Stephen Deitz began his piano studies at the age of six, studying with Levin Houston and Evelyn Swarthout Hayes of Washington, D.C. He studied with Adele Marcus and Oxana Yablonskaya, both of the Juilliard School, and completed his M.M. at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, as a student of John Perry. Although beginning his doctoral studies with Nelita True at the University of Maryland, College Park, he interrupted them after being named Artist-in-Residence at the Dunbarton School of Music in Bermuda. He subsequently resumed doctoral studies at the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Solomon Mikowski, Constance Keene, and Jeffrey Cohen.