Piano Lessons in Austin, TX

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Our Approach

Our Approach to Piano Lessons at Northwest School of Music

We believe every student is unique and different in their own way. Therefore, why should lessons be any different? Each piano lesson is tailored to the individual student’s specific interests and needs.

While focusing on foundational elements such as proper technique, reading music, finger position etc., our teachers also help students learn songs they are familiar with. This includes movie theme music, popular songs on the radio, their favorite classical artist etc. This helps keep students motivated and pushing further to learn each week.

piano teacher showing musical notes to the student

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Piano Lessons Should Be Fun!

We know that an interest in piano may be what first brings you into our school – but having fun is what keeps you coming back! Here at Northwest School of Music, our goal is for every student to LOVE their music lessons as they embark on a rewarding journey of progress and discovery. We put the “fun” in fundamentals!
Our knowledgeable staff blends a high standard of music education with a creative, student-focused approach that gives students space to discover and nurture their passion for music and the piano. Whether it’s your first time at the keys or you’re a seasoned pianist, our teachers are ready to help you progress quickly toward your goals – while having fun along the way.

We Emphasize Healthy Technique

Healthy technique is critical to lifelong enjoyment of the piano. Our first priority is teaching strong fundamentals, including hand, wrist and arm technique, bench position, and pedaling. We believe that full-body instruction is essential to musicianship and safeguards students from injury.
Once the fundamentals are in place, you and your teacher can craft the story you want your music to tell. Our qualified teachers will assist you in developing musicianship and exploring nuance through dynamics, pausing, phrasing, and varying tempos. Learn with us as we infuse elements of music theory and music history into our well-rounded approach to fostering musical excellence.

We Care About Your Musical Interests

There is no one-size-fits-all method of piano instruction. Regardless of ability or prior experience, our teachers take an individualized approach to each of our students – underpinned by detailed individual assessments, a personalized learning plan, and one-on-one guidance throughout your musical journey.
While fundamentals and technique are essential, our ultimate goal is to equip students to begin exploring their own personal musical style and interests. Your teacher will work with you to understand where you want to go, and craft a unique plan to get you there. Whether your style is classical or pop (or anything in between), Northwest School of Music helps students excel in their craft while encouraging the occasional step outside the comfort zone to try something new.

Our Piano Teachers:

Kelly Smith Toney

Kelly Smith Toney

Cello, Piano, Violin & Viola

Kelly Smith Toney received her bachelor and master degrees from The Juilliard School. Upon graduation, she joined the Singapore Symphony Orchestra for a two-year engagement. Mrs. Toney has been concertmaster and orchestra…

Julie Adams

Julie Adams

Cello, Piano, Voice, Violin & Viola

Julie began formal music study at age 6, piano lessons at age 7, cello and violin at age 11, and voice at age 16. Julie performed regularly in orchestra and choir throughout…

Amanda Thomas

Amanda Thomas

Voice, Piano & Music Explorers

Amanda first began her journey with music as a junior high student who recognized that no singing opportunities existed in her rural Idaho town for someone her age. She insisted on joining…

Hope Holder

Hope Holder

Piano

As a pianist, Hope Holder has been capturing the hearts of music lovers since 1990. The combination of her fiery enthusiasm on the keyboard and elegant stage presence make her performances as…

Christy Jackel

Christy Jackel

Piano

Christy began piano lessons at age 6, studied with Pierrette Mouledous in Dallas, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Masters in Music studying with Nancy Garrett at The University…

Elena Maeurer

Elena Maeurer

Voice & Piano

Elena Maeurer grew up in Austin, Texas, and began singing and playing piano at an early age. As a student, she participated in choir and musical theater, and had the opportunity to…

Rebecca Maze

Rebecca Maze

Piano

Rebecca studied piano under Charlotte Tull and Dr. John Paul earning a Bachelor in Music degree at Sam Houston State University for music theory and composition, and continues to study under Dr…

Emil Pohlig

Emil Pohlig

Piano & Flute

Emil grew up in rural Southwest Virginia, began playing piano and percussion in the 6th grade and loved music so much he wanted to play all instruments and began playing the flute…

Stinson Seuser

Stinson Seuser

Piano, Clarinet & Ukulele

After graduating from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas, Stinson enrolled at the Sarofim School of Arts at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, where he was…

Stephanie Talley

Stephanie Talley

Piano

Stephanie Talley is a piano teacher who fell in love with the piano and classical music at the age of 8. She is a graduate of Angelo State University. She is classically…

Luis Rangel

Luis Rangel

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele & Piano

Luis Rangel was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and moved to Austin, Texas at the age of 8. His musical journey began at the age of 4 with violin lessons, which he later…

Annisha Mackenzie

Annisha Mackenzie

Voice & Piano

Annisha Mackenzie is a classically trained vocalist and stage director. Her primary passion is opera, but she is also a lover of musical theatre, pop, and rock. She teaches voice students of…

Austin Peters

Austin Peters

Voice, Piano, Guitar & Ukulele

Austin Peters is a multi-instrumentalist & vocalist with a lifelong passion for music. Inspired by the great players of the 20th century, Austin has been playing music since age 12 and began…

Bianca Reveles

Bianca Reveles

Voice, Piano & Music Explorers

Bianca Reveles, a native of Dallas, TX, is a dedicated music teacher known for her positive and encouraging approach to education. With almost 18 years of vocal experience…

Shwu-Miin Tang

Shwu-Miin Tang

Piano

Shwu-Miin started taking piano lessons at age six, and was thrilled upon the completion of her last degree that she can finally be her own boss at interpreting any music…

Nila Dhinaker

Nila Dhinaker

Piano, French Horn

I am an experienced and passionate music educator offering piano and French Horn lessons with a Bachelor of Arts in Instrumental Performance and Behavioral Neuroscience.

Jonathan Portillo

Jonathan Portillo

Guitar, Ukulele, and Piano

Jonathan Portillo is an Austin-based jazz musician and educator. Hailing from Dallas TX, he graduated with a degree in Jazz Performance from Texas State University in 2022. He has performed at Parkers Jazz Club and Monks Jazz Club, as well as other venues in the Austin and San Antonio area.

We Offer Simple Pricing to Fit Your Schedule & Budget

Weekly Lessons

30 min

$150

per month

30 minute lessons are great for building a strong foundation.

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Weekly Lessons

45 min

$215

per month

Fit for both beginners & intermediate students who need more than 30 minutes.

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Weekly Lessons

60 min

$280

per month

Longer lessons, perfect for motivated, intermediate or advanced musicians.

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““When I chose to learn bass, the teacher I was assigned was Matthew. We played together once a week for nearly two years; every time we met in person and every time we got on a skype call, I improved every time.”

— Ian

“I have the pleasure of taking voice lessons with Amanda, and guitar lessons with Geena. They are both fantastic teachers! ”

— Taryn B.

“Both my children take lessons at Northwest. They love the instructors and the lessons. I could not be more pleased with the program! ”

— Elizabeth

What you can expect

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What Age Should My Child Start Piano Lessons?

The minimum age we recommend a student start piano lessons at Northwest School of Music is 7 years old. Starting age will largely depend on the student when it comes to piano or keyboard.

Why Take Piano Lessons at Northwest School of Music?

Piano lessons at Northwest School of Music provide teachers who instruct on a variety of styles from classical to popular music. Whether you want to learn Bach or Alicia Keys, our teachers are happy to help you become the pianist you want to be. Our piano faculty will show you the fundamentals of sight reading, technique and theory, but they will also incorporate your favorite songs into your lessons. You do not have to have a piano at home to take lessons. A simple electronic keyboard with a minimum of 61 keys will suffice for the first 6 months. Our piano teachers have warm personalities and enjoy sharing their love for the piano with you when you take piano lessons at Northwest School of Music .

Our Piano Teachers

All of the teachers at Northwest School of Music hold university degrees in music and are experts in their field. Our piano faculty have received their musical education from such prestigious institutions all over the country.

Do I Have to Know How to Read Music?

No. Beginners are welcome! Our lesson plans aim to educate, engage and inspire students.

Do I Need a Piano to Start Taking Lessons?

No. You do not need a piano to start piano lessons, however, we do recommend having a digital piano keyboard in your home to practice between lessons. Also, keyboards are much more economical and require less commitment upfront when it comes to ongoing maintenance and moving costs.

So, What Are You Waiting for?

If you’re ready to jump into the world of keyboarding, we are excited to match you with a teacher that can get you started on your musical journey.
Nothing will enable you to progress more effectively than a one-on-one partnership with an inspiring piano professional.
Let us help you explore and build your abilities in a setting that is comfortable for you. You never know how far you can go until you take that first step, so get started today!

What Will I Learn in Piano Lessons?

Our piano teachers understand that every student is an individual, with personal musical needs and goals. We make it a priority to tailor how we teach and what we teach to your individual needs.
If you enroll here for piano lessons, your teacher will ask you about your favorite type of music, and set goals to help accomplish whatever musical aspirations you have for yourself or your child. Together, you will develop a plan to achieve your goals! We love beginners, so even if you don’t know where to begin, we can help!


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