Paul Stevens

Paul S.

Atlanta, GA

About Paul S.

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Paul teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: September 2010
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Overview

Hello students and parents!

I am a native of Atlanta, Georgia who has been studying music for 20 years. My first instrument was the piano at age 6, and I began playing percussion in my middle school band when I was 11. My deep love of music drove me to pursue a Bachelor of Music Performance degree, which I earned Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia in 2012. In college, I studied percussion with Tim Adams, retired principal timpanist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Music is an exciting and enormous world that I am eager to share with you, either at your home or in my studio. I am a patient, funny, and outgoing teacher who caters to your specific needs as a student. While I have studied classical music for many years, I also offer lessons in popular music styles, including rock, jazz, funk, and hip-hop.

I frequently perform as a freelance musician and recording artist, playing anything from drum set in my rock band Grand Vapids to solo musical saw. I have performed nationally and internationally with ROC, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Arts!Oglethorpe, Athena Opera, Chamber Cartel, Classic City Jazz, Oconee Youth Playhouse, and numerous groups around the southeast.

I believe that with positive dedication and a great attitude, any musical goal you have in mind can be achieved. Let me be the person to help you with your goal! Thanks for stopping by my page, and I hope to teach you soon!

-Paul S.

*** Lesson Details ***
I strongly believe in the idea of constant positive re-enforcement when it comes to teaching music. Negativity leads to tension, and tension is NOT conducive to learning. I am an enthusiastic and gentle educator, but I will firmly drive you or your child to achieve musical goals in a fun and exciting atmosphere. Motivation is essential to practice, and the importance of practice could never be overstated. This is why I stress positivity! I ask only that you come to your lesson prepared and unafraid of making mistakes.

As a beginning musical student, you can expect to have the fundamentals of reading and comprehending written music within 3 months. On the day of your first lesson, we'll discuss your goals and interests, and I will recommend books and materials to aid you on your journey. I will systematically teach you the basic rudiments and techniques that are essential to proper hand and finger movement; I'll also teach you mental techniques to ensure great practice. As an intermediate or advanced student, we'll discuss your previous education and musical interests, and I'll direct you towards the styles you want to pursue. We'll also work on concepts of music theory and performance.

Since performance is an important part of music, I will coordinate an optional recital in the winter and spring for students to showcase their hard work and talent. This low-stress concert will be held at a local school or community center and will surely be a great experience for all those involved.

I teach from my home studio in Ormewood Park, Atlanta. Two friendly cats live here, but if you or your child are wary of pets, Tycho and Charlie will be closed off in another room for the duration of our lesson.

Let's make beautiful music together!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Various drums (including a drum kit) and percussion instruments, piano, guitars.

*** Specialties ***
I was trained classically, so I am happy to pass on a love of classical music through lessons. However, I have been playing jazz and popular music since high school and am also knowledgeable in these genres.

Experience

Percussion Ensemble Director

Aug 2014 - Present
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

I run a percussion ensemble for high school students

Section Percussionist

Sep 2013 - Present
Albany Symphony Orchestra

Accompanist

Jan 2013 - Present
Kennesaw State University

I accompany modern dance classes at KSU.

Freelance Musician/Educator

Aug 2008 - Present
Self-Employed

I perform a wide variety of musical styles in theater pits, concert halls, recording studios, clubs, restaurants and at weddings. I also give percussion, piano and guitar lessons to people of all ages.

Music Theory Instructor

Sep 2014 - Aug 2015
School of Audio Engineering Atlanta

I taught a music theory class at SAE to music engineering students.

Education

Bachelor of Music

Aug 2008 - Aug 2012
University of Georgia
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6 Reviews on Paul S.

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Terrence B. May 7, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great teacher great enthusiasm and music knowledge
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Sonja F. Mar 30, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Paul is a great instructor for both of my children (ages 6 and 8). He adapts his teaching style easily based on the interests and abilities of each child. My children look forward to the lessons and are very happy thereafter. I highly recommend Paul as a piano teacher.
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Lino B. Mar 4, 2016
Percussion · In studio
Verified Student
Paul was terrific with my seven year-old grandson! He did a great job of including music theory in his performance instruction in a way that my grandson could understand.
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Benedict & Teresa F. Feb 5, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
The kids loved it.
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Oliver S. Jan 17, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
The first lesson was great! We are so excited to see Mr. Paul again very soon.
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Erin C. Sep 30, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Paul is an awesome instructor! He is always willing to answer questions and makes every lesson fun and educational.