Learn Piano Today

Looking for an experienced piano teacher? Lisa can help students of any age, whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been playing for a while.

meet Lisa Harkness

Thank you for visiting! I’ve been playing the piano since the age of three and hold a Bachelor of Music from Butler University, a Master of Arts from the University of Michigan and have taught college courses in group piano, music composition and music history at the University of Michigan and Middle Tennessee State University.

My private piano teaching lesson experience spans over 18 years in Nashville, Tenn., Indianapolis, Ind. and Ann Arbor, Mich. I’ve recently returned to the Williamson County area and currently have openings for students of all ages and experience.

I will always remember the day my mother told me I would begin learning piano even though I was very young. I remember galloping around the living room and excitedly telling my baby brother I was going to learn piano! My pre-college studies were guided by Mary Craig Powell, internationally renowned Suzuki piano teacher and teacher trainer from ages 3-18. While at Butler University I studied with Artist-in-Residence Panayis Lyras, Silver Medalist of the 1981 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. At the University of Michigan, I had the pleasure of working with Phillip Bush who in addition to performing internationally was a long-term member of the Phillip Glass Ensemble and Steve Reich and Musicians. Along the way, I participated in masterclasses with Gloria Cheng, Vladimir Feltsman, Seymour Fink, Miyoko Lotto, Michi Hirata North, Nehama Patkin, Jonathan Shames, Audrey Andrist and Catherine McMichael.

In addition to teaching and studying piano and piano performance extensively, I also have a wide range of expertise in music production, composition, songwriting, vocal performance, and recording. I have performed and produced styles including indie rock, folk, hip-hop, pop, jazz, cabaret, musical theater, EDM, short films and commercial musical scores – and am currently part of the group Raga Sutra as a producer-vocalist-keyboardist.

teaching philosophy

Each person is attracted to a unique collection of genres and styles. Within the eclectic musical reality that exists today, my wide range of musical experience allows me to collaboratively design an individual course of study for each and every student’s interests and abilities. This can range from a basic understanding and exposure to music to the preparation necessary to become a professional musician. Whether preparing a student for classical piano college auditions or teaching someone to play and sing their favorite song by ear, I am passionate about helping students achieve their personal best as well as learning to express themselves through music.

flexible teaching

I will work with you to fit your needs. Whether you want to produce music or learn a song, I can adapt to your style and goal. From learning songs on the radio to playing Beethoven, I can help you learn in a fun way adapted to meet your learning style.

pricing

Lessons are billed monthly with payment due by the first lesson of the month. I can accept personal checks, cash, credit cards and PayPal. A fee may apply to any returned payment.

cancellation policy

If you need to cancel a lesson, please let me know as soon as you can. Lessons must be canceled at least 24 hours in advance to be eligible for a makeup lesson. Lessons canceled less than 24 hours in advance will not be refunded or made up. If I need to cancel the lesson it will either be made up or credited to you at my discretion.

Ready to Start Learning Today?

Call, text (615-887-1719) or fill out the form below and I’ll get in touch to answer any questions or  schedule your first lesson!

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common questions

What are lessons like?
Lessons will be structured according to the needs of the student. The primary focus is on learning songs in the style of your choice. Lessons will also cover mechanical exercises, music reading, written and hands-on music theory and listening exercises.
What length lesson should I have?
Depends on your seriousness and age of child. Younger children have a hard time
concentrating for more than 30 minutes. Beginning students should take at least 30 minute lessons. Intermediate students should take at least 45 minutes. Advanced students should take at least 1 hour lessons. Songwriting students should take at least one hour to fully delve into the
creative process.
What age is appropriate to begin lessons?
Earliest recommended age is 3 as long as the child can sit still for 30 minutes during lessons. It is never too late to start.
Do I need a piano?
No. You do not need to have an actual piano. Students can also use a keyboard. As they progress, it is strongly recommended that students have a piano or a weighted full-length keyboard with 88 keys.
How long should I practice?
Practicing daily is ideal. For smaller children, practicing for 10-15 minute sessions once or twice a day.
How do I get started?
Fill out the contact form or send a text message to (615) 887-1719.

need more?

If you have additional questions or you’re not quite ready to sign up just yet, feel free to reach out with the contact form above. I will be happy to talk through my lesson plans and let you know about my piano program.