The 4 Pillars
With 14 years of screen music industry experience, I’ve learned that there are 4 Pillars that create a successful career:
1) Music Composition
2) Music Production
3) Music Technology
4) Music Business
Having worked with thousands of young composers, I’ve noticed that most have a tendency to focus on only one or two of these areas, leaving a gaping hole in their craft. This is even true of Masters-level graduates from leading music composition universities. I know this because I was one of these students and have spent the years since catching up. A foundation with broken pillars cannot stand!
THE POWER OF MENTORSHIP
What made the difference for me? Mentorship with industry pros. For thousands of years before us, blacksmiths, tailors, & engineers have passed their trades to apprentices. They understood what many have forgotten today – some skills & wisdom have to be passed on privately. Since college, I’m grateful to have had not one, but six A-List composers pour into my career: Garry Schyman (TORN, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Bioshock), Penka Kouneva (The Mummy VR game, NASA Heroes and Legends at the Kennedy Space Center, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands), Joel Goodman (American Experience, Everything Is Copy, Being Elmo), Grant Kirkhope (Yooka-Laylee, Banjo Kazooie, GoldenEye 007), Jason Graves (The Order: 1886, Tomb Raider, Dead Space), & Austin Wintory (The Banner Saga, Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, Journey).
Go to the Next Level
Your career is in your hands. How have you recently invested in your Composition skills? Production mastery? Technical proficiency? Business growth? Through my 9-Week Private Coaching program, I’ll take you to the next level of your career. We’ll set goals together, create an action plan, and I’ll hold you accountable.
WHO THIS IS FOR
Private Coaching is FOR composers with some professional experience who want to transition from part-time to full-time. It is NOT for beginners or hobbyists. In order to give my undivided attention and expertise, I only take 3 students at a time.
I only take the best and most dedicated students, so I have an application and interview process to screen all candidates. Required materials include 3 tracks from media projects (FIlm, TV, Video Games, Podcasts, etc.) and 2 references from creators you’ve worked with. To apply, book a Coaching Consultation at the bottom of this page and fill out the application. During our interview, we will determine if working together will be a good fit.
REEL RESULTS FROM REAL STUDENTS
I studied composition in university, but I've always been a bit uncomfortable with audio (working in a DAW, editing, recording, mixing, etc.). Steven quickly taught me step-by-step with very clear explanations. I’m thankful for the video recordings each week to review all of the feedback! I appreciate that Steven always focused on music as the main point instead of treating audio or digital technology as an abstract concept.
– Marco L.
Working with Steven has allowed me to develop my talents in writing soundtracks, as well as my proficiency in programs like Logic Pro and FMOD. Since my sessions with him, I’ve composed soundtracks for a few game demos and short films, and have begun networking to start my career in soundtracks.
– Austin H.
COACHING SESSION BREAKDOWN
1 Hour Sessions
9 private coaching sessions scheduled at your convenience within 90 days.
Live DAW Edits
For the first time in coaching history, we can now edit your DAW music sessions in real-time online. Live feedback. Live edits. Fast Results.
HD Video Recording
Every session is video recorded and shared immediately following for review. DAW audio is also captured for HD replay. No time wasted on technical glitches.
PRIVATE COACHING IN ACTION
In this session, the student shared his Logic Pro X action video game track files with me. I loaded it on my rig and screen-shared as I made live edits to his DAW session. Afterward, I shared the video recording and the edited Logic session for him to continue working.
In just 20 min, we mixed the entire track, exchanged instruments, & bounced new audio tracks!
In a session with another student, we started the process of composing & producing a pop song.
In just one hour, we organized a song structure, learned key command shortcuts, rewrote a drum kit line, mixed electric bass & vocals, and made suggestions to continue the songwriting process. You won’t find this level of deep mentoring anywhere else.
Ready to Start?
Book a 30 min. Coaching Consultation below to discuss your music career goals and fill out the application. We will treat this time as an interview to see if we’re a good fit for one another. If so, we will schedule 9 sessions, build an action plan, and have a breakthrough in your career over the next 90 days!
The full 9-session season is $2199 and can be paid over 90 days. Individual 1-hr sessions are also available for $297.