Guitar, Saxophone, Clarinet
Jim Cann has been teaching guitar and woodwinds for over 30 years. He is a seasoned musician with experience playing and teaching various music styles including rock, pop, folk, jazz, and classical (on sax/clarinet).
Jim learned to play sax/clarinet in public schools at a young age and has played guitar since the age of 13. Jim holds a degree from the University of Michigan with adjunct studies in music theory, vocal choir, and jazz (via the U of M Jazz Band). He honed his craft through years of formal training and performing in many musical groups and venues. Jim is the band director and plays lead tenor sax for the Woodward Avenue Jazz Orchestra. He is also in several rock/pop projects including Sound Station and the Breakers.
“I have a unique perspective as both an experienced guitar and woodwind player. Many guitar players do not read music and play using tabs and ear training. Woodwind players rely mainly on the language of standard music notation. Both techniques are valid and there are great musicians from both backgrounds. I draw from that real world experience and tailor a combination of methods to suit the individual student.
I teach to all ages and levels. Each student has their own interests and needs. I strive to provide the best guidance to help them achieve their goals. My philosophy is to provide a solid musical foundation while focusing on your specific musical interests. Music is a wonderful gift and I strive to pass that enthusiasm onto my students. Whether playing music becomes a lifelong passion or is a passing experience, I hope to instill some enjoyment and love of this art.”