Pianist Mike Ring started playing the piano at age 13 by ear and by looking at keyboard lights, before he learned how to read piano music in 8th grade through the Suzuki Method. After being accepted to participate in the renowned summer Indiana University Piano Academy (IUPA), he chose to pursue studies in music and science at Missouri State University and Florida State University (FSU) for undergraduate college. Ultimately, he graduated with a B.S. in Geography in 2011, and then a M.M. in Piano Performance from Webster University in St. Louis, MO in 2013. After graduating, he started a piano studio and taught many students privately for four years, gave piano lessons at the St. Louis Language Immersion Schools, and worked in human services for a nonprofit in St. Louis.
Mike’s piano teachers and coaches have included Donna Vince, Wei-Han Su, the late Carolyn Bridger, Daniel Schene, and Aimee Tsuchiya. He has performed as an orchestral pianist with Webster University, piano accompanist for local middle and high school choirs in St. Louis, trombonist for the Webster University Symphony and Big Band, and ensemble pianist for the Brookline School of Music’s Adult Chamber Ensemble program. Mike has also studied composition, and has had some of his works performed publicly by choirs, ensembles, and pianists. He has given frequent solo recitals and performances, and was a Tallahassee Music Guild Scholarship Recipient during his time at FSU.
In addition to music, Mike found a passion in the human services field. He moved to Boston in late 2017 to begin a social work program at Boston College, and graduated in 2019 with a Masters in Social Work (M.S.W). He now works full-time for a nonprofit in Lynn, and teaches piano part-time. In the Boston area, Mike has served as a private piano teacher, a piano teacher at the Agassiz Baldwin Community School, and adult ensemble musician at the Brookline School of Music.
Mike loves teaching students of all ages and skill levels, and strives for a healthy learning environment during the course of lessons. Having learned music in both traditional and non-traditional ways, he can connect with a variety of students of many educational backgrounds and needs. Mike’s teaching style puts an emphasis on the physical art of playing piano.
In his free time, Mike enjoys staying physically active, composes classical music, having dinner parties with friends, and attending concerts. Mike has a particular interest in Icelandic music, and his favorite band is Sigur Ros.