At Orpheus Academy of Music you will experience a musical learning environment that is nurturing and professional with the highest artistic standards. Our teachers are dedicated to learning about your personal musical goals and helping you achieve them. As you are researching which music school is best for you, please consider the wide variety of programs at Orpheus, including guitar classes, piano classes, violin classes, singing and voice lessons, and summer music camps for children of all ages. Also consider if our unique approach will work for you. We understand that we are not the right school for everyone in Austin and therefore we take the time to interview each potential student to ensure that their music lesson experience is both joyful and helps them reach their highest potential.
Featured Instructors: Guitar and Piano Lessons
Bernie Brink is an accomplished jazz pianist, educator, and composer/arranger. For the past decade, he has been performing jazz and classical piano music in a variety of ensembles and venues across the U.S. and Europe. As an educator, Bernie has instructed piano students of all ages and abilities and has developed curricula for a variety of workshops and master classes focusing on rhythm, jazz styles, improvisation, and experimental music. In his home state of Colorado, he has premiered several original works for small jazz groups, chamber ensembles, choral and orchestral groups, and the exclusive Bowed Piano Ensemble. Previously, he taught piano at the Prairie Music Academy near Madison, WI where he established a successful jazz program for middle-school students and collaborated with other faculty on an honors piano program. Bernie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance from Colorado College and a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado. Bernie is excited to be joining the Orpheus Academy of Music Piano Faculty this Fall!
Dr. Hudson Lanier is an avid guitar teacher, arranger, and performer of solo and chamber music. As a faculty member at Arizona State University, he taught Rock Guitar I and II as well as Funk Ensemble from 2011-2013. Highlights of Dr. Lanier’s solo classical guitar career include performances on the guest artist recital series at Syracuse University and also Cornell University. He gave his debut as a concerto soloist in 2012 with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, performing the Concerto de Aranjuez under the baton of Maestro Jere Lantz. Dr. Lanier is a member of the Lanier-McIntyre duo, a classical guitar and bassoon duo with Laura McIntyre. The duo specializes in new music as well as outreach. Lanier-McIntyre Duo highlights include performing at the 2013 International Double Reed Society Conference and also receiving a recognition for “outstanding and dedicated service and support to the youth of the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections” in 2012. Dr. Lanier studied at the Oberlin Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, and Arizona State University.
The most qualified music faculty in Austin
Great music education begins with great music teachers. Because Orpheus has developed an international reputation for excellence and innovation, teachers apply to teach for us from around the country every week. We study videos of their teaching, review their references and conduct multiple interviews to ensure that your child will be able to enjoy making music right from the start. We have 18 music teachers for you to choose from, including four guitar teachers, eight piano teachers, two violin teachers, three singing teachers and a drums/percussion teacher (most of whom moved to Austin explicitly to teach for us) with at least a Masters degree in music and hundreds of hours of educational training beyond their degree. Why have our teachers gone to such lengths to study the art of teaching? Because they are passionate about teaching excellence. Our teachers have warm personalities, are extremely friendly and dedicated to teaching you in a way that will foster a love of music and lifelong musical skills. Read More>
Children and adults alike enjoy private lessons on piano, guitar, violin, and voice with some of the most qualified teachers in Austin. In group classes children experience an interactive place to make music with friends while learning music history, theory and performance skills. Our unique approach to teaching guitar to young people has been a model that is now used around the country.
Music lessons on any instrument consists of a combination of singing, movement and visuals that help a student become more musical very quickly while maintaining a sense of fun and excitement. The guitar students at our music school become highly skilled musicians by playing the music they love, learning the best technique, how to play music by ear and how to read music and improvise. Our piano students benefit from a musical approach often referred to as “Sound to Symbol” in which they sing, move, and visualize every musical note before they play it.
We realize you have a choice between several different music schools for guitar, piano, violin or voice. All studios are not the same. We constantly renovate and improve our facilities and provide ongoing training to our staff to ensure we are always providing our students and parents with the best lesson experience possible.
A great first experience in music lessons will give a student of any age or level the confidence to pursue music for a lifetime.
There are several different music schools in Austin to choose from. We invite you to compare all of the features and options to see why our school has been the right choice for so many music students. Click here to view a studio comparison checklist. But the primary thing that makes lessons at Orpheus special is the quality of the teachers. For each of our Guitar, Piano or Violin teachers we watched videos from dozens of teachers from around the country before even beginning the interview process. Read More>
Orpheus Academy of Music Mission Statement
It is the mission of Orpheus Academy of Music to provide the finest music education available. It is our belief that a great learning environment is only possible when certain conditions are met:
- Each student is treated with respect for their unique, individual talents and learning styles.
- That the whole musician is nurtured and developed through a wide variety of engaging and inspiring experiences.
- That the student is drawn to music in a joyful and enthusiastic manner.
If you are ready to sign up for guitar, piano, violin or voice lessons at Orpheus Academy of Music please give us a call at 512-231-8999 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for making music with us!
Klondike Steadman and Wendy Kuo, Directors