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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, Music Performance, Music Theory
My musical experience started with piano lessons at age 9, and I continued for 6 years. I loved lessons, and excelled at reading music, which was a great advantage as I progressed. In High School, a friend connected me with the band director, who was looking for someone that could read music, and there I played bass clarinet in the symphonic band. This was my first exposure to a large group,, where I developed a significant appreciation for other instruments, as well as playing in an ensemble and following a director.
After graduation, I started playing piano professionally with bands and other ensembles, in a wide variety of venues, places and events. At age 20, I studied classical piano for 2 years with a professor at Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor MI, and at age 22, I was awarded a music scholarship at Jackson Community College in Jackson MI. At JCC, I led the band on the piano and sang for the Jazz Show Choir, accompanied and sang in the Concert Choir, and I was also employed at the college playing for voice classes. I received a 4.0 in advanced music theory and ear training while there.
After college, I was hired at a church in Ypsilanti MI, playing organ and piano, and I am currently employed as a praise band director and accompanist at a church in Belleville MI. In addition to that, I also have a lot of fun playing in a jazz and a country/southern rock group, and various choirs. In addition to playing, I also tune pianos, and do minor maintenance.
Music is such a huge part of me. It enriches my life in so many ways, and this is my goal for all of my students; to have an experience that has a lasting positive effect on their lives!
Drum, Music Performance, Percussion
I have been playing drums since the age of 4. Music has been an important part of my life as far back as I can remember!
I joined the school band in the 4th grade and continued learning through my senior year . School band allowed me to learn technique for a variety of percussion instruments. It also got me involved in marching band.
I my senior year I joined my first band playing locally in the Detroit area clubs. I have continued to play and perform over the years with a number of bands playing all over Michigan, Canada, Ohio and Pennsylvania. I have also spent a lot of time in the recording studios with my own bands and laying down drum and vocal tracks for a number of other Detroit area musicians.
At 19, I started to teach private drum lessons. I have continued to teach over the years to students of all ages. I have also hosted several local Drum Jams / Drum recitals featuring many of my drum student.
I take pride in seeing my students grow and develop as solid confident players!
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, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting
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! …the bulk of my students become full time professional musicians.
Drum, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting
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!
"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."