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Barbara C.

East Lansing, MI

About Barbara

An experienced piano & voice teacher who has taught hundreds of students in the Lansing/East Lansing area . Ages range from five to adult. I've coached voice students for auditions in school/community musicals. I've coached piano students for music performances in recitals and solo & ensemble festivals. I am also a Registered Music Therapist who has taught simplified piano lessons to students with special cognitive and physical needs. I have taught in students' homes, in my own home and at music stores. I received both a bachelor's and master's degree in music from Michigan State Universi
ty. I am caring, loving and motivating toward my students. I communicate well with people at all levels. I modify music teaching methods to meet each student's level of learning.

*** Lesson Details ***
I expect my students to practice daily, bring completed homework assignments in music theory to each lesson, listen carefully and attentively to my instructions, try new techniques, ask questions, and be consistent in attending their lessons each week. I use the Alfred piano methods for children, older learners and adults, along with the Schaum Keynote Speller (Primer and Level One) for beginning piano students. If students are interested in branching off into classical music repertoire, I concentrate on musical selections that they choose from various classical composers. If they are interested in more easy-going, popular music/broadway musical selections, then we concentrate on selections that they choose.
For voice students, I use the Estelle Liebling Vocal Course for vocal technique skills; and I allow them to choose songs that they are interested in learning, whether it be popular music, broadway songs, church music, or more formal styles of music. After 3-6 months, the piano students will have learned all the basic skills in reading music, developed finger coordination and sight-reading skills, and advance to a higher level of piano performance. Voice students will have learned all the vocal techniques, breathing techniques, relaxation techniques, music theory related to reading music, expressive music techniques, and performance techniques.

*** Studio Equipment ***
stand up piano in living room seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
Alfred Piano Courses (Children & Adult), Estelle Liebling Vocal Course,
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Riko U. May 7, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She was kind. She was a good player, I like listening to her piano.
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Sherry C. March 24, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Barbara is a great instructor. She's very knowledgeable and patient. She always encourages me even when other people are critical. Her kindness and encouragement have helped me become more confident. My singing has improved significantly, and I've only had five lessons so far. I highly recommend her.
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Kylie B. August 6, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I had a great time learning with Barbara these last few months before my Grease Auditions. She helped me develop more confidence in my singing abilities. She accompanies me by playing the piano wonderfully as she helps me through each note and song. I am thankful for my time with Barbara and her caring personality.
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Barbara C.

Barbara C.

East Lansing, MI 48823
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starting at
$22 / 30-min
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Adam M.

East Lansing, MI

About Adam

Hello parents/students,

I have been playing bass and guitar for over 11 years. I play professionally in the NWOH/MI area, I studied music at Bowling Green State University and got my Bachelors of Music in jazz studies spring of 2012.

I am friendly, outgoing, and passionate about what I do. I love playing music, and I love talking about music!

I tend to work mainly as a "For Hire" bassist with many acts around the area; jazz, blues, rock, etc.
In addition to local work I have played with major artists Balawan (Indonesia music star, Sony BMG), Mark Kroos (Touring artist, Guitar Play
er Magazine guitar player of the year), and a gig with grammy winners The New York Voices (GRP Records). I also am the house bassist at Blessed John XXIII Catholic Church, I work part time there playing bass in the house band.

In my youth, in Celina, OH. I studied guitar/bass with Matt Speca, a Berklee graduate, and early on he gave me fundamentals that led me to a lot of good things. My next teacher was Mitch Campbell, one of the few jazz guitarists in my small town. He sent me in some advanced directions and taught me about advanced harmony and theory. My next teacher John Fioriello (Eastern University graduate, touring musician) got me prepared for college. At college I studied with renowned bassist Jeff Halsey, guitarist Chris Buzzelli, and NYC recording artist David Bixler. Since graduating I consider all my friends and colleagues my teachers because you always pick things up and you never stop learning.

I love all kinds of music, I love jazz, funk, R&B, blues, rock, reggae, and even classical. Some favorite bands/artists of mine are The Beatles, Weezer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, Weather Report, D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton.... the list goes on & on I hope I can turn you on to some of these artists and I hope you can turn me on to some music you like.

I love sharing the gift of music whether teaching or playing, it's definitely my true love, and my passion. Thank you for visiting my page, I hope you are interested in taking lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
The first lesson I will sit down with you and really figure out what you wanna learn and what you wanna do.

We'll learn plenty of technique, but I like to teach by playing music you like so as soon as we can we'll be playing songs you want to play and songs that I think will help you further your playing. If you want pushed, I will push you, if you wanna lay back and learn songs I will do that. Its what the student wants.

I don't require students to buy any books. I have some books that I may use in lessons, but I won't require you to buy anything although I may make recommendations.

Things you can learn from me:
Chord strumming, advanced chords, theory, music notation reading, improvising, soloing, how to play in a band... anything you want to do I will get you where you want to be!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Amps, keyboards, drums, stands, I got more then you need!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would only expect the student to have their instrument and notebooks.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, rock, pop, R&B, and most styles. Emphasis on playing by ear and playing with feeling. Emphasis on music theory and understanding what you're playing. Also a big emphasis on learning to have fun.
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Layla H. March 25, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Adam is an excellent instructor. He kept my 9 year old granddaughter motivated from week to week. He made learning "fun" & designed his instruction around the kind of music she is interested in. He kept her challenged with things to practice from week to week. Adam is great with kids and I highly recommend him for anyone wanting to learn or expand their knowledge of guitar. Adam is not only talented, but very personable.
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Jennifer W. January 19, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
I really enjoyed having Adam as a Ukulele instructor! He was very friendly, professional and accommodating. He went out of his way to find songs for me to learn that were within my ability. I've never played a musical instrument before and he not only taught me the basics of how to play the ukulele, but some fundamental music principals. Adam even took the time to research how to help me fix my ukulele when the supplier I bought it from was no help. He is a very talented musician and is patient with beginners. I would highly recommend Adam if you are looking for a music instructor!
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Josh D. May 1, 2013
Guitar
Talented musician, friendly person

Adam is a very talented musician. He is also a very nice guy. I wasn't very good at guitar, but Adam was very determined to get me playing. I would refer friends to Adam.
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Adam M.

Adam M.

East Lansing, MI 48823
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Lucas H.

Ann Arbor, MI

About Lucas

I am a graduate student at the University of Michigan and have experience teaching beginners-through high school level, as well as adults. Although my specialty is classical/concert saxophone, I have a lot of experience performing and teaching jazz as well. My teachers include Timothy McAllister and Eugene Rousseau, two of the most renowned saxophone teachers and performers in their field.
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Gabe October 25, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Lucas is a fantastic teacher and is the best teacher I've had so far!
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Gary F. March 14, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
First lesson with Lucas- great start. Looking forward to more lessons.
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Lucas H.

Lucas H.

Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Kelly C.

Whitmore Lake, MI

About Kelly

Greetings! My name is Kelly and I have been teaching voice and piano since 1991.

My training in voice/singing/performance/Voice Movement Therapy has been extensive and multi-faceted as has my own performance experience. This has enabled me to successfully guide/mentor students who are not only singers of classical, musical theater, pop, folk, and jazz, but also people who use their speaking voices to teach, present and act.

My teaching approach is more holistic in that it not only addresses the technical and physical influences that affect the singing/speaking process, but also the emoti
onal and psychological influences.

I work with ANYONE who wishes to vocally express themselves more freely and authentically, including those who consider themselves to be tone-deaf.

While voice is my primary instrument, I also teach piano to those who wish to learn to read music and those who would rather learn chords.
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Larry J. January 8, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
I've never seen someone so knowledgeable about singing. She is a wealth of knowledge and can translate it very well.
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Amy November 26, 2015
Singing · In studio
I initially selected Kelly as my singing teacher because of her extensive academic credentials and personal singing career. Since taking lessons with her for over 7 months, I have come to really appreciate her non-judgemental attitude and approach to teaching, as well as her creativity, thoughtfulness and insight.
My initial reason for taking singing lessons was to develop my voice to hopefully bring singing back into my life, which had been a real source of joy for me in my "younger days".
After only 3 months of working with her, I had an opportunity to do some public speaking and was quite surprised at how confidant I felt and how well my voice carried into the crowd, a marked improvement from previous public speaking experiences I have had. After 6 months of lessons, I was able to sing solo in public for the first time in my life with real success.
I look forward to working more with Kelly and her techniques to continue to develop my voice and my range of singing experiences and opportunities. I highly recommend her as a singing teacher. Above and beyond her expertise in the realm of singing and voice work, she makes every lesson pleasurable and fun!
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Larry November 20, 2015
Jazz Voice · In studio
I am a new vocal student who has studied with Kelly for the last year. I am the piano player in a vocal jazz group with an excellent woman singer and I wanted to become a better singer when I perform with our group.

Kelly has been excellent in helping me understand singing and to learn good traits when I sing. She has solid grasp of the mechanics of singing and how to unlock my personal singing voice. She does this is a professional manner.

As a person who plays the saxophone and piano, I have taken music lessons over the years from various teachers and I have found Kelly to be a great instructor. She seeks to understand what my goals are, understand how I learn best and uses her abilities and experience to help me make myself a better singer.

I recommend Kelly without reservation.
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Kelly C.

Kelly C.

Whitmore Lake, MI 48189
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Mikhail B.

Lansing, MI

About Mikhail

Mikhail received his Doctorate at Michigan State University where he studied with Yuri Gandelsman. Prior to his study in the United States, Mikhail was a member of Novosibirsk State Academic Orchestra and Novosibirsk Kamerata. Dr. B holds assistant principal positions at West Michigan Symphony, Traverse Symphony; section viola at Lansing, Flint, and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestras. Mikhail performed as a soloist with Novosibirsk Academic Orchestra, Novosibirsk Kamerata, Livingston Symphony, MSU Symphony, and MSU philharmonic orchestras. As a chamber musician, Mikhail participated at Music Mounta
in Festival in Connecticut with St. Petersburg Quartet, at Cello Plus Festival at MSU, performed at the Lansing Symphony Chamber Series Concerts as a member of Armonia String Quartet and at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp faculty concerts. Dr. B teaches privately, as well as at Okemos Music Academy and at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.
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Mikhail B.

Mikhail B.

Lansing, MI 48911
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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