milford music

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Milford Music
206 West Highland Rd.
Highland, MI 48357

248-889-8200

HOURS
Monday - Thursday
12 PM - 9 PM

Friday
12 PM - 7 PM

Saturday
9 AM - 2 PM
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milford music instructors

Milford Music instructors consist of highly trained, educated, and experienced musicians/teachers. Each of our instructors are hand picked for their skill, talent, teaching abilities, and professionalism. 


Meet our instructors below.  

marianne murphy | piano, vocal, guitar
about
Marianne Murphy teaches piano, voice, and guitar and has been a professional musician for 30 years. Marianne is a singer/songwriter, who plays piano, guitar, penny whistle, and sight reads proficiently. 

She has performed on WJR, WDET, (Wayne State University), at U of M, Ann Arbor Library Concert Series, Center for Creative Studies, Rochester Library Series, Oakland County Brown Bag Lunch Concerts, Comerica Park (Tigers), Huron Valley Council for the Arts, "Tunes for Tots", Martin Luther King march "Kids for Peace" just to name a few. Marianne has recorded three CD's of her original material, as well as being a vocal guest on other artists' albums.

Marianne currently teaches  pre-school, kindergarten, and elementary music in several Montessori schools, designing a curriculum to include theory, history, and performance outlets. She worked for "Milford Memories" art festival as both a performer and organizer of music. Each year she organizes a Veterans Memorial concert with her students from Milford Music to benefit the Veterans of today. She is also one of the founding members of the "Kettle Concert Series".

teaching philosophy
"Music brings joy to my life and I try to give to my students. I also provide a well-rounded approach with theory, ear-training, history and appreciation depending on your genre."

education 
Oakland Community College: Associates Degree -  Education
Eastern Michigan University:  Dramatic Art & Music Scholarship

tamara whitley | vocal, piano
about
Tamara Whitley has 20+ years with her instruments and has been at Milford Music for over 16 years.

She has performed for Celebrity Cruiseline (lead jazz vocalist), Disney World (stage show characters), Michigan Opera Theatre, local churches, and numerous local community theatre companies. Tamara has performed  abroad in Vienna, Salsburg, and Munich. 

Her awards include:
  • Recipient of the Muriel Gilbert awared from Eastern Michigan University.

teaching philosophy
"I tailor my teaching to each students' individual needs, as I teach a variety of vocal and piano styles."
 
VOCAL:  "I'm firm about students becoming not just exceptional singers, but outstanding performers and musicians. I stress strong stage  and sight singing skills. Whether the student is pursuing classical training, polishing a musical theatre audition or auditioning presentation. I also stress not harming the voice for rock or heavier styles of singing." 

PIANO: "For piano and keyboard students I try to make lessons as fun and enjoyable as possible."

OVERALL: "I strive for each student to become as comfortable and versatile as possible with his/her instrument and to have a wide repertoire of "performance ready" pieces for any opportunity that presents itself."

education 
Eastern Michigan University: Bachelor of Music - Vocal performance. Minor: Piano performance
Schoolcraft College: Associates Degree - Liberal Arts

website
clayborne stewart | guitar, electric guitar, sax, & bass
about
Clayborne Stewart has been teaching and playing music professionally for over 30 years. He has played with acts including The Classic IV, Coasters, Marvellets, and various rock groups. He is currently in the band Billy Mack and the Juke Joint Johnnies! Clayborne has also opened for Blue Oyster Cult, MC 5, Guess Who, along with Country acts such as McBride & the Ride, Josh Grayson, Chris Young, and Justin Moore.

"I have made a living playing most kinds of music and gaining real world skills that you need to know as a working musician. I've done everything from a single act to playing in a big band from the East coast to Hawaii. I can teach you whatever you would like to know about music."

teaching philosophy
"Music is a joy and can enrich your life, giving comfort, pleasure, and many other healthy benefits. My goal is your goal, and I will do all I can to help you reach it."

education 
Sienna Hts. College: Music Theory
estar cohen | piano, vocal 
about

Estar Cohen is a vocalist, lyricist, composer, and arranger based out of Ypsilanti, MI. As a teacher, Estar has led clinics in composition and voice at various Southern Michigan Universities, the Ypsilanti District Library, and ChiArts (Chicago). She has taught voice, improvisation, and composition since 2011 at her private studio, Oz's Music (Ann Arbor), and most recently Milford Music. In 2015, she began work with Northern Michigan's Earthwork Music, an organization with whom she teaches singing and songwriting at various after-school programs (elementary-high school) and at their annual summer camp.


Estar has performed alongside renowned musicians including Jon Hendricks, the New York Voices, Tad Weed, Pete Siers, David Bixler, Shahidah Nurullah, Claude Black, Clifford Murphy, and Jeff Halsey among others.


In 2015, she was chosen as a finalist in the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards and In 2014, was given the Craig's Keyboard Student Composer Award for her original vocal ensemble composition, The Day The Government Shut Down. Notably, Estar was the first vocalist to appear with the JECO Intercollegiate Jazz Ensemble in 2012 and 2013. In addition to her own projects, Estar frequently performs as a sideman in jazz, rock, experimental and folk ensembles as well as big bands throughout the region.


education 
University of Toledo: BM -  Jazz Performance -

where she performed with numerous ensembles including the Latin Jazz Ensemble, Vocalstra, Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Jazz Combo.


website

Visit Estar's band websites: http://estarcohenmusic.com and talkingear.net

kathie kifer | piano
about
Kathie Kifer has 58 years experience with piano, 45 years teaching, and 15 years at Milford Music. Kathie's experience includes being a Church organist, church pianist, musical theatre orchestra pit pianist, accompanist for Solo/Ensemble Festivals, touring choir accompanist, played bass drum in college band, musical arranger, member of the Detroit Concert Choir, and recorded 2 albums.

"Students regularly stay with me as a teacher for a long time. I have a high level of parental satisfaction"

teaching philosophy
"I use a multi-book system and incentive program that motivates students to succeed and enjoy doing so"
tim twiss | guitar, electric guitar, bass, ukulele
about
Tim began teaching in 1977. He has been playing professionally since high school and continues to this day. With diverse experience in studio sessions, pit orchestras, solo guitar performance, night club and wedding bands, he most recently added church praise teams. He is a "jack of all trades" type musician, bringing vast real world experience into the teaching studio for a well rounded and practical approach to learning.

teaching philosophy

Be prepared to provide a window into music from any number of angles. The information is the same, but the path to is different for each individual. I have a vast pallet of musical tools and years of experience. And, I remain a student of music myself, which is invaluable when it comes to trying to understand the impossible.


education 
Easter Michigan University: Classical Guitar
Musicians's Institute: Los Angeles, CA (formerly called IT (Guitar Institue of Technology,now called Musician's Institute) .

website
Visit Tim's website: www.timtwiss.com
travis aukerman | percussion
about

Travis Aukerman is a drummer, percussionist, composer, and arranger based in Ypsilanti, MI. He has studied drum set and percussion under Dr. Olman Piedra and Jonathan Ovalle, as well as composition and arranging with Tad Weed. 


Travis performed with numerous school ensembles including; the UT Latin Jazz Ensemble, UT Jazz Ensemble, UT Percussion Ensemble, UT Wind Ensemble, and Jazz combos. He has also shared the stage with distinguished musicians including Jon Hendricks, Gilad Atzmon, Clifford Murphy, Jeff Halsey, Vic Juris, and David Bixler. He performs regularly with the Estar Cohen Project, Talking Ear, Dragon Wagon, Stonehouse, and many local groups around the Greater Toledo area. His playing can be heard on the Estar Cohen Project's debut album entitled Waiting for Dawn.


During his time at UT, Travis received a strong musical foundation in Jazz and Classical percussion as well as exposure to music and culture from the Caribbean Islands, South America, Northern India, and West Africa. He furthered these studies while away from school last summer when he traveled to New York City to study with acclaimed drummer Henry Cole. 


In 2013, Travis was one of two recipients of the Deans Award from the College of Communication and the Arts for his outstanding achievements in composition and performance. That same year, Travis received the Bernard Sanchez Scholarship, which awards students for excellence in musical performance.


Travis is currently endorsed by Bosphorus Cymbals, based in Istanbul, Turkey.


education 
University of Toledo: Bachelors in Music Performance (Jazz concentration) magna cum laude

website
Visit Travis' band website: www.talkingear.net
lisa austin | piano, vocal
about

Lisa teaches many styles of voice focusing mostly on Broadway and show tunes. She incorporates the fundamentals into her every day teaching style and helps the student grow in their technical ability through application in each song they study. Lisa teaches the student how to use their voice correctly as well as how to have good stage presence and performance ready ability.


teaching philosophy

Lisa teaches beginner piano students from age five through adult using method books first and transitioning to Classical styles or Contemporary styles as skill level progresses. Some students have the desire to be concert pianists or to teach piano themselves, others just wish to play with a band or play songs which they can sing to. Both styles are valuable skills to learn. Lisa will discuss with the student which direction they would like to go. 

galen bundy | piano
about

Galen Bundy is a pianist, organist, synthesist, composer, and arranger based in southern Michigan. He has studied jazz with Tad Weed, David Bixler, Jeff Halsey, Kevin Bales, and classically with Dr. George Lucktenberg. Galen received his undergraduate degree in jazz piano from Bowling Green State University in 2015, where he created BGSU’s first and only jazz organ combo, and  performed at the San Francisco Jazz Education Network conference.


Galen is now keyboardist for Hope United Methodist Church (Toledo), and a pianist for the Art Tatum jazz society of Toledo. He plays Rhodes and synthesizers in Groove Plexus, Hammond B3 organ in the Galen Bundy Organ Group, and composes for large ensemble. Galen also organizes improvised music events with the goal of bringing both classically and jazz trained free improvisers/composers together. As an educator, Galen teaches privately, and is a substitute teacher for Forte music school.


teaching philosophy

"I generally adjust my teaching methods for each individual student in order to best bring out their strengths, and comfortably work through their weaknesses. One of my own strengths as a teacher and something I've had great success with is teaching improvisation. I use several ideas and techniques from Kenny Werner’s book "Effortless Mastery: liberating the master musician within,"combined with gently applied theory concepts to help introduce my students to improvisation. My students always greatly enjoy learning this new skill, and their playing improves across the board because of it."  


education
Bowling Green State University: Undergraduate degree - Jazz Piano

website
Visit Galen's website: www.galenbundy.com

kathy smith | piano
about
Kathy has been teaching music for 40 years and teaching at Milford Music for over 15 years.She is currently on staff and the music director at West Highland Baptist Church where she sings, plays piano, and leads worship. Kathy is also the Chairman of the Milford Michigan Music Festival. Kathy accompanies her students for Solo & Ensemble, performs weekly at a senior facility, and plays piano and sings for weddings, banquets,and parties. She is the former music teacher and band director at West Highland Christian Academy. Kathy enjoys teaching to any age!

teaching philosophy
"I love music and learning to play music should be fun! As we explore music together we will set goals and find creative ways to accomplish them. Each of these small goals will give the student a new adventure and skills they can use throughout their life. My goal for each student is to leave them wanting more..."
sarah bauerle| piano
about
Sarah Bauerle has been teaching piano at Milford Music for over five years. She started taking piano lessons at six years old, and during her high school years, she studied under Marianne Murphy (Milford Music) and Tony Viviano. She studied general music and piano at Concordia University, Ann Arbor, taking lessons with Dr. Larisa Simington. In 2010 she studied abroad in Vienna, Austria for three months, which sparked a deeper appreciation for opera and classical music. She received her Master's degree in music composition from EMU, where she studied piano under Dr. Garik Pedersen and composition with Dr. Anthony Iannaccone and Dr. Geoffrey Stanton. Her thesis orchestra piece, "Joan," was premiered by the Livingston Symphony Orchestra as part of their May 2016 concert. 

Sarah is currently the organist and choir accompanist at the First United Methodist Church of Warren. She is also a cake decorator and cookie maker, and enjoys writing and making crafts in her spare time.

teaching philosophy
"I believe lessons should be different for every student, since each student comes with different goals and different personalities. Even as we strive for musical excellence, I want to make sure the students are enjoying themselves and that their needs are being met and their questions are being answered. As someone with experience and interest in many different areas of music, I try to incorporate music theory and history into my lessons when possible, as well as composition when there is student interest."

education
Concordia University, Ann Arbor: Bachelor's Degree in Music, graduated 2011
Eastern Michigan University: Master's Degree in Music Composition, graduated 2015

florina conn | violin

about

"Music is more than notes, techniques or intellectual games. Music has to express itself without filters of explanation or being classified with prejudice. " Florina Georgia Conn


I discovered violin when I was seven. At nine, I enrolled as a student at "Dinu Lipatti" Music High School in Bucharest, Romania, after which I started my journey with the piano, helping me to discover new horizons about the wonderful world of music.

Subsequent to graduating high school, I attended the National University of Music, Bucharest, Romania, achieving a bachelor degree in violin performance and a master degree in Chamber Music - Violin. I have performed as a first violinist with various orchestral ensembles, having the pleasure to play as a soloist and being part of various chamber music ensembles, achieving a plethora of musical experiences within my country and abroad ... experienced being employed with Sibiu State Philharmonic. Especially pleasant and eye opening were performances I have put out with international artists, classical, folk, rock and Irish musical bands. All these allowed me to express my free spirit through what I love the most – Music.

At the end of 2014, I got married and moved to Milford, Michigan. Since 2015, I have been playing with some of the most prestigious orchestras in the State: Lansing, Flint, Saginaw, Oakland, Dearborn and others.

teaching philosophy

"Being able to make the notes come to life is a gift I have received from fellow artists and I have the responsibility to gift it as well . That is why, teaching is for me a way to plant a seed of beauty, kindness, light, and make it grow with the magic of music. "If we’d be soulless, music would give as one" – Emil Cioran


education

National University of Music, Bucharest, Romania: Master Degree in Chamber Music and 

                                                                                       Bachelor Degree - Violin Performance

mark mitchell | guitar, electric guitar, bass, banjo
about
Mark Mitchell has more than 25 years of teaching and real world education. He has played in orchestras, bands, and performed solo. Mark has also written transcription, had interviews for magazines, and has been published with Hal Leonard.

Mark has the ideal combination of professionalism and personality along with expertise, versatility in skills, and never ending patience and kindness, making him a phenomenal instructor.

teaching philosophy
"Find music you love. Learn to play it."
rick moore | piano
about
Rick Moore has been playing the piano for 48 years and teaching it for 39 years. He teaches all ages and styles of music. Rick teaches from the approach of a positive attitude, fun, and personal achievement. Over the years he has taught hundreds of folks to play piano.

Rick is currently the church organist at Milford Presbyterian Church. Rich has also performed as a concert musician and night club entertainer.

teaching philosophy
"To provide the student a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of music, while instilling principles that will help them throughout their lifetime."

education 
Indiana University - Bachelors - Piano and organ performance
jared bentley | guitar, electric guitar, ukulele
about
Jared has been teaching guitar at Milford Music for 4 years.  He started lessons at Milford Music and has now expanded his music career professionally since high school.  He began studies on guitar with Tim Twiss, and later with John E. Lawrence at Washtenaw Community College.
   
Jared enjoys performing with his band, The Social Bandits.  The band is busy playing many local and distant concert venues, recording original music, playing wedding and corporate gigs, and hosting music seminars that educate about playing in bands and writing music.  

Jared also works at Rust Belt Studios in Royal Oak, where he is part of recording sessions and also builds audio equipment. 

Jared is also part of the West Highland Baptist Church praise team where he plays guitar and bass.  He enjoys working with students of all ages and also coaches bands at the store.   
 

education 
Washtenaw Community College. 


dylan walsh | percussion
about
Dylan Walsh began playing the drums at the age of 10. At age 13 he began studying with Michigan drummer Mike Shea, who exposed him to many different styles of drumming. Over the next 6 years Dylan Studied with notable drummers such as Mike Johnston, JP Bouvet, Sean Dobbins, and more. Dylan is fluent in many styles ranging from jazz, to metal, and is capable of teaching drummers of all levels. Dylan currently resides in Metro Detroit, MI

Dylan is also the drummer for The Social Bandits

website

jesse medawar  | guitar, vocal
about
Jesse grew up in a family of musicians playing guitar, bass, piano, and singing. Jesse got his start taking lessons from his father at the age of 10, learning blues and rock guitar. After Jesse turned 14 he started taking private vocal lessons and has continued to study with jazz vocal teacher, Kate Patterson. 

 At the age of 17, Jesse began taking jazz guitar lessons with Tim Twiss as well as joined the rock group, The Social Bandits. Throughout the five years of being in a band with fellow teachers Dylan Walsh and Jared Bentley, he has studied genres such as soul, funk, R&B, jazz, blues, and rock. 

The band and his schooling, through Berklee School of Music, have given him a lot of music business experience. He currently makes a living playing both cover and original music, giving him a good understanding of the skills necessary to be a successful working musician. 

Jesse is the lead singer and a guitarist for the band The Social Bandits
tracy beauregard | violin
about
Tracy Beauregard has over 37 years experience with her instrument and over 14 years teaching experience. She is a co-founder and president of the Livingston County Orchestra. Tracy is also the the orchestra coordinator for the Community Theatre of Howell. She teaches home school group lessons for Greater Livingston Home School Music Association.

teaching philosophy
"I like to reach every child the way he or she learns best; either visually or auditorily. Everyone learns differently. The fun part for me is to achieve their goals. Nothing is more satisfying than seeing student's faces as they fulfill their potential."
lisa shipman | flute, cello