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Popular Music Teachers Near Utica

Brian L.

Westland, MI
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Lauri H.

Grosse Pointe, MI
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John G.

Sterling Heights, MI
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Brian L. Westland, MI

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, DJing, Ear Training, GED Test Prep, Guitar, Logic Pro Software, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Synthesizer, Ukulele

About Me

Having studied Jazz at Wayne State University, I previously earned both an Associate of Arts degree, and a Music Foundations Certificate from Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan. I have years of experience as a professional music instructor, working with both children and adults of all ages. I am also an A+ Certified IT Technician with experience as a technical trainer.

*** Lesson Details ***
My method is simple to understand, and will take you step by step through everything you need to know. I stress strong fundamentals while keeping things fun and interesting. Lessons are relaxed, yet focused.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Instruments - Amps - Computer Hardware/Software

*** Specialties ***
Music: Jazz, Classical, Rock
Technology: CompTIA A+, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Windows

Lauri H. Grosse Pointe, MI

Subjects Taught

Music Theory, Organ, Piano, Singing

About Me

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.

*** Lesson Details ***
An emphasis of lessons with me, based on my philosophy of independent musicianship, will include learning to read music notation fluently in a systematic way: vocalists using solfege and sight reading, and pianists integrating music theory with songs being played so they can become fluent readers of all music they love. My ultimate goal is to provide the optimum chance for each student to develop a life-long understanding and independent enjoyment of music, which I believe is essential to life.

I plan to choose repertoire and curriculum that is expressive, artistic, allows for musical growth and success in performance, provides critical thinking opportunities, lyrics/texts that teach quality (in the case of vocal music), can provide an aesthetic experience as enhanced by musical elements, and is derived from various cultures, periods of history, languages, and genres. The repertoire will come primarily from a foundation of classical genres with student choice pieces as well, in the genre of their favorite music, applying all of the basics that have been learned from other curriculum.

One might walk into a lesson and see a buzz of activity from learning "games” to the student creating a theory worksheet, to counting of eighth notes and stomping in figuring out a hard rhythmic passage, to a diminuendo into the nothing of silence. A vocal student might be learning some breathing exercises that improve vocal technique and finding the correct pitch through the kinesthetic use of solfege hand signs; the piano student might be in the guided process of breaking down the "hard spot" into small bits so success can be achieved in the lesson and then repeated at home. I desire active engagement of the student with well-defined goals for home practice. I will plan any activities that might be effective in bringing each student into understanding and joy in creating beautiful music to the best of his/her ability and sharing it with others in performance as desired.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Baldwin concert grand piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to purchase their own music as assigned and to have a keyboard to practice on or with as well as use for lessons, if a keyboard student.

*** Specialties ***
kodaly method, utilizing solfege
students with special needs
sequential learning of music notation
classical foundation with student choice of other genres

John G. Sterling Heights, MI

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Upright Bass

About Me

Hello, My name is John.

I can benefit you as a student with my experience and great attitude. My general teaching philosophy is to get the students to set goals for themselves and together, work towards those goals. I emphasize the importance of music theory, technique and aural skills. If you would like to know more about my personal experience, keep reading my biography below!

I have a Music degree from Wayne State University, with a concentration in jazz studies, where I focused on performance and writing; including composition, arranging and orchestration. I have several years experience in performance, studio work and teaching. I participate in the American Guild of Music, and Studio Recitals. I have been teaching guitar and bass since 2002.

I am currently a staff bassist at a catholic church in Rochester Hills, MI. I toured with Ugly Radio Rebellion and Ike Willis (of Frank Zappa) for several years. I play in several pop, rock and jazz combos. Most of them playing in fine area restaurants and venues. I have played large festivals, such as Rothbury festival in Michigan, and have open shows for several prominent rock artists. At Wayne State University, I earned a position in the Lab 1 big band playing upright bass, which is the highest ensemble position, and got to play with several great jazz faculty and guest artists through WSU programs. I have played in several musicals and theatric shows, and am a freelance bassist, with good sight reading ability.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lesson curriculum is basically tailored to each student individually. I like to focus on the goals and needs of each student. I think structure is a very important part of playing any instrument, and like to use method books for theory and technique. I also like to keep students motivated by learning and playing songs that the student wants to know. I believe any student can do well in a program like this, in a relatively short time, especially with good practice!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Amplifier and cables. All Lesson Curriculum. Stereo and computer for lesson aides. Upright Bass that can be used for lessons at Royal Oak location.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Music Theory, Ear training, and Sight Reading. I also specialize in Jazz, pop, rock, and fingerstyle.

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