Steven Burke

Steven B.

Brooklyn, NY

Lesson Details



Steven delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
December 2008

Hello! My name is Steve and I’m a professional musician, composer, and teacher from Brooklyn, NY. For 9 years I’ve taught acoustic and electric guitar, bass, and music theory in the Greater Boston area. I now teach out of my private studio in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. I also offer in-home and online lessons.

My goal in teaching is to help students build confidence and find their voice in music. By developing strong technique, theory, and musicianship, students learn the skills needed to play with others, teach themselves new music, and pursue opportunities such as auditions and advanced music programs. Many of the teaching methods I employ are adapted from ones I learned while attending Berklee College of Music as well as my 15 years of private study.

I'm interested in how music and sounds affect people and I challenge my students to pursue what moves them. My lessons focus on the individual goals and needs of each player. With 16 years of playing experience and 9 years of teaching experience I have helped students pass music school auditions, form successful bands, and create demos of original music, among other achievements.

Thanks for your interest. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

-Steve Burke

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Private Teacher
Oct 2008 - Present
Steve Burke Music Lessons

Teaching students aged 6-70 in guitar, bass, music theory, improvisation, and ear training.

Bass Player/Guitar Player
Sep 2008 - Feb 2018

In demand bass player and guitar player across a wide range of genres. Rock, jazz, blues, funk, country, soul, afrobeat, hip hop and more.

Arranger, composer, band leader
Jun 2014 - Dec 2017
Poppa Cigar

Arranger, composer, and band leader for 10 piece afro beat band Poppa Cigar.


Sep 2012 - Jun 2013
Harvard Extension School
Liberal Arts
Jan 2010 - Jun 2012
North Shore Community College
Electric Bass Performance
Sep 2008 - Jun 2009
Berklee College of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Photo by Steven B.

Skating by Vince Guaraldi Bass Cover
Let You Go by Sarah and the Wild Versatile, an original rock and soul band.
Bass solo with Funk du Jour, Gloucester, MA.
Photo by Steven B.

Photo by Steven B.


2 Reviews

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James Jan 19, 2017
Bass Guitar · In studio

I was a complete beginner when I first took lessons with Steve. He was patient with me and gave me useful exercises to practice, although the most memorable moments occurred when he told me to just jam. Over the course of our lessons, he gave me the confidence to write my own bass lines, and take pride in my work. I don't know anyone who is as passionate about playing bass as Steve Burke.

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Ian Jan 19, 2017
Bass Guitar · In home

I have known Steve Burke for about 3 years. I noticed him for his extraordinary bass guitar playing skills. I have witnessed his growth as a bass player, while he was invited in to numerous bands in the North Shore of Boston area. He soon was playing on recordings for several bands.

I came to learn he teaches bass. Before we had a first lesson, Steve asked “what I wanted” from lessons. As a person without any formal music / music theory education, I wanted to understand where all the notes are on the neck, and wanted to develop the ability to improvise in any key. Steve organized our first lessons to help me gain these goals. Two main components were in Steve’s teaching; 1) Giving positive input to - and positive feedback on - the musical things I played, or tried to play, and 2) developing and assigning exercises so I could progress between lessons.

Steve is patient and easy going, and made each lesson very much worthwhile.

More recently Steve gave me a lesson on “walking bass” and explained the note-to-note movements in terms I could easily understand. He also provided the principles behind the formation and playing of walking bass, in language appropriate to my limited music theory knowledge. Steve impresses me as thoroughly knowledgeable in this topic.

I would recommend Steve as a bass instructor to anyone, of any level, or music knowledge base (including those with no musical knowledge). He is expert in developing lessons that address the student’s goals, and are at the “right knowledge level” for each student. Every lesson I had left me smiling, and later recalling the new learning as I put it into practice.

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