Classical, Sacred, Jazz Styles
All Ages, including Young Beginners
Patrick Behringer started Aspiring Minds in 2011 after moving to Keller, Texas as a freelance accompanist and teacher with a vision of enriching a growing community through music education.
Mr. Behringer teaches the piano class at Fossil Ridge High School, where he also coaches Tennis and has led the Keller ISD Summer Piano Camp and after-school program. Besides teaching students to learn for the joy of music-making, his students have demonstrated high achievement in recitals, contests, and festivals, and several have been accepted into various college music programs.
Mr. Patrick began his Doctorate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of North Texas in 2022. He has completed the National Certification program through Music Teacher's National Association, holds a Certificate in Piano Performance from UT-Arlington where he performed Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with orchestra as winner of the concerto competition; a Master of Music degree and Certificate in University Teaching from Syracuse University, with a Collaborative Piano Teaching Assistantship; and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, on scholarship from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
He has performed vocal collaborative and chamber music at the NYC Tenri Cultural Center, England's Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme and the Aldeburgh Festival, on WCNY-FM 91.3 Classical FM in Syracuse, and with faculty and guest artists Dr. Jennifer Ciobanu, soprano, Dr. Gerry Wood, Horn, and former FWSO Principal Horn Mark Houghton.
As a soloist Patrick performed at the Encontros na Selva music festival in Manaus, Brazil, and the Catawba College concert series in North Carolina. Mr. Behringer has been featured in concert series at Mt. Mary University in Wisconsin, Steinway Hall of Milwaukee, the Clavier series at UT-Arlington. Most recently, he recorded piano music of Alberto Ginastera through the Wild Plums Recording Retreat at the Guilford Sound Music Studio and Artist Retreat in Vermont. The music videos will be published this fall.
Mr. Behringer previously was Education Director of the Fort Worth Music Fund, taught class piano at Syracuse University, the renowned Interlochen Arts Camp, and Wisconsin Conservatory as a Teaching Assistant. As a student he performed at Syracuse Symphony Family Concerts, Civic Morning Musicals at the Everson Art Museum in Syracuse, the National Association of Composers convention, a PianoArts masterclass with Andrews Sill and the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, the Charles Allis Art Museum in Milwaukee, and was a State Honorable Mention for the WMTA "Badger Auditions."
Although his primary creative outlet is performance, he is particularly interested in development of musical intelligence from a very young age, beginning his daughter's training when she was 6 months old and developing her sense of perfect pitch through Solfege by age 2. When not practicing, teaching or studying, Mr. Patrick enjoys spending time with his wife Maria, their two children, their dog and cat, and helping manage Maria's dance studio, Ten Feet Tall Dance.