The most important part of learning music is to have fun! I like a relaxed, low pressure, patient, and methodical approach to working on new material with an emphasis on learning to trust our ears so we develop the instincts we need to perform together. Our instruments are tools in the same way that a toothbrush is a tool - we aren’t born knowing how to use it, but over time it becomes easy and second nature to us. There are so many things we can learn from studying music that are important to our growth as people - how to approach difficult intellectual concepts with a creative sense of play, developing the discipline to practice on a daily basis, or learning how to practice efficiently are a few examples. However, identifying what energizes us musically is perhaps most important because it helps motivate us to challenge ourselves and want to learn more.
Every student is an individual with different learning and musical strengths, so what we work on together is always driven by the individual student's needs and interests. I strive to create a well-rounded practice regimen for every student that is efficient and covers a few basic areas of musical development: Rhythm, Melody, Harmony, Literacy, Technique, and Improvisation. I also believe strongly in group music making as a complement to private instruction as it helps shifts the focus away from ourselves toward working together as a team. Regardless of your current skill level, I am confident that you will grow musically in our time together.
Tev Stevig teaches guitar, ukulele, banjo, lap steel, and ethnic plucked string instruments from the Mediterranean and Middle East to students of all ages and skill levels. He has taught music for over 20 years in the Boston area, and has served on the faculty at Powers Music School, Lexington Montessori, Berklee College of Music's City Music Outreach Program and various after school programs in the Cambridge public and private schools. Tev received his Bachelor of Music degree in Guitar Performance from Berklee College of Music and has spent the last 20 years exploring a variety of modal music traditions from the Balkans, Greece, Turkey, Afghanistan, India, and beyond on traditional instruments. He also has a passion for old time American folk music on the banjo and traditional jazz of the 20's and 30's performed on tenor banjo, tenor guitar, and ukulele and has a wide range of experience teaching on these instruments. In addition to private lessons, Tev also regularly teaches workshops and leads ensembles in a variety of genres.
Tev Stevig is a Boston-based musician and educator whose work with contemporary modal music, traditional styles from the Balkans, Greece, Turkey, and other Eastern modal traditions prompted the New York Music Daily to call him ,"one of the world's most brilliantly individualistic guitarists." He composes and performs on a variety of plucked string instruments from around the world, appearing in venues across North America and Europe. Tev's solo release, "Jeni Jol: Music of the Balkans, Greece, and Turkey" garnered universal praise from critics, with the Boston Globe commenting, "he initiates something new by connecting and combining seemingly disparate cultures," and was one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine's best albums of 2013. Tev performs regularly with Ross Daly and Kelly Thoma, Labyrinth Ensemble, Çeşni Trio, BAT Trio, the Late Risers, Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica, Czarna Wolgastar, and Klezwoods.
B.M. in Guitar Performance, Berklee College of Music; B.A.in Environmental Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara