William Stevens 54 W. 16th Street #2E, New York NY, 10011

Styles:Classical, Jazz
Levels:Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experience:35 years
Rate:$75 / hr


Personal Statement

As a doctor diagnosis each patient, my mission as a teacher is to seek each individual student looking to expand their musical knowledge through the long term qualities of mastery of their instrument through deep practice to develop the musical concepts of style, taste, communication, chord/scale theory including the study of chord progressions and rhythm.
An explanation of each quality:
1. Mastery of the Instrument the ability to execute
the ideas that you hear quickly and easily
2. Style your voice, your statement of who you are
3. Taste is a process of elimination, choosing what to play,
when to play and the use of incorporating space
4. Communication the direct link between you and
the band and between you and the audience
5. Chord /Scale Theory & the Study of Chord Progressions
to learn and become familiar with
nomenclature, chord progressions and scale choices.
6. Rhythm is what will combine all of the
prior elements into a cohesive statement

Education / Training

Bill Stevens (trumpet and flugelhorn) received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Fredonia State University in 1978 and a Masters degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Miami in 1980. Bill has performed professionally in Miami, Florida; upstate New York; New York City, San Francisco and Seattle, Washington. He has toured with Billy Eckstine, Earl fatha Hines, Ira Sullivan, Julian Priester, Spyro Gyra and ensembles under his own name including currently the Bill Stevens Quintet and the Bill Stevens, Rich Russo, Gary Fogel Trio. Bill has been the recipient of performance and composition grants from the Seattle Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since 1990, in New York City, Bill has performed in various Jazz clubs, festivals and music conferences. He has studied with Elliott Topalian, Herbert W. Harp, Gilbert Johnson, Randy Brecker, Jack Walrath, Laurie Frink and with bassist Joe Solomon. In the 1990s he received a Masters in Education Administration from New York University and is currently the Assistant Principal-Administration/Organization and the Supervisor of Performing Arts studios, as well as the Director of Jazz Studies at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens. Bill Stevens lives in New York City with his wife Laura and their son Miles who is now attending Ashland University to play Division 2 baseball and major in Exercise Science.

William Stevens