Steven Bergman

Music Instructor ~ Marin County, California

Steven Bergman has been teaching woodwind instruments for over forty years. Steven specializes in clarinet, saxophone, flute and recorder. His students range from ages 5 – 80 and have won numerous accolades. He is available for both private and group instruction. Online lessons are available via FaceTime, Skype and Zoom.

Bio / Credentials


Steven Bergman lives in Petaluma and teaches at various locations throughout Marin County.

He is a native of Marin and received his formal musical training at the University of North Texas. Steven has been on the faculty of the San Domenico Music Conservatory for over twenty-five years and has a large private studio of his own.

In addition to teaching, Steven is an active free-lance musician in the SF Bay Area and beyond. He is proficient in both classical and jazz musical genres and has performed with the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Fort Worth, San Francisco, Marin, Santa Rosa and Berkeley, among others. He has also appeared as soloist numerous times with a variety of musical organizations, including the San Francisco Symphony, the Marin Symphony and the West Marin Music Festival Orchestra.

Steven has appeared at many jazz venues, including the Monterey Jazz Festival and with Mercury Soul /Jazz Mafia at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco.

Teaching Methods

Steven Bergman's private music studio includes students of many different age groups, each with their own special needs. Steven prides himself on his diversity, and he attends to a wide array of technical and stylistic issues on a daily basis.

He is skilled at teaching a five year old, teaching an adult beginner, or preparing a serious student for a career in music. Steven has over forty years of experience teaching private music lessons and has developed his own system of teaching. He has much patience and explains concepts in a clear, concise manner. He primarily uses his own materials, but he also has many teaching aids and makes use of technology. Steven’s students have won many accolades, including membership in the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra, Berkeley’s Young People’s Symphony Orchestra and the San Francisco Youth Orchestra.

In addition, Steven has served on the board of the Marin Music Chest Scholarship, founded the Marin Music Junior Scholarship and has had many Marin Music Chest Scholarship winners – both in the junior and senior levels. Many of his students have appeared as soloists, and several have gone on to study at prestigious institutions, such as Stanford, U.C. Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Emory, Harvard, and Cornell. In 2016, the Marin Symphony presented Steven with the "Private Music Teacher of the Year" award.

Awards & Certifications

  • 2016 Marin Symphony

    Private Music Teacher of the Year