The Murvihill Piano Studio
Offering private instruction for pianoguitarbrass, and jazz students.
Murvihill Studio Location

The Murvihill Piano Studio is located just five minutes drive from Bethany Village at 13912 NW Springville Rd.


From Bethany: Take Bethany Rd. north to Springville Rd. (Bethany Rd. turns into Kaiser Rd. along the way). Turn right (east) on Springville Rd. Go 8/10 of a mile. Turn right at the Piano Studio sign.


From Skyline: Go South from Germantown Rd. or North from Thompson Rd. Turn West onto Springville Rd. Take Springville to the bottom of the hill and continue. Look to the left for the Piano Studio sign.



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About Murvihill Studio
With a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas, Ron Murvihill has a wealth of musical training and experience to share with his students. Ron has been teaching in the Bethany area since 2003 in addition to performing jazz and sacred music in Portland. He has played trombone in big bands and salsa bands, taught jazz at the college level, composed and produced award winning incidental music for theater, taught music students in the elementary schools and developed and assisted in the development of middle school band programs.
Ron Murvihill photo
Contact Murvihill Studio

Telephone : 503-240-7144

Email: ron@murvihill.net

CALL FOR FREE CONSULTATION

Murvihill Studio Testimonials
"I noticed that under Ron's instruction theyhave significantly improved in their ability to play music with an emotional touch. Their technical ability has also improved noticably. Ron makes sure that the kids have a strong foundation inboth reading music and basic reading skills." ~Yin
Murvihill Studio Testimonials
"With Ron's guidance, students have the opportunity to get excited about learning from their own musical explorations. It takes a special teacher to find a way to teach the basics and encourage musical creativity, and Ron's done that for our son." ~Heidi
Murvihill Studio Piano Lessons

Piano Lessons


Piano students will play songs and read music from the first lesson. Beginning students learn to read using fingerings as they develop rhythm, tempo and articulation skills. As they progress, they will learn to read notes using skips and steps and through note reading.


"I am very patient. I take into account that each child has different learning strategies and requires different teaching approaches. I encourage students to explore their interest in different styles of music while insisting that they learn to play with good rhythm, tempo, articulation and musicality.


I have found that many students appreciate the individual attention that they seldom receive at our public schools, and that the ability to play music from a book or in groups improves concentration. I believe strongly in developing a students reading skills so that they may continue to enjoy playing different pieces of music as they move through life. " ~ Ron Murvihill

Murvihill Studio Guitar Lessons

Guitar Lessons


The Murvihill Piano Studio is offering guitar lessons to beginning guitarists at least 7 years old. Students will learn chords, songs, strumming and picking techniques, different scales for different musical styles and good sound production.


As students advance they will learn how barre chords can expand their chordal vocabulary twelvefold. They will learn to play in tempo with recordings and with other musicians, and learn practice skills to accelerate their development.


Students can learn techniques for playing rock, metal, blues, jazz or classical while at the same time develop good fundamental musical skills.

Murvihill Studio Brass Lessons

Brass Lessons


The most important aspect of strong brass playing is a strong sound. Students will learn to play with a good sound foremost, but will also learn rhythm, articulation, musicality and will learn to read music and to play in groups.


Students will have the opportunity each week during lessons to hear professional level brass sound. It is extremely important that this sound is internalized and emulated .


Students will have free professional level piano accompanying available to them for lessons and for recitals.

Murvihill Studio Jazz Lessons

Jazz Lessons


Jazz study involves a multitude of skills in addition to basic musical skills. Students at the Murvihill Piano Studio will develop these skills, including:


~ A thorough understanding of harmonic theory
~ An ability to emulate musical styles
~ A good understanding of composition
~ The musical and visual customs of the traditional jazz group
~ Bebop vocabulary
~ Solo transcription


Students will also have opportunities to practice and perform with a professional jazz pianist and to participate in jam sessions with other students and jazz professionals.

Murvihill Studio Policies
Murvihill Studio Practice

Practice is the key to learning an instrument. One can think of practice as the engine that drives the train of improvement, while lessons are the rails that keep the train headed in the right direction.


The reality is that most young students want to learn and play their instrument but they don't want to practice. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that their children are practicing consistently.


Adult students are motivated to practice, but have many other priorities that preclude consistent practice periods. Adult students must make sure that they can prioritize practice time.

Murvihill Studio Recitals

Recitals occur two times a year, once at the end of January and once at the beginning of June. They take place at the studio and run about 45 minutes after which there is a reception with snacks and drinks.


Students are not required to perform or attend recitals but are strongly encouraged to. The most progress occurs for many students the month before a recital.


There are currently no fees for recitals.

Murvihill Studio Syllabus

The Oregon Music Teachers Association Piano Syllabus is “an outline of study designed to provide students with a thorough and comprehensive background in keyboard skills, musical understanding, and performance ability." It involves learning a specific set of technical and theoretical skills and performing before an adjudicator to receive a certificate of achievement.


There are 10 levels of testing. I believe the Syllabus is helpful in developing student’s musical skill and overall ability to learn, accomplish goals, present him or herself in public, and develop self-confidence.

Here are the basics of how it works:
There are two exam weekends per year, one in the spring and one in the fall.


Students need not start at level 1, but can test at their appropriate level.

The student will be required to perform three or four pieces of contrasting styles from memory, plus a series of technical skills.

The exam fee ranges from $22 to $55. There will be a $20 annual fee to the studio.

Murvihill Studio Payment

If you are looking for value read this page carefully so that you know what you are getting for your dollars. If you are looking for the least expensive teacher, click the prices link at the bottom of the page.


My prices are competitive but not the cheapest. This Studio offers the best value in the area. Before explaining the payment plans I would like to point out some extra benefits you will receive that most other teachers don't offer.


I will make lessons up as my schedule permits. Many teachers don't.

I do not charge a recital fee and I offer refreshment afterward at no charge. Some students come just for the cookies!

I have two grand pianos so that I can play with students and demonstrate for them easily.


Lesson Plan Pricing
Murvihill Studio Makeups

If a student misses a lesson, it may be made up as the studio schedule permits.


If the studio cancels a lesson, it may be made up at your discretion as the studio schedule permits, or you will be refunded the price of the lesson.

Murvihill Studio Pricing

I do not charge by the lesson, but by the month.


Students who choose the installment plan will pay (at a discount) for four months in September, four in December and four in March. There will be 48 scheduled lessons per year. Additionally, a family discount is reflected in the payments below.


Those on the monthly plan will pay in full each month regardless of the number of lessons scheduled. There will be 48 lessons scheduled per year. There is no family disount for the monthly plan.


Here are the fees
Murvihill Studio Fees

Installment plan (3 payments per year)

1 student 30 min. $400
2 students 30 min. $700
3 students 30 min. $1,000
1 student 45 min. $600
1 student 45 min. and 1 student 30 min. $900
2 students 45 min. $1,100

Students visiting family abroad for extended periods of time must notify me by March 1 to reduce their payments. Payments are due at the first lesson in September, December and March. There are no refunds.


Monthly plan

1 student 30 min. $120
2 students 30 min. $240
3 students 30 min. $360
1 student 45 min. $160
1 student 45 min. 1 student 30 min. $280
2 students 45 min. $320

Payments are due at the first lesson of each month. There are no refunds.


Murvihill Studio Student Performances
Murvihill Studio Map
The Murvihill Music Studio
The Murvihill Music Studio

The Murvihill Piano Studio is located just five minutes drive from Bethany Village at 13912 NW Springville Rd.


From Bethany: Take Bethany Rd. north to Springville Rd. (Bethany Rd. turns into Kaiser Rd. along the way). Turn right (east) on Springville Rd. Go 8/10 of a mile. Turn right at the Piano Studio sign.


From Skyline: Go South from Germantown Rd. or North from Thompson Rd. Turn West onto Springville Rd. Take Springville to the bottom of the hill and continue. Look to the left for the Piano Studio sign.



Map
The Murvihill Music Studio
With a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas, Ron Murvihill has a wealth of musical training and experience to share with his students. Ron has been teaching in the Bethany area since 2003 in addition to performing jazz and sacred music in Portland. He has played trombone in big bands and salsa bands, taught jazz at the college level, composed and produced award winning incidental music for theater, taught music students in the elementary schools and developed and assisted in the development of middle school band programs.
Ron Murvihill photo
The Murvihill Music Studio

Telephone : 503-240-7144

Email: ron@murvihill.net

CALL FOR FREE CONSULTATION

The Murvihill Music Studio
The Murvihill Music Studio
The Murvihill Music Studio

Piano Lessons


Piano students will play songs and read music from the first lesson. Beginning students learn to read using fingerings as they develop rhythm, tempo and articulation skills. As they progress, they will learn to read notes using skips and steps and through note reading.


"I am very patient. I take into account that each child has different learning strategies and requires different teaching approaches. I encourage students to explore their interest in different styles of music while insisting that they learn to play with good rhythm, tempo, articulation and musicality.


I have found that many students appreciate the individual attention that they seldom receive at our public schools, and that the ability to play music from a book or in groups improves concentration. I believe strongly in developing a students reading skills so that they may continue to enjoy playing different pieces of music as they move through life. " ~ Ron Murvihill

The Murvihill Music Studio

Guitar Lessons


The Murvihill Piano Studio is offering guitar lessons to beginning guitarists at least 7 years old. Students will learn chords, songs, strumming and picking techniques, different scales for different musical styles and good sound production.


As students advance they will learn how barre chords can expand their chordal vocabulary twelvefold. They will learn to play in tempo with recordings and with other musicians, and learn practice skills to accelerate their development.


Students can learn techniques for playing rock, metal, blues, jazz or classical while at the same time develop good fundamental musical skills.

The Murvihill Music Studio

Brass Lessons


The most important aspect of strong brass playing is a strong sound. Students will learn to play with a good sound foremost, but will also learn rhythm, articulation, musicality and will learn to read music and to play in groups.


Students will have the opportunity each week during lessons to hear professional level brass sound. It is extremely important that this sound is internalized and emulated .


Students will have free professional level piano accompanying available to them for lessons and for recitals.

The Murvihill Music Studio

Jazz Lessons


Jazz study involves a multitude of skills in addition to basic musical skills. Students at the Murvihill Piano Studio will develop these skills, including:


~ A thorough understanding of harmonic theory
~ An ability to emulate musical styles
~ A good understanding of composition
~ The musical and visual customs of the traditional jazz group
~ Bebop vocabulary
~ Solo transcription


Students will also have opportunities to practice and perform with a professional jazz pianist and to participate in jam sessions with other students and jazz professionals.

The Murvihill Music Studio
The Murvihill Music Studio

Practice is the key to learning an instrument. One can think of practice as the engine that drives the train of improvement, while lessons are the rails that keep the train headed in the right direction.


The reality is that most young students want to learn and play their instrument but they don't want to practice. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that their children are practicing consistently.


Adult students are motivated to practice, but have many other priorities that preclude consistent practice periods. Adult students must make sure that they can prioritize practice time.

The Murvihill Music Studio

Recitals occur two times a year, once at the end of January and once at the beginning of June. They take place at the studio and run about 45 minutes after which there is a reception with snacks and drinks.


Students are not required to perform or attend recitals but are strongly encouraged to. The most progress occurs for many students the month before a recital.


There are currently no fees for recitals.

The Murvihill Music Studio

The Oregon Music Teachers Association Piano Syllabus is “an outline of study designed to provide students with a thorough and comprehensive background in keyboard skills, musical understanding, and performance ability." It involves learning a specific set of technical and theoretical skills and performing before an adjudicator to receive a certificate of achievement.


There are 10 levels of testing. I believe the Syllabus is helpful in developing student’s musical skill and overall ability to learn, accomplish goals, present him or herself in public, and develop self-confidence.
Here are the basics of how it works:
There are two exam weekends per year, one in the spring and one in the fall.


Students need not start at level 1, but can test at their appropriate level.

The student will be required to perform three or four pieces of contrasting styles from memory, plus a series of technical skills.

The exam fee ranges from $22 to $55. There will be a $20 annual fee to the studio.

The Murvihill Music Studio

If you are looking for value read this page carefully so that you know what you are getting for your dollars. If you are looking for the least expensive teacher, click the prices link at the bottom of the page.


My prices are competitive but not the cheapest. This Studio offers the best value in the area. Before explaining the payment plans I would like to point out some extra benefits you will receive that most other teachers don't offer.


I will make lessons up as my schedule permits. Many teachers don't.

I do not charge a recital fee and I offer refreshment afterward at no charge. Some students come just for the cookies!

I have two grand pianos so that I can play with students and demonstrate for them easily.


Lesson Plan Pricing
The Murvihill Music Studio

If a student misses a lesson, it may be made up as the studio schedule permits.


If the studio cancels a lesson, it may be made up at your discretion as the studio schedule permits, or you will be refunded the price of the lesson.

The Murvihill Music Studio

I do not charge by the lesson, but by the month.


Students who choose the installment plan will pay (at a discount) for four months in September, four in December and four in March. There will be 48 scheduled lessons per year. Additionally, a family discount is reflected in the payments below.


Those on the monthly plan will pay in full each month regardless of the number of lessons scheduled. There will be 48 lessons scheduled per year. There is no family disount for the monthly plan.


Here are the fees
The Murvihill Music Studio

Installment plan (3 payments per year)

1 student 30 min. $400
2 students 30 min. $700
3 students 30 min. $1,000
1 student 45 min. $600
1 student 45 min. and 1 student 30 min. $900
2 students 45 min. $1,100

Students visiting family abroad for extended periods of time must notify me by March 1 to reduce their payments. Payments are due at the first lesson in September, December and March. There are no refunds.


Monthly plan

1 student 30 min. $120
2 students 30 min. $240
3 students 30 min. $360
1 student 45 min. $160
1 student 45 min. 1 student 30 min. $280
2 students 45 min. $320

Payments are due at the first lesson of each month. There are no refunds.


The Murvihill Music Studio
The Murvihill Music Studio
The Murvihill Music Studio
13912 NW Springville Rd