Stephen Ostaszewski

Stephen O.

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

Teaching since:
May 2013

Hi there! My name is Steve and I have my Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance for guitar. I have been playing the guitar for over 13 years now and have been teaching for over 4 years. I can play Jazz, Bluegrass, Rock, Pop, Fusion, Funk, Jam and Singer/Songwriter. Any of these genres I'm able to teach and give insight about playing and performing. I've worked with students who are absolute beginners to professional musicians who want to further their knowledge, all ages too. I've been gigging for over 6 years as well and I utilize my experiences to give my students the best music education in a holistic way that they can understand. I am motivated, flexible and eager to teach! Take a listen to some of my music!

www.soundcloud.com/stephen-ostaszewski

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Experience

Guitar Teacher
Jan 2017 - Present
Aurora Entertainment, LLC

I provide lessons to students of all ages and ability levels. I also provide trial lessons for interested students who aren't 100% sure and I have performed for video content on their websites.

Guitar Teacher
Sep 2013 - Present
Self-Employed

I taught guitar lessons to UMass students while in college, I also taught lessons to students in Brattleboro, VT while I lived there and currently teaching lessons in the LA area since November 2016.

Substitute Guitar Teacher
May 2011 - Aug 2013
Main Street Music

I was a substitute teacher, so I would cover lessons for teachers who took time off.

Education

Bachelor of Music in Music
Sep 2010 - May 2014
UMass Amherst

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

1rst Place Jazz Big Band Competition
Mar 2014
Villanova University Jazz Festival
3rd Place Jazz Combo Competition
Mar 2014
Villanova University Jazz Festival
Outstanding Performance
Mar 2009
UMass Amherst

Photos & Videos

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10 Reviews

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Kevin Jun 19, 2017
Guitar · In studio

I've had three lessons with Steve and I'm really impressed with his knowledge and patience. Steve and I are working on keeping me focused and having me learn how to read music. I do know how to play the guitar already I just lack certain foundational things that I believe will help my playing. I feel like I have a great guide to teach me not only how to play more efficiently but also the why behind it i.e. Music Theory.

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Matt Jun 19, 2017
Music Theory · Online

Awesome teacher! Patient and knowledgeable. Highly recommended

James May 30, 2017
Guitar · In home

Steve has been a really great teacher! He's formally trained, very attentive, and really into what he's doing as a musician and teacher. It's just a great experience. He can teach from material or teach by ear and in just the few weeks we've been meeting we've covered music theory, scale modes, blues, jazz, pop and rock styles, general guitar technique, and now we're even getting into learning and analyzing solos by David Gilmour from Pink Floyd (an all-time favorite of mine). I'd recommend him to anyone looking to dive deeper into guitar and music in general. Thanks, Steve!

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Movses Apr 23, 2017
Music Theory · In studio

This tutoring session was probably the best I have ever had. I am taking a Music 101 course in which I am finding myself having trouble with. I took up tutoring with Stephen and he really broke down the steps. Sometimes, I do not understand things the first time when they are explained to me; and reading music happens to be one of them. However, I am very lucky to have Stephen as my tutor who is very patient in explaining the lesson to me. If you want a tutor who is patient and willing to invest time in helping you understand music, I highly recommend that you take Stephen.

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Rachel Apr 16, 2017
Guitar · In home

Getting so much better at guitar thanks to Stephen!

Meg Apr 13, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Stephen is knowledgeable, hilarious, and easy to work with. He makes learning a fun and creative process and works with my schedule to make guitar an important part of my life. Thanks to him I am cruising along and finding that anybody can learn well with the right teacher.

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Pearson Apr 11, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

I had some minor experience before meeting with Steve, and he did a really great job of building on my previous experience while really giving me a much better understanding of music and music theory. Highly recommended!

Dennis Apr 6, 2017
Guitar · In studio

I have been playing guitar for more than 10 years. Decided to go back to lesson again. He is a guy who listen to your concern and apply his knowledge to help you improve. Coming up with his own lesson.. going over the material in a pace where I can follow through.

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Gene Mar 21, 2017
Guitar · In home

I would like to take a second and suggest Steve as a great guitar instructor.... I have been working with him fir a couple months now... my busy schedule does not always allow me enough time to practice like I should. But Steve has the patience needed to work through it with me. I am happy to learn from him, and I would recommend him to anyone looking for an instructor.

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Rebecca M. Jun 7, 2015
Guitar · In studio

First of all - he is an amazing guitarist! Very talented for his age. He is really open to my ideas and goals as a musician. He helped me with my music theory and improvisation as well as rudiments. He was patient with my learning process and was able to adapt himself to the my learning style. Would recommend him to anyone! Also, a very funny and kind soul.

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