Teaching Artist’s Statement
My goal as a teacher is simple, to bring out the best in any student, utilizing and bringing out the best of their individual skills. Intelligence helps, but art is more about ones personality than it is about intellect. Some aspects of personality need to be encouraged, and others need to be overcome in order to be the best they can be. As a multi-instrumentalist, I like to bring out the universal aspects of music, so that the student receives a wide range of instruction, from how to practice, how to look at music, the studies involved, and the relatedness between genres and instruments.A good example would be bluegrass, which is a mix of Irish, blues and jazz. Theory is highly encouraged, and is taught in a useful, practical manner.
After experience in two state programs for symphonic music (Minnesota Youth Symphony and the Detroit Youth Symphony) and benefitting from some very fine instruction (Ron Balazs, Minnesota Orchestra, and Ron Peterson, Detroit Symphony Orchestra), Steve enrolled at the Berklee School of Music to study jazz. And studied under Brett Wiflmott, Matt Glaser and Joan Huntley, Playing guitar since age 7, and violin since age 9, he used Berklee to his fullest advantage, graduating in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in Music Production and Engineering. He has been teaching privately, averaging a roster of 60-80 students per week for the last 25 years
Multi-instrumentalist/mentalist Steve Latanision (Steve Latt) has been playing Bluegrass, Irish, Americana, Folk, Jazz,and Country music in the Boston/New England area for the last 25 years, on over 250 recordings. As a Berklee School of Music graduate, he has played and recorded the fiddle, pedal and lap steel, banjo, dobro, mandolin, six, and twelve string guitars. Most notable artists include John Cate and the Van Gogh Brothers (8 cds), multi-award winning composer Jim Bauer (1 cd w/ Dagmar, The Blue Flower), The Dave Sammarco Band (4 cds, 3 eps), Lonesome Jukebox (4 cds), NEMA artisti of the year Annie Brobst (two cds), Grammy award winning producer Anthony J Resta (5 cds), and Grammy award winning engineer Ducky Carlisle (4 cds), and Grammy nominated artists Ashley Jordan. His talents have also appeared on TV through various artists. So, if you own a tv set, you’ve likely heard his playing. Steve has also won awards with the MCMAA, NHCMA,NEMA and NECMO organizations.