About Steven Vonderohe
Steven Vonderohe is a musician, educator, and composer in the southwest suburbs of Chicago who is devoted to sharing and advancing the art of percussion and music. Since receiving his Bachelor’s degree in music education from VanderCook College of Music, he has been actively teaching at a variety of schools as a private instructor, percussion ensemble teacher, marching band instructor and clinician. Recently, he has been a private instructor and percussion arranger for Romeoville High School, percussion ensemble instructor at Lockport Township High School, and finished his first season as Ensemble Director for the independent percussion ensemble, Pi Percussion.
As a performer, he has played with orchestras, chamber ensembles, jazz combos, pop/rock bands, drum lines, choirs, and musical productions and is able to approach each situation with a high level of professionalism and passion. Steven is also seasoned performer in the Drum Corps activity, where he spent six seasons playing marimba with the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps. Currently, Steven is working on some compositions of his own, as well as collaborating as a drummer, pianist, and producer for some other local musicians.
Steven’s teaching philosophy is centered on educating people to become a better version of themselves through whatever we are working on. Learning music or a musical instrument is incredibly rewarding beyond just learning a skill, such as developing the way you learn or HOW you work on something to achieve a goal. He understands that not everyone will be a career or professional musician, but that doesn’t mean learning the craft should be any less fruitful. There’s a reason people who study music tend to be stronger academically, it’s because in learning the language of music and the fine motor skills of their instrument people need to think both creatively AND mathematically through the process. Students who pick up on this, not only become strong musicians, but achieve highly in just about all of their pursuits.
In lessons, Steven likes to present students with choices on a regular basis to put them in the driver’s seat of their learning. Sometimes, it can be something as simple as choosing the song we play our warm-ups to, or sharing a video they found on a topic. This gives them the opportunity to have some ownership over the lessons and allows the student to exercise their own creativity as well. He also likes to incorporate a lot of listening/watching of music/music performances to inspire and build some active listening.
Aside from music, Steven likes to spend as much of his free time outdoors as he can. This past year he picked up the sport of Disc Golf, which is both fun and extremely challenging! He is also an avid snowboarder and hiker when he can travel. When Steven can’t be outside, he likes to play video games with his friends and family.