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Drum, Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory
By the age of 2, Jwallondrums had already developed a passion for music and a desire to play the drums. Over the years he has become one of the most sought after drummers in the city of Detroit. He is passionately admired by the crowd which has grown to respect him as an entrepreneur and member of the band.
Jwallondrums number one supporter has always been his father. His dad traveled with him to various venues and ensured he would gain the skills and knowledge as he pursued his educational career. Jwallondrums experienced the “Golden Opportunity” of being the first drummer at the Detroit School of Performing Arts. He has also traveled on a 16 day tour to Europe where he visited Austria, France, Switzerland and Germany.
As an educator and mentor Jwallondrums; has committed his time to training young students and helping them cultivate their skills. He enjoys implementing various programs to allow students to reach their full potential.
His rhythms, progressive drumming style and skillful techniques have been vividly displayed in several church services, concerts, plays, musicals and benefits in a variety of venues throughout the United States.
Piano, Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Speaking Voice
Teacher / Musician / Producer
Playing by Ear
Pretty much everyone can play by ear. So I help you to explore your
talent, reach your musical goals and to create and perform music as a
real and beautiful part of your life. Making music should not
be a boring job. Rather, it should be something you can't wait to do. A
way to get in touch with the rest of the universe. You will also learn
to read and write, but it won't get in the way of your music.
Since a very young age I have loved to improvise and to create music. It
is very satisfying to pass this on to others who are full of music
inside but may not know how to get it out. If you wish that you or
your child could get some help creating your own music as well as
playing the great music already written, perhaps we should be talking.
I am from Canada, and I have been a professional musician since 1970. I studied music performance in school, piano with the Royal Conservatory of Toronto and Music Education at Queens University. I have toured with national acts, produced dozens of recordings of all kinds and played, arranged and conducted music on cruise ships all over the world.
Music is my life. Bringing other people's skills to a higher level is what I do best.
Tell me what you want to accomplish, either for yourself or your child. I look forward to speaking with you.
A note about allergens:
I teach at my home and at my studio. At home we have a very friendly dog (Vinnie) and a cat (Julian) who sleeps all day. If you have allergies, we will study at my Troy studio which is allergen-free. Unless you love animals. In that case, you will get to meet Vinnie, the most kid-friendly, loves-everybody, most gentle little guy you will ever meet. I put his picture up so you can see him.
“Wouldn't it be great to be gifted? In fact... It turns out that choices lead to habits.
Habits become talents. Talents are labeled gifts.
You're not born this way, you get this way.”
~ Seth Godin
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.
Piano, Singing, Music Theory, Songwriting
For 3 years, excellence has been the core value in my teaching. I give the courage and confidence to all my students that they can conquer and accomplish their goals in music if they remain focused, determined, and eager to learn. All of my music lessons are done in a fun, engaging environment that is very different from sitting in a classroom listening to lectures for hours on end. I make the student feel as if they are already in the drivers seat as the musician they desire to be. With my dynamic music training, students will walk away knowing that they are ready musicians, preparing to wow the crowd with excellence. Why would you want to go elsewhere when you have the best musical success system right in front of you?
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."