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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I have probably taught more La State Fiddle Champions than anyone else. I know how to get student started off on the right foot so they don't spend years of frustration. I have seen many violinist and fiddlers alike who simply do not know the correct way to hold the violin in their arms and this lead to frustration. I have the ability to correct any fingering problems that you may be having in a matter of minutes. And yes, this includes the 4th (Pinky) finger.

I first start by teaching fun fiddling tunes to get each student going. They will be playing by the first lesson. Some teachers only teach by ear and other just by reading music which can bog the student down at first. I believe in learning the instrument first and then the music reading.

I do however give complete fingerings for each song the student learns during the lesson so there will be plenty to practice on between lessons.

Also, as an added benefit, I will be accompanying you on the Guitar which is beneficial when it comes to being able to hear if you are playing in tune, and also gives the feeling of being part of a band.

I will have you playing all the fun tunes, Cotton Eyed Joe, Cripple Creek, Old Joe Clark, Faded Love, Love Me Tender, Amazing Grace, and many more. So if you are ready to learn the easiest way possible, let me know and we will get you playing ASAP!

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Steve teaches



Steve delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Hi everyone, I am so excited that you are interested in learning to play an instrument! When you take lessons from me, not only will you learn to play music, but you will have fun learning it as well. I will teach you to play the instrument of your choice without actually having to read music. And, you will be playing music from the very first lesson. We will get to the reading of music later if you so desire.

During my 35 years of professional teaching, I have taught hundreds of students to play musical instruments. As far as I know, I have personally taught more La State Fiddle Champions than anyone else. I have even taught celebrity students such as the children from the Duck Dynasty television series.

Because I play somewhere around 15 musical instruments, I have a unique way of teaching music that ties all music together making it easy to understand. You will find yourself loving your music lessons.

I love to teach by teaching songs and I mean fun songs. We will learn Cotton Eyed Joe, Cripple Creek, Old Joe Clark, Love Me Tender, Amazing Grace, Fire on the Mountain and many, many more. It will not be a chore to get you or your kids to practice their instrument, but you may have a hard time getting them to put it down.

Whether you are just interested in learning to play songs that you know or whether you want to write your own music, I can teach you the ropes. You will have a musical understanding that few have.

Violin/Fiddle students, I can fix any fingering problems that you may be having in a matter of minutes, and you will have complete fingerings for every song that we play. You will have plenty to practice on while waiting for the next lesson.

Also, as an added benefit, I will be accompanying you on the Guitar which is beneficial when it comes to being able to hear if you are playing in tune, and this also gives the feeling of being part of a band.

Guitar students can learn many different styles of playing. I teach Rhythm, Flat picking, Fingerstyles, Country, Rock, Folk, Blues, Classical, and pretty much any other style of playing the guitar.

For all you young Mandolin players, get ready to pick! I will have you playing all the fun tunes So if you are ready to learn an instrument for you or your child, let me know and we will get you playing ASAP!

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Music Teacher
Jan 1987 - Dec 2015
Cannon Music

I taught music from my home studio and on the road since 1987. I have taught Guitar, Fiddle/Violin, Mandolin, Dobro, Keyboard, Ukulele, Banjo, Drums, Recorder, Harmonica, and even the Dulcimer.

Music Teacher
Jan 1982 - Jan 1987
Music Gallery

I taught music at the Music Gallery of Ruston.

Music Teacher
Jan 1981 - Jan 1982
Haymaker's Guitar Store

I taught Guitar at Haymakers Guitar Store in Ruston La.


Music Preformance
Jun 1981 - May 1984
La Tech


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Licensed Ordained Minister
Jan 1987
SFSFC Ministries

I was licensed into the ministry with the SFSFC (Southern Fellowship of Spirit Filled Churches) and served on the Board of Directors.


2nd Place Winner
Jul 2003
La State Fiddling Championship
Farm Bureau Talent Champion
Aug 1974
Farm Bureau Insurance Company

Photos & Videos

Here I am with two of my First Place Winners at the La State Fiddle Championship--Carson Taylor and his sister Julia.


6 Reviews

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Ernest Mar 1, 2019
Bluegrass Guitar · In studio

Wow! Steve, you never cease to amaze me-all of these instruments! Not only do you play them, you teach other people to play them and in different styles of music! But underlying all of this is your lifelong love, and reverence of music and its history. Teaching is your lifelong ambition. Just as important, maybe more so, is your love and respect for the people you teach! You have devoted your life to music! I’ve known you for a long time. You are the “real deal”. I respect you so much!

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Brian Feb 21, 2019
Acoustic Guitar · In home

My sons and I took guitar and banjo lessons from Steve for several years. He is an excellent teacher and is great with children.

Barbara Feb 20, 2019
Music Theory · In home

I really enjoyed learning from Steve! He has such an easy way to help you learn. Steve taught me many things easily that I had always found difficult to learn and put into practice before, as I wasn't taught the right way. Learning from Steve will be a lot of fun and you won't regret taking his lessons. Because of what I learned from him I was able to make a CD with a friend in a studio. It was a wonderful experience and a lot of fun. I couldn't have done it without him! I am and always will be amazed at Steve's knowledge and skill. I would give 10 stars if I could....literally the best instructor ever!

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Steve C. Feb 19, 2019
Guitar · In home

I absolutely love my lessons with Steve! They are fun and entertaining and he's great about teaching you what you want to learn. His knowledge of music is evident. He not only knows it, but he is tops when it comes to teaching what he knows. The best part is how he makes it so simple and easy to understand. I love that he is very patient because I need that! I know that anyone, no matter your age, will benefit from Steve's expertise. Highly recommended!!!

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Aaron Feb 19, 2019
Mandolin · In home

Steve is a fantastic teacher, who taught me Banjo and Mandolin for a few years. I would highly recommend Steve as a music teacher.

Debbie Feb 18, 2019

Awesome teacher who starts with the basics and fundamentals of music, making it understandable to even a beginner like me. If you are looking for a teacher that has the knowledge, patience, and enthusiasm to help you succeed, then Steve is the teacher for you. A++++

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