Maestro Music Academy L.L.C   

  (734) 762 -0775         

Meet Our Teachers


Piano Teacher

 


 

Patty Sopita

 

About Patty                                                                                        

              Patty started working as a piano teacher when she was studying music bachelor  at the university in Thailand (2002-2006). She has over 13 years of experience teaching piano. Patty’s goal, as a piano teacher, is to share her love for music and playing the piano with each student. All lessons are uniquely tailored to fit each student's strengths and weaknesses. Patty is well liked by both students and parents for her infectious enthusiasm when conducting her piano lessons, and dedication in imparting her music skills to her students.

             She is a piano judge for National Federation of Music Clubs ( MFMC) ,who rates piano student  performances in Michigan. She also has experienced teaching children with special needs, and trained in person-centered planning with children, adults and families.  

Piano Teacher

  

John Dolph

About John                

 

            John B. Dolph has performed as a Jazz Pianist since 2006. His gigs include bookings at Cliff Bells, the Detroit Athletic Club, the Chop House, the Atheneum, the Keystone Underground, Joe Muer’s of Detroit, and the Rattlesnake Club. John holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Wayne State University with a concentration in Jazz Studies and with piano as his musical instrument. He is also a graduate of Ann Arbor’s Community High School.

          John Dolph is about to begin his fifth year of piano instruction for players of differing abilities. Beyond patience, humor and empathy, he has another gift. His students, young or old, committed or indifferent, emerge from one hour sessions wanting to play the piano learning to play the piano and becoming better piano players. 

Art Teacher

 

Mildred Chico

About Mildred               
    

             Mildred Chico is passionate about arts of different forms and she loves sharing her skills with children of all ages. She worked as an Enrichment Specialist and Assistant Program Director in an after-school program in the city of Canton.

             Her strong background on Child Psychology, Montessori teaching and Special education makes her understand children, their behavior as well as their learning styles.Other than painting, drawing and crafting, she enjoys traveling, photography, culinary arts and learning about different cultures.   

 

Vocal/ Piano Teacher

Christpher Clemmons

About Christopher                        

               Christopher has been playing the piano since the age of four.  At the age of 11 he began taking classes for symphonic band performing the alto saxophone and trombone at Lawton Chiles Middle School in Oviedo Florida. As soon as he graduated to Paul J Hagerty High School, he enrolled into more piano classes and was a member of the school’s jazz ensemble. He has performed at many locations in the state of Florida including Disney World and the Daytona Beach Jazz Festival back in 2011. Christopher has began learning about digital music production at age 12 and began teaching piano professionally at the age 15.

      He teaches any genre of music including, Classical, Jazz, R&B, Rock and much more. When teaching piano, Chris believes learning the piano should be an enjoyable experience for anyone at any age and level. Creating custom lesson plans is what he offers to guarantee that exclusive learning experience many have enjoyed.     

Guitar/Bass/Ukulele/Vocal

Teacher

 

Matthew Sheppard

 

About Matthew

                Matthew has been involved with music since he was a child. His father was a music teacher, and Matt followed in his footsteps. Earning a Bachelor's degree in Music Education - Choral/Vocal from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2008, Matthew has been teaching since then, and has been teaching private lessons since 2009. While in college, he had the privilege of studying under Anthony Titus and Joe Hagedorn, the latter of which is one of the founders of the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet.

            While student teaching , Matthew had the opportunity to lead both Elementary music classes and middle school choirs consisting of the 8th graders. Subsequent to graduation, he taught elementary music at a St.Paul charter school where he organized a winter concert and taght private voice and guitar lessons to students. Matthew has a passion for travel, and has had the opportunity to play Bass with the local Minneapolis band "Cosmonaught," around the Twin Cities area and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

 

Violin/Guitar Teacher   

 
Pamela Meisel
          
About Pamela 
 

            Pamela Meisel has a music career spanning 40 years. As an instrumentalist playing fiddle, guitar and drum set she also is accomplished on various percussion instruments such as the Irish bodhran and the Cajun triangle. Pamela is an accomplished instructor, lecturer and band leader. She is the drummer for the Cocktail Jazz Trio as well as a freelance fiddler specializing in American, Celtic, French Canadian and Cajun styles.

           Her knowledge of ensemble playing is comprehensive, and she is able to coach anyone, regardless of what instrument they play, how to be a better musician.

Banjo Teacher

  

David Jones

 

About David

         

  David has been playing banjo for fifteen years, more than five of which have been on a professional level. He is a founding member of the Southeast Michigan indie band Frontier Ruckus , with whom he has played over a thousand shows across the U.S and Europe. As incredible as touring and performing can be, He has a huge passion for teaching banjo too. Whether complete beginner or an advanced player, it’s important to him to show student that banjo is not just a bluegrass instrument, but an incredibly versatile conduit to every type of music.

 

 

Guitar/Bass/Ukulele/

Music Theory Teacher 

Jeff Marshall

About Jeff        

           

Jeff has been a music teacher since 2003. He has over 10 years experience teaching private lessons, group classes, ensembles, improvisation, sight-reading, art- training, theory and composition etc.  Jeff has a BM from the Berklee College of Music and a MA from New York University. Jeff has been involved in the music business for over 30 years and has had a variety of experiences that include: recording, performing, touring, jingle writing, music editing and composing.     He scored music for the independent film, "A House Divided" which received best screenplay award at the Brooklyn Film Festival. He was signed to a recording contract with the band "Clem Snide". Jeff made 3 records with them as an upright bassist and toured the U.S. and Europe.  He composed music jingles for advertising and was a music editor for the animated series "Pokemon". 

      As a teacher, Jeff goal is to help students realize their full potential as musicians while helping them find their own musical identity.

  Saxophone/Clarinet/Flute 

 Teacher 

   

Don Buckmaster

About Don

             

             Don has been teaching Clarinet and Flute for over 30 years in the Metro area. He is patient and kind with students of all ages. Don has with Paul Schaller former principal clarinetist of the DSO, George Benson former "Jazz studies" instructor at Wayne state university. He has also studied clarinet with Richard Saunders former director of Fine arts at Schoolcraft College. Don performs with several bands in the Detroit Metro area.