Adam Salas


Adjunct Lecturer in Class Piano, Piano Preparatory Department


Dedicated to helping students experience the art of music and its transformative powers, Adam Salas currently maintains a multifaceted piano studio in the Dallas-Fort Worth area while serving on the faculties of SMU and Texas Woman’s University.

At SMU, he teaches class piano and maintains an active studio in the Piano Preparatory Department. He has taught at Texas Woman's University since 2018, where he instructs graduate and undergraduate students majoring in music performance, education, and therapy through keyboard musicianship for music majors and functional piano courses. During the summers, he has been invited to serve on the faculty of the SMU Institute for Young Pianists, where he teaches music history, private lessons and performance class.

Salas is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music and instructs students of all ages in both individual and group lessons though his private studio based in Dallas. His students have received numerous state and local honors in addition to acceptance into top piano programs and festivals.

Salas is on the board of the Dallas Music Teachers Association and has served as chair for the Sonatina-Sonata-Baroque Festival and Jazz-Pop Contest and Festival, among others. He is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association and Texas Music Teachers Association, and will serve as the 2021 MTNA-TMTA Competition Assistant Coordinator at the University of Houston.

Devoted to the future of piano pedagogy, Salas has presented lectures or posters at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Music Teachers National Association Conference, Puerto Rico Center for Collaborative Piano, Texas Music Teachers Association Convention, and the MTNA Collegiate Symposium on topics including collaborative pedagogy, practice strategies, memorization, meditation, and mindfulness for musicians. He also serves as administrative support for the Frances Clark Center, having helped facilitate the 2021 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.

Most recently, Salas completed the Frances Clark Center’s Postgraduate Fellowship at the New School for Music Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Through this in-depth practicum and immersion as a faculty member, he was able to observe and work with renowned educators including Marvin Blickenstaff, Amy Glennon and Jane Magrath.


Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, MTNA
Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship, Frances Clark Center- The New School for Music Study
MM in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Southern Methodist University
BM in Piano Performance and Music Business, Illinois State University

Course list

Class Piano I (music majors) PERB 1131
Class Piano II (music majors) PERB 1132
Beginning Class Piano (non-music majors) PERB 1205
Class Piano IV (music majors) PERB 2132