About the McLaughlin School of Music

Welcome to our website! My name is Matt McLaughlin and I would like to tell you about my teaching practice. McLaughlin School of Music.  We are a team of very experienced pianists and musicians who are committed to offering the best instruction available. We offer a wide range of piano and music lessons from complete beginners (both children and adults) through advanced conservatory-level musicians.

About Matt McLaughlin

Besides a busy teaching schedule, I am President of the Austin Piano Festival, and 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. I also maintain the blog PianoBlog.com.

I have two degrees in music, and moved to Austin years ago to pursue graduate studies in music theory and study with the 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.

Student Examples

You can see me in this great recent video about the Austin Piano Festival!

Announcements and Studio News

I wrote a new article on buying a piano - since I get asked so much!
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I'm VERY excited to announce the Austin Piano Festival's 2015 series of recitals, masterclasses, and competitions, featuring world-famous pianists from around the country. Click Here to Read More
You might be interested in this article on how to select an Austin school of music.
Congratulations to Trevor Villwock for his acceptance and scholarship offers to several major conservatories throughout the country, including Peabody, Oberlin, San Francisco, UT Austin. Trevor applied as a composition major with audition on piano as his applied instrument. He will be attending UC Boulder this year as an entering freshman. 

Rebecca continues to win competitions around the state. Most recently receiving first place and judges option special award in the Wilcox and Maurer competition, as well as second place in the extremely competitive Baylor/Waco piano competition.

Congratulations to festival participants this year: Ethan, Emma, Monica, Georgia, Izzy, Miguel, Andie, Carson, Jackson, Abby, and Perry.

Rebecca Chen won first prize in the prestigious Janet Russell Memorial Scholarship Competition.

Rebecca Chen won the Austin Symphony Orchestra concerto competition. She will be performing the first movement of Chopin's Piano Concerto in F minor with the Austin Symphony Orchestra in concerts this year.

Trevor Villwock won the Austin Symphony Orchestra Young Composers Competition. His winning piece will be performed by the Austin Symphony Orchestra in several concerts this year.

Rebecca Chen won the Pearl Amster Youth Concerto Competition. She will perform as a piano soloist with the Austin Civic Orchestra this year.

The 2014 APF was a great success! You might enjoy Johan Botes and I playing Poulenc: