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If you were a musician living in Grand Rapids, where would you like to perform? There’s no doubt you’d have a ton of choices like the Orbit Room, the Mixtape Café, the Intersection or at the Royce Auditorium. No matter what your choice it would be best that you hit the stage with the best training you could possibly receive. So if you’re an aspiring musician all of us here at TakeLessons can help you out. Just enroll in our Grand Rapids music lessons with one of our certified music teachers and you’ll be well on your way towards musical success.
By enrolling in one of our Grand Rapids music lessons, the TakeLessons team will teach you how to play your chosen musical instrument and ensure you gain a solid foundation with proper technique. Whether it is with the piano, drums, bass, guitar, violin or any other instrument we offer, our music lessons will surely help bring out the music virtuoso in you. Are you already an experienced musician? No problem. Our music teachers cater to both beginner and experienced students. In addition, our Grand Rapids music lessons also feature music lessons on songwriting, music performance, theory as well as recording if you are looking to take things a bit further. With a wide selection of music lessons and friendly music teachers helping you along you’ll have the resources you need to help kick-start your career in music.
So, if you want to become a talented musician or simply want to pick up an instrument as a hobby, be sure to enroll here at TakeLessons. Just give us a call and let our student counselors help book your first sessions with us. Booking your first lesson is quick, easy and we guarantee your satisfaction. So don’t wait, join us today!
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I'm here to teach you at a pace that works best for you and find out what you would like to learn and get out of your instrument.
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· Guitar · In studio
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Josh gave me lessons for a period of time in 2010 and really helped me learn the basics of guitar. One of the best parts about lessons with Josh is his strong grasp of music. He not only knows how to play multiple instruments but he has a strong understanding of music theory. While learning to play guitar he helped teach me the basics of music which made a better musician.
He's smart and a fantastic teacher and I had a great time taking lessons with him.
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Carl taught at Oklahoma State University as a Lecturer of Saxophone and Music Theory during Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert's sabbatical in Fall 2017. His duties included graduate saxophone lessons, graduate music theory review, graduate saxophone pedagogy, and saxophone studio class.
Prior to working at OSU, Carl was Instructor of Jazz and Saxophone at South Dakota State University from 2014-2017. His responsibilities included directing the annual SDSU/Brookings Optimist Jazz Festival, directing Jazz Ensembles I-II, J
Carl completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance at the University of Kansas in 2014, and his Master of Music Pedagogy and Performance from Oklahoma State University in 2011. He graduated from Harrah High School in 2002, earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 2008, and was a 5th-12th grade Head Band Director at Fairview Public schools. He is currently a member of the North American Saxophone Alliance, the Jazz Education Network, Music Teachers National Association, National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, and an Honorary Member of Tau Beta Sigma. He has held previous memberships with Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Delta Pi, and the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association.
While at KU, Carl was also a graduate teaching assistant for the saxophone studio and jazz studies program. His responsibilities included Assistant Director of the KU Jazz Festival, directing Jazz Ensembles II-III, directing Jazz Combo III-VI, directing Saxophone Quartets II-III, teaching private saxophone lessons, assisting in saxophone studio class, and teaching the music education woodwind methods course. His Lecture Recital Document, A Performer’s Analysis of Selected Jazz Works for Saxophone Quartet, featured an interview with Bob Mintzer. Carl was a member of KU Jazz Ensemble I, KU Saxophone Quartet I, and KU's Helianthus New Music Ensemble. As a member of KU's Jazz Ensemble 1, Carl has performed with Dave Douglas, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Alex Sipiagin, Steve Owen, Gary Foster, Steve Houghton, Clint Ashlock, David von Kampen, Peter Epstein, Jeff Miley, James Miley, Roger Shew, and Brian Hamada, Brandon Draper, Rich Wheeler, Beau Bledsoe, Jeff Harshbarger, and Matt Otto. In July 2014, Carl went on a European tour with KU Jazz Ensemble I featuring Steve Leisring and Deborah Brown. Together, they performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Vienne Jazz Festival in France, and performed in several cities in Germany. Recordings by this band resulted in KU winning the DownBeat Student Award (Graduate College Large Jazz Ensemble Division) in 2015.
While at OSU, Carl was a GTA for the saxophone studio and music theory programs. His responsibilities included Music Theory I-IV tutoring and grading, sight-singing grading, piano labs, classical and jazz saxophone lessons, saxophone quartet coaching, saxophone studio Webmaster, and saxophone studio class. Carl was a member of the OSU Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble 1. He had a regularly performing jazz trio and played in OSU's X2End saxophone quartet. The X2End quartet performed locally at the 2011 Navy Band Saxophone Symposium in Washington D.C., at the 2011 NASA Region IV Conference, and has won the state and division rounds of the 2010-2011 MTNA Chamber Music Competition. The X2End quartet went on to win the 3rd place prize at the national final round of the MTNA Chamber Music Competition. They also were the Division II Chamber Ensemble winners at the 2011 Hubbard Music Competition where they were awarded the 2nd place prize in the overall finals. Carl's final degree paper at OSU was a study of composer/performer collaboration. He traveled to Texas, Michigan, and Ohio to interview saxophonists and composers including David Dees, Peter Fischer, John Sampen, Marilyn Shrude, Joe Lulloff, and Charles Ruggiero. He has presented his lecture at the 2011 Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, the 2011 NASA Region IV Conference, and the 2012 OSU Single Reed Summit. As a member of OSU's Jazz Ensemble 1, he has performed with Bob Sheppard, Conrad Herwig, Wayne Bergeron, and Andy Martin.
While at SWOSU, Carl performed as a member of the marching band, wind ensemble, Jazz Ensemble A, saxophone quartet, and his own jazz combo named Five-Seven. As a member of SWOSU's Jazz Ensemble A, he has performed with Dan Haerle, Bob Bowman, Jack Mouse, Fred Forney, Janice Borla, Eddie Daniels, Pamela York, Lynn Seaton, Carl Allen, Dr. Michael Cox, Tom Williams, Dr. Robert Chambers, Dave Hanson, Drori Mondlak, Delores Williams, Byron Stripling, Frank Wess, Kenny Drew Jr., Dennis Mackrel, Bill Watrous, Rich Eames, Jennifer Leitham, and Randy Drake.
Carl's primary saxophone instructors have been Vince Gnojek, Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert, Dr. Ann Bradfield, Dr. Keith Talley, and William Rodney Hull. He has had additional instruction in lessons and masterclasses from Gary Foster, Dr. Joseph Murphy, Dr. Michael Cox, Bob Sheppard, Johnny Salinas, Dr. Kimberly Goddard Loeffert, Dr. Geoffrey Deibel, Dr. Jonathan Nichol, Dr. Griffin Campbell, Dr. James Laughlin, and Dr. David Dees. Carl's jazz directors have included Dan Gailey, Bob McCurdy, Dr. Jonathan Martin, Dr. Keith Talley, and Dr. Terry Segress.
Carl enjoys recording several instruments in his home studio and composing new music. His compositions that have been performed include his big band arrangement of Cat Battles by Joshua Redman, September in the Refrain (alto saxophone and electronics), Funk-o-matic (jazz combo), Smooth (jazz combo), and The Deadline Arrives at Dawn (alto saxophone and electronics). As an advocate of new music involving the saxophone, he has participated in a commissioning consortium for Alone Together by composer David MacDonald through Kick Starter. In 2013, Carl performed the premier of Cuento #3 by Nelson Ramirez Diaz. During summer of 2014, he recorded selections from Dr. John Walker's "The Alto Saxophone in the Attic," published by Carl Fischer. At the 10th Annual SDSU/Brookings Optimist Jazz Festival in 2015, Carl directed SDSU Jazz Ensemble I's premier of Dog, Tired by David von Kampen.
Carl is a Conn-Selmer Endorsing Artist. He hosted the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 3 (ND, SD, NE, MN, IA) Conference at South Dakota State University on March 17-18, 2017. On Saturday, April 8, 2017, Carl performed Dreams in the Dusk by David Biedenbender with South Dakota State University's Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Jacob Wallace. On Monday, February 6, 2017, Carl performed the premiere of Lhotse for alto saxophone and percussion by Steve Danyew with Dr. Aaron Ragsdale. In April 2017, Carl performed solo tenor saxophone and orchestral clarinet in Ethan Bortnick's national PBS Special called "Generations of Music," which featured special guest, Peter Yarrow, from Peter, Paul and Mary.
· Trombone · Online
· Saxophone · Online
· Clarinet · In home
Since 2002, I’ve taught more than 27,000 lessons. From 2009-2012 I owned and operated a set of three fine arts centers for kids across West Michigan called Lil’ Learners. I currently teach 50+ students each week online, in my home studio, at Keyboard World, and for Hamilton Schools Homeschool co-op and Niles’ Homeschool Partnership.
· Cello · Online
· Violin · Online
· Cello · Online
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I'm Sloane, a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music now living in Los Angeles. I'm a musician, songwriter, and producer with 10+ years of experience. I'm fun loving, patient, and dedicated to helping my students reach their musical goals.
Rather than implementing a typical teacher/student hierarchy, I treat my lessons like a one-on-one collaboration. I guide my students through all the steps of music creation from general music theory to singing, songwriting, music production, recording, and mixing. I love giving my students the tools to express themselves musically.
· Singing · In home
· Music Performance · In home
· Singing · In home
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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
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!
· Drum · In home
· Drum · In studio
· Drum · In studio
Joel is also a man of integrity and an all around fun guy! One of my best friends on this earth!
· French Horn · In studio
An enthusiastic collaborator, Louise has worked with multiple artists across a number of disciplines, including Jialba (Belgian visual artist), Louise Ros (Belgian photographer), Rafael Leloup, and Romain Zante (both LA-based Belgian composers). She is currently developing a new, interdisciplinary recital program, Glass Ceiling. A collaborative performance featuring two dancers (Shay Bland & Scott Willits from the Alvin Ailey Company and Elisa Monte Dance Company), Glass Ceiling is a story told through 3 bodies, illustrating the physical and psychological violence inflicted upon women experiencing intimate partner violence. The premiere will be in Fall 2018.
She studied at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel with Jana Bouskova and in Paris at Ecole Normale Alfred Cortot with Emmanuel Ceysson. Louise also worked and received the support from David Watkins in England (Guildhall School of Music in London), Chantal Mathieu (Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne), Park Stickney (Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Lyon) and Beatrice Guillermin (Conservatoire de Saint-Maur). She has studied chamber music with Denis Bouriakov (principal flutist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra), Alexander Zemtsov (Guildhall School of Music in London and Vienna Konservatorium) and Samuel Coles (principal flutist of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London). Louise is now studying with Emmanuel Ceysson at the New School (Mannes College of Performing Arts, New York) on full scholarship.
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.
I can travel to students' homes to teach around New York City, and can also teach online and at my East Village Apartment!
I provide specialised, individual curriculum for all my students and teach the styles of Pop, Jazz, RnB, Rock, Fingerstyle.
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