steve gibons

chicago jazz violin

photo credit: john boehm

Steve Gibons is a violinist, composer and  educator who plays jazz and folk music.  

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I offer instruction in violin technique, jazz violin improvisation and world music. My teaching style is focused and flexible, and I engage students by encouraging them to own their own learning.

I accept students at any level of expertise from age of 12 through adult and professional, I accept younger students if a parent can be present at lessons. Use the form or phone number here to find out more. 

You can find my lesson payment policy here

People say:

“Steve is the kind of teacher that shares with you the infectious joy of music. I truly appreciated how much delight he found with each detail about music and always felt inspired to go discover more. He is patient and willing to take the time to help you learn something. His knowledge of not only jazz but other styles of music is something I aspire to!”

–Janice L., 2021

“Steve Gibons is a wonderful teacher. My son, Daniel, is 17 years old and has been taking violin lessons for 13 years, and he has been learning from Steve for over 2 years. I don’t think I could find a better teacher for my son.”

–Terry U.

“His lessons are fun and challenging and give me the right amount of material to work on till our next meeting.” 

–Jan S.

“…he has been extremely patient . He is funny, extremely knowledgeable and flexible.” 

–Carole H.

May 2023

Wednesday May 31

8:01 pm – 12:00 am
♫ Green Mill Jazz Club ♫
4801 N. Broadway Chicago IL 60640

till midnight ⁞⁞⁞ With Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan

July 2023

Sunday July 9

5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
♫ Winter's Jazz Club ♫
465 N. McClurg Court (promenade) Chicago, Illinois 60611

⁞⁞⁞ With the Alfonso Ponticelli trio


August 2023

Wednesday August 9

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Vanishing Worlds: Yiddish Protest and Anarchy music
Highland Park Library

Presented by YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

September 2023

Friday September 8

Midwest Gypsy Fest at Art in the Barn, Madison WI