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Instruments: Piano, Violin, Cello, Viola, Fiddle, Music, Keyboard
Styles: Classical, Pop, Rock, Showtunes, New Age, Avant-Garde

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Stephen M In Home
Instruments: Piano, Violin, Cello, Viola, Fiddle, Music, Keyboard
Styles: Classical, Pop, Rock, Showtunes, New Age, Avant-Garde

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

Master Degree: Arizona State University

Bachelor Degree: Utah State University

Awards:

Music Fellowship - University of Michigan

Louise Kerr Endowment Award

Teaching Fellowship - Arizona State University

George B. Pahtz Memorial Scholarship

Arts Research Fellowship - Utah State University

Overview:

I am an accomplished music educator and composer skilled in and enthusiastic about teaching music students of all ages. I have a Bachelor's degree in cello performance from Utah State University, where I studied with Anne Francis Bayless of the world-renowned Fry Street Quartet. I also have a Master's degree in composition from Arizona State University, and am currently working toward my Doctorate in composition at the University of Michigan. Throughout my career, I have enjoyed performing my music in concert halls across the country, and am passionate about sharing the joys of musical creativity with all of my students.

EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching private lessons since High School, and have maintained a home studio ever since. I have taught young students of all ages in one-on-one settings in my studio, as well as in classroom settings as a group strings teacher and as an orchestra and general music teacher at a K-8 charter school. I bring with me years of experience in bringing music to life for kindergarteners, teenagers, and everyone in-between (I enjoy teaching adults, too)! When I meet with students for lessons, I am committed to not only help them gain proficiency on their instruments, but also to unlocking their creative potential as artists.

METHODS USED

For beginning strings students (even young children) to advanced students, I use the Suzuki method along with the accompanying sight reading book, I Can Read Music. Advanced students who have reached Suzuki book 6 and beyond are invited to seek out other repertoire as a supplement to their Suzuki studies. Students who are involved in an orchestra are also invited to bring excerpts of their music to their lessons so that I can help them to feel confident and prepared at playing tests and auditions.

LESSON STYLE

I firmly believe that students are best served when their teacher knows and cares about them. This attitude toward teaching helps me to tailor instruction to students' needs rather than following a prescriptive method. I usually begin lessons with a brief, informal conversation where we discuss the student's week and talk about things that are important to them. A strong and appropriate student-teacher relationship is the bedrock for successful goal-setting, accountability, and, of course, fun in private lessons! At the end of a student's lesson, I always help them write out goals for the next week in a practice journal so that they can look back on their progress while looking forward to mastering other elements of their playing.

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