Piano, Music Theory
About Derek Otey
Derek is an accomplished musician who studied under various teachers since he was just 5 years old. Mostly taught in private lessons, he continued his education working on both technical and emotional aspects in relation to different teachers’ methods. In his late childhood, he was also trained to sight read sheet music and learned to play by ear. He played all types of different genres and players of all ages. These genres include classical, jazz, blues, rock, pop, and others. During junior high to graduation, Derek had the privilege of working with various other students in state competitions and performances throughout the state of Texas. After high school, he studied advanced music theory at Cedar Valley College under the direction of Dr. Sam Germany.
In addition, Derek volunteers his Sundays as one of 4 worship leaders at his local church in Dallas. His passion continues to grow passing on to other band members what helped him through the years as a musician.