Instruments Taught: Voice (beginning through advanced), Guitar (beginning through advanced), Bass (beginning through advanced), Piano (beginning and intermediate), Ukulele (beginning through advanced).
Hometown: Concord, CA
Years playing: 12+
Teaching since: 2007
Musical influences: Jimi Hendrix, Tom Waits, old blues and country, modern roots music, Rock, Jazz
Education: Royal School of Music in England, Trinity College of Music in England.
Musical Projects: RadioKeys, Azrael, Go Kart Mozart, various Rock, Jazz, and Blues bands, as well as Symphonic Bands, Orchestras and Chamber Ensembles.
Books Used: Hal Leonard Methods (Guitar/Bass) for teens and adults, Alfred’s for younger students (piano).
Key teaching concepts: Strong fundamentals along with basic technique, finding aspects of music that the student enjoys, creating a balance of what the student needs to know about their instrument as well as what they crave to learn.
Teaching Days: Wednesdays, Thursdays
Leading rock bands ever since his early teens, Stewart has built up many hard-earned years of musical experience both on the stage and in the classroom, making him a fantastic mentor and passionate educator to his students. Stewart recently returned home to the Bay Area after completing a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. While at Santa Barbara, he expanded upon his prior musical education from Diablo Valley College, focusing primarily on Music Performance.
Stewart originally began his musical journey as a 5th grader, playing trumpet in the school band. Enamored by the glory of rock and roll, and inspired by classic guitar heroes like Jimi Hendrix, Stewart focused his efforts on becoming a guitarist and vocalist. During his high school years. he led the award winning rock band Azrael through gigs and recording sessions. He later toured nationally with Go Kart Mozart, and currently performs in RadioKeys, alongside his sister/vocalist, Emily Gude.