JP Ahmad


Jamsheed Pirzada Ahmad graduated from Boston University in 2000 with a B.A in Music Theory and Composition. After leaving Boston, he returned to his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio and studied piano with James Tannenbaum at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Maria Pla at Cleveland State University, where he earned his professional teaching certificate in music. JP has been teaching piano privately for 15 years and has taught music in public schools in Orlando, Florida and Austin since 2006. He currently resides in South Austin with his wife, Shani, where together they run Franklin Music Academy, instructing 35-40 students a week through both group and private lessons. At Parkside, JP teaches weekly guitar lessons to all 3rd- through 6th-year students in the Elementary programs and often sits in with the Parkside Players at Simple Gifts.

Parkside Community School
“Parkside has a wonderful reputation in the Montessori community of Austin, and thus intrigued us. But what kept us at Parkside is the love and support we feel from the teachers, admin, directors, and community. Our primary teachers were more than just "guides" -- they obviously cared for my children in my absence. And Joe and Claire are the loving shepherds of a small flock of eager sheep.”
The Scotts