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Brenda Freed

Blanco TX | 78606

About me

I have a MA in Music Education and Music Therapy from the University of Iowa. I pioneered the Music Therapy program at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics from 1982-1990 where I taught piano, voice and guitar as part of my music therapy practice ( In 1990 I headed out on a 9-month bicycle tour of the U.S. and Canada. I arrived in the Texas Hill Country in 1991 where I have been performing and privately teaching piano, guitar and voice since that time.

I enjoy teaching music privately to all ages. My philosophy is to teach in a way that encourages students to enjoy playing music for the rest of their lives. I believe students are most inspired when they are playing music that inspires them. But I also encourage students to play music that will give them a well rounded music education, especially for those students who might want to pursue an academic degree in music. All my piano students learn to read music from the start so that they can progress more independently. Because I teach voice and guitar, many of my students learn to sing as well as play piano and/or guitar. I offer voice workshops at festivals and I was the voice instructor at the Kerrville Folk Festival Voice Workshop in 2007 and 2010.

I enjoy nurturing young performers and since 2003, I have hosted a monthly performance opportunity the Young Artist Performance Incubator (YAPI). YAPI is a community service event in the form of an open mic for ages 19 and under. Many community youth who participated in YAPI have gone on to perform professionally. and YAPI on Facebook

I have been singing solo and in groups since the age of 6. At age 7, I started piano lessons and at age 12 I was given my first guitar and taught myself to accompany myself and a gospel folk group throughout junior high and high school.

Since 1991 I have been performing as a singer/songwriter accompanying myself on guitar, piano or mandolin. My performance career has included several ensembles including a 3-part harmony a cappella group called Texas Hot Flash who won and Austin Music Award in 2005. I have toured the Midwest and East and West Coasts of the U.S., as well as England and Ireland. I currently perform with the BobTom Reed Band and Him & Her (a duo with my husband, Michael D'Eath). Both can be found on Facebook and as well as on


I have a line of Effortless Music Instruction products. Products currently on the market are: Effortless Singing - A Vocal Instruction Course 2 CD Set (2008), Effortless Music Reading Measure Cards (2009), and Effortless Harmony Singing - A Vocal Harmony Course 2 CD Set (2011). In the wings are the Effortless Beginning Piano Book to accompany the Effortless Music Reading Measure Cards (projected release is 2012) and Effortless Guitar Playing, a beginning guitar instruction course. All products are available at Strait Music in Austin, Texas, and on the web at or

Lesson details

Beginning piano students learn to read notes and rhythms simultaneously in Middle C hand position with my Effortless Music Reading Measure Cards. New notes from the measure cards are strategically introduced to ensure that the student is learning to read the note and not just associating a certain finger with a particular piano key. Once students have learned the 40 Effortless Music Reading Measure Cards and can play the accompanying practice songs I have written that will go in the Effortless Beginning Piano Book (scheduled to be released to the market in 2012), they graduate to Faber & Faber and Bastien beginning piano literature and they can practically sight read that music. This is inspiring to the students and because they have a solid foundation for reading notes and rhythms, they easily learn new notes and rhythm notations as they are introduced in the literature.

Students are encouraged to play music from all styles, always including their personal preferences. Scales and chord playing are introduced soon after students can read Middle C hand position music fluently. Scales are introduced as a way to learn to read notes beyond Middle C hand position. Students learn to chord simple songs by ear once they have acquired the chord playing skill set of playing I, IV, V chords. Many piano students study voice with me as well so those students use this skill to accompany themselves on songs they wish to sing. Lessons are fun, and creativity is encouraged from the beginning as piano students compose songs from their Effortless Music Reading Measure Cards and voice students are encouraged to write songs.

Education and Accreditation

Bachelor of Arts, University of Iowa, 1980
Master of Arts, University of Iowa, 1991
Voice Instructor for Voice Workshop, Kerrville Folk Festival, 2007 & 2010
Health & Wellness Panel, Healthy Vocal Maintenance, Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference 2009, 2010
Memberships: National Association for Teachers of Voice, Piano Teachers Federation, Folk Alliance International, Texas Music Office, Chamber of Commerce,Blanco, TX, Chamber of Commerce, Stonewall, TX


“I am impressed with the simplicity and straight forwardness of your presentation of the fundamentals of music.”...


more than 20 years


$39 & under


Monday 11:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday 11:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday 11:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday 11:00am - 7:00pm

Teaching location

Teachers Studio


Childrens Music
Country / Western
Rhythm and Blues


Bastien Method
Faber and Faber

Instruments and Subjects

theory – harmony
theory – rudiments

Levels taught


Type of students

Young Adults



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