First String Music provides instrument and voice instruction for the beginner to advanced musician. Below is a list of our current in house instructors. Please contact us for further information or to reserve your lesson. 1-970-871-4661

Music Instructors

Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis has been a resident of Routt County since 1976. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Mr. Lewis was employed by the South Routt School District and was the instrumental and vocal music director there for 23 years. For the last 13 years Mr. Lewis taught the beginning band program at Strawberry Park and Soda Creek Elementary Schools. Mr. Lewis has been active as a judge for state solo and ensemble festivals, large group music festivals, guest conductor for District 8 Eighth Grade Honor Band, currently plays lead tenor sax in and manages the jazz ensemble "Steamboat Swings", and plays saxophone in a local jazz quartet whenever possible. Mr. Lewis is able to offer private instruction on a variety of instruments: saxophone, clarinet, piano, guitar, bass guitar and percussion. He can also teach beginning students on flute, trumpet, trombone & baritone.

Neil Marchman
Neil is currently the on-staff guitarist for the Steamboat Christian Worship group. He also plays locally for Little Laura and the Nude Blues Band and the Brian Smith Project. He has four semesters under his belt as the jazz ensemble director at Colorado Mountain College and four years as the the music teacher at Strawberry Park Elementary School.

Neil began playing professionally in Colorado Springs in the early 1970's with various rhythm and blues groups, top-40 bands and rock ensembles. He studied music theory at Olive-Harvey City College in Chicago, where he toured with the the school's gospel choir as their guitarist. He eventually earned a bachelor of arts degree from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He moved to Steamboat Springs in 1996.

Neil has played in numerous bands, written and recorded several original songs in the past thirty-five years. He has taught guitar just as long. He currently teaches guitar, bass and keyboard at First String Music.

Paul Potyen
Paul Potyen has been in the music business longer than he is willing to admit.

  • Experienced music teacher at all levels; beginning to advanced, and K thru adult
  • 25 years as a private instructor teaching basic piano, jazz piano, modern piano harmony, improvising techniques, composition and arrangement, and the computer as a music tool.
  • Former Adjunct faculty at Colorado Mountain College, Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs, CO, teaching History of Jazz, Music Appreciation, and Group Keyboard Instruction
  • Former Faculty, The Jazzschool, Berkeley
  • Former Faculty, Perry Mansfield School of Performing Arts, Steamboat Springs, CO
  • Composed, arranged, performed and produced music for countless CDs, radio and TV commercials, films and production music libraries, including three CDs by jazz singer Madeline Eastman, who was nominated "Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition" in the 1995 Downbeat Jazz Critic's Poll.
  • As a keyboard player, credits include Chet Baker, Tony Williams, Mark Murphy, the Headhunters, Bobby McFerrin, Jimmy Witherspoon, and his own progressive latin band, Cañoneo. Featured pianist with the Bay Area Latin/Jazz band, Soul Sauce, on recent CD, “Got Sauce?” and recent debut CDs for vocalist Pam Pierce.
  • Played in all the major venues in San Francisco, and has also played keyboards with The San Francisco Symphony, as well as for many musical theater productions. During the ‘80’s co-led the San Francisco Forty Niners Band, which played at Candlestick Park and other Bay Area venues.

Stephanie Blake
Stephanie loves music and has been teaching voice and piano since 2006. She has studied music her whole life and continues her study regularly. She was a music major at the College of Eastern Utah and Weber State University. Her private teachers have included Jay Andrus (voice), Russell Wilson (voice - not the quarterback), Janice Siggard (piano), and Ken Plain (Voice). Stephanie has performance experience in many styles: Choral, Oratorio, Classical, Jazz, Musical Theater, Rock, Country, Blues and Sacred.

Stephanie tailors her lessons are for each individual student. She has a positive, upbeat, and honest teaching style.. She works with students of all ages and ability levels, both amateur and professional. Stephanie's students have gone on to college scholarships and perform professionally.

In addition to voice lessons and piano lessons, Stephanie offers voice coaching and vocal rehabilitation services.


Holly Fielding
Holly Fielding began study of the violin at age 3 and piano at age 5. She received a bachelor and masters in music performance and also has qualified as a certified Suzuki instructor and school music educator. She has performed professionally with various symphonies, including the Utah Symphony, Ballet West, LA East Recording Studios, Utah Opera, Emerald City Opera and is currently playing with the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra.

Holly has taught privately since the age of 14 and was the director of a string orchestra program for four years for the Wasatch School district. She currently runs a string orchestra program before and after school for beginning and intermediate musicians in the Steamboat Springs area.

Tyler Peyman
Tyler is a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts Lowell Music program, where he studied in as many ensembles as the school would allow while also performing in various off-campus bands and musical projects. Throughout his high school career, he taught private guitar lessons in his MA hometown. Since graduation, he has completed an internship at Strings Music Festival and set a regular schedule of study and live performance.
Kathy St. George
Kathy St. George has lived in Steamboat for 40 years (OMG!)! and began private piano instruction in 1981. Her BA is in Social Work/Rehabilitation. Her graduate studies were in Music Therapy. She also works as a pianist/accompanist for local churches, theatre, chorale groups, Casey?s Pond, Strings in the Mountains, and Steamboat Ski Corp. She is the organist at the United Methodist Church.

As an experienced piano instructor, she teaches students of all ages and abilities, and especially enjoys working with young beginners. She focuses on method, theory, note-reading, ear-training, performance & repertoire. She works with students to challenge them at their level of ability & encourages parent participation. Her strengths are creating an atmosphere of support and fun for the student.

Kathy developed and operates an interactive preschool music program. Known around town as "Miss Kathy," she teachers at most local preschools introducing children to a fun, active musical experience, preparing them for a formal music education. She has studied around the country & is a registered Music Together instructor.


First String Music
Steamboat Springs, CO

1880 Loggers Lane Unit #A
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
(970) 871-4661
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