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Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting
Originally from Columbia SC, Steve began music lessons at age 8. He continued with them for ten years then enrolled at The University of South Carolina as a music major. Steve studied piano with Dr. John Williams Emeritus Professor of Music, studied music theory and composition with Dr. Peter Gerschefski and was a member of the Choir led by Dr. Arpad Darazs. All of these great musicians and teachers had a major influence on Steve.
After college Steve traveled extensively and playing and performing in Las Vegas Style show bands.Steve moved to Charlotte in 1982 married Debra and began a Family, At that time a neighbor asked Steve to teach his son piano. Steve discovered he enjoyed sharing his knowledge and love of music. The rest, as they say, is history. Steve has been a full time private piano teacher for the last seven years.
Steve is a member of Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum and conducts recitals and performance opportunities for its members.
Steve continues to teach full time and perform with various groups.
*** Lesson Details ***
For beginners, I use a fairly traditional approach. I start students with the Bastien Books, John Schaum note speller, and a scale book. I emphasize chord recognition as soon as possible and show the student how to build on these patterns. I am very patient and not at all overly demanding. I realize children ( and adults) and very busy with many activities and piano is just one of them.
Of course having said that, you will get out of it what you put into it. I am a good teacher, but I can't sprinkle magic dust on you and make you a good musician. My teaching philosophy is totally positive reinforcement.
For more advanced students, I recommend certain classical repertory and popular music if they are interested. Let's pull out the I-Pod and play along with Coldplay, McCartney, Beatles, Black eyed Peas, Glee -Whatever interests you!
*** Specialties ***
in addition to teaching piano lessons I am proficient in synth sounds and running an instrument like the Yamaha Motif, Sequencing, and creating soundbeds.
Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone, Singing, Songwriting
I have studied and practiced in jazz, classical, blues, rock, and sacred
musical styles and have the experience and ability to play or teach others at any level. I play piano, saxophone, and sing professionally but have played clarinet, trumpet, tuba, and guitar as well. Additionally, I have the leadership and business experience to coordinate ensembles for various musical environments to provide the best teaching methods passed on from some of the top doctorates and world class teachers.
*** Studio Equipment ***
5'11' Kawai Grand Piano
Selmer Mark vi Tenor, Alto Saxophones
Buffet r-13 Clarinet
Roland G Fantom
Fender 5 String Bass
Roland 700 GX 88 key weighted
Yamaha yas 63 alto sax
Full Pa with microphones
*** Travel Equipment ***
They will need a piano, keyboard or saxophone. I only will do hour lessons paid monthly w/travel charges weighed in if taught outside my studio or home.
*** Specialties ***
classical, jazz, blues, gospel, traditional church, contemporary church, rock, pop, r&b, country, dixieland,
Many of my students not only learn to sing, they also learn to write their own songs and record. However, if you want to learn to sing, we can do that. I have two Master's degrees, one in education and one in supervision. So I understand how students learn. I have been teaching over 10 years. My training took place with very special teachers, people who write, and sing for a living. Jai josel who worked for RCA, Jason Blume, who wrote for Brittney Spears, and Stephen Schwartz who wrote the Broadway Musical, Wicked. My singing teachers include Van Christy, Roger Love, Rosemary Bulter and others. Recently I completed an album of 12 original songs. I have a website which I will share with you after you enroll in my class.
*** Lesson Details ***
Every thing is a skill. Singing is skill-based. We even have a skill that tells you what to do when you are nervous. Skills have a name, a purpose, a procedure and a time and place for use. So they can be retrieved when needed. After 3 to 6 months a student should be able to understand their singing anatomy. the four stages of breathing, sing correctly, understand the role focus plays in singing, understand the role of scales, and many other skills. The lessons are entertaining and informative. I develop the total student.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room with keyboards, and computer. Parents can sit on lessons.
*** Specialties ***
I developed a course called Commercial songwriting and Music Psychology. I teach songwriting as a skill base course of study that can be easily learned like other professions. I teach one to write in all genres and to write to todays trends. We use a process that develops a song from concept to finish song product. My students learn to write albums from songs written in class.
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"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."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"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."