Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory, Ukulele
I studied Jazz at Wayne State University. I have previously earned both a Associate of Arts degree, and a Music Foundations Certificate from Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan. I have years of experience as a professional guitar instructor, working with both children and adults of all ages.
Piano, Singing, Music Theory, Opera Voice
Anne received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education with a Vocal Emphasis from Oakland University in Rochester, MI in 2008. She has taught privately since 2006.
Anne uses her experience with performing solos and singing in a variety of ensembles and well as her knowledge of vocal technique, music theory, music history, ear training and piano to best aid her students in improving their voices or beginning their piano studies. She also uses her experience as a voice coach and her understanding of learning theories, specifically Constructivism, to best teach each individual.
Anne has trained under some of the most prominent names in the metro-Detroit area, many of whom have performed around the world in opera and musical theatre productions. Anne has also performed in productions throughout the metro-Detroit area. She uses many of the same methods that her voice teachers used on her, and that have allowed her to grow into a professional singer.
Anne teaches a classical method of vocal technique. The classical method is the foundation. It is up to the individual just how he or she would like to build on it. However, Anne has experience with a wide variety of genres, besides classical, and would be happy to impart this knowledge to her students.
Anne's goal is to provide high quality instruction to students of all ages in order to help them express themselves musically to the best of their combined ability, in time allowed to teach them, in order for them to become independent musicians.
Piano, Singing, Music Theory, Organ
I am a summa cum laude graduate of both the University of Evansville's (IN) celebrated Music Therapy program, with two years of piano pedagogy training and Georgia State University’s Vocal Music Education graduate program. I have performed across the country with an extensive range of professional and student musicians and have served as faculty accompanist with several universities. For over two decades, I have worked as a church musician, directing choirs of all ages and serving as both organist and pianist.
My studios have expanded successfully to as many as 80 private students (from ages 5-90 at both beginning and advanced levels) along with small group classes, and I have taught thousands of students throughout my 26 years of experience as a music educator. I am also the former organist for the National Christian Choir, based in Washington, D.C. and have extensive experience with recording studio work as a vocalist and pianist. I am a former high school choral teacher and recently taught for three years at a Georgia middle school, earning straight superior ratings in all contests and an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall in May.
I love to teach beginners (of all ages!) and also love to coach older teens in their pursuit of success with various auditions in both piano and voice. I am also passionate about training young pianists to accompany! I have just transitioned to Michigan due to my husband's new position in Detroit. I have three daughters: twins who are a violist and cellist and a daughter studying veterinary medicine. I am a music teacher at The Grosse Pointe Academy and am the Artistic Director of the Detroit Children's Choir.
My music education philosophy can be wrapped up in two words: individual musicianship. I truly believe and have experienced the truth that all human beings are capable of producing and understanding music and, therefore, must be given maximum opportunity to do so. To ignore development of musical intelligence is to fail as educators. Therefore, my goals for each student are individual and comprehensive, wrapped in hope and rooted in encouragement. I aim to create a safe, warm, fun and caring atmosphere in the learning environment.
Piano, Singing, Music Theory, Organ
I have experience teaching both beginning and intermediate piano and beginning voice. I enjoy working with students of all ages and helping them develop as musicians. I am patient and understanding and believe that students need to feel comfortable with a teacher to optimize the learning experience.
I studied private piano into my high school years and studied organ and voice in college where I was a vocal soloist. I attended Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Mi and received my BA in Music Education from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa
I have accompanied both Middle School and High School Choirs and instrumentalists, played organ and directed church choirs. I currently play organ in two churches and direct a Middle School Choir Chime group. I enjoy working with students in large group settings as well as one on one. I have been teaching with Take Lessons for almost two years. Sharing music is a great joy.
I especially love playing keyboard because of its expressive nature, the soft and loud, the sweetly and the contemplative. It brings me pleasure especially when a challenging piece has been mastered.
Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice
Soprano Monique Michelle’s voice has been described as rich, powerful, moving with an expressive face that pulls the listener in with her intense focus and captivating eyes. Most recently Monique was featured in Arias in Motion, as an emerging artist in OperaWorks intensive summer program in Los Angeles, CA.
Monique performed the role of “Serena” in Bowling Green State University’s Festival Concert Series presentation of The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Her heart wrenching performance of “My Mans Gone now” was one of the highlights of the night. Monique was also featured as an ensemble member in Handel’s Acis and Galatea, and in Donizetti’s E’lisir d’amore also at BGSU. In 2011 Monique received a second place prize for the NATS regional competition in the advanced men and women’s category. Monique's love for the stage also crosses over to musicals with her debut as the Angel in I need you to Survive.
Monique has been a featured soloist in churches across Ohio and as an advocate for classical music in urban communities she has performed free community outreach recitals in Dayton, Bowling Green and Toledo, OH areas as well as Detroit, MI. Monique has also performed solo work extensively throughout the United States and Italy, singing a variety of repertoire ranging from baroque to 20th century. She is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon Professional Music Fraternity International. With other members they created an annual clinic for local elementary schools kids interested in music.
Monique received her Bachelors of Music Performance in Voice from Central State University in Wilberforce, OH. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and as a gold chord scholar. Monique will receive her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Bowling Green State University in Aug 2011. Upcoming Events for Monique include a duet recital with tenor Gregory J. Ashe in Dayton, OH and a solo recital at First Presbyterian Church later this year.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Trumpet, Upright Bass
Detroit native, Nicholas Cole-Klaes, demonstrated an innate musical talent from a young age. His command of piano, guitar, trumpet and bass progressed to studies at both Columbia University in Chicago and Wayne State University in Detroit. Since age 16 Nic has toured the country sharing the stage with acclaimed rock acts such as; Tesla, Bret Michaels, 3 Doors Down and many others. He is currently endorsed by Warwick Basses.
Nicholas been a musician in some form or another for as long as he can remember. His musical journey started when he was only six, with a delve into the realm of classical piano. While there he studied under world class child prodigy Josh Cullen. The composers that he studied include Bach, Beethoven, Barton, Hayden and many others.
From here he progressed to playing jazz trumpet, studying the Jamey Aebersold method under Paul Finkbeiner, the lead trumpet player for the Paul Keller Ensemble.
Then at the age of 11, with the help of his grandfather he discovered the guitar. He learned quickly on his old SR guitar. He quickly discovered that he had a natural taste for blues phrasing, and his soloing abilities quickly blossomed. 2 years later, he had formed his first band, Spherical. It was through this band that he found the bass.
His journey into the realm of bass, began out of necessity and progressed into love of the bottom end. Since then, he has been collecting basses, playing, living and breathing bass. He now realizes the importance of a funky beat, a subtle line and most important of all A TIGHT GROOVE!!!
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