Guitar/Mandolin/Banjo/Ukulele – All Ages/All Levels/All Styles
James is a multi instrumentalist who has recently moved back to the Detroit area from the east coast and has been teaching music lessons for over 17 years now. At Eastern Michigan James studied classical guitar under Dr. Nelson Amos and went on to finish his music education under Matt Michaels at Wayne State University in the jazz studies program with focus in guitar performance. In addition to guitar James also teaches mandolin, bass, banjo, piano, drums, and has given lessons on tin whistle, harmonica, and mountain dulcimer. You may catch James out and about performing solo, as a sideman, or collaborating with other Detroit songwriters.
Guitar/Mandolin – All Ages/All Levels/All Styles
Jason Dennie is a primarily acoustic musician, playing guitar and mandolin, ranging in Americana, Bluegrass, Contemporary Folk, Indie Folk, Singer-Songwriter, and Instrumental Fingerstyle Guitar. Three time CAMMY Winner for Best Folk/Bluegrass Instrumentalist and three time DMA Nominee for Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Instrumentalist. An often used sideman and session player throughout Michigan. Jason carries Artist Endorsements with Taylor Guitars and BRW Instruments. www.jasondennie.com
Guitar/Bass – All Ages/All Levels/All Styles
At the age of 12, Keith’s father purchased his first Fender electric bass so he could perform with his junior high band mates. Self taught, he worked his way up playing with many local rock and original bands. At age 26, Keith switched paths and began studying jazz and bought his first standup bass. He soon began playing at jazz festivals and local venues, such as Baker’s Keyboard Lounge and Bert’s Marketplace with the likes of Marcus Belgrave, Larry Smith, James Carter, Gerald Cleaver and many more. Today Keith is one of the more sought after bassists in the Detroit area. Some of Keith’s influences include Jaco Pastorius, Ray Brown, Dave Holland, Charlie Haden, John Coltrane, and Charlie Parker.
Guitar/Bass/Ukulele – All Ages/All Levels/All Styles
Michael has been studying guitar for nearly 30 years. He has completed a B.A. with a major in classical guitar and Music Therapy from Wayne State University and a Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Michigan University. Michael has been active in the Detroit’s live music community since 1986, playing in Rock clubs as well as Jazz and Folk venues. Michael has also studied various ethnic styles of music such as Arabic, Indian and other Asian tonal systems and rhythms performing live in the early 1990’s with the Naylor World music group. Since 2000 Michael has been building and ever expanding his recording study, recording several CD albums for himself and others and is currently busy writing and recording original music for short films, documentaries, and local advertisements.
Guitar/Voice – All Ages/All Levels/All Styles
Emily is a songwriter, guitar player, and vocalist of thirteen years. She was awarded Outstanding Folk Songwriter at the Detroit Music Awards in 2009, 2010, and 2013 as well as Outstanding Folk Artist in 2014. She teaches guitar and voice as a collective effort and assists songwriters of any age with their craft.
Guitar/Bass/Ukulele/Harmonica – All Ages/All Levels/All Styles
Eugene has been involved in the local music scene for over 20 years. During this time he has taught guitar, bass, drums, as well as many other instruments, both privately and in group settings. Eugene has played in, made records and toured with rock bands such as the Witches, the Sights, Gore Gore Girls, the Sirens, the Dirtbombs, and John Sinclair, as well as several others. He also played music touring in the United States, Canada, Japan, Spain, England, Ireland, France and Germany — during which time he had played live on the BBC radio network, Madrid Spain Rock Broadcast, several New York college radio stations (WFMU), South by Southwest Music Fest, CMJ Music Festival, Pop Montreal Festival, Little Stephen’s Underground Garage festivals and the Cavern Club in Liverpool England! “Mr. Strobe” was Music Director and taught lessons at a local rock school chain for two years before coming to Detroit Guitar. He is also plays the mandolin, vibraphones, theremin and pretty much anything else that will make a noise or sound. He has a Bachelors Degree in Public Relations and Media Arts from Wayne State University and an Associates Degree in Automotive and Architectural Design.