Lucian Williams

Lucian W.

Miami, FL

About Lucian W.

Background check: Last verified 09/07/2016
Lucian passed a background check on 09/07/2016 that included the following:
  • National Criminal Record Check
  • County/State Criminal Record Check
  • Sex Offender Registry Search
  • SSN Trace & Verification
For more information, please click here.
Lucian teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: February 2014
Last sign in: 2 days ago

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
AFM

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.

Write a Review

18 Reviews on Lucian W.

Silhouette-80
owen Nov 20, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Lucian was patient and conveyed the information extremely well. Easy to manifest!
Silhouette-80
owen Nov 20, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Lucian was patient and conveyed the information extremely well. Easy to manifest!
Silhouette-80
Candace W. Aug 24, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson.
Thumb_5797855108086_review_Photo%20on%204-8-16%20at%206.23%20PM
Gianni Jul 26, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Great teacher with a profound musical education. Great approach to teaching between playing and musical theory.
Thumb_70385_pi_IMG_20140823_184036
Liliane L. Feb 2, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
It is with pleasure I must let you know that Lucian is the very best instructor I ever had. He is patient and stick to his method. I learned so many techniques with him that family and friends can't believe that I could progress at such a pace. I would recommend Lucian for any age groups."

I would love to resume taking piano lesson although I have health issues not completely resolved. I have to be around a humidifier and I must avoid humidity. I hope in the future I will be able to built on the foundation I received from Mr. Williams. I thank you.

Sincerely, Liliane Louis
Silhouette-80
Merrill Jul 29, 2015
Flamenco Guitar · In studio
Lucian is a great teacher. Laid back and mellow. Has a wide ranging musical knowledge and playing styles makes new concepts easy to understand. I would highly recommend him to beginner and experienced students alike!
Silhouette-80
Soheila F. Jul 28, 2015
Guitar
Verified Student
He is so friendly! He knows everything about the instruments. We are happy to be with him. Recommend!
Silhouette-80
Chase H. Jun 6, 2015
Bluegrass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Lucian will listen to whatever it is that you want to learn and give you all the building blocks to play how you want to play and explore your options on the neck in many different ways. I am a intermediate guitar player and within a few lessons with Lucian I was given tools to work on and practice for months to improve my skills and technique/ approach to playing. I would recommend his lessons to ANYONE looking to improve!
Thumb_70385_pi_IMG_20140823_184036
Liliane L. Apr 29, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I am enjoying the piano lessons. Lucian is great. I would like to continue to progress with him. Thank you.
Thumb_69573_pi_CT%20jpg%201
Carolyn G. Apr 20, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Lucian's a great teacher...very patient....and makes lessons fun. I couldn't have asked for a better teacher.
Previously Viewed