guitar since junior high school, Jeff studied formally first with
George Korniek of Detroit's Wilson Mower Pursuit, and then later
with George's father Al Korinek. He played in bands all through
high school and then in 1974, began his study of classical guitar
with Chuck Postlewate at Eastern Michigan University. A music major,
Jeff studies music theory, counterpoint, ear training, voice and
piano all at Eastern. Later instruction in Jazz piano came from
lessons with Detroit Jazz Pianist Matt Michaels. Further education
in jazz with the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops continues
off and on to the present. Jeff has worked in many bands over the
years, most recently in 'Back in Town,' a 9 piece horn band for
which Jeff contributed many arrangements.
teaches many styles, including rock, jazz, blues, R & B, and
classical. He's comfortable with beginner, intermediate and advanced
players. He has 30+ years experience as a music teacher and instructor
and is Music Plus' longest serving teacher, beginning with us in
1987. Many of Jeff's students have themselves become accomplished
players, performers and teachers.
Ball teaches at our Livonia store Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and
studied Music Technology at Wayne State University. He also graduated
with honors from the Musician's Institute in Hollywood, CA in 1994.
His first professional gig was at age 16 and he has been performing
live and in the studio ever since. Though his primary instrument
is guitar, he also teaches other stringed instruments such as bass
guitar and mandolin, as well as drums. Rock, classical and jazz
are his primary playing styles and he also works with students on
harmony & theory, arranging, ear training, improvisation, music
reading, transcription and recording techniques. Tim has 18 years
of teaching experience and his students appreciate the flexibility
in his teaching methods as well as his patience.
Kessel teaches at our Plymouth store Monday and at our Livonia Store
Tuesday and Thursday.
JT Monroe teaches
at our Livonia store Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
and Bass Instructor with 30 years of experience
Metal, Blues, Country styles
of Musician's Institute Hollywood, CA
Jazz at Wayne State
Privately with Steve Trovato (West Coast Super Picker/USC Studio
Blues with Robert Kroll (Rhythm Guitarist for Albert Collins
With Kid Rock on VH1 "All Access"
for Kenny Rodgers, Glen Campbell, Montgomery Gentry, Lonestar,
Warrant, Grand Funk, Jason Alden, Neil McCoy, Great White, Sammy
Kershaw, Luke Bryan, etc...
125-150 shows every year since the cows came home.
Robles is a multi-instrumental teacher with over ten years experience
teaching private lessons. He offers training in technique and musicianship
with an emphasis on developing a thorough and practical understanding
of music theory. Lessons are offered on guitar, bass guitar, drum
set, snare drum, mallet percussion, hand drums, and piano.
studied jazz and percussion performance at the University of Michigan.
He has also played extensively as both a performing and studio musician.
Robles teaches at our Plymouth store Monday and Thursday and our
Livonia Store Tuesday and Wednesday.
All Saxophones, Clarinet, Flute/Piccolo and Keyboard
Wayne State, U.S. Army Band, Berklee College of Music (Arranging)
Experience: U.S. Army Band, Fort Knox and Germany, Livonia, Dearborn
and Allen Park Symphonies, Detroit Orchestra Hall, Detroit Opera
House, Ringling Bros. Circus, Gem Theater, Ultimate Doo Wop Shows,
The Supremes, The Spinners, the Contours, Michigan Jazz Festival,
Was Not Was and Lou Wilson
and Recordings: McDonalds, Pepsi, GM, AAA, Was Not Was, Motown,
of a book Entitled “Dance Style Melodies For Improvisation.”
and Arranged all music as well as preordered on “Blue”,
an original CD.
Experience: Over 25 years of private instruction. Woodwind specialist
at area Middle and High Schools working with woodwind sections.
(Symphonic, Marching Band, Stage Band and Improvisation.) Solo clinician.
Angeloni teaches at our Plymouth Store Wednesday and Friday.
should always be fun- never a chore.” – Nicholas Jastrzembski
Jastrzembski, professional guitar instructor, is a local singer-songwriter
from Livonia, Michigan. With over twenty years of guitar experience,
and ten years of professional guitar instruction, he has the knowledge
and expertise to musically instruct people from all ages and backgrounds.
Since the late 1990’s, Nicholas has performed professionally
in rock bands, acoustic duos, and solo classical guitar performances
at venues such as private weddings, parties, charity events, bars,
restaurants, and even an outdoor music festival. Nicholas is skillful
in a wide array of musical genres and styles including rock, blues,
classical and folk. He also offers lessons in music theory, technique,
and composition. Each music lesson is individually tailored to meet
the student’s musical goals. Nicholas provides a relaxed atmosphere
and fun environment that promotes learning and enjoyment during
some examples of Nicholas’ creative talent, please visit him
on Youtube channel NJsCorner.
Jastrzembski teaches at our Plymouth store Monday and Tuesday and
at our Livonia store Saturday.
since he found himself listening to his parents’ rock ‘n’
roll records on the old HiFi at the age of four, Wally knew he wanted
to play guitar. From his earliest school years to his graduation
from the University of Michigan and beyond, he acquired every album
he could afford from rock and jazz artists spanning the alphabet.
Wally’s fascination with vintage guitars led him to discover
the warm, “old school” tone that he had heard on so
many of the recordings he had listened to, and he worked hard to
define and refine his own sound. Two tours of Europe in the early
1980’s with a local orchestra helped him to broaden his horizons
and lent a classical touch to his performance. With this experience,
among others, Wally expanded on his knowledge as a rock performer,
adding classical and jazz to his stylistic capabilities with the
guitar. In his 25+ years of teaching, Wally has been proud to see
many of his students go on to become professional musicians, and
has lately taken up the hobby of crafting premium instrument cables.
With an undying enthusiasm for education and entertainment, as well
as an ear for music from every generation, Wally welcomes students
of all ages and musical ability. Electric and Acoustic guitar, Bass,
and Music Theory.
Piotrowski teaches at our Plymouth store Monday and Wednesday.
a full time musician, session player and songwriter living in the
Detroit area. I have a degree from MSU and have been teaching guitar
privately for over 10 years. I'm the lead guitar player/songwriter
for the Detroit based soul & alt rock band JIVA.
Our music is featured on various shows and movies including Mob
Wives on VH1, Flipping out on Bravo, What not To Wear, and an EA
Madden 12 commercial. I also play lead guitar for the Motown funk
band and 2011 Vitamin Water Peoples Choice Award winner The
Infatuations and Nashville based artists Dannielle Bloom.
I teach the fundamental concepts and techniques of music in a clear
and concise manor. I teach all styles of guitar playing (Rock, Blues,
Jazz, Country, Folk, Classical). I also play by ear, so I'm able
to teach my students the songs THEY want to learn (just bring a
CD or your ipod with you to lessons). I teach a balanced mix of
music theory, technique, songs, and most importantly I make sure
its fun for my students.
Behnan teaches at our Livonia store on Monday.
Guitar, Bass, Piano, Sax, Banjo, Mandolin, Violin & Drums
am a graduate of Wayne State University jazz studied program. I
have played professionally for 35 years in various ensembles from
classical to roc to jazz. Teaching someone to learn an instrument
and to enjoy music is one of my greatest rewards. My musical tastes
are very eclectic and I respect and enjoy all types of music.
Frame teaches at our Livonia store Monday and Thursday and at our
Plymouth Store on Tuesday.
My philosophy is "Music
lessons should be fun, inspirational, motivating, and exciting! Every
person learns differently. Each one of us has our own unique
learning style. My teaching technique and methods are highly
successful because I teach my students according to their unique
learning style and how they learn - Not how I want them
to learn or how I think they should learn. "
studied Flute at Eastern Michigan University and has studied with
DSO flutists Erv Monroe, Shaul Ben-Meir and others. Studied
Jazz Improvisation with Al Ayoub (Alexander Zonjic & Friends).
Has performed with groups such as the Westminster Consort
Flute Choir, Oakland University Flute Choir and the Michigan
Flute Choir and has played at venues such as The Rattlesnake Club,
Detroit Opera House, Orchestra Hall, to name a few. Julie is active
as, and earns her living as a free lance performer, soloist,
private flute instructor and orchestral musician for over 17 years.
She has performed with many of the Tri-County area orchestras. She
maintains a private teaching studio and is active as a clinician
in southeast Michigan, and is a member of the National Flute Association.
Julie enjoys her role working with Band Directors all over
Wayne, Washtenaw and Lenawee Counties doing Sectionals for bands
and marching bands and providing Master Classes. She has also
worked as Conductor for the Canton New Horizons Band. "Whether
you want to just play for fun, want to audition for the top band
at your school, and/or want to prepare for a career as an orchestral
musician, I can help you reach any goal. I teach all genres and
styles of music, including Classical, Extended Techniques and Beat
"I place a strong emphasis on encouraging students to face
challenges with a positive attitude. I strive to help
students develop a strong sense of self-esteem and confidence while
developing a love for all types of music."
Julie is a Licensed KinderMusik Educator, and is well studied
and experienced in the developmental needs of young children and
how music effects early childhood development, motor and cognitive
"I believe in teaching the whole person, addressing individual
fears and problem areas while building on strengths. I teach the
efficient use of breath, tongue, embouchure and body position to
promote increased enjoyment, comfort, and musical expression
in performance, as well as tone and technique. Proper body,
head and hand position eliminates injuries common to flutists.
My approach is highly individualized, encouraging development
of creative thinking and self-expression in each student, with emphasis
on self-exploration and humor."
To hear some of my recordings please visit my website. www.julieseadinflute.com
Julie Seadin Teaches at our Livonia Location Tuesdays and Wednesday.
has been studying and playing music for over 14 years. She teaches
piano, has played the clarinet for years, and has recently extended
her instrumental experience into the Afro-Brazilian berimbau and
pandeiro, which are used in the marital art of capoeira. She plays
mostly solo jazz and classical music, though she has participated
in several ensembles over the years.
Danielle earned degrees
in English Language and Literature and Philosophy in 2010, from
the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Her years of engagement
as a YMCA Youth Volunteer Corps leader, an America Reads tutor,
and a camp counselor have given her insight and comfort with kids
ages 5-18, working in various intellectual and creative capacities.
She kept up with her passion for music and began teaching music
lessons, where she is able to apply her communication skills, awareness,
and compassion to meet each student where he or she is at. She has
come to appreciate and analyze the student-teacher relationship
as something very special and complex. This motivates her to be
mindful and fresh with her students.
As a writer, philosopher,
yogini (she is also a regular yoga practitioner and a newly certified
instructor) and musician, Danielle swirls many perspectives together—both
creative and logical—to practice a comprehensive approach
to interacting with her students. She emphasizes fun and curiosity
in lessons, but also enforces good practicing habits and technical
Danielle believes that
music offers people a new lens through which to view the world,
one that colors the universe with beauty and power, challenges the
mind, and enriches daily life. Those who learn music are able to
express themselves uniquely, relieve stress, and let ideas flow
much more easily than if music were not a part their lives. This
is why Danielle teaches, and it’s why she hopes to expand
her reach to new students all the time!
Danielle Foley Teaches at our Plymouth Location.
List is a globalized percussionist based out of Detroit, MI playing
both western and non-western instruments from around the globe.
Mike holds a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music in percussion
performance from Central Michigan University. He has also studied
tabla, mbira, and frame drum privately.
has performed in a variety of musical settings including rock, jazz,
classical, contemporary art music, percussion solo, and world music
fusion ensembles. He has collaborated with fusion artists such as
Chris Freeman, the Northwoods Improvisers and currently works with
the Arab Fusion Ensemble "Wisaal” and the marimba / world
percussion duet, "To Hit." He has also performed in regional
symphonies throughout Michigan. Along with performing, Mike teaches
privately, instructs marching percussion, guest lectures on non-western
music and is on staff at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.
is available for lessons in drumset, concert percussion, marching
percussion, tabla and middle eastern frame drums and tambourine.
List teaches at our Plymouth store on Tuesdays.
have been teaching 5 string banjo for the last 12 years. I teach
the Scruggs style 3 finger along with the old time clawhammer and
2 finger. I have been playing 5 string banjo for 30 years. I also
play guitar, mandolin, autoharp, keyboard and mountian dulcimer.
I have a Bluegrass group called the "Lonesome Mountian Boys"
and we play all over the state. I formed this group about 25 years
ago. I have studied, collected and have been involved in this music
for about 50 years, which make me 72 years old. For 16 years I helped
cohost a TV show out of Wyandotte called "Moutain Echoes"
along with Roy and Wade McGinnis. I was personal friend of legendary
banjo player Wade Mainer. If you are interested in learning the
5 string banjo from me, you can contact Music Plus