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Brian L.

Westland, MI

About Brian

Having studied Jazz at Wayne State University, I previously earned both an Associate of Arts degree, and a Music Foundations Certificate from Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan. I have years of experience as a professional music instructor, working with both children and adults of all ages. I am also an A+ Certified IT Technician with experience as a technical trainer.

*** Lesson Details ***
My method is simple to understand, and will take you step by step through everything you need to know. I stress strong fundamentals while keeping things fun and interesting. Lessons are relaxed,
yet focused.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Instruments - Amps - Computer Hardware/Software

*** Specialties ***
Music: Jazz, Classical, Rock
Technology: CompTIA A+, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Windows
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Jaesung June 28, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Tremendously knowledgeable and able to teach complex things very simply. Everything he taught me was so much more profound and important to understanding music that I could have imagined. Highly recommend him as a mentor if one is at all interested in music.
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Maya H. June 5, 2015
Microsoft Word · Online
Verified Student
Brian is wonderful! He is extremely helpful and patient.
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Dan S. April 1, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
very knowledgable and teaches from the ground up
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Brian L.

Brian L.

Westland, MI 48185
(8)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Mark S.

Ypsilanti, MI

About Mark

Mark is a versatile drummer. He is a graduate (B.M.) from the Berklee College of Music. Mark has performed live with many national acts such as: Howard Jones, Gordon Lightfoot, Mitch Ryder, Earl Klugh, Leo Sayer, KC & the sunshine band and Tony Orlando. He has recorded with David Foster, George Clinton, Brea Starr and What It IS and Justine Blazer.
He has also been an in demand drummer locally, both live and in studio..
He is also teaching a large roster of students, clinics and master classes at such institutions as the Power Chord Academy(Chicago), Avanti Music Academy (Toronto), Michiga
n's Interlochen Arts Camp, and DePaul University's school of music.. Oberlin and Indiana U summer jazz camps and Cleveland Institute of music. 

*** Lesson Details ***
I love to teach and do so according to the students needs. We'll have fun, but we can get intense. I specialize in the Moellor technique, methods from Chaffee, Chapin, Kaspik and Uribe, Chart reading and interpretation, 4 limb independence, working w/ loops and foot technique. ALL STYLES OF MUSIC AND DRUMMING.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate room: oak floor, drum kit, computer with recording gear

*** Specialties ***
Drums: beg to adv

I specialize in Moellor technique. Pedagogy of Gary Chaffe, Ed Kaspik, Jim Chapin among others. I focus on independence, chart reading styles interpretation and phrasing, as well as rudimental training. 
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YoussefA June 17, 2011
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Great instructor. Lessons are very helpful, fun and interesting. He's also an extraordinary drummer, his skills and knowledge of the drums is just amazing.
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Mark S.

Mark S.

Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(1)
starting at
$28 / 30-min
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Nicholas C.

Garden City, MI

About Nicholas

Detroit native, Nicholas C. K., demonstrated an innate musical talent from a young age. His command of piano, guitar, trumpet and bass progressed to studies at both Columbia University in Chicago and Wayne State University in Detroit. Since age 16 Nic has toured the country sharing the stage with acclaimed rock acts such as; Tesla, Bret Michaels, 3 Doors Down and many others. He is currently endorsed by Warwick Basses.

Nicholas been a musician in some form or another for as long as he can remember. His musical journey started when he was only six, with a delve into the realm of classical pi
ano. While there he studied under world class child prodigy Josh Cullen. The composers that he studied include Bach, Beethoven, Barton, Hayden and many others.

From here he progressed to playing jazz trumpet, studying the Jamey Aebersold method under Paul Finkbeiner, the lead trumpet player for the Paul Keller Ensemble.

Then at the age of 11, with the help of his grandfather he discovered the guitar. He learned quickly on his old SR guitar. He quickly discovered that he had a natural taste for blues phrasing, and his soloing abilities quickly blossomed. 2 years later, he had formed his first band, Spherical. It was through this band that he found the bass.

His journey into the realm of bass, began out of necessity and progressed into love of the bottom end. Since then, he has been collecting basses, playing, living and breathing bass. He now realizes the importance of a funky beat, a subtle line and most important of all A Tight Groove!!!

The benefit of studying under someone with a vast array of both talent and experience is clear.

*** Lesson Details ***
During his musical career Nicholas has played almost every style of music; from folk to experimental from jazz to rock. One thread holds true through all music, it has to groove.
During the course of a lesson he will cover a broad range of topics starting from the basics, and moving into ear training, sight-reading, theoretical knowledge and most important for bass players, groove. Just as every player has their own musical personality and voice, so to does every lesson that Nicholas gives.
In a supportive, patient environment, every lesson is custom tailored to the student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home: lessons in dedicated music room with piano and stereo, guitars/basses, cables/amps

*** Specialties ***
Jazz Studies major at Wayne State University. Has a firm understanding of music across both the classical and jazz idioms spanning multiple instruments.
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Steve C. July 9, 2015
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
Nicholas knows his stuff. More importantly, he's very patient with this old dude who is trying to get his chops back.
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Steve C. May 11, 2015
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
A good first session. I think Nicholas will prove to be a good coach for me.
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Rebecca R. April 15, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My son is enjoying his lessons with Nicholas. Nicholas seems to always be well prepared and I love the attentiveness that he has with my son. My son always seems to learn a lot in his lessons and Nicholas helps keeps him engaged and interested to play. Nicholas is a great teacher!
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Nicholas C.

Garden City, MI 48135
(11)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Benjamin M.

Ypsilanti, MI

About Benjamin

Hello Future STUDENTS!

Last year I moved from NYC to Ypsilanti. I lived on the East Coast for over 10 years and learned a great deal in Networking, Performance and Teaching. I am now eager to build a new base of fresh Music Students. Since I was born and raised in Ann Arbor, I am happy to be back and ready to go!

Whether you want to pursue a Musical Career or simply learn how to Play your Favorite Tunes for friends and family, I am here as your Teacher and Guide. I teach at my own home, commute to yours or through the use of Skype. Your choice.

As a Father of four, I have had the joy
in teaching my children Guitar, Saxophone, Songwriting, Composition and Keyboard. As a parent I have found that Patience and Encouragement is sometimes the best form of support. It has been proven that learning Music helps develop intuition, self-awareness, and social skills as well as improve in other subjects not directly related to the arts such as Mathematics and Science.

One of the most important aspects of playing Music is being able to Play by Ear. This has been a priceless gift that I have developed throughout my life and I encourage all musicians, young and old, to do the same. The use of simple Rhythmic Dictation and Ear Training exercises can do wonders for "picking out" Beats and Harmonies no matter what Genre we are interested in.

I attended music courses at The Boston School of Contemporary Music, Thomas Jefferson College (MI), and have a BA double majoring in Music Composition and English at Columbia College Chicago.

Besides touring internationally as a Guitarist and Saxophonist, I am a Songwriter. THIRD BORDER's "Sun of Water; Sea of Light" was selected to be nominated for the Grammy's as The Best Alternative Album of the Year in 2006. On this record, I played Guitar, Saxophone, sang Lead Vocal and wrote all Songs. So, if you are a songwriter, we can polish up your approach!

If you would like to learn how to compose a Solo, a Duet or Ensemble, I can get you started in a low-stress, one-step-at-a-time procedure. As a Composer, I have done Sound Design for Film, Dance, Spoken Word and Multi-media Performance - most notably with renowned poet Anne Carson and former members of The Merce Cunningham Dance Co. I am Composer and Conductor for New York City's first full-on Saxophone Orchestra; a 13-member ensemble.

I hope to talk to you soon!
Benjamin

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is relaxed with a forte on Patience and Encouragement. Though I have specific expectations on what needs to be learned, I gear each lesson towards the student's wishes and their personal direction in Creativity. Although Ear Training and Rhythmic Dictation sound academic, they are very useful in understanding music. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, I can guide you wherever you are headed!

For Guitar (acoustic or electric), you will learn the fundamentals of Music Theory, Chord Structure, varied Strumming and Picking Techniques, and Scale Positions to travel from one part of the neck to the other. Any song you wish to learn, I can teach!

For Saxophone, you will learn proper Embouchure technique, Notation, Music Theory, and Scale Patterns for improvisation. Whether you are interested in a Classical, Blues, Funk or Jazz approach, I can help you find your own sound that is both personal and professional.

I teach 2nd year Piano and Drums/Percussion directing you into Intermediate level.

For those leaning toward the experimental genres, I am well-versed in the use of Electronics. Much can be accomplished with my lessons on Sound-Scape Improvisation either as 1 on 1 or Group Workshops.

*** Studio Equipment ***
At Home Studio: music stands, metronome, guitar amps, electric and acoustic guitars, guitar tablature, staff music paper, a scanner for weekly homework. I can also record and send MP3s of our lessons to review at home if you wish.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students will need their own instrument, a mutually chosen music book to learn from, a metronome, and hopefully easy access to a keyboard (very helpful!)

*** Specialties ***
I am fluent in Rock genres, Blues, Beginning Jazz, Beginning Classical technique, Prepared Guitar, Electronics/Sound Art.
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Harish P. August 24, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Ben has tremendous patience with his students which is a hallmark of an instructor of a high caliber. Best of all, Ben enjoys making his students grasp the concepts progressively and in as congenial a manner as possible.

I highly recommend Ben for all new and experienced students alike.

Ben has skill(s) in good measure coupled with his understanding of a student's comprehension level. When you sit and learn with Ben, you just wish that the class carries on without a break. His enthusiasm is so contagious!
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Grace Z. April 25, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Ben is such a great teacher for Saxophone. Professional, be patient and nice. He will notice and correct details of kid's breath, mouth, shape of body and even the finger type. My son is so happy to learn with him. And get repaid improvement even he is zero experience to start. Now my son is loving saxophone. And I am so happy we can have Ben as his teacher.
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Alan D. January 5, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Ben is a wonderful teacher. Ben is patient while I learn new techniques. I learn new techniques every session which is important to me to keep on learning and keep on improving. Ben and I play together in review of what I have learned which is fun and it teaches me about music timing, rhythm and more. I have brought some songs to Ben and we review and play. I feel thus far I have made great strides as a guitarist and hope to make more.
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Benjamin M.

Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(12)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Marie K.

Ypsilanti, MI

About Marie

Music can be found in every part of the world in every culture and there is nothing better than to be able to make your own music. I am a dramatic soprano and possess my master's degree in vocal performance and am still active as an opera singer around the country. I have a real passion for music and enjoy opening the doors for you to have the same enjoyment; and if we hit a road block there are always windows that can be opened! I have taken music lessons since I was five, so I am familiar with the trials and tribulations faced at all levels by music students and I have the patience and abili
ty to work with you to achieve your musical goals. I have worked as a private teacher for several years with students as young as five and as old as mid-eighties and believe all that is required for a stellar music student is the desire to learn and the right environment.

My approach to singing is from a holistic perspective focusing on the physics of how sound is made. My approach may be very different from what you've ever done, but if you join me on the journey, you will find you have never produced sound easier. With this in mind, I recommend children take piano first to learn theory and basic musicality. Singing is much more difficult, and learning to sing with a healthy approach can be boring and sometimes frustrating for children. I may make exceptions, however, I will typically only accept children who are at least 12 years old. Feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss this.

*** Lesson Details ***
Music should be, first and foremost, fun. During lessons with me, students can expect someone who is willing to put forth every bit as much effort as you do. It is my goal to make every lesson productive even if no practicing was done during the week prior. I view it as my responsibility to help you ignite your desire to work so I work hard to be a motivating factor.

What to expect for your first lesson:
The first lesson is not an audition, but rather a get to know each other session.
---For voice students we will begin with some warm-ups so I can get a feel for your voice which will allow me to tailor your program for your specific needs and goals. We may also sing through a song you know or something standard (like Jingle Bells or Happy Birthday) so I can get a sense of what will best suit your voice. After this, I encourage you to bring a song you've worked on previously so I can get even more of an understanding of where you are at vocally.
---For piano students we will start with some basic discussion on how to sit at the piano, where middle C is, some simple finger placement and body mechanics, and then some basic songs.

I tailor my curriculum to meet my students' needs. I enjoy the Alfred methods for beginning theory and piano for both adults and children. For beginning voice, I will use theory as well as songs tailored to help students learn proper, healthy vocal habits. If a student already has books that have been used previously, I will work with those and provide supplemental materials as necessary. Each student requires a different curriculum to blossom to full potential.

A typical lesson will include theory, warm-ups/scales, and working on repertoire.

In general, within three months all students will be able to read music, understand markings in the music, and will have played or sung through several of their favorite songs. In six months, the student will have progressed to more complex music.

I hope that you will consider voice or piano lessons for yourself or for a family member or friend. I tailor lessons to individual students and will make them fun and worthwhile.

*** Specialties ***
I am classically trained in voice so I focus on a healthy sound that will last lifelong.

I am able to help with diction and phonetics for singers in English, German, Spanish, Italian, and French as well as some Russian, Czech, and Polish.

I have an associate's degree in early childhood education and I am comfortable working with children as young as 3 in certain cases. Please know that learning to read music will progress slower than it would with an older child, however setting the foundation with music this early helps children through out their entire education and beyond.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For lessons in your home, I need access to a piano or full size keyboard.

*** Alternative Medicine ***
I am finishing my first year of study towards my doctor of naturopathy degree.

*** Notes ***
I have two dogs and three cats. If you are allergic, we will not be able to work in my studio. We can work in your home or online, however.
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Susan S. July 31, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My lessons with Marie are perfect for me. She is a very positive person which adds to my excitement of learning. Marie also understands that each person has areas of music that are easier to grasp than others areas and provides me with worksheets for my difficult areas; very helpful. Marie is also able to recognize how much I can do in a week (how many pages in the lesson and technique books) so I don't feel overwhelmed or underwhelmed.

I look forward to many more lessons with Marie and give her a 5 star rating. BTW, she comes to my house, which I appreciate, which allows me to play on my own piano for lessons.
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Candace D. June 2, 2014
Singing · In studio
Marie is a student of mine and has been for the last 4 years. She has a vast knowledge of music and how to sing properly and has the ability to bring out the best in her students. I highly recommend her.
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Roy H. April 28, 2014
Piano
Marie is patient and fun

Marie is my wife. However, she has also helped me learn piano. I am not good, however, she is patient with me. Let's face it, if she can teach me, she can teach anyone!

Marie is very talented (all husbandly love aside). She sings like an angel even when she would say she is doing terribly.

She enjoys teaching and goes the extra mile, often spending hours a week after lessons making sure her students have the warmups needed, music examples, and anything else you can think of to help them.

And, like I said, if my wife can teach her husband piano with a smile on her face, she can have patience working with anyone.
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Marie K.

Marie K.

Ypsilanti, MI 48198
(8)
starting at
$29 / 30-min

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