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Popular Music Teachers Near Ann Arbor

Mark S.

Ypsilanti, MI
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Elaina R.

Ann Arbor, MI
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Benjamin M.

Ypsilanti, MI
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Mark S. Ypsilanti, MI

Subjects Taught

Drum

About Me

Mark is a versatile drummer. He is a graduate (B.M.) from the Berklee College of Music. Mark has performed live with many national acts such as: Howard Jones, Gordon Lightfoot, Mitch Ryder, Earl Klugh, Leo Sayer, KC & the sunshine band and Tony Orlando. He has recorded with David Foster, George Clinton, Brea Starr and What It IS and Justine Blazer.
He has also been an in demand drummer locally, both live and in studio..
He is also teaching a large roster of students, clinics and master classes at such institutions as the Power Chord Academy(Chicago), Avanti Music Academy (Toronto), Michigan's Interlochen Arts Camp, and DePaul University's school of music.. Oberlin and Indiana U summer jazz camps and Cleveland Institute of music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I love to teach and do so according to the students needs. We'll have fun, but we can get intense. I specialize in the Moellor technique, methods from Chaffee, Chapin, Kaspik and Uribe, Chart reading and interpretation, 4 limb independence, working w/ loops and foot technique. ALL STYLES OF MUSIC AND DRUMMING.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate room: oak floor, drum kit, computer with recording gear

*** Specialties ***
Drums: beg to adv

I specialize in Moellor technique. Pedagogy of Gary Chaffe, Ed Kaspik, Jim Chapin among others. I focus on independence, chart reading styles interpretation and phrasing, as well as rudimental training.

Elaina R. Ann Arbor, MI

Subjects Taught

Opera Voice, Singing

About Me

Whether you like Mozart or Carrie Underwood, good singing is good singing. The fundamentals I teach focus on healthy, sustainable, easy production that you can use in choir AND at karaoke night.

I am currently working on a Master of Music at the University of Michigan, and I have a B.M. from the University of Southern California. Although my focus is on operatic and classical singing, I have sung musical theater, jazz, and pop as well - I was in an A Capella group in college and have sung with a few local oldies and hip-hop bands. So whether you are considering a career in music or just want to brush up your shower singing, give me a call!

To find out more about me, check out my post for the TakeLessons.com blog: http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-sing-jazz

*** Lesson Details ***
30, 45, and 60-minute lessons available; 30-minute lessons recommended for children ages 8-14. Lessons will begin with vocalization with specialized warm-ups targeting technique, such as proper breath control, vowel clarity, and relaxed singing. The second half of lessons will be spent on repertoire, e.g. music. You may choose your own music based on preference or upcoming events, or ask for suggestions.

Three items to bring to lessons:

A three-ring binder with loose leaf paper for notes and music
A pencil
Water

*** Travel Equipment ***
A keyboard or piano must be available for in-home lessons. Students should also keep a lesson binder or notebook with paper for writing. Some music may have to be purchased, but I can supply some, especially in classical/musical theater genres.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical singing, but I am also experienced in modern styles, such as musical theater, blues, and pop.

Benjamin M. Ypsilanti, MI

Subjects Taught

Adobe Photoshop, Bass Guitar, Creative Writing, Drum, Essay Writing, Guitar, HTML, Microsoft Word, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone, Songwriting

About Me

Hello Future STUDENTS!

This year I moved from NYC to Ypsilanti. I lived there for over 10 years and learned a great deal in Networking, Performance and Teaching. Because I have had to let go of my 25+ students from the East Coast, I am now eager to build a new base of fresh Music Students. Since I was born and raised in Ann Arbor, I am happy to be back and ready to go :)

Whether you want to pursue a Musical Career or simply learn how to Play your Favorite Tunes for friends and family, I am here as your Teacher and Guide. I teach at my own home, commute to yours or through the use of Skype. Your choice.

As a Father of four, I have had the joy in teaching my children Guitar, Saxophone, Songwriting, Composition and Keyboard. As a parent I have found that Patience and Encouragement is sometimes the best form of support. It has been proven that learning Music helps develop intuition, self-awareness, and social skills as well as improve in other subjects not directly related to the arts such as Mathematics and Science.

One of the most important aspects of playing Music is being able to play by ear. This has been a priceless gift that I have developed throughout my life and I encourage all musicians, young and old, to do the same. The use of simple Rhythmic Dictation and Ear Training exercises can do wonders for "picking out" those unusual beats and harmonies we hear no matter what genre we are interested in.

I attended music courses at The Boston School of Contemporary Music, Thomas Jefferson College (MI), and have a BA double majoring in Music Composition and English at Columbia College Chicago.

Besides touring internationally as a Guitarist and Saxophonist, I am a Songwriter. Third Border's “Sun of Water; Sea of Light” was selected to be nominated for the Grammy's as The Best Alternative Album of the Year in 2006. On this record, I played guitar, sang lead vocals and wrote all songs. If you are a songwriter, we can polish up your approach!

If you would like to learn how to compose a solo, a duet or ensemble, I can get you started in a low-stress, one-step-at-a-time procedure. As a composer, I have done sound design for film, dance, spoken word and multi-media performance - most notably with renowned poet Anne Carson and former members of The Merce Cunningham Dance Co. As principal composer and conductor, I formed New York City's first full-on Saxophone Orchestra; a 13-member ensemble.

I hope to talk to you soon!
Benjamin

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is laid back with a forte on Patience and Encouragement. Though I have specific expectations on what needs to be learned, I gear each lesson towards the student's wishes and their personal direction in Creativity. Although Ear Training and Rhythmic Dictation sound academic, they are very useful in understanding music. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, I can guide you wherever you are headed!

For guitar (acoustic or electric), you will learn the fundamentals of Music Theory, Chord Structure, varied Strumming and Picking Techniques, and Scale Positions to travel from one part of the neck to the other. Any song you wish to learn, I can teach!

For saxophone, you will learn proper Embouchure technique, Notation, Music Theory, and Scale Patterns for improvisation. Whether you are interested in a Classical, Blues, Funk or Jazz approach, I can help you find your own sound that is both personal and professional.

I teach 2nd year piano and drums/percussion directing you into Intermediate level.

For those leaning toward the experimental genres, I am well-versed in the use of electronics. Much can be accomplished with my lessons on sound-scape improvisation either as 1 on 1 or Group Workshops.

*** Studio Equipment ***
At Home Studio: music stands, metronome, guitar amps, electric and acoustic guitars, guitar tablature, staff music paper, a scanner for weekly homework. I can also record and send MP3s of our lessons to review at home if you wish.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students will need their own instrument, a mutually chosen music book to learn from, a metronome, and hopefully easy access to a keyboard (very helpful!)

*** Specialties ***
I am fluent in Rock genres, Blues, Beginning Jazz, Beginning Classical technique, Prepared Guitar, Electronics/Sound Art.

Music Lessons in Ann Arbor, MI

Almost anybody would agree that Ann Arbor, Michigan is an amazing place to live. However, while this is true you personally think it would be even more perfect if you could continue with your music education while living there. High school and college have already come and gone and at this point you don’t think you’ll ever find quality music lessons in an area near you. While we do understand that it can be difficult to find music lessons we are happy to let you know that we offers high-quality Ann Arbor music lessons.

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