Steven Ettling
Katy, TX
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Steven Ettling

Steven E.

Katy, TX
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My lesson plans are designed to be musical and fun. I want my students to understand the language of the music by studying their favorite bands and understanding the theory behind it. I have a strategy for everyone starting from beginner, intermediate, to advanced. I remember picking up a guitar for the first time and what a struggle it was to play my favorite songs. There is a method for achieving these goals and it is different for everyone. The one thing that will allow you to succeed is having a desire to learn and a passion for music. If you have those two things then I can direct you to the right path to achieve your musical goals!

About Steven E.

Steve is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and record producer. He currently is a music director at his local church and holds a degree from one of the best contemporary music schools. At GIT he had an opportunity to study and play with some of the best musicians in the world. Steve is an educator giving music lessons all over the country for beginners to professional musicians.


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38 Reviews
Edozie E.
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Steve has been teaching my two boys piano for a few months now and it’s been great. My kids are 6 and 7 and had never played an instrument before. They absolutely love their lessons and have made a ton of progress in the short time since they started. I would recommend Steve for any music lesson needs you have.

Posted May 14, 2021
Tatiana H.
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Steve is a great teacher. I had some small working knowledge after trying to teach myself for a year without any luck and with Steve's help I've learned a lot and can play a couple of songs! He really listens to you and what your interests are and focuses on those rather than the traditional method of going through the basics and earning things we have no interest in like we all did in band class in school. Of course if that's what you need he will, but in all its focused on you and what you need to progress yourself as a musician. He is also very easy to work with in terms of making and changing schedules. If you have a hectic and ever changing life like myself it's no problem for Steve to work around. I would highly recommend him to anyone interested in taking their guitar playing to the next level.

Posted May 3, 2021
Jim H.
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Steven is an excellent teacher. I wanted to learn how to play a song quickly but Steven showed me the chords and correct techniques. By learning this way, I can play a variety of songs and not just memorize one. I am thoroughly enjoying my lessons with Steven. He is professional and personable and has made learning fun. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to learn how to play the guitar. The most impressive part about Steven is he won't let you fall into bad habits pay attention focus.

Posted May 3, 2021
David Hickman
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Steve is an absolutely phenomenal teacher! He has been working with our 4th grade son for a couple of months and the progress has been substantial. Steve takes a genuine interest in the genres of music our son enjoys and uses that to enhance his interest in learning. I would absolutely recommend Steve for any age/level of guitar player.

Posted May 2, 2021
Caleb W.
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Great first lesson with Steve. Really helps you learn not only the theory of singing, but also how to work with the voice you have and learn the songs you love. Looking forward to future lessons.

Posted Nov 20, 2020
Dennis W.
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Super-helpful. Professional, knowledgeable, zeroes in on what you need to develop and gives you good advice on how to develop it.

Posted Nov 11, 2020
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My 10 year old beginner has been taking lessons from Mr. Ettling for a couple of months. We are always amazed at the progress he makes each week. Mr. Ettling great at assessing where a child's skills are, and how much more progress to ask for between lessons. He listens well to my son's interests also. We are very happy!

Posted Sep 2, 2020
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Steve does an amazing job of simplifying the guitar and making it a practical learning experience no matter what your skill level is! Great guitar player and teacher.

Posted Sep 2, 2020
Mike H.
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good lessons

Posted Aug 22, 2020
Ron B.
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Great first lesson, after trying to learn on my own and lost in the fog Steve has me on track focusing on developing my skills

Posted Jul 24, 2020
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I really enjoyed working with Steve at my first lesson. He has a vast amount of knowledge and is willing to work with me at my level, not his.

Posted Jul 2, 2020
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One of the best guitarist and person I know, I’ve bine a student of his for 4 years and have improved greatly ever since. He’s bine a great guide in learning music theory, soloing, and vocal practices while also allowing me to learn songs I enjoy, and teach me skills I wish to learn to become the type of guitarist I want to be. He’s a great teacher and friend who I would highly recommend to people wanting to learn to play and appreciate guitar and music.

Posted Jun 30, 2020
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Steve is an amazing guitar teacher. And great musician. Couldn't ask for a better option.

Posted Jun 28, 2020
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Steven has been an amazing teacher over the past year. My son took lessons from him for just a few months before I decided that this is the kind of guy I could start learning guitar from as well. He gives me focused goals and customizes the teaching content to exactly what I need to continue learning.

Posted May 21, 2020
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Great introduction to the lesson plan and great guy all around. He got an understanding of my skill level and is working well with me! I’m excited for more lessons with Steve.

Posted May 13, 2020
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Great first lesson. I am an older student who was nervous about taking up an instrument. Steve took the time to listen to my concerns and desires and catered to my skills making the lesson both informative to my learning and exciting by showing me I COULD play a song. I think Steve has a knack for this and it will benefit me in my aspirations to play in front of other players.

Posted May 7, 2020
Chase D.
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very helpful and understanding looking forward to more!

Posted May 6, 2020
Maria Murray Dozlic
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My 14 year old daughter has loved having Steven as her piano teacher so much so in fact that she also wanted to try voice as well (even with her anxiety!). Her overall confidence and skills in playing have increased tremendously which she is thrilled with. We purchased packages of 5 at a time and we were happy with Steven's instruction in my home in Katy.

Posted Sep 16, 2019
Karla A.
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Steven is very personable and put my 13 daughter at ease very quickly. She was excited to start piano lessons and was very encouraged after her first lesson — so encouraged in fact that I’m glad we have purchased 5 lessons already! And she has been enjoying the practice as well!

Posted Apr 17, 2019
Brayden J.
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Our 6 1/2 yr old grandson is so shy he wouldn’t talk to Steve but Steve figured out a way to work with him anyway & grandson was very happy!!

Posted Apr 4, 2019
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Stephen is an excellent teacher. My child has enjoyed taking guitar with Stephen much more than the previous guitar teacher. The advancement in skill of my child in the past year has been tremendous. I highly recommend Stephen especially for Christian parents who maybe looking for an awesome Christian guitar teacher.

Posted Oct 29, 2018
Tony C.
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I found Steven to be very knowledgeable in singing and guitar-playing. Highly recommended!

Posted Mar 9, 2018
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Steven has been working with my daughter in piano and singing. The first lesson he discussed with her what she'd like to achieve, and they set goals for them to work towards, which I love. My daughter really enjoy's working with Steven and practicing piano is no longer a chore for her. He's teaching style is a great fit for her, and in 4 weeks she's learned more from Steven than she has from other instructors we've had. I have no trouble recommending Steven.

Posted Nov 9, 2016
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I would like to say Steven was an amazing piano teacher for my 5 year old and he really was able to teach him a lot of the basics and some neat tunes. He is great with kids and with my child being 5 and needing a lot of patience it was really a breeze for Steven to teach and keep his attention during the lesson. He is definitely a natural at what he does! I am very satisfied with Steven and his style of teaching. He is a well deserved five star rating and I can not wait till my son gets to start guitar lessons with him in the future.

Posted Sep 14, 2016
Keesha M.
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Steven is an awesome teacher. He is extremely knowledgeable and will have you playing actual songs in record time! He also adjusts to your learning style to make learning the instrument easier. I recommend Steven to aspiring piano players of all ages and abilities!

Posted Aug 26, 2016
Jeff R.
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First lesson was great. My wife and I like where it is headed. I think we will benefit from Steven's style.

Posted Aug 10, 2016
Andres P.
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He's great..point me some basic stuff but already send me homework to practice. I being in guitar classes long time ago when I was a kid(now 38yrs) when got bored with more paperwork then practice and never went back, but Steve give me the basics and now already practicing. Very patience and knowledge. Looking forward to keep it up for good now!

Posted Aug 6, 2016
arno B.
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Steve is an awesome teacher and very patient. He has a vast knowledge of music theory and is great at figuring out a difficult piece. He is also extremely patient and calm, all characteristics of a good teacher.

Posted May 27, 2016
Matthew A.
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Steve is unreal. I know I made the right choice picking him to be my teacher

Posted Dec 27, 2015
Ron M.
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Steve is terrific. His lesson plans teach the fundamental skills while keeping my son interested with relevant music. My son loves to practice and looks forward to seeing Steve. My musical career was ruined early on with intense study of music theory. Instead, my son is learning to express his love music by playing. The theory can come along later when he's older and his love of playing and skills are well established.
Highly recommend lessons with Steve.

Posted Oct 16, 2015
Jennifer D.
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Steven is a very knowledgeable instructor with piano and music theory. He was very patient, allowed me to pick my own music, and very accommodating with my schedule. I would recommend Steven to anyone looking for a personable and knowledge instructor!

Posted Aug 6, 2015
Larry F.
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Steven was kind, considerate (seriously listened to my guitar goals and concerns), very knowledgeable about music and the guitar. I am glad I met and chose him.

Posted Mar 27, 2015
Jim and Lorraine Y.
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I've been working with Steve for a little over a year now and my knowledge of the guitar has increased a lot as has my overall music knowledge. Steve is great to work with and has helped my playing a lot.

Highly Recommended!

Posted Oct 13, 2014
Estella G.
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I would like to thank Steven very much for his Piano Lessons.
I am very pleased with Steven, he has been very patient with me, especially because I am Dyslexic......Dyslexia is a reading disorder, but i see, and feel it interfering also with my piano lessons!!

I would recommend him to my family & friends...

Thanks again!!

Posted Sep 9, 2014
Brian S.
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Steve sets a high professional standard for what he does. Lessons are flexible and fun which makes progress fast. I give my highest recommendation to someone considering his services.

Posted Aug 28, 2014
Harry F.

Dylan likes taking ppiano lessons from Steve.he is learning and practices on his own.very satisfied

We are pleased with Steve. Dylan is very attentive during the lesson and practices on his own. As long as Dylan is interested in continuing we will

Posted Mar 2, 2013

Thank you so much for the lessons, i believe Anthony is learning alot from eveything you are teaching him. He's really excited about his lessons and practices daily.

Posted May 3, 2012
Borja M.
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Posted May 22, 2020

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Director of Music
Jul 2013 - Present

CrossPoint Community Church

Music director, lead sing, guitar, and piano. Direct band.


Guitar performance
Sep 2006 - Sep 2010




Fluent / Native Proficiency


Piano/ Voice performance
Jul 2008


Studied extensive piano and vocal training

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