Course Duration15 Weeks
Master of Music from Wayne State University
Bachelor of Music from University of Windsor
Adjunct Professor of Music - University of Windsor
Guitar Instructor - Macomb Community College
During this course, the student will learn about technique, tone production, and how to better their reading skills. Students will also learn techniques that require strings to be tweaked with the hands and fingers, which results in optimized ergonomics and freedom of expression. Students will work with Steven on tone production to discover how the ideal sound can be produced. Students will advance their knowledge of score reading and how to better their sight-reading skills. By learning to read music or notation better, students can broaden their range of musical skills which will ultimately improve their ability to play the instrument. By the end of the course, students will be learning and practising a piece of music until it is performance-ready. This will teach them about expression through dynamics, phrasing, etc.
Abut the Teacher: Steven Dearing was raised in Windsor, Ontario, where he began his journey into classical guitar after teaching himself to play the electric guitar. He began studying classical guitar at the age of 21 where he quickly gained a Master's degree in Guitar Performance. Steven was rewarded a full scholarship from the Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, where he was able to further his studies at The Centre for Creative Studies. Steven Dearing has been playing live guitar professionally in the Detroit and Windsor areas for over 17 years and has performed at a multitude of Detroit's most celebrated concert and music hall venues including The Detroit Institute of Arts, Assumption University Chapel, and The Vivace Series at the Birmingham Temple. Steven is also a member of the award-winning band The Dearing Concert Duo - a vocalist and classical guitar duo - who have toured throughout the US, Canada, and Europe extensively.
Learning a non-tangible subject like music is challenging enough, let alone without a good instructor. Steven has been very fortunate to have studied with world-renowned teachers from both the United States and Canada who have passed their knowledge onto him. He is very passionate about this art form, and his students have achieved the highest distinctions, from placing in the top 3 of international competitions to going onto graduate programs. Many former pupils are now teaching others, which is the highest honour for him.
Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1 or 2 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their students progress in-depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since this course is detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.
Steven has been serving the Detroit and Windsor areas professionally with live guitar entertainment for over seventeen years. He has been heard at many of metro Detroit’s finest concert venues including The Vivace Series at the Birmingham Temple, The Detroit Institute of Arts, and Assumption University Chapel. He is also frequently heard entertaining at The Meadow Brook Mansion, The Grosse Pointe War Memorial and The Henry Ford. He is a member of the award-winning Dearing Concert Duo, a voice and classical guitar duet that has toured extensively throughout the US, Canada and Europe.
Steven has been teaching guitar for over 25 years, serving on music faculty at The University of Windsor and Macomb Community College. Many of his current and former students are themselves fine guitar players and guitar instructors at music schools throughout Canada and the US. His teaching philosophy is based on conservatory music fundamentals, including music reading, music theory, ear training and guitar technique.
Course prerequisites include having a quality nylon string guitar, some previous guitar background, and ideally some notation or musical reading skills.