Steve has been teaching professionally since 1986, a career that has seen him span from private teaching 40-60 students in all styles and levels weekly in the Bay Area for for nearly 20 years (1989-2006), before relocating to London, England, to beginning a music college teaching career that has spanned nearly a decade, and seen Steve receive a PGCE (UK post masters teaching qualification), as well as see his previous experience of preparing students for music college come to fruition in the shape of teaching various classes in 3 different UK music colleges (BIMM Brighton, ICMP London, and ACM Guildford), as well as having a hand in writing coursework. Steve has written and taught several Metal Workshop courses across these colleges that were well received. In addition to this, Steve was one of the first rock guitarists to develop and begin a live internet teaching business, something he has maintained consistently for the last 11 years going, since 2007.
Steve takes a direct approach to teaching one to one lessons, assessing a student’s goals and abilities, and designing a personalized program for them, as well as providing email correspondence between lessons and all material used during the lesson in pdf and audio/video format.
Former lead guitarist for Vicious Rumors (1995-1999), Testament (1999-2004), Dragonlord (2000-2005), Nevermore (2002-2007), and Forbidden (2009-2012), currently busy with his own band One Machine (2014-present), as well as progressive rock fusion duo The EssenEss Project (1993-present), and is STILL a member of the Bay Area’s longest running Black Sabbath/Ozzy Osbourne tribute, Sweet Leaf (1994-present)!
A former columnist for Guitar World Magazine (co-writer of Merchants Of Menace column with Jeff Loomis across 2006), Steve has occasionally written for GuitarWorld, amongst other sites, and also released an instructional series of lessons on JamPlay back in 2011, Steve has returned to the Bay Area to teach once again, and continues to expand his resume in both the performance/recording and educational areas.
- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
A guitar and music teacher for over 30 years in the Bay Area, teaching all styles and levels in this time, and fresh back from a 10 year stint in the UK, teaching 1st and 2nd year performance students at BIMM Brighton, ICMP London, and ACM Guildford, Steve can take you from the beginning stages of your playing and help build a lasting foundation. Intermediates and Advanced levels can benefit from Steve’s 30 year performance and recording career, which spans stints with the best of Bay Area Thrash Metal (Testament, Forbidden, Vicious Rumors), to more progressive musical areas, including time with Seattle’s Nevermore (This Godless Endeavor), and his own instrumental band, The EssenEss Project, and countless sessions across many styles of music, including folk, jazz/fusion, blues, country, and more.
Steve can help you to learn what you’d like to learn, while also ensuring that you are learning what you need, to help keep you enjoying playing for a lifetime!
BEGINNERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME!
Academy of Contemporary Music Performance (ACM) Guildford, UK
I taught several 1st and 2nd year courses, as well as substituted on occsaional 2nd and 3rd year BA courses, in addition to giving masterclasses and private tuition to ACM students. I also constructed and taught an evening course dedicated to the performance of original heavy metal music as an extra curricular course for students to learn and share knowledge about the style.
Institute for Contemporary Music and Performance (ICMP) London, UK
I taught several 1st and 2nd year courses, as well as substituted on many 2nd and 3rd year BA courses, in addition to giving masterclasses and offering private tuition to ICMP students, I also wrote and taught a course on the history of heavy metal music, which I taught on an evening course there for several years.
British Institute of Modern Music (BIMM) Brighton, UK
I taught several 1st and 2nd year courses, as well as substituted on many 2nd and 3rd year BA courses, in addition to giving masterclasses and private tuition to BIMM Brighton students, with the best known student being a singer-songwriter by the name of James Bay. I also worked towards and later received, a PGCE (post graduates certificate in education) in Music Education from Middlesex University in July 2010.
Union Music Company, San Francisco, Ca.
I taught at Union Music in San Francisco from February 1999 until February 2006, maintaining a weekly roster of around 20 students over an 8 year period, while I lived there.
Stanroy Music Center Santa Rosa Ca.
I began teaching at Stanroy music Center back in 1989, but had three years prior experience teaching students in their homes. I took over from my guitar teacher at Stanroy Music Center, building from a base of 6 students, to a level of 50-60 students within a few years time.
Middlesex University England
Santa Rosa Junior College
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Santa Rosa Junior College
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