Steve Helton


Steve Helton not only has the privilege of teaching Drums and Percussion at Sam Ash but he he also is The Learning Center’s Lesson Coordinator. He is a Graduate of Miami University where he majored in English and Creative Writing while also studying Music Theory and Music Performance. As the Lesson Coordinator he takes great pleasure in getting to know each student in order to match them with the right teacher for them. “It’s not just a matter of finding teachers who fit with our students’ schedules, but finding the best teachers in the Cincinnati area who are able to take our students to a higher level of music education and performance.”

Steve has been a Percussionist for over 15 years, studying everything from classical, marching, auxiliary, and drum set. Although percussion is his forte, he also plays bass guitar and has done so in several local bands including Rexy, named Best Unsigned Band of 2007 by Substream Magazine, and the local Pop/Electronic band,
Vito Emmanuel.

He has been teaching since 2004 with students of his going on to perform with several DCI Drum and Bugle Corps, national touring rock bands, and the legendary Blue Man Group at the Briar Street Theatre in Chicago, IL. Most recently, Steve was the Drumline instructor of Valley View high school in Germantown, OH.

Steve focuses on teaching all of his student’s basic and advanced rudimentary theories while showing how they can be applied to different genres and various percussion instruments. He plans all of his lessons with the student’s goals in mind and helps develop them into well rounded musicians.