Welcome to my website. I teach piano lessons and run the Greater Austin Music Academy in Austin, Texas.

About Piano Lessons

Because I spent most of my time running Greater Austin Music Academy, my teaching time is very limited. However, I still maintain a small studio serious piano students. If you are interested in meeting and auditioning for my studio please e-mail me a matt@mattmclaughlin.net

Most people find my teaching style to be warm and encouraging but also very goal oriented. My main strengths are with students interested in refining their musical and technical understanding, and I have helped several students through advanced material such as concerto and recital preparation and auditions at both the undergraduate and graduate school levels. I have taught literally all levels and ages for about two decades, from complete beginners through very advanced conservatory-level musicians.

13335542_10208798793942231_3345794616032298681_nThis site is also a hub for my various interests including classical music, piano lessons, teaching, business, travel, and more.

About my teaching and students

I have taught piano lessons now for about two decades, and many of my students have gone on to pursue their own paths in music. Members of my studio 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. While I teach in Austin, I am proud to have had students from surrounding cities such as New Braunfels and College Station.

Student Examples

Below are some student examples from past recitals.

I am currently updating this page with information from several sources I’m involved with. Some of the upcoming materials I will post are listed below:

PianoBlog.com – A repository of all kinds of my writing and videos on piano playing and teaching. This includes advice and tutorials on technique and practice.

Besides teaching I am an avid traveller, extremely active in the Austin arts community. I am a founding member and artistic director of Austin Piano Festival am very active in the Austin Music Teachers Association as a Vice President and Student Events Chair and past chair of several contests and festivals, and maintain the popular blog 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. Making my orchestral debut at the age of 15, I have performed for over 20 years and have taught for well over a decade.

When I am not teaching or performing I am active in a wide range of interests such as philosophy, literature, fitness, and the arts.

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.