“A. Molina’s Hating Gabi, H. Rubio’s Salamism, Cavatina by N. Abelardo (after whom the CCP main theater is named), S. Suarez’s Katakataka, P. Gregorio’s Sarung Banggi, N. Velez’s Sa Kabukiran and Matud Nila (authorship of this is being contested) proved that lyricism is a common gift of the classic Filipino composers, as are gentleness, romanticism and passion which Shey eloquently conveyed with deep feeling and sensitivity, the exquisite melodies inherent in the compositions surfacing, particularly in Hating Gabi and Cavatina.” - Rosalinda L. Orosa, "St. Paul College centennial concert", The Philippine Star. January 10, 2004.
"Stephen teaches with passion and persistence. He teaches students how to practice smartly and efficiently to accommodate multiple extracurricular activities in addition to school homework. He always keeps parents informed and views parents as critical partners for children's piano learning. I can trust Stephen teaching my son not only to become a better musician but also a better person." - Hongliang, parent of a former piano student.
"Stephen Shey has been my daughter's violin teacher for two years. She has been studying violin for 6 years. During her time with him, I have watched and listened to her substantial musical and emotional growth under his guidance. He is an outstanding violinist, and brings substantial experience to his teaching. The standards he sets are high and he asks a lot from his students while maintaining a good relationship and being responsive to the student's needs. I have watched him evaluate and rapidly identify approaches to develop her technical and musical skills. He then tailors the lesson, musical pieces and exercises to meet well defined goals. These are captured as goals for the next lesson so the student has something to refer to in order to remember what and how practice is to be approached for the next lesson. I have been extremely impressed by the way he uses exercises and different approaches to aid the student in establishing strong practice skills and processes. It is the teaching of a practice process and a process on how to approach pieces that will result in a lifetime skill that positions his students to excel and enjoys music more fully in future years.
Stephen is an outstanding personal music coach, and the coaching includes emotional development. Violin is a challenging instrument, something I had not appreciated until I watched my daughter learn. There are periodically points where the challenge of learning combined with other life influences, such as school, are out of balance. Stephen has amazed me by his perception of his students' emotions, his dedication to understand these dynamics, the effort he puts into getting them to express what themselves, and finally the professionalism he brings to coaching them through the challenging times. Life is a living and learning experience, and it is this added connection that makes Stephen an even stronger mentor, providing an incredible resource to the development of the individual beyond just the music.
Finally, I am very pleased with Stephen's ability to teach both the technical aspects of violin and the musicality of making really enjoyable sounds out of the black marks on a page of music. In the course of teaching, he has chosen traditional repertoire, and pieces that speak to her interests in music. He has found challenging pieces from modern pieces that both appeal to my daughter and provide the necessary platform for technical and musical learning. In summary, I have really enjoyed listening to Stephen teach and coach, as well as, hearing the accomplishments of his and my daughter's efforts. It is without any qualification that I recommend Stephen as a teacher and coach of violin." - Rob, parent of a current violin student.
“Without a doubt, I would recommend Stephen to anyone who is looking for a piano teacher. He is my daughter’s very first piano teacher when she started learning at age 5. He is not only a very talented musician himself, but as a teacher, he is kind, supportive, positive, and able to always strike a diplomatic balance between knowing when to support and when to stretch the student. My daughter is excited for her lesson each week, largely due to Stephen’s good attitude and warm, fun approach to learning.”
- Maeve, parent of a current student.
"Stephen is a very honest teacher. He points out what you do wrong, and then helps you find away to correct it. His honesty has helped me improve."
- Edward, former piano student.
"[Stephen] will push you to be the best you can be, because he honestly does care a lot about everyone and wants everyone to be successful... He truly is a brilliant teacher. He is big on honesty and order, as well as using metronomes."
- Melanie, current piano student.
"Stephen is a unique teacher who always thinks of the best way to teach. He is encouraging, yet pushes you toward improvement. He makes learning fun and genuinely wants his students to have a positive experience." - Aileen, current violin student.