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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DANIEL BLYTHE

Piano Instructor


Performance WorX welcomes DANIEL BLYTHE to our Faculty as Piano Instructor.  At four years old, his mother noticed an unstoppable curiosity for the piano; he would play around and make up melodies that seemed to make musical sense.  So, at five she enrolled him in piano lessons and he never stopped all the way through grade school, high school, and on through college.   At The University of Southern Mississippi, Mr. Blythe studied Piano Performance under Dr. Mary Ann Stringer. He graduated with a Bachelor in Music Education in 1997 and began teaching general music in public schools.    Simultaneously he taught private lessons in his home and began an eighteen year run of performing and accompanying in local churches.     Two of the larger churches Daniel held the position of pianist in were First Baptist Natchez and Central Baptist Hattiesburg.

Over the years, Blythe developed a passionate style of performing religious music that flowed over into his teaching style.    He believes it is a gift to be able to help congregations have a worshipful experience and it is the job of the musicians in church to make sure the people leave with a change in their heart.  Music can help the people worship, and sometimes we can touch them in their soul in an important way.    

Not all students want to become church musicians or passionate performers, however, and Mr. Blythe believes it is equally important to teach them with as much energy.  His teaching philosophy is that learning music helps develop the mind, especially in younger students.   Putting together all the pieces and hearing a beautiful end result is awesome for students and opens up passages of thought in the brain that other subjects cannot do.   And then, the joy and pride in the success of the result… the PERFORMANCE… teaches students to set a goal and make a habit of accomplishing it.    In his public school experience, Mr. Blythe created large choirs of students and several instrumental ensembles and let the students get a taste of high-level performance.  These groups had high applause, cries for encore, and hundreds of friends and family calling out their names in public.    Then the schools made and sold professionally recorded CDs of these students and everyone Mr. Blythe taught got to feel what it was like to be famous.  Teaching music is fun and rewarding for the students, not just the teacher, and Mr. Blythe hopes to give his students and unforgettable experience and great success in learning.

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BM, Piano Performance/Music Education, The University of Southern Mississippi. 1997

Graduate Studies for MM, The University of Southern Mississippi, 2003


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JORGE OSSA

Piano Instructor


Pianist Jorge Andrés Ossa is from Colombia, South America. Currently he is pursuing a Master of Music in Piano Performance with Dr. Elizabeth Moak at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has performed in various venues as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Colombia. In 2015, he was invited to participate in the Festival of the Americas in Iowa City where he had additional studies in piano technique and learning skills for the piano with Réne Lecuona. He previously studied piano with Ana María Orduz and Marina Gonzalez. He has performed in masterclasses of Teresita Gomez, Blanca Uribe, Jasmin Arakawa, Jeremy Samolesky, and Sergei Sichkov, among others. Jorge also holds both a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Antioquia (Medellín, Colombia). In addition to performing, Jorge finds joy in teaching and has been active in this area since 2010. He taught for four years on the faculty of the extension program at the University of Antioquia, as well as for five years at Academía Musica Amadeus Colombia, and three years at the San Pablo Seminary. 


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