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The Houston Music Academy Team

the HMA team is a talented group of musicians that are passionate about sharing their knowledge with their students.

Meet our talented group!


David Parker Owner/Director

A graduate University of St. Thomas, David studied Guitar with Wolfgang Justin, played in the St Thomas Guitar Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble, began working as a professional musician and ultimately earning a BA in Music and English Lit. At the Colegio Mayor Madrid, he studied guitar with Dimetrio Ballesteros and later with David Russell. David also holds an MS from the University of Houston and has worked professionally as a music software developer for Voyetra in NY. David is an HSPVA alumnus and formerly the Lanier Liason to HSPVA. David enjoys cooking paella and spending time with his Italian wife and kids.

David Craig Upright Bass, Jazz Studies

Houston's first call Upright Bass player, Mr. Craig is a regular sideman with the Houston Symphony Pops. A tour de force in its own right, the David Craig Group showcases David's original compositions and recordings. David is an HSPVA alumnus and maintains a close relationship the HSPVA department of Jazz Studies. Catch David at Cezzan's, Houston's top jazz venue.
Paul Chester

Paul Chester Advanced Guitar Studies

We are pleased to have Paul as our resident Jazz and Rock guitar specialist. Paul is well known as a leader in the Houston Jazz community and performs frequently with the Paul Chester Group. He is a founding member of the infamous jazz fusion group, Stratus and is a core member of Brennan's House Band with Leo Polk. Paul is a also a member of the Tiana Hall Jazz Band, and the Houston Jazz Trio. Paul is a contributor to music publications. Catch Paul at Cezzan's, Houston's top jazz venue.
Bass Guitar
HMA offers both electric bass and acoustic double bass lessons in all
idioms including Jazz and Classical.
Acoustic Guitar
Whether you interest is finger picking, folk , blues or country,
HMA has the best in town to bring you up to speed on almost
any fingerpicking style
Electric Guitar
Electric Guitar is American Music personafied. We are all about
American idoms such as rock, blues and jazz and there is
possible no other instrument that represents them as well as electric guitar.
Classical Guitar
The classical guitar or Spanish guitar,
holds a special place here at Houston Music Academy.
We the only music school with staff dedicated to this idiom.
The orchestra at your fingertips, the piano is possible
the best instrument to start on.
The natural instrument. HMA's vocal coaches take beginners
and advanced students.
We love drums! Got a drummer on your hands, bring'em here!
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