Steven Schwarz

Steven S.

Washington, DC

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Steven delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 18+

Teaching since:
September 2012

Steven holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from San Diego State University, where he has also worked as a Lecturer in Piano and Resident Artist in Collaborative Piano. He now lives in Washington, DC, where he is a Teaching Artist at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, and a freelance pianist, piano teacher, and composer who regularly takes the stage at Friday Morning Music Club, Rock Creek Chamber Players, and Ensemble Deburau recitals. Steven specializes in teaching motivated adult piano students at every level, from complete beginners to advanced players.


Teaching Artist, Piano
Sep 2014 - Present
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

Director of Chamber Music Programs for Adult Amateurs
Sep 2013 - May 2014
Villa Musica

Lecturer in Piano and Resident Artist in Collaborative Piano
Aug 2013 - May 2014
San Diego State University


Master of Music, Piano Performance
Aug 2010 - May 2012
San Diego State University
PhD, Mathematical Logic
Sep 1978 - Jun 1982
University of Chicago
MS, Mathematics
Sep 1977 - Jun 1978
University of Chicago
BS, Mathematics
Sep 1974 - Jun 1977
Stanford University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


Outstanding Graduate Student, Performance
May 2012
San Diego State University
Election to Phi Kappa Phi and Nomination to Pi Kappa Lambda
May 2012
San Diego State University
Paul C. Stauffer Memorial Scholarship
Aug 2010
San Diego State University
Distinction and Departmental Honors
Jun 1977
Stanford University
Election to Phi Beta Kappa
Jun 1976
Stanford University


Music Teachers National Association
Jan 2015

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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Washington Music Teachers Association
Jan 2015

Welcome to the Washington Music Teachers Association (WMTA), a non-profit affiliate of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). Founded in 1934, over the years WMTA has become a prominent association of independent music teachers from the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland in the pursuit of the highest standards in music instruction.

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Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
Sep 2014

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop's (CHAW's) mission is to build community through the arts. It is a community-based, not-for-profit organization founded in 1972 by Sally Crowell and other community members who were interested in sharing their artistic expertise with children and adults. Arts instruction classes were held in several Capitol Hill churches until, in the late 1970's, the organization obtained the use of the old B.B. French School (545 Seventh St, SE) from the District of Columbia government.

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Phi Kappa Phi
May 2012

Phi Kappa Phi's mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

Amateur Chamber Music Players
Feb 2009

ACMP — The Chamber Music Network is a non-profit organization that facilitates informal music-making by people of all ages and nationalities, from beginners to professionals. Founded as a non-profit organization in 1947, ACMP, originally the Amateur Chamber Music Players, was the idea of Leonard Strauss, an American businessman whose work frequently included travel. Tired of practicing alone in hotel rooms, he dreamed of a network of musicians who could contact each other for chamber music sessions while at home or “on the road.”

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Phi Beta Kappa
Jun 1976

The Phi Beta Kappa Society celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.

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Photos & Videos

Carlos Guastavino: Diez Cantos Populares para Piano (1974)
Benjamin Britten: On This Island; Jennifer Wu, soprano and Steven Schwarz, piano; Smith Recital Hall, January 31, 2014.
J. S. Bach: Sonata No. 5 in F minor; Isaac Allen, violin and Steven Schwarz, piano; Smith Recital Hall, February 12, 2014.
Paule Maurice: Tableaux de Provence; Todd Rewoldt, alto saxophone and Steven Schwarz, piano; Smith Recital Hall, March 25, 2014.
Gabriel Fauré: Fantaisie; Pamela Martchev, flute and Steven Schwarz, piano; Smith Recital Hall, April 10, 2014.
Photo by Steven S.


4 Reviews

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Nic May 2, 2016
Piano · In home

Steven has exceed my highest expectations as my piano teacher. His musical and instructional abilities are excellent and his personality is very easy to get along with. His course of instruction in very methodical and I have seen rapid improvement in my capabilities. I would highly recommend him to anybody looking for a teacher in the DC area, especially if you are an older student looking to get back into piano.

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Tyler Dec 2, 2015
Piano · In home

Steven is exacting but patient, which is exactly what I was looking for in a piano instructor. Also, the fact that he specializes in teaching adult piano sets him apart from other instructors. Looking forward to many future lessons!

Greg Oct 7, 2015
Piano · In studio

As an adult student, I found Steve to be a terrific teacher. Very patient, very talented, methodical and sensitive teacher and pianist. And a nice guy. Very good experience.

JOHN G. Oct 7, 2015
Piano · In studio

Steve is a fantastic Piano Teacher and I would strongly recommend him to anyone who is taking up the piano for the first time or who is experienced and would like to become a better musician.

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