Stephen Becker

Stephen B.

Brooklyn, NY
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Stephen delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
September 2007

Hi, I'm Steve, a dual-degree graduate from Oberlin College and Conservatory in Ohio with a BM in Jazz Studies and a BA in English Lit. I spend most of my time performing and composing music on guitar, drums, and piano, specializing in a range of musical styles that include indie/alternative rock, traditional/modern jazz, funk & soul, samba/bossa nova. Generally speaking, I love song-writing and improvisation, and finding ways to combine the two.

I am classically trained, meaning I have a strong background in music theory, standard notation, ear training. I also have studio experience, having recorded albums with several bands (Drama Section, Idol Hour, Native Eloquence, StaG), as well as tons of experience in home recording on Ableton and Pro Tools.

I've been making music on guitar and drums since I was ten years old in sunny Santa Monica, CA. On a typical weekend, you can find me cycling through Prospect Park, reading in a coffee shop, and making stir-fry at home.

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Experience

Oberlin Conservatory Private Lesson Instructor
Sep 2011 - May 2015
Oberlin College

Private Lessons in Jazz and Song Writing with Oberlin College and Conservatory students.


Education

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature
Sep 2011 - May 2015
Oberlin College
Bachelors of Music in Jazz Performance
Sep 2010 - May 2015
Oberlin Conservatory
Diploma
Sep 2004 - May 2010
Brentwood School High School

Languages

Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Awards

Creativity and Leadership Grant
Jan 2013
Oberlin College
Oberlin Conservatory Initiative Grant Supporting Imagination and Excellence CIGSIE
Jan 2013
Oberlin Conservatory
Julie Taymor Grant
Jan 2013
Oberlin College
Honors in Jazz Studies
May 2010
Brentwood School

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