Stephen Yee

Stephen Y.

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

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My name is Stephen, and I’m a passionate saxophonist, composer, and arranger. Having just graduated from the Mason Gross School of the Arts, where I studied with the illustrious Ralph Bowen, I’ve already amassed a lot of experience in performance and music education.

With my jazz quartet, I’ve performed in locations all around the New Jersey area including shows for the New Brunswick Jazz Project and the New Jersey Jazz Society. As a composer, I’ve worked hard to compose a new piece every week for my junior and senior years as an undergraduate. This productivity, as well as constant refinement under the guidance of Ralph Bowen and Victor Lewis, resulted in an honors college guided senior recital with all original material and an accompanying 40 page honors thesis.

As a music educator, I have been blessed to have the opportunities to teach both privately and for music programs. The most notable of music program experiences have been the two years in which, I interned at the Play, on Philly! summer program. There, I taught jazz, woodwind chamber ensembles, helped during orchestral rehearsals, and juggled administrative responsibilities for students ranging from 6 to 18 years of age. Currently, I am back with the Play, on Philly! summer program as a full fledged teaching artist, where I teach a high school music composition course. I expect to be hired to join the fall and spring school semester before the end of this summer.

My teaching philosophy, shaped through years of varied classroom and private experiences, revolves around empathy and individuality. Every student is unique in their strengths and deficiencies, and it is my job as a teacher to figure out the most effective and enjoyable method of conveying knowledge. I specialize in creating personal, individualized practice plans and exercises for students, even going so far as writing etudes and recording transcription exercises with specific students in mind.

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Play on, Philly! Summer Music Camp Composition Teaching Artist
Jun 2019 - Aug 2019
Play, on Philly!

Taught a high school composition course for the duration of a six week summer camp.

Topics included classical theory fundamentals, diatonic harmony noteflight software, and musical creativity.

Play on, Philly! Summer Music Camp Classroom Teaching Assistant
Apr 2016 - Apr 2017
Play on, Philly!

Two summer's worth of teaching at a five-week summer camp with 160 hours of classroom service.

Helped teach saxophone, clarinet, flute, music theory, jazz, orchestra, wind ensemble, chamber ensembles, and more.

Rutgers Summer Jazz Camp Adjunct Counselor
Jul 2016 - Jul 2016
Rutgers University

Assisted teachers in the classroom with jazz history, large & small ensembles, and masterclasses for a week long jazz summer camp program.


B.M. Jazz Studies & Honors College Scholar
Sep 2015 - May 2019
Mason Gross School of the Arts


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Jack Ozawa Scholarship for Academic Excellence
Jun 2015
Philadelphia's Japanese American Citizen's League
Penncrest High School Excellence in Band Music
May 2015
Penncrest High School
Pennsylvania Music Education Association Richard Merrell Band Scholarship
Feb 2015
Half-Tuition Scholarship for Berklee College of Music 5 Week Summer Program
Jul 2014
Berklee College of Music


National Association for Music Education
Jul 2019

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. 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.

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