Austin’s piano journey has been far from traditional. He began playing piano at age 10 to participate in a rock band with his brothers. For his first five years of playing, Austin refused to learn sight-reading and picked up music primarily by ear. It wasn’t until accidentally joining his high school’s big band that he discovered his passion for jazz. He went on to perform in state competitions, accompany choirs and musicals, perform on KUVO radio, and eventually be awarded the Louis Armstrong and Semper Fidelis awards for musical excellence (and yes, at this point he could read). Austin is currently a student at the University of Colorado, Boulder, pursuing a BM in Jazz Studies and a minor in Computer Science. He’s studied with the likes of Jeff Jenkins, Brad Goode, Paul McKee, and even Dr. Andrew Cooperstock - who helped enlighten him to the world of classical music. Austin recognizes the importance of nurturing his students' musical inclinations and doesn’t subscribe to a one-size-fits-all method. Instead he encourages growth through challenging his students with material they enjoy, and covering the techniques and theory which make sense in the context of his students' goals.