Ryan Lee Reid

Ryan Lee Reid

5.0 (7)
6 hires on Lessons.com
4 employees
6 years in business

About this pro

Hi, I'm Ryan Lee Reid. I'm a pianist, composer, music teacher, arranger, singer, producer, beat maker, and performer in all things music across all styles ✨.  

I take careful COVID precautions am fully vaccinated 💉💪 😷.

After decades of learning, playing, creating, performing, and teaching piano, I approach music in a different way I’ve found most effective and enjoyable to my students. I developed a modified Bach teaching method because he was the OG improv musical mastermind 🎹. 

I make learning music simple, easy, and fun...even when teaching online ✨🎶.  I offer lessons in piano, electronic music, song writing, music production, music theory, vocal coaching, beat making sessions, and performances (both live and virtual) 🎶. 

I created a visual online teaching method for music lessons that has helped my students learn successfully during this crazy covid pandemic 😷! I teach across genres- classical, jazz, funk, R&B, electronic, country, and anything with a groove that makes you want to move ⚡.

During our sessions, I break down music into 3 parts like an orchestra or band: bass, harmony and melody. You get to choose the songs you want to play because why spend time learning songs that don’t bring you joy?!

By learning music this way, instruments like the piano are unleashed to create anything you want, even without sheet music 🎼👍👊. My method makes it incredibly easy for you to understand, play, and compose your own music  🎼. This methodology transcends genre and ability regardless of if you want to become a classical concert pianist, a jazz improvisational sensation, a pop piano star, a talented trap beat maker or simply just want to play a song you like on the piano. 

My method has helped my students and me progress in our musical journeys with focus, fun, boundless creativity, and endless possibilities.

I teach beat makers, DJs, music producers, and sound engineers piano and music theory specific to helping improve work flow and creating music whether it’s for beats to sell, perform, or songs for yourself or others.

I’ve created a different approach for these sessions because you don’t need to become a concert pianist or play like Mozart to sound like one. It’s streamlined and builds on your existing knowledge to optimize your process to help you get where you want to go faster with flexible building blocks that transcend musical medium and genre. 

Regardless of your ability, what style music you want to play, sing, create, or why you want to learn, I believe it is important that you get to choose what songs you play and what music you want to create. If you’re making the effort to learn music, then I will always make the effort to teach you what you want to learn in a meaningful way tailored to you.

As for live performances, I’ve performed locally and internationally, and with safe social distancing. I've been performing at various virtual, zoom, and outdoor events with diligent COVID protocols in place.

I have a portable keyboard set up that sounds great for locations without piano 🙌. So if you don’t have a piano or a tuned piano, no worries because I can bring my own...BYOP 🎹🧳✅! I even have a keytar to play some grooves on the move when needed 🏃🏻‍♂️🎶✨💨

I live and love music. I hope to help you experience music in different forms- not just listening to music, but seeing, creating, and transforming it in new ways ✨🎶✨.

Watching students of all ages accomplish their musical goals, cultivate a passion by playing music the student is interested in playing, and utilizing new technologies to make practice more fun, less monotonous, and more efficient.

I teach all genres classical, pop, jazz, gospel, electronic, ect. That's one of the benefits of being a musician and not just a pianist, because you understand how music is put together at such a deep level. Since this is the crux of my teaching methodology it allows the student to play any style of music, since tastes can easily change over time as students progress. 

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Houston, TX 77080
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7 Reviews

5.0

  • Justin Phan

    Ryan provided a customized plan based on my goals, and ability. Lessons are easy to follow, and I am happy with the progress I've seen thus far.

  • Robert Reich

    He is very personable,professional and patient. He is also a very good piano player.

  • John Babaganoosh

    Had my first lesson and am so very pleased. He’s easy going, knowledgeable and is showing me a different way of looking at music. Would definitely recommend him to anyone who wants to learn piano. Mr. Reid listened to my goals and developed a plan that is perfect. Have already learned a lot.

  • John Babaganoosh

    Had my first lesson and am so very pleased. He’s easy going, knowledgeable and is showing me a different way of looking at music. Would definitely recommend him to anyone who wants to learn piano. Mr. Reid listened to my goals and developed a plan that is perfect. Have already learned a lot.


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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First, I want to know about you. What are your goals you wish to accomplish? Whether that pertains to:

-Piano/Composition/Music Theory/Improvisation/Arranging and Orchestration

-Audio production assistance to make a demo tape for distribution to agents, social media, or a press kit. 

Teaching methodology: I teach a modified version of Bach's method which starts from the ground up beginning with 1 voice (note) then adding 2 voices (Bass + Melody) then 3 voices and so forth until fluid lush harmonies and melodies are formed which then allows the student to explore improvisation since they have such a deep understanding of how music is formed from the most basic level up to the more complex


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a Bachelors degree from SHSU and have had the luxury of traveling and performing at both domestic and international venues.

My classical studies were taught by Yale/Royal College music alum Dr. Clive Swansbourne, who still tours nationally and internationally.

My jazz studies were taught by Paul English, who is one of Houston's preeminent jazz pianists, a sponsored Steinway Artist, and former adjunct professor at Rice University.

These connections with both local and national artists have afforded me the opportunity to spend time in recording studios through out Houston and abroad to understand the process of audio production enabling me to arrange/edit/mix/master my own works.


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Teaching Rate:

60 mins= $149

Discounts available for prepaid lesson packages.

All sessions are online for social distancing. Accepting some in person sessions with fully vaccinated students.


How did you get started teaching?

I started classical training at 7 yrs old, did competitions until I got really burned out. Then after taking a few years off I began my jazz studies in my early 20's and then audio engineering when I started recording which naturally led me into electronic music.


What types of students have you worked with?

Kids, adults, seniors, teens, and anyone inbetween at all different skill levels: from introucing 1st timers to the piano to preparing advanced students for some of the most prostigious undergrad music programs 


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Ask questions until you are satisfied, making sure the performer, teacher, composer, arranger, or producer is right for you.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

When looking for a Piano/MusicTheory/Composition Teacher: What do I want to get out of these lessons? Am I willing to commit my time and energy to self-improvement. 

And it's not quantity of practice it's quality and consitency, which is one of my main focuses.