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 in our lower level, 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.
Larry Celmer has been playing music for over 40 years. Mr. Celmer has taught in the Livonia area for 23 years, and has been with Cameron's since our opening in 1992. He plays professionally with several local bands. Mr. Celmer is currently a member of the American Guild of Music and participates in yearly competitions with the group. Outstanding with youngsters, a majority of Larry's students remain students until they leave for college. He's seen countless students from pre-K all the way through high school! He is also an accomplished songwriter and recording producer. He has begun teaching songwriting and studio production crafts to his students using the latest computer based recording technology.
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.
Leo Watkins is a professional musician with 45 years of music experience. He has a highly diverse music background including private teaching, public school teaching, choral directing, composing, accompanying, arranging, and performing. Leo has performed regularly as a solo pianist, bandleader, and church keyboardist. He plays all types of keyboards (piano, electronic keyboard, and organ), and enjoys playing and teaching classical, pop, and jazz. Students of Mr. Watkins find him to be thorough in his methods yet motivating and flexible in his teaching style.
Susan Wehinger is a private voice and piano instructor who has been teaching for over 15 years. Susan earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano and Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Heidelberg University where she graduated cum laude.
She is a member of the Michigan Federation of Music Clubs where she is the chair for the Schoolcraft Livonia Center. Susan also serves as the State records keeper in MFMC.Other memberships include Michigan Music Teachers Association and the American Guild of Music. Susan has also worked with students participating in both the MSVMA and MSBOA.
Susan’s performance experience includes Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Opera Theater, Cantering and piano accompanying. Susan is a mezzo-soprano and even though she loves to perform she would much rather pass her love of music onto her students and see them excel.
She believes that music plays an integral part in our daily lives. Each individual private lesson is planned according to the students’ interests and development. Music must be fun and students need to enjoy the learning process.
Susan’s lessons comprise of technique work, sight- reading, music theory and repertoire study.
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.
Faith Scholfield, second oboist with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, comes to Cameron's with a wealth of performance experience and education. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Oboe Performance from the esteemed Eastman School of Music and her Master's degree in Oboe Performance from the University of Michigan. In addition to her performing duties with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra she has performed in the Eastman Philharmonia and the U of M Symphony Orchestra. She is also a Special Professor of Oboe at the University of Windsor and has taught at Cameron's since the Fall of 2008.
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.
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.
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)
Susan Wehinger holds a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal and piano pedagogy from Heidelberg University in Tiffin Ohio. Susan graduated cum laude and was a member of the Heidelberg University Concert Choir (section leader) Chamber Singers, and Opera Theater. Today, Susan is a cantor at St. Coletta Church in Livonia Michigan, and is involved with numerous music organizations including the Michigan Music Teachers Association, Livonia Area Piano Teachers Forum, and The National Federation of Music Clubs where she is co-chair for the Livonia Schoolcraft group. Susan is also an active piano accompanist and newly on staff as an accompanist for Churchill High School with the Livonia Public Schools. Susan’s students participate in Michigan Schools Vocal Music Association Contest, Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association Contest, Federation Festival, and Student Achievement Testing, as well as performing in studio recitals throughout the year.
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.