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Brownsville Piano Studio
our studio

our MISSION

Welcome to the Brownsville Piano Studio! As the first specialized school for piano in the lower valley, our mission is a simple yet powerful: to inspire a love for music in students of all ages. We believe in teaching more than just the notes on a page; we're about nurturing kind, understanding, and passionate musicians.

 

Our commitment to excellence in piano education means every student receives personal attention, tailored lesson plans, and a selection of music that challenges and excites them. At each lesson we focus on technique, sight-reading, and bringing music to life through expressive interpretation.

 

But we don't stop there. We pride ourselves on our team of instructors who are not only highly qualified in their musical disciplines but are also passionate educators. They are dedicated to fostering a nurturing environment that supports each student's emotional and musical growth. Our instructors are skilled in cultivating both the technical proficiency and the emotional resonance that music requires, ensuring a well-rounded and deeply enriching learning experience.

 

By participating in competitions, festivals, and masterclasses, our students are inspired to set ambitious goals and realize their utmost potential. They consistently earn accolades and recognition, both in our community and nationally, showcasing their preparation and confidence.

 

Beyond the studio, we are dedicated to enriching our community with music. Our students perform in local nursing homes, museums, airports, malls, and churches, sharing their talents and learning the joy of giving back. Our semesters conclude with our Winter and Spring Recitals as a celebration of progress, hard work, and the beautiful journey of learning music.

 

At the heart of the Brownsville Piano Studio is a deeply held belief in the transformative power of music—not just as an artistic endeavor but as a vehicle for personal growth, discipline, responsibility, creativity, and sensitivity. We are committed to equipping our students with the tools they need to succeed both in the music world and in everyday life, fostering a better, more united world through the universal language of music.

 

We invite you to join the Brownsville Piano Studio in our mission to delivering an unparalleled level of music instruction, where students of all ages are empowered to explore and deepen their musical creativity.

MISSION - ABOUT

WHAT WE TEACH

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PIANO

Private or Group

Instruction Available

Ages 4 & Up

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VIOLIN
& cello

Private

Instruction Available

Ages 5 & Up

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GUITAR

Private

Instruction Available

Ages 4 & Up

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CLASSICAL BABY

Group Classes Available

Ages 0 - 1 years

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VOICE

Private

Instruction Available

Ages 5 & Up

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CLASSICAL TOT

Group Classes Available

Ages 2 - 3 years

WHAT WE TEACH - ABOUT
About Founder - Miss Linda

our founder

Linda Chávez is a Mexican-American pianist from Brownsville, TX. A Magna Cum Laude graduate, she received her Bachelor’s of Music Education with emphasis in piano at the University of Texas at Brownsville (’14). As the recipient of the Scholastic Excellence Award two years in a row, hard work and perseverance have become synonymous with her career path. Among her accomplishments are receiving the University Scholars Scholarship (‘09-‘15), receiving the Brownsville Society of Performing Arts Scholarship (‘13-‘14), winning the 2013 Concerto-Aria Competition, elected President of the UTB Clavier Club, and received the Roberto Pullido Grant (‘14). Additionally, she was awarded a scholarship to study in the Campamento de Piano en Palmares in Costa Rica (‘13), participated in the Schlern International Music Festival in Italy (‘14 & ‘16), was awarded a scholarship to study in the Nuevo Mundo Festival and Academy in Aruba (‘15), and attended the Teaching Artist Program at Lincoln Center in NYC (‘17). 

 

Miss Linda received a Masters of Music in Piano Performance at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts (’16) where she was awarded the Longy Conservatory Dean Scholarship, received two teaching assistantships, served as President of the Longy Student Association, and was a finalist in the Longy Honors Competition. Most recently, she has received much success with her piano duo Table for Two alongside pianist Ilana Cady. Together they opened the Styriarte Music Festival in Graz, Austria by winning their prestigious competition in 2016 with their all women composer program. Since then they have done multiple tours all throughout the United States and sealed their five-concert Spring Tour in New England with high praise. Currently, Miss Linda is a sought after accompanist and is also the pianist for the Valley Symphony Orchestra. 

 

Miss Linda has continuously sought to further develop musical growth in her community. It is her mission to give young pianists and musicians ample opportunities to cultivate their talents and creativity. In addition to her full time teaching job with the school district, she is the proud owner of the Brownsville Piano Studio where her team teaches over 225 students. Most recently, 16 of her own personal private students have been selected to compete at the State Level. Miss Linda strives to bring artistry and ingenuity to each of her lessons. Her love and dedication to all of her students and their families is undeniable. 

 

In addition to her teaching commitments, Miss Linda serves as the President of the National Federation of Music Clubs chapter in Brownsville. During the pandemic, she has done multiple presentations to teachers and students nationally in Florida and Ohio and well as internationally in Costa Rica. She has also adjudicated several piano competitions most recently having judged the Music Teachers National Association Region 2 participants. 

 

Miss Linda is proud to have founded the first music school specialized in piano and is humbled to work alongside such talented colleagues. She hopes to continue to make a difference with her music and with her passion for positive change.

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MEET OUR TEAM

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Master Instructor

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Miss Lily

Masters in Music Education

University of Texas RGV

 

PIANO

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Master Instructor

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Miss Raquel

Master in Performance & Pedagogy

University of South Carolina

 

VIOLIN

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Master Instructor

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Mr Joey

Master of Music in Opera Produc.

Florida Stage University

 

VOICE

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Junior Instructor

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Mr Andre

Piano Performance

University of Texas RGV

 

PIANO

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Senior Instructor

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Miss Cindy

Emphasis in Music & Psychology

Gorin Institute

 

PIANO

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Junior Instructor

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Mr Alexis

Piano Performance

University of Texas RGV

 

PIANO

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Master Instructor

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Miss Dóris

Masters in Vocal Performance

University of Texas RGV

 

VOICE

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Master Instructor

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Miss Eldaa

Masters in Violin Performance

University of Texas RGV

 

VIOLIN

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Senior+ Instructor

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Mr Jonathan

Bachelors in Music Education

University of Texas RGV

 

GUITAR

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Master Instructor

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Miss Jan

Master in Performance & Pedagogy

University of Lincoln-Nebraska

 

PIANO

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Junior Instructor

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Mr Isaac

Jazz Piano & Voice Performance

University of Texas RGV

 

PIANO

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Master Instructor

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Mr Jose

Master of Music Contemporary Perf.

Berklee College of Music

 

GUITAR

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Master Instructor

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Miss Ruth

Masters in Piano Performance

University of Texas RGV

 

PIANO

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Junior Instructor

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Mr Dan

Piano Performance

University of Texas RGV

 

PIANO

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Senior+ Instructor

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Mr Alex

Bachelors in Music Education

University of Texas RGV

 

PIANO

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Junior Instructor

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Mr Salomon

Piano Performance

University of Texas RGV

 

PIANO

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DR. KENNETH SAXON

DR SAXON - ABOUT

dr. KENNETH SAXON

Pianist Kenneth Saxon has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist on three continents, including appearances at the Esplanade in Singapore, the Teatro di Donnafugato in Ibla, Sicily, and La Teatro de la Reforma in Matamoros, Mexico. Known for his wide-ranging repertoire, Saxon has premiered works by Gary Smoke and Maxwell Dulaney and regularly explores works by Schumann, Crumb, Bartok, and Granados. Saxon’s recording of the Rachmaninoff Preludes, Op. 32 was praised for the “fineness of touch . . . and excellent handling of polyphony” by William Kreindler for MusicWeb-International.

Saxon uses color, touch, and timing to create distinct sound worlds for each composer. His distinctive programming helps audiences make unexpected connections between the music and their own lives. An entertaining and engaging presence, Saxon often introduces works with a brief story about the pieces and his own experiences with them.

Saxon premiered Kawai Shiu’s solo work la negacion de simbolos and Bird Whistle, a work inspired by and conducted by composer Harrison Birtwistle. Saxon recorded Shiu’s “Winter Tide” on the album eXchange:China and “clear shade” on music of kawai shiu. In addition, Saxon created the contemporary ensemble Sin Fronteras (without boundaries) and has frequently championed the work if young composers by performing their works.

Kenneth is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He has published articles on sight reading in the Piano Pedagogy Journal, American Music Teacher and Pianist magazine. His book Steps to Success has helped hundreds of musicians improve their sight reading fluency. Saxon regularly offers master classes and workshops along with his performances.

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