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Levels Taught: Advanced

About Steven B.

Background Check: Last verified 09/20/2013
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Male Ages Taught: 7 to 65
Female Ages Taught: 7 to 65


Have you always wanted to learn how to play the piano, guitar or electric bass? Or maybe you've just felt like brushing up your musical knowledge and playing skills? Now’s your chance to fulfill those dreams!

About Me: San Francisco Bay area pianist/guitarist/bassist; I've been playing music for over 50 years. I'm classically trained with a solid foundation and knowledge of music theory, and have 35 years experience teaching, recording and performing. I have done session work and/or performed with members of Journey, Santana, Jackson Browne, Eddie Money, The Doobie Brothers and Greg Allman to name a few. Let me take my education and experience and pass them on to you!

My main goal as a music instructor is to pass along my love and knowledge of playing music to my students, always vigilant for sharing shortcuts that will help the student to achieve their lesson goals faster. Some teachers teach only out of books. I am not such a teacher. Books solve the problem of learning music in generalizations and by their very nature, cannot take into consideration personal issues a student will encounter.

Most students are able to learn enough of the necessary mechanics at the first lesson to actually play something before they leave that lesson. This is important because they realize that playing music IS possible. I always enjoy the look on their face when they realize they have actually “played” their instrument at their first lesson.

I am not the sort of teacher who yells and screams if the student comes in unprepared. I realize that people come to me for a variety of reasons and I work with them with whatever they bring in. I am patient and if a student is not understanding a certain aspect, I bring into play alternate approaches. Not everyone assimilates information in the same way. Learning music should be an enjoyable adventure for the student and I venture to say that my students enjoy coming to their lessons. We have fun, and we learn.

>>> FYI: I'm happy to come to your home if traveling to my studio in Alameda isn't convenient for you, and I cover most of the East Bay, including Oakland, Berkeley, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Orinda, Lafayette, Walnut Creek and (of course) my own lovely town of Alameda. As much as I love our "City by the Bay", traveling to San Francisco, Marin, or the Peninsula just isn't cost or time effective for me; I apologize to you fine folks and potential students of the West Bay!

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Student Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by 12 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Guitar Teacher I'm really enjoying taking guitar lessons from Steven. He's easy going, fun to learn from and is not only teaching the mechanics of playing guitar but also the ear training and theory behind music in general and performance in particular. January 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by My son, Jake, is really enjoying his lessons with Steven. I am very impressed with all that my son has learned. Steven is patient, positive and keeps my son excited for each lesson. Perfect fit.Thank you! March 26, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great teacher February 23, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Taylor's Gramma We are so thankful to have found Steven ! He is just amazing with my Grandaughter and she is only 6yrs. old. She's doing very well with Steven and looks forward to every lesson. He is a very joyful and pleasant man as well. We all love him, including our dogs! August 2, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Parent Steven has completely clicked with both of my kids' very different learning styles and personal goals. My older one just said that she now wishes she could take lessons 5 days a week! July 14, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Having fun! Hiya Steve. Just want to share something with you that's pretty cool. My daughter has a keyboard {one of those cheapie ones} and I was screwing around on it. I was thinking of my favorite classical piece, Gustav Mahler's "Funeral March" which is pretty much Frere Jacques in a minor key. So, I kind of pecked out Frere Jacques and then substituted some flats and it was real similar to Funeral March. Very cool!! :-) June 24, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by he is a excellent teacher, my daughter enjoys his class June 24, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by The lessons have been very helpful and I have learned a lot. The lessons are very informative and I always go away with something new that I have learned and for that I am very grateful. April 6, 2011