Steve Helmbold
Carlsbad, CA
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Steve Helmbold

Steve H.

Carlsbad, CA
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88 keys, 12 unique notes, yet only 7 letters to remember! It can be done. Start with songs you know and move on to songs you want to know. Work at your own pace and gain a lifetime of entertainment.

About Steve H.

Learning to play music should be fun. Learning to play the songs you like and listen to everyday is a good first step in that direction.

As early as I can remember our house was filled with music. My parents had records of the popular music of the time as well as movie soundtrack albums. At eight years old I got my first trumpet and joined the school band. Soon I was taking private lessons. We also had a piano in the house and I often found myself sitting and trying out chords and melodies to fit the songs I would hear. At sixteen I got my first guitar, along with a songbook that promised I could play “hundreds of songs with just three magic chords”.

Moving west I studied music at West Los Angeles College and played trumpet in the school’s concert band. A group of us formed a jazz quintet and started playing gigs in and around LA. We then expanded the scope of the band by adding a second sax and more exotic percussion as well as incorporating elements of reggae and rock into our original music. This helped us land jobs at clubs like the Troubadour and larger venues like the Shrine Exhibition Hall. We played together professionally for five years.

After at stint at the Dick Grove School of Music I joined an eight piece cover band playing popular dance music. We toured Western Canada for six months, riding in a converted city bus and taking turns driving a large panel truck with our equipment. When I returned I met a talented female singer who also played flute. We formed a pop/rock quintet and played professionally in the LA area for several years.

I’ve continued to take lessons along the way and have taught trumpet, piano and guitar to both young people and adults. I believe my rich musical journey and my experiences both teaching and performing can help you to achieve your musical goals!

*** Lesson Details ***
Listening to music is fun. Playing music is fun. Learning to play a musical instrument should be just as much fun. The first step toward a solid musical education is to find out what type of music the student likes and what particular musician or artist he or she enjoys. From there we can choose material that the student will have fun performing as they learn.

Each session will involve a brief review of previous material covered and a preview of ideas to work on going forward. In between, the student and I will play together and discuss how best we can each improve, and have a little fun along the way!!

I will work with a variety of methods and concepts customized to fit each student. My experience has shown me that no two students are alike, but every student will enjoy playing more, and more often, if they like the study material.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have my own instruments but would expect the student to have their own instrument for lessons and practice.

*** Specialties ***
Pop, rock, reggae, R&B, blues.


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11 Reviews
Ann W.
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I was so pleased with the whole experience.

Posted Jul 12, 2019
Owen K.
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Mr. Steve is the best piano teacher! He has been teaching my sons (ages 7 & 5) for the last year and a half and they are improving so much!!! He is GREAT with children has so much patients and is very gentle with his teaching. Highly recommend him!

Posted Feb 21, 2019
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Great experience. Steve is kind and patient and definitely knows his stuff.

Posted Apr 10, 2018
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Great piano teacher. Very knowledgeable. I am learning a lot!

Posted Sep 29, 2017
Maiela M.
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My kids love Steve and have learned so much already after 3 weeks. I highly recommend him.

Posted Apr 8, 2016
Michael M.
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Steve was very patient with my two children and explained everything clearly. We were very pleased

Posted Mar 25, 2016
Colin R.
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My son really enjoys his lesson with Steve.

Posted Feb 10, 2016
Dawn B.
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Steve is a great piano instructor. Our boy is 11 years old and had never gone near the piano when he asked if he could take lessons. Due to Steve he now loves playing and looks forward to his lesson each week. I would recommend Steve to anyone interested in learning to play.

Posted Nov 13, 2015
Dean K.
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Steve takes the time to evaluate my skills and has the experience and tools to help me achieve my goals.

Posted May 21, 2015
Justin H.
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Excellent teacher !

Posted Mar 18, 2015
Lauren L.

Steve is an excellent teacher

My son is 7 and taking piano lessons for the first time. I expected him to lose interest pretty quickly, but he absolutely loves it! In large part due to Steve - he is very patient and let's him learn at his own pressure. He brings songs to play that my son actually knows so he stays more engaged in interested. He really goes the extra mile to show that he cares and to keep it fun. Steve has been very easy for me to work with as well. He is always very flexible and is always on time and very professional. I would highly recommend him to anyone wanting to learn the piano.

Posted Feb 12, 2014

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Music Business
Sep 1982 - Present

Musician's Institute

Sep 1980 - Present

Dick Grove School of Music

Music Theory
Sep 1978 - Present


Sep 1975 - Present

West Los Angeles College

Bachelor of Arts
Sep 1972 - Sep 1975

Bowling Green State University

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