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Revitalizing the “Rock City” through Detroit Piano Lessons

By Nic. C - Detroit Piano Teacher

It seems as though many Detroit families own a piano; whether a grand, a small electronic Casio or one of the old outmoded Grinnell uprights made here in Detroit. We are a city of music through and through. From the old Motown recordings that helped to bridge racial issues in the time of the civil rights movement, to Bob Seger’s message of hard work and peace, to Kid Rock’s promise of the good life, our city has always had an incredible sense of community based around our hometown music. As a local piano instructor, I used to see this hometown pride carry over into the Detroit piano lessons I teach to students of all ages.

Amidst the tough economic situation our area is facing today, the sense of community that was formed through music is vanishing as quickly as the automotive jobs that once kept this city thriving. The schools have cut their budgets for music to next to nothing, club owners pay their musicians less and less, and fewer and fewer families have money for Detroit piano lessons. The interest in the arts for our children is vanishing like all of those Grinnell pianos made here in Detroit so many years ago.

Although challenging, the situation isn’t all bleak. Thanks to you, the parents of the children that I am so blessed to teach through, we can work to restore and revitalize our city back to the glory it once held as “Rock City.” Together, one Detroit piano lesson at a time, we will shape not only the future of our city, but the futures of the children in it.


Mark M.

Grosse Pointe, MI

About Mark

Highly motivated music professional with many years of music education, instruction, and performance experience. B.A. Music/Business from St. Joseph's College, Rensselaer, Indiana. Post-Undergraduate studies in Music History and Composition, Marygrove College, Detroit, Michigan. I implement my performance and composition skills into the students' lessons by giving them a desire and drive toward musical goals.
Trained classically from age 6-22, Mark soon discovered popular music while rifling through the record collections of his 7 older siblings. The Beatles, Hendrix, The Who, Santana, Yes -
these were the sounds that formed Mark musically. He has performed with many bands and has played many styles over the years. In the 90s, Mark played with the JJ Band playing classic rock and blues in this Eastside outfit opening for Humble Pie and the Amboy Dukes among others. From there, it was a venture into the then-bustling Detroit blues scene. Mark played with GEM recording artist Glen Eddy primarily, covering all the top clubs and casinos in SE Michigan with their signature Texas blues and funk. He also played along with many local blues outfits including Detroit Blues Band, Redford Steve, Eastside Swing Lords, Dave Mac's True Blue, Butler Twins, and many others. 2005 signaled a daytime job change that sent him to Chicago. What happened in Chicago? Mark went Country! Joining Scott DuBose and the 101 Ranch and opening for country greats Gretchen Wilson, Montgomery Gentry, Lee Greenwood, Chris Cagle and Toby Keith from 2007-2011. Mark returned to Detroit in 2012 and presently teaches piano, organ, guitar, bass, and voice throughout the Tri-County area. He brings some solid keys work to the Under Pressure Band and you may even find him singing a song or two.

*** Lesson Details ***
I offer a lesson which covers a wide array of musical tools. Performance, theory, technique, flash cards, scales, intervals, and ear-training. I like to keep the lesson laid-back but busy with this wide array of learning techniques. The student and I have fun, but learning is most important and I like to keep the experience very interesting. I like to play along with my students on either guitar or recorder to give them the feel of playing in an ensemble at an early age. I like to implement ethnic music into my lessons as well.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do have a keyboard and guitar. I expect the student to have an instrument on which to practice.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Rock, Pop, Jazz, Ethnic, and much more.


Natalie L. November 9, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Really good with the kids - sparked their interest
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Mark M.

Mark M.

Grosse Pointe, MI 48236
starting at
$33 / 30-min

Randy L.

Franklin, MI

Are you or your child just itching to express yourself on a keyboard? So was I, for as long as I can remember.

We record you all the time in a recording studio environment. Listening back to your performance is a powerful tool.

Most music lessons are just too full of un-intuitive systems and teach reading before you can play a note. What a turn-off! We make sure to play first and we always have great fun. And we get to all the ear training and theory as well.

Almost every lesson we record your original music or you playing on top of tracks that I create just for you. I send you an MP3 along with an email of your lesson notes.

Let's PLAY!
Oh and yes, my method makes good use of technology but is rooted in a solid and massive classical education including Dalcroze, Kodaly, Orff and more.

An integrated approach:
Music almost always involves several skills. Below are some of the complementary skills that I can help you with.

In my Semper Method, we always address ...

About Randy

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.

Your music. Instantly.
We use recording as a powerful tool to help you listen and improve.
Tired of crappy tabs? Str
uggling to capture your song? No worries.
Learn a process, instead of a lesson. Apply it anywhere.

Go from musical idea to music, fast.
Get to the groove in 2 minutes or less. In any software.

SONGLab Studio. The antidote to rote.

Special Needs?
Everyone's needs are special. If your child has been diagnosed ADHD or as a "Sensory kid", music can be a joyful and rewarding way to see real growth and make a wonderful experience for parent and child. We help with the Proprioceptive and Vestibular senses in a fun and therapeutic way.

Just Google "BrainVolts" for a tremendous study from Northwestern University on the amazing effects of music study!

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.
Warm regards,

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.

Teaching teachers
Several excellent teachers I know who have been teaching music for many years were frustrated by not being able to play without a sheet of music. They have found satisfying and positive results from this approach.

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

*** Lesson Details ***
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.

My only real job is to make sure you have fun and want to learn more. Then you will do the rest. you will astonish yourself and everyone around you!

In a traditional music education, reading the works of others is the focus, with no encouragement to improvise or to play by ear. In our community, there is a prestigious, private college prep school that charges just under $80 per hour for traditional private music lessons.

My method is every bit the equal of that school for those who are drawn to express themselves playing by ear. You will still learn all the core skills needed to be a well-rounded musician.

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

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.

Though you'll receive serious critiques from me, I always uplift and encourage. Positive energy is the ticket.

My Method: Listen, Sing, Clap, Play, Read and Write. With these tools you can look deeper into the elements that make up music. Folk, jazz, pop, rock or classical; all Western music is derived from the same principles. We will study ear training from a wonderful ear training book by a famous guitarist. It'™s simple: you learn all the theory so you will be at the top of your game, but always have fun doing it. For notation, we will use The Semper Note Speller. For scales, we have the famous Brown Scale Book.

We use recording as a tool to help you hear how you sound and we always encourage you to express yourself with improvisation. In many cases, you will have tracks to practice with. We also use apps for your phone that really help. A guitar tuner to nail down vocal pitch, as well as a metronome app that is with you wherever you go. If you have a minute anywhere you can get in some good practice time. So we truly have the best of all worlds: playing from music and learning to play by ear! If you stick with it and do the work, the end result will be that you can always just sit down and play, whether or not you have any music in front of you!

On our first lesson we will do a duet jam session together and you will not believe how great you sound!

The Big Picture
Although a percentage of students may become a concert pianist, there are a multitude of other ways to become involved with music. Whether you are looking at music as a profession or as a hobby, we let parents know of the many choices available so that they can make good decisions, for themselves and for their children.

Having fun as you improve is a big priority. I also teach songwriting, singing, music recording and performance, as well as piano.

Remember, a piano should be an irresistible invitation, not an obstacle.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Troy studio: A digital keyboard in a professional recording control-room environment at our media production studio. The studio is near Big Beaver and Stephenson Hwy.

Home studio: An acoustic piano and recording studio environment at my home in Franklin/Beverly Hills.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If you are taking any kind of music lesson, we recommend a tuned piano or digital keyboard, preferably with at least 76 full-sized keys.

If you like, I can suggest several different models of keyboard that I have researched and of which I approve. They range from an inexpensive but effective starter keyboard for ear training and just plain fun to an 88 note weighted keyboard for more expressive practice.

*** 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.


Regina J. October 24, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Randy is totally a 5Star General!!!
He is fun and mega talented. What I appreciate is his patience and natural ability to make me feel like his best friend. I am about to step into a new world! 😍
Mario M. December 29, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I don't ever write reviews for anything, normally because I'm just too lazy :)
This guy deserves a good review. He's passionate, extremely knowledgeable, and exactly what you would want in an instructor. I'm still learning and very new to piano, but I'm glad I chose Randy over the many other options. No instructor is going to do the hard work for you, that's your job. A good instructor will motivate you and keep you on the right path, this is the guy.
Diana J. December 19, 2013
Verified Student
Thank you Randy

Randy is my piano teacher. But to say that I merely take piano lessons with him would be an understatement. His title should probably also include inspiring mentor and compassionate friend. His positive energy and hilarious, kind spirit are contagious. He will forever change the way you listen to and feel sounds. He not only helped me creatively express the music inside of me in a way no teacher has before, but even more importantly, he's helped me find my voice and welcome joy and gratitude back into my life. So if you're ready to let go of your nerves and your ego and step into his studio to explore the music that is within you, then this unforgettable experience awaits. :)
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Randy L.

Randy L.

Franklin, MI 48025
starting at
$40 / 30-min

Michelle Sage C.

Birmingham, MI

I use many of the method books. I believe there is not one method for everyone, as everyone learns differently.

About Michelle Sage

I have been playing the piano since I was 3 years of age.

I was classically trained and I was a music major at Michigan State University.

I still perform on a regular basis.

Lessons will be relaxed and enjoyable for children and adults of any age!!!!

It is never too late to learn!

*** Studio Equipment ***

*** Travel Equipment ***
Book, or they can provide, metronome

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Americana, show tunes, movie tunes...... Just about anything!!!!!


Ava S. October 26, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Well we have only had one lesson but my kids really liked michelle and have been practicing...she is very sweet and patient plus she seems to have lots of energy- great for teaching kids!!
Barbara K. September 22, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Michelle is an amazing teacher! I enjoy how well Michelle works with my kids and it makes things easier that she is flexible with our busy schedule. My kids enjoy taking the lessons with Michelle and I could not ask for anything better!
Sumer F. April 29, 2014
Verified Student
Michelle is great with youth

Michelle has been a great addition to our 8 year olds activities. He is interested and picking up piano faster than expected. Michelle has made the experience fun and interesting..which is all we could ask for.
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Michelle Sage C.

Michelle Sage C.

Birmingham, MI 48009
starting at
$35 / 30-min

Cheryl M.

Detroit, MI

I love the piano, outside of singing, playing the organ, it is my favorite instrument. I began the study of the instrument at age six, so I strive to have the student bond with this instrument. It is a reflection of one's soul. I teach note and rote, along with ear training. Rhythm is an integral part of my piano methodology. A student will usually see results within the first six months!

About Cheryl

I have worked for over 30 years as a professional
accompanist and musician in the greater metropolitan Detroit area. I have earned several degrees,
which include a Bachelor of Music Performance in Organ and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and
Music both from Wayne State University. My studies included wonderful instructors. I have studied
extensively with Albert Fillmore for ten years, Mischa Kottler for four years and Robert Conway for
five years. The last two instructors were from Wayne State and also played with the Detroit Symphony
Orchestra. I have studied organ with Ray Ferguson
who played with DSO as well and I have studied
voice with Marjorie Gordon, coloratura soprano.
With over 30 years of experience as professional musician, I am confident that I possess the
qualifications needed to make a difference and an impact in the lives of people.
Most of my career tenure has been with the Detroit Public Schools. I have worked at various
levels in Pre-K – 12 schools but the longest has been twelve years at Cody High School. I have
enjoyed coaching the students and working with the music staff at the Cody Complex. These students
are very talented and eager to express their creativity and musical ability. I am a seasoned musician
with sight reading, transposing and improvisational skills. I used these skills to work with children
and young adults in small groups, larger groups and individual coaching in preparation for festivals
competitions and auditions.
I would like to continue providing this service to the young people within the Greater Metro
Detroit Area. Music is an important part of youth development in math and English. It also helps to
produce character and leaderships skills of discipline, teamwork, commitment and pride. I've also done the same for my private piano students, in studio as well as in a corporate setting.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a diligent instructor that possesses intuitive goals, almost from the first few lessons! I am always encouraging, and give modest yet helpful criticism. I insist on teaching and developing the fundamentals in private study, ie, standard concepts and music theory. In three months time, the student will know whether we are a good fit, whether or not they like my instruction, and discover their unique abilities as a result of my facilitation!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have an acoustic piano, or a full-sized weighted keyboard, if not full-sized, then a keyboard consisting of 76 working keys!

*** Specialties ***
I am a classically trained musician. I am also a church musician. My other styles do include pop, jazz, oldies, gospel and contemporary christian music. I start with the basics before moving to any other styles of music.


Shirley A. August 11, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She was punctual, helpful, encouraging and very passionate. I will take another class once my schedule lighten up. I will recommend her to anyone looking for vocal instructor.
Aaron August 10, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
Cheryl came by our Church Music Ministry in Detroit, and demonstrated her great music skills, dexterity, singing excellence, and versatility on both Organ and Piano. Her many years of experience make her an outstanding choice for professional music training. Her congeniality warmed the hearts of our Choir members and others she encountered.
Mark June 25, 2015
Singing · In studio
Cheryl is totally devoted to her students and to their improvement and achievement. And her virtuoso keyboard skills makes the lesson productive and fun. I give her my highest rating!
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Cheryl M.

Cheryl M.

Detroit, MI 48211
starting at
$23 / 30-min

Tom N.

Sterling Heights, MI

Helping students to play by ear and to be able to read basic chord charts and beginning and intermediate piano methods along with theory and technique exercises. Special areas include Pop, Rock Jazz and Worship music.

About Tom

I have been teaching guitar and piano for many years in the Metro Detroit area. I have played professionally in many local nightclub and wedding bands as well as having toured with Bob Seger as his lead guitarist/writer/vocalist. I also have done some recording sessions with Motown. I take great pleasure in mentoring, training and equipping students with the necessary skills to achieve at the personal and/or professional level according to the students interest and desire. I tailor my teaching methods according to the students ability and musical preference and can teach anything from class
ic rock to pop, classical, oldies, jazz, etc. Many of my students have gone on to play at the professional level and one, in particular, has become a music professor at Berklee School of Music. In addition, I have aided students who have a desire to incorporate vocals while playing their instruments as well as giving personal assistance in songwriting.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am very easy to get along with during lessons, however I can provide extra encouragement and motivation the student needs based on their individual goal for taking lessons whether it be for personal enjoyment or for the purpose of making music their career. I believe that learning music can be fun even as a serious venture, therefore I incorporate humor when appropriate. The curriculum I use includes Berklee, Mel Bay, and Alfred's Methods for guitar and Schaum and Thompson Methods for piano. Additionally, I invite students to bring in their favorite CD's whereas they can also learn from the music that interests them. This is helpful to develop a good ear as well as sparking motivation to practice as they learn from their favorite musical artist in addition to learning the fundamentals of the instrument.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would provide music method books/sheet music. Students would need to own their own instrument. I provide Guitar amplification.

*** Specialties ***
Berklee, Mel Bay, Alfred's guitar method's. Schaum piano methods. Pop, rock and jazz styles.


Darryl L. August 4, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
He is patient and very knowledgeable!
Jason Jay July 9, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
It was a great first lesson. I'm excited to learn more.
Stephanie C. June 4, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Tom N. is amazing!! He is an excellent instructor for my 14 year old daughter...really knows how to teach/guide and takes his time with my daughter. He is so talented and such a nice guy, I am very glad that I chose Tom. My daughter is extremely happy and the progress she has made is outstanding. Tom N. is above and beyond what we expected. An amazing guitarist and instructor. I would recommend him to anyone and everyone looking to learn from the best!!
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Tom N.

Tom N.

Sterling Heights, MI 48310
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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