Steven Sunnarborg
Ventura, CA
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Steven Sunnarborg

Steven S.

Ventura, CA
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Guitar lessons are fun for all ages, styles and levels. I'd love to help you learn to play the songs that YOU love on the guitar! Beginners are encouraged to apply. You'll have fun while reaching your musical goals. In addition to learning great songs, you'll learn improvisation and applied music theory. Also, I'll enjoy assisting the you in creating a practice regimen that fits in your time schedule.

About Steven S.

Steven graduated with his bachelor of music degree from California State University, Northridge and obtained his teaching credential from Cal Lutheran University. While at C.S.U.N., Steven was the winner of the Andres Segovia memorial scholarship and the Randy Rhoads memorial scholarship. Also, Steven has studied with many guitar greats such as Christopher Parkening and Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne). Currently, Steven is recording and performing with the virtuoso violinist Hekar Rivera and is the lead guitarist in the
band Prima Donna Rising. In addition to performing, Steven is on stafff at Rio School District as Artist in Residence. Also, Steven was the head of the music department at North Hills Preparatory School and has taught guitar workshops at the Ventura College Institute.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are available for all ages, styles and skill levels. Beginners are encouraged to apply. Students will have fun while reaching their musical goals. Students are taught to be musicians and artists through the study of the guitar. Students will learn cool songs, improvisation and music theory. I really love teaching music because I think music make the world a better place!
Lessons take place at my studio in Ventura, CA

*** Studio Equipment ***
More information upon booking

*** Travel Equipment ***
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*** Specialties ***
I am able to teach all styles from blues to jazz and all points between. My areas of expertise would most likely be in hard rock, metal, rock/jazz fusion, classical guitar, improvisation, songwriting and application of music theory.


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15 Reviews
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Steven is an extremely well versed and educated guitar teacher. Both in person and online, Steven managed to meet the interests and push the knowledge of music notation no matter what style. My son became a confident player in a short amount of time due to Steven’s vast knowledge and experience. As a 20+ year schoolteacher myself, I really appreciate his student connection and teaching style. An all over excellent experience.

Posted Dec 10, 2020
Thomas S.
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Fun experience.

Posted Jun 11, 2018
Fredrick B.
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Steve is an exellent instructor. Easy going and brings a beginner like me to ease and motivated. Look forward to my next class!

Posted Jan 31, 2018
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Wow! My son had absolutely NO prior experience and after just 4 lesson's he was rocking it and even reading music! Steven is absolutely wonderful with teens. My son looked forward to every lesson. Best teacher ever!!!!!

Posted Nov 3, 2017
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Excellent instructor. Goes at the student's pace and tailor makes each lesson to fit the student. Relates really well to kids/teenagers!

Posted Jul 12, 2017
Elliot F.
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I took lessons with Steven for almost a year and I must say working with him has truly been a blast. I emailed Steven originally looking for help with my theory skills as well as both my acoustic and electric guitar playing and I have without a doubt gotten a hundred times better at all of the above. I have never been able to play a guitar solo before working with him and thought it would be months until I could even begin to think about that but right away he showed me the ropes and got me going. I was totally discouraged about my skill level because I’ve been wanting to major in music in college but started playing late in the game. However, Steven was nothing but encouraging through not only teaching me crucial musical skills but also sharing invaluable stories from when he was in music school leaving me nothing but inspired. Its often intimidating to meet a private instructor for the first time (I’ve met plenty of bad ones) but Steven is one of the nicest guys in the world and I can’t wait to continue lessons with him again once I have the time. Be sure to check out the Rivera Sunnarborg Duo live they are absolutely breathtaking! Have fun taking lessons and get ready for some nerdy music theory jokes!

Posted Sep 25, 2016
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Steve has given my son and daughter guitar lessons for years. They always look forward to seeing him and learning new music. He not only teaches them a great foundation in guitar he also teaches them whatever songs interest them. If my daughter wants to learn a piece from some obscure artist Steve finds the music and writes the music for her. He then helps her learn to play what she loves. We couldn't ask for a better teacher.

Posted Jul 3, 2016
Eisley G.
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Great teacher and does well with teaching children.

Posted Jun 20, 2016
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Steve is a terrific instructor and guitarist. I’m an adult beginner - playing one year, now - on classical guitar; I have been grateful that Steve's been so supportive, positive, and knowledgable. His university-level guitar education and post-degree guitar experience have served him very well. I enjoy the guitar and Steve's instruction.

Posted Dec 16, 2015
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My two sons and I have taken lessons from Steve for over 5 years. He is an amazing teacher! Very kind and patient with a great sense of humor. Whether beginner or advanced Steve puts the same effort into teaching everyone. It has been fantastic to see the progress that both of my sons have made throughout the years. I simply can't recommend him highly enough.

Posted Dec 14, 2015
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I have taken lessons from Steve for many years. He is an excellent teacher in every way - he has a music degree, is very down-to-earth, has a great sense of humor and is patient, and very skilled at teaching all aspects of guitar. I play acoustic blues and finger style, classical, electric, you name it. He has been very versatile. I highly, highly recommend him - you won't find a better teacher!

Posted Dec 9, 2015
Kevin S.
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Steven is the best. I've been taking lessons with him for a few years now and he's a really great teacher. He takes his time to make sure you understand everything. He's always helpful. He's always patient when it came to me being slow at playing certain scales or solos, no matter how long it would take me. He also has a really amazing studio. He's really fun to take lessons with. Also he has an amazing sense of humor. Taking lessons with him is always a blast. I always look forward to it during the week. Steven is an amazing person and teacher. Definitely one of the best out there. I'd recommend him to anyone who wants to learn or play music.

Posted Dec 9, 2015
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I have been taking guitar lessons from Steve for several years. He has taught me electric as well as acoustic guitar. It's a pleasure to go see him and work with him every week. He is very patient with my slow fingers and always tries to help in any way he can. He has a recording studio setup that allows us to do just about anything, from recording songs from scratch, to using "minus-one" prerecorded tracks to record versions of popular songs. Taking lessons with Steve has really changed the way I listen to music - now I am amazed about all the steps artists take to put together a song. I would highly recommend Steve, he's a great teacher and a great person.

Posted Dec 8, 2015
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Learning to play the guitar was always something I wanted to do. Steve is the perfect teacher for helping me make that wish come true. He is very enthusiastic, VERY patient and kind. Steve tailors each lesson based on what I need to make progress. His love of teaching and his confidence in me makes each lesson a joyful experience.

Posted Dec 7, 2015
Chris B.
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I've been going to Steve for close to a year now for guitar lessons. I've been happy with my decision to go to him. He is professional, courteous, responsive, and very knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend his services to others.

Posted Mar 4, 2015

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Artist In Residence
Aug 2016 - Present

Rio School District-Oxnard, California

I am beyond delighted to be Artist in Residence of guitar studies at the Rio School District In Oxnard. I am conductor , composer and arrange of The Vista Condor Guitar Orchestra at Rio Vista Middle School . I also am director of the guitar program at Rio Rosales Elementary School in Oxnard. Rio School District is an amazing Arts and Technology based school system that completely supports the arts! Rio Vista middle school boasts 12 music programs!

Apr 2006 - Present

Guitar Academy

This has to be my favorite place on the planet. It's where my students come to learn and play music. I have the best job in the world!

Music Director
Aug 2000 - Nov 2011

North Hills Preparatory School

I loved this job. North Hills Prep was a LAUSD alternative school that dealt with "at risk youth". Most of our kids were struggling with addiction, ADHD or asbergers to name a few. I was so happy to be a part of helping these kids turn their lives around with the power of music. The classes I taught were: music ensemble, songwriter/recording workshops, music appreciation and music theory. Sadly, the school was closed in 2011 due to state budget cuts. I'd still be there if NHP was still open...the little school that could!


Career Technical Education Teaching Credential-Performing Arts
Sep 2017 - Sep 2018

Cal Lutheran University/VCOE

Bachelor of Music
Aug 1998 - Jun 2003

California State University, Northridge

Music Performance and Instruction
Aug 1998 - Jun 2003

California State University, Northridge

Classical Guitar
Jul 2001 - Aug 2001

Stetson University

Classical Guitar
Jul 1998 - Aug 1998

Montana State University

Music/General Education
Aug 1995 - Jun 1998

Ventura Community College


Andres Segovia Memorial Scholarship
May 2002

California State University, Northridge

Randy Rhoads Memorial Scholarship
May 2001

California State University, Northridge


Guitar Foundation of America
Dec 2014
Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) is the America's leading classical guitar organization founded in 1973 at the National Guitar Convention sponsored by the American String Teachers Association (ASTA).

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