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About Kathy B.

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I am a patient, enthusiastic teacher in the following areas: piano, violin, cello, drums, music history, and music theory. I have taught vocal and instrumental music in both Catholic and Public schools, and in after-school programs, for 20 years, and have been giving private lessons for 9 years. I enjoy teaching music to all age students, and especially enjoy watching my students grow in their music ability.

I received my Bachelor of Arts from Marygrove College in Detroit in Language Arts with minors in Music Education and History,and my Masters Degree from Wayne State University in Education with emphasis on English as a Second Language and Sign Language for the Deaf. I have studied Music Education for K-5 at Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan.
I am also a published author of five children's books. You can find them through my
publisher Xlibris. com and they are called Peggy, The Three-Some Book 2, The Writer's Corner Book 3, The Golden Nugget Book 4, The 1940 Diary Book 7. When you go onto their web-site put in my pen name of N.K.Beckley and they should come up. Emily Book 5 will be out sometime in March 2017 and books 6,8.9.10 should be out by Fall of 2017. These are books for students in grades 4th through 8th grades and are also interactive books. I hope you enjoy them.
I also tutor for Take Lessons Grades 1 to Grade 8 all subjects except higher level Math.

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Piano: All students start out learning both Treble and Bass Clefs, and their lines and spaces. Each student then starts to learn their major scales with both right and left hand for piano. They also learn the note values, and are able to put them together in a song. I use Michael Aaron curriculum, which takes in all of the above and their technique lessons. I use all the Michael Aaron Book One, Lessons, Theory, Technic, and Performance Books for any student that is age 6 and above and I would ask that parents would buy them from Anderson Music in Dearborn, Michigan as well as any other lesson books listed below before they come to my home for lessons.

Cello: Using String Builder and Strictly Strings, the students learn the bass clef, lines and spaces, scales, and songs. Students will learn how to hold their bow correctly.I have played cello in the Waterford New Horizons Concert Band for over six years. I have also been the only cellist they have as a member of the band.

Violin: Using String Builder and Strictly Strings, students will learn lines and spaces of the treble clef, note values, major scales, and songs. Students will learn how to hold their bow correctly.

Drums: Using Rockin’ Rhythm Raps, and using drum pads instead of drums, students will learn the correct way to hold drum sticks and the rhythms of all the notes in the treble and bass clefs. They will also learn songs to play.

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Upright piano w/ seating for parents

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I enjoy teaching beginners in any area, because then you can see how far they have come at the end of the year.
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Robert April 14, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Kathy is a kind, patient and methodical teacher. She develops your piano skills with a structured program of theory and exercises geared toward constant improvement. She has helped me improve my piano technique throughout our time together. I have been able to play increasingly challenging pieces on a regular basis with her. I look forward to steadily improving my piano skills.
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Robert Bilenchi February 15, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I have recently returned from a week long stay at the Sonatina Piano Camp in Bennington VT and would like to notify all those piano students who may read this review as to the wonderful experience attending this camp can be. The camp takes adult piano students at all piano skill levels from beginner to well accomplished. Students stay in shared rooms (2-4 persons) which includes a piano in every room. Attendance is usually 18- 27 persons. The mansion itself is home to approx. 30 pianos. All meals are provided (and are outstanding) as well as piano classes and 4 lessons with concert pianists or university piano professors. Ample time is provided to practice a performance piece for the end of week performance night. Master classes are given on several evenings for those wishing to perform a work in progress piece for the attendees and the camp owner providing a public lesson.
I have found that the attending student group to be extremely supportive to all other students especially to those experiencing performance anxiety. Repeating attendees (from all over the country) have formed lasting friendships among themselves which have endured for years. Eight week long sessions are given throughout the year. In addition there are summer sessions for school aged youth
and also 4 short week sessions for those wishing to try a sampling of the camp. This past January was my 3rd year attending the camp and I will be returning again next year. My experiences at the camp have been truly unforgettable. More information can be obtained at Sonatina.com
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Robert Bilenchi October 27, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Kathy has worked wonders with my piano lessons. In about a year and half of lessons Kathy has added scales and exercises along with musical selections designed to enhance specific skills, plus has worked with me on select piano works which I find interesting and challenging. My abilities and quality of playing been steadily improving. She is always positive and uplifting yet she still can point out areas of playing quality which require work. She gears lessons and advancement of difficulty to my specific rate of improvement. I couldn't ask for better and and am looking forward to continued progress over time for my improved musicianship.
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Kathy B.

Detroit, MI 48228
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About Bill G.

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Guitarist/Songwriter Bill G. is a versatile and experienced instructor, who's been playing and teaching guitar for over 20 years, and is fluent in everything from finger style Classical/Flamenco and Folk guitar, to Jazz, all Rock(from classic to modern Alternative/Indie), and various World music styles.
From first lesson beginners to highly advanced students; and from simple songs to elaborate music theory, improvisation, and songwriting development; all are welcome to sign up with this patient, and highly recommended teacher.
Starting guitar lessons at a very young age; Bill went on to win many regional, national, and international awards through out his formative years as a student. Writing and recording in several different styles over the years; and also being a vocalist and songwriter; he founded Indie Fusion trio The Static Dia
l in 2010 as it's leader. The band has worked with several national and international touring bands, has been featured on indie and major radio from their hometown in Detroit to the UK, and has released two EPs, two singles, and a full length album.
Feel free to message with any questions about potential lessons; we'd love to hear from you!.

*** Lesson Details ***
As an instructor, I start students with the basics (open chords, major/minor and blues scales, general rhythm/timing, and beginner technique), and like to get at least a basic ability to sight read (music notation).

For younger students, I get them started on a beginner book for sight reading music and simple/basic songs to start with and build up their ability.

If a student is a little more capable, we start on a more modern/popular song they like. For my more advanced students, we get into music theory (cycle of fifths, harmony, chord language, etc.) and with some students we study specific genres.

My approach is one of building up a student's self confidence, and ultimately making learning fun. I take teaching seriously and value my student's time; so I work to get the most out of them, and to make their lessons worth while. All ages and levels are welcome!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio space in Helen's of Troy. Office is furnished with seating, music stand, and amplifier.
Student must have their own instrument and pick.

*** Specialties ***
I'm a singer/songwriter as well as a guitar player/instructor, so the construction and arranging of a song; from the music to the lyrics; are very much within my experience and teaching.
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Rosalinda June 20, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
I have zero background with playing ukulele but Bill made it easy to start.
If you're an adult looking to learn how to play guitar or ukulele but is hesitating because finding the right instructor/teacher is a bit of a task, try a lesson or two with this guy.
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Danya January 28, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I was a little nervous about my first lesson but Bill put me at ease instantly. At the end of our lesson I had a lot of resources to take home for practice and was beginning to play one of my favorite songs. I already know if I stick with lessons I will make much more progress than I would on my own with only the internet as a guide. I should have signed up for lessons years ago.
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Gary January 22, 2018
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Bill is a excellent teacher lots of knowledge and makes learning fun. Whatever you want to learn he is capable of teaching you. Highly recommended
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Bill G.

Bill G.

Troy, MI 48083
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About Michael T.

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Sterling Heights, MI

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I have many years experience as a working musician, combining: Private drum instruction, freelance studio work, and collaboration with musicians and bandmates in both a live and studio setting.

I have been a member of solid Metropolitan Detroit bands, most notably including: Friends of the Family, Night Train, and The Mobius Loop. I have been blessed with many great opportunities, most notably supporting national acts, such as: The Headhunters, Melvin Seals, Mofro and Strange Folk. And, I have recorded at excellent Metropolitan Detroit studios, including: Studio N Armada, Riff Lab Studios, Woodshed Studios and The Disc. Most recently, I participated in two separate studio/recording projects,with producer/multi-instrumentalist Joshua Michael Ackermann, and with producer/sound engineer Dan Lesnick. Along with teaching drum lessons, I
love to supplement my income with this type of studio work. I am also presently collaborating on original material, with a newly formed rock band, yet to be named. I am very excited about this and hope to get in the studio and to be gigging, in the near future!

I am looking to add dedicated students to my current roster. I took private instruction, studying under two EXCELLENT drummers from the Detroit Metro area: Darryl Pierce and Donny Gruendler. Mr. Pierce (among many other accomplishments) currently tours internationally and nationally with a well known artist by the name of Bettye LaVette. This group has made frequent television appearances, including: David Letterman and Austin City Limits. Mr. Gruendler, is currently the Vice President of Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, and he has been featured in several Modern Drummer publications.

I have learned a great deal through private instruction, and therefore teach from experience. I utilize and apply many of the techniques that I personally found useful; through my own private instruction. References from teachers, students, producers, and bandmates can be provided on request.
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Teagan F. March 7, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Working with Michael was so awesome. He really took time with Teagan making sure she was understanding everything he was going over. He was so easy to get along with and had very similar music interests. We look forward to more lessons with him.
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Ben N. November 5, 2017
· Drum · In home
Mike is flexible, easy to work with and all around skilled on the drums. Clean and comfortable environment for learning.
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Ben N. October 21, 2017
· Drum · In studio
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Michael T.

Michael T.

Sterling Heights, MI 48310
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About Heather P.

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Utica, MI

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I love teaching, simply love teaching! I teach students of all ages. I teach piano, voice, clarinet, and saxophone. I have taught for over 25 years. My students have lots of opportunities for performance, if they choose to. We perform at Nursing Homes, Retirements, Festival of Trees, and Seasonal Recitals. There are at least 2 recitals a year, 1 at Christmas and 1 in the Spring, if enough participation, we often have one in summer with a party afterward. We also participate in the Michigan Music Association competition. I have also had students perform in Disney World in Florida!!! I have been in many musicals such as Annie, Gypsy, Rock Around the Clock. I have put on solo recitals. I am a member of my church choir. My students and I have fun while we are learning music! It is the best job ever.

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use a variety of curriculum, which includes classical, broadway, some pop, new age, and jazz. After 3 to 6 months you will have a basic understanding of your instrument and will be ready to take off! I do ask students to keep track of your practicing so you can see your progress.

For piano:
I use the Alfred Basic Books for beginners and then we move to the Keith Snell books along with other supplemental books. If a student already is using a book, generally we will finish that book up so they won't have to purchase another set of books.

For Saxophone and Clarinet:
I use the Rubank books along with other supplemental books

For Voice:
I use the 24 Italian Songs and Arias, The Young Singer, and various Broadway books. Any pop music must be purchased by student as there is just way too much to chose from for me to have a lot of it.

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Home Studio: in living room with 2 pianos at entrance of house. Seating is available as well toys and a table for siblings.

*** Specialties ***
Voice - Classical & Broadway
Piano - classical
Clarinet - classical and pop
Saxophone - classical, pop, and some jazz
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Taylor August 9, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Very nice!!
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Ed Karpowicz February 2, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Great Experieince
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Victoria O. January 3, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Heather is amazing! She is super nice and I love her instruction for singing.
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Heather P.

Heather P.

Utica, MI 48317
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About Tom N.

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Sterling Heights, MI

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I have been teaching guitar and piano for many years in the Metro Detroit area. I have also played professionally in many local nightclub and wedding bands as well as having toured with "Bob Seger" as his lead guitarist/writer/vocalist. I have done recording sessions for "Motown" as well as having studied under "Joe Messina", a legendary Motown guitarist with the original "Funk Brothers." I take great pleasure in mentoring, training and equipping students with the necessary musical skills to achieve at the personal and or professional level according to the specific student's interest, desire and goals. I tailor my teaching methods according to the student's ability and musical preference, and can teach most anything from classic rock, to pop, classical, oldies, jazz, etc. Many of my students have gone on to play at the professional leve
l, and one, in particular, has become a music professor at "Berklee School of Music". Another former student plays with the band: "Thirty Seconds To Mars." I have also been able to assist those students who have a desire to introduce vocals while playing their instrument. I am also able to provide personal assistance in songwriting when needed.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am very easy to get along with during lessons, however I can provide extra encouragement and motivation the student needs based on their specific goals for taking lessons, whether it be for personal enjoyment or for the purpose of making music their career. I believe that learning music can be fun even as a serious venture, and therefore I incorporate humor when appropriate. The curriculum I use includes: "Berklee, Mel Bay, and Hal Leonard" methods for guitar. For Piano I use "Schaum and Thompson" piano methods as well as Hannon for technique. Additionally, I invite students to suggest personal favorite songs of interest of their choosing as a motivational tool to aid them learning from the music that inspires them. I find this very helpful for students in developing a good ear as well as sparking motivation to practice as they learn from their favorite musical artists in addition to learning the fundamentals of the instrument.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide music method books/sheet music etc. Students would need to own and bring their own instrument to lessons. I also provide guitar amplification.

*** Specialties ***
Berklee, Mel Bay, and Hal Leonard blues guitar method's. Schaum piano method. Hannon Technique. Pop, rock and jazz styles.
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Nadine November 11, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I was searching for a piano teacher that can put me back on track after I left playing the piano for a 19 years and I found Tom to be the one. I highly recommend him.
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Lilith November 2, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Tom is patient, kind, and well experienced. It's clear that he's instructed many people before, and is skilled with laying out a lesson plan and providing positive reinforcement. I've played guitar for a number of years, but I've learned a lot from just four sessions.
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Justin October 15, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Great experience! Great teacher!
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Tom N.

Tom N.

Sterling Heights, MI 48310
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Madison Heights, MI
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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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About Entela J.

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Livonia, MI
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Entela Jaupi is a professional violinist, performer, and teacher. She worked as a violinist in the Opera House in Tirana, Albania. Entela performed across prestigious European stages through cross-continental tours. After her move to the states, she studied with Hai Xin Wu, assistant concertmaster of the DSO. Her performances include many solo recitals in the metro-Detroit area and Canada, as well as performances with the BBSO, LSO, DSO, Grosse Point, Plymouth, etc. The venues she has performed at include DTE Theater, WFCU Center in Windsor, Madonna University, Plymouth Arts Center, and Cherry Hill Village. Her concerts include the legends Led Zeppelin, Josh Groban, and the Three Priests of Ireland. Entela has established a private studio in Livonia where she teaches lessons. In addition, she does numerous clinics and master classes in t
he districts of Livonia and Plymouth Canton and adjudicates throughout the Metro area.
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Crysti May 11, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Highly impressed with the way Mrs. Entela teaches! She truly helped my son advance with the violin but made sure he understood everything along the way. Highly recommend her!
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Sarah May 11, 2017
· Violin · In studio
My daughter took violin lessons with Mrs. Entela and she was a very productive teacher. My daughter advanced tremendously within a small amount of time and I was very impressed with how Mrs. Entela worked. Marvelous work!
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Aditi May 10, 2017
· Viola · In studio
I took viola lessons from Mrs. Entela and had already played prior to meeting her. She taught me so much within such a short period of time. Highly recommend lessons from her!
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Entela J.

Livonia, MI 48154
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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.

Detroit, MI 48201
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About Helen B.

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If you like to sing and want to learn how to be a better singer, you don't have to have any previous experience or training. I specialize in teaching beginning singers of any age how to sing using the classic technique that is the foundation for singing any genre or style of music from Bach to Broadway. You will learn how to make a beautiful sound when you sing and work on presentation, acting, diction, style, and artistry choosing music that you like and building a repertoire of music that you will enjoy singing.

Training for beginning voice students is significantly different than it is for those who have had training. Some have beautiful natural voices but they strain to hit the high notes, Exercises build breath support and slowly increase your range Music is carefully chosen to help you sing with ease build a stronger more reson
ant voice

Some children also have beautiful natural voices, but they are not ready for the kind of voice training that is appropriate for an adult. A child's voice is small in every sense of the word. They cannot produce the volume or range that an adult can without straining their voice. They can learn the fundamentals of music, how to read music, how to count, rhythm and musicality. The music chosen for them needs to be easy to sing and age-appropriate Songs that a child likes that are too high can easily be re-arranged in a different key so they can sing music that they like without straining their voice.

If you are considering voice lessons for you or your child, it is a good way to develop musicianship and build a repertoire of music that you will enjoy singing. The training will be enjoyable and very effective. You will begin to see an improvement in technique after the first lesson.

I was trained in voice performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music and hold a degree from Case Western Reserve University where in art and music theory. I have more than twenty years of professional experience including singing with a Chorale that performed with the Cleveland Symphony and performances as a soloist for choirs in Ohio and Michigan.

I founded and directed the Academie des Beaux-Arts, a performing arts school in Birmingham, and the Actors Alliance Theatre, a professional theater company that gave many young people an opportunity to gain experience working with professional actors. I have a combination of skills in voice and theater performance that sets me apart as a teacher who can help you develop a better singing voice and learn how to perform with artistry.
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Akshaya July 13, 2018
· Classical Voice · In studio
Extremely perceptive, sophisticated and talented teacher. Great with people and very respectful.
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Jennifer June 23, 2018
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Helen is patient and kind. I am so happy to have found her. I have a problem called spasmodic dysphonia. I have tried many things and feel optimistic that Helen can help me!
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Marge May 28, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Helen is a kind, caring and patient instructor. She works very well with children.
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Helen B.

Franklin, MI 48025
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Rachel M. is a performing pianist, composer, adjudicator, clinician, church musician, and teacher. Her students have won many competitions and some have gone on to become respected musicians at prestigious colleges and religious institutions.

Dr. M. teaches at Macomb community college and at her home studio in Troy, Michigan. While she upholds high standards for her students, Dr. M. believes in respecting the individual needs and unique qualities of each one. Students learn a mixture of classical and popular music and are introduced to the fundamentals of music theory and improvisation/ composition.

Dr. M. offers a variety of performance opportunities for students. As a member of NFMC, MTNA, the Vivace Music Club and the American Guild of Music, she regularly enters children in a variety of competitions if that is what they choose t
o do.

As a clinician, Dr. M.has given several lectures around the state on the Taubman approach to piano technique. Dr. M. is one of only 2 or 3 pianists within the state of Michigan to have worked one on one with the late Dorothy Taubman, considered by many to be the world’s leading expert on the prevention and healing of music related hand injuries as well as a master coach of leading concert pianists. (see New York Times article)

As a performer, Dr. M. plays regularly with the Macomb Symphony and has also given numerous recitals in the United States and abroad. She has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Macomb Symphony, Southfield youth symphony and the Grinnell Orchestra.

In the last five years, Dr. M. decided to write down some of “those tunes that are always running through my head.” To date she has written about 40 compositions, some of which have been performed at local churches. Stay tuned. This has been an exciting development for her students, some of whom have their own compositional aspirations.
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Chenyu June 20, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I am very picky about my piano instructor and tried lessons with a few teachers. I ended up sticking with Rachel for these reasons: Rachel is extremely knowledgeable on piano technique, theory, history, etc. She can sight-read complex pieces, and she also has a vast repertoire...there have been many times where I ask her about a song I want to learn and she would play it right at that moment because she has either taught it or learned it in the past. Rachel is patient enough on weeks where I didn't practice much and uses the lesson time to go over my piano technique in detail. She is also strict enough to motivate me to learn difficult pieces; I'm currently working on Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu op. 66 under her guidance.
I am an adult student who took piano and violin lessons as a child and currently been with Rachel for over two years (weekly hour-long lessons). Highly recommend this teacher!!!
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Rachel M.

Troy, MI 48098
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The Best Holiday Piano Music Books | Beginner - Intermediate
It's never too early to start thinking about your holiday piano recital! Take a look at these holiday music recommendations from St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L...   Something's a little funny about this time of year. The leaves are changing color, families are getting back into a school routine, and everybody seems to be preparing for Halloween or Thanksgiving. But musicians across the country -- church choirs, chamber groups, soloists, recitalists -- are already practicing
A Complete Guide to Mastering the D, D7, and Dm Ukulele Chords
The D, D7, and Dm ukulele chords are essential chords all beginners should learn how to play. For many beginners, the D chord will be one of the first ukulele chords you learn how to play. However, you may not learn at first that the D chord can be played in several different positions, and in variations such as D minor (notated as Dm) and D seventh (notated as D7). Choosing the best position to use for a particular chord during a song depends on its proximity to the other chords in th
20 Fun Songs to Sing at Your Next Karaoke Night (With Links!)
Editor's Note: See our updated post of the best karaoke songs! How much do you love karaoke? There's nothing quite like taking over the stage and having a blast singing with all your friends, or impressing the crowd with an enthusiastic solo! Karaoke always makes for a fun night, and it’s a great chance to practice singing. However, if your mind goes blank at the bar, you're not alone! Song ideas aren't always easy to come up with. Check out our ideas below for fun songs to sing at your ne
Guitar Chord Progressions: A Guide for Beginners
  Learning to play the guitar is a task that's undertaken by thousands, if not millions of people each and every year. The guitar, as the second most popular musical instrument in the world (right behind the piano at number one), is the peoples' choice for a myriad of reasons. Most commonly, however, people decide they want to play the guitar because of how prominently it's featured in today's top music. Many people enjoy pop music because it's catchy and the lyrics are infectious. Th
Spice Up Your Playing with these Essential Guitar Strum Patterns
Many guitarists have a tendency to focus most of their practice time and energy on left-hand fretting technique. Although the left hand is very important, mastering different rhythms and guitar strum patterns with your right hand adds a whole new dimension to your guitar playing. Understanding Guitar Strum Patterns Start by playing a simple chord progression. Ideally, you should be able to play through the chords without looking at the fingers on your left hand. Starting with a simple prog

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