Stephen Layton

Stephen L.

Fullerton, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been playing trombone most of my life and it is the first instrument I learned to play. I specialize in breathing techniques, flexibility, endurance, range, improvisation, and much more!! I will push you to be your best!
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Stephen teaches



Stephen delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2005

Hello my name is Steve, I'm 36 and I am a professional musician and educator. who currently has openings for new students! I offer absolute beginning to professional level lessons. I teach at two locations in the Inland Empire, and at a location in Orange County. I earned a B.A. in Music Education at California State University Fullerton, and I performed with all the top ensembles. I studied with Grammy nominated and awarded musicians like Bill Cunliffe and Francisco Torres, Kye Palmer, and more!
I also have over twenty years of musical experience. I have been playing trombone and bass guitar since 1994 and I have been teaching since 2005. As a brass instructor I specialize in breathing techniques, embouchure development. range, flexibility, endurance, and improvisation. As a bass guitar and guitar instructor, I specialize in flexibility, endurance, speed, song writing, ear training, improvisation, and much more!
In addition I also help students with their music for band at school, or for any other type of ensemble they might be playing in. I have been a professional musician for several years and I have backed groups like The L.A. Swing Barons, The Inland Empire Swing Orchestra, Sonora Santanera groups, Willie and The Road Tramps, Irie Nationz, The Goodlow Company, Domestic Imports, Buddha Bomb, Angry Babies, Space Camp Stowaways, The Debonaires, and more! I am currently in a few different groups playing all over Southern California and beyond.
I will bring the best out of your playing, take a lesson with me and you will get better! I have years of experience that you can tap into; in order for you to reach your musical goals. My education philosophy is student focused and I draw from a lot of different teaching concepts like Kodàly method, Orff method, Susuki method, and more. I am much more than just an instructor, but your also getting a mentor and a life coach. Sign up for a lesson today!
To reserve a spot just look for the box that says "Reserve your spot with Stephen," then go ahead select the instrument you want to learn, then the location, and a time that works for you. Then I will get in contact with you as soon as your sign up and we can go over all the details. I love new students, and I cannot wait to hear from you today.

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Dec 2016 - Jan 2019
Irie Nationz Internation

Oct 2016 - Jul 2018
La Swing Barons

Aug 2013 - Feb 2015
The Goodlow Company


Music Education
Aug 2015 - Present
California State University California
AA in Fine Arts, AA Humanities Philosophy and Art
Aug 2013 - Jun 2015
Riverside Community College


Limited Proficiency


Music Performace
Jun 2015
Riverside Community College


Outstanding musicianship
Apr 2016
Reno Jazz Festival
Most Improved Performer
Jun 2014
Riverside Community College


National Association for Music Education
Aug 2017

National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.

Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers.

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National Band Association
Aug 2017

The National Band Association, founded on September 11, 1960, is the largest professional organization for bands in the world. It was organized for the purpose of promoting the musical and educational significance of bands and is dedicated to the attainment of a high level of excellence for bands and band music. NBA is an organization open to anyone and everyone interested in bands, regardless of the length of experience, type of position held, or the specific level at which one works. The membership roster includes men and women from every facet of the band world. NBA is today’s professional organization for band directors, and it stands ready to serve all members of the association through a variety of projects and initiatives.

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California Music Education Association
Aug 2017

CMEA is an affiliate of the National Association for Music Education. NAfME, one of the the world’s largest arts education organizations,

is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education

American Federation of Musicians
Aug 2015

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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National Association of Music Merchants
Jan 2015

NAMM is the not-for-profit association that promotes the pleasures and benefits of making music and strengthens the $17 billion global music products industry. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages.

Photos & Videos

Meng Hall at CSUF Campus

Playing trombone at CSUF

A few bands that I have played with and started.

My award from Reno Jazz Festival!

My guest appearance with The Angry Babies
The Goodlow Company
CSUF Latin Ensemble rehearsal, just having some fun with snap chat.

2016 Reno Jazz Festival, CSUF Latin Ensemble

Riverside Community Jazz Ensemble
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5 Reviews

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Aaron Aug 11, 2018
Bass Guitar · In studio

The best lesson I have taken! I look forward to future lessons because I am learning so much!

Jared M. Nov 11, 2017
Flute · In home

Steven is a very good instructor. He has a wonderful personality. He!s firm, knowledgeable, and knows how to encourage the student to work hard. My son has learned a lot from him in a short period of time as a beginner. I’d definitely recommend Steven.

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Michael Rodriguez Aug 11, 2017
Bass Guitar · In studio

Really like Steve's teaching ! Very easy and simplified instruction.Thank you ! Can't wait for the next Lessons.

Michelle F. Aug 1, 2017
Piano · In studio

Wonderful piano teacher and thank you for extending your tolerance and patience with me stephen. Looking forward to playing wonderful music lessons. Thank you take lessons you guys are awesome.

Kathryn Apr 15, 2017
Piano · In studio

Teacher was great

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