About the Instructor

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Mr. Hughes’ musical background and experience have given him a unique perspective that few piano, guitar, or bass instructors have.

MUSICAL BACKGROUND/EDUCATION

Nathan Hughes is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Music, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education.  His musical experience began by studying piano at the age of 9, while also playing the contrabass (aka double or upright bass) in the Middle School orchestra.  It was also during his Middle School years that Nathan began experimenting with the guitar.  After six years of private study on the piano, he was selected as the pianist for the High School Jazz band. 

Upon High School graduation, Nathan had acquired experience on all three instruments.  After being accepted into Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Music as a pianist, Nathan decided to switch his principal instrument to guitar with piano as secondary.  Mr. Hughes studied both Jazz and Classical while earning his Bachelor’s in Music Education.

 

INSTRUCTIONAL EXPERIENCE

Mr. Hughes has been instructing students as a professional educator for over 15 years.  A public school music teacher for 6 years, he taught beginning orchestra (which encompasses violin, viola, cello, and contrabass), as well as general music and chorus.  His love for Piano and Guitar then lead Nathan to further his teaching career, instructing students in various music stores and fine arts schools in both Richmond, VA and Charlotte, NC.  Mr. Hughes has an excellent record with proven results in both classroom and one-on-one instruction. 

An educator known for his emphasis on music theory, ear training, and sight reading, Nathan has experience in all genres and instructs kindergarteners through senior citizens.  He strives to teach all his students to become self-sufficient learners so that they may continue to further their music education for a lifetime.

 

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

Mr. Hughes also has over 17 years of professional performance experience.  With his most recent endeavor, the Nathan Hughes Project, he and his three piece band have enjoyed a successful and at times rigorous performance schedule.  He has performed in blues, rock, praise & worship, cover, jam, coffee shop, and even reggae bands.  He was even fortunate enough to open for national act Delbert McClinton at the Innsbrook After Hours Concert Series in Richmond, VA in 2002.