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About Benjamin M.

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Detroit, MI

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About Benjamin
Hello Future Students!

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, at the Student's home or through the use of Skype.

I recently moved to Detroit. I am originally from Ann Arbor. I spent much of this century living in NYC and prior to that I lived in Chicago. Those experiences vastly helped me develop Networking, Performance and Teaching experience.

As a Father of four, I have had the joy in teaching my own 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 subje
cts 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.

I have toured internationally as a Guitarist and Saxophonist. I am also 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 on that CD. So, if you are a Songwriter, we can polish up your approach! 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 hope to talk to you soon!
Benjamin

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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. 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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De'Ante H. January 5, 2019
· Saxophone · In studio
I am extremely excited about taking lessons! Even more so excited about my decision to have Benjamin as my Instructor. He has a natural teaching ability- making it easy for a student to grasp the lesson.
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Hannah K. November 9, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Super patient teacher🙏
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Bryan K. July 11, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
Very friendly, professional, timely, and all around nice person, worked with my 15yo son 10 lessons baritone sax !
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About Teresa Y.

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Northridge, CA

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About Teresa
A musician since age 4, Teresa's dad took her early passion for music seriously. So she respects the power that parents have to foster their children's musical lives! She notes the many stories she has heard over the years: "If someone had just supported my interest"... "If my teacher had listened to what I wanted to learn."

These stories and her own passion for music-making inform her approach. A degreed music educator and multi-instrumentalist, she celebrates and uses the musical interests of her students to move them forward. She has three grown sons, including two touring musicians. Their musical lives also influence her work with children, young people, and adults. The point is to celebrate and develop each student's unique, interest-based musical self-expression.

In her home teaching studio in Sherwood Forest, CA, 30 minutes
is the perfect lesson time for most purposes. Options include piano, voice, ukulele, beginning guitar, music reading/theory, and preparation for auditions. Teresa also conducts early childhood music sessions for 3 to 5 year-olds and is available to do group sessions.

45-minute and 60-minute sessions are also available as needed. Teresa recommends 45 minutes to an hour for audition preparation.
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Neda December 22, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Teresa is amazing! My daughter was taking piano lessons somewhere else but the teachers didn’t know how to work with kids. We have found Teresa with a friend’s referal and finding her was one of the best things that happened to us. She is very encouraging and knows how to work with kids and to make everything fun for them. My daughter is learning Ukulele and Piano together and I am very happy with her improvment.
I totaly recomand Teresa. 💐
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Jogan Rae August 30, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Teresa is an awesome teacher! She's a beauty inside and out. Aside from the fact about my son being musically inclined, she goes by the interests of my son or her students and still able to cover the important lessons he/they need to learn. She's got great rapport and very encouraging! I loved the way she said that this journey of my his is not about perfection but rather expression. I believe in her teaching strategies because my son learned so quickly and he was not pushed to learn rather inspired to learn more.

She also holds annual recitals which we got to experience during my son's early learning days with her and I'm proud of how he performed that brought tears of joy! Who does that? Loved everything about that recital and all of Teresa's efforts and service in teaching. I knew we were in the right place and found the best teacher!
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Susanne August 30, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Teresa is a gifted and versatile teacher. She connected with my daughter immediately, inspired her love of singing and playing the ukelele. She was ecstatic after her first lesson and has been practicing at home daily. She can't wait for the next lesson! Thank you, Teresa for inspiring my daughter's love of all things singing!
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About Brian G.

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North Hollywood, CA

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Brian is both a bass player and an audio engineer. He graduated from the University of Miami's Frost School of Music with a Music Engineering degree in 2016, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue music with his band. His band is signed to an independent label based in the heart of Los Angeles.

He is fluent in all bass guitar techniques, Pro Tools, Logic Pro, and Ableton Live. His passion for the arts, fun loving attitude, and custom lesson plans make him the perfect teacher for someone trying to hone their skills.
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Quinn P. December 29, 2018
· Ableton · Online
Brian is super responsive, knowledgeable and relaxed. My son had a terrific experience at his first Ableton lesson. Brian is terrific.
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Joshua December 16, 2018
· Ableton · Online
It’s great working with Brian!
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mark June 5, 2018
· Ableton · In home
Brian is super knowledgeable and patient. I feel like I'm getting a much better understanding of ableton and am ready to put what he's taught me into practical experience
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About Hannah B.

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Grand Rapids, MI

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About Hannah
Hello! I look forward to meeting you and your child! I'd love to do introductions in person, but let me tell you a few things about me: 

I am a Michigan-born twenty-something who recently got married. Before moving to Kentwood to live with my husband, I taught piano at Marshall Music in Kalamazoo and was an Administrative Assistant at a local church for about 4 years. Before that I received my Bachelors in Business Administration and a Minor in Music at Indiana Wesleyan University. I was homeschooled all the way from Kindergarten to 12th grade and graduated with my other homeschool friends. 

I took piano lessons for about 20 years and learned a several things from my amazingly talented teachers. Here are a few: one, develop a relationship with your student by having conversations about everyday life, two, have a great structured rew
ard system for students who practice, and three, ALWAYS have fun. 

There are a few things on the side that I like to do or have done in the past (this information might be useful to tell your son or daughter). I was a very busy homeschool student. Sports were very important to me growing up, I did softball, volleyball and soccer. I also was highly involved in performing arts. I currently enjoy doing crafts like sewing, card making, refinishing furniture, and cooking/baking. I am also a pet lover! 

I can't wait to learn more about you at our first lesson.
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Edith S. March 16, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Hannah is awesome !! Very polite and takes her time to get her students comfortable. My daughter is absolutely loving this experience.
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Belmari August 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Excelente teacher who taught my son four years. He did not know anything when he got started and Hannah taught him to play the piano and to love music. He is loving it so much that now he plays the piano an also trombone in band too, thanks to Hannah. She is such a great teacher that I ended up taking clases too and I am loving it. She makes it really fun.
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Dawn July 29, 2017
· Piano · In home
Hannah is a very sweet and patient young lady. I took piano lessons from her a few years ago. I didn't know how to read music and had never played before. At age 60 it was one of the things I wanted to accomplish on my bucket list. She helped me achieve that.
I highly recommend her for anyone. Young or old!
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About Misha V.

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Muncie, IN

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About Misha
I earned my Bachelor of Music attending the Cleveland Institute of Music, received a Master of Music from the Colburn Conservatory, and am currently in post-graduate studies under Lina Bahn at the University of Southern California.

As a teacher, I've been fortunate to maintain private studios wherever I've lived, and have also added a regular faculty position at the Benefic Chamber Music Festival to my summer schedule, which involves coaching and private teaching. I have also recently led workshops and masterclasses at University of Texas, El Paso, JDR Summer Strings Academy in Plano, Texas, and the University of Juarez, Mexico.

It's been an honor to perform as soloist with orchestras such as the Starling Chamber Orchestra at the Forbidden City Concert Hall, China, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and Symphony of the Lakes Orchestras
, Indiana, the Lake Charles Symphony, Louisiana, the El Paso Symphony, Texas, the Poway Symphony, California, the Juarez Symphony, Mexico, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Russia. My performances have been broadcast nationally and internationally, with critical acclaim.

In 2011, I starred in the music video “Stronger” with groundbreaking string trio Time for Three (the video was featured on CNN in 2012), and am featured in a music video from Bach Dancing & Dynamite playing the first movement of the Klein String Trio, as of 2017.

In chamber music I have recently collaborated with artists such as members of the Calidore String Quartet, members of the Jupiter String Quartet, David Requiro, June Han, Kurt Muroki, Carmit Zori, and Joseph Johnson, among others.

I am currently a member of the Benefic Piano Trio, Grand Prize winners of the 2018 ENKOR International Music Competition.

I am very proud to come from a tradition of great pedagogues, with long term instruction from the likes of Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra ex-concertmaster Zachary DePue, acclaimed concert violinist Joan Kwuon, and Tokyo String Quartet ex-first violin Martin Beaver. I hope to pass their knowledge along with mine to my students.
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Anna June 29, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Misha is great at teaching the fundamentals of the instrument and musicality simultaneously.
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About Joel D.

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Zeeland, MI

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I have been playing the drums for nearly 20 years, in which most of my experience is hands-on, playing in contemporary church worship teams and regional Christian rock bands with occasional teaching mixed in. Personally, my favorite style of music to play is rock/alternative but I also favor acoustic/folk styles, funky grooves, Latino rhythms, and the occasional metal, blues, or jazz beats.

No matter the musical style, playing with confidence, feeling the song, and having an awareness of other musicians can escalate you from a "good" drummer to a "great!" one; and this is what I teach my students. They will learn the fundamentals of stick position, rotary movements, basic drum hits and musical notation, as well as how to play on beat (with a "click"). These skills will enable the student to learn any style of music and increase their abi
lity to play the role of the drummer in virtually any band or musical group.

For example, the bands I have played in over the years have opened for multiple National acts like Red, Disciple, Project 86, and Decyfer Down and have played festivals and tours like Cornerstone Festival, Unity Festival, and Winter Jam, opening for Mercy Me, Jars of Clay, and Hawk Nelson. I truly believe that if you know your craft and have confidence in yourself, the sky is the limit for what you can do.

Currently, I play regularly at my local church and do worship nights and events in my area. I would be honored and pleased to work with you and help you become a great drummer!
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Tracy S. January 5, 2019
· Drum · In studio
I’ve not had lessons from Joel, but I have attended several events in which he was drumming. One of THE best drummers I have ever heard! Whether you’re just starting out or have been playing for a while I have no doubt Joel will help you improve your drumming skill.
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Case May 3, 2018
· Drum · In home
Made the lesson fun and informative!
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Jaxon S. April 18, 2018
· Drum · In studio
This was my 9yr son's 1st drum lesson with Joel. Joel did a fantastic job keeping the balance between theory, instrument use, & keeping it fun for him.
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Zeeland, MI 49464
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About Katie O.

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Grand Rapids, MI
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I love to inspire students to practice, that is where the real magic happens. I love to see them not only set goals for themselves but reach them. I am willing to do whatever it takes to see them succeed. I love working with people and encouraging them. I have been a horn player since August 2007. I am studying french horn at Grand Valley State University but am also efficient in euphonium, piano, music theory, aural (reading rhythms and reciting them aloud), and trumpet. I have been in marching band for 6 years on mellophone so I can also help with teaching marching techniques and mellophone playing since it is very different from french horn.
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Dom April 16, 2018
· French Horn · In studio
I have known Katie both professionally and under her tutelage. She is incredibly honest and responsive. I have seen her work incredibly well with students of various ages!
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About Michael P.

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Grand Rapids, MI

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What are you looking to do? Blistering guitar solos, chugging riffs, or acoustic songwriting, I am able to cover and teach it all. I have had over 20 years playing and have been diverse in my musical interests and genres. I love taking a fun and practical approach to playing guitar, and I am here to make you excited and passionate about meeting your goals.

Guitar has been one of the greatest blessings in my life, and I am here to make it one of yours as well. I look forward to teaching you.
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Michael P.

Michael P.

Grand Rapids, MI 49525
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About David R.

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My teaching style comes from listening to the direction a student wants to take music in their life. I learn what they really want, and I follow up by creating an individualized lesson plan that involves the desires of the apprentice musician while also including the necessary skills for growing beyond any and all limitations of understanding and interfacing with the instrument.

More important than the advanced techniques I can teach in any specific genre, I can bring foundational concepts and imperative insight when listening to any song. I can teach a student how to break down musical components and hear parts, pick out the notes, and learn everything they need to bring the music they love to life. If a student doesn’t leave inspired after each lesson, then I’m failing at my only goal.

I can relate to all the problems any student i
s having. I’ve been there before, and can help them through each challenge they face. My students will be heard, and focus will be brought to the root cause of the problem. Then we will work together to form solutions.

Through my teaching, students can see how easy it is to practice the things they want to play so that they come out sounding how they really should. It will suddenly become easy to fill the gaps in every half-right tab.

My students will find elements of the bigger picture coming together in ways that may be unexpected. If music is constantly expanding our own limitations, then there will always be more we can achieve with it. The path from listener to musician to artist becomes walk-able.
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David R.

David R.

Grand Rapids, MI 49504
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About Kaitlyn P.

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I have studied voice for over five years and will be receiving a BA in music performance in May 2019. I have studied classical voice, musical theatre, and other contemporary commercial music during my years in school. I am very bubbly and I like to have fun while making music. I have a passion for all things music and I can't wait to share that with my students.
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Kaitlyn P.

Kaitlyn P.

Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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