Stephen Millis

Stephen M.

Newbury Park, CA
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Adobe Photoshop

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I’ve been using photoshop since 2001, aced it in college in 2006, and have pretty much used it on a weekly basis for the past 16 years.

I use it for anything from game asset creation to interactive web element design, animation, even sometimes editing 3d objects or formatting images for virtual reality. It really is a fun and versatile program that everyone should have at least cursory knowledge of. I’ll cover whatever is the most relevant to my student’s intended use or need.
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Stephen delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Why should you take lessons from me?
There are some musicians who teach only as a way to make ends meet and there are those who are passionate about education in general. There are some music teachers who will show you how to play songs and call it a day. That's giving the hungry a fish. I prefer to teach the hungry how to catch fish. Why you use a certain rod, line, lure, how to find fish, what fish are edible, how to drive a boat, etc...In musical terms this translates to things such as why you hold an instrument a certain way, the logic behind finger positions, how to construct chords/scales then use them, how to count musically and why, etc...I teach how to think musically and creatively on and off of the page and have a vested interest in the progress of my students.

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Music Instructor
Jan 2018 - Present
Guitar Center

I teach drums/percussion, piano/synth, saxophone/woodwinds, guitar, bass(fretted and standup), voice, ukulele, hammered dulcimer, mandolin, & audio production.

Jun 2010 - Present
Studio Stigma

Creative director, Producer, Graphic Designer, Audio Engineer, Photo/videographer, Animator, Programmer, Editor, Writer, Web/VR developer, autodidact, polymath, & consultant.

session player/band leader/composer
Sep 1993 - Present
Stiev Stigma

I've had the pleasure of working with so many great musicians over the years that I'd be hard pressed to list them all.

Music Instructor
Jul 2016 - Oct 2017
Musician's Depot

Drum Tech/Customer Service Manager
Jan 2014 - Apr 2015
GoDps Music


Bachelor of Arts
Aug 2004 - Jun 2008
Westwood College


Chinese (mandarin)
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


MIDI Association
Sep 2017

The MIDI Associations mission is to nurture an inclusive global community of people who create music and art with MIDI. The website is the central repository of information about anything related to MIDI technology, from classic legacy gear to next- gen protocols on the horizon.

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Feb 2012

Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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Photos & Videos

Believe it or not, this all fits in my car!



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