Lessons

B's Music is Mid-Michigan's favorite place for lessons!

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We offer lessons for guitar, bass, drums, piano, cello, viola, violin/fiddle, mandolin, voice and more!
Find out why our casual, friendly environment is the perfect place to discover the joy of music!

Keegan Bosch

** Online, In person **
Guitar, Piano, Bass, Ukulele, Upright Bass, Low Brass, Voice, Trumpet

Keegan is a student at Central Michigan University, pursuing a Bachelor’s in Music Education. Previously, he received his B.A. in English and M.A. in Communication Studies. He currently performs with the CMU Symphony Orchestra on double bass, and plays guitar in the Central Air jazz band at CMU. Previously, he has performed in a number of orchestras, jazz bands, choral ensembles, Drum and Bugle Corps, and personal bands of various genres.

Currently, Keegan is a drumline instructor at Mt. Pleasant High School and a college professor at Mid Michigan College. When teaching privately, he strives to help each student find joy in making music, and focuses on helping each student achieve their personal goals, whatever they may be!

Olivia Charrette

** Online, In person **
Bass, Upright Bass, Violin, Viola, Cello, Ukulele, French Horn, Low Brass, Trumpet, Voice, Piano

Olivia Charrette is a multi-faceted musician, performer, and educator. She is currently an honors student at Central Michigan University studying music education and performance, with an emphasis on double bass and French horn. Music education is her passion. Olivia is the president of CMU’s chapter of the American String Teachers Association. This group recently started an after-school elementary strings program called String Explorer, which Olivia helps to teach. In addition, she is the vice president of the National Association for Music Education, Collegiate Chapter 102. At the national level, she is on the Student Advisory Committee for the American String Teachers Association.

As a performer, Olivia freelances in classical and jazz idioms in the Mount Pleasant and metro Detroit areas. She has performed with the jazz group “The Music Makers” annually in St. Clair Shores, MI, and she frequently enjoys performing with ensembles including the Alpena Symphony Orchestra, Gaylord Community Orchestra, Vintage Strings, and the CMU Community Orchestra. Currently, Olivia serves as assistant principal bass in the CMU Symphony Orchestra.

Along with her study of strings and brass, Olivia has devoted time to studying voice. She pairs her singing with her playing in jazz and concert settings alike. Olivia has sung alto in choirs for several years. She has completed her vocal education coursework and continues to expand her knowledge by studying vocal jazz techniques.

Olivia spends much of her time dedicated to working music camps and clinics, such as the Lakeview High School band camps, the Jefferson Middle School band and orchestra clinics, or the Instrumental Workshop at CMU. Most recently, she worked as an Institutes Cabin Counselor at Interlochen Arts Camp. She’s given private lessons since 2015 and loves to teach all types of music. She is a Centralis Honors Scholar and cares about getting a well-rounded education, as well as providing a well-rounded music education.

Connor Cummins

** Online, In person **
Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone, Bassoon

Connor Cummins is a composer and music educator with 10 years of musical experience. He currently attends Central Michigan University, where he’s pursuing a double major in Music Education and Music Theory/Composition.

As a bassoonist, he’s performed in various wind bands, orchestras, and other ensembles, and currently enjoys playing with the CMU Symphonic Wind Ensemble. In addition to playing bassoon, however, he’s also spent time as a flutist, jazz trombonist, marching percussionist, choral singer, and has had experiences learning clarinet, saxophone, and oboe. As an educator, Connor prides himself on getting out and trying as many new things as possible, and these various musical experiences have helped shape his understanding of how people might learn new instruments and musical concepts.

Through his teaching, he aims to instill in his students the joy and sense of accomplishment that comes with learning an instrument, as well as inspire students to appreciate music and continue to keep it as a part of their lives.

Bruce Gartner

** Online **
Fiddle, Mandolin

Bruce Gartner has been playing music for over 50 years beginning with clarinet, saxophone, and bassoon in public school. As a child, Bruce’s father played mandolin and keyboard with a country band and those memories sparked a life long interest in playing traditional music.

Bruce is adept with both mandolin and fiddle playing in the genre most commonly referred to as Old Time music. Old Time music predates bluegrass music and differs in that the lead instruments typically stays with melody or harmony lines as opposed to the bluegrass style that typically features each lead instrument individually and often includes improvised “breaks.” Old Time music as played in the revivalist movement style, is arguably more rhythmic than bluegrass.

In addition to old time music, Bruce has been playing traditional Irish music for over a decade and has competed in all Ireland competitions in 2002 and 2003. Bruce is a member of the Old Time string band “Rhythm Billies,” and has played at festivals and taught workshops at Wheatland, Bliss, Alaska Folk Festival, and Hiawatha. The Rhythm Billies completed a tour of Ireland in the summer of 2011 playing American Old Time music.

Chris McNicol

** Online, In person **
Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Harmonica, Ukulele

Chris McNicol is a musician and educator in Mount Pleasant, MI.

He has played both 6 and 12-string acoustic and electric guitars for over 35 years, and has taught himself bass, harmonica, banjo, vocal, and some piano as well. He has continuously been active in writing original compositions and learning covers. He has played in bands from many musical genres, including classic rock, alternative-indie, country, blues, folk, punk, and 60’s. Chris has played professionally in many bands, and is currently the guitarist for the Mount Pleasant band “Cloudstrider” and local legends “The Burning Bushes.”

Chris has experience teaching beginning to intermediate guitar, ranging from chords, rhythm, scales, and root theory, to finger picking, slide, and alternate tunings. He is very passionate and enthusiastic about sharing the gift of music and looks forward to helping others learn how to play guitar from the very beginning or improve their current playing. Chris is also available to get you started with learning to play banjo, bass, or harmonica.

David Miller

** Online, In person **
Guitar, Bass, Ukulele

Dave Miller has been teaching music since 1994. He’s been playing guitar and bass for almost 30 years. He’s played professionally as both a guitarist and bassist in a wide variety of bands, over multiple genres - metal, jazz, funk, blues, Motown, pop, and country. Also, Dave has performed as a guitarist in the pit of several local musicals, including “School of Rock” and “Jesus Christ Superstar”. Currently, he is the lead guitarist/vocalist for two dance/variety bands in the area. He also performs in a jazz duet featuring guitar and saxophone.

Dave has taught many different musical styles. He is always striving to educate himself and others in music, and share the wonderful experience that music can create. From beginner to advanced, Dave can help guide you on your musical journey to becoming a better musician.

Tim Mocny

** Online, In person **
Drums, Piano

With 20+ years of varied teaching and performance experience, Tim has successfully coached hundreds of students! He is currently accepting students of all ages and ability levels. In addition to teaching at B’s, Tim plays for many professional groups across the state, teaches a few music courses at CMU, and coaches a number of area drumlines. He even writes the beats for Central’s Chippewa Marching Band! When he’s not busy with music, Tim loves tackling projects at home and spending time with his wife and four kids.

Tim works hard to help each student maximize their musical growth and enjoyment. He is equally comfortable teaching piano, drum set and classical percussion.

Andrew Neal

** Online **
Guitar, Bass

Andrew has been teaching lessons at music studios for over 15 years, including 4 years spent here at B's Music Shop. Now living in Royal Oak, Andrew offers remote guitar and bass lessons. Andrew has been playing guitar for over 20 years and began teaching while still in high school. He has performed in bands as both a guitarist and bassist, as well as a solo singer-songwriter. He is interested in a wide variety of music including rock, pop, country, R&B, blues, funk, and acoustic folk.

Andrew has experience teaching people of all ages and skill levels. For beginners, Andrew believes it is important to capture your attention early and often in order to motivate and inspire your musical journey. Learning a new instrument is a challenging undertaking, but with the right direction and the right focus, it is a fun and rewarding experience. Andrew makes it a priority to tailor every lesson to your strengths, weaknesses, and goals.

Linda Parker

** Online **
Guitar, Piano, Voice

Linda gives private piano, guitar, and voice instruction with attention to enjoying music along with learning theory and technique for adults and children. She provides patient instruction for beginning and intermediate students. She has sung and played with many ensembles, choirs and bands, in various musical styles. Linda has written many original songs and currently plays guitar and keys with a worship band.

Daniel Ray

** Online **
Violin, Viola

Daniel Ray graduated from Central Michigan University in 2020 with a Master's degree in music performance. As a graduate assistant, he served as co-concertmaster in the CMU symphony orchestra, coached sectionals and small ensembles, and taught lessons to undergraduate violin students. As a soloist, he performed in the CMU honors recital and received 2nd place in the Chamichian String Competition.

Previously, Daniel earned a B.A. in music performance from Luther College where he served as principal 2nd violin in the Luther College Symphony Orchestra. He was also a finalist in the the concerto competition, and received the Hemp Prize, which is awarded annually to an outstanding senior string musician.

Currently, Daniel works as a freelance performer and teacher from his residence in Bowling Green, Ohio. As a teacher, Daniel is committed to providing students the knowledge and technical foundation to achieve their musical goals.

Noah Shambarger

** Online, In person **
Voice, Trumpet, French Horn

Noah Shambarger has been singing in choral and contemporary settings for 12 years and is currently a Choral Music Education Major and a Centralis Honors Student at Central Michigan University, where he is an active member of the Concert Choir and multiple other singing groups. Previously he has performed in numerous church choirs, the Michigan Youth Arts Festival Choir, multiple musical theater and opera performances including shows such as Disney's Beauty and the Beast and Guys and Dolls, and multiple chamber and composition premier groups.

Noah has also been playing the trumpet and French Horn for 8 years, participating in Marching, Concert, and Jazz bands. including the Chippewa Marching Band, the East Shore Wind Symphony, and other small ensembles.

Noah currently instructs in multiple band and leadership camps and has been giving private lessons for 2 years. When doing so, he is focused on the student's constant step-by-step improvement, and making music a fun and lifelong involvement for all.

Chase Simpson

** Online **
Voice

Chase works with high school and middle school musicians at Mt. Pleasant Public Schools, where he leads all six choral ensembles and conducts the High School Orchestra. He has been the Choirmaster at St. John’s Episcopal Church of Mt. Pleasant for 5 years, working with singers of all ages, and has 6 years of experience as a private voice teacher. Chase is a classically trained tenor with a degree in music education and a minor in choral music from Central Michigan University. While at CMU he performed in the CMU Chamber Singers for 4 years and sang in the All-State Collegiate Honors Choir in 2014.

As an ensemble singer, Chase has performed with the Detroit and Midland Symphony Orchestras on many occasions. He's performed as a staff singer with the Blue Lake Fine Art's Camp International Choir and sung a solo in Carnegie Hall with the CMU Chamber Singers. Currently, Chase sings in the Midland Center For The Arts Camerata Singers (their most advanced choral ensemble), which in the past year has performed with The King's Singers (one of the best professional choirs in the world) and Matthew Morrison (Mr. Schuester on GLEE). Recent featured solo performances include the role of Elijah in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Detroit Lutheran Singers.

As a soloist and teacher, Chase is experienced in the classical, folk, and music theatre genres. His focus is on preparing singers for the entire performance experience, including being comfortable on stage, movement, and acting (when necessary). Lessons are a mix of vocal technique and work on specific songs that are selected with the student. Chase enjoys working with singers of all ages and skill levels and can help build skill and confidence for solo performances, auditions, singing in a group, or singing in the shower.

Julia Stanton

** Online, In person **
Violin, Viola

Julia is an Honors Student at Central Michigan University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance. She began playing the violin as a high school student and has achieved success on her instrument thanks to the support of numerous teachers. She believes that music is an integral part of a fulfilling life, and that anyone of any age can learn to play at a high level. She has performed with multiple groups on violin, including the CMU Symphony Orchestra, the Midland Community Orchestra, and the Pine River Community Orchestra. She has volunteered as both a violin and viola teacher with the Vibrant Strings Community Orchestra and the Gratiot String Association.

Julia’s philosophies about teaching stress the importance of tailoring the learning process to each individual, taking into account their own personal attention span, level of dedication, interest, abilities, and idiosyncrasies. She believes that no two people learn in the same way or at the same rate, and that the goal above all should be to find enjoyment and enrichment through music. Her primary musical experience centers around performance of classical music, but she is also has experience with different genres of folk, fiddle, and contemporary pieces.