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Musical Accents is a music teaching studio located in Rowlett, Texas. The studio offers professional music instruction on various instruments & all areas of music.

Piano lessons are currently offered to beginning - advanced level students of all ages. All styles of piano music are taught, including: classical, jazz, rock, blues, country, funk, gospel, and many other styles.

Instruction is also available to students interested in: Vocals, Band (All levels & styles), Theory (Beginner to Advanced), Composition/Songwriting, MIDI, Notation, Recording, and Mallet Percussion.

The studio offers lessons to students in Rowlett, Rockwall, Mesquite, Garland, Dallas, and surrounding areas.

Founded by Stephen Hughes in 2004, he has over 25 years of training & experience in multiple fields of music. Classically & jazz trained, along with a degree in business, Stephen provides the perfect combination of extraordinary musicianship with a professional touch. He is a piano teacher, performer, accompanist, consultant, & composer. Stephen is an active member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association), TMTA (Texas Music Teachers Association), and MAMTA (Mesquite Area Music Teachers Association).

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Studio News

Your Newly 'Nationally Certified Teacher of Music' 

Well, it's been official since earlier this year but I'm just getting around to posting this! This past Summer, I was recognized at the TMTA Conference (Texas Music Teachers Association) for becoming a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano. What does this mean? Well, this program & testing is comparable to a Bachelors Degree in Piano Pedagogy (Teaching). It sets a standard for excellence in piano teaching. The training, projects, and exams covered all areas of piano teaching & performance, along with business & professional ethics. I am very proud to add this to my resume and it opened up my eyes to new ways of teaching.


After receiving Certification, I was asked to publish my thoughts on the process of certification:

To quote Einstein: “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school”. The pursuit of knowledge and passion to teach piano professionally is something that should always be on the forefront of our thoughts and minds. Even after 30+ years of piano study & performance, along with 10+ years of teaching & business ownership experience, I wanted to pursue certification for a number of reasons: Increase awareness of my own teaching style; Understand my students & parents better; Highlight my weaknesses and convert them to strengths; Exemplify professionalism on all levels; Achieve the standard that MTNA has set for excellence in our field. 

Becoming certified should be a goal all piano & music teachers strive for. Continuing to strive for excellence in teaching & professionalism beyond certification is now my lifetime pursuit.

SightReading Factory 

This year, I am excited to announce that all students will have (free) access to an amazing website/app that allows them to sightread exercises at will! I strongly feel that regular sight-reading practice, along with continuing to learn short easier pieces (as the student progresses technically), allow them to build their note, pattern, & reading skills. 

I will be customizing exercises for each student that participates and will have the ability to listen/grade these assignments. All assignments are recorded so I can listen and give feedback. Students can also practice on the side. Individual students will be provided with a code & instructions in the coming weeks.

Congrats SummerJAMMERS! 

Tremendous job all the way around to those who participated in the 5th annual SummerJAM! Great performances by all the students and our best event to date! Please check out the pics & videos in the Media section soon.

Published Author in Top Piano Pedagogy Magazine! 

That's right! Yours truly wrote an article titled 'Lesson Planning - A Teaching Essential?' and was published in the Sep/Oct edition of 'Clavier Companion', which is regarded  by most as the top piano pedagogy magazine on the planet! The article gives great insight into my lesson planning process and how I incorporate technology to facilitate this process. Many thanks to Craig Sale from Clavier Companion, my wife Roxanne, and my students for this achievement. 

Charity Challenge 

Here I am presenting a $700 donation check to Dr. Gustavo Toloso, founder of Musical Angels.

Last Spring, the studio ran a 100 day practice contest called, "Charity 'Don't Break the Chain' Challenge". Every day the students practiced at least 10 minutes, the studio donated .10, which added up with 30-something students! Then the magic happened - my students and their families graciously donated towards the cause. It was wonderful to meet Dr. Toloso and be able contribute towards his foundations cause. 

Musical Angels, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to uplift and improve the quality of life of hospitalized children by actively engaging them in the process of making music with their own hands and hearts.

Musical Angels provides free, weekly piano lessons to children ages six and above while they are at the hospital. Music is a powerful, non-invasive medium that assists in reducing fear and anxiety.
"If you study to remember, you will forget...however, if you study to understand, you will remember."