Steve Dukes got
his first guitar at twelve years old and by thirteen was playing blues
professionally in clubs ‘til two in the morning. For four dazzling,
youthful years Steve was pressing the musical envelope as hard as
he could... a salient feature that would characterize the rest of
Steve’s musical life. After a year and a half of study at the
University of Virginia, the Chairman of the Music Department, Byzantine
Chant scholar Milos Velimirovich, suggested Steve, nineteen years
old, study with American avant-garde composer John Cage. Steve instinctively
knew he wasn’t ready.
Steve taught Bruce Hampton, aka Col. Hampton B. Coles (ret.), to play the mandolin. Hampton performed with Hendrix and would go on to play Saturday Night Live and VH-1.
Jan Smith, Dukes’ music theory student also taught Steve to sing. He went on to hire Smith as ASR’s first vocal teacher and Vocal Department Head. Smith would emerge from the Atlanta School of Rock and later teach members of Matchbox 20, Collective Soul, Alicia Keys and TLC. Another of Steve’s students, George Cutillas, would go on to record Grammy Award Winner Usher. “It was a brilliant time at the Atlanta School of Rock with a lot of very bright musicians,” said Dukes.
1991 brought on personal changes for Steve. After winning custody of his then three year old daughter, Steve decided to close the school and devote his energy to raising Jen. “Best decision I ever made,”... and he went back to private practice for eleven years.
2002 Steve had an opportunity to expand his practice to San Francisco
and took it. With students like Cy Young award winner Barry Zito on
the west coast and founder and former CEO of Mindspring, Charles Brewer
on the east coast, things look bright for Steve’s teaching career.
Dukes’ Works Include:
Rock Soloist Program (1982)
The Acoustic Blues Guitar Program (1996)
Copyright© by Steve Dukes 2003