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From my songs, I am powerless to power-girl, I became a transformational singer/songwriter, coach, speaker, workshop host and author of the book, Change the World - Write Your Song! I have written songs since my teens and I found a kinship to writing songs that was driven by dynamics, power and the transformation music has to myself, to others and to the world. All I want to be is a transformational singer/songwriter and now teacher. It's my turn to help you write your song. Find your voice whether it be singing, playing an instrument, writing or performing. I teach the Whole Musician Way! It's way of life!
I have been writing songs for over 25 years. At 35, I returned to school and got an Associate of Art degree in music at Santa Barbara City College and a Bachelor of Art degree in music at University California Santa Barbara. After receiving my degree from the University in 2001, I plunged back into my first love songwriting and started recording. In 2004, I released my CD, Faded Fiction. These were songs that I recorded in 1998, while attending school. Then in 2007, I released a second CD, The Ballad Of Calamity. In 2011, I self -published my first book, Change The World; Write Your Song! Book I - Fundamentals and beyond for the Aspiring Singer/Songwriter. I have been busy working on book II, writing songs, working for a non-profit After school program called, Girls Rock SB, teaching privately, singing and acting with Santa Barbara Revels, performing with my band The Stone Phoneys - Linda Ronstadt Tribute and recording.
Special note to the Parents of prospective music students:
Many doctors and scientist are also musicians because it is a creative craft stimulating a part of the brain that academics does not. Music will always be around and when you learn music you also learn; math, language, history, reading and science. Whether your child continues in music or not, the benefits of knowing music are documented.
Together with your child I will help them realize their greatness. They can learn so much about themselves just by writing their song. I have a unique perspective on the pre-teen and teen because that is when I began writing songs. If only I knew then what I know now! This is something I can do for your child. For me, songwriting was my escape and my therapy. I survived my troubled teens through music. And now I want to teach your child all I know. Combined with some performance opportunities! Your child will love it! Most of my kids get a kick out of my lessons. I am very patient and yet provide incentives to inspire motivation for the possibilities of great things.
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To teach "The Whole Musician" means to teach, voice, guitar and/or piano, songwriting, performance, recording and the music business. I teach anyone who wants to learn. With this "whole musician" style of teaching, we will together create your unique style by focusing on your strengths.
Music has the power to influence and change lives, therefore changing the world. As a beginning singer/songwriter, you will discover how to look within first, before creating your song and exploring your voice. This process ultimately encourages you to resolve and evolve emotionally. Once you’re ready to share your song with the world, it will be your song and no one else. My objective is to help you create your song, your voice, your style!
~ Beginning Vocal Lessons: Learn scales, harmonies, vocal tech, music theory & musicianship, learn to read vocals parts and more complex songs, performance experience.
~ Learn beginning guitar, piano and bass. Learn the basics, chords, scales, TABs and how to read simple music charts. Also, learn the basics in music theory, musicianship and to read music.
~ Songwriting for Pre-teens- Learn about how to write songs from a title and other methods, simple lyrics, songwriting forms and rhythms.
~Songwriting for Teens and beyond! Learn different methods to write songs, chord progressions, songwriting forms, Lyrics, complex rhymes and rhythms and much much more!
~ Performance. each student will have the opportunity to perform, the performer etiquette and the music business.
~ Record. each student will learn about the different music software programs and learn the basics.
I love to teach voice, guitar, piano, songwriting, performing and recording. I can help you learn everything you need to know to become the next superstar. If you love Taylor Swift, Katie Perry and The Beatles you'll love to work with me because I love them too.
*** Studio Equipment ***
I have an electric and acoustic guitar, electric bass and piano.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I have my own guitar.
*** Specialties ***
I like to teach the "whole Musician" meaning if a student wants to learn voice and guitar or piano to accompany their voice or to help them write a song or help them complete a song I can teach them. Students will begin by learning songs they like by singing, playing and performing them with my guidance. What ever I know I will pass it on! I love to teach songwriting. I wrote a book and believe that songwriting is very therapeutic and easy to learn. I mostly like to teach a student by ear but can teach them how to read music too. I also love to teach how to perform, record and to find their best singing voice.
I completed a BA in Music along with a BA in Psychology at Marylhurst University in 2009 after professional experience as a multi-instrumentalist in performance, instruction, and personal study. I taught myself the basics of keyboard, guitar, and hand-percussion as a teenager. The next serious pursuit was hand-percussion in West-African and Afro-Cuban traditions, playing with performance ensembles and dance-troupes. This gave my musical world a firm foundation in the domain of rhythm. My experience with flute began on bamboo instruments mimicking the sounds I heard in nature. I went on to study silver flute in both jazz & classical traditions leading to the completion of my music degree at Marylhurst where I had the opportunity to nurture both pursuits, honing in on the repertoires of composers such as JS Bach and Olivier Messiaen, in addition to music theory, composition, and history. Aside from Western music I also branched off into Classical Indian music, or Raga, and the playing of the Bansuri & the Tambura. While completing my music degree I also delved deeper into acoustic guitar and songwriting, working mostly in the folk-tradition of early Bob Dylan and the like. I went on to complete a Masters degree in Special Education, acquiring numerous skill sets which carry over to my music instruction practice.
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The lessons I offer are always student-centered and a combination of work & fun. I do not use any particular method-books or curriculum; rather I approach each student as an individual, and seek to understand each ones learning-style and musical preferences, then proceed to recommend materials. The underlying concept in my own music-practice and teaching-practice is that of disciplined freedom, i.e. through the discipline of practice we earn freedom of expression in the Music. With beginners & advancing students alike, I encourage a daily practice, aimed at the development of mechanical mastery which will allow the student to go in any musical-direction they wish, while facilitating self-expression. With advanced students, I can delve deeper into theories of musical harmony, concepts of artistry, personal expression, and abstract ideas about expressing creative energy.
I have hands-on experience facilitating music lessons for folks with special needs involving "developmental disabilities" Please do contact me about any such special arrangements.
"What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies inside of us"-Ralph Waldo Emerson
*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stands; Korg 12-track portable-studio.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Can provide music stands as needed.
*** Specialties ***
Flute: Western classical, Indian classical - Raga; Wooden flutes: Bansuri, Native-American flutes. Jazz / blues ; Middle-eastern music / scales specific to the region.
Guitar: Acoustic, Finger-style, Songwriting.
Tambura - drone instrument from India: Raga theory, singing Sargam, toning/chanting
I am a professional music teacher, and teach private one-on-one music lessons for Drums, Bass, Guitar (electric & Acoustic), Voice, and Trombone.
Students are introduced to their instruments in a fun and understandable way. Technique, music theory, and reading are taught through song form, which creates a strong foundation and love for music. We are having fun, while getting the job done.
I think that the key to music lessons is the fun and inspiration factor. I remember taking drum lessons from my first teacher who had this GIANT chrome drum set and it just made me want to go home and practice. My main goal with each lesson is to get "one nugget" that the student can walk away with. Either a reading tip, or a song form, or a lick…something tangible that makes them want to practice and get better.
I also was a martial arts teacher for many years in Los Angeles, and one the main things that my teacher taught me was to "keep the student going". It's all about inspiration, fun, challenge, setting and achieving goals…and did I mention fun. When something makes us laugh, we tend to want to do it more.
When I attended Musicians Institute THE BIG THING was seeing the worlds top musicians sitting 3 feet in front of you explaining how they do what they do…it was a life altering experience. And then of course they would ask us to come up on stage to play so that they could critique and help us….wow, talk about pressure. But in the end it was all worth it, and like I said, seeing all of those great players gave me the "reality check" to shoot for and reach that goal of becoming a professional musician.
Another thing that I really enjoy about teaching, other than the fact that I get to help mold young minds, and influence the future (a responsibility I take seriously and with much thought and deliberation) is simply that i GET TO PLAY ALL DAY. I structure my lessons so that each time we start we do a warm-up, then we do some repetition, then we learn something new, then repeat that. so I am essentially playing a good 80 to 95% of each lesson. That inspires my students because they see how much fun i am having and they're like "yeah, I can do this".
So I like to keep things light and happy as we start the lesson, get serious toward the middle, and then end on a happy note like jamming on what we learned, or doing something fast and exciting….so that the last thing you remember as you leave is…"I can't wait to come back". It really works well for students and for me too.
"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."