Hi, I'm Chris,
I help adult beginners express themselves through piano.
Piano Lessons for Adults
Brought the "Play" Back Into Learning to Play!
This was the first time that piano lessons actually made sense to me! Chris walked me through the fundamentals in way that left the feeling like I actually had a relationship with the piano, that I could express myself through it with ease and brought the "play" back into learning to play. I've always felt self-conscious and shy about musical self-expression but Chris creates a gentle, warm, encouraging and deeply accepting environment that allowed my spirit to flourish. He's an exceptional teacher and it's an honor & pleasure to get to learn from him.
Fun Piano Lessons for Older Beginners
No Background in Music? Doesn't Matter...
You'll learn ALL of your music in your lesson each week, so when you go home, you'll enjoy playing what you've already learned, rather than trying to fit "home practice" into your schedule, you'll find yourself having to stop yourself from playing for fun at home!
Down-to-Earth Classes that
Using methods that focus on real-life piano skills, you'll be able to not just read music, but play with others, create your own music and lose track of time enjoying music in a much more hands-on-way.
Build a Foundation for Playing with Others
If you've always dreamed of jamming out with friends, but never had the skills, this class is for you! You'll build the confidence and ease to not only play from sheet music, but improvise on your own, so that you can play with others, branch out to singing or other instruments, or play and sing. If you're already a singer/songwriter but wish you communicate through the language of music more, this is your class!
Piano Lessons Designed with Adult Beginners in Mind...
If You've Never Had Lessons Before...
You'll be able to start from scratch, learning a couple simple songs within just a couple lessons! As a self-taught piano player that later took lessons and classes in college, I saw the disparity between how I naturally learned piano, and how it was taught. So in piano lessons, you'll skip the long lecture on jargon and get right o playing. As you build up your skills, concepts will make so much more sense because you've already played songs where you can see the concepts in action.
If You're Not Sure You'll Actually Practice Enough to Make Progress...
Piano lessons with Chris are designed to get you A TON of practice within the lesson. So you don't practice at home, you PLAY!
If You Are Self-Taught or You've Taken a Few Lessons Before...
You'll find a refreshing hybrid of independence and guidance within lessons. Having been self-taught and later taken piano lessons and college classes, Chris saw the benefits and drawbacks of self-taught piano...and lessons/classes. Assembling the best of both worlds, piano lessons with Chris create the right balance of independence and guidance so that you progress faster and more enjoyably in your piano playing than you would on your own or with typical piano lessons.
Group Classes Give You an Instant Group of Music Friends
Like group exercise classes, where you get to join others, Synergistic Piano classes gives you the best of 1-on-1 and group: You'll get individualized attention within every class, but also have opportunities to play with others.
You'll Get Enough Practice in Classes Alone, to Be Able to Play Piano
The way most people experience their first music lessons goes a little something like this: they are taught how to do something, then they have to go home and practice it, then come back and show the teacher that they "can do it". With Synergistic Piano Lessons, you learn and practice and play in class. So when you go home, you enjoy what you've already learned!
I'm already seeing significant improvements in voice AND piano!
Chris is an awesome teacher! He is super kind and super funny. I have no previous experience, and with only two months of lessons I already see significant improvement in my voice/piano skills! Definitely recommend doing both piano and vocal lessons simultaneously. Come to Chris, I promise you won’t regret it!
Text or Chris @ 512-814-8932
"Positive & Wonderfully Encouraging"
I've had 3 instructors and the others don't even come close to Chris,
Chris is very positive, wonderfully encouraging, truly-genuinely loves music, and sharing his skills with others so they can enjoy music! I've had 3 instructors and the others don't even come close to Chris, his techniques, his depth of knowledge, and kindness. He is technically proficient which expands his abilities to provide lessons even from a distance. He's the best!!
Piano Classes Are For You If...
Synergistic Piano Lessons Are Designed to Get Fast, Fun Progress, Accompany Yourself Singing, or Get Ready to Play with Others.
You Are an Older Beginner...
Piano lessons at SynergisticSinging are designed with older beginners in mind.
You're Just Starting Piano...
Piano Lessons are designed for beginners with less than a year of piano experience.
You want to play with others...
Piano lessons at SynergisticSinging are designed with collaboration in mind, so if you've always wanted to experience the connection, playfulness and joy of playing with others, there is no better starting point.
Instead of car, I wanted a piano...my piano story.
My first keyboard was hand-me-down keyboard from the 80's that my brother had given me after he lost interest in piano. As a misfit 13 year old who had just moved to Texas from another country, I found myself with long stretches of time, sitting on the couch, playing random notes on the keyboard. When I joined choir, I found ways to connect what I learned in choir to the piano...and little by little, I wore out that tiny keyboard as I slowly taught myself how to play simple melodies.
Piano became a place, an escape, to express feelings I didn't really have words to express. Little by little, I started playing chords and went from passively listening to a song I loved, to being totally immersed in the sensory experience of playing the song...where you hear and notice things you never noticed before about your favorite songs.
I loved piano because it gave me a deep sense of connection to my feelings and a way to relate to others that wasn't so steeped in competitiveness, putting up fronts. If I took out piano from the story of my life, I would also have to take out my deepest friendships...and my way forward to becoming my authentic self.
With such a deep passion for music that showed up in my love for singing and piano, you'd think I would have LOVED piano lessons...oh no, not at all...
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Attentive, inspiring and supportive!
Chris is not your average music teacher. He has a real gift for teaching and an obvious calling to help people. It’s not his “day job.” During every lesson he is attentive, inspiring and supportive. And it seems like he knows what motivational issue I am having before I do. I’ve seen a lot of music teachers (mine and my kids’) and he is truly amazing.
When are group piano classes offered?
Saturdays and Sundays, with a 1-on-1 consult to start. The next class starts in October 2023, but sign up for a 1-on-1 before then to save your spot!
We'll start by having a first piano lesson @ 50% (that you can schedule below) during this lesson, we'll get to know your story with music and with piano, what you'd love to learn and will set up a customized plan for lessons going forward. Through the group format, you'll see how you'll get the best of individual attention and group collaboration.
Each semester is 3 months long, with the first semester starting in October and ending in December. We are off on holidays.
How much are the group classes?
You'll have a total of 10 classes at $157 a month. You must sign up for the entire 3 month period.
Where are classes held?
Classes are held at the SynergisticSinging studio, located inside of Austin Strings in Northwest Austin by 183/Anderson Mill.