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Detroit, MI

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As a professional musician, songwriter and composer, I often use the piano/keyboard for composition, arrangement and sound design. Although my primary instruments are alto saxophone and guitar, having piano skills have been an asset in visualizing the musical spectrum.

I've had two years formal training on Piano, and taught 2nd Year Piano in NYC public and private schools.

About Benjamin
Hello Future Students!

I recently moved to Detroit from Ypsilanti. Before that I was in NYC for 10 years and during the '90s I was in Chicago. Those experiences vastly helped me develop Networking, Performance and Teaching experience.

Whether you want to pursue a Musical Career or simply learn how to Play your Favorite Tunes for friends and family, I am here as your Teacher and Guide. I teach at my own home or through the use of Skype. I hope to get my Car fixed soon!

As a Father of four, I have had the joy in teaching my children Guitar, Saxophone, Songwriting, Composition and Keyboard. As a parent I have found that Patience and Encouragement is sometimes the best form of support. It has been proven that learning Music helps develop intuition, self-awareness, and social skills as well as improve in other subjects not directly
related to the arts such as Mathematics and Science.

One of the most important aspects of playing Music is being able to Play by Ear. This has been a priceless gift that I have developed throughout my life and I encourage all musicians, young and old, to do the same. The use of simple Rhythmic Dictation and Ear Training exercises can do wonders for "picking out" Beats and Harmonies no matter what Genre we are interested in.

I attended music courses at The Boston School of Contemporary Music, Thomas Jefferson College (MI), and have a BA double majoring in Music Composition and English at Columbia College Chicago.

Besides touring internationally as a Guitarist and Saxophonist, I am a Songwriter. THIRD BORDER's "Sun of Water; Sea of Light" was selected to be nominated for the Grammy's as The Best Alternative Album of the Year in 2006. On this record, I played Guitar, Saxophone, sang Lead Vocal and wrote all Songs. So, if you are a songwriter, we can polish up your approach!

If you would like to learn how to compose a Solo, a Duet or Ensemble, I can get you started in a low-stress, one-step-at-a-time procedure. As a Composer, I have done Sound Design for Film, Dance, Spoken Word and Multi-media Performance - most notably with renowned poet Anne Carson and former members of The Merce Cunningham Dance Co. I am Composer and Conductor for New York City's first full-on Saxophone Orchestra; a 13-member ensemble.

I hope to talk to you soon!
Benjamin

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My teaching style is relaxed with a forte on Patience and Encouragement. Though I have specific expectations on what needs to be learned, I gear each lesson towards the student's wishes and their personal direction in Creativity. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, I can guide you wherever you are headed!

For Guitar (acoustic or electric), you will learn the fundamentals of Music Theory, Chord Structure, varied Strumming and Picking Techniques, and Scale Positions to travel from one part of the neck to the other. Any song you wish to learn, I can teach!

For Saxophone, you will learn proper Embouchure technique, Notation, Music Theory, and Scale Patterns for improvisation. Whether you are interested in a Classical, Blues, Funk or Jazz approach, I can help you find your own sound that is both personal and professional.

I teach 2nd year Piano and Drums/Percussion directing you into Intermediate level.

For those leaning toward the experimental genres, I am well-versed in the use of Electronics. Much can be accomplished with my lessons on Sound-Scape Improvisation either as 1 on 1 or Group Workshops.

*** Studio Equipment ***
At Home Studio: music stands, metronome, guitar amps, electric and acoustic guitars, guitar tablature, staff music paper, a scanner for weekly homework. I can also record and send MP3s of our lessons to review at home if you wish.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students will need their own instrument, a mutually chosen music book to learn from, a metronome, and hopefully easy access to a keyboard (very helpful!)

*** Specialties ***
I am fluent in Rock genres, Blues, Beginning Jazz, Beginning Classical technique, Prepared Guitar, Electronics/Sound Art.
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Don December 16, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Really enjoyed my first lesson with Benjamin. He was very patient with me
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Cathy October 20, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Very patient and encouraging
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Cathy September 9, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I was very pleased with my granddaughters first lesson. Ben was patient, speaking to her positively and encouraging. Nora was very happy, showing her dad what she learned and is looking forward to her next lesson.
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Benjamin M.

Benjamin M.

Detroit, MI 48217
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About Cheryl M.

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Detroit, MI

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I love the piano, outside of singing, playing the organ, it is my favorite instrument. I began the study of the instrument at age six, so I strive to have the student bond with this instrument. It is a reflection of one's soul. I teach note and rote, along with ear training. Rhythm is an integral part of my piano methodology. A student will usually see results within the first six months!

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.

Cheryl M.

Detroit, MI 48211
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About JOSEPH H.

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About JOSEPH
With my Bachelor's/Master's Degree and 14 years of experience in education, it will be an honor for me to add more to students.

*** Lesson Details ***
Music study helps people young and old to overcome shyness and build confidence. It empowers them as they refine their special talents.

We will study ear training .

My Method: Listen, Sing, Clap, Play, Read and Write. With these tools you can look deeper into the elements that make up music.

Children don't learn to read before they can talk. So why should anyone have to try to read before they can play?

That is how music is taught, traditionally and why a huge percentage of students just quit or have a miserable time with piano lessons. Music should be fun. Period.

We will always have a lot of fun, but there is a lot to do, so we need to be efficient and not waste t
ime. My teaching method is a combination of the best methods I have found. It is backed up with the same solid principles that I received when I was a student myself. If you choose to continue and pursue a classical education at a high level, you will be well-prepared.

*** Studio Equipment ***
(Hardware)

dell inspiron n5050 core i3
two dell monitors
M-Audio's Fast Track Pro USB Digital Audio Interface (PC and Mac)
Amplifier kenwood KR-V126R
2 speakers aiwa
2 speakers Jamo
Sennheiser HD 201
Digital monitor audio technica
Korg triton
Roland Fantom FA 76
Yamaha
M Audio Midiman
Steel acoustic guitar
½ Steel acoustic guitar
tuner
Drabouka

*** Travel Equipment ***
In My Home Studio:
3 digital keyboard in a recording control-room,dell inspiron
Korg triton, Krog trinity plus, Yamaha PSS 170
n5050 core i3, two dell monitors, M-Audio's Fast Track Pro USB Digital Audio Interface, Amplafier kenwood KR-V126R 2 speakers aiwa, Sennheiser HD 201, Digital monitor audio technica, Steel acoustic guitar, ½ Steel acoustic, guitar tuner, and Drabouka.

In-Home:
If you are taking any kind of music lesson,
we recommend a tuned piano or digital keyboard.
If you like, I can suggest several different models of keyboard that I have researched and of which I approve.

*** Specialties ***
I teach people of all ages
first to play by ear and to have fun while they study.
Then I back up ear training with solid theory so they can read and write music.
In school I studied many traditional methods and
I have distilled my own distinct method from them. Though I am classically trained, I specialize in improvisation.
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Beth C. April 10, 2016
· Piano · In home
Joseph is a very talented musician. Professional and educated in theory as well as creative and innovative as they get . I highly recommend Joseph as a music teacher. He is more than qualified to teach especially if you are looking for the best ! Thank you Joseph for all you have taught me . Beth
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Beth C. March 13, 2015
· Piano · In home
joseph is very intelligent and musically gifted. I highly recommend him. he took a lot of time with me and I never felt rushed.

i am very satisfied .
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Alexis P. January 28, 2015
· Piano · In home
Joseph have been working with my 13 year old daughter for sometime now and is doing a wonderful job, I really like that he take time with her and is very professional and knowledgeable. Also, he can be flexible in his schedule when we ask. Looking forward to a bright teacher/student future.
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JOSEPH H.

JOSEPH H.

Clinton Township, MI 48038
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About Charlene G.

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Experienced Violin teacher of 30 years available for eager students aged 2 through adult! I teach using the Suzuki Piano Method through book two. I structure the lessons around each student so that they are taught at their level and speed while encouraging and challenging them to excel further.

About Charlene
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.
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Charlene G.

Charlene G.

Macomb, MI 48044
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About M. D.

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Hi! I make learning fun! Piano lessons with me are at each students own pace. We learn theory, technique, fingering, chords, scales, fun songs of all styles: Jazz, pop, classical , religious, rock! I have taught students for over 40 years successfully! I teach ages 4 & up.. Many have went on to advance to professional music on their lives! You can view us at UTUBE - THE Jose ALIAGA show: Melissa Dell ! We performed on a local cable tv show! Rates begin at $25 /lesson payable a month in advance. Your home or my location . 248.882.8862

About M.
Hi! My name is miss Melissa and I love children !( I also am a classroom aide at a local school district! And am a professional pianist at a local church) I have taught for over 40 years to students ages 4 & up! Many of my students have won state awards. I use various piano methods- whichever I feel the student can learn the most thorough and quickest as well as most fun learning.... Alfred's, Faber, SCHAUM, Thompson ( yes I use some older methods they are the most successful ) and many more. We always learn all styles , pop, classical , rock, gospel , jazz. Sometimes we have contests with prizes. And we always have a recital each year. The student gets to perform on a grand piano at least 2-3 pieces. I teach either at your home or at a local library on my keyboard whichever works for all of us. I have a pay in advance policy , and a 2
4 hour cancellation notice for emergencies. /makeups . Summertime lessons are a little flexible and your vacations we can negotiate . My students throughout the years have had fun taking lessons with me. We gave particupated in parades, day camps, field trips , and much more. Looking forward to speaking with you at a free interview !! Call today !!
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M. D.

M. D.

Davisburg, MI 48350
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About Chenyu Z.

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I️ teach from books that give students a strong foundation in music theory and sight-reading. I️ also use computer software to create/edit sheet music that students request.

About Chenyu
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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A very innovative method for getting the fastest results in the shortest time, valid for children and adults. My student will receive the synthesis of an approach based on the easiest way to learn the instrument, by practicing without frustrations. Turning beginners in promising pianists, with fun and effectiveness.

About Viviana
Ms. Viviana has accomplished many noteworthy achievements and awards, both in Italy and in the United States.
She is a composer, a choral director, an experienced music teacher and vocal performer.
She performed in many different roles, like Musetta (Boheme), Frasquita (Carmen), Susanna, Cherubino (Nozze di Figaro), Second Woman (Dido & Aeneas), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Despina (Cosi fan tutte), Elettra (Idomeneo), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Mrs. Fezziwig (A Christmas Carol).
She is composer and conductor of the Italian American Chorale of Livonia; she has been a performer for the Nutcracker production at the Detroit Opera House.
Ms. Viviana is a member of several honorary organizations, including the Verdi Opera Theater of Michigan, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Student National Association of Tea
cher of Singing, where she serves as Vice President.
Two times judge at the Vocal Competition for Michigan High School Student.
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Colin W. February 16, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
My first lesson was excellent! Viviana is very enthusiastic; which carries over to the lesson!! Can’t wait to get back to it! Colin
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Veronica October 13, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
Ms. Viviana is my second vocal teacher, and by far the best I've ever had. she has helped me in so many ways giving me opportunities that I would have never gotten if it wasn't for her.
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Rocky October 12, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Honestly, she is the best teacher I have ever had in my life. She is patient, trust worthy, and actually cares about her students. Their have been many times where I have been so frustrated with my vocal training that I almost wanted to quit. Viviana has made me push myself and showed me that patience is the key in developing a fantastic voice. I promise if she was your instructor you could see how absolutely amazing she is.
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Westland, MI 48185
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I am a classical pianist who has trained with concert pianists at Michigan State University. I currently study with a concert artist from Italy. I have been teaching piano for over 10 years. I believe lessons should be both nurturing of talent and FUN. My home has a separate piano studio equipped with grand pianos.

About Ruth
I currently have students ranging in age from 5 years old to 69 years old. I started teaching in 2006 when one of my pianist colleagues referred two of her students to me. One of these original students is a dual seminary/piano major at a college in Wisconsin. Very proud of him! My repertoire is classical, however I must say I have played in 2 bands (dance and rock) and am currently a church musician for a small church in Imlay City. Music is a joyous yet demanding endeavor, and it does require patience, good practice sessions, and focus. I have been very privileged to have studied at MSU under some great concert artists (Mr Votapek and Miss Yong Hi Moon) and further studies with Ms Pauline Martin and Mr Stephen Vaglica.
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Ruth A.

Ray, MI 48096
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Hi! I have a Bachelors in Music Education and have experience teaching many beginning students! I have 3 children and decided to give up regular teaching to be with them. I believe that tone production is the most important area of study. It doesn’t matter what you can play if it doesn’t sound good. I can’t wait to help more students love to “play” on their instruments!

About Kim
Hello! I started my love of music at a young age with my family playing and singing at family functions. That turned into a wanting to learn how to play the flute and I went up through high school with that instrument. After high school I branched out more into vocal performance. After that I joined a traveling performance group. No not the circus! I joined Drum and Bugle Corp. They taught be how to play the Baritone and I marched a straight Baritone. I then learned the Mellophone and marched that after. Since I had experience with Drum Corp Marching I taught over 10 different marching programs over many different years. I graduated from College with my Bachelors in Music Education and was a music director until I had my children and decided to give up regular teaching. After all of the years I spent honing my craft I decided t
o continue giving lessons. I have the most experience with Flute, but can teach many other instruments: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone/euphonium, piano.
I have worked with many different age groups and levels of ability. I am happy to help you learn to have fun and "play" your instrument!
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Mike January 15, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Mrs. Bemus provides a calm nurturing approach to teaching. She saw potential in me, and helped inspire me to become a future educator myself.
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Mark January 11, 2018
· Euphonium · In studio
Kim completed her student teaching in Music Education at Roosevelt High School in Wyandotte. During her teaching she worked with all instruments Flute, Clarinet, Sax, Trumpet, Baritone, Trombone, Tuba and Percussion. She also assisted with the award winning Wyandotte Marching Chiefs Marching Band Program.
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Brooke January 11, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
Kim is a fantastic instructor! She is experienced, encouraging, and patient with students as they are learning. She helped me prepare for solo and ensemble, and supported me throughout the process. I highly recommend choosing Kim as your instructor.
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Southgate, MI 48195
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Want to learn how to play your favorite songs? Read music? Want a solid foundation in music theory? We will get a good idea of where you want to be and get you there. I'm a full time musician who has been writing, producing, and recording music for the better part of about 15 years. We can work on songwriting, recording/mixing music at home, learning songs, or whatever it is you're passionate about doing. Shoot me a message and we'll see if it's a good fit!

About Joe
I am a full time keyboardist and guitarist in the Metro Detroit area with a wealth of experience writing, recording, and playing live.

I studied classical piano for about 10 years with a private instructor. These days, I gig with multiple bands, play for a local church, and also perform my own electronic music live. I self produce my own electronic music and have had it featured in documentaries, shorts, and commercials.

In addition to playing music, I have deep knowledge about recording equipment, software, and modern music making tools like Ableton Push, Maschine, and other hardware synthesizers/drum machines, etc. When I am not playing music myself, I am working with other artists on their material. Part of our music instruction can certainly include help with writing and recording your own music. This is YOUR journey.

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plainly, I am obsessed with writing and playing music and hope to get someone else just as excited about it as I am!
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Joe G.

Hazel Park, MI 48030
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What inspired you to play piano? Maybe your parents made you take piano lessons as a child, and you quickly discovered how fun and rewarding it was to play your favorite songs. Maybe you can pinpoint that one classical piece that made you first realize how music can affect your emotions and mood. Or, perhaps you were inspired later in life, after years of listening to artists like Billy Joel and Elton John, or even contemporary artists like John Legend, Alicia Keys, or Norah Jones. T
Beginner Piano Exercises: How to Tame the Flyaway Fourth Finger
When you're learning how to play the piano, finger exercises are especially important--especially if you're having trouble controlling that pesky fourth finger! Learn the steps to take in this guest post by Ann Arbor, MI teacher Amy C...   When I first began to learn piano, my fourth finger seemed bent on being anywhere but on the keys. Whenever I was not using it, the fourth finger--and by extension, the fifth finger--simply floated in midair, hovering above the ivories. This mea
4 Easy Ways to Make Piano Practice Fun and Productive
Bored of the same routine when you sit down at the keys? Try out these piano practice tips from New York, NY teacher Nadia B...   Practicing piano can be challenging and sometimes laborious as you aim to improve, learn, and break down hard passages. While learning piano does require time and effort, it should also be fun and engaging. The following piano practice tips will ensure that your practice time is both productive and fun. 1. Pick music you enjoy One of the best ways to make
7 Crowd-Pleasing, Classic Good Songs to Learn on the Piano
Whether you’re just beginning piano lessons or you have been playing for a while now, it’s important to have a list of a few good songs to learn. That way, you can set goals for yourself and build up an impressive repertoire. Here are seven good songs to learn on piano, from classical to jazz to ragtime. They are listed in order from least to most difficult. “Für Elise” by Ludwig Van Beethoven While this solo piano piece is actually titled “Bagatelle No. 25” in A minor, it’s more commonly k
4 Ways Piano Competitions Make You a Better Player
What do the best piano players have in common? Most of them have participated in piano competitions, exams (like the ABRSM), or recitals. Here, St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L. explores the benefits of piano competitions...   Competition of all kinds gets a bad rap nowadays. In dozens of counties and hundreds of schools across the country, competitiveness is under fire. Students and young athletes are being told that participation and team building are all that counts, and therefo

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