Our Approach to Piano Lessons
Piano lessons are offered on a one-on-one basis with our highly qualified teachers and also through our group classes and pairs lessons. During private music lessons, the student will develop a plan for individual learning with their teachers.
Each teacher will work with the students to come up with repertoire suitable for their optimum learning. Some students excel at classical learning, studying the masters from all time periods of music (Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, etc.). Other students wish to integrate elements of pop music, church music, jazz music, or all of the above!
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 Velocity Music Academy, 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 & Goals
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), Velocity Music Academy helps students excel in their craft while encouraging the occasional step outside the comfort zone to try something new.
Students will learn music reading, performance skills, improvisation skills, and theory skills.
Private students are given the opportunity to participate in two recitals per year, one in December and one in May. Festivals (non-competitive) opportunities are also offered several times per year. For the advanced students who with to compete at a high level, competitions are offered throughout Austin and surrounding cities. We also offer preparation for the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations in piano.
Our group and pairs lessons are a wonderful way to learn with friends!
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Our Piano Teachers
Our piano teachers hold credentials from illustrious universities, and they perform regularly with various nationwide and community groups outside of the private piano studio. This wide range of experience allows them to pass on a bigger and more well-rounded musical perspective to their students.
B.M. in Composition, University of Texas at Austin; Piano Performance Certificate, University of Texas at Austin. Shane is a versatile musician performing and composing all different styles of music. In addition to
Piano, Voice, & Composition
Stephanie Andrews is a composer, church musician, and educator who has taught piano, voice, elementary general music and movement, and middle school choir for over twenty-five years. She currently resides in Austin,
Voice and Piano
Rosemary Hamington is a classically trained voice and piano teacher with a diverse performing background. She has performed in several community theatre musicals, as well as a jazz/show choir, All-State choir, acapella
What’s a Good Age to Begin Piano Lessons?
We offer lessons to children in the Austin and Cedar Park area beginning at age 4. Additionally, we offer lessons through the high school years and teach adults too! The piano is a wonderful versatile instrument that can bring joy through a lifetime a learning.
Certain aspects of piano technique, such as interval reach, can be physically challenging to a young child. At the same time, there are plenty of basics to learn before large interval reach is necessary.
At Velocity Music Academy, we suggest beginning instruction no younger than age four. Have no fear: beginning at this young age will give your child plenty of time to progress in their keyboarding skills.
So, if you have the desire to learn, we have the desire to teach you—no matter your age.
Our Piano Teachers
All of the teachers at Velocity Music Academy 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!
Do I need a piano to learn the instrument?
No, you do not need a piano at home to take lessons. A simple full size electronic keyboard will suffice for the first 6 months. Contact us to learn more about keyword rentals and pricing.
Are there piano recitals?
Absolutely! Our students have the opportunity to perform. Private students are given the opportunity to participate in two recitals per year, one in December and one in May.
Sight Reading, Listening & Theory
For a small additional monthly fee, you can enroll your child in a weekly 30 minute lab time that takes places before or after the private lesson.
In the lab time, the student will study music theory, sight reading, music listening and more. This can enhance their piano lessons and overall musicality.
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 why not get started today?
Praise for Velocity Music Academy
Ulrich is a fabulously patient teacher! We enjoy the time he invests in teaching our daughter and we are enrolling our other kids in classes because of the great, positive experience Cayli has had at Velocity.J. Cecil
So, my experience is be sure to have a teacher that your kids have “fun” with. If you start out hard core with someone who “raps on their knuckles”(euphemism) they can lose interest quickly. Make sure the teacher plays games with them and uses “apps” to engage their interest where they can write their own songs, etc…. Most importantly – have a teacher that lets them play familiar songs and can write simple music to popular songs they know. This will ensure they are engaged with the process and hopefully maintain their interest. It’s not until they realize they can play “actual” music that they really begin to enjoy it so “fun and engaging” from the get go is key. Beethoven can come once they’ve mastered the basics and have a love for making music happen. We love Kathy Rabago at Velocity Music.M. A.
I wanted to ping you to let you know how pleased I am with G.’s progress under Tom’s teaching. Tom’s very skilled and engaging and G. is blossoming as a student – he lovs guitar and counts the days between his lessons.
Thank you!J. J.
We love velocity. The facility is always very welcoming and chearful. My 3 y.o. Enjoys the music together sessions. I feel like it’s encouraging him to develop a love of music and even helping with his rhythm in gross motor skills. Shane is teaching my 6 y.o. Beginning piano. He’s very patient and adaptive to meet her needs depending on the day. I really appreciate how kind and courteous he is and how he makes things easy for her to understand and practice. We are definitely happy we chose velocity!Marti Smith
Shane has been a wonderful piano teacher for our 6-year old son. He is extremely patient and has a great rapport with children. He has a great judgment and ability to provide right balance of instructions and challenges, and keep his classes enjoyable. It has been our pleasure participating in his classes, and we highly recommend him.S. S.
For the last 3 1/2 years Kathy Rabago has been my daughters piano teacher. She has excelled in her piano skills and abilities due to this teacher’s patience and knowledge. Thank you Kathy for all you’ve done!J. P.
Thank you, Velocity School of Music. Your wonderful guitar teacher, Ulrich Ellison, has inspired and nurtured our 7 year old in his love for the guitar and he loves going to each lesson. Your school is friendly, welcoming and top-notch!R. Family
My son is working with Abby to learn to play the cello, and we are both so happy to be working with such a talented and kind person!L. C.
The kids are having a blast doing music this summer with Jonathan, Sarah, and Josh. The boys tell me they wish their lessons were longer! Great teachers – just what they needed this summer- they are playing some really fun pieces. They each love their teachers.P. O.
Velocity has changed Dalton’s life and he has gained so much confidence and loves the piano.R. L.
Mercer has really enjoyed his first couple of lessons and Ashley is just awesome! He looks forward to the rest of the summer and hoping to continue into the next school year. Thanks!Matt Donner