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About Steve Billman

Steve Billman
Steve Billman
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Glendora, CA
Speaks: English
Instructs: Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory, String Bass
Education: I studied at Berklee College of Music - Muscians Institute - Orange Coast College - ( Spudd) Lyle Murphy's "Equal Interval System".
Performance Experience: I have Played professionally for over 40 years both Bass and Guitar. Traveled the world with such artisit as Frank Gambale and 6 time Grammy winner Daniel Ho
Teaching Experience: I have a lot of experience teaching all kinds of classes. I taught at Los Angeles College of Music for 26 years. Taught such classes as Music Theory, Vocal Sight Singing, Jazz History, Bass Rhythm Sudies 1&2 and Jazz Bass classes.
Teaching Philosophy: My goal in teaching has always been to make students not just good players , but to make them great musicians regardless of their instrument. It is also important to give them the skills they will need to be succesful in life no matter what career they choose. I also want them to experience the joy that music can bring, not only to us but to those around us. It is something that we can carry through our entire life.

Get to know Steve Billman

Steve Billman


Musicians Institute- 1980-81 Graduated 1981. Berklee Colloge of Music- 1983-1984
Spud “Lyle” Murphy- 1992-1999
Orange Coast College-1979
Berklee online 2015-Present

Faculty Experience

Los Angeles College of Music. 1996 – present
Musicians Institute: summer of 1981.
Dick Grove School of music 1986 – 1992. Private teacher for over 30 years

Courses Taught

Jazz Bass.
Rhythm Studies for Bass. Sight Singing for Vocalist. Harmony and Theory 1-2-3-4 Bass Private Lessons
Fusion Ensemble Classes Music Notation
Jazz History
Beginning Piano

I am also am Proficient in:
Logic - Finale - Final Cut Pro - Beginning Guitar and Songwriting.


Written curriculum for:
Jazz Bass Levels 1-4
Rhythm Studies for Bass Levels 1-3 Jazz History 1-2 (An online Course)

Performance Experience

Daniel Ho –1992 – to present
Tak Matsumoto
Liza Minnelli
Frank Gambale – 2003 - 2005
Billy Cobham
Brian Bromberg
Rob Mullins
Free flight
Makoto Ozone
Pat Kelley
Chester Thompson
Craig Sharmat
Rayford Griffin
Worship Leader of Light & Life church (The River) - 2000-2008
Worship Leader for Eagle Rock Covenant Church - 2019 to present.
Gerry Brown
Luis Conte
Dave Coz
Rio Okomoto ( Spock’s Beard)
Burleigh Drummond (Ambrosia)
Alex Acuna
Abraham Laboriel
Played clinics with Mike stern (multiple times) and John Scofield.


The Odd Dogs “Beneath the Surface”

“Blues Man” (Tak Matsumoto) 2020

Dinosaur.” (played on 2 songs)

Steve Billman Trio Plus 1
“Odd Times for an Odd World” 2012

Continuum (My Original Band)

Continuum 1994
Passages 1998.

Frank Gambale Raison D ‘etre – 2004

Daniel Ho
‘Ikena –
2008 Grammy award winning album
Simple as a sunrise – 2004
Sunny Spaces – 2008
Skies are Blue – 2006
Teresa’s confession 1995

Tak Matsumoto & Daniel Ho - Electric Island Acoustic Sea Toured Japan and Hawaii. March 2017

Andy Suzuki
Slaughter house blues – 1998

Mark Harrison
Are we there yet? – 2005 Just add Water – 2010

Driven- 2006
Light the fire series iii – 2010 Sunny Side Up - 2012

Also check out the Odd Dogs you tube page. This has Live Videos as well as some Lesson videos that I have produced. References By Request.

Steve Billman teaches at:
848 S Grand Ave
Glendora, CA 91740
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