Lucian Williams

Lucian W.

Miami, FL

About Lucian W.

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Lucian teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: February 2014
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

Lucian W is an alumnus of Berklee College of Music in Boston and former faculty member of the Hartford Conservatory. His vocal studies have been with Jacqueline Jarrett and David Baker in Connecticut, Jane Ellison at Loyola University in Montreal, noted operatic tenor Carmine Gagliardi in New York City, and Gina Moretta (whose students have included Gloria Estefan and Jon Secada) in Miami. He studied privately with world famous jazz guitarists George Benson and Chuck Wayne and has had a full time performing career of several decades as a guitarist, pianist, vocalist, bassist, arranger and orchestra leader.
Lucian believes that by sharing his enjoyment of making music with his students, he can give them confidence in other areas. That is because, in order to make music, they must go through a process of physical discovery through practice. They are then empowered by experiencing the connections between inspiration, work, and pleasure.
He performs, as a solo entertainer, an unusually wide ranging repertoire because of his versatility on guitar, piano, and vocals. Being an accomplished arranger with a vast library of charts also allows him to lead a ten piece orchestra as competently as a trio or quartet. He has performed extensively in New York, Chicago, Cape Cod, and Florida.

*** Lesson Details ***
I always try to make lessons as comfortable and enjoyable as possible yet challenging enough to maintain interest. I build lessons around the student's individual interests (specific songs or styles) so that he or she can learn the technical fundamentals in a relevant context.
My own curriculum is supplemented by the following:
Guitar: Hal Leonard Guitar Method, Aaron Shearer Classical Guitar Method
Piano: Alfred's Basic Piano Course , John W. Schaum Piano Course
Voice: Jeffrey Allen's Secrets of Singing, Nicola Vaccai Practical Method

*** Studio Equipment ***
Hardman baby grand acoustic piano
OptimusMD1600 electronic keyboard
Crate TX50D guitar amplifer


*** Specialties ***
- Singing lesson time is generally divided 50/50 between voice building and repertoire. I accompany vocalists on both piano and guitar, teaching the melody notes as they are sung along with the piano. Then, once the melody is learned, I often switch to the guitar with just chordal backing. The acoustic guitar is also softer than the piano and lets the singer hear their own voice better. For voice building, I use my own concepts plus approaches of famous voice teachers like Jeffrey Allen, Seth Riggs, and Anthony Frissel.
- I am very experienced performing all styles of guitar and can cater to the student's specific area of interest, whether it be rock, folk, classical, or jazz.
- With piano, I work on fundamentals of reading and technique. Learning basic harmony and chord construction starting with triads (3 note chords), the student can soon read single stave lead sheets (a form of music notation widely utilized by professional musicians) as well as the grand staff. This approach trains the ear and makes learning how to play popular songs much easier.

Photos and Videos

Lew Willie & the Snapdragons

Experience

Guitarist
Oct 2013 - Present
Jay & the Americans

Band Leader
Jan 2010 - Present
Actual 3

rock band

Pianist
Sep 2006 - Present
Key Biscayne Yacht Club

solo piano

Orchestra Leader
Nov 2001 - Present
Lew Willie & the Snapdragons

guitarist/vocalist/arranger

Orchestra Leader
Feb 2011 - Mar 2013
Gold Coast Jazz Society Orchestra

band leader and arranger

Music Arranger
Mar 1995 - Nov 1998
Norwegian Cruise Lines

arranged music for cruise ship orchestras

Education

Performance and Arranging
Sep 1990 - Jun 1992
Berklee College Of Music

Languages Spoken

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

American Federation of Musicians
Apr 1993

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

25 Reviews on Lucian W.

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Austin B. Jan 24, 2017
Verified Student · Guitar · Online
Great instructor!
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Mary Jane Jan 18, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · Online
I felt very engaged and expanded upon augmented and suspended triads
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Mary Jane Jan 5, 2017
Verified Student · · Online
Felt very engaged, improved on the material of triads while introducing finger memory.
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Austin Beck Dec 27, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · Online
Great first lesson! Patient and fun to work with!
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Andrew K. Dec 21, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · Online
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Mary Jane Dec 15, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · Online
Really understood what he said, felt very engaged
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Mariah P. Dec 14, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
loved his teaching process was able to learn 2 songs in 45mins I enjoyed him playing the guitar made me relaxed as if we were on stage.
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owen Nov 20, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Lucian was patient and conveyed the information extremely well. Easy to manifest!
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owen Nov 20, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Lucian was patient and conveyed the information extremely well. Easy to manifest!
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Candace W. Aug 24, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Great first lesson.
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