Berklee Grad in Piano and Film Scoring. Get ready to Play Music and Shoot Photos!
Stephen is a graduate from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA in Piano Performance and Film Scoring. He has worked at Piano Playtime where he taught twelve Kindergarten to 4th grade group piano lessons, and with kids with disabilities. He is easy to get along with and very patient with kids and adults. He has been teaching on TakeLessons since 2012, online, in person, and at students homes. What you will find in Stephen's lessons, he creates short mp4 videos of the lesson and e-mails them to the students or parents. While he has interests in Piano and Composition, he also enjoys and teaches Singing, Photography, Geography, and Astronomy. He has sold his photos at galleries and at the Annual Mass College of Art auction. If not playing or teaching piano, you will find him taking photos or hiking a mountain in the early morning. Stephen 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. He also composed two piano songs for the online college Capella University, and currently composing a rock opera. He teaches near Newton, Brookline, Wellesley, Natick, Needham, Dedham, Dover, Westwood, Waltham, Bedford, Boston, Route 128, area, and online. RESUME CAREER SUMMARY 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. EXPERIENCE 2012 – Present Private Piano Instructor Traveling Music Lessons, At Your Door Music, TakeLessons.com • 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 2017 – 2018 Piano Playtime Glover School • Instruct twelve children Kindergarten through 4th grade basic piano lessons, rhythms, and musical activities and help them with problem-solving musical skills Composer Composed music for two Capella University online commercials that aired worldwide Documentary Film Composer “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 Composed music for Independent horror film "Eamon's Road" Premiered at The Regent Theatre AFFILATIONS ASCAP (American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers) EDUCATION Bachelor of Music in Film Scoring and Piano Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA References Available Upon Request
Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
Teaching since 2008
Has background check
Stephen's Photography videos
I started practicing piano during covid and stumbled upon this website. After taking my first group live class with Stephen, I was hooked. He made learning different piano songs easy, and as I got better and started to take his music theory classes paired with his daily group live piano classes, I found myself being able to read notes and it made learning more advanced songs easier to grasp. I have been taking lessons with Stephen for over 6 months now and can't believe how good I am getting with the piano. I look forward to his classes as they are not only educational, but fun. And, when there are time I find myself struggling with a piece of concept, Stephen finds a way to teach it so that I am understand and grasp it better. This platform is lucky to have such a skilled pianist like Stephen, and I am so lucky I get learn from ana amazing teacher who not only skilled, but patient and makes learning the piano easier than other tutors I have studied with. I highly recommend Stephen not just for his piano and music theory classes and tutoring services, but also for his STEM classes, too. He is very knowledgeable in all that he teaches.
This is the best instructor ever. This instructor's prominent work ascends me beyond realities as he is patient calm and rewarding when you complete homework he sent, complete a song, etc. This instructor is loving and funny he lightens up the mood and encourages you with his soul raising the mood as high as the sun. I love this instructor, thank you so much for teaching me.
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)