Private Lessons can greatly enhance the enjoyment of learning an instrument. The one-on-one time and attention provided by private lesson teachers is a tremendous aid to music students, whether they are just beginning their study or have been playing for years.
At Cameron's Music, you aren't merely buying lesson time by the half hour. You are investing in a relationship with a qualified, experienced, professional teacher who has the knowledge, skills, patience and individually tailored curriculum to help you soar as a musician.
With 17 newly built or remodeled state-of-the-art private studios, Cameron's Music has teachers on staff for flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, trumpet, trombone, baritone, eupohonium, tuba, French horn, violin, cello, bass, piano, guitar and voice. Most of our teachers have college degrees specializing in their instrument of choice and/or music education; all of our teachers have years of playing and teaching experience. Our teachers are available to instruct beginners, experienced players, young children, older musicians and everything in between.
Tom Bankes began his studies on piano and composition, eventually expanding to incorporate organ and voice. He graduated from Walled Lake Northern in 2009 and went on to study at Oakland Community College before committing to music full time. He has studied with various instructors over the years, and currently is a long time student of Maestro Gerald Goslin. His studies with Maestro Goslin make him part of a chain of teacher to student that goes directly back to Ludwig van Beethoven; Beethoven taught Carl Czerny, who taught Franz Liszt, who taught Emil von Sauer, who taught Mischa Kottler, who taught Gerald Goslin, who passes that legacy on to Tom. In addition to teaching at Cameron's, he serves as Apprentice Music Director at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Redford, and preforms regularly during their Sunday morning services. He has also participated in fundraising recitals for the Livonia Symphony Orchestra and St. Andrew’s Church.
Lee Kurche brings over twenty years experience as a music educator and music therapist to Cameron's. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education with honors from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy degree from M.S.U. She has been a private music teacher and school music educator in the area for many years and has also served as a music therapist and run several music camps. She offers recitals through the year and also teaches voice at Cameron's.
Heather Koch earned her Bachelor’s Degree in General and Choral Music from Michigan State University. Teaching experience and several courses in Suzuki Technique for Flute have proven valuable for instructing students as young as age 5 through High School. In addition to helping beginners, she especially enjoys teaching intermediate & advanced students wishing to improve their tone & technique and expand their repertoire. Lessons are tailored to each student’s goals. Having played and studied flute for over 30 years, Heather trained under principal orchestral flutists Edwin Lenning (DSO), Israel Borouchoff (MSU), and Alexander Murray (during several years at Interlochen’s Summer Arts Camp.) She has performed in Symphonic Bands, Marching Bands, college and community Orchestras, Flute Choirs, Recorder Ensembles, Hammered Dulcimer Groups, and has a special fondness for Celtic music.
Diran Kochyan brings 52 years of clarinet experience to Cameron's Music. Mr. Kochyan studied with Paul Schaller, the former principal clarinetist for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He also studied with Hachig Kazarian, a Julliard graduate. Mr. Kochyan is starting his 20th year teaching music in the Garden City school district. He is currently the Assistant Director and principal clarinet for the Novi Concert Band. He is also the principal clarinetist for the Schoolcraft College Wind Ensemble. Mr. Kochyan has performed several times at the MSU Clarinet Spectacular, as a soloist and ensemble member. He is co-founder and principal clarinetist for the Erevan Ensemble. Mr. Kochyan has a long tradition of working with the top clarinet players is several local high schools. His students receive numerous awards and are key members of their respective bands. His positive teaching style allows students to excel and continue the clarinet after they graduate.
Jeff Ponders comes to Cameron's with over 8 years of professional playing experience, having shared the stage with such luminaries as John Legend, James Carter, Randy Brecker and Kanye West. He has been teaching music and mentoring musicians in Detroit and Philadelphia since 2004. He graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 with a Bachelor's degree and has enjoyed private instruction with such Detroit jazz legends as Marcus Belgrave, Donald Walden and Leonard King. He specializes in jazz instruction on the entire saxophone family.
Steve Wood comes to Cameron's with over thirty years of teaching experience on saxophone, flute, and clarinet. He has studied at Oakland University and the University of Michigan and was awarded a Bachelors Degree from U of M in 1978. He has also taught jazz saxophone at U of M, and is currently on the faculty of the Cranbrook Academy and the Arts League of Michigan. As a performer Steve has toured Europe twice with the Paul Keller Orchestra, and has been featured on recordings produced by a number of the region's top players including Scott Gwinnell, Bill Heid, Don Mayberry, Ron English, Brad Felt, and Ed Nuccilli. He has released two recordings of his own, Unanswerable Questions on the Alembic Arts Label, and Deep Woods on Corridor Records. Steve has backed many national artists as well, including Sammy Davis Jr., Robert Goulet, Aretha Franklin, Jack Jones, the Four Tops, and the Temptations. In recent years he has worked with major artists at the Detroit International Jazz Festival, including Kenny Burrell, John Faddis, Thad Jones, John Clayton, and Mose Allison.
Howard Kagen earned his BME from Indiana University and his Master’s Degree in Trumpet Performance from Eastern Michigan University. He has studied with Mr. William Adam of Indiana University and Mr. Roy Stephens of New York, NY. He taught in the Detroit Public Schools for 30 years, including serving as the Cass Tech High School Band Director. He works currently as a freelance musician. Mr. Kagen has taught all brass instruments, string bass, and music theory for over 30 years. He teaches brasswinds and upright string bass at Cameron's.
Derek Worthington earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a Master of Music from the University of Michigan. He has over 10 years of experience performing professionally in a wide range of styles, including classical, jazz, rock, folk, and world music. He is also an active composer and improviser, and the founder and director of the Arbor Composers Collective, a group dedicated to the creation and performance of original, experimental music. As a teacher, Derek is eager to share his passion for all styles of music with his students. He works to build a strong foundation of technique and musicality, while keeping an eye on the big picture of expression and creativity. Students of all ages and skill levels welcome!
Matt Drozdowski has been playing music for over 25 years. He has been teaching guitar and piano at Cameron's Music since 2005. Mr. Drozdowski has also studied with world renowned concert pianist Maestro Gerald Goslin. Matt is a freelance musician who has performed all over the Detroit area with several bands and was a founding member of the Unheard. Matt continues to perform with his most recent project, Common Ground. Matt's playing styles include classical, jazz, blues, and contemporary rock and roll. His teaching style emphasizes technique and reading music, and he teaches to each student's individual needs. Matt's purpose is to give each student a solid foundation in the basics and guide them on whatever musical path they choose. Mr. Drozdowski hold recitals at Cameron's Music every year for his students to build confidence and make learning more enjoyable.
Kenny Hill has been composing, recording, teaching, and performing for over 30 years. He is an in-demand guitar and bass instructor who is well-versed in all areas of music and specializes in rock, jazz, blues, funk, and r&b. All levels from beginner to advanced. Though formally trained, he does not take the typical, cliche', dry, inanimate approach of the traditional music teacher, but custom tailors each student's curriculum based on a number of different considerations according to their individual abilities and expectations.
Kenny is a performing, touring, and recording professional with his own original band The Kenny Hill Group as well as mulitple side projects. He has performed with dozens of national and international acts and artists which has given him keen insight on live gear set-up and performance. He is regularly complimented on his own tone and performance style. This is priceless experience that Kenny is glad to share by assembling those students of his with required skills into rock band ensembles. He is very comfortable teaching all ages and has a natural gift of relating to people.
Eddie Kohen began listening to players like Ron Carter, Ray Brown, and Jimmy Garrison early in life. He fell in love with the sound of the upright bazz and all of the jazz legends. He attended the Berklee College of Music with a focus on jazz but his playing career has led him to work in all musical styles and genres. HIs jazz playing career has been influenced by the likes of Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius, and John McGlauglhin, and he recently released his first album called Pulp Fusion. Along with electric and acoustic bass, Eddie teaches guitar, ukulele, and mandolin at Cameron's.
Brian Lima earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music with a concentration in jazz studies from Wayne State University. Previously he earned both an Associate of Arts Degree and a Music Foundation Certificate from Schoolcraft College with classical guitar as his main instrument. He has taught all styles of guitar since 2003 and has played in various local bands since 1999.
Brian also teaches our digital composing and recording classes, which you can find out more about here.
Bradley J. Foster
Bradley J. Foster has been teaching violin and tutoring advanced violin students since 2011. He is trained in classical and fiddle styles and can assist with solo and ensemble competition preparation as well as original composition.
Kirsten Ann Samuelson-DeVault
Kirsten Ann Samuelson-DeVault studied at Wayne State University and with several top DSO violinists. She has also coordinated and rehearsed several small chamber groups with the Livonia Public Schools.
Howard Kagen earned his BME from Indiana University and his Master’s Degree in Trumpet Performance from Eastern Michigan University. He has studied with Mr. William Adam of Indiana University and Mr. Roy Stephens of New York, NY. He taught in the Detroit Public Schools for 30 years, including serving as the Cass Tech High School Band Director. He works currently as a freelance musician. Mr. Kagen has taught all brass instruments, string bass, and music theory for over 30 years. He specializes in trumpet, French Horn, and string bass instruction at Cameron's.
Brian J. Buckmaster
Brian J. Buckmaster has taught percussion for over 20 years and at Cameron's since 1995. Brian earned his Bachelors Degree in Music Education and majored in percussion at Eastern Michigan University and then completed course work for his Masters at EMU. Since 1995 Brian has taught elementary music for the Ypsilanti Public Schools. Brian has a diverse background in music and has been involved in a variety of school and performing music organizations. Brian's drumming has taken him with performing groups to Russia, Europe and Walt Disney World in Florida.
Brian has become a requested teacher by area band directors because of his thoroughness in preparation of students in technical proficiency and in solo ensemble work. Brian has a large library of solo-ensemble pieces for his students to perform. He is very flexible in the content of his lessons and as a full-time teacher has the ability to adjust a lesson according to the interest and ability of the student. He incorporates computer technology in his lessons and keeps a running record of each students progress. On request by the parent can provide excellent references for potential new students.
- Solo Ensemble preparation
- Mallet Percussion (2, 3 and 4 mallet)
- Listening Lessons-(computer assisted)
- Music Theory-(computer assisted)
- Sight Reading-(large library)
- Snare Drums Rudiments-(NARD & PAS)
- Drum Set Styles, Fills and Chart reading.
- Rock/Pop Style Playing and Cocktail
- playing-(computer assisted)
Lee Kurche brings over twenty years experience as a music educator and music therapist to Cameron's. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education with honors from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy degree from M.S.U. She has been a private music teacher and school music educator in the area for many years and has also served as a music therapist and run several music camps. She offers recitals through the year and also teaches piano at Cameron's.