Welcome to my website! This page hosts information about my piano teaching as well as other projects. 

My Piano Studio and Piano Teaching

My name is Matt McLaughlin and I have been teaching piano at all ages and levels for over two decades. Teaching classical piano has always been a passion of mine and many of my students have gone on to pursue their own careers and paths in music. Besides normal lessons, I have successfully coached students for auditions at both undergraduate and graduate programs, and my students have gone on to study at universities and music conservatories in both the US and Europe.

My students have also performed and competed widely, and have been soloists with (and had compositions performed by)  groups such as the Austin Symphony Orchestra and Austin Civic Orchestra, and have placed first and highly in many competitions.

If you are interested in learning more about my studio visit my piano lessons page here.


About Me

Besides private piano teaching, I am the founder of of Greater Austin Music Academy in Austin and co-owner of Premier Music Academy in Round Rock. I was a founding member of Austin Piano Festival and served as its President for four years. I also edit PianoBlog.com.

I have two degrees in music, and moved to Austin years ago to pursue graduate studies in music theory and study in the studio of renowned pianist Anton Nel. My debut a concerto soloist was at the age of 15. I have performed for over 30 years and have taught for well over two decades. I am also an Alumnus of The Aspen Music Festival where I studied under Jean-David Coen. Other primary teachers include Ruth Jones, Gene Yenni, Lee Mitchell (formerly Peabody) and Eric Ruple (JMU). I have had supplemental studies with many other pianists was strongly influenced by my work with Charles Fisher.

Other interests include travel, business, and philosophy.

Student Examples

Below are some student examples from past recitals.

Piano Teacher Austin, TX

With my student Sarah who is currently a graduate student in piano performance at The Royal Danish Academy of Music. Sarah was an excellent student of mine for several years, and while studying with me prepared and was admitted to this graduate academy.

With my student Trevor. Trevor has since gone on to receive his bachelors degree in composition from The University of Colorado, Boulder. While my student he successfully applied to many music programs throughout the country and had compositions premiered by groups such as the Austin Symphony Orchestra.

Rebecca Piano Student

My student Rebecca and I after her performance with the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Rebecca performed with several groups and won numerous competitions as my student.