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Sandy L.

Southfield, MI
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Scott S.

Waterford, MI
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Bill G.

Troy, MI
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Sandy L. Southfield, MI

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting, Trombone, Trumpet

About Me

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Sandy (GUITAR, TRUMPET, VOCALS)

Born and raised in Detroit, Sandy studied music from an early age. He obtained a bachelors degree from Eastern Michigan University and a masters degree from Wayne State University in music education.
Sandy provides private music lessons to children and adults alike. In addition to working as a music educator in the Detroit and Southfield Public School Systems, Sandy taught music for Cranbrook Institute's Horizon Upward Bound program and night school for Mary Grove College in Detroit. Sandy once served as music director and guitarist for "The Miracles" and has performed with many top Motown Acts including Freda Payne, Martha Reeves, Sweet James and The Fantastic Four, The Originals and most of the Funk Brothers. Sandy performed or recorded with James Jamerson Jr bass guitar, Ralph Armstrong bass guitar, Marcus Bellgraves trumpet, Ernie Rogers saxophone, Dennis Coffee guitar, Ron English guitar and many more. He also recorded or performed with the late Uriel Jones drums, Richard "Pistol" Allen drums, Levi Mann organ, Rudy Robinson keyboards, Joe Hunter piano, Johnny Griffith keyboards, Maurice Davis trumpet, Lefty Edwards saxophone, Thomas "Beans" Bowles sax & flute, Earl Van Dyke keyboards and Robert White guitar known for his famous guitar line on "My Girl" by the Temptations. He also wrote the music for two songs, performed by William "Wee Gee" Howard, one of the former lead singers of the Dramatics; "You've Been A Part Of Me" and "Don't Make Me The Reason".

*** Lesson Details ***
You can expect a laid back teacher with well over 40 years of teaching and performance experience to educate you or your child/children. My lessons will be focused the following areas; Note reading - playing chords and chord progressions - learning scales - proper and useful warm-ups - learning the blues and blues progressions - speed exercises - and allowing the student to pick the songs they would like to learn to play

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in the family room which includes music stands, amp, trumpet, guitar (electric), electric keyboard and four piece drum kit..

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student must have his on trumpet or guitar. I will provide the music stand guitar cord and guitar amp.

*** Specialties ***
I teach jazz, classical, blues, rock and popular guitar and trumpet. I know and teach my students how to read and wright music. I teach students how to learn songs by ear. I teach them useful warm-ups, scales and chords. I teach them all they need to know to be a good musician.

Scott S. Waterford, MI

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Composition, Country Guitar, Drum, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

Scott began his music career at Berklee College of Music in 1985 and continued his education at WMU and WSU as a Jazz Performance - Composition Major. He has studied privately with Ken Taft, Gene Butler, Mikhal Caldwell and Joe LoDuca.

As a performer Scott has been in a wide variety of bands and is a founding member of the Frank Zappa Tribute 'Ugly Radio Rebellion' and Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute 'CrossFire'. With 28 years experience as a music educator Scott has done an estimated 20,000 private lessons as well as classes, clinics, College Prep courses and is a member of The American Guild of Music. He is a versatile teacher and motivated performer and is fluent in most every style of music.

"I can teach you everything you need to know to accomplish your musical goals!!! Music should be fun and my approach is to ensure a rewarding experience for every individual student"

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons can be scheduled for once a week or every 2 weeks, 30 min - 45 min and 1 hr times available.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Studio: a dedicated music room with a baby grand piano, electric guitars; acoustic guitars, bass, drums... full digital recording studio and rehearsal space!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide all teaching materials and personal equipment, the student needs to have their own instrument... guitar rental is available!

*** Specialties ***
I am open to any and all methods, genres and styles...

Bill G. Troy, MI

Subjects Taught

Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

I have been playing guitar for 28 years. I took formal guitar lessons for seven years, have won numerous awards locally and nationally, and have been a professional musician for most of my life. I have studied music theory elaborately, was accepted to both the Berklee School of Music in Boston and the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles. I choose to start on a musical career immediately after high school; and did so in my hometown of Detroit. I play/teach, have written, performed, and recorded everything from classic/indie rock, jazz, classical, flamenco, etc. I currently front my own indie rock project "The Static Dial", as guitarist/vocalist/songwriter.

I teach all ages; from very young children (ages 6-8) to adults. Music samples are available here on my profile.

*** Lesson Details ***
As an instructor, I start students with the basics (open chords, major/minor diatonic and blues scales, rhythm/timing, and beginner technique), and like to get at least a basic ability to sight read (music notation).

For younger students, I get them started on a beginner book for sight reading music.

If a student is a little more capable, we start on a more modern/popular song they like. For my more advanced students, we get into music theory (cycle of fifths, harmony, chord language, etc.) and with some students we study specific genres.

My approach is one of building up the students sense of practice, self confidence, and to encourage their sense of creativity. I take teaching seriously and value my student's time; so I work to get the most out of them, and make it fun. All ages and levels are welcome!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio space in Helen's of Troy. Office is furnished with seating, music stand, and amplifier.
Student must have their own instrument and pick.

*** Specialties ***
I'm a singer/songwriter as well as a guitar player/instructor, so the construction and arranging of a song; from the music, to the lyrics, to the vocal melodies; are very much within my experience and teaching.
I also studied and play Flamenco guitar; as well as other Mediterranean/near eastern instruments, such as Greek Bouzouki and Middle Eastern Oud. I have also recorded in all these styles.

Marc M.

Livonia, MI
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JOSEPH H.

Clinton Township, MI
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Drew S.

Mount Clemens, MI
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Marc M. Livonia, MI

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

I teach all styles of guitar, as I have been in many different types of music situations: Soloist (Classical) Ensemble (Classical and Jazz) Lead and Rhythm (Various Rock and Roll bands) Songwriting and Recording. I am a people person that learned the guitar from many different sources. Most of my learning came from watching others and communicating with others. I like to learn about the people I am teaching so that I can better understand their needs as a musician. My education came as a practical necessity in order to get better as a teacher and performer, as well as make a living doing it. But, by no means do I preach the need to be "educated" but only to be a working, practical musician. I will surely go over the need to read music once the need becomes evident, enlighten you as to why it may be important to understand certain aspects of music as opposed to just "picking and grinning", IE learning only "By Ear." I do specialize in music theory, and have many students taking lessons simply for this excellent foundation for songwriting also.

I am a classically trained guitarist that performs both as a soloist and for ensemble in a wide variety of styles. I graduated in 1996 from Schoolcraft College with an Associates degree in Music performance, and then, studying under the tutelage of Brian Roberts went on to receive my Bachelor's degree in Guitar Performance with a secondary in Jazz from Wayne State University in 2004. While at Wayne State and along the way I've performed and participated in several masterclasses with renowned artists: William Kanengiser, John Holmquest, Philip Candelaria, Jason Vieaux, Scott Tennant, and Antigoni Goni. I have also completed the teacher requirements for books 1-a and 1-b for the Suzuki Guitar Institute.

Many of my classical guitar and electric guitar students have went on to study further at the collegiate level, some achieving scholarships. My most recent students are current Berklee school of music graduates now in a band called "Flight of Fire", recently opened for Bonjovi this past summer and are getting air time on local radio stations... well on their way to living the dream! ‚¬Ä¶the bulk of my students become full time professional musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am an extremely patient person who has been teaching for over 15 years. I am laid back so there will be no pressure. With my electric and steel string guitar students, I host a special "Jam Session" 2 - 3 times a year to which will be one of your goals to participate in. This includes playing with a drummer, bassist, singer and another guitar player (usually me) and having it recorded. This should serve as your motivation to practice. This really eliminates the need for me to pull out a "yardstick" and "smack" your hands over the knuckles when not practicing your scales as many old traditional teachers may have done!

At your first lesson I will talk with you and give you examples of music that is played with a Flat-Pick, or music that uses the Finger-Style technique. This will be an important process as it will dictate which direction you will go in as a musician and especially during our lessons.

For the most part, playing with a Flat-Pick is generally used with the electric guitar and with most mainstream styles of music like "Rock and Roll", "Blues", "Rock-a-Billy" "Funk", and playing with the Finger-Style technique is used in styles like "Classical" and "Folk." After a while, I will introduce you to the other style of playing as well, as most great guitar players use both techniques in their playing...musicians (guitarists) such as: ‚¬Ä¬úJimmy Page‚¬Ä¬ú, ‚¬Ä¬úBrian Setzer‚¬Ä¬Ě, ‚¬Ä¬úStevie Ray Vaughan‚¬Ä¬Ě, ‚¬Ä¬úJoe Satriani‚¬Ä¬Ě, ‚¬Ä¬úLindsey Buckingham‚¬Ä¬Ě, ‚¬Ä¬úPaul McCartney‚¬Ä¬Ě, ‚¬Ä¬úJohn Mayer‚¬Ä¬Ě, and many, many more.

To make learning the guitar Fun, I make sure to incorporate your main interest(s) first. Whether it be learning your new favorite song(s), learning how to write a song, or just learning some basics that you can use for when sitting around the campfire. This will be intertwined with which style you choose to start with: Flat-Pick or Finger-Style.

Pending on the level that you are starting at, (beginner, intermediate, advanced) I will include tidbits of music theory that will be used in a consistent manner. These will usually be progressive, pending on your level. For example, the songs you learn will be written out in an easy to understand chart that will have the fundamental aspects of theory (IE, chords, key, and rhythm pattern) that all musicians should understand.

With Children learning with a Flat-Pick, I encourage the use of a basic guitar instruction book.
Level One (beginners) :

"Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book One" by Will Schmid.

I will also use as a substitute for Level One:
"Alfred's Basic Guitar Method" by Alfred's Publishing Co.

More advanced players who can read music already (and graduates from book one) I prefer;
"Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book Two"

With Adults, I will ask if learning to read music interests you. It is a vital part of a practicing musician, but sometimes your needs may require a more one dimensional approach as time may be of essence. Again, I learned by ear and educated myself later...so I understand the person who wants to hold off on reading right away.

Students who want to learn the Classical (Finger-Style) approach will be encouraged to purchase a beginners book that I use written by one of my first instructors/mentor. It is a very intuitive book that covers the technique in great detail yet is very easy to understand (along with my help.) I will provide means of acquiring this book at your first lesson.

Students who want to learn the Folk (Finger-Style) approach will usually start in the above book, unless your an adult who just wants to learn some basics.

At your first lesson I will also provide you with documentation that goes more in depth about the various styles of guitar as the above info is scaled down.

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Amps

-Guitars (Electric, Acoustic, Classical, Bass)

- PA (loud speakers so you can Turn it Up! When playing along)

-Band in a Box (to play along with real prerecorded instruments seamlessly interleaved into a band type setting with almost unlimited genre choices...very impressive technology)

- Pro Tools (recording gear for all needs)

- Guitar Pro and Finale (to transpose music into sheet music)

-Skype (for out of town interactivity. Can do lessons via Skype)

-Basement with plenty of seating for parents, and or observers.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar, and Acoustic Guitar; Improvisation, Songwriting, Backup Vocals, Fretboard Harmony, Music Theory, Performance, and Recording.

JOSEPH H. Clinton Township, MI

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting

About Me

With my Bachelor's/Master's Degree and 13 years of experience in education, it will be an honor for me to add more to students.

*** Lesson Details ***
Music study helps people young and old to overcome shyness and build confidence. It empowers them as they refine their special talents.

We will study ear training .

My Method: Listen, Sing, Clap, Play, Read and Write. With these tools you can look deeper into the elements that make up music.

Children don't learn to read before they can talk. So why should anyone have to try to read before they can play?

That is how music is taught, traditionally and why a huge percentage of students just quit or have a miserable time with piano lessons. Music should be fun. Period.

We will always have a lot of fun, but there is a lot to do, so we need to be efficient and not waste time. My teaching method is a combination of the best methods I have found. It is backed up with the same solid principles that I received when I was a student myself. If you choose to continue and pursue a classical education at a high level, you will be well-prepared.

*** Studio Equipment ***
(Hardware)

dell inspiron n5050 core i3
two dell monitors
M-Audio's Fast Track Pro USB Digital Audio Interface (PC and Mac)
Amplafier kenwood KR-V126R
2 speakers aiwa
Sennheiser HD 201
Digital monitor audio technica
Korg triton
Krog trinity plus
Yamaha
Steel acoustic guitar
¬Ĺ Steel acoustic guitar
tuner
Drabouka

*** Travel Equipment ***
In My Home Studio:
3 digital keyboard in a recording control-room,dell inspiron
Korg triton, Krog trinity plus, Yamaha PSS 170
n5050 core i3, two dell monitors, M-Audio's Fast Track Pro USB Digital Audio Interface, Amplafier kenwood KR-V126R 2 speakers aiwa, Sennheiser HD 201, Digital monitor audio technica, Steel acoustic guitar, ¬Ĺ Steel acoustic, guitar tuner, and Drabouka.

In-Home:
If you are taking any kind of music lesson,
we recommend a tuned piano or digital keyboard.
If you like, I can suggest several different models of keyboard that I have researched and of which I approve.

*** Specialties ***
I teach people of all ages
first to play by ear and to have fun while they study.
Then I back up ear training with solid theory so they can read and write music.
In school I studied many traditional methods and
I have distilled my own distinct method from them. Though I am classically trained, I specialize in improvisation.

Drew S. Mount Clemens, MI

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting

About Me

Starting at the age of 19, Drew earned his stripes as the percussionist / drummer / substitute conductor for the legendary Motown singing group the Four Tops. While touring with the Tops he also performed with artists including Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Contours, The Miracles, The Dramatics, Chairmen of the Board, Freda Payne, Harold Melvin's Blue Notes, and many more. He has written and produced songs featuring many legendary soul artists including the Four Tops, Funk Brothers, Dennis Coffey, Melvin Davis, Spyder Turner, Pat Lewis, James Jamerson Jr, and more. As a pre-production engineer for Universal/Motown records, he contributed to releases by The Jackson 5, David Ruffin and Jimmy Ruffin, Barry White, and the Cellarful of Motown series. He has written articles for Modern Drummer Magazine, and holds a degree in music performance from New York University. He is the spearhead of the Back To Class project, which features his original music performed by soul music legends, benefiting the music programs of the Detroit Public Schools.

Drew will build a curriculum around a student's specific goals and musical preferences, helping drummers, percussionists, songwriters, and producers to learn skills that will help them to feel comfortable on the bandstand, writing, improvising, and getting gigs. His production experience allows him to teach beatmakers and songwriters how to broaden their tracks through basic music theory instruction as well as arranging concepts and studio techniques.

If you'd like to learn many of the down-to-earth, practical skills and expectations for being a professional in the music business behind the drums, in front of the mixing board, and behind the scenes, Drew is your man!

*** Lesson Details ***
Custom curriculum built based on student's goals, musical tastes, and abilities. You will learn skills on drum set and hand percussion, but also techniques for live performance, studio recording, production, beat making, and songwriting to make you a well rounded force in music. All levels welcome!

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Multiple Full Drum Sets by Yamaha & Pearl
-Single Practice Pads and DW Practice Pad Drum Kit
-Hand Percussion Including Congas, Bongos, Tambourines, etc
-Fully Equipped Recording Studio with multi-track capabilities
-Midi Keyboard and Sequencer Production Setup w/ Logic Pro
-Video Shoot Capabilities w/ Multi Angle Camera Setup

*** Travel Equipment ***
-Pearl Rhythm Traveler 5pc Drum Set
-Single Practice Pads and DW Practice Pad Drum Kit for quiet lessons
-Mobile Recording Studio Multi-Track setup for Songwritine and Production lessons
-Mobile Midi Keyboard / Sequencer setup with Logic Pro for Songwriting and Production lessons

*** Specialties ***
- Drums
- Hand Percussion
- Production (Logic Pro specialty)
- Songwriting
- Beat Making
- Music Business (copyright, publishing, band leading, promo)
- Motown
- R&B
- Soul
- Funk

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