Committed to music education and performance, Derek Meeker has taught privately in the Terre Haute community for 10 years. He was head of Terre Haute’s Community School of the Arts guitar program from 2014 through 2016 where he instructed private lessons, guitar classes for ages 5-18, and Rock Band classes for ages 13-18. Derek received his Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from Indiana State University. Aside from his solo work, while attending Indiana State, he had the opportunity to perform with jazz combos, flute ensembles, percussion ensembles, choirs, and various other ensembles and bands.
A native to the Terre Haute area, Derek has performed with original bands, cover bands, and as a solo performer throughout the Midwest and Portland, OR. His wide range of musical taste and experience gives him a broad understanding of the guitar and its place in popular and classical music genres.
Aside from the guitar he enjoys playing bass, drums, piano, and almost any instrument within reach. He also spends a lot of time just listening to and discovering new music, songwriting, composing music for film, and writing art music. Whether it be through teaching music or just hanging out and talking about your favorite bands, he loves sharing the joy of music.