Steph has always had an avid interest in music from early years, beginning piano lessons at the age of four. Through her school years she toured as part of an award-winning percussion group, performed regularly in music festivals, and musical theatre.
She went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree specialising in Music and English, and a BMus Honours degree with multidisciplinary specialisation in Musicology, Performance and Theatre Studies.
At present she is doing her second masters in Advanced Education at UCL.
Her final thesis won the South African Music Society competition and was published in the Journal of the Musical Arts in Africa. Based on the film U-Carmen Ekhayelitsha, directed by Mark Dornford-May, her thesis explored issues of post-apartheid black class structure and the translation of Bizet’s Carmen into a South African township setting.
She was fortunate enough to study with Pauline Nossel and Malcolm Nay, both renowned pianists and teachers in their own right.
She has been teaching for over 35 years, offering tuition for beginners through to advanced students.
Individuals are taught on a weekly basis. Each lesson is tailored to the individual with the aim of developing the student’s natural creative abilities and skills through creative exploration and discovery.