Steven Bitte

Steven B.

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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Private piano lessons are available for beginner to advanced beginner piano students. The curriculum includes learning to read music through a method book and applying that knowledge to real songs in chart form. Fingering, scales, rhythm, songs, duets, chords and basic chord progressions will be touched upon in the lessons.Travel available for in home lessons up to 15 miles pending location, scheduling, and availability. 4 weeks or more notice is required for discontinuation of lessons.

About Steven B.

*2020 Update* Only remote online lessons are currently offered due to the COVID-19 situation.

I have been studying and performing music for 25+ years. After majoring in music at College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn IL, I went to step up my level of study at the Percussion Institute of Technology (P.I.T.) at Musician's Institute in Los Angeles, CA from 2001-2002.

Moving back to Chicago after L.A. in 2002 proved to be the right move as this is when I began my teaching career. With 17 years of private and group music instruction experience, I have associated with Hix Brothers Music, Naperville Music, Roselle Music, Streamwood Park District, Roselle Park District, Schaumburg Park District, After School Enrichment Solution's (Guitar Stars), Band For Today, Guitar Fundamentals, Chicago Guitar Instruction, Schaumburg Music Academy, Music Makers of Western Springs, Clarendon Hills Music Academy, and also maintain a private clientele. Well into over a thousand lessons taught and counting, students have stayed with me for up to 7 years. One of my 15 year old students has graced the stage with Chicago Blues legend Buddy Guy, American Idol contestant Kennedy Rickenhouse, and befriended Johnny Cash’s drummer W.S. Holland.

Performing with various bands in the 2000's, I pinpointed my style and mastered my technique that gave me many performance opportunities regionally and nationally, noting most recent act - Love & Rock the Musical - a tribute to the women of rock. I also lead my own cover duo on acoustic guitar titled Dani & Steve - Acoustic Duo.

I own my own music production company, co-writing and recording with astute musicians in the Chicago area for a number of music libraries. Two songs landed a synchronization license to independent films titled ‘Curveball’ and ‘Who Gets the Dog’, starring actress Alicia Silverstone.

With local, regional, national, and international touring experience, I was featured in an exclusive interview for Online Drummer in August of 2011 sharing my knowledge and experience of music and drums.

I have a professional online sound setup using Google Duo or Skype for an inspiring experience.

Thank you for reading, and I hope to have a fun and educational time with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Practicing everyday with an occasional day off is very important in the student's progress. I always say 10 minutes is better than 0 minutes.

For DRUM lessons, the student can expect to learn:
*to read music notation and music charts
*to read drum notation
*songs by real bands
*timekeeping via a metronome
*hand technique and foot technique
*rudiments
*all styles of music
*double bass
*drum grooves and drum fills
*marching band/concert band material (if involved in school)

For PIANO lessons, the student can expect to learn:
*to read music notation
*to read music charts/lead sheets
*music theory
*intervals
*chords and inversions
*chord progressions
*scales
*fingering
*styles of blues, jazz, pop, rock, and traditional
*songs you wish to learn

For GUITAR lessons, the student can expect to learn:
*to learn to read music notation
*to learn to read a music chart
*music theory
*scales
*chords
*chord progressions
*fingering
*styles of pop, rock, and blues
*songs you wish to learn

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide no equipment. The student must have an acoustic or electric drum set, a practice pad, a music stand, a metronome, sticks, curriculum book(s), headphones, an acoustic or electric guitar, and an acoustic or electric piano.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Funk, Blues, RnB, Soul, Country, Jazz, Latin, Pop, Metal

**Travel available for in home lessons up to 15 miles pending location, scheduling, and availability. 4 weeks or more notice is required for discontinuation of lessons.**

*2020 UPDATE* Only remote online lessons are currently offered due to the COVID-19 pandemic*

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Nancy
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My son has a great student–teacher relationship. It takes the right teacher to help enjoy learning while challenging him to improve with each lesson and not to short any song. Steve's online sound experience has really impressed us.

Posted Oct 22, 2020
Dale Smith
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I played an organ years ago ( I am 70 years old) and lost a lot of skills. I now have a digital piano, but I was not satisfied with my progress.

So I signed up for lessons with Steve. I took piano lessons from Steve for about 18 months. I moved about an hour away, so it was not practical to continue with him.

The lessons from Steve were exactly what I was looking for. He figured out my skill level and set up a plan for me. He stressed the fundamentals while teaching a song at the same time. Being able to play a song, even a simple one, was a great reward. Then we progressed to develop more skills and more interesting songs.

Steve is patient, attentive and a good coach. He genuinely loves teaching and finds that “spark” in to build on. I saw this many times as I would listen to him teaching the student before me.

Steve is a great teacher and I strongly recommend him.

Posted Oct 17, 2020
Nicole
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Steve is a great instructor and took the time to work through any challenges and helped our son grow as a drummer. He has a great virtual setup that makes it sound you are in the studio with him.

Posted Oct 11, 2020
Gavin
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He is a excellent teacher and an amazing musician. I’m so grateful I get to work with him every week and that he teaches me in a way I can understand. I can’t wait for our future lessons.

Posted Sep 21, 2020
Natalia Lee
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Great teacher! Very professional, experienced, patient with students. My son enjoys piano lessons with him both online and in person. I highly recommend Mr. Steve as an instructor.

Posted Sep 20, 2020
Matt O.
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Steve has been a fellow teacher of mine for over a decade. We've shared stories, compared notes (no pun intended), and talked about how awesome it is to be able to give our students all of the knowledge we've gained through thousands of hours of teaching experience and playing our instruments. Steve also has a professional sound setup for online teaching that makes remote learning easier for the student. I highly recommend Steve for piano, guitar, and/or drum lessons. Someone with that kind of versatility and education should not be passed up when searching for a teacher.

Posted Aug 27, 2020
Sovannary
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Steve is the friendliest guitar teacher. I highly recommend him to everyone wanting to learn the guitar or any other instrument like drums or piano. He’s highly skilled in multiple instruments. I enjoyed every lesson and have learned a lot from him. He’s an overall great guy ! Thank you Steve for everything you have taught me!!!

Posted Apr 30, 2020
Mitchell
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Very knowledgeable and patient, provided a lot of useful learning materials and sample music for a beginner, would recommend!

Posted Jan 25, 2020
Andrew
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Andrew thoroughly enjoyed his first lesson tonight!

Posted Jun 26, 2019
Robin
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My 10 year old son has been taking lessons with Steve for almost 2 years. Prior to Steve, Nathan was enrolled in group lessons at the park district. After a unpleasant experience with the group lessons , we decided to try private lessons. Steve has done an amazing job working with Nathan. Like most kids, some days it is hard to keep his attention, but Steve does an amazing job. He has kept Nathan focused while still allowing him to have fun playing the guitar. Based on our experience, I would highly recommend Steve as a musical instructor.

Posted Aug 16, 2018
Caryn
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Steven is very patient with new beginners and explained things thoroughly. He gave me the necessary tools to practice on my own until our next lesson .

Posted Oct 17, 2017
A.M.
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Steven was beyond helpful. He is always prepared and open to as many questions as you can think of. And if you don't fully understand the answer, he'll take the time to answer in different ways, so that you're on the same page. He was also very helpful in setting up the lesson times and locations.

It was my first time trying the drums and I didn't have a drum set yet. Steven took the time to sit down with me and discuss which drum sets were good for the price.

Overall, this was a great experience!

Posted Aug 26, 2017
Melanee J.
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I'm a true challenge since I am very green with little music capability. Great introduction with plenty to work on.

Posted Oct 9, 2016
Dui S.
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My son is enjoying playing the guitar cause of Steve. He is a great instructor. I would recommend him to anyone.

Posted Dec 7, 2015
Meg D.
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Steven is a great teacher! He's flexible, and works well with all ages! He's teaching my 3 kids, drums, guitar and bass. He's very receptive and adjusts his lessons according to what my kids are interested in. For example one of my kids was learning notes, but then the other wanted to learn a specific song and he easily adjusted to focus on what each of them wanted to do to. My kids love him!

Posted Apr 15, 2015
S G.

I took 5 in-home guitar lessons from Steve and loved every minute! I had never played guitar before so we were starting from scratch. We covered a lot of information, tailored to what I wanted to learn, and I felt like I made a lot of progress in a short amount of time. Steve was always on time, well-prepared for lessons, and was very encouraging. I would recommend Steve to anyone interested in taking guitar lessons.

Posted Mar 7, 2015
Theresa H.
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Steven is very patient with my 5 year old and very good at explaining things at his level.

Posted Jan 27, 2015
Heather J.
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My daughter (8) and I both began guitar lessons from Steve over this past summer to try something new, and we really enjoyed having Steve as a teacher! I found him to be very friendly and easy-going, and was very patient with us both being beginners. He did a great job encouraging proper technique and good guitar habits - the things you cannot just learn from a book. My daughter had never had music lessons of any sort before, and I have played other instruments for 25+ years; despite our different backgrounds and level of musical knowledge, Steve was able to teach both of us effectively. I believe his ability to differentiate teaching style and instructional pace speaks to his overall knowledge of music, of guitar, and especially to his ability as a teacher. I would happily recommend Steve as a guitar teacher to anyone, either adult or child!

Posted Jan 9, 2015
EJ C.

Our son looks forward to lessons with Steve!

Steve is a great drum teacher! He has been working with my son for almost a year. He is very patient and has a nice sense of humor (which is necessary when training kids).

He conducts a review with my son at the start of each session and offers words of encouragement throughout. After the lesson is over, Steve always confers with me and objectively reviews the lesson's achievements, parts to work on, and goals for next week. Our family recommends him for young and adult students!

Posted Mar 11, 2014
Derrick M.

One of the best teachers around!

I have known Steve for many years as a fellow drummer and educator. We come from the same background as far as schooling and theory's on how to teach students. I have subbed for him several times and have always been impressed with the knowledge and skill level of even students that have been with him for a short time. I would highly recommend him to anyone thinking about starting or advancing their skills!

Posted Jan 22, 2014
Chenxi L.

Great experience

Steven is a great teacher. He is very patient and knowledgable. He has a good techniques in Drum and also encourage me to keep learning it. Overall, I like this class and I will continue learning from him

Posted Dec 10, 2013
Jim D.

Steve is an excelent teacher.

Steve has been with my son for over a year teaching him drums. My son enjoys the lesson with Steve and looks forward every week to the lesson. Steve has great amount of skill and teaching ability. Steve has patients and I believe is an excellent teacher. I observe the lesson with my child on a weekly basis. Steve always interacts with the parent and explains the lesson plan and the accomplishments. Steve also reviews the lesson and homework before the child leaves. I look forward of a long term teaching experience with Steve and my son.

Posted Dec 1, 2013
Eric S.

Steve is a wonderful teacher - highly recommend

My son started taking lessons with Steve at 7 years old. He's now 15 and still at it. Steve is patient, intelligent and has a great way of working with students at their level. I would highly recommend him to anyone interested in beginning drums or, if already playing, taking their music to the next level.

Posted Nov 26, 2013
Sue L.

Awesome teacher!

Since our son started drum lessons, his progress in the past six months with Steve blows away that of his previous four years under two other teachers. Steve stresses fundamental drum skills but also encourages implementation of those skills through songs that are enjoyable, engaging, and current.

Steve has also helped our son succeed outside of just the lesson room. He gave him invaluable tips to help him shine during his Rock School gig. He instilled him with insight and confidence as he prepared to audition for his school's advanced jazz band; when we told Steve that our son was one of only two seventh grade percussionists to make the mostly eighth-grade band, he exuded such genuine pride and joy in our son's accomplishment. As parents, Steve is exactly the kind of teacher we want for our child!

Posted Nov 24, 2013
Heather T.

My son learned a tremendous amount from lessons with Steve

My son took lessons from Steve, in an Aurora music store, for almost four years before Steve left that establishment. Steve had my 8 year old playing on a drum kit within 3 months of beginning lessons (which may not be typical) but it furthered my son's drive to improve. My son was in a band by the age of 10, which produced their own CD and garnered many accolades at local competitions (winning just about every one they entered) and performed at local venues, including our town's summer festival for four years in a row (for which they were paid to perform). I believe that every successful band has a great drummer keeping time. As the rest of the band aged into college, my son continues to play the drum on snare line in marching band at his high school, a position which he earned as a Freshman (which is not typical), but which, we believe, the skill set he learned from lessons with Steve afforded him. He also entered high school in the Symphonic Band (mid level band) as a Freshman and was moved to the Wind Ensemble (top level band) as a Sophomore. Steve worked with him in several aspects of drumming, from rudiments, to school work (middle school jazz band) and pop music, on the drum kit. Steve is serious about teaching and expects students to practice and come prepared to their lessons. Practice is the only thing that makes them improve! If your child is (or you are) serious about learning to play the drums, Steve would be a great teacher to have.

Posted Nov 20, 2013
Gilbert C.

Steve is an excellent teacher.

Steve has been my son's teacher for a year and my son's playing ability has increased dramatically from his previous instructor. My son really enjoys his class time with Steve and the way he teaches music. He engages my son to want to play better. He takes time to let me know how my son is doing, what he needs to work on, and he should do at home to progress. Steve is an excellent teacher.

Posted Nov 11, 2013
Andre R.

Excellent Teacher

My daughter has been taking drum lessons at Naperville Music with Steve for 7 months now and she is doing great. Steve is a great teacher: patient, thorough, dedicated and knowledgeable. I highly recommend him as a drum instructor to anyone

Posted Nov 11, 2013
Elizabeth M.

Great Drum Teacher!

Steve Bitte is an exceptional drum teacher. He is able to motivate students of all ages. He empowers his students. Practice and music theory under his instruction are hip, fun and just plain cool. He is very patient and encouraging. He can see where there are problems and he is able to help the student conquer any difficulties. He is a dedicated teacher able to inspire all students.

Posted Jul 25, 2013
Patrick C.

If you're looking for great drum lessons with an industry professional, then look no further than Steve Bitte.

I took lessons from Steve for almost six years. In that time, I progressed from a hapless amateur to a relatively accomplished, growing musician. Steve's lessons helped me achieve that level of growth. I couldn't recommend him enough to any level player looking for some guidance.

Posted Jul 24, 2013

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Experience

Piano and Guitar Instructor
Oct 2015 - Present

Roselle Park District

I currently work with the Roselle Park District giving private lessons special omg in piano and guitar.

Guitar Instructor
Jan 2012 - Present

Afterschool Enrichment Solutions

I currently work with an after school program titled Guitar Stars through Afterschool Enrichment Solutions specializing in group guitar lessons.

Music Instructor
Jun 2003 - Present

Hix Brothers Music

I have worked with Hix Brothers Music in both the Aurora, IL and Batavia, IL locations giving private lessons specializing in drum set, percussion, and guitar.

Drum/Piano/Guitar Instructor
Oct 2015 - Dec 2019

Schaumburg Park District

In the past I worked with the Schaumburg Park District giving private lessons specializing in Drums, Piano, and Guitar.

Drum Instructor
Dec 2015 - Dec 2016

Music and Arts

I worked with Aurora, IL based music studio Music and Arts giving private music lessons specializing in drums.

Piano Instructor
Sep 2013 - May 2016

Band For Today

I worked with an after school program with Band For Today specializing in group piano classes.

Piano Instructor
May 2013 - Dec 2015

Streamwood Park District

In the past I worked with the Streamwood Park District giving private music lessons specializing in piano and percussion.

Drum Instructor
Oct 2012 - Dec 2015

Naperville Music

In the past I worked with Naperville Music giving private lessons specializing in drum set and percussion.

Drum Instructor
May 2013 - Sep 2015

Roselle School of Music

I worked with the Roselle School of Music giving private lessons specializing in drum set, percussion, and piano.

Piano and Guitar Instructor
Sep 2014 - Aug 2015

Schaumburg Music Academy

In the past I worked with music studio Schaumburg Music Academy for private lessons specializing in guitar and piano.

Education

Performance Certificate in Music Performance
Sep 2001 - Sep 2002

Musicians Institute

Associates for Music Major
Sep 1999 - May 2001

College of Dupage

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

VIRTUS
Feb 2013

Queen of the Rosary School Elk Grove IL

VIRTUS Training Certificate on Protecting God's Children
Performance Certificate
Oct 2002

Musicians Institute

I received a Music Performance Certificate from Musicians Institute in 2002.

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