Ralph Steinhardt

Gustav S.

Berkeley, CA

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Ralph delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
May 2005

As a singer/guitarist/pianist, and I have several years of experience teaching music in private lessons and after-school programs at DC's public schools. My specialty is working with young children (5-10) and anyone interested in learning how to play blues and classic rock, including adults. I have worked with kids as young as 4 and first-time students in their seventies, and have developed a unique curriculum for getting children excited about music. In lessons, my style is laid-back and my priority is creating a safe space for my students to challenge themselves, take artistic risks, and learn from their mistakes. I believe you're never too young to enjoy music, and never too old to start learning!

I also have an interdisciplinary Master's Degree from the University of Chicago and offer academic tutoring services in writing, English, social studies, language arts, and test preparation (SAT, GRE).

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that music is a potent vehicle for self-expression and that the joy of playing is the most important part of any musical education. Especially in my work with younger children, I have found that my students learn best when they are comfortable and relaxed - while discipline and hard work are indispensable for those who want to advance as musicians, there is also no substitute for a genuine love of playing. In order to foster that love in my students, I make sure that the atmosphere in class is safe, casual, and friendly. I also use a unique curriculum tailored to the needs of each student. Rather than a "one-size-fits-all" book or series of lessons, I craft an individual learning experience based on each student's unique goals, skills, and (with younger kids especially) stage of development.

*** Studio Equipment ***

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide all necessary equipment except the instrument itself - I expect students to have a guitar/piano in their home that they can use. *Please note that I am only able to teach students whose homes are within 1 mile of public transportation.

*** Specialties ***
Stylistically, I am strongest in blues and rock guitar.

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Private Music Teacher
Jan 2006 - Present

Over the past 8 years, I've worked with students aged 5-60, at all skill levels.

Writing Instructor
Jul 2013 - Jul 2014
University of Chicago


Sep 2012 - May 2013
University of Chicago
Sep 2007 - Jun 2011
University of Redlands


Fluent / Native Proficiency


ESL/Adult Literacy Tutoring Certification
Jan 2014

Photos & Videos

Photo by Gustav S.

Performing at the Bitter End (New York, NY)

Performing at the Bitter End (New York, NY)

Photo by Gustav S.

Photo by Gustav S.

Performing at An Droichead Beag (Dingle, Ireland)


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