Steven Dearing began teaching the guitar in 1992 while finishing up his undergraduate degree in music education. Within two years of teaching he found himself tutoring guitar students seven days a week with 62 pupils in his studio. He taught at Academy St Cecile, a French based music and dance conservatory for almost ten years before moving to Michigan. It was here Steven became familiar with the Royal Conservatory of Music method, a graded guitar study where a student progresses on a gradient level with not only guitar skills, but with music theory, music history, ear training and technical skills. Many of Steven’s former and current students have won medals for achieving the highest marks in the province of Ontario on their RCM exams.
In 1995 Steven began his position at the University of Windsor where he still teaches today. Over the years members of his studio have won scholarships for highest grades on their performing exams (juries) in the strings division. Some have won the annual concerto competition where they have been selected to perform with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. Others have won scholarships to go on to Masters degrees at some of North America’s finest music schools.
Although Steven’s forte is classical guitar performance, he also helps other serious-minded guitarists gain a better ability of their chosen style of guitar through understanding music theory and technique. Steven grew up as an electric guitarist playing rock and heavy metal, and today finds himself both playing classical guitar and leading a contemporary music band at his church, playing with some of the finest musicians in the metro Detroit area every other Sunday.
If you have found yourself struggling for a while, wondering why you are stumped and can’t get over the next hurdle, or if you have tried to learn the guitar on your own by watching youtube videos and now find that you really don’t understand what you are doing, give Steven a call or email to see if he can be of help. Lesson slots are based on availability and a short playing audition.
If you have been playing guitar for a while and find yourself pondering these questions:
- Why am I stuck/How do I get over the next hurdle?
- I’ve always wanted to read music fluidly
- I feel limited in my technique
- My tone is inconsistent
- I wish I understood music theory
- I wish I could improvise
Maybe it’s time to try taking lessons with an educated performer.
Lesson are weekly. Cost is $40 per half hour, paid monthly in advance. Most students take forty-five minute or one hour guitar lessons. Space is limited and based on a short audition/interview. Inquire Today
Steven’s studio is located in a serene area of Farmington Hills on the border of Northville, Novi and Livonia Michigan, just off M5.