Tutor Profile Owen Stephen – Guitar & Ukulele

How Long have you worked at DEROSA?

It is my first term back at DEROSA after a 2 year break of touring. Previous to that I started working at  DEROSA when it was called Playsomething in 2008.

Please give a brief summary of your musical background and experience.

I have been playing guitar for 16 years and working as a full time musician for the last 10… I have toured the world during that time, playing shows across the USA, throughout Europe, Asia and Australia. I mostly played in other peoples bands and as a session musician up until 2013 when I released my first solo EP and have been touring on my own to support it for the last 2 years.

Please Describe what you do at DEROSA

I will be teaching one on one guitar & ukulele lessons and group guitar lessons.

How do you inspire your students to become musicians?

The most important thing which I try to get across in my lessons is enjoyment. I absolutely love to play music, it is my life and passion and the most rewarding part of teaching for me is helping other people find this love & passion for themselves! Over the years I have taught a number of students who have gone on/are going on to make music their career and I will do everything I can to make that happen for people, through sharing my knowledge and experience, but most importantly giving them a platform and the opportunity to build up their own knowledge and experience!

Why do you think students should choose to come to DEROSA?

DEROSA is a fantastic place for people of all ages and abilities to come to learn! It is a friendly, warm, safe and welcoming environment that will bring the best out of every single student. All of the staff are incredible and inspirational musicians/teachers and as an academy it has years and years of experience of the best methods to practice, whether it be for a live performance or studying for Grade Exams. There is a great social side of it all too and I couldn’t recommend coming to join the DEROSA “family” any more highly.

Any interesting facts about yourself.

I have spent time working as a “troubadour” on cruise ships and can sing songs in Spanish,Portuguese, Finnish and Danish!

I love sharks and Marmite.

I have a nickname of “The Human Jukebox” and on new years day this year I went on BBC radio and played random song requests from the public via the phone and twitter for a 4 hour show.

DEROSA, based in Bishop’s Stortford, is a leading institute in contemporary music. At DEROSA we offer lessons in drumspianoguitarbassvocalsukulele, band and now saxophone, clarinet and flute. We also offer services to Primary education.

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