Steve Kaminski

Steve K.

Vernon Rockville, CT
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I enjoy teaching beginners to advanced levels. I specialize in beginning learners and believe that the initial path of studying should be reinforced with a positive teaching style and the right technique for that individual student. There is not a 'cookie cutter" music book for any beginner. As a teacher I learn the style of each student that best suits there goals to move forward.

About Steve K.

I am a Musical Director who has scored original music for many motion pictures and television and was musical arranger for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. I've scored and arranged original music for several television shows including, Desperate Housewives, MTV's Making the Band, It's Showtime at the Apollo and numerous series on PBS, A & E and Disney, . I have also served as on-set vocal and piano coach for many Disney TV series.

As a piano instructor, I believe in giving every student a foundation in classical music.. I enjoy teaching and playing Jazz and pop as well.

I've worked with students ages 5-90. I simply love the teaching process and respect every student's journey. Mixing structure and discipline with a positive teaching style, I work to inspire students to be their best within a well structured curriculum that is fun and engaging.

Music must be fun...always!

*** Lesson Details ***
My students see progress. I don't believe in cookie-cutter instruction. I take the time to learn a students individual comprehension of the musical language and their learning style. I also build a practice schedule that is realistic and creates growth. Music instruction should not feel like a burden, but should be joyful. It's a process I have respected. Whether you are 90 or 9, you can learn music, love music and feel its presence by playing an instrument or singing. My job is to communicate that joy and show you how you can do it for yourself.

Learning to master a musical instrument is a two way commitment and I will always give you my full effort as I love the results.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a digital upright piano for piano and vocal instruction.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide the lesson material and help students with purchasing the right method books.

*** Specialties ***
For beginning Piano-Intermediate, I have embraced the James Bastien series, as I believe it paces the young student and builds a foundation on a musical and pedagogical level.
Vocally, I follow a classical technique, but use that foundation as a basis to meet the goals of the singer for the style they want to achieve.

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Suzanne
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Steve is an excellent musician and gifted teacher. He is intuitive and nurtures individual talent.

Posted Dec 7, 2018
JD Tamucci
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24 yo Baritone | I've taken singing lessons with Steve for about 10 months. Before starting, I had moderate singing experience from competitive high school choirs but had regressed by picking up a few bad habits in the 6-ish years since.

I came in with few specific goals aside from becoming a better all-around singer.

Steve initially helped me improve my technique and cultivate a fuller sound using a variety of physicalization exercises. Since, we have progressed through songs he selected that each challenged certain parts of my voice while also highlighting my strengths. We'd keep coming back to songs I struggled with until I developed the desired skill. In that way, each song kind of brought its own lesson.

10 months later, I have a collection of songs I can perform confidently. In this time, we've also spent time on music theory and focusing on new skills I grew interested in improving (like singing with quiet intensity).

Finally, it's also important to note that Steve has always been patient, kind, and supportive. I was nervous before starting singing lessons again, but his gentle though direct feedback put me at ease quickly.

Posted Nov 25, 2018
Rj B.
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Steve is simply awesome! He is patient and great with kids. My 5 year old was so comfortable and learned a lot even on his first day.

Posted Sep 25, 2017
JOHN
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Posted Nov 9, 2016
Gianna
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Posted Oct 16, 2016
Jack S.
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it was my sons first lesson and he thought Steve was very good! He is excited to go back for another lesson.

Posted Jul 19, 2016
Jack S.
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it was my sons first lesson and he thought Steve was very good! He is excited to go back for another lesson.

Posted Jul 18, 2016
Blake
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1st lesson ever for my 14-yr old son and it went great! Steve did a great job checking in a couple days prior to confirm a few details and sent great directions - he's in the newer part of his neighborhood so the aerial pic he sent was more up to date than the map on our phones, that helped a lot.

Posted Mar 7, 2016
Sudie E.
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Steve is experienced in many areas of music. He explains everything carefully, and best of all, he is thoughtful, caring, and patient!

Posted Feb 18, 2016
Emily S.
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Excellent first lesson!
Steve quickly developed a good rapport with my 7 year old daughter.
She can't wait for lesson 2!

Posted Jan 7, 2016
Pablo
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Steve is making singing, which seemed absolutely impossible, seem possible. He presents it as set of interrelated skills, at least while I'm still brand new to it. Helps me to see a path rather than decide "I'm just not a singer" as I always thought. I'm finding singing classes to be more challenging, encouraging, and a lot more fun than I expected!!

Posted Nov 20, 2015
Judy C.
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Steven is very nice and attentive with my 9 years old son. He is very patient and creative with children. He is also very professional and organized. My son loves to play piano now. I would highly recommend him to give him a try.

Posted Nov 2, 2014

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Experience

President
Jan 2005 - Present

Ives Street Entertainment

Ives Street Entertainment has produced several programs that have aired on television in the US and internationally. We have had great success with our programming for children and have a strong focus on education and using media to bring knowledge to young people. We run a successful Summer Camp for there arts as well and we are in our 5th season.

Education

Two Bachelors of Music (Vocal performance) and (Music Theory)
Sep 1985 - May 1989

Southern Methodist University

Bachelor of Music, Performance and Music Theory and Composition
Aug 1985 - May 1989

Southern Methodist University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Dove Seal of Approval
Jan 2005

Dove Foundation

Affiliations

Broadcast Music Inc.
Jan 1991
One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.
Mu Phi Epsilon
May 1988
Mu Phi Epsilon (ΜΦΕ) is a co-ed international professional music fraternity. Today, Mu Phi Epsilon has chapters both nationally and internationally. The fraternity supports achievement in music through the awarding of grants and scholarships, as well as music competitions, concerts, and summer music programs. Much of this work has been supported by the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, an organization that has been in existence since 1963, as well as fundraising and donations.

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