Jared Steward has taught percussion for more than 10 years. He has served as a regular coach for the percussion section of the Winston-Salem Youth Philharmonic and has been awarded an Arts in Education grant from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County to teach percussion clinics and master classes in middle and high schools. While a student at Tennessee Technological University, he was on the Arts Cumberland faculty of TTU's Extended Education Department. He also taught elementary through high school students as a private teacher and marching band drumline coach in the Middle Tennessee and greater Boston areas. He is currently writing beginning snare drum and mallet percussion method books in order to help brand new students learn how to read and play music appropriate to the learning style and comprehension of middle school-aged children.
Jared has performed with many orchestras including the Winston-Salem Symphony, Western Piedmont Symphony, St. Louis Philharmonic, York Symphony Orchestra and several orchestras in the New England states. He was a member of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra as well as the West African drumming and dance ensemble ABUSUA for four years. He received a Master of Music degree in 2010 at UNCSA, where he studied with John Beck. He studied percussion with the late Joseph Rasmussen at Tennessee Technological University and received a Bachelor of Music degree in 1999.