Andrea Montlouis is a great teacher with over 20 years experience. She has a gentle way about her that really helps students accept her expertise and stay on track to succeed. She plans her lessons with care and creates intricate little games and rewards for younger students. Intermediate and advanced students will find that she has deep knowledge, many skills, and the time and motivation to individualize their lesson materials for great success.
Andrea earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Mills College and has studied under a variety of exciting teachers that are famous arrangers: Allaudin Mathieu, world music specialists: Pandit Pranth, and opera experts: Martial Singher. She has played on stage with famous musicians from well known bands including: Scott Thunes (from Frank Zappa) and James Trumbo (from Van Morrison).
Her sister introduced her to singing at a young age and she found a love for music then that continues today as a teacher, singer, instrumentalist, and composer. For vocal students, Andrea utilizes teaching methods that facilitate healthy and relaxed vocal production for all musical styles. On guitar, piano, and ukulele she encourages students to gain the physical and technical skills they need, while learning songs they really enjoy.
Dana Gress is our super composer, jazz pianist, vocal specialist and woodwind extraordinaire! He teaches full time for Utica Community Schools as an elementary music teacher and Honor’s Choir director. Dana holds a Bachelor of Music Composition from USC and a Master’s in Education from Westminster College.
Dana’s long term students have achieved a number of accolades including scholarships, acceptance into famous music schools, etc. He’s a published composer (film and television) and a professional recording artist with his bands Chill FX and Innerspirit Project.
Dana keeps everyone at the studio laughing nearly round the clock with his huge sense of humor and bright demeanor. His spellbinding musical talents are the perfect storm for students looking to achieve their best! Call to see if Dana has any current openings for piano, saxophone, clarinet, flute, voice, trombone, or trumpet.
Johnathon Larson is a passionate but laid back guitar teacher with a ton of knowledge and skills to share with his students of various interest levels. Every morning he gets up looking forward to the chance to jam with other musicians, write an original song, perform, or expand his knowledge.
A guitar devotee, since 13 years old, Jon has had a decade of instruction from his ongoing sensei: Ken Andreoni. You can catch him at small venues, charity events, big festivals, or even hear him on a live radio performance. Him and his 8-piece band are currently prepping for their next recording session. John plays: Rock, Jazz, Funk, Metal, Pop, Blues, RnB, Country, Fingerstyle, Etc.
As a student and teacher, Johnathon has always had a strong focus to take on big challenges and then put in the work required to meet his goals. He instills patience and a hard work ethic into his students but knows how to keep the weekly lessons fun and engaging. He’s big into making sure concepts are fully understood before moving on. You’ll find John’s easy-going attitude make him a student favorite.
Jorel Robinson is a boisterous vocal and piano coach with a wealth of skills to share. A former owner/operator of his own music lesson studio, Jorel moved onto bigger opportunities in the performing arts as an organist.
As an active professional organ player and church leader, Jorel keeps his skills sharp and his attitude full of positivity. Jorel is currently accepting piano and vocal students. His big personality will push you through your challenges and expand your horizons. His beaming smile lights the way.
Kyle Clark is the founder and one of several very popular teachers at 4 Star Music Academy. As a private instructor Kyle has taught over 25,000 lessons. After earning his Bachelor degree from Berklee College of Music in 2006, Kyle jumped right into a full private teaching schedule with cover band gigs mixed in on the weekends.
Kyle teaches guitar, piano, bass, voice, and drumset. Beginners and special needs students get the royal treatment.
Kyle makes lessons fun for students by cracking jokes during lessons while he constantly pushes them to excel. Kyle’s abundant patience meshes well with his pull-no-punches style to get students dreaming big, overcoming challenges, and laughing the whole while.
Natalya Mikla is our newest addition to our panel of excellent music teachers. Her musical upbringing is Russian, with over 4 years of rigorous music school. She earned the coveted “Red Diploma” for excellence. She has been stateside for more than a decade as a teacher for Lake Shore Public Schools (St. Clair Shores) and speaks excellent English.
She’s organized, cheerful, and excited to usher her music students step-by-step towards their goals. She works hard to make the art and science of music into achievable bite-sized goals, so her students develop their talents with few bumps in the road. Currently accepting piano students, and beginning vocalists, you’re sure to feel at home and enjoy a new hobby guided by a well-trained musical companion.
Rob Emanuel has been playing shows since he turned 13. He knows nearly every musician in the Detroit metro area. Funk, Jazz, Brazilian, Musical Theater, Salsa, you name it he plays it. In addition to graduating from the Percussion Institute of Technology, Rob studied under the who’s who of drumming: Carmine Appice, Alan Dawson, Chuck Flores, Ralph Humphrey, Steve Houghton, Joe Morello, Joe Pocaro, Ed Shaughnessy, Chuck Silverman, and Efrain Toro,
Those are the drummers you’ve heard on Rod Stewart, Eddie Money, Dave Brubeck, Johnny Carson Tonight Show Band, Woody Herman Big Band, Al Jarreau, Barbara Streisand, and Frank Zappa records (among many others).
Rob himself has recorded with a huge list of artists including: The Platters, The Drifters, The Shirelles, The Contours, Marcus Belgrave, Wayne Kramer of the MC5, and on and on. I frankly thought the list was too long to post all of them.
As a teacher Rob is patient, down-to-earth, and really loves sharing his deep knowledge and immense skillset with his students regardless of their ability level. It’s a pleasure to work with talented musicians and also a pleasure to work with professionals. You’ll find that Rob Emmanuel both and then some!