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Scott Houston is an experienced music professional with more than 25 years in the business. Known around the world as “The Piano Guy,” Houston got his start studying jazz piano and percussion at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
He went on to spend five years as president of a music publishing business and playing keyboard and percussion in rock, funk, and jazz ensembles. In 1997, Houston began exploring effective means to teach adult, non-musicians how to simply enjoy playing piano. His exploration led to the launch of his wildly successful pledge special for PBS in 2003.
Seen by millions of viewers nationwide since its debut, Houston’s program - which was dedicated to teaching adults how to have FUN playing piano - remains one of the highest-grossing pledge specials in public television history. Houston’s special grew into The Piano Guy, a weekly television series which ran for 14 seasons and secured Houston’s reputation as the go-to guy for adult piano lessons.
In the last ten years, over 17,000 people have attended Houston’s in-person workshops throughout the United States and Canada. His comedic and educational look at playing the piano is a hit with attendees wherever he teaches. Whether it’s on a university campus or and a public television station, Houston effectively inspires and guides students to realize their dream of playing songs they love on the piano.
Today, spends his time writing a column for Making Music Magazine and teaching piano to his students through his online learning platform Piano in a Flash.
An avid swimmer, Colt’s fan and piano player, Scott currently lives in Indianapolis, IN with his wife Theresa and daughter McKenna when she is not off at college.