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Born on 21 January 1988 in St. Louis, MO, I am at present primarily occupied as a composer of avant-garde acoustic and electroacoustic music. I am an acclaimed performer on violin and viola, working in many genres (though specializing in electroacoustics, extended techniques, and microtonality).
I was initially educated at the Community Music School of Webster University as a student of William Bauer (violin and viola), John Thomas (composition), and Vera Parkin (composition and chamber music).
I completed my Bachelor's degree in composition as a Top-10 scholar at the Conservatory of Music and Dance in Kansas City in 2010, a student of James Mobberley, Paul Rudy, Zhou Long, and Chen Yi (composition) and Scott Lee (viola). While there: I was the first undergraduate to participate in their Composers-in-the-Schools program (CITS), and the first to act as a composition mentor to other students in the department; I gave many performances with the Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance, a thriving non-profit; and I was selected as the youngest recipient of the residency fellowship at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, NB.
I am pursuing a Master's degree in Composition at the University of Louisville as a Moritz von Bomhard Fellow, studying primarily with Krzysztof Wolek (composition) and Dominic DeStefano (viola); while in residence there I also served as violist and teaching assistant with their Graduate String Quartet.
I have participated in many performances across the country with many varied musicians, in particular the improvisation collective Bone Crusher. Within the past few years I have formed a fruitful electroacoustic duo with Zach Thomas, with whom I have released two albums. I have also been featured as a composition fellow at the Seasons Festival in Yakima, WA, at the invitation of artistic director Daron Hagen; as a viola fellow at the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory; as a featured artist with outerspaces in Baltimore; and as a lecturer, performer, and coach at a plethora of schools around the country.
As a Conservatory-educated composer I am highly conversant in most musical genres. I am also a committed autodidact and devoted pedagogue, actively studying other disciplines (mathematics, physics, programming, etc.).
I welcome all students of all ages and levels - in particular those who are not yet sure of what they want or where they would like to go, those whose curiosity is piqued by the unfamiliar or nontraditional, and those who feel like the road ahead might be difficult or overwhelming . . . I'm ready to help you get to where you want to go!
*** Lesson Details ***
Curricula in every subject are developed during your first lesson on a case-by-case basis and tailored to the specific interests and capacities of each individual student.
*** Specialties ***
. classical music performance and composition
. fiddle (Gypsy/Hungarian, Irish/Scottish, bluegrass/country)
. jazz; improvisation
. electroacoustics; computer-assisted composition
. music theory and history
. graphic design, engraving, and publication
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Music Instruction is my primary focus. I am versed in instruction for beginners, intermediate, and advanced players.
My goal as your instructor is to create the optimal environment for you as a learner to enjoy the challenge and rewards of music through the Guitar.
While together we'll:
-Learn the music that speaks to you
-Improve your technique
-Develop your musical ear
-And Improve your music theory awareness and understanding
I have been mentoring and teaching music since I was 15 (now 26) and am skillful at adapting to all skill levels and learning styles. What's most important is that as a student you simply now what you want to achieve when we come together to play and expand our skills - you as a learner, and me as a mentor.
Hope you have a wonderful day, and here's the best "Outro" ever..
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I'm open to teaching students of all ages and genders. I have also worked with people with disabilities in the past, and am completely able to teach disabled students as well.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
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"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."