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The average cost of 60-minute music lessons in Sterling Heights is $47. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $45 and $55 per hour.

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Franklin, MI

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RANDY L.
Teacher / Musician / Producer

Are you an adult who always wished you could play or sing?
Or a homeschooler who wishes you had music for your child?

Do you wish you or your child could just sit down and play the music you feel?

Is fear or uncertainty stopping you from playing in front of others?

Have you written some great song lyrics and just need help with the music?

Do you live far away from a good selection of teachers?

Maybe we should be talking.
We make it easy to study online, from anywhere in the world.

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

That is how music has been taught for many years, andone reason why many students just quit or had a miserable time with piano lessons. Music should be fun. Period.

We use m
usic to help you find your own voice.
When you find your voice, the rest of you is not far behind.

We help people to overcome any fears they may have about playing. We simply help you to find your confidence. Many people are afraid to express themselves because of negative comments from a family member or friend. We help you move far past that and get to your own voice, free of worries.

It has been said that playing only from sheet music is like only being able to talk when you are reading it from a book.

We help people to play and sing by ear.

Yes, learning to read music brings you wonderful music from some great composers. But there is so much more.

First, we find out how you learn and what you are interested in. Life is just different when you get in touch with the music inside you. Sure, it is some work, but it is very satisfying!
I love to help people do this!

All that said, reading musical notes is like your alphabet.
When was the last time you had to ponder the alphabet when you wanted to speak? Once you know the alphabet, you just forget it and move on, to words, stories and communication.
Music is a language as well.

Everybody loves music. How will you find yours? It’s different for everyone.
Maybe you want to sing like that great pop singer you love, or play keyboard. Some people write songs. In all cases, the keyboard helps you to understand all about music.

Bach used to improvise all the time. Why shouldn't you?

SONGWRITERS:
If you write songs, just bring in an idea and we will record it. We set a tempo and a key, and get your basic groove looped, all in about two minutes. Then we lay down the chords and a bass part and you sing a reference vocal. You can easily lay out a song in a one-hour session. Then it is easy to see how to produce it. It is amazing to go home with a recording of your song that did not exist in the world until you gave it a voice!

Along the way, you become a better writer, singer and/or keyboard player. You will learn to play by ear. And have a LOT of fun. You can do this online too.

ONLINE SESSIONS
You create a rough sketch and we track it, with your input.
We can help you to set up your own songwriter studio as well. If you get Logic software at your end, you can put on phones and cut a vocal with me producing you.
Seriously, great fun.
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
“...an amazing instructor...inspiring mentor...compassionate.”
“...a lot of patience.”
“My son's love for music has come from Randy.”
“...positive attitude and friendly personality.”
“...wildly entertaining.”
“ ...will teach you in a way that will make you want to learn.”
“We look forward to our lesson every week!”

"Randy, I like your "Semper Method of Music” teaching method.
It's applying knowledge with fun, and common sense... the best combination. Good luck. You’re a great musician."
Joe Messina,
Motown recording guitarist & Funk Brother

SONGLab
Your music. Instantly.
We use recording as a powerful tool to help you listen and improve.
Tired of crappy tabs? Struggling to capture your song? No worries.
Learn a process, instead of a lesson. Apply it anywhere.

Go from musical idea to music, fast.
Get to the groove in 2 minutes or less. In any software.

SONGLab Studio. The antidote to rote.

SCHEDULING:
Please note: If the particular time you had in mind is listed as unavailable, don’t worry. Between working online and two locations, I am very flexible and will work hard to make our schedules click.

SPECIAL NEEDS?
Everyone's needs are special. If your child has been diagnosed ADHD or ASD, music can be a joyful and rewarding way to see real growth and make a wonderful experience for parent and child. We help with the Proprioceptive and Vestibular senses in a fun and therapeutic way.

Just Google "BrainVolts" for a tremendous study from Northwestern University on the amazing effects of music study!

Playing by Ear
Pretty much everyone can play by ear. So we help you to find your own voice, reach your musical goals and to create and perform music as a real and beautiful part of your life.

Making music should not be a boring job. Rather, it should be something you can't wait to do. A way to get in touch with the rest of the universe. You will also learn to read and write, but it won't get in the way of your music.

Since a very young age I have loved to improvise and to create music. It is very satisfying to pass this on to others who are full of music inside but may not know how to get it out. If you wish that you or your child could get some help creating your own music as well as playing the great music already written, perhaps we should be talking.

I am from Canada, and I have been a professional musician since 1970. I studied music performance in school, piano with the Royal Conservatory of Toronto and Music Education at Queens University. I have toured with national acts, produced dozens of recordings of all kinds and played, arranged and conducted music on cruise ships all over the world.

Music is my life. Bringing other people's skills to a higher level is what I do best.

Tell me what you want to accomplish, either for yourself or your child. I look forward to speaking with you.
Warm regards,
Randy

PS:
A note about allergens:
I teach online and at my home and my studio. At home we have two very friendly dogs and a cat (Julian) who sleeps all day. If you have allergies, we will study at the Troy studio which is allergen-free. Unless you love animals. In that case, you will get to meet Vinnie & Buddy, the two most kid-friendly, loves-everybody, most gentle little guys you will ever meet. I put Vinnie's picture up so you can see him.

Teaching teachers
Several excellent teachers I know who have been teaching music for many years were frustrated by not being able to play without a sheet of music. They have found satisfying and positive results from this approach.

Wouldn't it be great to be gifted? In fact... It turns out that choices lead to habits.
Habits become talents. Talents are labeled gifts.
You're not born this way, you get this way.
~ Seth Godin

*** Lesson Details ***

Music should be fun. Period.

My only real job is to make sure you have fun and want to learn more. Then you will do the rest. you will astonish yourself and everyone around you!

In a traditional music education, reading the works of others is the focus, with no encouragement to improvise or to play by ear.

In our community, there is a prestigious, private college prep school that charges just under $80 per hour for traditional private music lessons. If you take away the music, most cannot play a note.

My method is every bit the equal of that school for those who are drawn to express themselves playing by ear. You will still learn all the core skills needed to be a well-rounded musician.

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

We will always have a lot of fun, but there is a lot to do, so we need to be efficient. My teaching method is a combination of the best methods I have found. It is backed up with the same solid principles that I received when I was a student myself. If you choose to continue and pursue a classical education at a high level, you will be well-prepared.

Please note:
You are most welcome to start with 30 minute sessions to see if we are a good fit. 30 min lessons are offered for this purpose and also for very young children with short attention spans. For any student, wishing to make progress, lessons will eventually need to be an hour or 45 minutes at minimum in order to reach your goals.

Attendance
While fun is our main goal, we need results and I am an old-school stickler for results.

Weekly sessions are the only way to get measurable results, and the only way I teach. Two absences a month is noted by colleges as a clear path to dropping out. That is what bi-weekly sessions will do.

Though you'll receive serious critiques from me, I always uplift and encourage. Positive energy is the ticket.

My Method:
Listen, Sing, Clap, Play, Read and Write. With these tools you can look deeper into the elements that make up music. Folk, jazz, pop, rock or classical; all Western music is derived from the same principles. We will study ear training from a wonderful ear training book by a famous guitarist. It'™s simple: you learn all the theory so you will be at the top of your game, but always have fun doing it.
For notation, we will use The Semper Note Speller.
For scales, we have the famous Brown Scale Book.

Technology
We use recording as a tool to help you hear how you sound and we always encourage you to express yourself with improvisation. In many cases, you will have tracks to practice with. We also use apps for your phone that really help. A guitar tuner to nail down vocal pitch, as well as a metronome app that is with you wherever you go. If you have a minute anywhere you can get in some good practice time. So we truly have the best of all worlds: playing from music and learning to play by ear! If you stick with it and do the work, the end result will be that you can always just sit down and play, whether or not you have any music in front of you!

On our first lesson we will do a duet jam session together and you will not believe how great you sound!

The Big Picture
In the old days, a tiny percentage of students would become a concert pianist.

Today, there are a multitude of other ways to become involved with music. Whether you are looking at music as a profession or as a hobby, we let parents know of the many choices available so that they can make good decisions, for themselves and for their children.

Having fun as you improve is a big priority. I also teach songwriting, singing, music recording and performance, as well as piano.

Remember:
A piano should be an irresistible invitation, not an obstacle.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Troy studio: A digital keyboard in a professional recording control-room environment at our media production studio. The studio is near Big Beaver and Stephenson Hwy.

Home studio: An acoustic piano and recording studio environment at my home in Franklin/Beverly Hills.

Your Instrument
If you are taking any kind of music lesson, we recommend a tuned piano or digital keyboard, preferably with at least 76 full-sized keys.

We have helped many people to find the right piano.
If you like, I can suggest several different models of keyboard that I have researched and of which I approve. They range from an inexpensive but effective starter keyboard for ear training and just plain fun to an 88 note weighted keyboard for more expressive practice.

*** Specialties ***
Adults who always wanted to.
Homeschoolers who are frustrated.
Kids who just love music.

My youngest student is 4 and my oldest student is 102 now. )At 100 he recorded an album of songs from the 1920s!)

I teach people of all ages first to play by ear and to have fun while they study. Then I back up ear training with solid theory so they can read and write music. In school I studied many traditional methods and I have distilled my own distinct method from them. Though I am classically trained, I specialize in improvisation.
Here's to a most satisfying musical experience!
Best regards,
Randy
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Thao N. October 10, 2017
· Piano · In studio
First time learn piano with Randy. He is talent and so professional. I and my son happy to find him. Gotta go with him.
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Fn October 6, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Randy was the most gracious voice coach I've ever met with! Not only was he encouraging, he truly cared about my success and enjoyment as a speaker. He even went over 10-15 minutes on a couple appointment times to make sure I was all squared away. Wonderful person and WONDERFUL at what he does. Great sound proof studio too with high tech equipment. Loved that he gave me his input and help me edit my speech/memorize it. Also gave me tips on my tone of voice, etc. thank you for everything Randy!
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Johnson N. September 14, 2017
· Piano · In studio
He is talent and friendly. I suggest him
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Randy L.

Randy L.

Troy, MI 48083
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ATTENTION!!!
Travel rates are $10 more than Studio rates... accurate cost is

Studio In Home
30mins $25 $35
45mins $35 $45
60mins $45 $55

Sorry for confusion and trying to get this fixed on the site ASAP!!! Also my background check is good and YES i can teach anyone under the age of 18... google me!!!

Scott began his music career at Berklee College of Music in 1985 and continued his education at WMU and WSU as a Jazz Performance - Composition Major. He has studied privately with Ken Taft, Gene Butler, Mikhal Caldwell and Joe LoDuca.

As a performer Scott has been in a wide variety of bands and is a founding member of the Frank Zappa Tribute 'Ugly Radio Rebellion' and Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute 'CrossFire'. With 28 years experience as a music educator Scott has done an estimated 20,000 private les
sons as well as classes, clinics, College Prep courses and is a member of The American Guild of Music. He is a versatile teacher and motivated performer and is fluent in most every style of music.

"I can teach you everything you need to know to accomplish your musical goals!!! Music should be fun and my approach is to ensure a rewarding experience for every individual student"

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons can be scheduled for once a week or every 2 weeks, 30 min - 45 min and 1 hr available.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Studio: a dedicated music room with a baby grand piano, electric guitars; acoustic guitars, bass, drums... full digital recording studio and rehearsal space!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide all teaching materials and personal equipment, the student needs to have their own instrument... guitar rental is available!

*** Specialties ***
I am open to any and all methods, genres and styles...

I have more availability than is shown here and try to be flexible with scheduling...
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Bill Andrews October 29, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
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Michelle August 17, 2015
· Guitar · In home
So friendly AND professional, couldn't have asked for a better teacher! I look forward to future lessons and learning to SHRED from Scott :)
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Jan Tuohy July 14, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Scott is astounding! He has a passion for teaching music and is knowledgeable in many aspects of his field. He has strong technical skills, is eager to design a forward path to meet a student's needs, and a very positive attitude to support your desire to learn. I am so happy to be learning from him and am optimistic that I will grow in the future!
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Scott S.

Waterford, MI 48328
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Highland, MI

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I studied Classical Piano under Ruth Jones for 13 years and under Audrejean Heydenburg at Spring Arbor University for 2 years. I studied Voice under Tamara Whitley for 6 years and under Charles Livesay at Spring Arbor University for 2 years.I have been teaching Piano lessons for 10+ years and Voice lessons for nearly as long. I studied piano pedagogy and vocal music education at Spring Arbor University for 2 years. I then taught music at West Highland Christian Academy for K-12 students and Home School Band and Choir for upper elementary students. Along with teaching, I lead worship at Bend City Church and has accompanied for several community plays and student scholarship events.

"I enjoy all kinds of music and really want to share my love of music with people of all ages. My goal is to get people excited to learn and expand their a
bilities through voice and piano and to prepare future performers and teachers as well."

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach all styles of voice including Classical, Italian, Jazz and Folk styles as well as Contemporary, Pop and Broadway. I incorporate the fundamentals into my everyday teaching style and help the student to grow in their technical ability through application in each song they study. I teach the student how to use their voice correctly as well as how to have good stage presence and performance ready ability.

I teach beginner piano students from age 5 through method books as well as more advanced students in either Classical styles or Contemporary styles. Some students have the desire to be concert pianists or to teach piano themselves, others just wish to play with a band or play songs which they can sing to. Both styles are valuable skills to learn. I will discuss with the student which direction they would like to go and decide together what the student would like to learn.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My home studio has a parking space for one student to come and one to go. Parents are welcome to wait and listen to the lesson or drop the student off.

*** Specialties ***
Classically trained Piano, Specialize currently in improvising with chord charts or lead sheets. Worship Music.

Voice lessons rely heavily on Broadway, and Show Tunes, but also include Classical, Italian, Latin, Folk Tunes, Classic Rock, Groups, Performance.
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Terrence A. May 31, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Lisa has a great personality ...on arrival she greeted me with enthusiasm....she has a calming natural way of getting you relaxed. Lisa inquired about my singing experience....future plans and expectations from lesson moving forward.
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Laura March 29, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Lisa has been a wonderful piano teacher for my 7 year old, developing in her a real love of music. Lisa makes playing the piano so much fun that my daughter doesn't even realize how much she's learned!
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Mrs. Williams September 19, 2016
· Piano · In home
So far so good! My daughter enjoys her lessons with Lisa. Lisa is punctual and patient. We are looking forward to a long term relationship and hopefully my 7 year old will master the art of piano!
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Lisa A.

Highland, MI 48357
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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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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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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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Matthew G. August 9, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Friendly, motivating, honest and awesome guy.
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Juanyea K. May 21, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Mark was very patient, professional as well as being knowledgeable about the guitar. I was impressed with the way he presented the information of his learning technique. Marc knows music by notes as well as play by ear. I would recommend him to for anyone of all levels of experience that want to learn or enhance their level of guitar.
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Marc M.

Livonia, MI 48150
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Hello Future Students!

I recently moved from NYC to Ypsilanti - very close to Ann Arbor where I was born. 10 years on the East Coast and another 10 before that in Chicago has helped me develop Networking, Performance and Teaching. Whether you want to pursue a Musical Career or simply learn how to Play your Favorite Tunes for friends and family, I am here as your Teacher and Guide. I teach at my own home or through the use of Skype. I hope to get my Car fixed soon!

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

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

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

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

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

I hope to talk to you soon!
Benjamin

*** Lesson Details ***
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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Cathy September 9, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I was very pleased with my granddaughters first lesson. Ben was patient, speaking to her positively and encouraging. Nora was very happy, showing her dad what she learned and is looking forward to her next lesson.
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· Piano · In home
Ben is a great teacher! He communicates very well. He is relaxed and very professional.
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Very down to earth and very knowledgeable in lots of aspects of music
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I have 17+ years of experience teaching guitar in both private and ensemble settings and 20+ years of professional performance experience.I have a degree in Music Performance. My average student has taken 91 lessons. I encourage students to inquire about their potential teachers professional training, performance experience and the teachers student retention rate as these are the criteria by which teachers should be evaluated. My motto is the success of the teacher is determined by the success of the student.
I also specialize in Bollywood Music. Below is a list of transcriptions that I have done for my students.

Hindi, Malayalam,Tamil and Telugu Cinema, Pop and Traditional Music Transcriptions
(with a few other genres thrown in)

1. Aaj Saanu O Mileya (Punjab)...................................from the film “Zubaan”

2. Aaj Unse Milna Hai..................................................from the film “Prem Ratan”

3. Aapke Pyaar Mein Hum...........................................from the film “Raaz”

4. All Izz Well...............................................................from the 2009 film “3 Idiots”

5. Ammadu Let's Do Kummudo (Telugu)....................from the 2017 film “Khaidi No 150”

6. Apurupamainadamma Aadajanman (Telugu)...........from the 1996 film “Pavitra Bandham”

7. Arikil Pathiye (Malayalam)......................................from the film “Oru Murai Vanthu
Paarthaya”

8. Aum Namah Shivaya................................................Mantra

9. Aayiram Kannumay (Malayalam)............................from the 1984 film “Nokketha Doorathu
Kannum Nattu”

10. Azhagiye (Tamil)....................................................from the 2017 film “Kaatru Veliyidai”

11. Bandish in Raag Bahaar..........................................Kaliyana Sanga Karataa Ranga-Raliyaa

12. Bandish in Raag Bhimpalasi..................................Jaa, Jaa Re Apane Mandiravaa

13. Bandish in Raag Bhupali.......................................Jaau Tore Sharana Kamal Para Vaara

14. Bandish in Raag Kedar..........................................Bola Bola Mose, Nanda Kuvaravaa

15. Bandish in Raag Yaman........................................Piyaa Ki Najariyaa Jaadu Bhari

16. Bandish ki Thurmi in Raag Kafi...........................Chaado Chaado Chelaa, Mori Biayaa

17. Banno Humari......................................................from the 2016 album “Banna Geet”

18. Bekhudi.................................................................from the film “Tera Surroor”

19. Bhaador Aashin Maashey (Bengali)

20. Bhador Ashwin Mase (Bengali) Bhoomi

21. Blockbuster (Telugu).............................................from the 2016 film “Sarrainodu”

22. Blue Eyes

23. Bolna........................................................................from the film “Kapoor and Sons”

24. Carnatic Saralivarisai Notes

25. Chaiyya Chaiyya.......................................................from the film “Dil Se”

*26. Chal Pyar Karegi....................................................from the film “Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai”

27. Chammak Challo......................................................from the film “Ra. One”

28. Chandrashekhara Astakam (Telugu).........................from the Album “Shiva Strothra Mala”

29. Channa Mereya........................................................from the 2016 film “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”

30. Chehra Hai Ya Chaand Khila Hai.............................from the film “Saagar”

31. Chura Liya Hai..........................................................from the film “Yaadon Ki Baaraat”

32. Cinema Choopistha Mama Song (Telugu)................from the film “Race Gurram”

33. Crazy Feeling (Telugu).............................................from the film “Nenu Sailaja”

34. Dheere Dheere Se Meri Zindagi (older version)......from the film “Aashiqui”

35. Dheere Se Meri Zindagi (new version)

*36. Dilli Wali Girlfriend................................................from the film “Yeh Jawaani Hai
Deewaani”

37. D.J. Waley Babu

38. Don' u Don' u Don' u (Tamil)...................................from the film “Maari”

*39. Eena Meena Teeka (Tamil)....................................from the film “Theri”

40. Ek Do Teen..............................................................from the 1988 film “Tezaab”

41. Ek Sanam Chahiye Aashiqui Ke Liye.....................from the 1990 film “Aashiqui”

*42. Fevicol Se............................................................ from the film “Dabanng”

43. Follow Follow (Telugu)..........................................from the film “Nannaku Prematho”

44. Geetham 1...............................................................Malahari Ragam

45. Geetham 6...............................................................Mohana Ragam

46. Geetham 11..............................................................Ananda Bhairavi Ragam

47. Gerua.......................................................................from the film “Diwale”

48. Govinda Namalu (Telugu).......................................Telugu Devotional Song

49. Gusa Gusa Lade......................................................from the film “Gentleman”

50. Hamsa Naava (Telugu)...........................................from the 2017 film “Bahubali 2: The Conclusion”

51. Harivaranasanam …...............................................from the Sabarimala Temple

52. How To Name It

53. Hum Aapke Hain Koun..........................................from the 1994 film “Pehla Pehla Pyar”

54. The Humma Song

55. Idhayathai Yedho Ondru (Tamil)...........................from the 2015 film “Yennai Arindhaal”

56. Ilaya Nila Pozhigirathe (Tamil)..............................from the film “Payanangal Mudivathillai”

57. Introduction to Indian Classical for Guitar.............from Jazz Guitar Online

58. Itne Shakti Hamein Dena Data................................from the film “Ankush”

59. Jag Ghoomeya Song -female version......................from the film “Sultan”

60. Jai Ganesh Jai Ganesh Deva

61. Jago Mohan Pyare...................................................from the 1956 film “Jagte Raho”

62. Jaya Jaya Jagannatha ( Bengali Bhajan)

63. Jhalli Patakha..........................................................from the film “Saala Khadoos”

64. Kala Chasma...........................................................from the 2016 film “Baar Baar Dekho”

65. Laila Main Laila......................................................from the 2017 film “Raees”

66. Lambiyaan Si Judaiyaan..........................................from the 2017 film “Raabta”

67. Learn Carnatic Music Lesson Gurukula, Jatiswara

68. Learn Carnatic Music Lesson Pillari Geetha Lambodara

69. Learn Carnatic Music Lesson Saralevarisai

70. Lingashtakam (Telugu)..........................................Telugu Chant

71. Main Hoon Hero Tera............................................from the film “Hero”

72. Main Rahoon Ya Na Rahoon

73. Main Shayar To Nahin...........................................from the 1973 film “Bobby”

74. Malare (Malayalam)..............................................from the 2015 film “Premam”

75. Maruvaathai (Tamil)..............................................from the 2017 film “Enai Noki Paayum
Thota”

76. Maya Nadhi Song (Tamil).....................................from the film “Kabali”

*77. Mehndi Mehndi...................................................from the film “Chori Chori Chupke Chupke”

78. Mella Mella (Tamil)...............................................from the 1984 film “Vaazhkai”

79. Minungum Minnaminuge (Malayalam).................from the 2016 film “Oppam”

80. Mira Mira Meesam (Telugu)..................................from the 2017 film “Katamarayudu”

81. Moodu Pani (Tamil)...............................................from the film “En Iniya Pon Nilavei”

82. Nazar Ke Saamne Jiigar Ke Paas...........................from the film “Aashiqui”

83. Nillayo (Tamil).......................................................from the film “Bairavaa”

84. Ninne Ninne Nammukunnanayya (Telugu)...........Christian Devotional Song

85. Oh! Butterfly (Tamil).............................................from the 1992 film “Meera”

86. Omanathinkal Kidavo (Malayalam)......................Traditional Lullaby

87. Om Jai Jagadish Hare............................................sung by Anuradha Paudwal

88. Om Jai Lakshmi Mata...........................................sung by Priya Mayekar

89. Onnam Raagam Paadi (Malayalam).....................from the 1987 film
“Thoovanathumbikal”

90. Oru Kari Mukilinu (Malayalam)...........................from the film “Charlie”

91. Pacha Bottesi (Telugu)..........................................from the film “Baahubali”

92. Papa Kehte............................................................from the film “Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak”

*93. Patola

*94. Peene Ki Tamanna...............................................from the film “Loveshuda”

95. Poomaram (Malayalam)........................................from the 2017 film “Poomaram”

96.Pudhu Vellai Mazhai (Tamil)..................................from the 1992 film “Roja”

97. Punnagai Mannan Theme Music (Tamil)...............from the film Punnagai Mannan

98. Raga Bhupali...........................................................Tarana in Teentaal

99. Raga Durga..............................................................Sakhi Mori Rum Jhum

100. Raghaputi Raghav Raja Ram.................................sung by Hari Om Sharan

101. Sairat Zaala Ji (Marathi)........................................from the 2016 film “Sairat”

102. Sanam Re...............................................................from the film “Sanam Re”

*103. Saree Ke Fall Sa...................................................from the film “R...Rajkumar”

104. Selfie Pulla (Tamil)................................................from the film “Kaththi”

105. Shiva Sandhya Namam (Malayalam)....................Hindu Devotional Songs Malayalam

106. Shyam Teri Bansi Pukare.......................................from the 1975 film “Geet Gaata Chal”

107. Soch Na Sake..........................................................from the film “Airlift”

108. Sree Gananatha......................................................from the album “Ugadi Special Songs”

109. Sri Kanda Sasti Kavasam (Tamil)..........................Songs of Muruga – Devotional Songs

*110. Subha Hone Na Da...............................................from the film “Desi Boyz”

111. Tamma Tamma Again.............................................from the 2017 film “Badrinath Ki
Dulhania”

*112. Tera Chehra...........................................................from the film “Sanam Teri Kasam”

113. Thalli Pogathey (Tamil)..........................................from the film “Achcham Yenbathu
Madamaiyada”

114. Thudakkam Magalyam (Malayalam)......................from the 2015 film “Bangalore Days”

115. Tum Hi Ho..............................................................from the film “Aashiqui”

116. Uf Yeh Noor............................................................from the 2017 film “Noor”

117. Varnam

118. Vineem Vithayil (Tamil)..........................................from the film “Thegidi”

119. Violin Song (Telugu)...............................................from the 2013 film “Iddarammayilatho”

120. Why This Kolaveri Di? (Tamil/English)..................from the film “3”

121. Yashomati Maiya Se Bole Nandlala

122. You and Me (Telugu)...............................................from the film “Khaidi No 150”

updated 6/12/2017
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· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Like Ellie's working style , attention to detail and the he goes above and beyond to keep us interested and focused , I wouldn't find a better instructor!!!!!!
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Ellie is the best! He knows what his students want and Focus more on that. He is really good at what he does and he has the ability to understand the students and adjust his lessons to their skill level.
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Great lesson, focused, good use of time yet relaxed. Ellie is a great teacher and player. Thanks!
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I currently teach at the Grosse Pointe Music academy and I am looking to fill some open slots in my morning/mid day schedule. I am a past songwriting music student at DIME. Dime is a new music college in Detroit. I was torn between Berklee and DIME but decided to stay home and pursue a professional music career. I am in a band with three Berklee Students called SIAS. (siasmusic.net) I was classically trained in piano and generally teach the classical method to my students. I have some experience with the Suzuki method as well. I encourage students to play what they want to play. I like to let the students control how they want to spend the lesson time, whether that be time working on their ear training, classical method, singing along, or creating original songs. The most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the musical journey.
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Haley is great! She is very flexible with my son's schedule and understanding. My really enjoys her as a teacher and he has come leaps and bounds from where he started weeks ago. He will be playing in his school's talent show after only having played for a few months. She is very caring and nurturing to my son and allows him to move at a pace that he is comfortable with while also pushing him to focus.
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Haley is extremely passionate, kind, Knowledgebale, and perfect for any level pianist. If you are also interested in songwriting and producing, she knows quite a bit. Definitely recommend
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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
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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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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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Hey, my name is David Jones (Davey Jones if you’d like). I’ve been playing banjo for almost 20 years, more than ten of which have been on a professional level. I’m a founding member of the Southeast Michigan indie band Frontier Ruckus, with whom I’ve played over a thousand shows across the U.S and Europe.
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My favorite way to teach students outside of my public school classroom is to find out what, how, and why they want to learn and running for it! I am high energy and excited to work with students of all ages! I have taught with students of all ages and abilities, and have taught special needs students throughout my entire teaching career. I teach a combination of classical and popular music in order to develop a well-rounded students who's abilities are diverse as they are!
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