Significant teachers and mentors:
Several of Steve's most significant teachers/mentors from his years of studying were: Anne Waller, Paul Berliner, and David Bloom.
Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise:
Steve's philosophy on teaching focuses on where the students are, and then using that to try to meet them at that level and go from there. The goal with this is that over time he and the student will focus on technique, applied theory, listening, and repertoire in order to develop the overall musicianship needed to play at a high level. Considering that different styles of playing develop different skill sets, he enjoys working with Classical, Jazz, and other popular styles.
Professional affiliations & activities:
In addition to all of Mr. Ramsdell's achievements, he is also on the faculty at Wheaton College and College of Du Page. Furthermore, he performs professionally in myriad styles as a soloist and in small and large ensembles as well.
Interests outside of music:
Asid from all of his playing and performing, Steve enjoys reading, staying fit, and traveling.
Favorite composer or piece to play:
Bach, Villa-Lobos, Bebop and original compositions.
Research and presentations / publications:
Editorial Work on Paul Berliner's book "Thinking in Jazz"
Interview with jazz guitarist John Abercrombie in the IAJE journal(1996)
Participated in Folkloric Workshops in Brazil (1997) and Cuba (1998)