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Instruments: Piano, Violin, Cello, Viola, Double Bass
Styles: Classical

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Steven S In Home
Instruments: Piano, Violin, Cello, Viola, Double Bass
Styles: Classical

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

BM, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, Music Education AA, Pennsylvania College of Technology, General Studies

Awards:

2012 - Recipient of the Dean and Elizabeth Phillips Music Scholarship 2014 - Selected to be a conductor for the Mansfield University Conductor's Symposium 2015 - Performed a Beethoven Piano Concerto with the Mansfield University Symphony Orchestra 2018 - Received live performances and commissions for my original music and arrangements 2012-2016 - Performed on the viola in the Mansfield University Symphony Orchestra

Overview:

I'm a music education major that graduated from Mansfield University in 2016. As a performing musician, I have had the opportunity to perform some of the most demanding pieces for piano solo, as well as collaborative music. As a teacher, I have had the privilege to teach beginner to advanced level students on the piano. Although I enjoy teaching piano, I also study and teach string instruments. I am also a composer and enjoy writing my own music, as well as writing music to help out my students. I have received commissions and live performances of my music and I regularly enter composing competitions.

EXPERIENCE

I began teaching lessons in college when I was in a piano pedagogy class. At that time, I also began teaching private band and string instruments. I had a student teaching experience where I was able to teach band instruments with students in grades 5-8. After that experience I accepted a job in North Carolina as an orchestra director. I also taught choir students, and I taught private piano and string students on the side. I am now in the Wexford area and I am an orchestra teacher at the Pine-Richland School District.

METHODS USED

I believe that all students can achieve at a high musical level when they are encouraged and paired with a teacher with high expectations. The most successful students tend to be the ones that are taught by great educators that can elicit the hidden talents from their students. For this reason, it is important to find a music teacher that is passionate not only about teaching, but one who is also driven to pass-on a love of music to others. For my students, I begin with a basic assessment to see what method book will suit them best. How I teach a lesson is also based on my student's age, ability, and interest.

LESSON STYLE

I have a "less talk, more play" approach to music. People learn instruments because they want to play music, and that is always the focus in my lessons. While some instructors incessantly talk about theory, history, and other music concepts, I prefer to keep the talking to a minimum and have my students play their instrument as much as possible. I also tend to move at a quick pace, but I always adapt my pacing to meet the needs of the student. I also like to make connections with my students to help put them at ease, and I also enjoy learning about my student's goals, interests, and passions. I try to tie information that into my instruction as much as possible to help make my student's music studies more enjoyable.

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