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|Tuesday||12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday||12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.|
|Friday||12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.|
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Steve Lockwood Music
About this pro
11 years in business
8 hires on Thumbtack
I highly recommend Steve for jazz piano lessons. His lesson plan primarily revolves working through his self-written book, which provides you with a solid foundation of music / jazz theory. It covers everything from major and minor chords, 7th chords and their extensions/alterations, rhythm, bass lines, bebop and other altered scales, introductions and endings, and ii-V-I progressions – everything you need to know to be able to embellish and improvise jazz music. The book also covers all the major periods of jazz, giving you a sense of how jazz sounded through the decades, from ragtime to modal jazz, even latin jazz. It is important to note that I benefited the most from Steve’s guidance, not only following his book and its exercises. Steve has a wealth of knowledge; for decades, he’s been around the world, playing in bands, composing both jazz and classical music, performing in recitals, etc. He is willing to work with you, explaining things in a variety of ways until you can fully understand it. Also, he doesn’t just work off the book; you’ll have the opportunity to arrange and play some jazz standards! Steve is patient, kind, and very laid back. He’ll help you get comfortable with all your difficulties. For example, I had a confidence issue when I started, but Steve helped me get over that. I also had trouble with jazz swing rhythm, and we worked extensively on it, in addition to what the book had to offer. I took lessons under Steve for one year and almost made it through to the end of the book. I was one or two chapters off. I came in with minimal classical training and a bit of music theory knowledge, but I was motivated. With Steve’s help, I became a better musician than I ever thought I could get. My ear improved dramatically, and I can now pick out licks played by the jazz greats. I also loved jazz before I met Steve, but now I appreciate it a lot more on both an aesthetic and intellectual level. The reality is, jazz is difficult and it’s a marathon trying to get better, but Steve makes it fun. I struggled during Steve’s lessons more often than not, but I left each lesson feeling motivated to get back home and practice.Aug 11, 2017
Found Steve here. Been taking lessons for over a month now. He is easy to get along with, a fun teacher...has a great improvisational style of playing the piano and he is patient. Looking forward to continuing on with my lessons.Jan 15, 2013Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?I charge $60 per hour. If you feel you don't need an hour, then the price would be pro-rated. ($45 for 45 minutes) etc.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Assess goals, and abilities in the first lesson. Then I should know the students' level and be able to apply my course to fit the students needs. Stress the need for practice. (You see me 1hr. per week. The other 6 days and 23 hours are up to you). Find out how much time the student really devotes to practice.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Over 45 years of professional experience of all kinds. My strength is really jazz, but any jazz player worth his "salt" has probably had experience with most all contemporary forms of music. Skills should include, good enough sight-reading to play most shows, fake a tune by ear, have some classical chops. I know what it takes to make it as a keyboard player, and that's what I teach. No problem with students who are amateur, or who do it part-time etc. I also have conservatory training in classical literature, and have a classical album of my own recently produced. Ive been teaching privately for about 10 years.