Detroit Music Teachers Collective

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Detroit Music Teachers Collective
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Background Information




Cass Corridor Commons
Midtown Detroit


4605 Cass Ave
C/O Unitarian Universalist Church
Detroit, Michigan


(313) 556-1834



Detroit Music Teachers Collective offers affordable music education to music lovers of all ages, with private lessons in violin, voice, guitar, ukulele, saxophone, piano & drums.


From Facebook

Nicole McUmber


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Nicole McUmber has been playing the saxophone for over 20 years. She earned her music degree in 2005 from Eastern Michigan University and is currently pursuing her teaching certification in instrumental music education at Wayne State University. She has played in numerous bands and ensembles throughout her career and has toured the United States and Internationally. Nicole is familiar with a variety of styles including classical, jazz, and rock.


Clara Hardie


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Clara has worked with youth of all ages for over ten years mentoring, tutoring & doing art therapy. She teaches private lessons & group violin classes/summer camps throughout ,
Detroit. Using the Suzuki method her goal is to nurture the development of admirable humanity and beautiful music ability in all students.

Clara teaches youth ages 2-16 at COMPAS Cultural Center in SW Detroit, at Orchestra Hall with youth from Capuchin Soup Kitchen via her Detroit Youth Volume organization as well as facilitating private lessons at the Cass Community Commons at Cass & Forest downtown With Detroit Music Teachers Collective.

She has completed a series of Suzuki Music Teacher Training programs with Suzuki Royal Institute of Music with Director Mark Mutter including “Every Child Can”, Pre-Twinkle & Suzuki Books 1 through 5. With a degree from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, she began with Suzuki at age 5 in her hometown of Marquette, MI She attended Blue Lake Fine Arts and traveled to Europe with the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra at 16. She also performs electric violin in indy bands and on several recordings.


Jennie Knaggs

Ukulele, Guitar and Voice

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With 15 years teaching experience in music, songwriting, and theatre arts, Jennie helps each student fuel their creativity with a strong back bone of technique, providing a language of music perfect for any genre.

Under her guidance, her students have participated in MSVMA Honors Choir and Solo and Ensamble; Blue Lake International Choral Ensamble; won vocal scholarships from Lake Orion School District, as well as achieved awards in local songwriting competitions.

Jennie also works with musical groups, guiding bands to tune up harmonies and sing without strain, while staying true to their unique sound. Her detailed instruction focused on improved tone, voice to voice and voice to instrument relationships, develops an all around tighter sound ready for the studio.


Jen David


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Jen David has been playing piano since the age of 5. Born of a piano selling mother and jazz pianist/teacher father, music was only natural. She teaches piano at Evola Music in Shelby Twp, but is excited at the opportunity to teach closer to home. Her method is traditional, focusing on technique and music reading. Although traditional, each students' course is shaped individually by their needs and wants. She teaches children as well as adults.


Fritz McGirr


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Fritz McGirr is an alum of the University of Michigan classical percussion program with a bachelor's degree in percussion performance. While at Michigan, Fritz had the pleasure to study with world renowned faculty including multi-percussionist Joseph Gramley, vibraphonist Cary Kocher, and pedagogy legend Michael Udow. Fritz has grown a passion for the traditions of non-western percussion and after studying at the University of Limerick, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, has obtained a bodhran performance certificate while also focusing on the globalization of traditional Irish music in the ethnomusicology field. He has also studied traditional Brazilian and Afro-Cuban drumming with Michael Spiro and Mark Lamson. The last three years have seen Fritz performing, touring and recording with Celtic fusion trio, The Moxie Strings, as well as past work with the bluegrass folk-rock band, Dragon Wagon. This past year, Fritz obtained a certificate in sound engineering and recording technology from The Soundscape Recording Studio in Royal Oak, MI. When not performing, Fritz teaches private percussion lessons to students throughout southeast Michigan.


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