MurphCraft Music Lessons
MurphCraft is run by Dylan Murphy, a Rhode Island based musician who has been involved in the local scene for over 10 years. Dylan has taught at several music schools in the area, such as Bristol Music Academy and The Right Note. He has performed in and led big bands, small jazz combos, rock ensembles, and marching bands, including one of America's top performing collegiate marching bands, the UMass Amherst Minutemen Marching Band.
You can find Dylan Murphy's original music under the stage name Fear Rua here:
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
The first lesson, we really get to know each other. Typically, I ask what kind of music you like to listen to, examples of music you'd like to learn, and any prior musical experience or lessons you may have.
I'll also tell you a little bit about myself and my background.
*With the current outbreak of COVID-19, we may spend some time during the first lesson making sure we get past any potential technological issues.*
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I've taught piano, guitar, bass, ukulele, and trumpet at several music schools.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Lessons start at $35 for half an hour.
A one-hour lesson is $60.
What types of students have you worked with?
My students have ranged from age 5 to 75.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Make sure you click with the teacher on a personal level. Music is a very interpersonal activity, and it should always be fun. If you have a teacher who scolds you or ever tells you that you "can't" do something, get a new teacher.
A teacher has a moral obligation to help you grow, and lessons should always be a positive and productive environment. :)
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Well you should understand what you want out of lessons. This won't work unless it's serving YOU--the teacher is there to help you, so it's up to you to communicate what you expect out of lessons. Remember, you're the one paying for this service. Get your money's worth!
I've had many students who are interested in learning an instrument, but they don't particularly want to learn any songs. You must have a clear understanding of what you want to get out of this in order for a teacher to be able to help you.