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.
Dionne Marie has been playing the piano for 45 years. She began her musical journey by teaching herself “The Entertainer” by Scott Joplin. Dionne studied music at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. While there, she joined her first organized band and knew what she wanted to do: perform. She soon left Las Vegas to Bullhead City, Arizona where she was the pianist for the Ramada Express Casino house band. She held that position for seven years. During this time, Dionne also taught piano and music theory lessons. She also learned the art of piano tuning and repair, serving many celebrities ranging from Tony Bennett to James Brown and everyone in between.
Dionne finished her music degree Summa Cum Laude at Columbia University International in 2012. She has been a professional piano player, teacher, and tuner for over 25 years. She has played for artists, such as, "The Inkspots" and "The Flamingos." Since she has moved to Columbia, she has been active with groups, such as, "The Capital City Big Band," "The Blue Serenade Orchestra," and "The Carl Payne Big Band," as well as, individuals such as Skipp Pearson and many more locals from the jazz community.