Above all I hope to help people find music they care deeply about, then help them learn to play it. This applies to the youngest beginner and to the most skilled player who comes to me.
Mark has been teaching guitar, piano, drums, and banjo for more than 35 years. He can also help you get started on uke, bass and a few other instruments. He is familiar with classical, jazz, pop, rock, bluegrass and world music and continues to study them. He has played in ensembles from most of these categories and solo in some. He has also been learning south Indian classical music for about six years. He has written articles, interviews, transcriptions, and lessons for various music publications. He has coached and helped performers in various genres. Almost every style mentioned can by itself, be lived and studied for a lifetime, so please call Mark to find out more about what he knows and is able to teach.
I hope to teach (especially technique) in a way that will not limit the player later in life.
I can generally play or at least write down anything I hear. This is often a help to my students, especially those interested in non-traditional or improvised music which is not notated anywhere. If they have some grit, I can teach them to do the same. Also I like to arrange music the student brings at a level which is playable, but is still a challenge to them. I usually do this in combination with standard method books and well known repertoire. With children, this phrase from the physician Hippocrates is my motto: "First do no harm." That is, even if a kid tries lessons and stops, I hope that they will feel at least a little wonder and good cheer from coming. Someone said about teaching that it is better to light a fire than to fill a box.
Although reading music is important, music (like language) can be conveyed without writing. I once taught a man who couldn't see and it worked out well. I teach using standard notation, tablature and other notation. I can also teach strictly by memorization and demonstration as in the East Indian and many other traditions.
I try hard to connect, and like to connect with people of all ages and backgrounds. I try to meet them where they are. I think my youngest student was probably 4 and I now teach someone who is 90.
FOR CURRENT STUDENTS
As you know, some changes are coming to Milford Music beginning September 1st. For my students, some things will not change for now:
Family discounts for the student who is with me
The cancellation policy
What will change:
You will now deal directly with me to:
Buy books and accessories (Though you can still buy from the front desk 1:00-5:30 Monday -Thursday)
FOR NEW STUDENTS
Welcome fellow music seekers! Please take a look at my brief biography. Contact me anytime with questions of any sort. If you want to meet me and get a sample of how I teach, schedule a trial lesson at no charge.
I encourage parents and family to sit in on younger children's lessons when possible.
My fee is $25 for a 25-30 minute lesson.
You can pay in person with:
Phone: 734-386-0484 (Calls are always welcome)
If you reach my phone during lessons I may not respond immediately but will contact you as soon as I can.