Piano Lessons


Music WorX, recognized by the Music Teachers National Association, offers piano lessons at the beginning, intermediate, advanced, and professional levels. Lessons begin at age 5 and we offer a special teen and adult fast start program for those who always wish they had taken piano lessons earlier. Our beginning programs are 12-key based and provide an excellent foundation for the budding artist and future performer. Lessons are given on a half hour and one-hour basis, depending on the needs of the student. Our piano program is highlighted by our award winning INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED PIANO PROGRAM, led by Doug Broome. The advanced program is a teen and adult piano specialization focusing on technique, composer studies, contest and scholarship participation, and performance preparation.


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Meet Our Faculty


DOUG BROOME

Owner & Dean of the Studios

Piano and Voice Instructor


Doug has over 35 years of experience teaching through college-level vocal performance classes and specializes in technique and development in the Old Italian Bel Canto style; beginning through advanced piano for children through adults of all ages, specializing in adult fast-track piano, and coaching amateur and professional performers. He also has, for over 40 years, performed in recitals, concerts, musicals, operas, television, and worship services as either a pianist or singer.  Doug holds the Master of Arts in Opera & Theatre Performance from The University of Iowa, both the Bachelor of Arts in Music and Master of Library Science from The University of Southern Mississippi, and is abD in Church Music/Vocal Pedagogy from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  Today, he manages our daily operations as the Company President/CEO of Performance WorX, and also serves as one of our resident piano and voice instructors.


BM, The University of Southern Mississippi, 1979

MA, The University of Iowa, 1982

MLS, The University of Southern Mississippi, 1987

abD, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1985


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ROSS ANDRUS

Piano, Percussion, and Brass Instructor


For over 5 years, Ross Andrus has had the pleasure of teaching, arranging, and performing as a Faculty Member with the Performance WorX Family. Ross takes immense pride in teaching wind instruments, piano, percussion, and music theory.  His Alma Mater is The University of Southern Mississippi, where he majored in Jazz Studies and Music Education.  During his college years, he played Tenor and Bass Trombone in many solo and ensemble settings.  Ross studied with Trombone Professor, Dr. Marta Hofacre, who taught him the importance of performing with the best sound in mind, no matter the level of technicality.  While learning to play music in the jazz idiom, Ross was assigned to study under Leland “Lee” Kornegay.  After a semester of playing in small groups and ensembles, Ross had an “A-Ha” moment. After listening to Lee’s instruction and demonstrations on his trumpet, Ross took on a new musical mentor.  He also acquired an affinity for writing and arranging for chamber groups, wind bands, rock bands, jazz combos, and jazz ensembles, to name a few.  Ross was a member of the USM Orchestra, Wind Bands, Jazz LAB Bands, Pride of Mississippi Marching Band, and Jazz Combos.  Before attending Southern Miss, Ross went to Acadiana High School in Lafayette, Louisiana, where he decided to pursue a career in music. While playing in an hour of band class, Dr. Hofacre decided to drop by after travelling through the area of recruitment for USM and taught an impromptu trombone master class.  Not only did she leave a lasting impression on him, but she unknowingly recruited a future student of hers.  Being born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, Ross was always around good music, whether it was listening to his dad play bass, grandfather on Cajun fiddle and accordion, or road trips to New Orleans. His influences range all the way from Paul Simon to Queen, and Duke Ellington, Wynton Marsalis, and JJ. Johnson.  
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BM, The University of Southern Mississippi, Jazz Trombone

BME, The University of Southern Mississippi, K-12 Music Education

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JAIME JIMENEZ

Piano Instructor


Performance WorX welcomes Jaime Jiménez to the Faculty as Instructor of Piano, teaching Beginning through Advanced Piano Students.
Jaime Alberto Jiménez was born in Humacao, Puerto Rico. He relocated as a child to Houston, Texas where he began his music journey on the violin using the Suzuki method. After moving to Hattiesburg, MS Jaime began studies on the piano with Linda Dunn. His love for cinematic music (John Williams, Danny Elfman, Ennio Morricone) lead him to begin learning his favorite themes by ear, which helped him develop a love for melody and orchestral strings. Early on he held an interest in improvising and creating music on the piano. He briefly took composition lessons with Martin Cuellar in order to further develop his writing. In his high school years, Jaime was the house pianist at then local Italian restaurant Panino’s. Jaime spent his first college year at Millsaps college unsure what to major in, but continuing his studies under Dr. Elizabeth Moak. It was here that Jaime had his first experience playing in a jazz ensemble featuring the tune “Take Five.” It was at this time that the improvisational and complex appeal of jazz music caught his interest. He transferred to University of Southern Mississippi where he dedicated his studies to jazz under the guidance of Larry Panella. He also studied classical and baroque music with Dr. Dana Ragsdale. During his time at USM Jaime gained experience playing with a mix of small jazz and classical ensembles as well as the large USM Jazz Lab Band. He developed an appreciation for jazz and a love for applying his jazz understanding across genres. He has consistently pushed himself to play in a variety of musical settings from rock, blues, funk, electronic, classical/chamber, and reggae, with an understanding that each musical situation is a conversation waiting to happen. After graduating with a B.M. in Jazz Studies with an emphasis in Piano, he spent two years at Berklee College of Music where he learned production and composition techniques. He participated in various world music ensembles, but it was Berklee’s Bob Marley Ensemble that sparked his love for reggae, which later led to touring and playing with artist Tubby Love. Since returning to Hattiesburg, Jaime has continued to maintain a consistent performance schedule, regularly performing in bands for Blue Earth Productions. Locally, he records and performs with The 86 Olympics with band mate Andrew James Glose, where he contributes his synth and recording skills as needed. He also writes and performs with The Squid and the Whale Band and has been playing with lead singer/songwriter Sarah-Bryan Lewis for 10 years. He has been a part of the Hattiesburlesque House Band for the last 5 years. Jaime loves exploring sound design on keyboards and synthesizers of all kinds. His love for music technology has kept him involved with recording and music production throughout the years, and he has a small home studio where he continues to explore this process. Jaime has been performing music for over 20 years and is looking forward to teaching and helping new students along their musical path.


BM, Jazz Studies/Piano Performance, The University of Southern Mississippi

GRADUATE STUDIES, Berklee College of Music


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