Guitar students of Dr. Steven Svengrowski stand together on the Transylvania County Campus of Blue Ridge Community College.

Transylvania County Instructor and Students Featured in Prominent Music Education Magazine

Featured Photo: Guitar students of Dr. Steven Zvengrowski stand together on the Transylvania County Campus of Blue Ridge Community College. Pictured from left to right: William Lemke, Randy Foster and Eric Schultz. (Photo by: Jamie Warren. May, 2021)


By: Benjamin Rickert
Marketing & Communications Dept.

In January, a prominent music education magazine highlighted three Blue Ridge Community College Educación continua guitar students in Transylvania County and their instructor, Dr. Steven T. Zvengrowski.

An original interlude written by guitar student William Lemke for his guitar class at Blue Ridge Community College. Used with permission.*

An original interlude written by guitar student William Lemke for his guitar class at Blue Ridge Community College. Used with permission.*

“Teaching Music” — a professional publication of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) — published Zvengrowski’s article that analyzes the Beatles pop hit “Something.” The article considers the compositional elements of the song and provides recommendations for music educators in structuring their lessons. Additionally, the piece includes musical notation for several interludes written by Blue Ridge students William Lemke, Eric Schutz and Randy Foster.

“I am thrilled to have three Blue Ridge Continuing Education guitar students featured in this edition of ‘Teaching Music,’” explained Zvengrowski. “This was a collaborative learning experience for the students and myself, and I am proud of the initiative and dedication that they demonstrated for this project.”

The article titled “Applying the Composition/Theory Music Standard to the Song ‘Something’ by The Beatles” (PDF*) appeared in “Teaching Music” Volume 31, No. 3. It featured photographs of Zvengrowski’s classroom taken in 2021 by Blue Ridge employee Jamie Warren.

Dr. Zvengrowski concluded his article with a summary of his charge to music educators.

“The four components of comprehensive musicianship— performance, listening, analysis/verbalization, and composition/improvisation—represent the cornerstone of music behaviors and epitomize the creative process in music,” he wrote. “Try the strategies described here, or a variation of them, and see what a difference this kind of learning can make in your students’ musicality.”

Dr. Zvengrowski lives in Brevard, North Carolina, and teaches on the College’s Transylvania County Campus as well as the Naples Performing Arts Center in Florida. Prior to his role at Blue Ridge Community College, Zvengrowski served as a professor, associate dean and chair of the music department at New York’s Hartwick College and as the director of education for the Brevard Music Center. His own education background includes a BS from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, NY; an MM from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN; and a Ph.D.from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.  In December 2023, Zvengrowski published his third article in a recent series in Soundboard, the journal of the Guitar Foundation of America.

Learn about Continuing Education courses at Blue Ridge Community College at www.blueridge.edu/ce. 

* The linked article, musical notation and article quote above were originally published in the January 2024 edition of the Teaching Music publication. This content was reprinted with permission of the National Association for Music Education.