Guitarist - Educator


Steve BanksSteve has been teaching professionally since 2004. Alongside private tuition he currently teaches at BIMM Bristol including a weekly improvisation module for all instrumentalists. Steve is an inspiring teacher with extensive experience in individual and class tuition, having designed and taught the guitar course on the (BA) Hons Popular Music Performance at Southampton Solent University for seven years, and as resident guitar tutor on the LMFL International Jazz Summer School.
Steve teaches intermediate to advanced students. Emphasis is placed on self-expression through solid foundations of rhythm and harmony (including triads, arpeggios, chords, etc) from which phrasing and narrative can develop. Focus on musical elements such as listening, feel, dynamics and tone are also explored. Each student is encouraged to practice with effective and enjoyable methods that build confidence and independence.

quotesHaving studied with some of the best musicians and educators in the country, I can safely say Steve is the best teacher I’ve had, rapidly improving my playing and musicianship in our three years of lessons together. Steve makes sure every lesson addresses my playing directly, with all teaching material covered in great detail and explained in a clear and easy to understand way, as well as always ensuring everything is applied to real life musical situations. Steve’s enthusiastic and relaxed approach made all my lessons enjoyable and inspiring, helping me gain a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music where I am currently studying and beginning to enter the music profession.quotes

Matt Hurley – Guildhall School of Music, London


Steve always tailored his lessons to my needs whether it was guitar related or just general music knowledge. This man is an encyclopedia of guitar and more than that he is a stand up guy!quotes

Simon Tinmouth – Southampton Solent University