is the founder of Avalon Music Academy (www.avalonmusic.ca),
part of the Avalon Music System franchise (www.avalonsystem.com).
Under the auspices of the academy, Steve offers the
classes, electric and acoustic guitar
guitar building workshops
guitar ensemble classes
industry workshops for young musicians
speaking for music in education
Steve has been teaching guitar to children and adults,
many of whom have gone on to become performers and teachers
examples of Steve's skill as a teacher currently reside
in and around Nanaimo, BC, and in Hamilton, Ontario.
From 1997 to 2000, Steve was the guitar teacher at Nanaimo's
premier children's music school, Kathy's Music Box.
All of his students who participated in the Upper Island
Music Festival, and the Greater Victoria Performing
Arts Festival took home first- or second-place awards.
his students many opportunities for recitals and performances.
In 1999, the Musicbox Guitar Ensemble was born. Conducted
by Steve, the group of classical guitarists, aged 8
to 14, won first place at the Upper Island Music Festival
and second place in the Greater Victoria Performing
Arts Festival, both in the guitar ensemble categories.
They have since gone on to perform at churches and senior's
centers around town, and at the International Children's
that a very important aspect of children's success in
music is the parents' involvement. Sometimes the role
of a parent is nothing more than to ensure time and
space for the students to practice at home (add to this
a never-ending stream of praise and encouragement).
For the younger children, a mother or a father who is
actually in the lesson makes a big difference, as the
student may need some help when practicing at home.
As used above,
the term, "success" refers to the state in
which the student is happy and comfortable playing a
musical instrument. The joy is passed on to others (by
teaching or by performing), and the skills developed
in music (due to having used the creative and
technical sides of the brain) are transferable to many
other aspects of life.