- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
- June 2007
When I was growing up I thought music was like magic and that only special people with super-human powers could play. I would think to myself, "How are they doing that? I would never be able to play music in a million years!" It wasn't until I was 14 I discovered guitar magazines and a method of reading called guitar tablature that I realized anybody can learn guitar! With determination, patience, and practice I learned as many songs and techniques from my heroes (The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin) as I could. I realized there is so much to learn about music that I could learn something new everyday. This still holds true to this day. I keep digging to find that magic place to which music can take you. It is my goal as a musician and a teacher to help other aspiring musicians (YOU!) find their way to the joys of music. After graduating high school my passion for music kept growing and I decided to go to a school to learn more about it. While attending Moorhead State University of Minnesota I went through a speed boost to gaining knowledge about music. The wonderful teachers of MSUM provided me with direction, encouragement, and plenty of opportunities to play through ensembles. I was in Jazz Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Combos, Jazz Big Band, and Commercial Ensembles. My aspirations are to pass along the information torch that I received while attending MSUM to people who are interested and have the desire to make a sound.I am friendly, patient, and fun to work with. I believe music should be exciting and make you feel good. I teach on an individual basis. Everybody learns at different rates and in different ways. My goal is to find the best way to teach you so that you get the most out of our lessons. There are many streams that lead to the big ocean of music so there are many different ways to learn. Whether you want to learn rock, jazz, bluegrass, or folk I am flexible with teaching you what you want to learn while at the same time providing you with little golden nuggets of information to further your skills through music theory, technique exercises, and how to avoid common pit falls. With enough determination, patience, and practice you too can discover the joys of music and be able to express your individuality in a way you never thought possible. It would be an honor to help you find your own path down the road to musical bliss.
*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid back person with an easy going approach to teaching. Music is meant to be fun! I teach you what you want to learn. I have had experience with playing rock, jazz, bluegrass, and folk. If you are not sure what you want to learn I'll ask you questions about yourself and your interests to determine the best route to go. Within the first few lessons you will learn how to tune your instrument, how to read tablature (TABS for short), and how to read chord charts. If you are interested in learning theory and how to read music I teach out of the Hal Leonard Guitar Method book series. After the first six months, depending on your level and how much you practice, you will be well on your to playing full songs by your favorite artists, have the ability to jam with other musicians, and understand the basics of your instrument. It is my belief that you get out of music what you put into it. There are no short cuts. All of the masters have one thing in common and that is practice. If you are willing to put in the work I am obliged to give you direction.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stand, amp, instrument cable, picks
*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide an amp and picks. I expect the student to provide an instrument, instrument cable (if using an electric instrument), tuner, metronome, notebook (either tab book or regular notebook),
*** Specialties ***
I play an eclectic blend of rock, jazz, folk, and bluegrass. My method of teaching is based on the individual's level and type of learning.
While at Marguerite's music I taught one on one lessons.
Way easy to understand. Cool stuff.
Learning to sing with Steve has been a wonderful experience. He is friendly and welcoming and I left every lesson feeling accomplished. I came to Steve having no experience with vocal training at all and I'm so glad I did! Great teacher. He is patient and happy to teach. Thank you!+ Read More
Awesome! Made me comfortable when I was so nervous, was flexible with scheduling and very awesome teaching techniques.
Steve has been great so far. Our son is interested in everything that has to do with music and Steve has managed to find teaching moments in each and every adventure.
Steve has been great so far. His skills are up-to-snuff and his manner is perfect for a young child with a wild imagination. But more importantly, Steve communicates very well and is on time. This may seem like small stuff but it's uncommon in the private music instruction realm.+ Read More
Older than your average student
Steve was very patient and helpful. I learned a lot in a short time before he moved. I was loking for a new hobby in playing some guitar and he was a great choice for getting me started.
Steve has been a great piano teacher. He has an easy going personality and is very calm and relaxed. He assessed what I knew immediately and where I needed work and designed his style around my needs. He has given me self confidence and showed me how to make piano playing fun!
Amazingly Talented Teacher
Steve has been a friend and fellow musician for 15 years. I have been privileged to learn from him every time we play together. He has a vast knowledge of music theory and extreme talent on all the instruments he plays. His teaching approach is fun, relaxed and most importantly, he understands that each student is different and adapts his methods to the individual. I highly recommend him for all ages and abilities.
If you've ever dreamed about taking guitar lessons, but were hesitant, because you had no idea where to go, who to have or just felt too shy. Forget about all that! I have the PERFECT teacher for you! Steve B. I have been taking lessons from Steve for 2 1/2 years now. 2 years in studio, the rest online. It has been one of the best experiences of my life! I have had other guitar teachers, and believe me it DOES make a difference who is teaching you! Everyone does have a different style of teaching, but Steve really knows where to take you from beginning to end.
I had 3 years of lessons when I started with Steve and I didn't know scales, any music theory or even my fret board! Well he changed all that, I can play scales proficiently and fast, I know a lot of music theory and of course my fret board!
He is very patient and laid back, and gives his utmost to help you move forward. Like I said, he knows exactly where to take you next, what you need to work on and even what you would like! I love jazz and classic rock. Everything from the classic ÅAutumn Leaves to John Scofield's Green Tea to the Beatles, The Band, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin. I'â¢ve learned to play songs from all these artists, plus more because of Steve, and had the time of my life!
He can teach any age too. I've heard him with a 5 yr. old and he was so kind and patient with her and brought it down to her level. Then there'â¢s me, the older student who felt pretty intimidated, and he couldn'â¢t have made it easier or more fun! So that leaves all other ages and he can teach them all. Whatever you decide to do, online or in person, just do it! I'â¢ve done both with him and it'â¢s great! If you'â¢re a beginner, you will get the best start you can get! Which is so important! If you're advanced, there's always more to learn and you'â¢ll have so much fun playing together!
I've seen Steve play live in different bands too, and he's just as great a musician as a teacher. Which a lot of people can'â¢t do both, Steve can. You should hear him play mandolin, he teaches that too! So as you can see, he's five stars all the way!
Steve is a skilled young music professional.
As a senior citizen, I just wanted to learn to play the mandolin for fun. Steve helped me to achieve this goal, even though I had no experience with any string instrument. I appreciated his strong academic background in music theory, and his patience with a beginner. He was always positive and suggested alternatives when I had trouble fingering certain chords. Taking mandolin classes with Steve was a pleasant experience and I would recommend him to any student of any age.
Our family's guitar, mandolin and bass teacher
All three of our children have taken guitar lessons from Steve, and I have also taken guitar lessons from Steve. Our daughter has, in addition to guitar, taken mandolin and bass guitar lessons from him. We started with Steve six years ago in Moorhead, MN and now that Steve has moved to Colorado two of our kids take weekly online lessons with him on Skype, which has worked out really well. The ages our kids have been while being Steve's students have ranged from 9 to 16. Our 10 year old son says that "It is fun to be his student, he is easy to learn from, and I always enjoy my lessons". Our 16 year old daughter says that "Steve picks good songs to work on and breaks them down so they are easy to learn. He know so much about theory for guitar and I've learned so much from him and he is very supportive". As a parent and having taught piano lessons myself, I am impressed with Steve's ability to teach the beginners to the advanced, making things understandable and fun, and most of all, that he is always positive and patient. Steve is also very organized and easy to communicate with. We all give Steve our best recommendations.