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MA, New York University, Teaching Music All Grades K-12
BM, New York University, Trumpet and Tuba Performance
2017- New York University Honors Scholar Award
2016- New York University Finish Line Grant Recipient
2013-2017- New York University Music Talent Scholarship
2013- International Baccalaureate Diploma
2009- Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout
Hi! I'm Steven, a multi-instrumentalist teacher and performer located in New York City! I hold a Master's in Music Education from New York University and a Bachelor's in trumpet and tuba performance from NYU as well.
I've spent my entire life dedicated to creating, collaborating, and performing music, all while keeping many students. I've been an active performer in rock, jazz, R&B, funk, soul, classical, new music, studio, and musical theater groups for more than a decade, learning from some of the finest players and teachers around. Some of these include, John Rojak (NYC freelance bass trombonist), Ladislav Kozderka (principal trumpet of the Czech Philharmonic), and Marcus Rojas (the world's authority on all things jazz tuba). My training in both jazz and classical has led me to be fluent in many styles of music with a heavy focus on music theory and composition.
I have been teaching private lessons for almost 10 years. Study with me if you like to gain facility and proficiency on your chosen instrument, an understanding of how music works, and the skills it takes to sound good and enjoy performing. I help my students reach their goals, whether it's getting a better technical understanding, learning to play for fun, or getting ready for a big performance or audition! I love working with kids and adults alike! All ages welcome. Want to learn music for the first time? No problem. Want to re-kindle an old love of playing your instrument? Let's do it! Not sure if you can learn something new? I promise you, together, you can do anything.
My pedagogy is based on the American jazz tradition and the teachings of Orff and Kodaly. I like to impart a holistic love of music in my students, without boring them with too much history or theory. However, it is my belief that theory and musical literacy will open doors to a greater level of fulfillment and understanding of music as a whole. The materials I use vary from student to student and from instrument to instrument, depending on each student's goals and progress. In my studio, we learn by doing! Ear training and music theory will always happen in the context of a piece of music that you love and want to learn. The music and fun always come first.
My teaching style is very "go with the flow." Each day is a new opportunity to learn a little more about music and your chosen instrument. Each lesson is a time where we can delve deeply into one piece of music, or jump around to several different topics. Of course, there is always room for structure and I make sure that we stay on track! There are so many different aspects of each instrument to cover, but there no need to get bogged down with complicated acronyms and over complex methodology. I share the methods I know at the pace that each student needs them.
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