Steven Bruce
Coronado, CA
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Steven B.

Coronado, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
The voice is the grandest instrument of all instruments. For 20 years, Steven B is one of the best instructors out there. He teaches in students’ homes across the United States as easily as in the Coronado Music Studio. Provide teaching at all stages. All skill levels taught. Complete beginners are welcome. Mr. Bruce intersects methodologies of Bel Canto, Alexander's technique, and the secrets of singing. By the way, Alexander’s technique can bring back to health a damaged speaking voice, as well as keeping the singer’s voice sound and pain free. Broken down, singing involves three areas: mind, technique, and performance. There are many technical concepts to train in singing. From vowel shapes, to understanding consonants, to landing gently on high notes. Great technique leads to great expression. Steven B is skilled in educating a student for an audition or performance. The chief purpose of singing is to bring oneself joy. Prepare to learn a lot and have fun!

You may take singing lessons:
- In Your Home Lessons Via Webcam (LIVE with the teacher)
- In The Coronado Music Studio

***Teacher's Special - Lessons Via Webcam***
You catch a quality FREE USB microphone. This is what makes lessons via webcam crystal clear and perfect for both myself and the student. Some of my students find joy in applying it for making recordings or podcasts, and so on. All in all, this is one sweet bargain. You get a professional quality FREE USB microphone along with one of the best instructors out there. For several years, I have been teaching lessons via webcam in places like New York, Virginia Beach, Carmel Valley, Eastlake, and college campuses. I use multiple camera angles, along with great audio coming from the USB microphone and it feels like the student is sitting two feet from me. Students may take singing lessons on any device including tablet, iPad, cell phone, notebook, desktop, or laptop.

Teacher’s Requirements For Student:
1. The student informs me about their goals and the daily time frame in developing their talent.
2. The student needs a three-ring notebook for the lessons.
3. The student reserves lessons, monthly through Take Lessons.

About Steven B.

Steven B, Instructor
PIANO - GUITAR - VOICE
For over 25 years, Steven B has been successfully teaching hundreds of students on piano, guitar, and voice. He has over 60,000 hours experience as a teacher, musician, and performer. He teaches all styles, ages and skill levels. Beginners are most certainly welcome. The lessons are in the convenience of your home online throughout the United States with Multi-angle cameras for online students or in the Coronado Music Studio. Whatever your level, be prepared to learn and have fun!

In addition, he tailors the lessons to fit your goals and desires for your instrument, whether it be piano, guitar, and or voice! (Many of his students take lessons on two instruments, for example Guitar & Voice or Piano & Voice.) You may be wanting to learn your instrument from the beginning, and then finding out your passion for a certain genre of music, or possibly learning and playing songs you love. In another example, you may have been playing for a period of time and possibly you desire to heighten your game, learning new skills and technique regarding your instrument. Or quite possibly, you want to blend the joy of singing while playing the piano or the guitar! It's time to go through the joy and benefits in playing a musical instrument and or singing!

PERFORMANCE
Steven B has extensive experience in performance. For many years, he performed piano and sang at many fine establishments throughout San Diego and Los Angeles. Later on, he produced a concert tour and performed 50 concerts to 15,000 young people throughout San Diego. The title of his concert tour is Heroes In Our World. Steven B played keyboards, guitar and sang. The concerts honored real-life moms, dads, doctors, nurses, teachers, athletes, entertainers who give back to charity, police officers, firemen, and explorers who make our world a better place. His list of performances continues. He has a record of being the only musician to write a song, produce it, playing the instruments and vocals, along with filming and editing the videos of the performances each week for 52 consecutive weeks. His students benefit because he teaches many aspects in performance and can prepare students for any kind of audition or performance.

In conclusion, whether you want to learn to play an instrument and/or sing just for your own benefit and joy... Or you want to perform... Or you want to be professional earning money with music - you have come to the correct place. He will be looking forward in working with you. Again, he teaches all styles, ages and skill levels. Beginners are most welcome. He currently has one or two openings for new students.

Reviews From Students and Parents (Piano - Guitar - Voice)

“I just wanted to say Thank You and let you know how much I appreciate all the information and help you have given Mikey. You helped him form a great hobby that he loves to do and the family loves to hear. He has come so far since his first lesson and I am happy you kept the Piano lessons interesting for him. Thanks again for being a kind, great teacher to him.” - Cheryl, 5 Stars! 

“Steven B, a patient, gifted teacher has supervised my studies on guitar with good humor, wit and flexibility.  I would recommend him without hesitation to players young and old.” - Tim, 5 Stars!  

“I took voice and piano lessons in Steven B’s Coronado Music Studio and also online via Skype.  Both experiences were great, and it was really convenient to do the lessons on Skype.  Steven B is an excellent teacher, and he is very patient.  I recommend him to anyone who wants to learn to play an instrument or sing!” - Kat , 5 Stars! 

“Steven B’s fun and patient teaching style rocks. I see how his bright, fun-loving personality, and knowledge of music for piano makes him top choice as my daughter’s music instructor.” - Anthony, 5 Stars!   

“Steven B is a wonderful teacher!  He is talented, always enthusiastic, and extremely motivational! Each lesson is designed specifically for our daughter Kelsey's ability and desired genre of music! Kelsey began guitar and vocal lessons in the Coronado studio and is now taking lessons via Skype since our move to Virginia.  The lessons are convenient, affordable, and productive. We are excited to be able to still have Steven B as her guitar and vocal teacher!” - Amy, 5 Stars!  

“I came to Steven B as a beginner in piano and I took the piano lessons on my Casio keyboard. I just wanted to learn my favorite songs. Steven B got me into the music I really enjoy!  In only three months, I was able to play and sing a song I truly love titled “Angel” from Sarah McLachian.  My teacher said I performed it as well as the artist. My friends, loved my performance of the song!” - Katrina, 5 Stars! 

“My son has taken guitar and voice lessons with Steven B for the last year.  We are pleased with classes and the improvement we've seen in comparison to a previous instructor.  Steven B is punctual and extremely respectful of the time and money it takes to provide lessons.  He can be counted on to be both friendly and professional.  He comes prepared for lessons and expects the same of his students.  If you are serious about learning and improving your skills, we highly recommend him.” - Christina, 5 Stars! 

“My time in being instructed by Steven B on piano was a great, informative experience. Ever since the first lesson, he is a very good teacher that clearly knows what he is doing. Mr. B. taught me at my own pace, taking time to help me work on skills, especially small details that help me perform much better. He is a very skilled instructor, teaching me pieces from not only music books that he provides, but also the valuable skill of learning by ear, a skill few other teachers bother to touch on. Steven B has helped on a number of occasions with songs that I am learning on my own and fit time into our lessons to work on them. He is always willing to let the student work on what they like as well as what he gives out. When I once mentioned my liking for jazz, we soon started an in-depth series of lessons into the genre, teaching me much more than I ever knew prior to it. I’ve never felt pressured by my assignments and pieces to bring home, as Steven B knows everyone goes at their own pace and can take anytime from a few days to a few weeks to learn a song. My time with him was a very fun and informative time that I thoroughly enjoyed.” - Michael, 5 Stars!

PIANO - GUITAR - VOICE LESSONS:
- In Your Home Via Webcam with Steven B (See Teacher's Special)
- In The Teacher's Coronado Music Studio

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Natalie S.

Awesome!

Posted Feb 8, 2020
Nick
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

A fun and engaging instructor. He obviously enjoys his job. The lesson was practical and easy to apply to a new song right away. Simple and clear lesson plans for practice between sessions.

Posted Aug 17, 2019
Steve R.
Profile-location-online Online

Steven is an excellent instructor. After the first lesson, my vocal chords were tired but felt like I actually did something! He is extremely well-prepared, explains what he is trying to do, demonstrates the exercises and then offers feedback on your efforts. Top notch instructor!

Posted Aug 11, 2019
Rachel
Profile-location-home Student's Home

My daughter age 11 has grown so much over this last year and a half working with Mr. Bruce in the gift of her voice, tools to improve range, pitch and how to care for her voice! He has Excellent patience and dedication in helping the student grow and learn.

Posted May 22, 2019
Carole H.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Great teacher and a fun lesson

Posted Apr 5, 2019
Alex
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Different from any instructor I’ve had. Very organized and has lesson plans ready for you to continue perfecting your craft at home. Looking forward to working with him!

Posted Feb 16, 2019
Bianca
Profile-location-online Online

Steven has been amazing!! I have little to no experience playing guitar, but I'm already getting the hang of playing well known songs! He does a great job of critiquing but also making the lesson fun! He tells me exactly what I need to do and the tools I need for the following lessons, so I always have a plan AND it's all in the comfort of my own home. I would highly recommend Steven, and if you're skeptical about taking an online lesson, don't be, because the attention Steven gives during lessons makes you feel like he's right there! Happy Strumming!

Posted Jul 8, 2018
Harry W.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Steven was fun, passionate, very knowledgeable, humorous, patient, enjoyable, easy to follow, organized, kind, caring, compassionate, cordial, and more. :-)

Posted May 12, 2018
Debbie B.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Steven's very patient and demonstrates what he wants me to do. As he says, "There are no mistakes," and we keep right on going. I feel as if my voice has been enriched and made prettier. I'm so glad I found Steven to be my vocal coach.

Posted Oct 16, 2017
Steve K.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Great first lesson. Looking forward to next week.

Posted Sep 19, 2017
Dominique N.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Steven B. is an exceptional piano teacher. He knows how to motivate and encourage a student, and is very accommodating with regard to a student's particular interests.
One of his most outstanding teaching features is that he has an entirely unique approach to ear training (playing by ear). He creates customized playing-by-ear, step-by-step, walk-through recordings--which he professionally produces in his home studio.
These recordings break down a piece in such a way which allows a student to learn how to recognize intervals, chords, chord inversions, melodic lines, and more.
I cannot emphasize enough the (often under-appreciated) value of such ear training for students at all levels.

Posted Jul 22, 2017
Noah D.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Great first lesson! Looking forward to more!

Posted Jul 11, 2017
Heather F.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Steve is very attuned to how to get the student started and playing guitar well. He designs each lesson to rapidly promote foundational skills for more advanced playing. He has helped improve my self-confidence whereas past instruction with other teachers had left me feeling discouraged.

Posted Mar 21, 2017
Kyra

Mr. Bruce is one of the best teachers I have ever had! He is so patient, kind, thoughtful, and extremely talented! Ever since day one, he has shown great character and we have become great friends. If anyone is looking for a music teacher I would HIGHLY recommend Steven Bruce, not only because he is a great teacher, but also a great person:) Thank you, Mr. Bruce, for being so amazing!

Posted Mar 13, 2017
Rafael M.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

His resume and experience speaks for itself. Steven is well informed. I had an audition to prepare for in just 3 weeks and I've never felt confident that I would ace it and leave the judges in spades. I learned the importance of vowels, dip thongs, having a steady tongue that's out of the way for proper air flow and so much more. You want to be good, put your money where your mouth is. This is the guy for you. He's a bit pricey but he's worth EVERY penny and you get what you pay for.

Posted Mar 8, 2017
Iakienide U.
Profile-location-online Online

My son Aikie said he loves the class.

Posted Oct 5, 2016
Chad
Profile-location-online Online

Steven is awesome! He's very patient, encouraging, thorough and most of all he makes it fun. After only 4.5 months of once-weekly he has me jamming to several of my favorite songs! Thanks, Steven!

Posted Sep 24, 2016
DeAnn S.
Profile-location-online Online

Had a great lesson with Steven. Looking forward to my next one!

Posted Jun 30, 2016
Jon
Profile-location-online Online

Lots of great foundational instruction with personalization. Very encouraging!

Posted Jun 1, 2016
Tedi Jo Williams
Profile-location-online Online

Working with Steven is a great experience. Even though I have played for years, I cannot read a note. He is able to work with my "ear" that hears the music. I am hearing things that I haven't ever heard before, especially in my left hand. I truly enjoy every lesson and learn something every time.

Posted May 30, 2016
Joseph A.
Profile-location-online Online

Explains everything thoroughly, and always keep things fun.

Posted Apr 9, 2016
Jerry Smith
Profile-location-online Online

Great teacher

Posted Apr 8, 2016
Jackie H.
Profile-location-online Online

It was a great lesson. Steven is an excellent teacher. He is very patient and he is so caring. I really enjoyed meeting him over Skype. I was nervous about online lessons at first, but the lesson was wonderful!!

Posted Apr 7, 2016
jules whiteman
Profile-location-online Online

Great teacher! Very fun lesson

Posted Mar 29, 2016
Julian G.
Profile-location-online Online

Today was my first lesson with Steve. He is very nice, organized and pleasant.

Posted Mar 28, 2016
Chris E.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Steven has incredible talent in all areas of music but the thing I enjoy most is that he is able to inspire as he teaches. My 14 year old son has been taking some piano, mostly guitar and now voice with him for about 2 years. The growth we have witnessed is outstanding. Steven is bringing out the very best in our son - helping him grow in both musical knowledge and self -confidence. Thank you!
The Evans Family

Posted Mar 12, 2016
Kirby C.
Profile-location-online Online

Steven is wonderful...has taught Kirby more in 5 classes then she learned in 2 years with another instructor

Posted Jan 25, 2016
LucyQ
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Mr. Steve Bruce is a dedicated and professional instructor. He not only appreciates his students, but is committed to see them progress as musicians. He let's them know that they can go as far as they want with their music; they just need to do this one thing: do your homework-->practice, practice, practice, he will work on the rest. Both my daughters have been taking lessons with Steve for over 4 yrs and have the confidence to play in front of a group, they are only 8 & 9 yrs old. If you are looking to find a teacher who is committed to you, then Steve is the right instructor.

Posted Jan 4, 2016
Robert
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I have known Steven Bruce for many years. When my girlfriend Gloria said to me "I'd like to take piano lessons," our choice for teacher was easy. From the very start, Steve showed patience, skill, understanding, knowledge and a warm sense of humor. To feel confident in his guidance, consistency and care is very comforting. His empathy in moving Gloria along the early stages was truly appreciated. I knew this would be the case, because our teacher is passionate, creative, unique and also happens to be one of the kindest individuals I've ever known. Please consider Steven, if you happen to be looking for an incredibly complete music teacher.

Posted Dec 21, 2015
Madison
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Fantastic, passionate musician and teacher. Vast experience with guitar, voice, and piano. Provides tailored lessons to your experience and skill level. You will see incredible progress and improvement if you follow his instruction and guidance. He is very friendly and kind and wants to see you succeed!

Posted Dec 17, 2015
Chase
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Great experience

Posted Dec 13, 2015
Mylora
Profile-location-online Online

Steven does a fantastic job! He goes out of his way when needed to ensure a quality lesson. He gives the option to have lessons at his in-home studio or receive them online. That has made it very convenient to keep up the lessons as my daughter's school schedule changes. He is always gracious if we have computer trouble during the Skype lessons. He has even given a lesson over the phone when we couldn't get the computer to work! His prices and policies are reasonable too. I've recommended him to several friends already.

Posted Dec 7, 2015
Steve
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

I have been taking lessons from Steve for over 10 years. He makes it very fun and enjoyable while learning at the same time. I recommend Steve to anyone who wants to excel at their instrument.

Posted Dec 4, 2015
Brooke
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Steven is an amazing instructor. He is patient, kind, helpful and very knowledgable regarding his craft. We greatly appreciated his expertise and positive attitude! I would highly recommend Steven for lessons!

Posted Dec 4, 2015
Joe
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Steve was alright in the beginning. Not the greatest but was improving my son. Steve requires a month of lesson payments in advance. My 13 year old son was getting very busy and we needed to take a break from lessons to get him caught up on other commitments he had going on for school. We told Mr. Bruce a month ahead of time that it would be our last month and we would pick back up in a few months. We told him that at the beginning of the lesson and the lesson went down hill after that. Prior to saying we were stopping Mr. Bruce was very positive towards my son, after we said we were stopping lessons my son was told everything he was doing was incorrect and the entire lesson he informed both my son and I how poorly my son was playing/singing. I guess to convince me not to take a break. It was clear that Mr. Bruce was going to be a detriment to my sons progress from that point forward, Mr. Bruce kept all money and I refused to let my son continue, it was that bad. So Mr. Bruce got free money for being rude.
Their is a reason his prices are cheap. His studio is actually his bedroom, He does not have the best interest of his students learning during lessons. Find someone else. It will be better in the long run.

Posted Dec 4, 2015
Briley C.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I take Piano and Vocal lessons from Steven for almost two years now, and have no complaints about him. He pushes me to do better with my work and helps me understand things that I couldn't with past teachers. On piano, he helps with my learning by ear, as well as reading music. On my vocals, he helps me perfect my singing with exercises and keeping an inner glow to my face that most successful singers have.
I extremely recommend trying him out!

Posted May 28, 2015

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Music Teacher
Feb 1984 - Present

Private Studio

Steven B is one of the best teachers out there. He has over 25 years experience as a professional teacher of voice, guitar, and piano successfully teaching hundreds of students. Provide teaching at all levels. Most all ages. Beginners are welcome. Be ready to learn to have a lot of fun! PIANO - GUITAR - VOICE LESSONS: - In Your Home Lessons Via WebCam (LIVE with the teacher) - In The Teacher's Coronado Music Studio PIANO - KEYBOARD The piano is the king of instruments. Steven B is one of the best instructors out there. He teaches in students’ homes across the United States as easily as in the Coronado Music Studio. For 30 years, he has successfully taught hundreds of students. Provide teaching at all levels. Most ages. Complete beginners are welcome. He combines methods of reading music, playing by ear, and improvisation... And this work wonders for his piano students. They play with confidence, feeling, and great interpretation! Students may learn classical, jazz, pop, blues, as well as other genres. Steven B may be the only teacher out there who uses his recording studio in producing recordings to assist his piano students in the learning process. Prepare to learn and have a lot of fun! GUITAR / ACOUSTIC / ELECTRIC The guitar is the most popular instrument in the world. Steven B is one of the best instructors out there. He teaches in students’ homes across the United States as easily as in the Coronado Music Studio. He combines methods of teaching sight reading, playing by ear, and improvisation. He teaches many styles of music, pop, rock as well as ethnic music genres. Teaching all the fundamentals of technique in guitar for correct hand positions, fingering, and position. Strumming, finger picking, hybrid picking, and the C-A-G-E-D formula is taught, depending upon the interest of the student. Steven B may be the only teacher out there who uses his recording studio in producing recordings to assist his guitar students in the learning process. Prepare to learn and have a lot of fun! VOICE - SINGING The voice is the grandest instrument of all instruments. For 20 years, Steven B. is one of the best instructors out there. He teaches in students’ homes across the United States as easily as in the Coronado Music Studio. Provide teaching at all stages. All skill levels taught. Complete beginners are welcome. Mr. B. intersects methodologies of Bel Canto, Alexander's technique, and the secrets of singing. By the way, Alexander’s technique can bring back to health a damaged speaking voice, as well as keeping the singer’s voice sound and pain free. Broken down, singing involves three areas: mind, technique, and performance. There are many technical concepts to train in singing. From vowel shapes, to understanding consonants, to landing gently on high notes. Great technique leads to great expression. Mr. B. is skilled in educating a student for an audition or performance. The chief purpose of singing is to bring oneself joy. Prepare to learn a lot and have fun! PERFORMANCE Steven B has extensive experience in performance. For many years, he performed piano and sang at many fine establishments throughout San Diego and Los Angeles. Later on, he produced a concert tour and performed 50 concerts to 15,000 young people throughout San Diego. The title of his concert tour is Heroes In Our World. Steven B played keyboards, guitar and sang. The concerts honored real-life moms, dads, doctors, nurses, teachers, athletes, entertainers who give back to charity, police officers, firemen, and explorers who make our world a better place. His list of performances continues. He has a record of being the only musician to write a song, produce it, playing the instruments and vocals, along with filming and editing the videos of the performances each week for 52 consecutive weeks. His students benefit because he teaches many aspects in performance and can prepare students for any kind of audition or performance. PIANO - GUITAR - VOICE LESSONS: - In Your Home Lessons Via WebCam (LIVE with the teacher) - In The Teacher's Coronado Music Studio ***Teacher's Special - Lessons Via Webcam*** You catch a quality FREE USB microphone. This is what makes lessons via webcam crystal clear and perfect for both myself and the student. Some of my students find joy in applying it for making recordings or podcasts, and so on. All in all, this is one sweet bargain. You get a professional quality FREE USB microphone along with one of the best instructors out there. For several years, I have been teaching lessons via webcam in places like New York, Virginia Beach, Carmel Valley, Eastlake, and college campuses. I use multiple camera angles, along with great audio coming from the USB microphone and it feels like the student is sitting two feet from me. Students may take lessons on any device including tablet, iPad, cell phone, notebook, desktop, or laptop. Teacher’s Requirements For Student: 1. The student informs me about their goals and the daily time frame in developing their talent. 2. The student needs a three-ring notebook for the lessons. 3. The student reserves lessons, monthly or with a single lesson through Take Lessons.

Education

Associate - Computer Technology
Sep 1982 - Jun 1983

Coleman College

Associate - Music
Sep 1975 - Jun 1977

Southwestern

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Mar 1990
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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