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About James C.

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Detroit, MI
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Dr. James Charles. is a native of Detroit, Michigan.
Relative to education and music education experience, James is a graduate of Southern University (B.M.E), Boston University (M.M) and Capella University (Ph.D). As a result of his continued study and training in music education, James utilizes various teaching methods and classroom management strategies including those of Dalcroze, Kodaly, Orff, and Suzuki.
Dr. Charles has taught or held band clinics in Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Texas and Washington D.C. Dr. Charles has served as adjudicator of instrumental music festivals and clinician at various music seminars throughout the United States.
In addition to his extensive music training at several institutions of higher learning, James attended the Recording Institute of Detroit. There he received his certification in music pro
duction and recording engineering.

James brings enthusiasm and excitement to the learning environment. From Mozart to Maroon 5 all beyond, James assures that each lesson will present a wealth of knowledge that students will carry with them for a lifetime!

Dr. Charles's motto for music education is " You must have the desire, dedication, and discipline to succeed"

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Students can expect to learn the fundamentals of music immediately after getting acquainted. Answering questions such as" "What is music?" "How is music written?" and "How to get started on the instrument" are only a few steps along the journey of discovery in music. By 6 months, with desire, dedication, and discipline, the students will surely gain an aesthetic experience in music as evident through demonstrated musical growth and achievement.

*** Studio Equipment ***
recording studio f/w 88 keyboard seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Piano, instrument, stands, method book(s)

*** Specialties ***
Certified Instrumental Music Instructor for grades k-12
Certified Music production specialist (Recording Institute of Detroit)
Pro-Tools certified
Music Technology Specialist
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James C.

James C.

Southfield, MI 48033
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$30 / 30-min

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.

Ivan W.

Westland, MI 48185
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$25 / 60-min

About Michelle Sage C.

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Birmingham, MI
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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 and piano

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

*** Specialties ***
Song writing, music theory and composition, Classical, Americana, show tunes, movie tunes...... Just about anything!!!!!
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Ava June 20, 2018
· Piano · In home
Michelle was awesome and so glad to have a great piano teacher!
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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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Michelle Sage C.

Michelle Sage C.

Birmingham, MI 48009
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$30 / 30-min

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.

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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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Fred Chin July 22, 2018
· Guitar · Online
First lesson. Marc was great
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Chris February 8, 2018
· Songwriting · In studio
I only got to take lessons from Marc for a couple of months in the summer of 2016 (I had to move away for work), but he is hands down the best music teacher I've ever encountered. It's a year and a half later and I'm still benefitting from his tutelage. From beginner to advanced, you've found the right guy for the job.
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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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Marc M.

Marc M.

Livonia, MI 48150
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About Nicholas C.

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Detroit native, Nicholas C. K., demonstrated an innate musical talent from a young age. His command of piano, guitar, trumpet and bass progressed to studies at both Columbia University in Chicago and Wayne State University in Detroit. Since age 16 Nic has toured the country sharing the stage with acclaimed rock acts such as; Tesla, Bret Michaels, 3 Doors Down and many others. He is currently endorsed by Warwick Basses.

Nicholas been a musician in some form or another for as long as he can remember. His musical journey started when he was only six, with a delve into the realm of classical piano. While there he studied under world class child prodigy Josh Cullen. The composers that he studied include Bach, Beethoven, Barton, Hayden and many others.

From here he progressed to playing jazz trumpet, studying the Jamey Aebersold method un
der Paul Finkbeiner, the lead trumpet player for the Paul Keller Ensemble.

Then at the age of 11, with the help of his grandfather he discovered the guitar. He learned quickly on his old SR guitar. He quickly discovered that he had a natural taste for blues phrasing, and his soloing abilities quickly blossomed. 2 years later, he had formed his first band, Spherical. It was through this band that he found the bass.

His journey into the realm of bass, began out of necessity and progressed into love of the bottom end. Since then, he has been collecting basses, playing, living and breathing bass. He now realizes the importance of a funky beat, a subtle line and most important of all A Tight Groove!!!

The benefit of studying under someone with a vast array of both talent and experience is clear.

*** Lesson Details ***
During his musical career Nicholas has played almost every style of music; from folk to experimental from jazz to rock. One thread holds true through all music, it has to groove.
During the course of a lesson he will cover a broad range of topics starting from the basics, and moving into ear training, sight-reading, theoretical knowledge and most important for bass players, groove. Just as every player has their own musical personality and voice, so to does every lesson that Nicholas gives.
In a supportive, patient environment, every lesson is custom tailored to the student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home: lessons in dedicated music room with piano and stereo, guitars/basses, cables/amps

*** Specialties ***
Jazz Studies major at Wayne State University. Has a firm understanding of music across both the classical and jazz idioms spanning multiple instruments.
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Ivy D. June 21, 2018
· Piano · In home
Helpful, patient and positive with a wide range of student ages. Highly recommend.
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Peyton D. June 21, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Very patient and positive! Will recommend.
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Bryant W. April 15, 2018
· Trumpet · Online
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Nicholas C.

Nicholas C.

Farmington, MI 48334
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About John B.

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Hamtramck, MI

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I'm a Detroit-based multi-instrumentalist with experience playing gospel, jazz, R&B, rock, and more. I studied jazz bass at University of Michigan, but I am certainly down-to-earth and open to teaching a variety of musical styles at many different levels. I've played bass, keys, and guitar in a number of groups over the years, and I've studied these instruments privately with amazing mentors since I was young. Because of this experience I can help a student find and fine-tune their role in their band no matter what the instrument. I can also help those students who play music privately in their own homes or with their friends to create and attain musical goals.

More than anything, I appreciate the friendships I form with my students. There is tremendous trust formed in the teacher-student relationship as we work toward shared go
als, and that is something very special to me. Essentially, music takes on an apprenticeship model. Interested beginners find an experienced mentor, gain knowledge and experience, and in turn become experienced musicians who can mentor students themselves. I've celebrated achievements with my students as they begin to perform, write and record original music, and pass auditions for groups and music schools. I derive so much pride and responsibility from carrying on my musical lineage, and I strive to help students follow their interests and become accomplished musicians in their own right.
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John B.

John B.

Hamtramck, MI 48212
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$30 / 30-min

About Jerry W.

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Grosse Pointe, MI

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

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

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

Grosse Pointe, MI 48236
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About Annie W.

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Detroit, MI
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I am a professional singer, songwriter, voice and piano teacher, and guest soloist at the Historic First Congregational Church of Detroit. I have a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, where I studied voice with Robert Powell and Helen Laird, and I was mentored by Maestro Max Rudolph, conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, with whom I made my professional singing debut in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony as the lead soprano. I was awarded the Bertha Bauer Full Four-Year Scholarship and the John A. Hoffman Award for highest GPA in Voice. I won the Martha Baird Rockefeller Music Fund Award and the Jean Tennyson Music Award for outstanding accomplishments in music. I was guest soloist with the Washington National Symphony in Baltimore, the New York Youth Symphony, the
Rochester Symphony, and the Cincinnati Music Festival. I also represented the United States in the International Competitions in Montreal, and I was a finalist in the coveted Metropolitan Opera auditions in New York. I was contracted with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (the German Opera on the Rhine Company), where I was the leading young dramatic soprano, and I toured with the company seven years.

I received my Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Wayne State University College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, where I performed various opera roles and studied Vocal Pedagogy. I was guest soprano with the Rackham Symphony Orchestra and Friends of the Opera in Dearborn, the Menc conference, and the Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor. I was also artistic director of the Arts Center Music School in Detroit where I taught all levels of voice and fundamental piano. One of my voice students is enrolled in a major music school in New York, another is a songwriter and recording artist in Detroit, and another recently auditioned and was accepted into the Mosaic Youth Theater in Detroit.

In addition to guest solo appearances, I currently have two works in progress, including, a monolog with my original composition, and a demo for a new CD featuring my original compositions.
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Lisa Randon July 26, 2017
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Excellent piano teacher! Very patient with my 8 year old son. She taught lessons for his older siblings and they as well appreciated the instruction that they received!
Thank you Ms. Walker!
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Stephanie Adegbenro July 26, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Wonderful instructor. Wonderful voice to listen to. Very knowledgeable. Just amazing! Couldn't ask for someone better to learn from.
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Annie W.

Annie W.

Detroit, MI 48201
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About Dane C.

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Detroit, MI
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Greetings!

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

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

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

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

Dane C.

Rochester, MI 48309
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$34 / 30-min

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I just moved back to the area from Nashville, Tennessee. I have been playing guitar since the age of six (23 years) and I absolutely love teaching!

I teach guitar, mandolin, bass, dobro, music theory and audio engineering. I have a Bachelor of Science from Full Sail University in Recording Arts and am currently working on my 2nd bachelors in Music Composition and Theory so as to obtain my Masters in Music Education.

I am familiar with both playing and teaching a wide variety of styles including rock, blues, bluegrass, classical, traditional Irish, pop, rockabilly, heavy metal, R&B and soul!
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James August 1, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
John is a natural teacher. He breaks down each concept into digestible pieces that makes it easy for students to understand. I am happy to recommend him to anyone who is interested in learning guitar.
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Leila August 1, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
John had me playing fun stuff - Clapton, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty - in the first couple of months, while still managing to sneak in the boring drills and theory in a way I didn’t even notice.
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John R.

Southfield, MI 48076
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