Dr. Walden Hughes was one of 3 United States music teachers awarded the 1995 "Master Teacher Certificate" by the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). Dr. Hughes has 75 publications in national and international music journals. He holds five degrees in music, including two in piano performance and one each in piano pedagogy, music history and literature and music theory. Dr. Hughes teaches piano, music history, composition and counterpoint at Northwest Nazarene University, where he has served for the past 37 years. He also founded and arranges music for the NNU Piano Ensembles. Dr. Hughes is the 2007 recipient of the NNU Alumni Association Professional Achievement Award, which was presented during the 2007 homecoming festivities.