freelance Musician/ Arranger/ Composer 2000-Present
I have played guita
r, mandolin, bouzouki, keyboards, or bass in folk, classical,
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Rollin May 26, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
As an adult learning to play an instrument for the first time, very little has come naturally. I had tried two other instructors prior to Derek and felt as though I made little progress with them. Derek's approach is much more intuitive and the progress more obvious. great teacher with a sound approach.
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David November 10, 2016
· Banjo · Online
Great teacher, very clear, patient communication. Can't wait for the next lesson!
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John White October 30, 2016
· Mandolin · In studio
Talented guy, easy to understand and very patient!
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Derek V.

Austin, TX 78748
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Curriculum:
Elements of rhythm
Elements of pitch
Elements of dynamics
Elements of articulation
Reading/writing notation
Tone development
Finding/expanding your range
Dexterity, speed, and accuracy
How to project
How to advance to the next level
Music theory
Playing by ear
Improvisational techniques
Finding your signature style
Expression/Lyricism
Composition/Arrangement/Songwriting
Project Management

About Darrell
Why these lessons are different:
- Formally trained conductor/composer/producer
- Individual or group session options including full band production
- A long roster of satisfied clients
- Broad base of musical styles (rock, classical, jazz, blues, metal, bluegrass, theater, big band, symphonic, pop, punk, country, march, gospel, avant-garde...)
- Over 20 yrs teaching experience and work with recognized professionals including work in some of the top-rated private schools in the United States

Instrument-specific instruction:
- Voice
- Guitar [Spanish, acoustic, electric]
- Electric Bass
- Piano/Keyboard
- Woodwinds [specializing in saxophones]
- Percussion
- Brass & Bowed Strings [performance preparation only]

My process is based on (but does not adhere strictly to) the Classical approach to Western tonal har
mony, shares the basic tenets of the Suzuki method, and asks that the students develop certain fundamentals of technique and theory. In my experience, this structure creates the strongest foundation for pupils to build the rest of their musical lives on, whether professionally or solely for personal enjoyment. All of my students are on the fast track to studying music theory. Whatever level they are at when I start with them, I guide their efforts into bringing the students up to a certain level of comprehension regarding the mathematical aspects of music and how it relates to their instruments. This understanding of theoretical principles of sound allows the students to play any style of music they wish, no matter how their tastes may change throughout their lives.
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Jackson Smith May 9, 2017
· Piano ·
Doctor D. has an intimate knowledge of music theory, as well as a tried and true method that allows students to learn quickly while having fun in the process. He sincerely strives to bring out the best in his students, and that effort is reflected in his results.
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Keith February 24, 2017
· Singing · Online
yesterday was my first vocal lesson with Darrell. he is definitely one cool dude. My first impression is that he is very thorough. I like that we are starting from the ground up learning fundamentals. it is noteworthy that I am blind. I only say this because from the get-go he was open minded to adapt the session where we needed. I look forward to my upcoming lessons.
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Margaret L. February 8, 2017
· Arrangement and Composition · In studio
I was amazed at how much Darrell knew and was able to impart in just 45 minutes. He assessed my level in less than 5 minutes, then used every second to incorporate and expand what I already knew into organized concepts It seemed like a staggering amount of information, yet I never felt rushed or overwhelmed. I'm really looking forward to next week!
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Austin, TX 78759
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Besides teaching technique, musicality. I would combine ear training and theory in my piano lessons to strengthen my students knowledge in music. My goal is to help my students enjoy playing piano and find their own voice in music.

About Li Wen
Li-Wen, Weng, born in Taipei Taiwan, started to learn piano since she was 4. She was selected to represent Taiwan to perform her own composition in different countries (Singapore, Japan and Australia) at the age of 9.

Her award winning experience includes the Fine Artist of Yamaha’s Piano Competition and the First Prize Winner of Yamaha’s Piano Concerto Competition. In addition, she participated several music festivals in Berlin and Salzburg and studied with Susanne Gruetzmann, Kevin McCutcheon and Andrzej Jasinski.

Besides performing as a solo pianist, Li-Wen is also an active collaborative pianist. Her experience includes accompanying vocalists, instrumentalists and chamber music in master classes, recitals and competitions. She also enjoys working with musical theater productions.

Li-Wen holds her Master’s degree from Jacobs
School of Music (Indiana University)where she studied with Evelyn Brancart and her doctoral degree in Piano Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign under the guidance of William Heiles. In addition, she also minored in Jazz Piano under the guidance of John “Chip” Stephens.

In the past few years, she has been teaching students from different age groups. She was the teaching assistant in the Piano Laboratory Program of the University of Illinois. Teaching and performing are her passion, she is looking forward to working with each and everyone of you and sharing her passion in music!
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Albert May 8, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Teacher is very supportive, patient and helpful. She challenged me with more difficult classical music and finger exercises, and she helped me expand my ability.
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Arif K. Putra May 8, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Li-wen is a very good piano instructor. She explained the concepts and techniques clearly and gave me bunch of proven-advice to improve my piano techniques. Furthermore, she also taught me the musicality aspects of a piece so I can play it correctly and put an emotion on it. On top of that, she definitely helped me to build my piano skills from scratch in less than a year, so now i am able to play some classical music pieces (and a jazz piece as well) including Beethoven's, Clementi's, as well as Chopin's.

I have no doubt about her mastery of piano and believe that she is already a concert-level pianist. I would highly recommend her to anyone who wants to find an awesome piano instructor. Don't miss her before she is being busy with her piano recitals around the world!! :)
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Lingyi December 20, 2015
· Piano · In studio
I had year of piano lesson with Li Wen. She was very kind and patient with beginners like me.
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Austin, TX 78729
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Jazz, Latin Jazz, Music Theory, Ear Training, and Technique

About Lucas
Lucas Q. has played multiple instruments since the age of 11 years old (Trumpet, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Latin Percussion, and Piano). His main instrument is piano. Lucas directed two musical groups called 'Buena Onda' and 'Tradicion', in Los Angeles in 2014-2015. During his collaborations with these bands, he played piano and vocals with Tradicion and was lead vocalist for Buena Onda. The groups focused on Cuban music and Latin Jazz. Lucas also has vast experience playing professionally in Puerto Rico and teaching piano performance and music theory independently.

As part of his formation, Lucas studied Jazz piano under two Berklee College of Music Alumni. Lucas also studied piano at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico in the Department of Jazz and Caribbean music.

He recently finished composing his first album that is in the proc
ess of being recorded. The album is set to be launched at the end of 2017.
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Saima June 10, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great teacher. My daughter is super excited about the next lesson.
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Renata B. May 11, 2017
· Piano · In home
Lucas is amazing teacher. My daughter took 5 lessons so far and she can't wait till next one. I highly recommend you book your piano lessons with him.
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Lucas Q.

Austin, TX 78738
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Graduate of the Juilliard School and the University of Texas at Austin.

Experienced teacher of 8 years, specializing in the beginner to advanced piano student! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Not only will you be playing pieces in no time, but you will be building a strong foundation of note reading, music theory, ear training, sight reading, technique, and more.

About Joseph
Joseph Choi was the Second Prize winner of the 2014 NTD International Piano Competition, Finalist in the 2016 San Antonio International Piano Competition, where he was awarded the prize for Best Performance of a Baroque Composer, Second Prize winner of the 2012 Tuesday Musical Club Competition in San Antonio, and winner of the 2012 concerto competition at the University of Texas at Austin. He has given recitals in venues such as Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Long Center for the Performing Arts and Benedict Music Tent in the Aspen Music Festival. Choi has performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, University of Texas Symphony Orchestra, Aeolus Quartet, and several others. He holds a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Jerome Lowentha
l and Matti Raekallio. He is currently pursuing his doctorate degree at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also holds his Bachelor’s degree, under the tutelage of Anton Nel.

I am a professional pianist. I graduated from the Juilliard School with my Master's of Music degree and am currently pursuing my Doctorate in Music Arts at the University of Texas at Austin.

I teach piano students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied classical piano for 16 years, and contemporary keyboard for 11 of those. I can teach students to read music and pursue classical excellence, to learn how to play contemporary music using chord sheets, or both depending on the goals and preference of the student.

As a professional recording artist/producer I frequently take trips to Korea for co-writing, recording/producing, and meeting with record labels.

My personal passion is classical music but I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Margaret July 31, 2017
· Piano ·
Joseph is an all-around amazing pianist and teacher. He is very reliable, dedicated, patient, positively encouraging, and makes lessons enjoyable as well as informative. He inspires and motivates my son to practice (which in the past has always proven to be an impossible feat!) and in turn, he has learned to really love the music he plays and looks forward to going every week. Thank you, Joseph!
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Joshua July 29, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Joseph is a fun yet serious teacher. I love the way he teaches and like with every teacher, as long as you practice well there will always be something new to learn from him.
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Joseph C.

Austin, TX 78745
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