Instructors

Cheryl Pope Ferrari


Kenny Asewe

Kenny Asewe

Kenny is the founder and first music teacher of At Home Music Lessons. He received his Bachelor’s in Music with a minor in business from Rochester College in 2006. In 2003 Kenny received certificates in Business Management and Accounting from the Kenya Institute of Management in Nairobi, Kenya. Since 2005 Kenny has been giving private piano lessons to students ages 5-75. In his studio, Kenny couple’s patience and rapport-building skills with a solid music foundation. Through At Home Music Lessons Kenny means to lend his unique teaching talents and experience to the successful education of more students in music.

Adam Bodeep

Adam BodeepAdam is a guitar instructor whose primary focus is to INSPIRE his students and help them to internally motivate themselves to be the best they can be. His playing and teaching abilities incorporate genres all the way from Jazz and Blues to Rock & Roll and Folk music. Adam currently attends Wayne State’s music program and teaches many other students under the supervision of various companies. His main objective is to adapt to each and every student’s musical tastes and learning styles so that they can have the best possible experience.

Aleksandr “SASHA” Kashperko

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Sasha studied jazz guitar at Wayne State University. There he studied with some amazing guitarist! Some of them were: Steven Carrier, Chuck Newsome, Evan Perri, Jeff Pedraz and Mike Jellik. Sasha was mentored and worked under critically acclaimed artist Mike Jellick

Sasha is a working musician. He performs regularly around the Detroit metropolitan area. Some of the places where you can find him performing at are: Bakers, Bert’s, Cliff Bells, and the Dirty Dog. He has also played in some more fancier locations like the Detroit Athletic Club, Northern Lights Lounge and Maccabees at Midtown. He has also done the occasional out of town/country gigs.

He has performed for the Detroit Jazz Festival Press Conference with “The Genaration’s Sextet”. There he played with the great Paul Keller, Garry Shunk, Nate Winn, Dwight Adams, and Stephen Grady.

Sasha is experienced with different genres of music having worked in a gospel band at the Greater Tree of Life Baptist Church, with Detroit hip hop band “The Team” and performed on “The Late Night with Tim City Show” and at Iron Street Art Festival.

Sasha also works as an entertainer for various private parties including wedding ceremonies, anniversaries, holiday parties, various company meetings/conferences, graduation parties, and featured artist at various art galleries.

He has been featured in the Michigan Jazz Festival 2 years with different group configurations as a leader and as a side man. Currently leading a trio of a rotating cast of musicians in a weekly performance and jam session for Detroit Musicians at Maccabees at midtown every Thursday from 7-10pm

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith is a guitarist, composer, private instructor and session musician. He has been playing guitar since 1999 and piano since 2005. He has been a guitar instructor for over 10 years. He has experience in teaching students of all skill-levels and ages on guitar (Electric/acoustic/6 or 7 string), bass guitar, and piano/keyboard. He is well studied in music theory. Andrew specialty is playing the following types of music: rock, jazz, Latin, gypsy, progressive metal, and instrumental music.

He studied under renowned German guitarist, Christian Muenzner for 2 years. Andrew holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, despite being accepted in to the prestigious Berkley College of Music in Boston. His true passion is music and sharing the musical language. Andrew is constantly learning and studying himself to improve his musical knowledge. He has toured with local and international bands and is currently working on writing his own band’s debut.

Andrew Woodcock

Andrew Woodcock is a highly regarded music teacher with years of experience working with a wide range of age groups and skill levels teaching lessons in both English and Spanish. Andrew began his musical studies at the age of twelve with percussion. While in high school at the Plymouth Canton Educational Park he was a regular participant in state solos, ensemble festivals and at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festivals in Texas and Indiana.

He was a student of Jonathan Ovalle and a member of the PCMB drum-line Andrew also had the unique experience of winning the National Championship with the marching band in 1999. His musical instruction continued at Butler University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Music. During his undergraduate years Andrew also spent a year studying at La Facultad de Artes at la Universidad de Chile in Santiago, Chile. As a performer he has had the privilege of playing in many different types of music ensembles including: symphony orchestras, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian ensembles, steel pan ensembles, rock, funk and jazz combos. Andrew currently resides in Plymouth, Michigan and continues to perform regularly throughout the Metro Detroit and surrounding areas

Daniel Byington

Daniel ByingtonDaniel Byington is an active composer, performer, multi-instrumentalist and private instructor. He has worked as band leader and as a hired performer for numerous touring bands and award winning composers. He has been teaching music for nine years, and offers instruction for the Guitar (6, 7, and 8 string), Piano, Bass Guitar (4 and 5 string), Violin, Trumpet, Ukelele, Voice, and Ableton Live. He currently works as a full-time instructor and is self-recording and performing an album of original compositions. He welcomes students of all ages and genres and specializes in progressive styles of rock, jazz, and metal. Daniel has a flexible teaching approach which he scales to suit each individual student’s strengths and interests

 

Deema Hagehassan

Deema HagehassanDeema Hagehassan has been playing piano since the age of six, typically on and off, but she has always loved playing! She has a bachelor of science in health care management from Madonna university and expects to begin law school in the fall, but that should not hinder her to provide excellent piano lessons. She is very outgoing and loves being around people and animals. Deema is an excellent teacher because she is patient and truly wats the students to grasp what she is teaching them.

Elizabeth “BETTY” Boyles

Elizabeth BoylesBetty has been playing piano since she was 12 years old. She had several years of private lessons and greatly enjoyed the experiences of it which she would love to deliver to you. She has also experience in teaching adults to play piano as well.

Jeffry Cunny

JeffCunyPhotoJeffry Cuny, I’m a recent Wayne State University graduate with a Bachelor of Music degree.  He is currently working as a freelance bassist performer at places such as Bert’s Warehouse, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, Jazz Café, Detroit Institute of Arts, and Cliff Bell’s in Detroit. He also does private parties and events for General Motors, Wayne State, and he also does weddings. Co-leading an octet/nonet since 2014 that has performed at Cliff Bell’s and Noel Nights.

He also plays in various original and cover groups in metro Detroit. Venues include Magic Stick, The Majestic, The Crowfoot, St. Andrews, The Shelter, and Motor City’s Soundboard. He has also performed in several festivals like Arts, Beats & Eats, Dally in the Alley, the Wyandotte Street Fair, and Fillmore Jazz Festival (San Francisco). Some notable bands include: Valley Hush, House Phone and Groove 8.

John Dolph

John DolphJolph has performed as s 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. During the day, John performs Jazz, and popular and light classical music at the Laurel Park Von Maur. John is a popular performer as the Ann Arbor Art Fair and the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival.

His original musical compositions back up major local talent on Detroit radio. Atlantic Records signed one performance group that had earlier recorded his music. In addition to one-on-one piano lessons in Rochester Hills and Grosse Pointe, John serves as the Youth Band Pianist and Instructor, Temple Beth Emeth in Ann Arbor.

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 is a proud resident of the City of Detroit. He is very much an urban artist who also loves New Orleans, Miami, New York and San Francisco. And yet you may be surprised to find him camped at Weather Station on South Manitou Island or relaxing on the porch of the Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island.

Lisa Noble

Lisa NobleLisa has been playing piano and singing for over 30 years. She began private lessons at the age of 10 under the tutelage of Marjorie Gloyd, active leader in the National Federation of Music Clubs in Virginia. Lisa received professional training in both voice and piano; however, she prefers teaching beginner piano especially ages 5-11.

Lisa has a “bubbly” personality and makes learning fun. She is extremely patient, and can instinctively pick up on her students’ capacity and adapts her teaching methods to enhance the child’s strengths and keep them engaged.

Lisa’s is the Mother of one Son. He is 12 and is autistic. It is her experience with raising him that gives her a unique ability to engage even the most distracted of students.

Mark Sayers

Mark SayersMark is an accomplished drummer who has performed with various small groups in the Detroit area, Washington DC area, and Austin, Texas. He plays drum set, conga, bongos and other percussion instruments for over 35 years. His favorite types of music include light rock, country rock, jazz, Latin, Caribbean, and the blues.

Mark has studied drum set and other percussion instruments (specializing in hand drums) with several professional performers over the years and has taught young children, family members, and friends in the fundamentals of drumming. In addition to drums and other percussion, Mark is an accomplished Euphonium player who has performed with various school bands, community bands, and small brass groups. He also plays trombone from time to time.

Mark learned the fundamentals of music as a child in elementary and middle school bands and through private piano lessons. When he is not drumming, Mark works as a professional writer and editor for several Detroit area clients.

Roy Scoutz

Roy ScoutzRoy Scoutz loves to teach and play the guitar. He also loves to watch his students get excited about music! He has been playing since 1968 and has been a professional musician and teacher since the mid-70s. He lived in Los Angeles for many years and the experience of being a musician for hire has given him a lifetime of skills that he like to share with others. He uses books to teach the basics tools one needs to play a piece of music and he also enjoys showing students how to play songs that they love. He can also help with picking out an instrument, changing strings etc.

Salvador Anajao

Salvador AnajaoYou can call him Buddy for short. He plays various musical instruments and has been playing for over 40 years. He can play Saxophone, Clarinet, Trumpet, Guitar and Piano.

He is the son of a well-known Musical Director in the Philippines. When he was 11 years old, he was able to play the Clarinet and joined various Bands in Davao City National High School in the Philippines. After 6 years, he mastered Alto Saxophone and played for College Band in International Harvardian University in the Philippines. After graduating college of Civil Engineering, he still pursued his musical career and joined professional bands, Orchestra, and Choir in the Catholic Church.

He is good in Conducting and Reading notes thoroughly. Very friendly and approachable. Currently Resides in Southfield, Michigan. Knows Jazz, Swing, Boogie and even Modern.

Victoria Telep

Victoria TelepVictoria began her love of music at the age of ten. Her first instrument was the organ with Donna Ross. She continued her academics with organ and piano under Ken Kokowicz and then moved onto Pam Felix. She participated in a monthly organ club and many competitions through the years participating in the Yamaha Electone Festival, American Guild of Music and the MMA. She has experience working with children who are special needs and teaching them piano. She has been working as a piano teacher with At-Home-Music since 2013.

Tanya Timco

Tanya TimcoTanya began playing piano at the age of 6 and took private lessons for 10 years.  She excelled in piano festival competitions during her training.  She gained proficiency in multiple styles of piano music, including baroque, classical, romantic, and contemporary. She has plays musical pieces written by composers such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Clementi, Chopin, Schumann, and Kabalevsky.  She began her vocal training in various choirs at the age of 12 and studied under several PhD. level private vocal instructors, including two in the University of Michigan Music School.  Most recently, she was a member of a traditional Latin choir at her church, St. Cyril and Methodist.  She also worked as an organist and cantor for St. Lucy’s Catholic Church.  She has experience performing various genres of vocal music, including pop, folk, Motown, musical theater, and opera arias in Italian and German.  Tanya has been teaching private piano and voice lessons to all ages of students from beginner level to early advance for At Home Music Lessons since the summer of 2013.

 Michael James Thompson

Michael James Thompson has over 20 years of experience as a working musician, combining: Private drum instruction, live performance, studio work, and collaboration on original material with fellow musicians.  He studied under two excellent drummers from the Detroit Metro area: Darryl Pierce and Donny Gruendler.

His former teacher Darryl Pierce (among many other accomplishments) currently tours internationally and nationally with a well-known artist by the name of Bettye LaVette. This group has made frequent television appearances, including: David Letterman and Austin City Limits.  And his first teacher Donny Gruendler, is currently the Vice President of Academic Affairs, at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles; and he has been featured in several Modern Drummer publications.

Michael has been blessed with great musical experiences in the Detroit area.  He has been a member of solid Metropolitan Detroit bands, including: Friends of the Family, Night Train, Mojo Stu, and The Mobius Loop.  He has supported notable national acts, including: The Headhunters (Herbie Hancock), Melvin Seals, Mofro, and Strange Folk.  He has also recorded at excellent Metropolitan Detroit area studios, including: Studio N Armada, Riff Lab Studios, Woodshed Studios, and The Disc.  Michael also feels very fortunate to have played many of the top venues and events in the greater Metropolitan Detroit area, including: The Magic Bag, The Magic Stick, The Majestic Theater, Fifth Avenue Comerica Park, Smalls, Bert’s Marketplace, The Cadieux Café, Alvin’s, The Old Miami, The Music Menu, The Detroit Art Festival, and The Dally in the Alley.

Mary Ann Kandah

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Mary Ann started taking guitar lessons when she was eleven.  In her younger years she has performed at open jam sessions and talent shows.  Playing guitar has always been her favorite pastime.  Mary Ann is an Early Childhood Educator with a Bachelor Degree in Family and Child Development.  She always had a passion to make a difference in the lives of others and is a firm believer that music can do just that.  Her patience and caring attitude makes her an outstanding guitar teacher.

Cheryl .P. Ferrari

Cheryl began playing violin at 9 years old.  She has played solo and in ensembles from a very early age. She played in symphonies and quartets as a teenager and continued this into college.  In college, as a music therapy major, Cheryl began playing piano and guitar as well.  As a therapist, Cheryl has played and taught all three instruments for decades.  Cheryl continues to play violin in symphonies and plays violin and viola in quartets.  Cheryl has played 1st violin in the pit orchestra for several musicals.  She is currently in the 2nd violin section of Livonia Symphony and leads the 2nd violin section of the Detroit Medical Orchestra.  Cheryl has her own private violin studio as well as teaching violin, piano, and guitar for At Home Music Lessons.  In the fall of 2018, Cheryl will begin an appointment as the new strings instructor for Livonia Youth Symphony.  She is excited to be working for At Home Music Lessons and using her skills and interests to give confidence and joy to children and adults throughout the Detroit area.