I teach all ages, go to my students, and also teach at my own location if that is preferred. I have degrees in music and many years experience coaxing the best musicianship from each student. I teach piano, guitar, voice, mandolin, theory, composition, songwriting, and performance. I am a performing songwriter myself.
I love everything about it. Seeing students learn to make music they can enjoy, working with them to solve problems or learn new techniques, and watching the joy it brings them brings me joy too.
Dear Sir or Madam: Ms. Jan Seides-Murphy has been our family’s piano teacher since January 2002. In that time, I have watched my daughter (now sixteen) grow into an accomplished, confident pianist whose skills I envy. She recently played Bach’s Invention 13 at a high school UIL competition and received the highest grade. The instructor there pointed out to my daughter how impressed she was on how well she had been educated on even the finest points of playing this piece to its full potential. I believe it is very telling that a number of students at Jan’s last recital have been with her until their high school graduation, having taken lessons from Jan for years. I started my piano education in my 40s, and although I do not share my daughter’s skills, I am very proud of what I have been able to accomplish in the past few years, as it has been a lifelong dream of mine to play the piano. Jan is flexible in many ways, successfully adapting to students of many ages and skill levels. She is even able to navigate successfully through the various motivation lapses and mood swings that affect students from time to time. Fundamental to Jan’s success is that she is a professional musician in her own right, and is talented in so many areas (songwriting/voice/guitar/mandolin/piano). There is no problem that a student could have that she is not equipped to handle. Sincerely, Jeffrey C. Doughty
Asking them to show me what they already know (if anything) allows me to figure out what method would be best. We talk about how to sit, how to use one's hands We talk about where things are on the instrument, and get comfortable with it. Later on, we start talking about reading music. We also talking about sticking with it through the hard parts, but that we will have a lot of fun on the way.
I have degrees in Music from The University of Texas, lifelong experience with making music, and practically lifelong experience teaching.