Steve Kaminski

Steve K.

Vernon Rockville, CT

Lesson Details

Music Theory

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I am trained in common practice music theory. Essentially this is rooted on classical music or tonal music. I enjoy Jazz Music theory but firmly believe for the student beginning to learn harmony and structure of musical forms, a classical approach is crucial. It doesn't have to be boring, but it does have to have structure and a well thought out learning path.
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Steve teaches



Steve delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5 to 85 and special needs

Teaching since:
September 1993

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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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.

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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


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Dove Seal of Approval
Jan 2005
Dove Foundation


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.

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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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My Producing / Scoring work in Los Angeles
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12 Reviews

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Suzanne Dec 7, 2018
Broadway Singing · In studio

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

JD Tamucci Nov 25, 2018
Broadway Singing · In studio

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.

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Rj B. Sep 25, 2017
Piano · In home

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.

JOHN Nov 9, 2016
Singing · In home

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Gianna Oct 16, 2016
Singing · In home


Jack S. Jul 19, 2016
Piano · In studio

it was my sons first lesson and he thought Steve was very good! He is excited to go back for another lesson.

Jack S. Jul 18, 2016
Piano · In studio

it was my sons first lesson and he thought Steve was very good! He is excited to go back for another lesson.

Blake Mar 7, 2016
Piano · In studio

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.

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Sudie E. Feb 18, 2016
Piano · In studio

Steve is experienced in many areas of music. He explains everything carefully, and best of all, he is thoughtful, caring, and patient!

Emily S. Jan 7, 2016
Piano · In studio

Excellent first lesson!
Steve quickly developed a good rapport with my 7 year old daughter.
She can't wait for lesson 2!

Pablo Nov 20, 2015
Singing · In home

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!!

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Judy C. Nov 2, 2014
Piano · In studio

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.

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