North West and Stone Oak

6 and Up, beginner to advanced

Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, University of Texas at San Antonio
Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, University of Texas at San Antonio

Teaching Philosophy

Derek strives to instill self-discipline and a passion for learning in his students. He strives to equip his students with the ability to understand “how” to learn by teaching effective learning strategies. He hopes to motivate his students to apply these strategies to areas outside of piano lessons.


Born and raised in Texas, Derek Adam is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio. He holds a Masters Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy and a Bachelors Degree in Piano Performance. He studied piano and piano pedagogy under the instruction of Dr. Courtney Crappell. Derek was granted a unique opportunity as a recipient of the Marjory Powel Zachary Keyboard Endowment to teach group piano and private piano in a collegiate setting. His thesis, A Model for Practicing Coordination between the Hands at the Piano, explores difficult piano passages and provides a model on choreographing coordination.

Derek studied with Jordan Pollard briefly and received a jazz scholarship during his undergraduate studies. He served as the primary pianist for the UTSA Jazz Ensemble (Big Band), and several UTSA Jazz Combos during his studies and is fluent in improvisation.