The Summit Academy of Music is a locally-owned, independent music school in Asheville, NC, that provides expert guitar and piano lessons for people of all ages and abilities.
We teach students of all ages (3+) and abilities from our convenient South Asheville / Arden location. What makes us different? We offer Suzuki music lessons for young children, and offer classical guitar and classical piano lessons for all ages, as well as other styles. Students studying rock, folk, or jazz with us can benefit from our expert knowledge in classical music studies. When a music teacher has comprehensive knowledge of the instrument from a classical perspective, this gives the students a unique advantage in understanding the whole instrument and the music, from inside and out. We help our students learn in a way that empowers them.
Steve Newbrough, M.M. Director & Guitar Instructor
Steve loves to share music with others. As an active solo guitarist and chamber musician, Steve Newbrough has performed across the country, on television, and the radio. An eclectic musician, Steve has played the guitar in diverse venues across the US, and in vastly different styles, including electric guitar with gospel choirs, abstract twentieth century music with dancers, classical guitar on the concert stage, and traveling the nation with the internationally-acclaimed Minneapolis Guitar Quartet. A native North Carolinian, Steve began his studies with Gordon Kreplin in Elizabeth City, NC. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from theUniversity of North Carolina School of the Arts as a student of Joseph Pecoraro. In 2008, Steve received his Master of Music Degree in Classical Guitar Performance under Jeffrey Van at the University of Minnesota.
Steve takes pride in his teaching. Throughout his career, he has enjoyed teaching students of all ages. He teaches because he loves sharing music with others and is passionate about learning. Steve takes the time to understand how his students learn, and strives to customize lessons for each student’s maximum potential for success.
Steve’s teaching style encompasses not only expert guitar technique and skill, but musicianship, music theory, cooperation, self-discipline, composure, and performance etiquette. He feels that development as a musician affects overall personal development.
Steve is also trained in the Suzuki Method, which helps young children experience the joy of musical expression and creativity while advancing quickly in guitar skill.
Guitar lessons at The Summit Academy of Music in Asheville are where fun, creativity, musicianship, exploration, and diligence come together. We tailor the learning process for each student, maximizing growth and success.
Steve was my daughter’s guitar teacher for 5 years. Steve was excellent at getting to know her as a person and as a student and adjusting the lessons and practice schedule as necessary to meet her style. He is an intuitive teacher and my daughter really grew to trust him. Under his guidance, she has blossomed into a talented musician, competing and performing with grace.
- Rebecca Bukovsan
Steve took my child from a reluctant guitar player at age 7, who was challenged by even sitting still for a whole lesson, and made him into someone who is enthusiastic about music. Max is now 12, and playing guitar is pure pleasure for him. He has learned how to be a poised musician who plays rock and classical, and he feels so much pride each time he masters a piece. Steve’s patience and ability to communicate meaningfully to him all along was key to this process.
- Lisa Walker
Steve is a great teacher, who is very open to helping you progress in whatever way makes sense for you. If you're the type of person who wants to learn how to play a handful of songs, he will help you through that. If, like me, you've already had years of classical lessons on a different instrument and are looking to try a different approach, he's great for that too! I've been working with Steve for a few months now, and my bandmates noticed a difference in my playing and approach after just one lesson.
I've been tinkering on guitar for a few years, and have never taken formal lessons on it before this, so it's awesome to finally be learning all the things that were missing from my skill set. He's even helping me develop solos for my own original material, which is such a help when I get stuck! As someone with a music degree myself, I can vouch that this guy knows his stuff, but that he's also great at explaining it in layman's terms.
I've found these lessons to be helpful not just in learning what to play, but in learning how to think differently about the guitar and about building song structures and solos. I highly recommend lessons with Steve, whether you're a true beginner, intermediate-ish like me, or more advanced, just looking for some skill set boosters.
- Madison Anne Maxwell