Ryan Patrick Murphy
Hired 82 times
15 years in business
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Jan - Jun
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We are really grateful for you! Our daughter is really enjoying her lessons with you and I think you give a great mix of fun and encouragement to her while still pushing her to grow and improve. Thanks for investing in our girl!Sep 19, 2019VerifiedRyan Patrick Murphy's reply
Thank you Leigh Ann! And thank you for your Sept. 23, 2019 message: Hey Ryan...I just wanted you to know that [name] just came in and when I asked her how she thought her lesson went she said, “Mom! I’ve learned more in these past few weeks with Mr. Murphy than I did for two years with Ms. [name]!...” and proceeded to list all the things you are helping her with. We are grateful for you! 😊🙌🏻 🎹
First lesson was great very insightful very patient. Great with communication and teaching of techniqueOct 16, 2019Verified
My first lesson was great, and I look forward to more.Jul 18, 2019Verified
Ryan is an amazing instructor. My daughter has progressed exponentially under his direction. She has learned and applied more in 4 months with Ryan than the last 6 years combined. Ryan truly enjoys what he does, and he is good at it. He is professional in handling of the lessons, from billing to punctuality. My only regret is that we did not find him sooner!Feb 15, 2019Verified
I've only had one lesson so far, but I really enjoyed it, and I learned a lot!Nov 16, 2017Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?I require pre-payment for all lessons except the first. Lesson fees are paid for in advance at the conclusion of the last lesson of the month (for example, April’s lessons are paid for at the end of the last lesson in March). I accept payment electronically, via check, or in cash, though I prefer Google Pay, Apple Pay, or Venmo. I also do charge a travel fee for all in-home lessons. Thumbtack usually adds this fee for voice lessons in the quote, but not for piano lessons.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?We hit the ground running at the first lesson! Often we'll chat on the phone for a while beforehand. I talk while driving quite a bit, and I’m a seasoned veteran of the game of phone tag :-)
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Well, here's my bio: Ryan Patrick Murphy is the Music Director at St. Barnabas the Apostle Catholic Church in O’Fallon, Missouri, where he serves as organist, choirmaster, and cantor and provides music for liturgies in the Ordinary and Extraordinary forms of the Roman Rite every week. He recently completed a term as Interim Organist of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, during which he played for over fifteen bishops, Carlo Maria Viganò, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, and Louis Alphonse of Bourbon, Duke of Anjou. Mr. Murphy has also served as the Organist, Choirmaster, and Cantor of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Highland, also in Pittsburgh. He was an organist and cantor at the St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh and has performed as an organist in six states and the District of Columbia. In 2011 he came in third in the Rodgers North American Classical Organ Competition and was a winner of the 2005 Duquesne University Concerto Competition, playing Dimitri Shostakovich’s second piano concerto. Mr. Murphy is the founder of the Schola Cantorum of the Pittsburgh Oratory, a liturgical choir which sings Gregorian chant on a weekly basis and has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He has studied chant with Scott Turkington, William Mahrt, Fr. Stephen Concordia, and Dom Daniel Saulnier in Solesmes, France. Ryan served as the Gregorian chant faculty member at the annual Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest Choir Camp from 2015 through 2017. Mr. Murphy has a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from Cleveland State University, where he studied with Horst Buchholz. He has a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Duquesne University, where he studied with Natasha Snitkovsky. He teaches piano, organ, and voice privately to about forty students throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. A Colleague of the American Guild of Organists, he enjoys reading, golfing, dancing, and weightlifting in his free time. Ryan serves as the president of Juventutem St. Louis. He lives in St. Charles, Missouri with his wife Kelsey and can be found on SoundCloud as RyanPatrickMurphy.