Stephen Ostaszewski
Los Angeles, CA
Profile-background-check Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Stephen Ostaszewski

Stephen O.

Los Angeles, CA
Profile-background-check Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio
Profile-location-home Student's Home
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio
Profile-location-home Student's Home
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
With over 4 years of teaching experience, 6 years of gigging and playing the guitar for 14 years, I have cultivated a unique approach to teaching the guitar. I take the time to listen to my students, hear their struggles and dreams and create a lesson plan that is truly individual. I've worked with beginners who've never touched a guitar to professionals looking to broaden their horizons, all ages too! I am a very professional, motivated and flexible teacher looking to help you learn the guitar!

About Stephen O.

Hi there! My name is Steve and I have my Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance for guitar. I've been playing the guitar for over 15 years now and have been teaching for over 5 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!

Reviews

Write a Review
4.9
19 Reviews
5
89%
4
11%
3
0%
2
0%
1
0%
Kamille
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Steve is a great teacher! He is positive, patient, and professional. So glad we found him!

Posted Dec 12, 2018
Henrique
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Steven is incredibly experienced and so attentive. I’m really enjoying our lessons together and have learned so much in a short period of time. I absolutely recommend Steven to anyone wanting to learn guitar (in any level you might be in - he’s an expert).

Posted Aug 23, 2018
Shawna
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Steve is a great instructor for my 6 year old daughter. She says, “he’s the best guitar teacher in the whole wide world because he understands what I want to do and he makes it fun for me.”

Posted Aug 23, 2018
Michael
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Steve, made me feel at ease during my first lesson. Giving me encouragement often.

Posted Jul 21, 2018
Eva
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Steve is a patient and encouraging teacher to my seven year old daughter. She enjoys the lessons very much.

Posted Feb 16, 2018
Liz
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I've had four lessons so far with Steve, and I am so pleased with how it is going! Steve is very skilled, patient, kind, punctual and professional. He responds to all my questions, and is very encouraging. He comes to my office in Pasadena to give me my lesson.

I find that the biggest challenge in learning something new, is keeping my own internal critic under control as I struggle with note reading, and learn how to play the guitar. The fact that Steve is so patient and never critical helps to offset my internal critic. I have felt self doubting in the first two lessons, but by lesson 3, I am confident that if I keep practicing and working with Steve, eventually I will get it.

Steve also shared info re his Taylor Mini guitar which is much smaller than the typical guitar, easier for me to play because the frets are smaller for smaller hands. I just bought my own Taylor Mini, a beautiful instrument which also inspires me to keep at it! Steve is also introducing some popular songs starting in lesson 3, which also makes it more enjoyable.

This is one of the best decisions I have made for myself, and I am very happy that I was lucky to find Steve. He's great!

Posted Feb 15, 2018
Bryan
Profile-location-online Online

Stephen is awesome. I do the lessons online which is super easy and fun as well. I am literally just a beginner so this is very exciting and Stephen is kind and patient!

Posted Nov 30, 2017
Laura
Profile-location-online Online

Steve is a pretty awesome guitar instructor. He can adapt his teaching to what the student wants to learn and adjust instruction as needed. He is really good at explaining things and helping the student work through things.

Posted Sep 27, 2017
Juan
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Our 10y.o. son has been taking lessons from Steve and really likes learning the guitar. He has improved much in a short period and is very enthused to keep learning. We highly recommend Steve for the guitar. He is a patient tutor and proficient in teaching.

Posted Aug 5, 2017
Kevin
Profile-location-studio Teacher's 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.

Posted Jun 19, 2017
Matt
Profile-location-online Online

Awesome teacher! Patient and knowledgeable. Highly recommended

Posted Jun 19, 2017
James
Profile-location-home Student's 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!

Posted May 30, 2017
Movses
Profile-location-studio Teacher's 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.

Posted Apr 23, 2017
Rachel
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Getting so much better at guitar thanks to Stephen!

Posted Apr 16, 2017
Meg
Profile-location-home Student's 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.

Posted Apr 13, 2017
Pearson
Profile-location-home Student's 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!

Posted Apr 11, 2017
Dennis
Profile-location-studio Teacher's 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.

Posted Apr 6, 2017
Gene
Profile-location-home Student's 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.

Posted Mar 21, 2017
Rebecca M.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's 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.

Posted Jun 7, 2015

Photos & Videos

4 Photos & Videos

Experience

Guitar Teacher
Jul 2018 - Present

Ernesta Music School

Provide private lessons for students ranging from beginner to advanced • Tailor lesson plans to fit students specific needs and goals • Commute to student’s wanted location for lessons

Guitar Teacher
Oct 2017 - Present

Henderson Academy of Music

Provide private lessons for students ranging from beginner to advanced • Tailor lesson plans to fit students specific needs and goals • Commute to student’s wanted location for lessons

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.

Guitar Teacher
Oct 2017 - Jun 2018

Guitar Center

Provide trial lessons to new students to determine if we’re a good fit Provide private lessons for students ranging from beginner to advanced Tailor lesson plans to fit students specific needs while working out of Guitar Center’s method book Help and converse with potential costumers on stores floor

Guitar Teacher
Jan 2017 - Jan 2018

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.

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

3rd Place Jazz Combo Competition
Mar 2014

Villanova University Jazz Festival

1rst Place Jazz Big Band Competition
Mar 2014

Villanova University Jazz Festival

Outstanding Performance
Mar 2009

UMass Amherst

Let Our Student Counselors Help You

We can match you with the perfect teacher and take care of all your scheduling needs.
Reserve Your Spot
Acoustic Guitar
change subject
  • {{ subject.value }}
{{ (view.locations.length > 1) ? 'Select a ' : '' }} Lesson Location
Other lesson locations may be too far away. show all
Stephen's Availability
Mo
Tu
We
Th
Fri
Sa
Su
Mornings
{{ time }}
Afternoons
{{ time }}
Evenings
{{ time }}
Time Zone:
Stephen's {{ (view.location && view.location.isStudio) ? 'Studio' : '' }} {{ (view.location && view.location.isTravel) ? 'In-Home' : '' }} {{ (view.location && view.location.isOnline) ? 'Online' : '' }} Lesson Pricing
{{ rate.duration }} minutes
${{ rate.rate }}
{{ view.loadingText }}
100% Satisfaction Guarantee

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Try the first lesson and if you’re not satisfied we'll refund any unused lessons.

Recently Viewed