Stephen Millis

Stephen M.

Newbury Park, CA
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Lesson Details

Drum

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Stick/pedal technique, sight-reading, the math of rhythm, keeping time, dynamics, rudiments, improvisation, odd-meter, composition, maintenance/repair/tuning/calibration
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About

Stephen passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
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:
2010

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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Experience

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.

Owner/CEO
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

Education

Bachelor of Arts
Aug 2004 - Jun 2008
Westwood College

Languages

Chinese (mandarin)
Limited Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Affiliations

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 www.MIDI.org 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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BMI
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

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

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Brian May 17, 2018
Piano · In home

Stephen is very patient and introduces thoughtful ways to approach learning and different techniques for mastering the keyboard, sheet music reading and styles.

Highly recommended for any age student.

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