Steve Morell
San Diego, CA
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Steve Morell

Steve M.

San Diego, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I love working with brand new beginners all the way seasoned players who might be prepping for music college. I like to keep an fun atmosphere around the lesson and try to find out what drives my students.

We'll work through pieces from school and expand into topics such as improvisation, reading, music theory, and finding inspiration from great players. I have a jazz background, and love working with aspiring jazz musicians as well.

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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Lucas L.
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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
Mayuko G.
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My son enjoys lessons w him very much.

Posted Apr 20, 2020
Alina
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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 26, 2020
Matteo Boassa-Dulcis
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Very kind, patient, and good at explaining different concepts!

Posted Feb 13, 2020
Jim T.
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Off to a good start.

Posted Jan 8, 2020
Alexander
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We have had just one lesson, and already my son is playing so well. Steve was kind and supportive, and he taught us all about saxophone fingering, note reading, and how to play good notes.

Posted Apr 30, 2019
Mike
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Had a great first lesson. We got down to business and starting coming up with a plan. I’m looking forward to my future lessons a lot!

Posted Jan 22, 2019
Josh D.
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I started taking saxophone lessons from Steve in Fall 2017 after not picking up the horn in 10 years. He is very knowledgeable in theory and technique and has been extremely beneficial in helping me get my chops back up par. In these lessons I did not have much direction for Steve on what I'd like to accomplish but that wasn't an issue for him as he was able to make each lesson worth while by shedding light on harmony theory and creating lines as well as different techniques to focus on to improve my playing.

I just bought an additional 10 lessons and had my first lesson of 2018 with Steve this May and am very happy with my decision. He is giving me great feedback on charts I am playing and really giving me a sounding board to ask questions and grow as a musician within this instrument (alto). I personally have a fairly solid foundation in music theory but if you are new to music theory Steve can break that down for you step by step.

I look forward to continuing my lessons with Steve and am already seeing the benefits of having a great teacher.

Posted May 15, 2018

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Experience

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.

Education

Professional Music
Aug 2006 - Oct 2008

Berklee College of Music

Business Management
Sep 1997 - Jun 2001

Northeastern University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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