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About Athena M.

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If you can recognize your favorite song when you hear it, you already have what it takes to be a great musician!

MY PROMISE TO YOU:
1. Your lesson will always be geared toward what YOU want to learn, and if it seems like we are working on something that doesn't match that, I will always take the time to make clear why what we are doing will have you be able to play what you want.
2. You already have every skill you need to be a great performer, and my job is just to steer the ship in the right direction to have that happen. All I am ever doing in a lesson is making sure that we are moving you in the ultimate direction that you want to be going musically.
3. I will do everything I know how to do to make sure that what I have learned that will benefit you becomes something you have mastered. If I could take th
e "computer chip" in my head and put it in yours, we would do that. Study with me and you will get the next best thing!
4.If I say something that isn't clear, or isn't useful to you, I will ALWAYS re-explain, or say it a different way, until it is useful to you and something you know how to use for your benefit on your instrument.
5. If you have a practice schedule set up with me, and for any reason you do not have time to practice or get an assignment done, I GOT IT! You can always tell me, because I've been there and I know. Music Lessons are NOT school, and I will never act like they are.

OK, now for the credentials:

MY EDUCATION

I learned how to read music at 4 years old, before I had even learned to read English. If I can do that, anyone can do that given the right set of elements.
1. I started singing at three, piano lessons at nine, began teaching myself guitar at twelve and I have never stopped playing and learning since then.
2. I earned a B.A in Music from Towson University and graduated Magna cum Laude with a Major in Jazz/Commercial Piano Performance and a Minor in Opera.
3. I made my stage performing debut in a solo role at six, and I have never stopped performing since then. I wrote my first song, all by myself, at eleven and have composed over 1000 pieces since then.
4. I have studied brain science and practical neurology for fifteen years as part of my continuing education.

MY EXPERIENCE

In addition to my extensive study of the piano, I have had many other valuable experiences as a musician and teacher, including but not limited to the following:

1. I have been a choral singer for twenty three years, and during that time toured Italy, sang at St. Martin of Tours Church in Los Angeles for fifteen of those years, and worked on mastering just about every form of sacred choral and gospel music.

2. As a soloist, began performing professionally in 1988 and have done numerous performances of my own compositions around Southern California. I also have had songs of mine pitched to major artists in Nashville and currently compose both contemporary music and feature songs for film and television.

3. I developed a method of curing tone deafness, and authored a course that teaches this to anyone whether they are a trained singer or beginner. I also authored a second course specifically for karaoke singers to learn stage presence and better performance skills.

4. I have been teaching for twenty years, working with students from 3 to 78 years old at every level of musical experience. I have taught not only music performing and instrumental technique, but song-writing, arranging, and the tricky task of singing while playing an instrument to accompany one's self. Believe me, this is a skill that DOES take a separate set of lessons to master, but every student who studies it with me does!

In short, if it's music, or even music-related, I've done it and I can teach it and I can figure out the best method to have your brain master it!

My Specialties:
Working with kids and young people in a SAFE environment to learn their instrument
Rhythm, and understanding why it is your ticket to musical mastery
How to use your own brain to be your own best teacher (when I'm not there in a lesson with you!)
Pop, Classical, Gospel, Rock, Musical Theater,

Education
B. A. Music

Subjects Taught
piano, voice, guitar, music theory, song writing/composition, arranging

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Your BRAIN is your greatest musical asset, and I have spent the past twenty-five years learning how to make the musical brain easy for everyone.

I've been a musician since I was in the cradle, and I
learned to read music before I could read English! Over the past twenty years of teaching piano, voice and guitar I have learned how to use your brain, and the basic musical skills you ALREADY have to help you turn yourself into a great musician and performer.

If you can tap your foot along with a song, and you can recognize Mary Had a Little Lamb, you've got what it takes. My specialty is taking these simple skills you already have and using them to teach you EVERYTHING you want to know how to do on your instrument. I also teach combined
lessons so that you can learn more than one instrument in your course of study if that is what you choose.

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Student provides piano in their home for piano lessons. Voice students provide a recording device to record their lesson for their practice. Guitar students provide their guitar, any amps, cables, anything else they need for their rig. All students provide any CD's or mp3's they are working with during study. They pay for all books needed.

*** Specialties ***
Beginner level through advanced in kid songs, pop, rock, gospel, contemporary Christian, Broadway and classical. Emphasis on rhythm and technique. Lessons specialize in using knowledge of brain neuroscience practical applications in hearing, learning, reading, practicing and performing music.
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Alex August 31, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Athena is amazing! My daughter is so happy that she helped her a lot and clearly even though it's an online class. She is the best! Def. I will recommend her and def. we will extend the class. Thanks Athena!
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Theresa M. July 9, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Athena explained the electric guitar very thoroughly. I think I’m going to enjoy playing it more. As soon as I can get my left hand to cooperate and keep my thumb in the right position where it’s supposed to be, I’ll feel better,so I’m going to work on this all week.
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Rina P. February 9, 2018
· Piano · In home
My daughter loves Athena and thus loves playing the piano . Athena has a special way to relate to kids.. they listen to her . They laggy . They enjoy class. And they want to learn .
I am so grateful we have her as my daughters teacher .
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About Ivan W.

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I am Ivan I've been playing bass since 1972, started with guitar in 1969, i only however been teaching beginner and intermediate bass guitar and theory (professionally) since 2007, not including the people i use to teach bass back in the day and here and there. you want to learn bass, i teach bass you can understand, you can come to my home studio, or online, were we can record you playing (before and after). Music Major Inkster high school, Inkster Mi. (74-79). Detroit School of Music, Detroit Mi.(80-81). Music Minor Richmond College, Dallas Tx.(Major; Business Computer Programming Associate Degree 86-88). i am currently studying advanced Music Theory, Harmony, Arranging and Composition. Awards include, multiple trophies, letters of excellence, 1st and 2nd place music proficiency medals 1974-1979. i have played on several studio recordi
ngs, commercials, albums, and CD's with talented artist. Learning to play from a DVD or the internet can not properly teach a beginner bass player, because there should be a student/teacher interaction, one has to already know how to play in order for a DVD to be effective, and i truly believe one will still need an instructor. i enjoy teaching and playing bass. i teach (4 to 6 string), which includes learning to read bass clef notes, scales, chords, keys signatures and time on the music staff, etc., etc., i can teach tab also. i like to teach beginners to give them the correct and formal fingering techniques, then later if they like, they can go all willy nilly. i get satisfactory results. i also love playing guitar and piano, i know these instruments very well and because i want to teach as many as i can to keep real music alive, i also teach beginner guitar and piano, all the above applies to guitar and piano lessons, and music theory and ear training. i like using small i's

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Depending on the student's current level of understanding music and playing your instrument, i start with the healthy way to play your instrument, traditional left hand and right hand techniques, learning exercises, scales, chords, keys, ear training for how to find the part in songs, also music theory including how to read music, and improvising, then different styles of playing bass and guitar, including thump and pluck, now known as slap bass, hammer and tap, harmonics, flamenco and more, most of all i make it fun. With practice you will know how to play your instrument very well, or if you just want to learn songs or licks, its all good i work for you. are you ready? i am, lets go

*** Travel Equipment ***
i can provide a bass, a guitar, a keyboard and amp, but i expect student to have their own instrument and amp to practice

*** Specialties ***
i teach all genres, and i teach you to understand the music on your instrument.
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Carmine June 20, 2018
· Bass Guitar · Online
Ivan was capable of picking up my faults very quickly. He has a good eye. He was Patient and thorough. He knows his bass. Real professional.
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Kelcey B. May 12, 2018
· Bass Guitar · Online
He explains and teach so you can understand very well and be able to play bass guitar. Can't wait for my next lesson.
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David January 24, 2018
· Guitar · Online
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Ivan W.

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About Ryan B.

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Ryan is a musician from Jefferson Park who plays a plethora of different instruments. He specializes in guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele, but also dabbles in accordion, piano, drums, harmonica and several others. Learning to play instruments is one of the true pleasures in his life and he hopes he can make it one of yours, too.

As a teacher Ryan's goals are fairly simple. First and foremost he wants to make his lessons comfortable, interesting and fun. A close second is to build a strong foundation on the basics, so as we learn more advanced techniques we have a solid base of technique to build upon. And third, an understanding of the theory and history behind the music is a great way to engage in the music beyond just the rote learning of technique.

After a brief foray in physics, Ryan settle into a degree in music at the Univer
sity of Illinois, specializing in Ethnomusicology (the study of music of different cultures). This education gave him a strong background in music theory and history in the Western tradition, but also opened him up to a vast experience of a diverse cross section of music from around the world. His insatiable love for learning new instruments started here, where he studied music from West Africa to Bali.

Currently Ryan is a co-lead singer, songwriter and stringed instrument player for the local band Distant Brothers, a folk rock band based out of Chicago. They play venues throughout the Midwest, with some of the notable venues being House of Blues, Metro and Cubby Bear in Chicago. Another highlight of his time with the band has been a collaboration with Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra, where he not only was able to play in collaboration with the orchestra, but joined in the arranging and conceptualization of some of the pieces played.
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Max R. September 19, 2018
· Banjo · Online
Love that my 11 year old can take the lessons from home. He is in a car a lot of the week, so being able to not loose time over sitting in traffic yet again, is really fantastic.
I don’t stay in the room for his classes, but what I notice with Ryan, is that my son is making steady progress and is taking up the banjo every day to practice, without me having to tell him too. That, to me, is an accomplishment on its own :)
Love these lessons, love Ryan who is friendly, relaxed and practical. Two thumbs up.
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Stuart August 27, 2018
· Banjo · Online
4 weeks into banjo lessons has been great. He does a great job explaining and answering your questions. Im just a beginner but its going well. Thanks Ryan.
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Jane J. August 23, 2018
· Banjo · Online
Ryan is very flexible and accommodating. I took a banjo lesson and a mandolin lesson from him. He helped me transition easily between instruments. He also was most willing to indulge my love of Irish music. I found him to be relaxed and yet encouraging.
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About Joe A.

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Professional bassist/teacher with over 20 yrs of experience. Teachers/mentors include Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller, Steve Bailey, Gerald Veasley, Gary Willis. I have taught and staffed for Victor Wooten's Bass Nature Camp and Gerald Veasley's Bass Bootcamp for over 15 yrs.
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Dawn C. August 6, 2017
· Bass Guitar · Online
Joe is a terrific instructor, he's patient and a lot of fun. Joe teaches at the perfect pace for me and provides resources to reinforce the lessons he teaches. He's AWESOME!!! I'm so glad that I found this site!
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Jorge June 23, 2017
· Bass Guitar · Online
For this first lesson things went very well and looking forward to more.
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Chris J. May 19, 2017
· Bass Guitar · Online
My stepson has had two lessons thus far and his feedback regarding Joe is all positive. He said Joe is laid back and he likes Joe's teaching style.
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About Tracy C.

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Horton, MI
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"I've always wanted to learn how to play the piano!"

Well, now's the time! You can do it with no-stress lessons regardless of your age.

I am a mom with a passion for education and music. I am excited to see people, young or old, learn new things and stretch their boundaries. I want you to have fun.

My educational philosophy is that "success breeds success." As I guide the student to achieve small successes at the beginning, you will gain confidence in your ability. As your confidence grows, you will be able to conquer more challenges and succeed beyond what you might expect.

In fact, learning the piano will aid in learning all other musical instruments, improve hand-eye coordination and increase appreciation for music of all genres. But the benefits for your preschooler don't end at the keyboard. It will im
prove language development, math concepts (patterns, and counting), persistence, delayed gratification, critical thinking, logic, history, empathy and much more. And the benefits of playing the piano aren't just for preschoolers. Mature students show improvements in memory, brain function, health and coping with stress and anxiety.

I can't wait to see you or your child enjoy the music as much as I do.
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Tracy C.

Horton, MI 49246
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About Aryn O.

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Seattle, WA

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Music makes me happy and teaching makes me happy. As a teacher I am focused and energetic. Even though voice lessons are to performing as the gym is to the playing field, I find them fun and I hope you will too.

I have a bachelor's degree in voice from the University of Washington. I studied the art and science of voice, from anatomy to phonetics to technique to emotional connection with the music. This means that I can help address many different needs and questions for each unique singer.

I've taught students of all experience levels and all ages, from 7 to 83. I would love for you to be my next student!
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· Singing · Online
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Rebecca M. October 31, 2017
· Singing · Online
very friendly, very well versed in technique, accommodating to my schedule, prepared with visual aides, lesson plan very well organized. 100% satisfied!!!!
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About Rees F.

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I am a professional multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and producer. I graduated from USC Thornton School of Music with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance, specifically within Popular Music. Students can expect their lessons to be highly personalized based on their interests and learning styles. Having operated in so many facets musically, I know how much depth is involved in being a complete musician and I encourage my students to be lifelong music lovers. I've performed alongside wide ranging acts such as John Fogerty, Glenn Frey, The Beach Boys, X-Ambassadors, and Diplo, and I've been mentored by greats such as Patrice Rushen and Glen Ballard. Knowing the value that mentorship has played in my musical journey encourages me to pay-it-forward. I love working with students who are as curious and passionate as I am.
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Miriam A. August 31, 2018
· Piano · In home
Rees has been providing my 2 kids, ages 6 and 7 with piano lessons for about a month and a half. He is very good with them. Patient, engaging and is building good rapport. He approaches both kids differently based on their age and abilities.
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Bonnie B. June 3, 2018
· Piano · In studio
He has a very tender touch and that fits with my voice. Thank you very much. Dr B.
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Erin October 26, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Rees was AMAZING with my boys, at the time they were 8 and 10. They are very different in the way they learn and he was able to adapt to teach them each in an individual way that they loved. I only wish he still lived in town.
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Ann Arbor, MI

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I have been playing/totally nerding out about the bassoon since I was twelve years old. It is a world I have been in love with since, and I am absolutely thrilled at the opportunity to share the same experience I've had with people of all ages.

I'm currently a freelance musician working with professional orchestras and opera and theatre companies based in Central Illinois and Eastern Michigan. My Bachelor of Music is in Bassoon Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University, and I hold the Master of Music degree in Bassoon Performance from the University of Michigan.

I am passionate about chamber and new music. I have played in several chamber music groups, some of them being very experimental, often employing the use of interactive lighting for the hearing impaired. In 2016, I spent a month in Kyustendil, Bulgaria playing in grou
ps coached by members of the Bulgarian Radio Symphony. I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity working with other musicians to provide new experiences to all.
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Emily S.

Emily S.

Ann Arbor, MI 48108
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About Shai B.

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Los Angeles, CA
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If you are fascinated about guitar technique and awesome weird sounds that you can do with your guitar, you will like having lessons with me.

I began as a classical guitar player, studying traditional classical pieces and applying them to my guitar. During that time I began to explore and became drawn to rock music, virtuoso guitarists, and heavy metal. My fascination with the electric guitar, the techniques, the speed and all the things that comes with it are still pulling me in.

Later on in life I fell in love with Flamenco, specifically Paco De Lucia.
I learned his songs and combined it with my own music while studying fusion and finger picking styles; every style I liked, I learned, I mastered, but I know, as much as I teach, I also learn.

Today I play in LA and Israel, I produce projects, record guitar tracks and songs, and teac
h at my studio or online.

As a teacher I will challenge you! I will give you multiple exercises and lots of homework. Over the years, my students have won guitar contests, gotten into successful bands, and are touring around the world. If you are willing to work hard, you will get better! You will see, hear, and feel the difference in your playing. I'll show you the way and will be with you step by step.

Looking forward to meet you!
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Gary June 28, 2018
· Flamenco Guitar · In studio
Shai is amazing!!
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Nir May 19, 2018
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This guy is much more than a guitar teacher :)
Probably the best there is.
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Ely May 18, 2018
· Guitar · In home
I know Shai for many years and he is an amazing friend and incredibly dedicated musician! If you want to work hard at guitar, or musicin general, get those chops and timing going, flamenco, whatever it is, Shai is the man!!
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I'm a guitar player, singer, songwriter from Connecticut who moved to Michigan for my wife's schooling purposes. I've been in multiple bands over the years, but am now resigned to playing guitar and singing for my church on Sundays. I've been playing guitar for over 10 years and have just recently begun writing my own music!

My favorite way to learn new music myself is to learn new songs! Back when I first started, my first guitar teacher was able to learn songs by simply listening to them, and I didn't believe I'd ever be able to do this. But now that I can, I hope to teach new guitar players how to do the same!

I'm excited for the opportunity to share the gift of music with others. I remember how hard learning the guitar was, and nearly stopped until my father talked me out of giving up. The key to sticking with it is getting to the
point where you can play a favorite song of yours. That's when the fun begins! It would be my joy to get you there!

When I'm not jamming, I love hiking, reading, writing, and going on coffee dates with my wife. Hope to meet y'all soon!
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Jackson, MI 49201
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