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LESSONS AT THE MUSIC MAN BRIGHTON, Ml


The Music Man offers lessons seven days a week, on a variety of musical instruments including: guitar, bass, drums, piano, saxophone, clarinet, voice and more. Our talented instructors have taught thousands of area students in our safe and friendly atmosphere. No matter what your age or experience, you can start playing and having fun today.


Our instructors have years of teaching experience wi th students at all levels, from beginner to advanced players. When you take lessons with us, we are going to start at your level and move you forward. If you're a true beginner. we'll start there. If you have experience, we will take you to the next level-and beyond!


Our lessons are all individualized and tailored to each student's needs. If you want to learn to play a specific song. sty le of music, solo, or even music theory, those choices are available here at The Music Man. We will teach you standard notation, tablature, or how to play by ear. If you want to learn a song from a particular artist, bring your sheet music or cd and we'll show you how it's done!

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Anthony Vittorio DePollo 

Instruments Taught:

- - Banjo

Years Playing:

- - 15 Years

Years Teaching:

- - 5 Years

Styles Taught:

- - Bluegrass, Country, Outlaw , Americana - - TEACHING APPROACHES I use the study of bluegrass music and the style of Earl Scruggs banjo playing to influence my students' lessons.

Musical Influences:

- - Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Bill Monroe

Professional Experience:

- PAST GROUPS The Flatheads The Danger Band The Alcohonkies CURRENT GROUP Glenbrooke

How You Got Started Playing:

- - My younger brother started guitar lessons and each week I made him teach me what he learned. After a month or so, he gave up and I took over the lessons. I started taking lessons at The Music Man shortly thereafter. Then, after a few years, I started working at the store.

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Pete Stoops 

Instruments Taught:

- - Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin

Years Playing:

- - 29 Years

Years Teaching:

- - 18 Years

Styles Taught:

- - Rock, Blues, Country, Jazz, Music Theory

Musical Influences:

- - "In addition to teaching lessons and playing music with various artists, I have built a recording studio where I can focus my efforts toward the creation of commercial music. The fields of Audio Engineering and Production have been my focus in recent years."

Professional Experience:

- Studied Jazz guitar under Professor Carrier at Wayne State University. Studied Audio Recording Technology under Professor Bogure at Wayne State University. Gained studio recording experience under Lamar White and Chris Gooseman at Perfect Balance and Solid Sound studios in Ann Arbor MI. PAST GROUPS Soul and the Door(Rock), Duke Dawson Band(Blues/Rock), Sarah Lenore Band(Country), Lucky 13 (Rock), Studio Work-Perfect Balance Studios in Ann Arbor, Solid Sound Studios in Ann Arbor

How You Got Started Playing:

- - "I realized at an early age that I have a really good ear. I excelled playing trumpet, but I thought guitar would be cooler!"

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Danny McGarry 

Instruments Taught:

- - Keyboards, Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Guitar, Bass, Violin, Drums, Trumpet, Trombone

Years Playing:

- - 50+ Years

Years Teaching:

- - 25+ Years

Styles Taught:

- - Rock, Classical, Jazz, Country, Blues TEACHING APPROACHES I like to approach students individually, according to their likes, dislikes, natural abilities, and desire to practice. As they progress, I try to bring in music that they enjoy because, at the end of the day, it's supposed to be fun.

Musical Influences:

- - Ray Charles, Leon Russell, Igor Stravinsky, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Elton John, Herbie Hancock

Professional Experience:

- PAST GROUPS I have played in concert with Johnny Paycheck and The Ink Spots. I opened for Marshall Tucker and a variety of country and Irish groups. CURRENT GROUPS Dr. Hyde Steel Ivory

How You Got Started Playing:

- - School Band.

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Collin Lademann 

Instruments Taught:

- - Drums and Percussion

Years Playing:

- - 23 Years

Years Teaching:

- - 16 Years

Styles Taught:

- - All styles, but mainly Rock, Rap and Country TEACHING APPROACHES I teach music theory through books as well as ear train so students are capable of learning songs on their own.

Musical Influences:

- - Queen, Alice Cooper, Mr. Bungle, Aphex Twin, Dream Theater

Professional Experience:

- - PAST GROUPS I have been in three major bands. One band had a cd released. I have played over 300 shows. CURRENT GROUPS Doctor Hyde and Lilly McPhee

How You Got Started Playing:

- - A neighbor got me interested and I haven't been able to put my sticks down since!

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Bill Welsh 

Instruments Taught:

- - Guitar, Bass, Ukulele

Years Playing:

- - 30 Years

Years Teaching:

- - 20 Years

Styles Taught:

- - Rock , Blues, Jazz TEACHING APPROACHES Repetition of musical phrases, basic music theory, understanding the patterns of the fretboard in different ways. I like to help students understand the why and not just the how of playing the instrument.

Musical Influences:

- - George Benson , Rick Emmett, Santana, SRV

Professional Experience:

- - CURRENT GROUPS Dr. Hyde, Bandura Gypsies PAST GROUPS Octavia, Doghouse, Mr. Hyde, Washtenaw Community College Jazz Combo

How You Got Started Playing:

- - Watching my cousin's boyfriend play guitar at a young age, I knew I had to play guitar.

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Jack Kerwin 

Instruments Taught:

- - Guitar, Bass

Years Playing:

- - 50+ Years

Years Teaching:

- - 40 Years

Styles Taught:

- - Rock, Folk Country, Finger style, Blues, Standards

Musical Influences:

- - I played at the Carnaby Street Pop Festival with such artists as The Velvet Underground, the Yardbirds, Sam the Sham and the Pharohs, The Blues Magoos. In the 80s and 90s My bands did a lot of concert jobs warming up for such artists as, Leroy Parnell, Pam Tillis, The Kentucky Headhunters, Suzy Boggus and Highway 101. Also, I performed at the lifetime achievement award ceremony for Bob Seger at the State Theater.

Professional Experience:

- - PAST GROUPS 3+3, Streetnoise, Sundance, Joyroad, Fancy Colors, First Class, Shooting Star, Joe's Girls, Twos Company, and others -I have worked as a sideman and bandleader for over 50 yrs, and am a former member of the Detroit Federation of Musicians(local 5) and the Ann Arbor Federation of Musicians(local 625).

How You Got Started Playing:

- - There was an old Gibson acoustic that we had around the house. It belonged to my aunt and she was kind enough to loan and then give it to me.( I still have it)

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David Pangborn 

Instruments Taught:

- - Guitar

Years Playing:

- - 49 Years

Years Teaching:

- - 40 Years

Styles Taught:

- - I teach all styles of guitar, music theory, and ear training. TEACHING APPROACHES I love to discover the wonder of music in my students, from the beginning to the advanced player. I especially enjoy teaching music theory with serious students of the guitar.

Musical Influences:

Professional Experience:

- - I have performed professionally since 1976. Solo guitarist for all occasions Band & Ensemble performances Jazz, Progressive & Classic Rock, Classical, Folk & Contemporary Christian Christian Worship Services, Weddings, and Special Events

How You Got Started Playing:

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Jack Williams 

Instruments Taught:

- - Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Voice Lessons

Years Playing:

- - 30 Years

Years Teaching:

- - 18 Years

Styles Taught:

- - Blues, Rock, Country, Classical TEACHING APPROACHES I enjoy finding lessons in music that are the student's choice, from pop to classical.

Musical Influences:

- - Muddy Waters, Segovia, SRV, The Beatles, Chuck Berry

Professional Experience:

- -- PAST GROUPS Tongue N Groove, The Will Rock Brothers, Buster's Blues Band, and many more CURRENT BAND Sauce

How You Got Started Playing:

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Emily Chapman 

Instruments Taught:

- - All Woodwind and Brass Instruments Flute, Oboe, Saxophone, Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Baritone, Tuba

Years Playing:

- - 26 Years

Years Teaching:

- - 18 years

Styles Taught:

- - Classical, Blues, Rock, Pop

Musical Influences:

Professional Experience:

- - PAST GROUPS Wilkinsburg, PA high school band director CURRENT GROUPS I am a full time music teacher at Life Tech Academy

How You Got Started Playing:

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Kathie Kifer 

Instruments Taught:

- - Piano

Years Playing:

- - I began taking lessons in second grade and have been playing publicly and professionally since the age of 12.

Years Teaching:

Styles Taught:

- - TEACHING APPROACHES I use a "systematic curriculum" to ensure timely progression. In addition to an emphasis on reading music, music theory and counting, I teach improvisation and accompaniment skills. I like to discover each student's favorite style of music and incorporate those songs into the weekly lessons.

Musical Influences:

Professional Experience:

- - CURRENT GROUPS I am both a solo player and an ensemble accompanist PAST GROUPS The Michigan Concert Choir, Sonlife, Gratiot Church Organist, St. Andrews Church Accompanist, Highland Church Accompanist, Dexter Community Players Accompanist, Whitmore Lake High School Musical Accompanist

How You Got Started Playing:

- - I began taking lessons in second grade.

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Jennifer Hall 

Instruments Taught:

- - Violin

Years Playing:

- - 35 Years

Years Teaching:

- - 23 Years

Styles Taught:

- - All Genres My teaching approach is flexible, depending on the needs of each individual student.

Musical Influences:

- - Everyone and everything! All genres

Professional Experience:

- - Redford Symphony, duos & quartets, ensembles, chamber orchestra Orchard Lake Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, various bands, solo performances, weddings, and charity events

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THE MUSIC MAN

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5757 WHITMORE LAKE ROAD, SUITE 1200

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BRIGHTON, MI 48116

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MUSICMANBRIGHTON@GMAIL.COM

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(810) 227 - 9440

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