Title: Adjunct Faculty
Department: Music and Music Education
B.M. from Simpson College
M.M. from Belmont University
Areas of expertise: guitar
Steven Kennedy is an active guitar instructor and performer in the central Iowa region. He maintains a large studio of students in the Des Moines area and is in high demand for both formal concerts and other music performances. His debut CD, Pequeño vals para Florencia, was released in 2013. In summer 2016, he began playing with the Iowa Guitar Quartet, a central Iowa-based guitar ensemble.
Steven received his Master of Music degree from Belmont University (Nashville) and his Bachelor of Music degree from Simpson College, both in classical guitar performance. He has performed in master classes for notable guitarists Jason Vieaux, Jerome Ducharme and Petar Jankovic, and additionally has observed classes given by Eliot Fisk, Christopher Parkening, the Los Angelas Guitar Quartet, Douglas Niedt, Jorge Caballero, Aniello Desiderio, Denis Azabagi and Matt Palmer. Along with his experience in classical music, Steven is also proficient in various commercial music genres including rock, metal, jazz and blues.
Steven is a member of the Guitar Foundation of America and currently serves as the president of the Heart of Iowa Classical Guitar Society, an organization that actively promotes classical guitar music and education across the state of Iowa.