Guitar Teacher Stephen Galvin LTCL BMus BA MMus [Hons] Dip. Tchg. is a multi-instrumentalist who teaches contemporary and jazz guitar, bass, singing and drums. Based in Parnell, close to the Auckland city centre, he is an experienced, qualified and registered teacher with the Education Council.
He first played guitar aged eight and began teaching guitar with Chris Bayne in 1981 at the New Zealand Guitar Academy teaching courses in Lead and Rhythm. He established his own studio in 1984 and has taught thousands of Aucklanders to play the guitar in many styles, including jazz, pop, rock, country, orchestral, classical, and gospel. In addition to standard classical guitar repertoire he has personally taught and played note-for-note transcriptions of guitar-players and musicians such as:
Ryan Adams, Randy Bachmann, Chet Baker, George Benson, Eric Clapton, The Doobie Brothers, Miles Davis, The Eagles, John Fogerty, Ben Harper, Jimi Hendrix, Mark Knopfler, Gary Moore, Django Rheinhardt, the Rolling Stones, Carlos Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Walsh, Neil Young, and many others.
Stephen has taught and performed extensively in classical guitar recitals playing Bach, Tarrega, Tippett, and others. Some of his ex-students are now teachers themselves. He has performed in musical theatre productions of West Side Story, Chess, The Pyjama Game, Rock Nativity, Jesus Christ Superstar and others. He wrote two musicals for the stage, and played several seasons with The Auckland Concert Orchestra. He has performed with many Auckland musicians including Richard Adams, Bruce Aitken, Phil Broadhurst, Grant Chilcott, Alina Fedorova, Kara Gordon, Richard Ghent, Benedict Hagar, Jim Langabeer, David Lines, Don McGlashan, Bruce Morley, Billy Nuku, Peter Scholes, Marie Steinway, Neil Stewart, Hattie St-John, Elena Stejko, Trevor Thwaites, and Graeme Webb, bands such as Clearlight, Crystal Silence, Gratis Kinetic, Neon Quaver, Opinion, Rewind, and Sounds of Motown in countless gigs and recording sessions spanning four decades.
Stephen leads three bands; The Residentz, the Presidentz and the Stevie G Band. He plays guitar and bass and has recently performed with the West City Jazz Orchestra. Prohibition Big Band, Santiago, The Astronauts and others. He also teaches guitar, singing, bass and drums in two Auckland secondary schools.
"My approach to teaching is simple: to share the joy of making music with as many people as possible as often as possible".
Stephen holds a Performer's Diploma from Trinity College London, Bachelor of Music and Arts degrees, a Master of Music degree with First Class Honours, and a Diploma in Teaching from the University of Auckland.