Jason Stegenga

Jason S.

Chaska, MN

About Jason S.

Background check: Last verified 05/26/2016
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Jason teaches: Ages 7 and up
Teaching since: September 2005
Last sign in: 2 days ago


Music comes from our souls and is an incredibly passionate form of expression. When individuals perform for people, including a teacher, they put their confidence and abilities and imperfections out to be seen. That's why it is important for students to feel safe and confident in their instructor, something you will find in our teacher-student relationship.

I have been teaching acoustic, electric, and bass guitar for 11 years. My passions lie in folk, blues, rock, and indie music, and I love to share that passion with my students in an encouraging and patient environment. Communication is key in a learning environment to ensure that students are working and progressing toward their goals. I have given lessons to students from age 7 through 75, and understand that each student has a unique interest and skill set to be developed. Music would be pretty dull if everyone was the same, wouldn't it?

I have been a singer/songwriter out of the Twin Cities for the past 11 years and have played in venues all over the world. These include coffee shops, events, and churches in Minnesota and go as far as various establishments in Guatemala. My debut album was released in 2007 and I have been a part of numerous projects since that time. I have also had the privilege of taking intensive blues lessons with Michael May and vocal lessons with Helen Lapakko.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid back, patient, flexible, and caring teacher. I have experience with and enjoy teaching all ages and abilities. I like to guide students through material that they choose to work on, as long as it is within their ability. During my lessons, I will cover everything from the introductory basics, improving your technical abilities, ear training, theory, and improvisation. Time can also be taken to work through electric guitar basics involving amplifiers and effects and guitar maintenance.

*** Studio Equipment ***

*** Travel Equipment ***
Musical Materials, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Amp, Pedaboard, Metronome

*** Specialties ***
I prefer to teach people starting out in tablature, as I feel that they can more easily access songs in this method. I will, of course, teach them some basic note reading and the fretboard. I feel that learning chords and strumming is a great way to ensure that students feel success as they progress...as they can begin to play simple songs. I play all sorts of music myself, from rock to folk to blues.

Photos and Videos

This video and audio is live. The songs were played as a part of performance portfolio. Jason Stegenga (Vocals/Guitar/Mandolin), Anthony DeCamillis (Electric Guitar/Banjo), Joel Bowers (Drums), Isaac Kremer (Bass).


Northwestern Academy of Music

Sep 2007 - Present
University of Northwestern - St. Paul, MN

I teach guitar through Northwestern University in St. Paul.


B.S. of Biology

Sep 2001 - Dec 2004
Bethel University


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

Aug 2009

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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20 Reviews on Jason S.

Mike Oct 10, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Great intro to guitar.
Charlotte P. Nov 17, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Jason is an awesome guitar instructor. I am brand new to playing an instrument. He is very patient with me and delivers his instruction in a manner that is easy to understand!
Li Y. Jun 11, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Jason is a very nice and patient teacher for the kid, my son loves the class with him very much. Jason also prepares the class based on the kid's progress, it is really helpful even for kid without any previous guitar experience. Jason also communicates with parents well for any schedule change. I would recommend him if anyone is looking for a guitar teacher.
Jay M. Apr 21, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Jason is an accomplished guitarist, and an excellent teacher. He's a down to earth, regular guy who has a gift to share....which he does very well! He takes
time to communicate with me at a level which meets my needs, and is very patient with me. I believe that Jason wants me to improve in my guitar playing skills and knowledge of music theory just as much as I do, and is uniquely gifted to help me. I'm looking forward to on-going lessons with Jason. He's a really good guy, who deserves my highest recommendation.
Rick E. Jan 6, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Playing for the first time in many many years it has been pleasure to work with Jason to bring back all the lost learning.
Don S. Nov 8, 2014
Guitar · In home
I refer to myself as Jason's mature student. I'm 71 and can't believe how much Jason is able to teach me. He is very patient and able to help correct my bad habits.
A great teacher.
Dana S. Jun 13, 2014
Guitar · In home
My son has been taking lessons from Jason for about 9 months, and he LOVES Jason! He is awed by the level of talent Jason has and is inspired by the way Jason teaches him. Lately, Jason has also been working with our son on garage band and composition. We're really liking this also. Professional, flexible, talented - what more could you ask for?
Dan F. May 29, 2014
Guitar · In home
Jason is an exceptionally gifted and talented musician, and this applies to his teaching as well. Our son takes lessons from him, and loves his lessons. Jason is able to teach effectively at an age-appropriate level. He is always patient and encouraging. Jason has a passion for the music he plays comes through in each lesson. I highly recommend him as a teacher. If you want the best instruction, get the best instructor. Jason is your guy!
Jayson B. Mar 5, 2014
Verified Student
Great Teacher

Jason is a great teacher for my 11 year old daughter. His style worked well with a young audience as well as an absolute beginner. The progression of skills and materials seemed perfect for a developing guitar player. I would highly recommend him.
Kari S. Nov 27, 2013
Verified Student
Great teacher!

My 9 year old son has been taking lessons from Jason for the last 4 months. My son enjoys his lessons, practices on his own and is actually sounding pretty good! Jason is very patient and great with him! I definintely would recommend taking lessons from Jason!
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