Lucian Williams
Miami, FL
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Lucian Williams

Lucian W.

Miami, FL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- defining rhythmic and harmonic functionality of the bass
- learning notes on fret board
- constructing walking bass lines
- R&B syncopation

About Lucian W.

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.

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Matt

Lucian is a great guy and very knowledgeable about all things jazz. Enjoyed my lessons with him and can recommend for those wanting to get into jazz.

Posted Oct 27, 2019
Carol
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First lesson so far and took in just enough info so as to not be overloaded but enough to practice st home and keep interested. He was patient as I'm a true beginner.

Posted Jan 17, 2019
Salvatore D.
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Has a lot of experience and knowledge, and puts in the effort to show it.

Posted Apr 5, 2018
Nathaniel S.
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Great teacher, very knowledgeable of theory and can help you better understand your instrument and music in general. Highly recommended.

Posted Mar 19, 2018
Ronald Libby
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Excellent

Posted Mar 5, 2018
Aron
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very methodical, had a good approach! we enjoyed learning with him

Posted Jul 10, 2017
Nelson
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Lucian has a life time of experience as a practing musician, and also has been teaching for many years. I've had other guitar teachers, but Lucian​ is great at explanation and practical instruction. He's not just teaching you how to strum chords, but also about music theory.

He has the patience, and demeanor that is perfect for teaching. No easy task. I've seen other students of all ages here as well.

Great teacher

Posted May 27, 2017
Marty
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Lucian is a great musician and after my first lesson I am comfortable knowing he is an excellent teacher. I look forward to taking my guitar playing to the next level. Thanks Lucian!

Posted May 26, 2017
Mary Jane
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Makes understanding piano easy and is very helpful in understanding new material

Posted Apr 24, 2017
Mary Jane
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Getting back into what we've learned felt very easy and the emphasis on finger formations helps me play better.

Posted Apr 10, 2017
Austin B.
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Great instructor!

Posted Jan 24, 2017
Mary Jane
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I felt very engaged and expanded upon augmented and suspended triads

Posted Jan 18, 2017
Mary Jane
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Felt very engaged, improved on the material of triads while introducing finger memory.

Posted Jan 5, 2017
Austin Beck
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Great first lesson! Patient and fun to work with!

Posted Dec 27, 2016
Andrew K.
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Posted Dec 21, 2016
Mary Jane
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Really understood what he said, felt very engaged

Posted Dec 15, 2016
Mariah P.
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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.

Posted Dec 14, 2016
owen
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Lucian was patient and conveyed the information extremely well. Easy to manifest!

Posted Nov 20, 2016
owen
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Lucian was patient and conveyed the information extremely well. Easy to manifest!

Posted Nov 20, 2016
Candace W.
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Great first lesson.

Posted Aug 24, 2016
Gianni
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Great teacher with a profound musical education. Great approach to teaching between playing and musical theory.

Posted Jul 26, 2016
Liliane L.
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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

Posted Feb 2, 2016
Merrill
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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!

Posted Jul 29, 2015
Soheila F.

He is so friendly! He knows everything about the instruments. We are happy to be with him. Recommend!

Posted Jul 28, 2015
Chase H.
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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!

Posted Jun 6, 2015
Liliane L.
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I am enjoying the piano lessons. Lucian is great. I would like to continue to progress with him. Thank you.

Posted Apr 29, 2015
Carolyn G.
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Lucian's a great teacher...very patient....and makes lessons fun. I couldn't have asked for a better teacher.

Posted Apr 20, 2015
Michelle H.
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Lucian is an excellent piano teacher! As an adult beginner, I feel that I have progressed a lot in very little time. Lucian is patient and encouraging. I strongly recommend him for both kids and adults.

Posted Mar 23, 2015
Andre B.
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Lucian, in my experience, is a good teacher who is patient and adapts to teach both kids and adults. He is multi talented and I recommend scheduling lessons with him for both voice and instruments.

Posted Jan 16, 2015
Trey S.
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I started taking guitar lesson with Lucian, but our theory work inspired me to buy a keyboard, so now I take both guitar and piano on alternating weeks. As much as I still enjoy the guitar, I LOVE my piano lessons. Apparently my piano has come along well enough that my girlfriend now wants lessons for both her and her child. That is no small compliment coming from her! I'm 43, but I would recommend Lucian to anyone at any age, so long as you're willing to put in the practice. I've had a half dozen guitar instructors, not to mention teachers of various subjects and levels. Lucian is among the best.

Posted Nov 24, 2014
Alyona S.
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This is my first experience of playing the guitar and I really enjoy the lessons with Lucian. He is a professional musician as well as a teacher! He is explaining a theory as clear as it is possible and puts a lot attention to practice! Thank you, Lucian!

Posted Nov 17, 2014
Wanda B.

Lucian is a very great professional instructor! My voice has progressed so much since I started my lessons with him. I would recommend anyone to him.

Posted Jul 20, 2014
Soheila F.

He is professional instructor.

Lucion is very passionate about the music and teach it very professionally. He communicate clearly and is always on time. I am so happy that started my guitar lesson with him and looking forward for his class eagerly each week to learn new lessons.
Thank you Lucion

Posted Feb 12, 2014
Karissa S.

Very professional & knows his craft well

Amazing - the vast experience & knowledge present themselves with just the first lesson!

Posted May 6, 2013
Andres L.

Lucian it's a great teacher.

Lucian it's a great teacher and my Son is very happy with the Piano classes.

Posted May 3, 2013

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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

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.

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