Instructor Spotlight: Ms. Jen McMillian
Before she could talk Ms. Jenn was banging on the piano. However, she didn’t have her first piano lesson until the age of 12 and didn’t start voice lessons until she got to college. It was at the University of Michigan where Jenn received her Bachelors in Vocal Performance and where Jenn began to find her voice not only as a singer but as a songwriter as well. At the U of M, Jenn studied classical voice, along with some classical piano. She took composition classes, musical theater classes, and was required to go through a few opera workshops. Outside of school, Jenn was writing and performing her own music, which she now describes as being a mix of what she learned at school, and what she loves listening to the most (pop, rock, indie, etc.). After college, Jenn started teaching private voice and piano lessons at the School of Rock in Rochester Hills, Michigan and became a show director shortly after. It was at SOR that Jenn really started to find her groove as a teacher. She incorporates all of the classical technique she learned in school in all of her lessons, whether the student is learning Led Zeppelin or Beyonce. Since classical technique is the base of all singing and playing, once a student has learned it they can go off and play or sing any genre they like, confidently and correctly. Music is Jenn’s passion.
On December 19th, our very own Jenn McMillian released her new song as a single, Fly Away. Jenn is a beautiful vocalist, pianist, and talented songwriter. She has been performing for years. The Tri City TImes has described Jenn as demonstrating ‘exceptional vocal versatility.’ Fly away is available on various streaming services and her website at www.jennmcmillian.net
We had a great time at our MMW Staff Potluck!
The Brass Family
Trumpet, trombone, french horn, and tuba are a few brass instruments we teach at our studio. Brass instruments only have two parts, the mouthpiece, and the body of the instrument. You make a sound by putting your lips into a unique formation called the embouchure and blowing air through them, which causes them to vibrate. With vibration comes the music.
Most brass instruments only have three buttons, where a saxophone has 22, and a full piano has 88! But brass instruments can play just as many notes as the others, if not more. That’s because, on brass, you make different notes not only with the fingers but also by how fast or slow the air you’re blowing is traveling. If you keep your lips tight and blow quickly, you will produce a high note. Brass is fun to play and is vibrant. Join the brass family at Music Maker Workshops today with Mr. Alex, Mr. Tyler, and Mr. Andy! Written By, Alex Price.
Charlie Schlue is listening to Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley. It is a novelty song written and performed by Sheb Wooley and reached No 1 in pop charts in 1958. Charlie is taking lessons with Mr. Alex.
Trevor Kulawiak (studies with Mr. Alex) recommends Sanctuary by Joji. In this ballad, Joji labels his sweetheart as his “sanctuary”, as she personifies the only love that he truly needs in this universe.
Mr. Alex’ student, Matt Weldy is enjoying to Dream a Little Dream of Me by Fabian Andre. It was first recorded in February 1931 by Ozzie Nelson.
We have Kindermusik Classes for level 1, 2, & 3
Since 1978, Kindermusik has been bringing the unparalleled benefits of music education to children and families around the world—and now it’s available for the classroom!
Based on decades of research, Kindermusik’s curricula were designed especially for “non-music teachers” to enrich, enhance, and complement YOUR existing curriculum and programming, ensuring every child receives the developmental benefits of Kindermusik. More Information on Kindermusik at Music Maker Workshops