Stephen Rawson is a pianist, educator, and composer from Minneapolis, MN. In 2015, Stephen completed his Bachelor’s degree in composition. He is currently finishing his Master’s degree in music theory. Stephen enjoys performing and composing in a variety of different musical styles, from jazz and pop/rock, to classical and contemporary concert music. Improvisation and singing are also important aspects of Stephen’s pedagogy and practice.
Recently, Stephen taught first-year aural skills and music theory at the University of Oregon as a Graduate Teaching Fellow. Stephen has also been teaching piano and composition lessons privately for the past 8 years. As an educator, Stephen believes that studying and creating music helps one to shape their self-identity, better understand their emotions, and develop a perspective based in collaboration, perseverance, and open-mindedness. In his free time, Stephen likes to read, spend time with friends, and play with his cat Mitri.