I genuinely love what I do and I am highly skilled. I emphasize the skills that are hardest to learn without a teacher—my goal is for music to be an integral part of the rest of your life, whether or not you're taking lessons.
What I love most is hearing the slow, steady progress my students make week after week and being an integral part of it. There’s nothing like it!
I am a retired professor and wanted to take up piano again after 50 years of not having a lesson and playing very little. Ryan has been amazing. He is very professional and knows his stuff. He challenges me in good ways and after just 3 months I have already learned (and unlearned) so much! I highly recommend Ryan for people like me.
Ryan is a great teacher. I’ve been taking lessons over a year and have learned so much. As an adult learner, I would highly recommend Ryan.
Ryan does a great job. Very professional and our three children are thriving under Ryan's instruction. They get many opportunities to play at recitals too. Great experience so far!
We hit the ground running at the first lesson! Often we'll chat on the phone for a while beforehand. I talk while driving quite a bit, and I’m a seasoned veteran of the game of phone tag :-)
Well, here's my bio: Ryan Patrick Murphy is the Music Director at St. Barnabas the Apostle Catholic Church in O’Fallon, Missouri, where he serves as organist, choirmaster, and cantor and provides music for liturgies in the Ordinary and Extraordinary forms of the Roman Rite every week. He recently completed a 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. Murphy has also served as the Organist, Choirmaster, and Cantor of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Highland, also in Pittsburgh. He was an organist and cantor at the St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh and has performed as an organist in six states and the District of Columbia. In 2011 he 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. Mr. Murphy is the founder of the Schola Cantorum of the Pittsburgh Oratory, a liturgical choir which sings Gregorian chant on a weekly basis and has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He has studied chant with Scott Turkington, William Mahrt, Fr. Stephen Concordia, and Dom Daniel Saulnier in Solesmes, France. Ryan served as the Gregorian chant faculty member at the annual Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest Choir Camp from 2015 through 2017. Mr. Murphy has a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from Cleveland State University, where he studied with Horst Buchholz. He has a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Duquesne University, where he studied with Natasha Snitkovsky. He teaches piano, organ, and voice privately to about forty students throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. A Colleague of the American Guild of Organists, he enjoys reading, golfing, dancing, and weightlifting in his free time. Ryan serves as the president of Juventutem St. Louis. He lives in St. Charles, Missouri with his wife Kelsey and can be found on SoundCloud as RyanPatrickMurphy.
I require pre-payment for all lessons except the first. Lesson fees are paid for in advance at the conclusion of the last lesson of the month (for example, April’s lessons are paid for at the end of the last lesson in March). I accept payment via check, electronically, or in cash.
I was sought out as a teacher while I was still an undergraduate student. I started with just one student, and the rest is history!
All kinds! Teaching each and every lesson to each and every student is an adventure to me, so I do love my work. I'm capable of teaching advanced students, but most of my students are beginners. It's thrilling to see progress.
My studio recital on August 26. My beginning students played duets for the first time, AP played a whole Mozart Sonata, and KM played a very difficult transcription of video game music he'd been working on for over 5 months!
For piano lessons, look for someone who puts the highest importance on counting out loud while playing and on reading the music. Those are two extremely important skills that are very hard to develop without a good teacher.
Whether or not they're able to commit to quality daily practice, even if it's limited. The more of a beginner you are the more incremental your progress is, so frequency of practice is important.