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About Kathy B.

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I am a patient, enthusiastic teacher in the following areas: piano, violin, cello, drums, music history, and music theory. I have taught vocal and instrumental music in both Catholic and Public schools, and in after-school programs, for 20 years, and have been giving private lessons for 9 years. I enjoy teaching music to all age students, and especially enjoy watching my students grow in their music ability.

I received my Bachelor of Arts from Marygrove College in Detroit in Language Arts with minors in Music Education and History,and my Masters Degree from Wayne State University in Education with emphasis on English as a Second Language and Sign Language for the Deaf. I have studied Music Education for K-5 at Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan.
I am also a published author of five children's books. You can find them through my
publisher Xlibris. com and they are called Peggy, The Three-Some Book 2, The Writer's Corner Book 3, The Golden Nugget Book 4, The 1940 Diary Book 7. When you go onto their web-site put in my pen name of N.K.Beckley and they should come up. Emily Book 5 will be out sometime in March 2017 and books 6,8.9.10 should be out by Fall of 2017. These are books for students in grades 4th through 8th grades and are also interactive books. I hope you enjoy them.
I also tutor for Take Lessons Grades 1 to Grade 8 all subjects except higher level Math.

*** Lesson Details ***
Piano: All students start out learning both Treble and Bass Clefs, and their lines and spaces. Each student then starts to learn their major scales with both right and left hand for piano. They also learn the note values, and are able to put them together in a song. I use Michael Aaron curriculum, which takes in all of the above and their technique lessons. I use all the Michael Aaron Book One, Lessons, Theory, Technic, and Performance Books for any student that is age 6 and above and I would ask that parents would buy them from Anderson Music in Dearborn, Michigan as well as any other lesson books listed below before they come to my home for lessons.

Cello: Using String Builder and Strictly Strings, the students learn the bass clef, lines and spaces, scales, and songs. Students will learn how to hold their bow correctly.I have played cello in the Waterford New Horizons Concert Band for over six years. I have also been the only cellist they have as a member of the band.

Violin: Using String Builder and Strictly Strings, students will learn lines and spaces of the treble clef, note values, major scales, and songs. Students will learn how to hold their bow correctly.

Drums: Using Rockin’ Rhythm Raps, and using drum pads instead of drums, students will learn the correct way to hold drum sticks and the rhythms of all the notes in the treble and bass clefs. They will also learn songs to play.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano w/ seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I enjoy teaching beginners in any area, because then you can see how far they have come at the end of the year.
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Robert April 14, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Kathy is a kind, patient and methodical teacher. She develops your piano skills with a structured program of theory and exercises geared toward constant improvement. She has helped me improve my piano technique throughout our time together. I have been able to play increasingly challenging pieces on a regular basis with her. I look forward to steadily improving my piano skills.
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Robert Bilenchi February 15, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I have recently returned from a week long stay at the Sonatina Piano Camp in Bennington VT and would like to notify all those piano students who may read this review as to the wonderful experience attending this camp can be. The camp takes adult piano students at all piano skill levels from beginner to well accomplished. Students stay in shared rooms (2-4 persons) which includes a piano in every room. Attendance is usually 18- 27 persons. The mansion itself is home to approx. 30 pianos. All meals are provided (and are outstanding) as well as piano classes and 4 lessons with concert pianists or university piano professors. Ample time is provided to practice a performance piece for the end of week performance night. Master classes are given on several evenings for those wishing to perform a work in progress piece for the attendees and the camp owner providing a public lesson.
I have found that the attending student group to be extremely supportive to all other students especially to those experiencing performance anxiety. Repeating attendees (from all over the country) have formed lasting friendships among themselves which have endured for years. Eight week long sessions are given throughout the year. In addition there are summer sessions for school aged youth
and also 4 short week sessions for those wishing to try a sampling of the camp. This past January was my 3rd year attending the camp and I will be returning again next year. My experiences at the camp have been truly unforgettable. More information can be obtained at Sonatina.com
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Robert Bilenchi October 27, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Kathy has worked wonders with my piano lessons. In about a year and half of lessons Kathy has added scales and exercises along with musical selections designed to enhance specific skills, plus has worked with me on select piano works which I find interesting and challenging. My abilities and quality of playing been steadily improving. She is always positive and uplifting yet she still can point out areas of playing quality which require work. She gears lessons and advancement of difficulty to my specific rate of improvement. I couldn't ask for better and and am looking forward to continued progress over time for my improved musicianship.
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Kathy B.

Detroit, MI 48228
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About Carol B.

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Clinton Township, MI

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I have had a passion for drums since the age of 4. Music has been an important part of my life as far back as I can remember!

I am currently accepting new students to add to my current roster. I teach all my students rudimental technique, reading skills through a number of books, ear technique with music and mixing in many of the techniques that I personally found useful to improving my own skills.

I have learned a great deal from playing for many years with my own bands, working in the studio recording with my own bands and for other musician, working with over 500 students through private lessons and working on my own to develop my own technique.
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RutoojD July 13, 2011
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Very nice teacher. Fun to learn from her
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Carol B.

Carol B.

Clinton Township, MI 48035
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About Cheryl M.

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Detroit, MI

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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 i
n 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.

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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.
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Lakeeta W. February 5, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Cheryl was very patient with me during our first lesson. She’s a really good and nice teacher I wish I was able to still go to her but I can’t due to my new schedule
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Kourtney July 10, 2017
· Singing · In studio
So far so good. Was excited to get home and try out what I learned and have practiced everyday so far. Looking forward to the next lesson!
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Jacob M. April 22, 2017
· Piano · In studio
All I can say is wow , Cheryl is a fantastic teacher with a great deal of patience and very skillful at finding the best approach for each student .Just the 1st lesson and I'm eager to get home and begin practicing .
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Cheryl M.

Detroit, MI 48211
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About Bethany D.

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Trenton, MI
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I enjoy teaching and helping my students achieve their goals. I have taught for several years and like to make it an environment where students like to learn. I have a bachelors in science and graduated in 2006. Violin has been the main course of my teaching. However I have also taught piano and ESL. I love helping others discover and retain new things.
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Bethany D.

Bethany D.

Trenton, MI 48183
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About Jerry W.

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Grosse Pointe, MI

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I have been making music and teaching music for over 30 years. I have a PhD. in Music Composition from Michigan State University and played Trumpet with the Macomb Symphony Orchestra for 7 years.

I have worked as a music director in churches for over 25 years helping volunteers achieve their musical potential. I have a passion for helping people succeed on their chosen instrument and would love to have the opportunity to help you reach your goals.

Each person is unique, so I will work to develop a plan for musical growth that works for you. At the same time there are fundamental concepts and skills that all musicians must master. So I will guide you to know what is essential to your instrument and musical goals.
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Rosa January 19, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My daughter loved her first lesson and hasnt stopped talking about it.
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Kloie September 16, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
my child had a great time; looking forward to the next lesson. THANKS!
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Sally D. February 2, 2016
· Trumpet · In home
My sophomore daughter has enjoyed taking trumpet lessons from Dr. Wyrick this school year. He has been consistent, creative and enthusiastic. She looks forward to her scheduled lesson each week and shares only positive experiences with us. As a parent, I appreciate Dr. Wyrick's kind demeanor and knowledge base. We definitely see progress and increased confidence in our trumpet player. She even received a superior rating on her trumpet solo at this year's Solo and Ensemble Festival in January.
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Jerry W.

Grosse Pointe, MI 48236
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About Ellie E.

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I have 17+ years of experience teaching guitar in both private and ensemble settings and 20+ years of professional performance experience.I have a degree in Music Performance. My average student has taken 91 lessons. I encourage students to inquire about their potential teachers professional training, performance experience and the teachers student retention rate as these are the criteria by which teachers should be evaluated. My motto is the success of the teacher is determined by the success of the student.
I also specialize in Bollywood Music. Below is a list of transcriptions that I have done for my students.

Hindi, Malayalam,Tamil and Telugu Cinema, Pop and Traditional Music Transcriptions
(with a few other genres thrown in)

1. Aaj Saanu O Mileya (Punjab)...................................from the film “Zubaan”

2. Aaj Unse Milna Hai..................................................from the film “Prem Ratan”

3. Aapke Pyaar Mein Hum...........................................from the film “Raaz”

4. All Izz Well...............................................................from the 2009 film “3 Idiots”

5. Ammadu Let's Do Kummudo (Telugu)....................from the 2017 film “Khaidi No 150”

6. Apurupamainadamma Aadajanman (Telugu)...........from the 1996 film “Pavitra Bandham”

7. Arikil Pathiye (Malayalam)......................................from the film “Oru Murai Vanthu
Paarthaya”

8. Aum Namah Shivaya................................................Mantra

9. Aayiram Kannumay (Malayalam)............................from the 1984 film “Nokketha Doorathu
Kannum Nattu”

10. Azhagiye (Tamil)....................................................from the 2017 film “Kaatru Veliyidai”

11. Bandish in Raag Bahaar..........................................Kaliyana Sanga Karataa Ranga-Raliyaa

12. Bandish in Raag Bhimpalasi..................................Jaa, Jaa Re Apane Mandiravaa

13. Bandish in Raag Bhupali.......................................Jaau Tore Sharana Kamal Para Vaara

14. Bandish in Raag Kedar..........................................Bola Bola Mose, Nanda Kuvaravaa

15. Bandish in Raag Yaman........................................Piyaa Ki Najariyaa Jaadu Bhari

16. Bandish ki Thurmi in Raag Kafi...........................Chaado Chaado Chelaa, Mori Biayaa

17. Banno Humari......................................................from the 2016 album “Banna Geet”

18. Bekhudi.................................................................from the film “Tera Surroor”

19. Bhaador Aashin Maashey (Bengali)

20. Bhador Ashwin Mase (Bengali) Bhoomi

21. Blockbuster (Telugu).............................................from the 2016 film “Sarrainodu”

22. Blue Eyes

23. Bolna........................................................................from the film “Kapoor and Sons”

24. Carnatic Saralivarisai Notes

25. Chaiyya Chaiyya.......................................................from the film “Dil Se”

*26. Chal Pyar Karegi....................................................from the film “Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai”

27. Chammak Challo......................................................from the film “Ra. One”

28. Chandrashekhara Astakam (Telugu).........................from the Album “Shiva Strothra Mala”

29. Channa Mereya........................................................from the 2016 film “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”

30. Chehra Hai Ya Chaand Khila Hai.............................from the film “Saagar”

31. Chura Liya Hai..........................................................from the film “Yaadon Ki Baaraat”

32. Cinema Choopistha Mama Song (Telugu)................from the film “Race Gurram”

33. Crazy Feeling (Telugu).............................................from the film “Nenu Sailaja”

34. Dheere Dheere Se Meri Zindagi (older version)......from the film “Aashiqui”

35. Dheere Se Meri Zindagi (new version)

*36. Dilli Wali Girlfriend................................................from the film “Yeh Jawaani Hai
Deewaani”

37. D.J. Waley Babu

38. Don' u Don' u Don' u (Tamil)...................................from the film “Maari”

*39. Eena Meena Teeka (Tamil)....................................from the film “Theri”

40. Ek Do Teen..............................................................from the 1988 film “Tezaab”

41. Ek Sanam Chahiye Aashiqui Ke Liye.....................from the 1990 film “Aashiqui”

*42. Fevicol Se............................................................ from the film “Dabanng”

43. Follow Follow (Telugu)..........................................from the film “Nannaku Prematho”

44. Geetham 1...............................................................Malahari Ragam

45. Geetham 6...............................................................Mohana Ragam

46. Geetham 11..............................................................Ananda Bhairavi Ragam

47. Gerua.......................................................................from the film “Diwale”

48. Govinda Namalu (Telugu).......................................Telugu Devotional Song

49. Gusa Gusa Lade......................................................from the film “Gentleman”

50. Hamsa Naava (Telugu)...........................................from the 2017 film “Bahubali 2: The Conclusion”

51. Harivaranasanam …...............................................from the Sabarimala Temple

52. How To Name It

53. Hum Aapke Hain Koun..........................................from the 1994 film “Pehla Pehla Pyar”

54. The Humma Song

55. Idhayathai Yedho Ondru (Tamil)...........................from the 2015 film “Yennai Arindhaal”

56. Ilaya Nila Pozhigirathe (Tamil)..............................from the film “Payanangal Mudivathillai”

57. Introduction to Indian Classical for Guitar.............from Jazz Guitar Online

58. Itne Shakti Hamein Dena Data................................from the film “Ankush”

59. Jag Ghoomeya Song -female version......................from the film “Sultan”

60. Jai Ganesh Jai Ganesh Deva

61. Jago Mohan Pyare...................................................from the 1956 film “Jagte Raho”

62. Jaya Jaya Jagannatha ( Bengali Bhajan)

63. Jhalli Patakha..........................................................from the film “Saala Khadoos”

64. Kala Chasma...........................................................from the 2016 film “Baar Baar Dekho”

65. Laila Main Laila......................................................from the 2017 film “Raees”

66. Lambiyaan Si Judaiyaan..........................................from the 2017 film “Raabta”

67. Learn Carnatic Music Lesson Gurukula, Jatiswara

68. Learn Carnatic Music Lesson Pillari Geetha Lambodara

69. Learn Carnatic Music Lesson Saralevarisai

70. Lingashtakam (Telugu)..........................................Telugu Chant

71. Main Hoon Hero Tera............................................from the film “Hero”

72. Main Rahoon Ya Na Rahoon

73. Main Shayar To Nahin...........................................from the 1973 film “Bobby”

74. Malare (Malayalam)..............................................from the 2015 film “Premam”

75. Maruvaathai (Tamil)..............................................from the 2017 film “Enai Noki Paayum
Thota”

76. Maya Nadhi Song (Tamil).....................................from the film “Kabali”

*77. Mehndi Mehndi...................................................from the film “Chori Chori Chupke Chupke”

78. Mella Mella (Tamil)...............................................from the 1984 film “Vaazhkai”

79. Minungum Minnaminuge (Malayalam).................from the 2016 film “Oppam”

80. Mira Mira Meesam (Telugu)..................................from the 2017 film “Katamarayudu”

81. Moodu Pani (Tamil)...............................................from the film “En Iniya Pon Nilavei”

82. Nazar Ke Saamne Jiigar Ke Paas...........................from the film “Aashiqui”

83. Nillayo (Tamil).......................................................from the film “Bairavaa”

84. Ninne Ninne Nammukunnanayya (Telugu)...........Christian Devotional Song

85. Oh! Butterfly (Tamil).............................................from the 1992 film “Meera”

86. Omanathinkal Kidavo (Malayalam)......................Traditional Lullaby

87. Om Jai Jagadish Hare............................................sung by Anuradha Paudwal

88. Om Jai Lakshmi Mata...........................................sung by Priya Mayekar

89. Onnam Raagam Paadi (Malayalam).....................from the 1987 film
“Thoovanathumbikal”

90. Oru Kari Mukilinu (Malayalam)...........................from the film “Charlie”

91. Pacha Bottesi (Telugu)..........................................from the film “Baahubali”

92. Papa Kehte............................................................from the film “Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak”

*93. Patola

*94. Peene Ki Tamanna...............................................from the film “Loveshuda”

95. Poomaram (Malayalam)........................................from the 2017 film “Poomaram”

96.Pudhu Vellai Mazhai (Tamil)..................................from the 1992 film “Roja”

97. Punnagai Mannan Theme Music (Tamil)...............from the film Punnagai Mannan

98. Raga Bhupali...........................................................Tarana in Teentaal

99. Raga Durga..............................................................Sakhi Mori Rum Jhum

100. Raghaputi Raghav Raja Ram.................................sung by Hari Om Sharan

101. Sairat Zaala Ji (Marathi)........................................from the 2016 film “Sairat”

102. Sanam Re...............................................................from the film “Sanam Re”

*103. Saree Ke Fall Sa...................................................from the film “R...Rajkumar”

104. Selfie Pulla (Tamil)................................................from the film “Kaththi”

105. Shiva Sandhya Namam (Malayalam)....................Hindu Devotional Songs Malayalam

106. Shyam Teri Bansi Pukare.......................................from the 1975 film “Geet Gaata Chal”

107. Soch Na Sake..........................................................from the film “Airlift”

108. Sree Gananatha......................................................from the album “Ugadi Special Songs”

109. Sri Kanda Sasti Kavasam (Tamil)..........................Songs of Muruga – Devotional Songs

*110. Subha Hone Na Da...............................................from the film “Desi Boyz”

111. Tamma Tamma Again.............................................from the 2017 film “Badrinath Ki
Dulhania”

*112. Tera Chehra...........................................................from the film “Sanam Teri Kasam”

113. Thalli Pogathey (Tamil)..........................................from the film “Achcham Yenbathu
Madamaiyada”

114. Thudakkam Magalyam (Malayalam)......................from the 2015 film “Bangalore Days”

115. Tum Hi Ho..............................................................from the film “Aashiqui”

116. Uf Yeh Noor............................................................from the 2017 film “Noor”

117. Varnam

118. Vineem Vithayil (Tamil)..........................................from the film “Thegidi”

119. Violin Song (Telugu)...............................................from the 2013 film “Iddarammayilatho”

120. Why This Kolaveri Di? (Tamil/English)..................from the film “3”

121. Yashomati Maiya Se Bole Nandlala

122. You and Me (Telugu)...............................................from the film “Khaidi No 150”

updated 6/12/2017
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Deepthi June 28, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Like Ellie's working style , attention to detail and the he goes above and beyond to keep us interested and focused , I wouldn't find a better instructor!!!!!!
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Satyapal June 13, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Ellie is the best! He knows what his students want and Focus more on that. He is really good at what he does and he has the ability to understand the students and adjust his lessons to their skill level.
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ferran April 13, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Great lesson, focused, good use of time yet relaxed. Ellie is a great teacher and player. Thanks!
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Ellie E.

Plymouth, MI 48170
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Hello my name is Zack, and I am apart of a professional touring and recording act. Also spending alot of time writing and producing all types of music. I would like to give my knowledge of playing to others in order to help them better themselves. Whether that be playing guitar, or drums. The end goal is to help each student become an overall better musician!
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Sharman A. September 15, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Zachary is very professional, but also personable. My son is enjoying his guitar lessons, and has learned quite a bit.
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Zachary F.

Willis, MI 48191
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I️ teach from books that give students a strong music theory foundation and ability to read music notes. I️ also find songs that my students like, and I️ use computer software to create/edit sheet music that fits their level. I enjoy seeing my students play their favorite songs.

Every 8-10 months, I host recitals for my students to perform in front of family and friends. Parents loved the previous recitals from May 2016, January 2017, and October 2017. This gives students the opportunity to display their talents and hard work in a formal setting. Recitals are optional, for all instruments, and will be held at the Piano Place in Troy.

I have a strict 24-hour notice for cancellations. The one exception where you do not have to pay the late-cancel lesson fee is inclement weather conditions.
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Sydney December 31, 2017
· Violin · In home
We got our daughter a violin for Christmas and she was kind of nervous for her first lesson. Chenyu immediately put her at ease. Sh is very patient and explains things very well. Looking forward to the next lesson
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Alix November 13, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Chenyu is an absolutely fantastic teacher! She instantly puts my daughter at ease, while keeping her on track with lessons. I couldn't be happier with her teaching style!
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Tricia E. April 22, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Very patient and encouraging with a person who has never had a single music lesson in their life
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Chenyu Z.

Madison Heights, MI 48071
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Greetings!

I am a current WSU student of Vocal Music Education with my principle instrument as voice (Tenor). I'm 25 years old, and a well rounded musician with a great sense of humor and a laid back attitude. This isn't to say that my lessons are all fun and games; there is a serious element to every session, but students have always give positive feedback in that they feel very comfortable with me.

I have been singing for 15 years and do so professionally in two churches, one of which I am the section leader of (Fort Street Presbyterian in Detroit). I am also the section leader of the WSU Concert Chorale, the audition level choir. For both voice and guitar, I have studied under numerous great men and women who have guided my practices to the point where I have began to pass my knowledge to others!

My studio for both discipli
nes follow and logical and practical guideline that will allow musicianship in it's greatest form to bloom forth from the student. Heavy emphasis on solid technique, artistry, theory, and ear training makes for a well rounded and informed player/singer! I can teach from my home, your home, online, or even from the practice rooms at Wayne State if Detroit is a good middle ground or closer for you!

Thanks for taking the time to read this :)
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Anthony July 16, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Dane is an excellent teacher to work with. You can get a lot accomplished with him any time you work with him. He'll make you feel super comfortable in your own abilities no matter what level you are, while also working with you towards realistic goals. He explains things very well and with patience. He'll treat you way more on a personal one on one level than anybody I've tried to work with thus far. Extremely understanding, and great teacher. 11/10.
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Ellisa July 12, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Very helpful. Works at your pace. Makes it so you can easily understand new things. It's nice to not feel pressured to get something down quickly. I feel like I'm learn a lot comfortably.
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Dane C.

Detroit, MI 48201
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About Kenji L.

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Raised in Southern California, jazz saxophonist Kenji Lee has already made his mark as a remarkable improviser, composer, and musician. He is the protege and former bandmate of late-great bassist Roger Shew. A resident of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Kenji currently performs frequently as a leader with "Sakura" - a creative music ensemble featuring string quartet, with "Juarez - Lee - Alvarez" - a chordless trio, and with PAUL JAMS - a hip/hop electronic duo. Kenji also works as a sideman in many groups including NY based Davy Lazar's Antigoat. He has also lent his talents to the pop/hip-hop realm, performing with the likes of Allen Stone, Vic Mensa, and Lil Dicky.

Kenji began playing piano at age 4, clarinet at age 9, saxophone at 13, and contrabass at age 15. His love of improvised music blossomed out of his musical relationship with many
Southern California jazz heavyweights, including Roger Shew and Jeff Ellwood. On the advice of his mentor Roger Shew, Kenji attended the University of Michigan to study with some of his musical heroes including Benny Green, Robert Hurst, and Andrew Bishop.

Kenji has performed and worked with some of the most legendary names in jazz including Gary Burton, Carl Allen, Kendrick Scott, Ingrid Jensen, Michael Formanek, Jon Irabagon, Robert Hurst, and Benny Green. In April 2015, Kenji traveled to New York City to perform a series of original compositions for large ensemble at Carnegie Hall as a part of the historic Carnegie Hall Heritage Festival. Later that year, Kenji won the coveted title of "2015 Orange County Register Artist of the Year" (Instrumental Music).

Kenji has performed at various venues across the country including Carnegie Hall (New York City, NY), The Detroit Jazz Festival (Detroit, MI), Cliff Bell's (Detroit, MI), 2018 JEN Conference (Dallas, TX), Ziggy's (Ypsilanti), Jazz Central Studios (Minneapolis, MN), Bert's (Detroit, MI), Kerrytown Concert House (Ann Arbor, MI), Hill Auditorium(Ann Arbor, MI), Steamer's Jazz Cafe (Fullerton, CA), and Renee & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall (Costa Mesa, CA).

His debut record with "Juarez - Lee - Alvarez" will be released in the Spring of 2018.

Kenji currently splits his time between, performing professionally, teaching, and working as the Canterbury House's Concert Series Coordinator.
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