Trevor Steer

Trevor S.

Pasadena, CA
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About

Trevor delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+

Teaching since:
2005

I am a professional keyboardist with over 25 years’ experience, with training from both Berklee College of Music and Musician’s Institute. Living, playing and teaching professionally in Los Angeles for 10+ years, I have had the privilege of traveling all over the world performing with artists of many different genres, playing everything from intimate jazz clubs to arena pop shows in front of tens of thousands.

Currently, I am the touring organ player for the world-renowned punk rock band Social Distortion and am an endorsed Hammond artist. I am also the founder/keyboardist of a well-known instrumental funk trio, and have released two albums and toured across the U.S. as an original artist. Working with symphonies across the country such as the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Anchorage Symphony, and many others while backing up special guest singers such as John Elefante of Kansas and Mickey Thomas of Jefferson Starship. I have also made several TV appearances as a guest performer on shows such as Glee and NCIS.

I teach lessons both online and in-person out of my home in Santa Monica. I own a wide array of instruments including a piano, a Hammond B3, a Rhodes Mark II Suitcase, a Hohner D6 Clavinet and a Moog Little Phatty, so we can focus on techniques that apply to any or all of those classic keyboards. I work with students of all ages and skill levels with a variety of musical goals.

I regularly play and teach in styles including rock, pop, blues, R&B, jazz, funk and classical. Having a deep background in classical piano, I competed nationally in the US Open Music Competition throughout my childhood and won multiple medals (including some gold). In addition to topics specific to the piano, I also teach synth programming/digital music creation, patch creation, MIDI programming, recording techniques, vocal coaching, performance coaching, songwriting, and composition.

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Experience

Professional Keyboardist
Jan 2006 - Present
Self-Employed/Freelance

Worked with artists including Social Distortion, Eddie Vedder, Sam Sparro, Julianne Hough, Zella Day, Mononeon, Mike Dillon, Turkuaz, Nigel Hall, Sofia Carson, Heffron Drive/Big Time Rush, Drew Ryn, Laurel, and many others.

Education

Keyboard Performance
Sep 2009 - Jun 2011
Musician's Institute
Jazz Composition
Sep 2005 - Jun 2006
Berklee College of Music

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Endorsed Artist
Feb 2017
Hammond Organ Co

Photos & Videos

Funk playing example.  "You Said You Quit Drinkin'" by my group Organ Freeman.
Playing with Organ Freeman at the Capitol Theater last weekend, Port Chester NY

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Playing with Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam at Ohana Fest

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Playing with Organ Freeman at the Mishawaka Ampitheatre, Fort Collins CO

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View of my keyboard rig at NOLA Jazz Fest 2017

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Playing the music of Fleetwood Mac with the Columbus Symphony
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2 Reviews

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Diana Dec 8, 2017
Piano · In studio

I have taken lessons here and there throughout my entire life, but never really advanced much further than learning scales. With his enthusiastic and attentive teaching style, Trevor’s guidance helped me to advance really quickly! Before we even started lessons, he asked me to send him music that I liked and wanted to learn how to play, because he said I it would make me want to practice instead of feeling forced. What a great way to get your students to practice! It was so much fun! Trevor had great lesson plans and focused on music theory to truly get me to understand the instrument. Trevor really took the time to invest in me—he even went so far as to go with me to Guitar Center to help me purchase the right piano. His teaching style is straightforward and encouraging. I recommend him all the time to friends looking to learn piano and I recommend him to you, too!!

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Emily Dec 5, 2017
Piano · In studio

I used to play piano for 12+ years as a child. Now as an adult, I was nervous to book a lesson as it felt like a rather heavy-lift to start from scratch again. I had tried working with teachers in the past and although they were decent teachers, I never felt motivated to continue my practice/passion. Trevor, on the other hand, made it easy for me to stay committed to my goal of re-learning music; making it fun, enjoyable and something to look forward to on a regular basis. His knowledge of music theory, technique, and communicative teaching style made it effortless for me to dive right back in! Whether you're new to music, trying to re-start, or are looking to become a professional musician, I have no hesitations in recommending Trevor! My love of music has only grown since starting to work with him and I continue to follow this for years to come. Can't thank him enough!

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