Music Teacher Workshops

Do you want to be able to engage your learners in performing rock music but have no idea where to start? Perhaps you are completely lost with sound gear? Or maybe you are struggling with how to give your learners an authentic by-ear-learning experience or incorporate creativity into your lessons.

Whatever your issue, I offer a range of workshops for teachers and students ranging from coaching rock bands in schools to creativity in the classroom.  Currently, 2 of the 6 Workshops can be adapted to work with your students and are marked with '*'. I have experience presenting these workshops to large groups of people and offer a range of pricing options to fit your organization's financing plan. Please contact me if you are interested in any of these workshops and let me know of any particular needs you may have! I look forward to hearing from you.

NEW IN 2018: I now offer one-on-one online sessions and coaching on any of the topics listed below! Contact me for more information!

The Workshops

Basics of Live and From Source Sound

Does live and recorded sound intimidate you? In this workshop, I go into exactly what you need to be successful with live and from source sound from microphones to monitors. I will answer many of the questions you may have about sound. This is designed to be as practical as possible so tinkering and experimenting with the equipment is encouraged.​

The By-Ear-Learning Process*

This workshop helps you to understand the benefits of learning music by ear. Learning music by ear seems to be a forgotten skill for many trained musicians. In a practical way, this workshop will help give you some strategies to help students understand the By-Ear-Learning process and be successful with it. If you are not comfortable learning music by ear, this is the perfect workshop for you.

Rock Bands in the Elementary School Setting*

Part 1 and 2 can be run simultaneously or separately

Come on up and play! This practical workshop brings you into my classroom and provides inspiration and practical tips for starting or advancing your own rock band at your school. No previous rock music experience required. You will leave with a list of resources and even a song tabbed out to get you started.

Now that you can coach your students through playing rock songs, it is time to write music with your young rockers. Delve into the song writing process with Steve and write your own songs within a rock group.

Creativity in the Music Classroom

Creativity and music were once one in the same. This workshop delves into the history of creativity in music and gives you strategies for implementing creative activities into your music classroom from improvisation to sound painting and beyond. Bring an instrument and create music with your colleagues.

Song Writing for Performance

From chord progressions to lyrics, this workshop is designed to get you song writing so that you can coach your students through song writing too. I will take you into a project that I did with my students where they worked together to write a song as a class and perform them in concert. Just remember: if it sounds good, it’s probably good.

Basics of Playing Guitar​

Bring a guitar and play along. This workshop is designed to get you playing guitar and coach you through the basics of playing the instrument and teaching it in a group setting.

Upcoming Events:

Nova Scotia Music Educators Association Conference, October 2018

Recent Past Events:

The Domestic Musician Academy (Online), September 10, 2018

2018 International Music Education Summit (all online), June 14-16 2018

UPEI Music Education Majors, April 5, 2018

RESONATE 2017, NLTA Music Special Interest Council, October 2017

PEIMEA Annual Conference and AGM, December 2016


“I was inspired to compose with my grade six music class. After teaching them a couple of simple chords and offering them different choices in progressions the students were able to improvise melodies and experiment with lyrics. Steve’s techniques helped me put the music theory aside and give the students a chance to play! After performing their original song in our Christmas Concert they are already asking to learn new chords and compose a new song for the spring! Thanks Steve for showing me how to let my students experience playing their own music!”

- Jessica Ryan, K-9 Music Teacher