Stephen Buckman
Newton Highlands, MA
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Stephen Buckman

Stephen B.

Newton Highlands, MA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
In this online class you will learn how to doodle notes on music staff paper for beginners, intermediate and some advance. Help recognize and hear melodic patterns with intervals, pitches, rhythms, and how each instrument may sound on staff paper. How music in songs is created without lyrics. If you have lyrics we can work on that together on the music.

Piano or score staff paper with Treble and Bass clef. Piano staff paper can be downloaded from the internet in .pdf format and printed and probably score paper. You can also purchase it online. 12 stave better, pencil, eraser, 61/76/88 (88 best) key keyboard or piano, knowledge of note placement, knowing note names on staff, symbols, (treble, bass clef) some music terminology, etc.

About Stephen B.

Hello, I am a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston with a degree in Piano and Film Scoring.

I teach Piano, Analysis of scores, Film Scoring, Ear Training, Conducting and Photography.

I provide a fun and enjoyable class for students of all ages.

Styles I teach include: Film scores, Pop, New age, Rock, improv, Classical and some Jazz. (Scales, finger exercises, chords, arpeggios, theory, simple songs, composition, posture, etc.)

I worked at Piano Playtime where I taught twelve Kindergarten to 4th grade group piano lessons. I am easy to get along with, and very patient with kids and adults.

In the past, I scored a local film titled "The Times Were Never So Bad: The Life of Andre Dubus" who's son Andre Dubus III wrote the story "The House of Sand and Fog." In 2003 the novel was adapted into a film starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly. The film won first place at the Providence Film Fest in 2007. I also composed a piano jingle for the online college Capella University. Currently, I am composing a rock opera which will be recorded and produced by the producer of the song All 4 One- I swear.

Locations near Newton, Brookline, Wellesley, Needham, Dedham, Dover, Westwood, Waltham, Bedford, Boston, Route 128, area etc. are okay or you can come to me. I also teach online.

I look forward in sharing this musical journey with you!
(30 minute classes are online only)



A challenging career in the field of music and art of piano pedagogy that will help students achieve their desired goals based on each individual needs. Demonstrate a strong commitment to help children and adults to learn cognitive and mathematical skills through music theory and piano.


2012 – Present Private Piano Instructor
Traveling Music Lessons, At Your Door Music, Newton, MA
• Teach basic piano skills to children and adults in person and online
• Create finger, chord, video exercises, and online research to help achieve students clear understanding
of weekly lessons
• Commit students to stay on task, focus, and communicate with parents on their progress

Present Composer for a Rock Opera song "The Sacrifce"

2017 – 2018 Piano Playtime Glover School, Milton, MA
• Instruct twelve children Kindergarten through 4th grade basic piano lessons, rhythms, and musical
activities and help them with problem-solving musical skills

Composer Newton, MA
Composed music for two Capella University online commercials that aired worldwide

Documentary Film Composer Newton, MA
“The Times Were Never So Bad: The Life of Andre Dubus”
Won first place at the Providence Documentary Film Festival and shown at various film festivals in the United States.

Film Composer Newton, MA
Composed music for Independent horror film "Eamon's Road"
Premiered at The Regent Theatre, Arlington, MA


ASCAP (American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers)


Bachelor of Music in Film Scoring and Piano
Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA

References Available Upon Request


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5 Reviews
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Stephen's a great instructor both from a technical and personable perspective.

He's got a cornucopia of musical knowledge that's evident from how speaks to how he teaches. If you like any film score, chances are he knows how to play it.

Speaking as a beginner, I can say he's been very patient and knows a bunch of exercises and books to learn everything thing from theory to practical pieces to finger exercises.

He provides constructive guidance on what you're doing wrong, and I'm happy to see myself improve under his tutorage. (oh and if you're a sci-fi fan, you'll have a lot in common with him)

Posted Apr 18, 2021
Saelle D.
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Great ., very nice person

Posted Sep 1, 2020
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Steve is an excellent teacher! I always look forward to my classes. I am a student in high school, and he fully understands my need to balance my school work with piano, and he makes sure that I am able to comfortably commit to both aspects of my life. Steve makes sure that I stay on task and that I am progressing with my piano skills all while making the lessons fun and enjoyable.

Posted May 7, 2019
Nancy G.
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Great lessons...Stephen is a wonderful teacher. Very kind and musical.

Posted Oct 31, 2018
Clifford W.
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Stephen was informative, patient, and very punctual. He made the effort to explain things thoroughly and gave me leeway to work on my skills at my own pace.

Posted Nov 3, 2015

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Piano Teacher
Nov 2008 - Present


Teach basic and intermediate piano skills to children and adults. Designed finger exercise and chord lessons. Majored in Film Scoring and Piano at Berklee

Mar 1997 - Present


Freelance Photographer / Designer Self-run freelance photography selling prints. Sold original photographic greeting cards in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston gift store as well as local farm stands, sold photographs at the Massachusetts College of Art auction and various photography shows. Took product photos for a philanthropy organization. Achieved a variety of product photography projects that also include retouching, designing, imaging, signage and web banners. Summer Seasonal Photo Tour teacher Bring a few to several groups of people around Boston Common and teach them camera basics and photo composition. Green D Ventures Took photos for private event for Dartmouth College alumni investment firm. Photographer / Website and Graphics Technician / Designer USS Constitution Museum Charlestown, MA Produced images for the museum website. Duties include product photography, printing with Epson and HP printers, retouching and resizing. Report and communicate to sales director for photo shoot consultation. Maintaining gift store website archives and assist with updating products on website. Design flyers and signs for instore events and products. Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator Boston Camera Club Boston, MA Coordinate marketing activities, event planning and created flyers to recruit new members, via coordinating notices to local newspapers. Organizing photography exhibits for special events.

Group Piano Teacher
Sep 2017 - Jun 2018

Piano Playtime

Taught twelve children Kindergarten through 4th grade basic piano lessons and musical games at the Glover School, Milton, MA


Graphic/Web Design
Sep 2007 - Jun 2008

New England Institute of Art (Art Instittutes)

Piano and Film Scoring
Sep 1988 - May 1991

Berklee College of Music



Fluent / Native Proficiency


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Oct 2006
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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