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About Zbigniew R.

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Ann Arbor, MI
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About Zbigniew
My greatest desire is that I will instill in each of my students the love I have for making music.
I am a classically-trained violinist. I grew up in Lodz, Poland, where I began musical education at the age of 7.
I studied violin and piano at the Music High School and Music Academy of K.&G. Bacewicz, Lodz, Poland and earned a Master Degree in violin performance in 1980.
During his College years I started to perform with the Symphony Orchestra of Polish Radio and Television.
From the mid – 70s until the early 1990s, I performed with several Polish orchestras
and held a position as a violin teacher for four years at the College of Education
in Slupsk, Poland.
Then, I spent almost 10 years performing in numerous ensembles and orchestras in Germany and toured with Orchestra of Great Theater of Lodz in many countries all over the
world.
From 2002 – 2005 he was first violinist at Lodz’s Operetta Theater.
I moved to Michigan in 2005, where he performs with Macomb, Jackson and Flat Rock Symphony Orchestras.

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The most interesting and beneficial thing about performing music is that it is one of the few activities that engages both the left and the right brain at the same time. I believe that every Human Being is precious and deserves to be nurtured and encouraged in a fun and loving environment. With that in mind, my teaching places equal importance on developing strong technique, and developing creativity. Students learn all the basics of music, and also spend time developing strong ensemble skills and strong background knowledge of style and repertoire, so that they can enjoy music in all kinds of settings, all their lives.
Our time spent together will be laid back and comfortable, yet challenging because that is probably why you want to take lessons.
Each lesson will conclude with an assignment of instrumental pieces/songs given to work on throughout the week—usually 2-3 short songs for 30-minute lessons, and 1-2 longer instrumental pieces for an hour-long lesson. These will be the same pieces we have worked on during the lesson time, so you will go home with the knowledge you need to master each piece. Music theory sheets and technique exercises will also be included in the assignments.
Within 6 months, you will begin discovering how to read music and understand the language of it. You will learn how to play some of your favorite songs/instrumental pieces and learn some that you might not know. We'll discover what you really want to learn and achieve through taking lessons, and we will work toward those goals!
Discipline is vital to musical progress and daily practice is strongly urged, in order for the student to progress. If a students don't practice, they won't progress. Because of that, you can expect that I will encourage consistent and regular practice, always keeping in mind that the study of music is meant to be fun.
Knowing from experience how "boring" it can be to learn by rote, I combine technical work with fun time playing duets together, improvising, and exploring a wide variety of styles and genres of music.
I would be honored to share my knowledge and love of music with you. Give yourself a priceless gift that will last a lifetime!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Grand Piano /Hammond Organ

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have their own instrument. I can provide the music stand and I always bring my own instrument so that I can demonstrate during lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Teaching methods: Suzuki and traditional /formal method, in group and one on one settings
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Quintin February 1, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Zebie is a fantastic teacher. He is very patient and is excellent at finding new methods to teach techniques which I am struggling with at the time. Though I am only 3 weeks in (from being pretty much a complete beginner), I can already tell I am making progress. I am very excited to continue my lessons and improve. I highly recommend taking lessons from Zebie.
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Debarshi C. October 18, 2017
· Violin · In home
My overall experience is wonderful. Zibi is not only a great teacher but also knows how to grow interest for music among kids. He is very friendly and having profound knowledge of all kinds of musical instruments.
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Trisha M. September 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Exceptional teacher focused on making it fun as right techniques. We look forward to many many more lessons from Zebie
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Zbigniew R.

Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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$29 / 30-min

About Bill G.

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About Bill
Guitarist/Songwriter Bill G. is a versatile and experienced instructor, who's been playing and teaching guitar for over 20 years, and is fluent in everything from finger style Classical/Flamenco and Folk guitar, to Jazz, all Rock(from classic to modern Alternative/Indie), and various World music styles.
From first lesson beginners to highly advanced students; and from simple songs to elaborate music theory, improvisation, and songwriting development; all are welcome to sign up with this patient, and highly recommended teacher.
Starting guitar lessons at a very young age; Bill went on to win many regional, national, and international awards through out his formative years as a student. Writing and recording in several different styles over the years; and also being a vocalist and songwriter; he founded Indie Fusion trio The Static Dia
l in 2010 as it's leader. The band has worked with several national and international touring bands, has been featured on indie and major radio from their hometown in Detroit to the UK, and has released two EPs, two singles, and a full length album.
Feel free to message with any questions about potential lessons; we'd love to hear from you!.

*** Lesson Details ***
As an instructor, I start students with the basics (open chords, major/minor and blues scales, general rhythm/timing, and beginner technique), and like to get at least a basic ability to sight read (music notation).

For younger students, I get them started on a beginner book for sight reading music and simple/basic songs to start with and build up their ability.

If a student is a little more capable, we start on a more modern/popular song they like. For my more advanced students, we get into music theory (cycle of fifths, harmony, chord language, etc.) and with some students we study specific genres.

My approach is one of building up a student's self confidence, and ultimately making learning fun. I take teaching seriously and value my student's time; so I work to get the most out of them, and to make their lessons worth while. All ages and levels are welcome!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio space in Helen's of Troy. Office is furnished with seating, music stand, and amplifier.
Student must have their own instrument and pick.

*** Specialties ***
I'm a singer/songwriter as well as a guitar player/instructor, so the construction and arranging of a song; from the music to the lyrics; are very much within my experience and teaching.
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Jordan February 15, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Bill is an excellent teacher. He uses any type of music you like to help you learn and stay interested. I leave every lesson excited to go home and practice what I’ve learned. Bill allows me to make a short video of what we’ve gone over that lesson which is how I learn the best when I’m back at home. Its like having that weeks lesson at your disposal for you to use at any time. My love for the guitar has grown tremendously thanks to Bill.
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Mikaela B. September 27, 2018
· Guitar · In home
It is with the utmost enthusiasm that I express my admiration for Bill's ability to make my first guitar lesson pleasant and comfortable (even when I know little to nothing about playing guitar). I am confident my future guitar lessons with Bill will provide me with solid guitar playing abilities, and will prove to be compelling and diversified.
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Jane August 28, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Bill is a nice teacher with full patience with kids. My son likes the class. I see fast improvement in my son's guitar skills.
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Bill G.

Troy, MI 48083
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About Michael T.

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Sterling Heights, MI

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About Michael
***IMPORTANT NOTE, PLEASE READ: I am located in the metropolitan Detroit area. But, I am available for online (remote) lessons; with a very good online set up (tripods, cameras, etc). I am also available at my teaching space, and have two great drum sets, set up side by side; one for the student, and one for the instructor. I am also willing to commute to the student, within a certain radius, with a nominal fee (for gas and commute time). Thank you for your time and interest.

I have 25 years of experience as a working musician, combining: Private drum instruction, freelance studio work, and collaboration with musicians and bandmates in both a live and studio setting.

I have been a member of solid Metropolitan Detroit bands, most notably including: Friends of the Family, Night Train, and The Mobius Loop. I have been blessed wit
h many great opportunities, most notably supporting national acts, such as: The Headhunters, Melvin Seals, Mofro and Strange Folk. And, I have recorded at excellent Metropolitan Detroit studios, including: Studio N Armada, Riff Lab Studios, Woodshed Studios, The Disc, and CVF Studios. More recently, I have participated in recording projects with a group called The Nova Junction, and with talented producers Dan Lesnick and Josh Ackerman. Along with teaching drum lessons, I am presently collaborating on original material, with a newly formed rock band, called Electric Temple.

I am looking to add dedicated students to my current roster. I am very experienced with teaching students in a wide age range; as I have students that are 5 years of age, and students that are 60 plus years of age. I took private instruction, studying under two EXCELLENT drummers from the Detroit Metro area: Darryl Pierce and Donny Gruendler. Mr. Pierce (among many other accomplishments) currently tours internationally and nationally with a well known artist by the name of Bettye LaVette. This group has made frequent television appearances, including: David Letterman and Austin City Limits. Mr. Gruendler, is currently the Vice President of Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, and he has been featured in several Modern Drummer publications.

I have learned a great deal through private instruction, and therefore teach from experience. I utilize and apply many of the techniques that I personally found useful; through my own personal instruction. The two full drum kits, set up in my teaching/rehearsal space, have proven to be an exceptional teaching tool. References from teachers, students, producers, and bandmates can be provided on request.
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Josh M. June 26, 2019
· Drum · In home
Patient instructor; make the class interesting, and fun.
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Celia January 28, 2019
· Drum · In home
Michael is a kind and patient drum teacher for my 13-year old son. He is always on time, he keeps the lessons fun, and my son always looks forward to his next lesson. I highly recommend Michael.
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Gina December 21, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Michael does a great job working with our son on the drums. He is professional and flexible. He gives great, constructive feedback. We highly recommend him as an instructor!
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Michael T.

Sterling Heights, MI 48310
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About Heather P.

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Utica, MI

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About Heather
I love teaching, simply love teaching! I teach students of all ages. I teach piano, voice, clarinet, and saxophone. I have taught for over 25 years. My students have lots of opportunities for performance, if they choose to. We perform at Nursing Homes, Retirements, Festival of Trees, and Seasonal Recitals. There are at least 2 recitals a year, 1 at Christmas and 1 in the Spring, if enough participation, we often have one in summer with a party afterward. We also participate in the Michigan Music Association competition. I have also had students perform in Disney World in Florida!!! I have been in many musicals such as Annie, Gypsy, Rock Around the Clock. I have put on solo recitals. I am a member of my church choir. My students and I have fun while we are learning music! It is the best job ever.

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use a variety of curriculum, which includes classical, broadway, some pop, new age, and jazz. After 3 to 6 months you will have a basic understanding of your instrument and will be ready to take off! I do ask students to keep track of your practicing so you can see your progress.

For piano:
I use the Alfred Basic Books for beginners and then we move to the Keith Snell books along with other supplemental books. If a student already is using a book, generally we will finish that book up so they won't have to purchase another set of books.

For Saxophone and Clarinet:
I use the Rubank books along with other supplemental books

For Voice:
I use the 24 Italian Songs and Arias, The Young Singer, and various Broadway books. Any pop music must be purchased by student as there is just way too much to chose from for me to have a lot of it.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Studio: in living room with 2 pianos at entrance of house. Seating is available as well toys and a table for siblings.

*** Specialties ***
Voice - Classical & Broadway
Piano - classical
Clarinet - classical and pop
Saxophone - classical, pop, and some jazz
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Krystal K. November 13, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I am so thankful to have Heather as my vocal teacher. She knows exactly what her students need to reach their maximum potential and she helps them to build a strong and solid foundation. Heather is not only an outstanding teacher, amazingly gifted vocalist, and a beautiful woman, she is also very encouraging, motivating, fun and caring. I absolutely love her. She is an answer to prayer, a blessing beyond words!!
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Taylor August 9, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Very nice!!
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Ed Karpowicz February 2, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Great Experieince
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Heather P.

Utica, MI 48317
(19)
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$25 / 30-min

About Tom N.

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Sterling Heights, MI

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I have been teaching guitar and piano for many years in the Metro Detroit area. I have also played professionally in many local nightclub and wedding bands as well as having toured with "Bob Seger" as his lead guitarist/writer/vocalist. I have done recording sessions for "Motown" as well as having studied under "Joe Messina", a legendary Motown guitarist with the original "Funk Brothers." I take great pleasure in mentoring, training and equipping students with the necessary musical skills to achieve at the personal and or professional level according to the specific student's interest, desire and goals. I tailor my teaching methods according to the student's ability and musical preference, and can teach most anything from classic rock, to pop, classical, oldies, jazz, etc. Many of my students have gone on to play at the professional leve
l, and one, in particular, has become a music professor at "Berklee School of Music". Another former student plays with the band: "Thirty Seconds To Mars." I have also been able to assist those students who have a desire to introduce vocals while playing their instrument. I am also able to provide personal assistance in songwriting when needed.

*** 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 specific goals 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, and therefore I incorporate humor when appropriate. The curriculum I use includes: "Berklee, Mel Bay, and Hal Leonard" methods for guitar. For Piano I use "Schaum and Thompson" piano methods as well as Hannon for technique. Additionally, I invite students to suggest personal favorite songs of interest of their choosing as a motivational tool to aid them learning from the music that inspires them. I find this very helpful for students in developing a good ear as well as sparking motivation to practice as they learn from their favorite musical artists in addition to learning the fundamentals of the instrument.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide music method books/sheet music etc. Students would need to own and bring their own instrument to lessons. I also provide guitar amplification.

*** Specialties ***
Berklee, Mel Bay, and Hal Leonard blues guitar method's. Schaum piano method. Hannon Technique. Pop, rock and jazz styles.
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David April 2, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Tom was great during the first piano lesson. He was well prepared with materials to present to my son, who's taken other musical instruction for a couple of years in guitar & drums. He was able to assess his abilities, and work the lesson up to his ability within the first hour. My son enjoyed the interactive lesson!
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Jason February 18, 2019
· Piano · In home
Tom is very knowledgeable and supportive! I'm very happy with the pace of the lessons and the learning material he has provided is excellent. I'd recommend him to anyone!
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Nadine November 11, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I was searching for a piano teacher that can put me back on track after I left playing the piano for a 19 years and I found Tom to be the one. I highly recommend him.
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Tom N.

Sterling Heights, MI 48310
(20)
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About David G.

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Livonia, MI
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Hi! I'm a full time performer/teacher in the greater Detroit area. I teach all ages, skill levels, and genres of music. My goal is to develop a curriculum based on the students interest, while introducing relevant concepts that expands their knowledge in a manner that is both constructive and entertaining! If you have a genuine interest in beginning or continuing your guitar education, I'll help you learn on your terms. If you don't know where to start, I'll do my best to enlighten a pathway that is fascinating and fulfilling, whilst in an environment that is non judgmental and encouraging. All ages are welcome, from elementary students receiving their 1st guitar to adults looking for a way to unwind after work. Lets Jam!
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Keith L. June 12, 2019
· Guitar · In home
I needed an instructor who could help me grasp the concept of scale modes and modal soloing on guitar. David did just that. And he didn’t just show me, he made me think and figure it out for myself. I am now on my way toward much more enlightened solos.
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David G.

Livonia, MI 48150
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$45 / 45-min

About Denisa C.

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Farmington, MI
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About Denisa
I am a creative and hardworking young professional teacher focused on the accomplishment of my student’s goals in piano performance.
I always have a positive attitude while constantly looking to motivate my students to play music with passion and feeling.
My specialties are in classical piano performance, technique and musicality.
With a blend of the American school methods and the musical Russian school I guarantee a fast progress learning to play piano in a both fun and rigorous way.
My music home studio is located in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
With multicultural diverse experience in teaching piano and voice lessons, my goal is to make sure that my students are happy when they will play/sing their favourite song, from Mozart to Disney music, or movie soundtracks.

See you soon!
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Denisa C.

Farmington, MI 48335
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$30 / 30-min

About Jonathan L.

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Detroit, MI

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About Jonathan
I have been a professional bassist for over 10 years. I specialize in upright bass, electric bass, and some keyboard. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Music from Northern Michigan University, and studied with bassists Richard Davis, David Friesen, David Ziegner, and violinist Barbara Rhyneer. I have worked professionally with jazz musicians Dick Berk, Jon Mayer, and Ron Steen. I have played blues with guitarists Billy Flynn and Felix Reyes, vocalist Earl Thomas, and organists Doc Woodward and Paul Linden. I was also a member of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra from 2009-2016. I have played all styles of music from country western, to bar rock, to Latin, to pit orchestra musicals. My students have won top awards in their respective school music programs, and have earned positions in professional jobs.
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Lance T. April 18, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Jonathan did a great job. I’m starting from scratch! Patient and very understanding. Loved it.
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Hope June 28, 2017
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John is a very effective teacher. I took bass lessons and I have improved so much. John is an amazing teacher and I would recommend him to anyone looking to learn the bass guitar or upright bass.
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Steve June 28, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
Jonathan taught me when I was around middle school age and has left a lasting impression on how I approach the bass and music 10-ish years later. Under his tutelage I learned music theory, techniques, and all sorts of different genres and styles.

His lessons were always very professional. I always felt challenged, but not overwhelmed, by the material being taught. He also made it easy to be interested in the lessons; he would always ask if there's any song or genre that I wanted to learn and that sort of thing.

Overall, definitely a 5/5 top shelf educator and musician.
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Jonathan L.

Detroit, MI 48207
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$25 / 30-min

About Jonny A.

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West Bloomfield, MI

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About Jonny
I am a Music Instructor for Guitar, Bass, Songwriting, and Recording. I am also a Recording Engineer and Music Producer, having graduated from the Recording Institute of Detroit. I am an accomplished musician/songwriter with experience both on the stage and in the studio.

My students can expect to improve weekly with their musical knowledge, skill, and technique. Every student has a unique musical personality; I teach the skills and technique they need to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to perform music with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I work with guitarists, bassists, & songwriters at the beginner/intermediate skill level in my creative and comfortable home teaching studio in West Bloomfield.

Some of the musical styles I regularly teach: Rock, Indie Rock, Metal, Hard Rock, Alternative, Pop, Pun
k, and Blues.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Eleanor February 28, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Jonny is such a great teacher: friendly, energetic and knowledgeable. Look forward to learning a lot and having fun doing it.
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Mrs. D. January 8, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Thank you, Jonny! My son has really enjoyed his lessons with you! He loves the guitar and you have inspired him with your playing!
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Mark December 17, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Jonny helped me quickly go from a beginner to an intermediate level on the guitar! I had struggled to make progress on my own---it really makes a difference to have a supportive teacher to show you the way! Thanks, man!
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Jonny A.

West Bloomfield, MI 48323
(3)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

About Jared B.

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Taylor, MI

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About Jared
Hello! My name is Jared Barringer. I was born and raised in the Lynchburg, Virginia, area where I fell in love with music. In Kindergarten I started piano lessons, and in 2nd grade I started trombone lessons. I had a passion to play both instruments in various capacities, including church, school, local gigs, and my local community youth symphony. I attended and graduated from college at Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO. While I did not pursue a music degree, I had the opportunity to be involved in my church's worship band, and be in several different recruiting bands and singing groups for my college. I played the bass guitar and sang at dozens of different churches, youth camps, conferences, and events across the country to promote and recruit students for my college. In 2014 I moved to Michigan to start my career as a W
orship Pastor at a church. As a Worship Pastor, I am involved weekly in music planning and performance in my church. I love playing music with other people. In addition to my job as a Worship Pastor, I enjoy teaching music lessons in my home. Please contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to meeting you!
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Jesse July 11, 2019
· Piano · In home
Jared taught my son piano for a year. My son enjoyed the things he learned and is as excited as the next 8 year old for lessons to begin in the fall. I’m glad we went with Jared. He’s magical on the keys.
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Jared B.

Taylor, MI 48180
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$25 / 30-min

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