Born and raised in Detroit, Sandy studied music from an early age. He obtained a bachelors degree from Eastern Michigan University and a masters degree from Wayne State University in music education. Sandy provides private music lessons to children and adults alike. In addition to working as a music educator in the Detroit and Southfield Public School Systems, Sandy taught music for Cranbrook Institute's Horizon Upward Bound program and night school for Mary Grove College in
Detroit. Sandy once served as music director and guitarist for "The Miracles" and has performed with many top Motown Acts including Freda Payne, Martha Reeves, Sweet James and The Fantastic Four, The Originals and most of the Funk Brothers. Sandy performed or recorded with James Jamerson Jr bass guitar, Ralph Armstrong bass guitar, Marcus Bellgraves trumpet, Ernie Rogers saxophone, Dennis Coffee guitar, Ron English guitar and many more. He also recorded or performed with the late Uriel Jones drums, Richard "Pistol" Allen drums, Levi Mann organ, Rudy Robinson keyboards, Joe Hunter piano, Johnny Griffith keyboards, Maurice Davis trumpet, Lefty Edwards saxophone, Thomas "Beans" Bowles sax & flute, Earl Van Dyke keyboards and Robert White guitar known for his famous guitar line on "My Girl" by the Temptations. He also wrote the music for two songs, performed by William "Wee Gee" Howard, one of the former lead singers of the Dramatics; "You've Been A Part Of Me" and "Don't Make Me The Reason".
*** Lesson Details *** You can expect a laid back teacher with well over 40 years of teaching and performance experience to educate you or your child/children. My lessons will be focused the following areas; Note reading - playing chords and chord progressions - learning scales - proper and useful warm-ups - learning the blues and blues progressions - speed exercises - and allowing the student to pick the songs they would like to learn to play
*** Studio Equipment *** The In-Studio lessons are taught in the family room which includes music stands, amp, trumpet, guitar (electric), electric keyboard and four piece drum kit..
*** Travel Equipment *** The student must have his on trumpet or guitar. I will provide the music stand guitar cord and guitar amp.
*** Specialties *** I teach jazz, classical, blues, rock and popular guitar and trumpet. I know and teach my students how to read and wright music. I teach students how to learn songs by ear. I teach them useful warm-ups, scales and chords. I teach them all they need to know to be a good musician.
Julie D. June 25, 2015
In home Verified Student
Sandy was great. He helped me tune my drums, get set up and taught me some basics to get me started on the drums which was exactly what I needed.
Jackie S. December 4, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Sandy's been a wonderful teacher so far! Only 3 lessons in but I'm confident he's started me off on the right foot.
Carol L. November 7, 2014
Bass Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
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 lessons as well as classes, clinics, College Prep courses and is a member of The American Guild o
f 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...
Jan Tuohy July 14, 2015
In studio Verified Student
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!
Sophia F. July 10, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Scott is soft spoken, patient, and kind. He worked well with my 6 year old at her first piano lesson. I would highly recommend him for music students of any age.
Aiyana S. June 22, 2015
In home Verified Student
Scott made me feel comfortable and I feel more confident!
I have had a passion for drums since the age of 4. Music has been an important part of my life as far back as I can remember!
I have been teaching in the Detroit area since the age of 19. I've worked with students of all ages and have a huge passion for teaching! Whether you're looking to learn to play the drums, learn how to play some of your favorite songs, or just want to learn for fun, I'm here to help you!
And, as it relates to my practical experience: I have been a member of many Metropolitan , Detroit bands, most notably including: Friends of the Family, Nighttrain, and The Mobius Loop. I have also 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: Riff Lab Studios, Woodshed Studios and The Disc.
I am currently accepting students, and I look forward to, and appreciate this opportunity!
*** Lesson Details *** -Lesson p
lan includes: (1) LEARNING to play with a good feel, touch, and control; through drum rudiments and a practice pad. (2) LEARNING to play solid and steady, at various tempos; with the use of a metronome and headphones. (3) LEARNING the fundamentals behind various styles including: Rock, Funk, Rhythm and Blues, and Fusion. (4) LEARNING to read rhythm notation!!!
*** Studio Equipment *** -Full Drumset.
-Metronomes and various books to help with instruction.
*** Travel Equipment *** I would prefer that the student has his or her own drumset. However, if needed, I can bring a small drumset to lessons.
*** Specialties *** * First and foremost, it is extremely important to me that a student is very comfortable, and fundamentally has fun learning! So, I provide a fun and comfortable environment by being very approachable and patient, and by creating a calm, low stress environment.
* I am a feel over flash drummer, with very good ensemble skills. So, I am skilled at the art of teaching students to drum with a nice, groove-oriented feel, while honing in and listening in a band (ensemble) setting.
* No flash or fluff here, I prefer to focus on what I humbly feel is most important; that is, feel and listening skills! I pride myself on being very patient, reliable, and approachable. My experience relates mostly to the genres of Funk, R&B, Rock and Fusion. Thank you for your time.
I graduated from CMU in May of 2011 with a Bachelors degree in Percussion Performance, and I currently teach percussion and gig in the Detroit area. In drum lessons, you will develop a strong sense of rhythm, time, and musical tact. My promise to you is that you will be moving around a drum set within the first month. While making our way around the kit, we will learn some basic music notation and practice techniques, as well as some more advanced concepts like self-awareness and limb independence.
I studied music performance at Central Michigan University under the instruction of Dr. Andrew Spencer. There I focused on many aspects of music including music theory, ear training, composition, arranging, and most importantly performance. I've studied and performed countless percussion instruments, and currently teach and perform in the Detroit area.
For myself, music is not a choice. Music wakes me up in the morning, gets me through my day, and helps me wind down at night. Music keeps me organized and focused through goal setting and prioritizing. Music is how I communicate, without it,
Now, for you, my potential student (or parent), music may play a different role in your life. It may be entertainment, it may be a social exercise, it may be family, it may be injury recovery, it may be therapy, it may even be that deeper calling that I spoke of previously. What music is for you, is not for me to say. However, through music, we will both develop a deeper understanding of ourselves, and in doing so, will better know what you are capable of achieving. We will learn to set goals, and to prioritize. We will build confidence through accomplishing these goals, and we will unlock potential that may have been otherwise untapped.
***First Lesson*** Our first lesson will be an informal meet and greet. You'll get to know me, and I'll get to know you. We'll talk more than we'll play in this first lesson because I want to really understand your goals, and what motivates you. We'll discuss some attendance policy stuff, some instrument stuff, and I'll let you know what books* we'll be working out of. What books* we use will be based completely on what you want to study (i.e. drum-set, marimba, composition, ear training, percussion, music theory, performance).
I use books to supplement the overall hands-on experience. Rather than reinvent the wheel by writing exercises by hand, we will rely on the many brilliant musicians that have come before us. You could play through a book on your own, I'm here to give you some perspective about what the book is meant to teach.
***Lesson Details*** These lessons are going to teach you talent. Despite what many people believe, talent is not something you either have or don't, it's something that develops over time. I was not always good at what I do, but through patience and perseverance I was able to increase my skill and my confidence.
These lessons are very freeform in that we may be discussing how to play a drum set beat one day, and we may be talking about how to play a shaker the next. The lessons you buy are yours, and they are what you want them to be. We will be setting goals, and learning to prioritize, but it will be goals based on what you are working on. I sometimes think of it as a "Study Hall" for music. If you ask more questions, you'll learn more things. If you practice a few hours a week, we'll be able to progress further and faster.
***On-Line Lessons*** I personally believe this is the future of private mentorship. The fact that you can chose from hundreds of qualified teachers from around the world is amazing, and I strongly believe it will change how society is educated in the future. The expectation is that you have a functional webcam, and some way of capturing audio. Be prepared to purchase a separate microphone and camera if we are doing full drum set lessons. Drum set can get tricky when it comes to sound quality, but be not afraid, I will guide you through the optimal microphone placement. Lessons are available through FaceTime, Skype, and Google Hangouts.
Here are the peripherals I recommend: Webcam - Logitech - C920 HD Pro Webcam ($99) Microphone - Audio technica - atr2100 ($60)
***In-Home Lessons*** Nothing beats one-on-one personal training. In-home lessons allow us the luxury of On-Line lessons, with the added experience of having a live audience; me. If you are local to the Detroit area, and you have the necessary equipment already at home or nearby, I'll come to you for private training. Lessons that are done in person are ideal for marimba, timpani, xylophone, and I would encourage that they be arranged to take place at a local school or music shop. I do not provide equipment for in-home lessons, which is why I recommend getting a third party involved to supply the larger instruments. For those outside of the Detroit area, Online-Lessons are your best course of action.
***Why take lessons from me?*** I've been teaching music for nearly a decade, and I'm currently active in the music community. I embrace technology and utilize the amazing breakthroughs from recent years to create a lesson environment that is forward-thinking and streamlined. My experiences have given me the expertise to work with all students, whether they are young, refined with age, or in need of special accommodations. I pride myself on my patience, and I continually strive to better understand goal setting, prioritizing, and the motivating of others. My students learn life skills that are not taught in schools, and will be prepared for success in all that they pursue.
Skyler C. June 19, 2014
Josh was my drum line instructor during my last year of high school, and he was the only instructor I have ever had who has not only taught me how to improve my playing, but he's given me the fundamental blocks that I needed in order to improve my musicianship all around. He has had a great influence on my life, not just my music, and I would recommend him to any student at any level.
Larry P. June 16, 2014
I started working with Josh my first year at Anchor Bay High School and I can honestly say he was by far the best drum/percussion instructor I have ever worked with. Josh is easy-going and fun, but still gets you to your goals fast and efficiently. He is great to work with one-on-one and can help you with just about everything. He definitely knows what hes talking about and has the chops to back up anything he says. Josh can also write very good drum parts, better than any music book I have ever found. I have learned a lot over the years and I owe quite a bit of that to this guy right here, every time I talk to him I learn something new. Josh is just a great instructor overall and a very down to earth guy. I would recommend him as an instructor to anyone.
jaci S. June 16, 2014
I had Josh as a Drumline instructor for 3 years. Honestly, there was no one better for the job. He made being on the drumline worth all of the hardwork and dedication because he made it fun and made us sound great. I cannot name a single person who dislikes him. I struggled playing throughout the first year but his patience made it possible for me to stay on the line. I know that if I were seeking for drum lessons, he would hands down be my first choice.
Also I have seen his band play a couple shows and the crowd was absolutely amazed by his drum skills. The rhythms and techniques he uses are groovin'.
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