Hi, my name is Peter Thompson. I’m a musician and a teacher. I started traditional piano lessons at age nine, followed by trumpet in the school band at twelve, contemporary piano on a worship team at sixteen, and guitar as I headed off to college. Though I planned to pursue a more reasonable and practical career, once I got to Iowa State University, there was no question I wanted to continue as a musician.
I immersed myself in studying music theory, history, and every instrument, preparing to be a music educator. Before my junior year, an inner pull toward music ministry coincided with an invitation to play keyboard for local church.
Along the way, I married my wife Holly in 2001. As we grew our family with four children, we also served on our church’s leadership teams and recorded some albums. In 2008, while continuing to serve at church, I accepted a position as a full-time music educator, directing a really big band of middle school students. I love teaching, and it has taught me so much.
I tend to be pretty focused on a small number of things. While music activities and family get most of my attention, my other obsessions are coffee (everything but actually growing it) and running.
It’s always been my desire to reach out and teach the techniques of worship music beyond a local team. After recording a solo album in 2011, I decided to put a few keyboard videos on YouTube to promote it. The YouTube channel took on a life of its own, now with tens of thousands of subscribers.
In addition to YouTube, I have also developed courses to help you with worship keyboard technique and technology. The trio of Fluent Piano courses have been used by hundreds to grow their skills.
My passion and mission have become more clear: to empower musicians, especially worshiping ones, to play and lead from a place of inspiration.
Feel free to contact me with questions, or even just to say hi. Thanks for joining me!