Our Top Quality Teachers

Every  teacher on staff is a professional.  Not only experienced, motivated teachers; they are all seasoned stage performers.  Studying with a pro is difference you will notice!

Guitar

Jarod Thompson – Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Dobro

Jarod Thompson - Guitar teacher

Jarod Thompson has been making music for over 40 years.  Starting as a boy, learning Bluegrass licks from his grandpa on the back porch, through high school when he learned to play every note from every popular Led Zeppelin guitar solo!  Jarod has performed with Rock bands, Bluegrass groups, Bawdy Irish Pub bands, and so much more!

In lessons, Jarod is a soft spoken, encouraging teacher; he is very easy to work with, and encourages his students to excel and grow in their music.

Excellent for young students, and adults as well, Jarod’s experience and kindness make him a real pleasure to study with!

 

Nick Jastrzembski – Guitar, Uklele

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“Learning should always be fun- never a chore.” – Nicholas Jastrzembski

Nicholas Jastrzembski, professional guitar instructor, is a local singer-songwriter from Livonia, Michigan. With over twenty years of guitar experience, and ten years of professional guitar instruction, he has the knowledge and expertise to musically instruct people from all ages and backgrounds. Since the late 1990’s, Nicholas has performed professionally in rock bands, acoustic duos, and solo classical guitar performances at venues such as private weddings, parties, charity events, bars, restaurants, and even an outdoor music festival. Nicholas is skillful in a wide array of musical genres and styles including rock, blues, classical and folk. He also offers lessons in music theory, technique, and composition. Each music lesson is individually tailored to meet the student’s musical goals. Nicholas provides a relaxed atmosphere and fun environment that promotes learning and enjoyment during every session.

For some examples of Nicholas’ creative talent, please visit him on Youtube channel

https://www.youtube.com/user/NJsCorner

 

Michael Curry – Acoustic & Electric Guitar (Classical & Metal Specialist)

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Michael studied Classical guitar at the Santa Monica College with Arnold Lessing, and eventually was asked to become his assistant instructor teaching in the guitar program. He also played lead guitar with bands in the Los Angeles, California music scene for many years. He will teach you by focusing on technique, how to practice, song learning, creative conditioning, rhythm & lead techniques, music theory, ear training and music reading.

Michael is a songwriter, and is extremely knowledgeable in composition. If you want to learn your favorite songs, and sound like your favorite guitarist, Michael is your man for guitar lessons! He is a wonderful teacher, who can take you to levels of guitar playing that you thought you’d never get to.

Michael has instructed Grammy award winning artist, played with several groups nationwide, and has recorded as a studio musician. He has worked on collaborative efforts with several national artists, and brings 30 years of guitar instruction experience.

Having studied under the likes of Paul Gilbert, Chistopher Parkening, Christian Saggese, Matt Palmer, John Sutherland, David Brandon, Paul Wilson, and Willie Shay, Michael has accumulated nearly 30 years of music education, developing a background that is richly diverse, and specializing in rock and classical music. Bring your Electric or Acoustic Guitar; instructing in many different styles, he will focus on your short and long-term goals, and basically create your own personal course of guitar instruction through published books, high quality transcriptions for song learning, as well as his own masterclass workshops. A comfortable, relaxed, yet encouraging experience can be expected from him in our wonderful learning environment here at The Harris Conservatory of Music.

 

Wally Piotrowski – Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Jazz & Big Band specialist

Bio to be published soon!

 

Bass Guitar

Dan Jones – Electric Bass (4, 5, and 6 string)

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Dan Jones is a scholarship recipient and honors graduate of the Atlanta Institute of Music, prior to which he studied for several years with renowned Detroit-area bassist and educator Rich Kowalewski.

He has performed and recorded with several regional and Michigan-based rock, blues, jazz and world music groups before joining The Ragbirds in 2014.  He has since been touring nationally with the group in support of their most recent release, “The Threshold & the Hearth” (Rock Ridge Music, 2016).

Drums

Brian Harris – Drum Set, Marching Snare, Marimba, Hand Drums, Orchestral Percussion, Spoons

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Brian Harris started playing drums in 1981 at the age of 11.  And it just never stopped.

He did his undergraduate studies at Wayne State University under Sam Tundo, majoring in Percussion Performance, and performing with the WSU symphony, WSU orchestra, and WSU percussion ensemble. His drumset studies were primarily with Tom Starr, initially from 1981 – 1985, then again 1993-1997 focusing on Jazz, Latin, and Afro-Cuban applications for drumset.

For the last 30 years Brian has been an active performer in concert venues across the midwest, and a studio session player.  He has extensive experience performing and teaching Rock, Jazz, Blues, Rudimental Snare & Drumline, Musical Theater Pit Orchestra, Classical Percussion, Afro-Cuban, Traditional Irish, New Age, Metal, Funk, and Pop.  Lessons are available on Snare, Drum Set, Marimba, Congas, Bongos, Djembe, Doumbek, auxiliary percussion, and spoons.

Brian works closely with band programs at Plymouth-Canton HS, Northville HS, and Novi HS, and runs The Harris Conservatory of Music in Plymouth. He has been an active member of the Percussive Arts Society since 1989, attending eight of their international conventions.  He is a contributing member of the Vic Firth PDT program.

Brian began teaching privately in 1989 at The Gitfiddler Music Store in Northville, MI.  Since that time he has taught hundreds of students, many of whom have gone on to have careers as touring musicians.

 

Violin

Tina Gold – Violin

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Tina Gold is from Louisiana where she started playing violin at the age of 9. Major performances include Carnegie Hall in 2002 and The Sydney Opera House in 2004 with her high school orchestra. She attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana on a full orchestra and academic scholarship where she received her Bachelors in Music Performance in 2009 and Masters in Music Education in 2011. In 2010 she earned her certification to teach the Suzuki method and helped start a Suzuki program in Alexandria, Louisiana.

In 2013 Tina and her husband moved to Michigan where she now works at Shar Violin Shop, and teaches at The Harris Conservatory. She has 8 years teaching experience and uses her certification to teach beginning students of all ages to enhance aural skills and understand music theory using the Suzuki repertoire.

Northwestern State University:  Bachelors in Violin Performance, Masters in Music Education

Certification: Suzuki Books 1-3

 

Cello

Ana Andrade – Cello

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Ana Karen Andrade Chavez  was born in Mexico and began studying cello with Liparit Terzian, former student of the outstanding performer Mislav Rostropovich.  She came to the United States at age of 14 and started taking lessons with Suzanne Smith.  “That helped me a lot with fine points of technique that were passed on from master classes with Janos Starker” says Ana.  Her undergraduate studies at Wayne State University, majoring in Cello Performance, have seen her blossom as a performer.  Her private studies are with Marcy Chanteaux, former 1st chair cellist at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

“I love music and teaching! Surrounding myself with people whom share in the same passions is extremely fulfilling!”  – Ana Andrade

 

Woodwinds

 Chris Tabaczynski – Sax, Clarinet, and Flute

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Chris Tabaczynski has a diverse musical background, with a degree in Jazz Studies from University of Michigan, extensive pit orchestra experience, and years of live performance with large and small ensembles.  In addition to private teaching, he has presented workshops and clinics as a music educator.

Chris is a great player, but very laid back and easy to work with and learn from.

 

Trumpet and Cornet

Dr. Randy Regal

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Dr. Regal began serious pursuit of the trumpet as a sophomore at Redford Union High School. He took lessons from Irving Sarin, former first trumpet in the Pittsburgh Symphony under Fritz Reiner, throughout high school. Afterwards, he attended Boston Conservatory of Music (BCM), where he was first trumpet in the BCM Wind Ensemble his freshman year. Then, life took a turn, and he eventually decided to leave BCM and pursue a career in pharmacy and enrolled at the University of Michigan. He is currently an Associate Clinical Professor of Pharmacy in Adult Internal Medicine/Gastroenterology at that institution’s hospital and college of pharmacy.

His bio from his early years includes two years in the Livonia Youth Symphony, 2 years with the Stevenson High School Jazz Band, one year as assistant first trumpet in the Detroit Metropolitan Orchestra, and a featured co-soloist with the Michigan State Fair Honors Band under William D. Revelli. He currently plays with the Plymouth Community Band and gigs with a piano player named Emmon Scott as the A-dynamic Duo. The duo plays its own arrangements of popular music from the 50’s through today, as well as their own brand of rock, classical, and traditional pieces for cocktail hours and other events. “Eclectic tunes with forks and spoons”, as he puts it.

Dr. Regal loves teaching in both his profession of pharmacy and as a private trumpet instructor. “I have had the fortune of having great experiences and training in music early in my life , but then I spent many years away from music before I got back. I have always had many other commitments and responsibilities, so I think I’ve made more comebacks than Mike Tyson.”

“I feel that an extremely important component of any person’s education should include something in the arts, whether it be literature, language, dance, vocal, or instrumental music. That said, I understand the need for balance and perspective about life’s priorities. First and foremost, I want my students to have fun practicing and performing, and I individualize my approach to teaching based on each unique personality.”

 

Trombone

Zak Rahal

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Handsome photo and enlightening bio coming soon!

 

 

French Horn

Justin Zak

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Justin has studied under Mr. Adam Unsworth and Mr. Bryan Kennedy at The University of Michigan, majoring in French horn performance.  He has performed in the University of Michigan Symphony Band, University Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Lab Ensemble, as well as being active in multiple chamber groups.  He has also attended the Kinhaven Young Artist Seminar, where he studied with professor Daniel Grabois.

Justin is an active performer in the metro Detroit and Ann Arbor area, as 3rd horn in the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, a section musician for the Dodworth Saxhorn Band, and has played with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra.

 

Piano

Tom Bankes – Piano

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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 and apprentice 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 Bankes.  Come study with Tom and you will become part of that legacy!

Tom serves as Apprentice Music Director at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Livonia, 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.

 

Voice

Viviana Garabello – Vocal Instruction, Vocal Coaching, Sight Reading and Ear Training

Viviana Garabello - Voice Teacher

Ms. Garabello is a gifted student at Madonna University, but she has already accomplished many noteworthy achievements and awards, both in Italy and in the United States. Her major is Music Education K12 & Film Scoring. Having international teaching and learning experiences, Ms. Garabello is an enormous asset to all of her students.
She is a composer, a choral director, an experienced music teacher and vocal performer. Ms. Garabello has a powerful and crystalline high Soprano voice.
Her resume is very impressive and overflows with prestigious accomplishments. For example:
* She is the Director of the Italian America Chorale of Livonia
*She has been a performer at the Detroit Opera House, the Madonna University Chorale, several ensembles and chorale groups in Italy – her native homeland.
* She has composed the film scoring for the movie “Enough”, produced by Madonna University’s broadcast department, which has been the recipient of the Liberator Award, in January 2016.
* She is a leader of Madonna’s Society of Future Teachers.
* She is a member of several honorary organizations, including the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Student National Association of Teacher of Singing, where she serves as Vice President.
* She is adjunct adjudicator at the Vocal Competition for Michigan High School Students, through her membership and precious contribution to the Verdi Opera Theater of Michigan.
* Ms. Garabello often volunteers, and she has been many times selected as top soloist vocal performer for important events and causes.
….and much more!
Ms. Garabello is energetic, positive, upbeat, outgoing, and professional, and she brings the talents of a modern-day Renaissance woman to her roles with passion, dedication, humility, and understanding.

Come and meet her in person!

AWARDS

Top 3 finalist for the lIberator Award wuth the Madonna University’s movie “Enough”
3RD PRIZE at the NATS Competition (National Association Teachers of Singing) at the Michigan State University in Lansing, (MI).
3RD PRIZE at Concorso Internazionale Polifonico “Guido d’Arezzo” Tuscany, ITALY
1ST PRIZE at the Children Competition “La Nota d’Oro” – ITALY

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