The DeFoore Music Institute located at the Historic Beckham Hotel in Mineola, Texas is the original vision of John DeFoore, the lead instructor who wanted to create an environment for learning for artists at all levels who were looking for a safe place to learn their craft and explore their creative ideas.
In 1993 the musician and music instructor bought this noteworthy building to become his home and base for his musical endeavors in performance and instruction. Over the years there have been varying degrees of restoration and various incarnation of The Beckham. Defoore at one time, hosted a regular concert series called the Piney Woods Pickin' Parlor in the ballroom and hosted such name talents from the Texas area as Billy Joe Shaver and Ray Wylie Hubbard among other colorful string artists from all over the world. He has recently sold the hotel to new owners but continues to teach in his original classroom at the Hotel.