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Lucas H.

Ann Arbor, MI

About Lucas

I am a professional saxophonist/teacher living in Ann Arbor with over 10 years of experience teaching private lessons. I have two graduate degrees in music, from the University of Michigan and Northwestern University and have studied with some of the most renowned saxophonists in my field, Timothy McAllister and Eugene Rousseau, as well as jazz with Andrew Bishop.

I frequently perform as a jazz musician for various parties and events as well as a classical musician with various orchestras, as a soloist and in chamber ensembles.
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Brenden September 20, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
In just one lesson, intoduced the capacity of the saxophone to produce a classical tone, and opened my eyes to the many intricacies of the saxophone. Great experience!
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Temi B. August 7, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
patient and very knowledgeable instructor!
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Ashley June 29, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
Lucas is very patient. He works around any obstacles that may pop up. He is very knowledgeable in teaching. Thankful we decided to try him. Would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a good saxaphone instructor.
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Lucas H.

Lucas H.

Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(5)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Benjamin M.

Ypsilanti, MI

About Benjamin

Hello Future Students!

I recently moved from NYC to Ypsilanti - very close to Ann Arbor where I was born. 10 years on the East Coast and another 10 before that in Chicago has helped me develop Networking, Performance and Teaching. Whether you want to pursue a Musical Career or simply learn how to Play your Favorite Tunes for friends and family, I am here as your Teacher and Guide. I teach at my own home or through the use of Skype. I hope to get my Car fixed soon!

As a Father of four, I have had the joy in teaching my children Guitar, Saxophone, Songwriting, Composition and Keyboard. As
a parent I have found that Patience and Encouragement is sometimes the best form of support. It has been proven that learning Music helps develop intuition, self-awareness, and social skills as well as improve in other subjects not directly related to the arts such as Mathematics and Science.

One of the most important aspects of playing Music is being able to Play by Ear. This has been a priceless gift that I have developed throughout my life and I encourage all musicians, young and old, to do the same. The use of simple Rhythmic Dictation and Ear Training exercises can do wonders for "picking out" Beats and Harmonies no matter what Genre we are interested in.

I attended music courses at The Boston School of Contemporary Music, Thomas Jefferson College (MI), and have a BA double majoring in Music Composition and English at Columbia College Chicago.

Besides touring internationally as a Guitarist and Saxophonist, I am a Songwriter. THIRD BORDER's "Sun of Water; Sea of Light" was selected to be nominated for the Grammy's as The Best Alternative Album of the Year in 2006. On this record, I played Guitar, Saxophone, sang Lead Vocal and wrote all Songs. So, if you are a songwriter, we can polish up your approach!

If you would like to learn how to compose a Solo, a Duet or Ensemble, I can get you started in a low-stress, one-step-at-a-time procedure. As a Composer, I have done Sound Design for Film, Dance, Spoken Word and Multi-media Performance - most notably with renowned poet Anne Carson and former members of The Merce Cunningham Dance Co. I am Composer and Conductor for New York City's first full-on Saxophone Orchestra; a 13-member ensemble.

I hope to talk to you soon!
Benjamin

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is relaxed with a forte on Patience and Encouragement. Though I have specific expectations on what needs to be learned, I gear each lesson towards the student's wishes and their personal direction in Creativity. Although Ear Training and Rhythmic Dictation sound academic, they are very useful in understanding music. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, I can guide you wherever you are headed!

For Guitar (acoustic or electric), you will learn the fundamentals of Music Theory, Chord Structure, varied Strumming and Picking Techniques, and Scale Positions to travel from one part of the neck to the other. Any song you wish to learn, I can teach!

For Saxophone, you will learn proper Embouchure technique, Notation, Music Theory, and Scale Patterns for improvisation. Whether you are interested in a Classical, Blues, Funk or Jazz approach, I can help you find your own sound that is both personal and professional.

I teach 2nd year Piano and Drums/Percussion directing you into Intermediate level.

For those leaning toward the experimental genres, I am well-versed in the use of Electronics. Much can be accomplished with my lessons on Sound-Scape Improvisation either as 1 on 1 or Group Workshops.

*** Studio Equipment ***
At Home Studio: music stands, metronome, guitar amps, electric and acoustic guitars, guitar tablature, staff music paper, a scanner for weekly homework. I can also record and send MP3s of our lessons to review at home if you wish.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students will need their own instrument, a mutually chosen music book to learn from, a metronome, and hopefully easy access to a keyboard (very helpful!)

*** Specialties ***
I am fluent in Rock genres, Blues, Beginning Jazz, Beginning Classical technique, Prepared Guitar, Electronics/Sound Art.
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Eric September 6, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Ben is a very good knowledgeable teacher.
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Julie P. August 15, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Ben has been teaching my 8 year old daughter drum technique since Nov 2015. He has done a great job at connecting with her too make her excited about music! I appreciate how he encourages her play intuitively, which is teaching her principles that she can apply in all aspects of music, not just in playing the drums. I would recommend Ben for a student of any age, but I have been impressed with how he has connected with my daughter.
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Kenneth June 30, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Ben was a great instructor. He was very patient.
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Benjamin M.

Benjamin M.

Ypsilanti, MI 48197
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Kelly C.

Whitmore Lake, MI

About Kelly

Greetings! My name is Kelly and I have been teaching voice and piano since 1991.

My training in voice/singing/performance/Voice Movement Therapy has been extensive and multi-faceted as has my own performance experience. This has enabled me to successfully guide/mentor students who are not only singers of classical, musical theater, pop, folk, and jazz, but also people who use their speaking voices to teach, present and act.

My teaching approach is more holistic in that it not only addresses the technical and physical influences that affect the singing/speaking process, but also the emoti
onal and psychological influences.

I work with ANYONE who wishes to vocally express themselves more freely and authentically, including those who consider themselves to be tone-deaf.

While voice is my primary instrument, I also teach piano to those who wish to learn to read music and those who would rather learn chords.
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Judy September 7, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Great instructor! I have enjoyed every class with Kelly and would recommend her to others. Thank you.
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Alexandra L. August 26, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Kelly is great, very patient and has a way of explaining techniques that are easy to understand.
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Judy August 24, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Personable and interesting! I am very much looking forward to my next lesson.
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Kelly C.

Whitmore Lake, MI 48189
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Joshua L.

Ann Arbor, MI

About Joshua

My name is Joshua. I'm a graduate student at University of Michigan getting my Masters in Bassoon Performance. I studied bassoon and music composition at my previous school, Lynn Conservatory of Music. I enjoy working with students, isolating their goals, and pursuing these goals in a driven way. These goals can be simple or complex, long term or short term.
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Justin L. June 10, 2016
Bassoon · In home
Verified Student
my first lesson went really well and I was impressed by his knowledge of the bassoon
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Sarah F. October 22, 2015
Bassoon · In studio
Verified Student
Joshua did a great job! Very informative and my son enjoyed it.
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Joshua L.

Joshua L.

Ann Arbor, MI 48105
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Joe A.

Adrian, MI

About Joe

Professional bassist/teacher with over 20 yrs of experience. Teachers/mentors include Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller, Steve Bailey, Gerald Veasley, Gary Willis. I have taught and staffed for Victor Wooten's Bass Nature Camp and Gerald Veasley's Bass Bootcamp for over 15 yrs. All styles taught..specializing on beginner/intermediate studies.
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Michael B. July 21, 2016
Bass Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I've been having a really good time with these lessons and Joe has been great.

Fun, thorough, I feel like I'm learning a lot.
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Angelo February 21, 2016
Bass Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Best word to describe Joe, is PROFESSIONAL! Joe has a great plan for me at my skill level, which is a beginner. My gut already is telling me that Joe can help me meet my goals but also take my playing further than I expect.
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Joe A.

Joe A.

Adrian, MI 49221
(2)
starting at
$15 / 30-min

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