Steven’s musical gifts were cultivated at church where he plays piano and sings since age 10. Early on, his mother believed in keeping a commitment to regular piano lessons there. Now a well-known piano instructor in his native metro Detroit area, his students of all ages participate in local and national area events and competitions. A member of the Music Teachers National Association, Steven enjoys helping others achieve their musical goals as well as challenging them beyond their own expectations. His university work was made possible with a music scholarship at Wayne State where he received his Bachelors in Piano Performance. Further academic achievements include a Masters in Piano Pedagogy from Eastern Michigan University and the Doctorate in Piano Performance from the University of South Carolina, both with full assistantships in piano accompanying. University instructors include Robert Conway, Dady Mehta, Charles Fugo and Flavio Varani.