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Steve Sloan, MM

Education

Bachelor of Music - Music Performance, University of Akron

Master of Music - Music Performance, University of South Carolina

Courses Taught

Applied Guitar

Introduction to Music

Biography

Steve Sloan is described by Soundboard Magazine as a “skilled player having distinct nimbleness on the instrument” in a review of his 2018 album, A Peaceful Escape. The album is a relaxing collection of music written by contemporary composers including Andrew York, Christopher Berg, and Richard Maltz. As a soloist, Sloan won first-prize in the 2007 James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition and was a third-prize winner in the 2010 Rosario Guitar Competition. He has been heard in a variety of venues across the United States including Oberlin College, Nashville Public Library, and the Etherredge Center in Aiken, SC. In addition to his solo activities, Sloan performs duos with his saxophonist wife, Mandy. They have performed many places, including the North American Saxophone Alliance Conferences in Tempe, AZ, and Champagne-Urbana, IL.

Mr. Sloan has been on faculty at USC Aiken since 2012. He teaches Applied Guitar for students majoring in music and students in other majors wishing to enrich their lives with the guitar. Additionally, the lecture classes he teaches are Introduction to the History of Rock and Roll, Introduction to World Music, and Introduction to Western Music. Steve is also trained in the Suzuki Method and teaches guitar at the Suzuki Academy of Columbia. There, he maintains a full studio of students aged 3 to 17.

Steve Sloan received his Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Akron’s School of Music studying under Stephen Aron and earned his Master of Music Degree from the University of South Carolina where he held a graduate teaching assistantship under Professor Christopher Berg.