Summer Arts Festival, Heckscher Park
Huntington NY
Photo by Kim Cousins

Stephen Fricker teaches guitar and bass to students of all ages, and has instructed thousands of students for over thirty years, both privately and in band and music classes in public schools. He has a Master's Degree in Education. His philosophy, first and foremost, is to impart a love for playing music. He believes that learning an instrument should be a fun and joyous experience, no matter what the student’s goal is - performance, teaching, or simply personal enjoyment.

Stephen is a multi-faceted instrumentalist and composer whose broad repertoire draws upon rock, classical, folk, country, Broadway, blues and jazz. As a professional musician he tours North America, performing for discriminating audiences.

Stephen is an accomplished accompanist, studio musician and record producer and arranger. He has shared stages with such luminaries as Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, Tom Paxton, Pete Seeger, Tom Chapin, Livingston Taylor, Jonathan Edwards, Emmylou Harris and Janis Ian, among others, and has recorded with singer-songwriters Patricia Shih, Dennis Cleasby, The Bierkos and Jose Mari Chan. In 2004 he released his first solo CD, “The Twelve Guitars of Christmas.”

Other credits include: community and dinner theatre orchestras; The Winnipeg and Kerrville Folk Festivals, The South’s Largest Children’s Festival, Woodstock ’99 and Madison Square Garden; and co-hosting a twice-daily TV show with Patricia Shih on Cablevision’s “Tell Me A Story.”

Those of Stephen's students who choose to participate in NYSSMA consistently receive scores of "Outstanding".

Stephen is presently teaching students in the Huntington, Cold Spring Harbor, Woodbury, Greenlawn, Centerport, Syosset, Northport, Dix Hills, East Northport and Melville areas.