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Banjo, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele
I have been teaching music for 16 years. I grew up on the 2nd floor of my father's music store in Central PA and have been around music my whole life. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of the Arts where I studied jazz guitar with Pat Martino, Jimmy Bruno, Steve Giordano, and Tom Giacabetti. I was one of the original teachers during the formative years at the Paul Green School of Rock Music where I later went on to be the Music Director of the Philadelphia and Downingtown Schools. During that time, I helped many students prepare and get accepted to music schools, ran and developed music summer camps, and organized concerts where the students performed the music of Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, and many more of rock's finest band at every major venue in Philadelphia.
I have been active in the local music scene recording and playing sold-out shows at the Khyber, TLA, Trocadero, Johnny Brenda's and World Café Live with such acts as 722, Bebek, Franzschubert, Sensi Star, Clean Equations, The Black Lodge Ensemble, Dani Mari, Ashley Phillips, and The Smash Brothers. I have played jazz at the Kimmel Center, musical theater at the Walnut Street and Prince Music Theaters, reggae bass at the Jersey Shore, and rocked out at CBGB’s. I have toured throughout the east coast and as far as Shanghai, China. I bring all this range of experience to each lesson.
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I am a very easy going and patient teacher. My objective is for a guitar or bass lesson to be both educational and fun. I do not adhere to a strict curriculum because I have found over the years that everyone learns differently. I cater my lessons to the individual goals and tastes of my students.
Whether it is a 7 year old successfully playing a D chord or teenager connecting the dots of music theory, the most satisfying experiences for me is when a student has that “ah hah” moment. I feel it is my job not only to channel creativity but also to help students develop discipline. A typical lesson will consist of learning new skills such as working on rhythm and developing a good ear but most importantly, we will do a large amount of playing.
My teaching studio is furnished with two practice amps, a small PA, and a music stand. I have several guitars both acoustic and electric, plus a bass, keyboards, and several percussion instruments around the house to play with. I really enjoy working with students to develop their own music and am equipped to record demos. I also have an extensive songbook and guitar tab library as a resource to learn songs from. I do have two cats, just to let you know, and my house very easy to get to via public transportation.
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Improvisation, Classical, Jazz, Rock
Banjo, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele
I started taking music very seriously in middle school when I began guitar lessons at a local music shop. I was inspired at the time to learn all of my favorite Beatles songs as well as the punk music I was totally obsessed with. At the time I was fortunate enough to have been learning from a college educated musician Dr. Mark Cook, director of Composition and Music Theory at Shepherd University and Gerry Kunkel, Guitar chair at Maryland University. My passion for music grew exponentially from this point on and I spent the next years playing in as many ensembles as possible in school as well as my own bands with friends, a chance for me to work on my own compositions. As my drive for music increased I began taking lessons for other instruments including piano, trombone, and voice. This constant practice and dedication to the study of theory eventually resulted in my acceptance to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia to study jazz guitar performance.
At UArts my exposure to music and new musical practices was what kept me constantly working to better myself as a player and composer. I was able to study with many great theorists and performers in both the jazz and classical style including Scott McGill, Tom Giacobetti, Matt Davis. In my spare time in Philadelphia I work on performing my own songs and getting a feel for the music scene in the city. I play with a number of rock groups and folk and through networking found session work as a guitarist, pianist, and vocalist in various studios in Philadelphia. Currently I am playing with the Philadelphia bands Ape School and The Extraordinaires, When I'm not teaching or performing I record at home or do session work for different projects in Philadelphia studios.
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Zach is happy to teach all ages and skill levels. Whether you are trying to learn how to read notation, develop musicianship skills, or just want to learn your favorite songs the idea is to find the fun in music. Each lesson focuses on different points of musicianship associated with the relative musical study. Articulation, finger gymnastics, theory and analysis, and a historical perspective are all points of interest that can be brought to a lesson. Trying to get a full rounded musical experience are the main focus of lessons with Zach.
*** Studio Equipment ***
A large designated studio space with a keyboard and drum set, 5 guitars, banjo, bass guitars, lots of amps, percussion instruments
*** Travel Equipment ***
Instruments and amps for both myself and the student
*** Specialties ***
I am a capable player and educator in the styles of Jazz, Rock, Folk, Blues, and Classical technique
Banjo, Guitar, Music Theory
Wanamaker is an extremely versatile musician.
He leads a Chicago Blues Band, A Classic Bluegrass Band and his newest project A Gypsy Swing/Americana Band. He also has given many concerts on solo guitar.
He was a member of The John Herald Band from 1976-1980-playing venues from The Greek Theatre in Berkely California to Carnegie Hall in New York.
He then formed The Lewis Brothers,Phila.'s premier bluegrass band. They have played Venues like The Philadelphia Folk Festival, Sellersville Theatre and many clubs in the North Eastern U.S.They toured Holland in 1988.
Here's what Gene Shay-Host on WXPN Radio and Emcee of the Philadelphia Folk Festival had to say:
"Wanamaker has to be the best, banjo picker to come out of Philadelphia in ages. His guitar work is always top notch and the extreme talent and musical excitement he displays on stage is legendary. No doubt about it---Wanamaker is a master player and vibrant band leader from swing to blues to high-powered bluegrass!"
Gene Shay WXPN, Folk Alley, Sirius XM Satellite Radioer
*** Specialties ***
I teach general beginning guitar, folk, fingerpicking, rock, blues, country.
Banjo I teach bluegrass and old-timey
"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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