Blake West

I'm combining the things I love into a business I might be able to live from. My company, LessonUp, is creating an awesome iPad app to help you learn to play music. We'll start with piano, and through a custom video player designed for learning songs, our ultra-high quality video library, and our patent-pending music notation system Hummingbird, we think anyone will be able to realize their musical dreams.

Leading to this point, I graduated from Wharton in 2009, and left the east coast behind to move to Austin, TX and work as a professional keyboardist. Musically, I've covered the gammit, from releasing albums with my bands, to being hired to mix and produce other artists. I've written for commercials and movies, done session work, and played hundreds of gigs in a wide variety of genres.

Throughout all this, I've taught. For nearly 10 years, I've worked with kids and adults in group settings, and as a private tutor. I started LessonUp in 2011 as an in-person music lessons business. In 2012, we won "Favorite Place to Learn Music" by Austin Family Magazine. My roster of great teachers and I continue to teach daily. Learning is one of the most important things a person can do, and I enjoy helping others do just that.

get in touch: blake[at]lessonupmusic[dot]com