Information About Steve - St. Ives teacher
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Steve has fitted a lot of things into the last 30 years including over 4000 concerts and 130 albums as a performer (frontman and harmonica), as a session musician and also producer, he has played with acts from Larry Adler to Screaming Lord Sutch and has recorded albums with both the Royal Philharmonic and Prague Philharmonic Orchestras.
Steve achieved a degree in music from Anglia Ruskin University (formerly APU) Cambridge, specializing in harmonica and as well as playing with a variety of bands has gone on to compose and play music for film, television and radio.
His dynamic and versatile playing incorporates both traditional and avant-Garde techniques to an inspired level. He is currently singing and playing with a variety of bands, He has toured around the world with many bands working independently as a producer and session player, he is currently working with three different acts as well as on his studio based session commitments.
Musical influences include the range of popular music's from the last 100 years from early blues and jazz up through soul and funk into today's array of dance, pop and rock music.
Steve has appeared on BBC1, BBC2, ITV, and Channel 4 and has played on countless international TV stations as part of his tours as well as two separate Reuters stories based on his study and playing of the harmonica.
Radio appearances include BBC R1, BBC R2, BBC R4 and he performed a live satellite broadcast in Scotland for the football in Rome, Italy on Radio 5 Live. Countless other live radio appearances around the world include CBC Canada, ABC Australia as well as many interviews in Ireland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Denmark amongst many others.
UK Printed articles include: The Times, The Guardian, The Express, The Independent, The Sun, The Observer, Time Out, The Mix Magazine and others. Internet articles include: BBC News, Ananover and Christian Science Monitor amongst others.
Jeremy Paxman on University Challenge 11th of Nov 2002:
"Steve , a student from APU in Cambridge graduated with a music degree on which instrument influenced by Sonny Boy Williamson, Stevie Wonder and Bob Dylan"?
Oxford answered correctly: The harmonica
Steve has taught both media and music to over 1000 students at FE and HE levels in colleges both in Hitchin and Cambridge, UK in the last 20 years.
He has also visited as a lecturer to a variety of universities, colleges and schools both in the UK and abroad.
Subjects taught include performance, improvisation, business studies, composition and recording technologies.
Steve has provided private tuition and workshops for many years.
During his career in education Steve has created some tools to help students of the harmonica. The Harvest Moon interactive (sample) CDROM provides a useful resource for aspiring harmonica players, Steve and creators Aitch have kindly made it available for public use, Steve has also authored other learning aids and MIDI files.
Informal and fun, lessons are recorded onto CD for students to rehearse to. Beginners are given a thorough grounding in technique, theory (where required) and presentation of live and recorded music. Jam nights are organised every month for live performances of repetoire and lesson content.
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- Greenwich (2009) - PGCE (PGCE) (✔ On File)
- ARU. cambridge (2000) - BA (Hons) Music (on harmonica) (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
- Cambridge Regional College (1998) - City + Guilds teacher training stages 1 and 2 (College) (✘ Not On File)
- ABRSM (1997) - Music theory grade 5 (Other) (✔ On File)