Ron Newman received his initial piano technician training in 1979 from Leon Speir of Dallas, past president of the National Piano Technicians’ Guild.
Past clients include the Angel Fire Chamber Music Festival, the Taos Chamber Music Festival, the Santa Fe Opera, the University of New Mexico, and the National Dance Institute, as well as private clients.
Ron has a M.S. in Computer Science and a M.M.E. in Music Education with Piano Concentration, both from the University of North Texas.
His Master’s thesis was a computer peripheral for measuring pitch which later became a commercial product. He also wrote a paper around that time proposing differing historical tuning temperaments for the various sections of an orchestra. As a pianist he has performed as concerto soloist and in a wide variety of classical, jazz, and popular settings. As a band member he toured the Far East and opened for Willie Nelson, The Young Dubliners, and Tricia Clark. He also scored the music for a PBS documentary on women bronc riders, I’ll Ride That Horse. As a teacher – Assistant Band Director at Olney High School, Texas – he was fortunate to watch their rapid ascent, ultimately winning the Texas State Concert Band Championship under Head Director Ben Hoaldridge in Ron’s last year there.