Steve Bergman’s private music studio includes students of many different age groups,
each with their own special needs. Steve prides himself on his diversity, and he attends to
a wide array of technical and stylistic issues on a daily basis. He is skilled at teaching a five
year old, an adult beginner, or preparing a serious student for a career in music. Steve has
over forty years of experience teaching private music lessons and has developed his own
system of teaching. He has much patience and explains concepts in a clear, concise
manner. He primarily uses his own materials, but he also has many teaching aids and
makes use of technology.
Steve’s students have won many accolades, including membership in the youth orchestras
of Marin, Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco. He has also had several students enroll at
the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, Stanford Jazz Workshop and Cazadero Music
Camp. In addition, many of his students have consistently won the Marin Music Chest
Scholarship, and several have appeared as soloists with various ensembles. Steve strives
to make music be part of a “whole education.” Many of his students have gone on to study
at prestigious institutions, such as Stanford, U.C. Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Emory, Harvard,
and Cornell. In 2016, the Marin Symphony presented Steve with the “Private Music
Teacher of the Year” award.
Steve Bergman currently lives in Petaluma and teaches at various locations throughout
Marin County. He is a native of Marin and received his formal musical training at the
University of North Texas. Steve has served as faculty member of the San Domenico
School Music Conservatory for over twenty-five years, has a large private music studio of
his own, and is an active free-lance musician in the SF Bay Area. He is proficient in both
classical and jazz musical genres. He has performed with the Symphony Orchestras of
Dallas, Fort Worth, San Francisco, Berkeley, Marin, Santa Rosa, among others. He has also
appeared as soloist numerous times with a variety of musical organizations, including the
San Francisco Symphony, Marin Symphony and the West Marin Music Festival Orchestra.
In addition, Steve has appeared at many jazz venues, including an appearance at the
Monterey Jazz Festival.