Should I start on electric or acoustic guitar?
You can start on any type of guitar you choose, as long as it will play in tune. The technique for both are the same.
What ages do you teach?
There are no age limitations. We accept students of all ages provided they demonstrate basic hand-eye coordination and motor skills. Adaptive lessons are available for those students with special needs.
Do I need to have an instrument?
You need your own instrument for lessons, but Star Music Academy will provide cables and amplifiers for lessons.
Eric Stevens has taught more than 2500 students on guitar, bass, and other fretted stringed instruments over the last 42 years. For the last 15 years, Eric has been a teacher with Star Music Academy.
After touring the United States in both rock and R&B bands, Eric earned his degree at the University of South Carolina where he studied both classical guitar and music composition. Eric went on to lead his own Hendrix cover band, in addition to a specialization in interpreting the works of Django Reinhardt. His musical activities have included arranging music, performing with theater orchestras, and producing and performing for radio and TV commercials. He is fluent in a wide range of styles including Classical, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Bossa (Brazilian) and Carnatic (Indian Classical) music.
Eric found his passion in teaching. He has shared his gifts not only in the recording studio, but also in public and private schools. Now the author of an original guitar method, Eric currently offers instruction in guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, and music theory and composition.
Determined to play drums and guitar, Angelo purchased his first instruments from Star Music Company in 1974. His natural talent soon propelled him into spotlight, playing gigs regularly in the Columbia area. Angelo brings over 30 years of professional experience to Star Music Academy.