Steven Berk

Steven B.

Alameda, CA

About Steven B.

Background check: Last verified 12/13/2016
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Steven teaches: Ages 7 to 65
Teaching since: July 1978
Last sign in: 3 days ago


Have you always wanted to learn how to play the piano, guitar or electric bass? Or maybe you've just felt like brushing up your musical knowledge and playing skills? Now’s your chance to fulfill those dreams!

About Me: San Francisco Bay area pianist/guitarist/bassist; I've been playing music for over 50 years. I'm classically trained with a solid foundation and knowledge of music theory, and have over 40 years experience teaching, recording and performing. I have done session work and/or performed with members of Journey, Santana, Jackson Browne, Eddie Money, The Doobie Brothers and Greg Allman to name a few, and am currently teaching piano, theory and bass to Mike Dirnt, the bassist for Green Day. Let me take my education and experience and pass them on to you!

My main goal as a music instructor is to pass along my love and knowledge of playing music to my students, always vigilant for sharing shortcuts that will help the student to achieve their lesson goals faster. Some teachers teach only out of books. I am not such a teacher. Books solve the problem of learning music in generalizations and by their very nature, cannot take into consideration personal issues a student will encounter.

Most students are able to learn enough of the necessary mechanics at the first lesson to actually play something before they leave that lesson. This is important because they realize that playing music IS possible. I always enjoy the look on their face when they realize they have actually “played” their instrument at their first lesson.

I am not the sort of teacher who yells and screams if the student comes in unprepared. I realize that people come to me for a variety of reasons and I work with them with whatever they bring in. I am patient and if a student is not understanding a certain aspect, I bring into play alternate approaches. Not everyone assimilates information in the same way. Learning music should be an enjoyable adventure for the student and I venture to say that my students enjoy coming to their lessons. We have fun, and we learn.

>>> FYI: I'm happy to come to your home if traveling to my studio in Alameda isn't convenient for you, and I cover most of the East Bay, including Oakland, Berkeley, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Orinda, Lafayette, Walnut Creek and (of course) my own lovely town of Alameda. As much as I love our "City by the Bay", traveling to San Francisco, Marin, or the Peninsula just isn't cost or time effective for me; I apologize to you fine folks and potential students of the West Bay!

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AA Music Theory
Sep 1973 - Jun 1975
Laney College

16 Reviews on Steven B.

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Billy May 17, 2016
· Piano · In studio
wow amazing!
Tim M. Feb 22, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Great teacher and great time taking the lessons! I wish we could take more lessons with him but we've recently moved out of the area. Thanks for everything Steven!
Noor A. Oct 18, 2015
Verified Student · Classical Piano · In home
I was, initially, unsure whether I had made the right decision in using TakeLessons to revive my piano-playing skills, but after meeting Steven, I have no doubts that it was one of the best decisions I have yet to make.

Steven is wonderful! He is inspired and inspiring, encouraging, and his passion inspires passion - I could not have asked for better! Steven is an absolute pleasure, and I would absolutely recommend him to anyone!
Tim M. Aug 20, 2015
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
I've been taking piano lessons with Steven for over a year now and the experience has been great!

Steven listens to your needs and wants as an artist and tailors a program just for you. Steven is very patient and supportive. Oh, and trust me you will never get through a lesson without laughter! His drills and exercises allow you to see growth and instant development.

If you are looking for an overly critical teacher who points out your every flaw and has you start over after every mistake, Steven is not the teacher for you! But, if you are looking for an instructor who will take you and your music as seriously as you do, and have fun in the process, Steven is the instructor for you!

Good luck on your journey!
Warren S. Jan 11, 2014
Verified Student · Guitar ·
Great Guitar Teacher

I'm really enjoying taking guitar lessons from Steven. He's easy going, fun to learn from and is not only teaching the mechanics of playing guitar but also the ear training and theory behind music in general and performance in particular.
JulieB1 Mar 26, 2012
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My son, Jake, is really enjoying his lessons with Steven. I am very impressed with all that my son has learned. Steven is patient, positive and keeps my son excited for each lesson. Perfect fit.Thank you!
AlejandroF Feb 23, 2012
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Great teacher
BrendaS1 Aug 2, 2011
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Taylor's Gramma

We are so thankful to have found Steven ! He is just amazing with my Grandaughter and she is only 6yrs. old. She's doing very well with Steven and looks forward to every lesson. He is a very joyful and pleasant man as well. We all love him, including our dogs!
HeidiJ Jul 14, 2011
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Steven has completely clicked with both of my kids' very different learning styles and personal goals. My older one just said that she now wishes she could take lessons 5 days a week!
JeanetteP Jun 24, 2011
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he is a excellent teacher, my daughter enjoys his class
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