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Steven Kennedy

Music Teaching Artist- Guitar
Steven Kennedy brings an expertise in learning, teaching, and performing guitar to the music department at Simpson College.



Steven Kennedy is an active guitar instructor and performer in central Iowa.  He maintains a large studio of students in the Des Moines area, and is in high demand for both formal concerts and other music performances.  His debut album, Pequeño vals para Florencia (featuring works by Bach, Sor, Máximo Diego Pujol, and José Luis Merlin) was released in 2013.  Steven is also an avid chamber musician, performing in various duos, and is a member of the Iowa Guitar Quartet. 


Steven currently serves as the president of the Heart of Iowa Classical Guitar Society - an organization that actively promotes classical guitar music and education across the state of Iowa.



  • Classical Guitar
  • Commercial Guitar
  • Jazz Improvisation



  • M.M. in Classical Guitar Performance, Belmont University, 2011
  • B.M. in Classical Guitar Performance, Simpson College, 2009