For 20 years, Graham Yates has been committed to helping students pursue their musical interests and skills at the piano. North Austin Piano Studio provides a unique and highly personalized course of study in a friendly, encouraging and goal-oriented environment to nurture, educate and challenge individuals to achieve their highest level of success. Piano students include beginners as young as four, older children who are exploring extra-curricular pursuits, dedicated students completing pre-college examinations, and adults who are realizing a life-long dream.
Typically serving students north of Austin, in-person piano lessons take place near downtown Round Rock, TX, conveniently located near the Hester's Crossing exit of I-35.
Remote students attend online piano lessons through Zoom. North Austin Piano Studio proudly includes students of all ages from five states.
Graham Yates’ approach to piano teaching is informed by sound pedagogical training over two post-secondary degrees and a busy professional performing career. His affable personality seeks to draw out the uniqueness of each student’s abilities and interests. He firmly believes that all people are innately musical, that musical training promotes well-being, self-expression and self-improvement, and that piano lessons and practicing are an enjoyable journey of self-mastery and self-discovery. Where the piano is an individual’s chosen form of musical expression, Mr. Yates has the ability, knowledge and resources to help students reach their full potential.
Mr. Yates draws from a range of methods to find the right fit for each student. The typical child will begin in Suzuki piano volume 1. Mr. Yates was attracted to the Suzuki approach following his formal education because of its belief that every child can excel in music, and for its emphasis on students creating beautiful tone from the beginning. Students typically progress into the Royal Conservatory of Music's graduated system of repertoire, technique, ear training and sight reading. Many students choose to complete RCM piano examinations to mark their achievements.
Mr. Yates regularly performs as a pianist in Austin and around central Texas. He also instructs music theory, music history and music composition. He is a member of the College of Examiners at the Royal Conservatory of Music.