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Detroit, MI

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I have played saxophone since I was in 5th grade. I have been in a variety of groups over the years; rock, funk, punk, jazz quartets and big-band jazz, and the experimental use of electronics. You will learn proper breath (dynamics) and embouchure control, tonguing techniques, standard and alternate fingerings, approaches to improvisation and assistance with a varied repertoire for performance. I own a 1967 Beuscher alto saxophone and an Elkhart C-tenor saxophone. My home studio has recording capability which I use to record lessons when they are needed for review. Ear training is a crucial part to music on any level, and I encourage playing by ear as an important element to improvisation and music appreciation. My lessons are fun, informative, and creative!

About Benjamin
Hello Future Students!

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, at the Student's home or through the use of Skype.

I recently moved to Detroit. I am originally from Ann Arbor. I spent much of this century living in NYC and prior to that I lived in Chicago. Those experiences vastly helped me develop Networking, Performance and Teaching experience.

As a Father of four, I have had the joy in teaching my own 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 subje
cts 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.

I have toured internationally as a Guitarist and Saxophonist. I am also 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 on that CD. So, if you are a Songwriter, we can polish up your approach! 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 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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Bryan K. July 11, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
Very friendly, professional, timely, and all around nice person, worked with my 15yo son 10 lessons baritone sax !
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Kurt K. June 16, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
Very informative for my son.
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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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Detroit, MI 48217
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About Heather P.

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As a clarinetist, it made perfect sense to me to pick up the saxophone. It is a great instrument to play. I really enjoy it.

I teach beginning and intermediate levels of saxophone. I use the rubank books as well as a few other books for saxophone books.

About Heather
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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Utica, MI 48317
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About Brad B.

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Nashville, TN

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Students will learn basic tone production, scales, arpeggios, chord studies, jazz styles, jazz improv, and sight-reading.

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I can get you to the next level of your playing, arranging, and composing. I teach all levels from beginning, intermediate, or advanced levels for piano, saxophone, songwriting, composition, and arranging. I'm very experienced in playing and teaching jazz and commercial styles as well as traditional classical styles. If you want to play just for your own personal enjoyment on your new piano, or if you are wanting to get into a great college program, or if you want to be a professional, I will get you the results you want guaranteed.

When you sign up for lessons, you'll fill out a question sheet of what your goals are, what your favorite types of music, and your experience. Then I will customize your lessons to accomplish your goals in the shortest amount of time. You will be working on 4-5 things per week which includes: 1. Te
chnical Skills, 2. Lesson Material, 3. Repertoire, 4. Harmony, 5. Sight Reading.

I have a very high retention rate with my students with an average of 4 or more years, but I have LIMITED available of spots available. Sign up today! Lessons are first come, first serve!

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PIANO LESSONS
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I teach a variety of styles from classical to popular music. Whether you want to learn Bach or Alicia Keys, our teachers are happy to help you become the pianist you want to be. I will show you the fundamentals of sight reading, technique and theory, but they will also incorporate your favorite songs into your lessons. You do not have to have a piano at home to take lessons. A simple full size electronic keyboard will suffice for the first 6 months. We do recommend you also to consider renting a piano at a piano renting store. I have warm personalities and enjoy sharing their love for the piano with you.
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Brad B.

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About Michelle L.

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Lessons for beginners on basics, etc. Helping through the early years.

About Michelle
I'm studying music education at Wayne State University and I've been teaching students for a few years, but started as a paid teacher in June 2013. I teach basic piano and music reading to young children.
I am both a woodwind and brass player; I started as a clarinet/bass clarinet player, then I switched to horn in high school and have played flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba. I started as a clarinet player back in September of 2006 and as a horn player in January of 2011. Horn is my primary instrument now, but I also play clarinet and saxophone in pit orchestras and other ensembles.
I am an active player in the Wayne State University Bands and Orchestra, while staying an active member of the Rochester Community Concert Band (formerly called the Rochester College Concert Band).
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William W. August 14, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio
Michelle has done a fantastic job getting our son up to speed to begin middle school band this year.
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Kathleen H. August 18, 2015
· Trumpet · In home
Michelle is great. Always on time and even when running only a couple minutes late she will let us know right away. Very nice with my 12 year old son. We have been taking lesson with Michelle for almost a year now and we think she is the best! I would highly recommend her for younger kids no matter what playing level.
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Carnell P. July 20, 2015
· Trumpet · In home
My son enjoyed his first trumpet lesson with Michelle and is excited to continue learning more.
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Michelle L.

Rochester, MI 48309
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About Luther A. B.

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Bridgeport, CT

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The student will be instructed on the basics of proper playing techniques, music theory, and musicianship. They will learn to read music and also play by ear which will make them a well rounded player.

About Luther A.
Mr. Blackwell unique talents as educator, instrumentalist, conductor, vocal coach, cinematographer, composer and arranger make him a sought-after teacher. Currently, Luther is working with the Bridgeport Board of Education at Roosevelt Elementary School for President Obama's Arts and Humanities Turn-Around Arts Initiative he is the Executive Director and Program Director of Blackwell's School of Music and Film and Minister of Music Director for New Hope Missionary Baptist Youth Singers.
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Joseph & Tich October 4, 2018
· Piano · In home
We are so delighted to have Luther teaching our girls the piano. Our eldest who is 7 has played for a while but we are really seeing a huge impact with his instruction. She is more excited to learn and even goes independently now to practice on her own in the middle of the week, which was really never the case and she really loved her last teacher of two years. After just 3 lessons ( with a gap in between the first two) we can see she has progressed more than she has in 6 months of weekly lessons. The thing that we really love is that he is not just there to make a dollar, and he does not want to waste your money and will give it to you straight! You couldn't ask for more! OUr youngest was so impressed now even she is showing an interest in the piano and she took over the second lesson and now we have gotten the 4 year old started as well. Very satisfied customers already. Looking forward to an awesome year!
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Riley September 24, 2018
· Piano · In home
Mr. Blackwell is a terrific teacher. I was surprised at how much my 6 year-old son learned in his first lesson. He is very much looking forward to his next session!
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Ilan July 23, 2018
· Cello · Online
Mr. Blackwell has taken the time to sent practice recordings which have been very helpful. I like that he is focusing on ensuring my son is learning the basics.
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About Kim B.

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Southgate, MI

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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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About Jacob E.

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Music has influenced and inspired me from a very young age, and my goal in life is to pass on what I have learned, to inspire the musician in everyone I know, whether through my teaching, my compositions, or my performances.

About Jacob
I am a Music Education major at the University of North Georgia. My principle instrument is the saxophone, though I have had extensive instruction on the piano as well. I am also an active composer, and have written multiple works for various instrumentation.

I have been teaching Intermediate Band at Christian Fine Arts of Forsyth since I graduated from high school in 2016, and have more recently started offering private lessons for saxophone, piano, and music theory & composition.

Music has influenced and inspired me from a very young age, and my goal in life is to pass on what I have learned, to inspire the musician in everyone I know, whether through my teaching, my compositions, or my performances.
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About Evan M.

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Email me at Evan@ EvanMcGlennenMusic.com to set up a FREE first lesson to see if I'm the right teacher for you!

Tired of the way your band director explains things? Returning to your horn after a long hiatus? Whatever the case may be, I'm here to help you become the best you can be and achieve your artistic goals. Each of my lesson plans are unique and aim to meet the individual needs of the student. I will guide you through fundamentals such as technique and tone while emphasizing the importance of musicality in what can seem like tedious exercises. We can cover everything including scales, traditional theory, classical repertoire, jazz theory, jazz improvisation, and so much more. We can also learn any songs you request! It's important to have fun with this and to play the music that you want to play.

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Email me at Evan@ EvanMcGlennenMusic.com to set up a FREE first lesson to see if I'm the right teacher for you!

My name is Evan McGlennen and I am a 2017 graduate of the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School. While in school, I studied extensively with two-time Grammy award winner Eric DeFade. I continued to study with Eric through the summer of 2015 while completing the Carnegie Mellon Pre-college music program. In the following summer, I was awarded a full tuition scholarship to the Berklee College of Music 5-week summer intensive. While attending the 5-week, I studied with Harry Skoler, Lance Van Lenten and other Berklee College of Music Faculty.

Today, I freelance around the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas playing a variety of styles on multiple woodwinds. I come from a large family so I'm very good with kids and
can explain things in multiple ways. I'm very easy to talk to and want to help students discover their passion for this incredible art form.
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Experienced teacher of all ages, from beginning to advanced! I've been teaching professionally for three years as a music teacher/band director in grades 6-12 and have been playing the saxophone since I was 13, alto being my primary. Lessons are specialized and catered to meet the individual needs/potentials of each student. I have a strong saxophone/music curriculum that focuses on tone, technique, articulations, scales, timing, sight-reading, composing/arranging, and more! While I work hard to make sure you're meeting all of the basic fundamentals, I specifically strive to inspire my students to play at a high level from a musical standpoint. I want my students to reach their musical aspirations while having an excellent time!

About Byron
I am the band director/music teacher in the small school unified school district of St. David, AZ about 40 minutes southeast of Tucson. I received my bachelor's degree in instrumental music education from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. During my time at WMU, I was an active member of the university bands, including the 300-member Bronco Marching Band, pep bands, and concert ensembles. I also studied saxophone as an undergrad and had many opportunities to perform in various settings, including large ensemble, small group, chamber ensembles, and solos.

I moved out from Michigan to Arizona in the summer of 2016 to launch my career and secure the job I always wanted to have - a middle school/high school band director. At St. David, I teach band on grades 6-12, one choir in grades 9-12, and elementary/general music. In additio
n to being a school music teacher, I always love to find as many opportunities to perform as a saxophone player. I'm currently the lead alto saxophone player in the Sierra Vista Community Band down in Sierra Vista, AZ.

My personal passion for that of the saxophone is the classical/concert repertoire, however, I can and am willing to teach any kind of musical style/genre, including but not limited to jazz, fusion, rock, etc. Aside from my conservative musical knowledge and training, I listen to most any kind of music in my spare time. My favorite kind is classic rock! Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Creedence Clearwater Revival are some of my favorites - just to name a very short list!

My versatility, training, and passion make lessons with my students energetic, stress-free, and fun! I teach students of all ages and backgrounds - from beginning to intermediate to advanced. My curriculum consists of strong foundational skills of saxophone performance (including tone, technique, tonguing, scales, breathing, advanced musicianship, etc.), but I always make it a priority for my students to reach their highest level of potential!

My lessons are customized and catered to meet the needs and desires of students on an individual basis. I look forward to meeting you and helping you become a better musician!
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