The Founder - Stephen Hughes
Stephen Hughes studied classical piano and music theory from the age of 5 through college. During his high school years, he studied with Octavio Guiterrez, masters of piano performance from UNT. His formal collegiate musical studies were in piano performance & music theory, in conjunction with the University of North Texas music program. During this time, he studied with Brad Beckman, who is a world-renowned piano performer and lecturer of piano pedagogy. He has also studied jazz piano with Jerry Samuels, a well-recognized teacher in jazz piano performance.
Steve is also an accomplished performer & teacher in other areas of performance: rock, blues, funk, gospel & various pop piano styles. He has performed with some of the top cover/corporate/variety bands in the Southwest, including Emerald City, Studio 54, Daughter Judy, & Zuzu Pedals.
He has had many great performing experiences: Touring with jazz ensembles, performing at the Meyerson, hundreds of classical/jazz recitals, along with countless club gigs with bands he helped formed & manage.
Since 2004, he has dedicated most of his musical efforts towards teaching. Currently, he teaches piano/music full-time. He is also an experienced band/ensemble instructor, masterclass instructor, and lecturer. As a lecturer, he has conducted and taught over 20 seminars on various music topics. Continuing to educate himself in the art of piano pedagogy and music education is always a constant and humbling experience. He is a member of MNTA & TMTA.
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