Steve Olsen
Saint Paul, MN
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Steve Olsen

Steve O.

Saint Paul, MN
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I recently retired, after 37 years of teaching beginners through high school age students. In addition, I have remained active my entire life as a Trumpet player, performing in orchestras, concert bands, jazz ensembles, brass ensembles and as a soloist throughout the Twin Cities area. Many of my students (hundreds!) have auditioned and qualified for All-State Bands, honor bands, college scholarships, etc. My goals as a teacher: help the student learn to love making music on the Trumpet, help them increase their Trumpet skills significantly and help them grow as a happy person exploring the fun and exciting world of music!

About Steve O.

I am a professional musician and music educator with 37 years of highly successful experience in teaching students of all abilities (beginners to advanced level performers), and all ages (young children to adults)!

I have an undergraduate music education and trumpet performance degree from Concordia College - Moorhead, and a Masters in Music Education degree from the University of Minnesota.

Students can expect to improve week to week in their instrumental technique and musical skills. Every student is unique, and I meet students where they are at, and help them to achieve their goals (and often exceed their expectations of what they thought was possible!) and enjoy the process!

I teach students of all different ages and experience levels, and special needs students. I teach students to read music, pursue classical or jazz excellence, help them to achieve higher levels of performance excellence, sharing all that I have learned during my many years of experience as a teacher, performer and life-long learner in the wonderful world of music (aligned with the goals and preferences of the student).

My experience as a teacher includes 20 years as a Band Director at Rosemount HS, 12 years as Band Director at Eden Prairie HS, and several years as a Beginner Band Director in the Rosemount/Apple Valley/Eagan school district.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you to grow as a successful and happy musician!


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7 Reviews
Stefan R.
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Posted Mar 9, 2021
Derek H.
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My son is really excited about his lessons with Steve. His strong experience with the trumpet and teaching is a definite plus.

Posted Jan 27, 2021
Steven H.
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Posted Jan 12, 2021
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Steve is a great trumpet teacher. He picked fun songs to learn as well as took the time to explain things and focus on where to improve.

Posted Aug 18, 2020
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Steve is great, glad my Daughter is still able to take lessons while it cant be done in person.

Posted Apr 19, 2020
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Steve is a great. He has helped my beginning trumpet player build confidence in her ability. He always takes the time to explain why trumpet players do certain things, which has really helped my daughter. She looks forward to trumpet lessons every week.

Posted Aug 20, 2019
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Steve is a great teacher with many years of experience in the public schools and as a private instructor. My grandson currently takes lessons with Steve and loves it! From beginning to advanced students, Steve is a fantastic instructor!

Posted Aug 6, 2018

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Band Director
Jul 1994 - Nov 2014

Rosemount High School

Taught many private and group lessons on all instruments, conducted the Wind Ensemble, Jazz 1, OnStage Jazz Band, Ninth Grade Band and team-taught the Marching Band, and served as the Music/Dance Department Coordinator.


Master of Music Education
Aug 2004 - Jun 2005

University of Minnesota

Bachelor of Music Education & Trumpet Performance
Aug 1977 - May 1981

Concordia College, Moorhead, MN


Awards and Honors
Jan 2018


Selected as the “Schmitt Music Educator of the Year"
Feb 2017

Schmitt Music, Minneapolis

Inducted into the “Youth In Music Marching Arts Hall Of Fame"
Oct 2016

Youth In Music

Cover story feature, School Band & Orchestra magazine
Jun 2011

School Band & Orchestra magazine

Inducted into Phi Beta Mu International
Feb 2006

Phi Beta Mu, International Honorary Band Fraternity

Impact Award for Distinguished Teaching
Feb 2005

University of Minnesota


National Band Association
Sep 1992
The National Band Association, founded on September 11, 1960, is the largest professional organization for bands in the world. It was organized for the purpose of promoting the musical and educational significance of bands and is dedicated to the attainment of a high level of excellence for bands and band music. NBA is an organization open to anyone and everyone interested in bands, regardless of the length of experience, type of position held, or the specific level at which one works. The membership roster includes men and women from every facet of the band world. NBA is today’s professional organization for band directors, and it stands ready to serve all members of the association through a variety of projects and initiatives.
International Trumpet Guild
Sep 1981
The International Trumpet Guild is a non-profit organization founded in 1975 to promote communications among trumpet players around the world and to improve the artistic level of performance, teaching, and literature associated with the trumpet.
National Association for Music Education
Sep 1981
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.
Mu Phi Epsilon
Sep 1979
Mu Phi Epsilon (ΜΦΕ) is a co-ed international professional music fraternity. Today, Mu Phi Epsilon has chapters both nationally and internationally. The fraternity supports achievement in music through the awarding of grants and scholarships, as well as music competitions, concerts, and summer music programs. Much of this work has been supported by the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, an organization that has been in existence since 1963, as well as fundraising and donations.

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