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About Melody S.

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Macomb, MI

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About Melody
Every student is unique and individuals rely on different learning styles. The teaching method of Melody is adjusted to fit the needs and desires of the student, characterizing a plan based around their individual strengths, weaknesses, and music goals. While the focus is founded on teaching the basic fundamentals and developing good technique, the lesson is equally invested in helping students discover and reveal their special and unique musicality. Students recital is held for family and friends, when students can share the musical skills and achievements they have developed.

Melody offers a range of experience, genuine enthusiasm for music, and adaptive teaching method to help you develop towards your individual musical goals. She is here to guide you through your musical journey and infuse the wonders of music into your world.
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David August 28, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Melody has done a wonderful job teaching my daughter who so confidently played 3 pieces and 1 duet piece with her. The recital was very organized and professionally done. I am continually impressed with her love, patience and dedication to her students. I would definitely refer her to anyone looking for a piano teacher.
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Jaime August 28, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Ms Melody is a great teacher. My five year old son enjoys his lesson and looks forward to coming weekly, not to mention the monthly play date Ms Melody offers to all her students which is really fun and helpful. From knowing nothing about piano to being confident at a recital in just five months is outstanding. Ms Melody is nice, patient, and has true love for her students.
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Caroline June 22, 2017
· Piano · In home
My daughter had a great first class. Ms. Melody was kind and encouraging and I cant wait to see what my daughter will learn from her.
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Melody S.

Melody S.

Macomb, MI 48044
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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 an EP, two singled, 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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Eric July 13, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Bill is a great teacher. We have covered rock lead, rock rhythm, finger picking, strumming patterns all while learning new songs and expanding my playing base. I had tried to self teach back in the 1990s so had some bad habits, Bill has worked with my to fix these so I can play more fluidly. Bill is very accommodating to what I want to learn while pushing the expansion of my ability. It's been a very enjoyable experience.
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Shamili T. January 10, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Bill is a wonderful Instructor and truly talented! He is very patient, specially when you have zero experience in Guitar before, that is what you expect from your instructor. He is motivating and always comes up with tips and tricks to make my lesson easy. He is very flexible with the timings. Also, I really enjoy my classes.
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Kenneth October 11, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In studio
I bought a bass guitar about two years ago, and now that I'm taking lessons, I can finally put it to use! Bill has been an wonderful instructor so far, and each lesson we work on what I want to improve on or learn about. He's very knowledgeable, talented, and all round fun to work with. I'd recommend him to anyone interested in playing bass!
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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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I have many years 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 with 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 and The Disc. Most recently, I participated in two separate studio/recording projects,with producer/multi-instrumentalist Joshua Michael Ackermann, and with producer/sound engineer Dan Lesnick. Along with teaching drum lessons, I
love to supplement my income with this type of studio work. I am also presently collaborating on original material, with a newly formed rock band, yet to be named. I am very excited about this and hope to get in the studio and to be gigging, in the near future!

I am looking to add dedicated students to my current roster. 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 private instruction. References from teachers, students, producers, and bandmates can be provided on request.
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Anthony May 26, 2017
· Drum · In home
Michael is an unbelievable instructor! He is patient, knowledgeable and never rushes. His love and enthusiasm for the drums is very apparent, and he passes it on to his students every lesson! So lucky to have found him.
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Prithvi Basak February 22, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Had a really good beginner experience, as I began to learn the drums with Micheal. Micheal made sure the classes were exciting and would lay an emphasis and rhythm. I would definitely recommend Micheal to any beginner out there!
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Chenyu Z. February 7, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Mike is a great drummer! He helped me with basic rhythm and techniques to build my skills. One unique benefit is Mike offers students to practice at his studio (for a fee) before/after the lesson. This was super helpful to me since I don't have an acoustic drum set and practicing right afterwards kept the material fresh on my mind. He also explains music concepts very clearly, and answers my questions in depth! I would recommend him to all ages for drum lessons!
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Michael T.

Sterling Heights, MI 48310
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About Michelle Sage C.

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About Michelle Sage
I have been playing the piano since I was 3 years of age.

I was classically trained and I was a music major at Michigan State University.

I still perform on a regular basis.

Lessons will be relaxed and enjoyable for children and adults of any age!!!!

It is never too late to learn!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard

*** Travel Equipment ***
Book, or they can provide, metronome

*** Specialties ***
Song writing, Classical, Americana, show tunes, movie tunes...... Just about anything!!!!!
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Joe April 24, 2017
· Piano · In home
Michelle does a great job with my 6 year old son. He has been getting weekly lessons for over a year now, and is making a lot of progress. He also enjoys the lessons enough to look forward to them. I was worried he would lose interest, but so far that is not the case. Michelle makes it fun and provides small rewards and lots of encouragement. I wanted to expose my son to the experience and enjoyment that comes with learning to play music, and Michelle has made that possible.
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Justin April 16, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Michelle is very knowledgable and passionate about music. She has a way of explaining that makes confusing concepts easy to understand. Great teacher.
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Devin K. December 19, 2016
· Piano · In home
It was great, she was cool and i felt very comfortable learning. She's fun and cool and a good teacher.
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Michelle Sage C.

Michelle Sage C.

Birmingham, MI 48009
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About Marc M.

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Livonia, MI

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I teach all styles of guitar, as I have been in many different types of music situations: Soloist (Classical) Ensemble (Classical and Jazz) Lead and Rhythm (Various Rock and Roll bands) Songwriting and Recording. I am a people person that learned the guitar from many different sources. Most of my learning came from watching others and communicating with others. I like to learn about the people I am teaching so that I can better understand their needs as a musician. My education came as a practical necessity in order to get better as a teacher and performer, as well as make a living doing it. But, by no means do I preach the need to be "educated" but only to be a working, practical musician. I will surely go over the need to read music once the need becomes evident, enlighten you as to why it may be important to understand certain aspect
s of music as opposed to just "picking and grinning", IE learning only "By Ear." I do specialize in music theory, and have many students taking lessons simply for this excellent foundation for songwriting also.

I am a classically trained guitarist that performs both as a soloist and for ensemble in a wide variety of styles. I graduated in 1996 from Schoolcraft College with an Associates degree in Music performance, and then, studying under the tutelage of Brian Roberts went on to receive my Bachelor's degree in Guitar Performance with a secondary in Jazz from Wayne State University in 2004. While at Wayne State and along the way I've performed and participated in several masterclasses with renowned artists: William Kanengiser, John Holmquest, Philip Candelaria, Jason Vieaux, Scott Tennant, and Antigoni Goni. I have also completed the teacher requirements for books 1-a and 1-b for the Suzuki Guitar Institute.

Many of my classical guitar and electric guitar students have went on to study further at the collegiate level, some achieving scholarships. My most recent students are current Berklee school of music graduates now in a band called "Flight of Fire", recently opened for Bonjovi this past summer and are getting air time on local radio stations... well on their way to living the dream! …the bulk of my students become full time professional musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am an extremely patient person who has been teaching for over 20 years. I am laid back so there will be no pressure. With my electric and steel string guitar students, I host a special "Jam Session" 2 - 3 times a year to which will be one of your goals to participate in. This includes playing with a drummer, bassist, singer and another guitar player (usually me) and having it recorded. This should serve as your motivation to practice. This really eliminates the need for me to pull out a "yardstick" and "smack" your hands over the knuckles when not practicing your scales as many old traditional teachers may have done!

At your first lesson I will talk with you and give you examples of music that is played with a Flat-Pick, or music that uses the Finger-Style technique. This will be an important process as it will dictate which direction you will go in as a musician and especially during our lessons.

For the most part, playing with a Flat-Pick is generally used with the electric guitar and with most mainstream styles of music like "Rock and Roll", "Blues", "Rock-a-Billy" "Funk", and playing with the Finger-Style technique is used in styles like "Classical" and "Folk." After a while, I will introduce you to the other style of playing as well, as most great guitar players use both techniques in their playing...musicians (guitarists) such as: “Jimmy Page“, “Brian Setzer”, “Stevie Ray Vaughan”, “Joe Satriani”, “Lindsey Buckingham”, “Paul McCartney”, “John Mayer”, and many, many more.

To make learning the guitar Fun, I make sure to incorporate your main interest(s) first. Whether it be learning your new favorite song(s), learning how to write a song, or just learning some basics that you can use for when sitting around the campfire. This will be intertwined with which style you choose to start with: Flat-Pick or Finger-Style.

Pending on the level that you are starting at, (beginner, intermediate, advanced) I will include tidbits of music theory that will be used in a consistent manner. These will usually be progressive, pending on your level. For example, the songs you learn will be written out in an easy to understand chart that will have the fundamental aspects of theory (IE, chords, key, and rhythm pattern) that all musicians should understand.

With Children learning with a Flat-Pick, I encourage the use of a basic guitar instruction book.
Level One (beginners) :

"Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book One" by Will Schmid.

I will also use as a substitute for Level One:
"Alfred's Basic Guitar Method" by Alfred's Publishing Co.

More advanced players who can read music already (and graduates from book one) I prefer;
"Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book Two"

With Adults, I will ask if learning to read music interests you. It is a vital part of a practicing musician, but sometimes your needs may require a more one dimensional approach as time may be of essence. Again, I learned by ear and educated myself later...so I understand the person who wants to hold off on reading right away.

Students who want to learn the Classical (Finger-Style) approach will be encouraged to purchase a beginners book that I use written by one of my first instructors/mentor. It is a very intuitive book that covers the technique in great detail yet is very easy to understand (along with my help.) I will provide means of acquiring this book at your first lesson.

Students who want to learn the Folk (Finger-Style) approach will usually start in the above book, unless your an adult who just wants to learn some basics.

At your first lesson I will also provide you with documentation that goes more in depth about the various styles of guitar as the above info is scaled down.

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Amps

-Guitars (Electric, Acoustic, Classical, Bass)

- PA (loud speakers so you can Turn it Up! When playing along)

-Band in a Box (to play along with real prerecorded instruments seamlessly interleaved into a band type setting with almost unlimited genre choices...very impressive technology)

- Pro Tools (recording gear for all needs)

- Guitar Pro and Finale (to transpose music into sheet music)

-Skype (for out of town interactivity. Can do lessons via Skype)

-Basement with plenty of seating for parents, and or observers.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar, and Acoustic Guitar; Improvisation, Songwriting, Backup Vocals, Fretboard Harmony, Music Theory, Performance, and Recording.
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Annette August 21, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Marc is a great classical guitar teacher. He makes learning fun and easy. I highly recommend him.
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Matthew G. August 9, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Friendly, motivating, honest and awesome guy.
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Juanyea K. May 21, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Mark was very patient, professional as well as being knowledgeable about the guitar. I was impressed with the way he presented the information of his learning technique. Marc knows music by notes as well as play by ear. I would recommend him to for anyone of all levels of experience that want to learn or enhance their level of guitar.
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Marc M.

Marc M.

Livonia, MI 48150
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Utica, MI
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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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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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Victoria O. January 3, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Heather is amazing! She is super nice and I love her instruction for singing.
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Heather P.

Heather P.

Utica, MI 48317
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$25 / 30-min

About Charlene G.

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Over 25 years violin teaching experience. I have successfully taught students ages 3 to adult. Anyone can learn to play the violin. Lessons in a comfortable setting in my studio.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are taught in my home in a comfortable setting. Parents are encouraged to sit in on lessons and are expected to help their child practice. I teach the Suzuki Method and the Suzuki book and recording are required. I will change details to suit a student, for instance I teach note reading long before a traditional Suzuki teacher would and I will add non-Suzuki materials into lessons if needed.

Elements of the Suzuki Philosophy
- every child (or adult) can learn
- listening and encouragement are essential
- parents are the real teachers, I am the director
- Love. I love each student and teach through my love
- accep
t where your child is, but challenge them to be better
- constant review and repetition of materials is essential to learning
- compete only with yourself, not your peers or parents
- character is developed as the child gains knowledge and ability

When learning music, your child is taught true self-confidence. They know they truly have achieved a great thing when they learn to play an instrument. The things they learn, such as patience and perseverance, will pour over into all areas of their lives

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Young students are started out on a play violin so they can learn the proper positions before they graduate to their real violin. I will assist parents in finding the right instrument for their child.

*** Specialties ***
I have never found a child who couldn't learn music. Obviously, some will learn faster than others, but with the right encouragement and help from their parents, any child can learn to play the violin.
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Mia May 10, 2017
· Piano · In home
Charlene is a patient, kind teacher. She teaches violin and piano to both of my daughters, and does an excellent job!
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Jenelle Hao December 6, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Very patient and encouraging. Sets realistic goals. Great experience even as a parent observing.
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Tasfia A. June 22, 2016
· Violin · In home
She is ONE super sweet and very Kind person. It was my first lesson on violin ever - so I was making a bunch of errors from holding the violin and moving the bow. She was very patient with me and explained very nice.
Thank you
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Charlene G.

Charlene G.

Macomb, MI 48044
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About Jakarra H.

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Detroit, MI
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Jakarra Howard is a Voice Care Specialist, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance from Kalamazoo College. In addition to her degree, she has gained knowledge of how the voice works through completed course work in Speech Language Pathology including courses in voice disorders and interventions. As a member of the Voice Foundation, Jakarra is currently working toward a Masters in Speech Language Pathology, along with certifications from various vocal health institutions.

Her music career spans more than 15 years and includes various musical performances, along with the opportunity to teach voice and piano to many. She’s had the pleasure of opening for many popular artists, performing a rendition of “The National Anthem” at a Detroit Lions game, and singing for former Michigan House Representative Carolyn Kilpatrick. She has a
lso provided background vocals for many artists, while working on personal music projects. Internationally, Jakarra has performed as the lead vocalist during a tour to Japan with the Kalamazoo Jazz Ensemble.

While performing and teaching, Jakarra began to notice that many singers, including her, were not reaching their full, singing potential. Why? Because the whole body was not totally prepared for the various projects that a singer often encountered. Through this experience, she realized a fascination with the “singing voice” and began to understand that singers are athletes. Therefore, just as athletes train, a singer must also constantly train to keep the voice and body in shape.

Along with her fascination, Jakarra has a passion to help singers perform at their most optimal level. She created Voice Couture Consulting (VCC) to provide a service where singers can learn about their whole body as it relates to their voice and prepare their voice and body for each project. Since everyone is different, VCC custom designs a combination of approaches to specifically fit each singer. This includes a tailored program that provides nutrition and exercise routines. Jakarra believes this program will help singers to know their voices inside and out. From the background singer to the lead vocalist, Jakarra is excited about helping singers reach their full potential!
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Jakarra H.

Detroit, MI 48219
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$75 / 45-min

About Trent S.

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Hey guys my name is Trent I have been playing music for most of my life, specifically guitar and bass. Ever since I was young I have always had an interest in music. When I was around the age of 9 I got my first guitar and haven't stopped playing since.
My musical background as I got older expanded through middle school and high school I did choir. Anytime in choir classes our class needed a guitarist for a piece I was always the one that got put up on the block for it.
Music isn't just a hobby for me it's what I use to express myself no matter my mood: happy,sad, angry. Music has always been there for me and I love the idea of being able to share the knowledge and experience with others.
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Trent S.

Waterford, MI 48329
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About Renee B.

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From beginners to band students who want to make first chair... I have been there and done it. Let me help you enjoy, grow, learn, and become confident at playing anything you are interested in mastering. Playing can become as natural as breathing. I know many drills to increase your hand speed as well.
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Renee B.

Dearborn, MI 48124
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