Co-founder & Principle Director
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, OH 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. Mr. Ahmad has been teaching piano privately for 15 years and was employed as a public school elementary music teacher from 2006-2014 serving both the communities of Orlando, Fl and Austin, TX.
List of accomplishments since starting the Franklin Music Academy:
- In 2010, J.P. and his wife, Shani, founded the Franklin Music Academy with a handful of students. The Academy quickly grew in size due to both the success of J.P.’s teaching methods and the effectiveness of a completely new K-12 curriculum for both piano and guitar designed and implemented by J.P.
- The Franklin Music Academy ran a pilot program for a summer camp concept in 2015. A curriculum was designed for a one week camp which would give total beginners, ages 7-12 years, a chance to learn some basic skills on three different instruments. The program proved its merit when the campers performed two songs for their parents at the end of the week. The trial was very successful as the camp continues its 4th consecutive summer in 2018 with many return campers.
- In 2017, the Franklin Music Academy caught the attention of the owners of the Montessori school, Parkside Community School, in South Austin. The challenge was presented to teach a guitar curriculum that was educational yet fun to students ranging from 3rd to 6th grade with minimal to beginner skill level. The transition to a creative and fun guitar class has won praises from the kids, staff, and parents.
Co-founder & Business Director
From the 6th grade Shani has always had a fascination with music and without any coercing from her parents she selected the cello and played in the orchestra until her senior year in high school. Years later after she graduated from the School of Business at Texas State University she met her future husband who initially came to Austin to be a rock star. These 2 kids were inseparably and eventually the rock-star-wanna-be, JP, wanted something more stable and traded his life on-stage to working as a Music Teacher in public schools. Meanwhile, Shani was dabbling in event planning, management, and consulting through employment and outside opportunities. Before the young couple married, JP asked Shani if starting a music school would be a legit business plan. Shani had observed during their courtship his skill, determination, and positive energy with his students and approved with no hesitation co-founding the business, Franklin Music Academy. While JP remains as the poster boy and Music Director of the business, Shani concentrates on business behind-the-scenes in her role as the Business Director.
Luis Parra is a student at Texas State University majoring in Theatre Performance and Production. Over the last 10 years Mr. Parra has received training in over 10 different instruments and played with several professional ensembles in both Riverside, CA and Austin, TX. He is currently working as youth choir director at Santa Cruz Catholic Church in Buda, TX. Luis Parra currently resides in Austin, TX, where he plays guitar for his band GOOD and runs a theatre company.