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Steve M.
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Beginner, Intermediate
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Beginner, Intermediate
love teaching and keeping students interested. It's important to find titles that students can get behind and taking time to find pieces that are appropriate and interest students is my first priority. I like to make sure that exercises are not looked at as a punishment. Breaking down how to apply a technique is as important as learning it. Finally, I like to keep things light. I'm not going to motivate you by scaring you into practicing. There are other teachers that are good at that, but that's not my style. I'd rather work on finding out how to get you to be self motivated and actually enjoy what you're doing. My specialties include jazz and pop styles.
About Steve M.

I'm a saxophonist, pianist, arranger & songwriter. I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Professional Music Degree, and currently run a sheet music startup called NiceChart. I have been a Music Director for Middle School and High School Bands and also have over 15 years experience teaching privately. Private lessons allow a better transfer of knowledge and I love watching students progress! I have been in touring bands, jazz bands, wedding bands, funk bands, and pop bands. Fun Fact: I was even once in a bossa nova Guns n' Roses jazz trio called Guns n' Nova. You could say I've played a lot of different styles. I teach my clients in my comfortable home teaching studio in Clairemont, San Diego. I work with beginner and intermediate piano students and all levels for saxophone. I'm open to students of any age and musical goals. In my music career I've performed with Steffan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band) and Ed Robertson (Bare Naked Ladies) and played in bands that have opened for Guster, Blues Traveler, and The Wailers. Some of the musical styles I regularly teach: Pop, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B, and Classical.


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Steve has been great. We had to switch to online due to social distancing, and it has worked out just fine. He even gave us the first online lesson free to see if it we wanted to continue with it. He is a natural at communicating with kids, keeps it very fun, and has been great at getting our 8 year old started with piano.

Posted May 21, 2020
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My son enjoys lessons w him very much.

Posted Apr 20, 2020
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Great first lesson with my brand-new to music kids (age 8 and 10). Steve is a natural with kids.

Posted Feb 27, 2020
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Instrumental Music Teacher
Aug 2011 - Jan 2016
Pacific Ridge School
Ran the instrumental program there directing the Jazz and Chamber Ensembles, as well as teaching AP Music Theory.
Professional Music
Aug 2006 - Oct 2008
Berklee College of Music
Business Management
Sep 1997 - Jun 2001
Northeastern University
Fluent/ Native Proficiency

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