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  • Stephanie Belcher-Music Industry Studies
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    Stephanie Belcher – Music Entrepreneurship/Music Industry Studies Everyone knows there’s no business like show business, but few people know the ins and outs of that business the way Stephanie Belcher does. After studying at Indiana University with a major in Telecommunications and minors in Business and Psychology, Belcher entered...
  • Stanislav Kozadayev-Public Speaking
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    Stanislav Kozadayev – Public Speaking Stan is an artist-scholar with research focused on the intersection of rhetoric, media, and aesthetics. He has extensive experience in media production and post-production. An instructor with excellent communication skills he has the ability to engage students in conversations that go deeper than...
  • Cory Allen-Guitar
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    Cory Allen – Guitar Meet Cory Allen: award-winning guitar maestro. If ever someone could teach burning scales, sweeping arpeggios, and how to arrange a solid session, it’s Corey, who received top honors from Michigan State University where he earned an M.Mus. degree in Jazz Studies. Prior to studying at Michigan...
  • Matt Callaway-Guitar
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    Matt Callaway – Guitar A good jazz musician needs spontaneity, mastery over an instrument, and the ability to anticipate how the rest of the band plays: who better, then, to teach guitar and group performance than jazz aficionado Matt Callaway? With a B.M. in Jazz Studies from Wayne State University,...
  • Katie Else- Vocals
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    Katie Else – Vocals Where to begin singing the praises of DIME’s vocal instructor, Katie Else? At Xavier University (where she earned a B.A. in Music), Else studied theory, conducting, performance, and appeared in musicals and operas. At Northwestern University in IL, she studied with some of the best vocal...
  • Head Of Drums
    Eric ‘Rain Man’ Gaston- Drums
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    Eric “Rain Man” Gaston is such a good drummer that we’re starting to wonder if he sold his soul at the crossroads. Is there a better drummer in the U.S. than Rain Man?
  • Kris Kurzawa Guitar
    Head Of Guitar
    Kris Kurzawa – Guitar
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    One of the most sought after guitarists in Detroit, Kris has experience playing in a myriad of styles. Kurzawa earned a BA (2003) and MA (2012) in music and jazz studies from Wayne State University.
  • Damon Warmack Bass
    Head of Bass
    Damon Warmack - Bass
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    Damon Warmack might be the most in-demand bassist in the city of Detroit. Why wouldn’t you want to work with a rhythm juggernaut who can cover a wide range of styles with deep groove and expert precision?
  • Antea Shelton
    Head of Songwriting and Vocals
    Antea Shelton - Songwriting & Vocals
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    If you’ve ever listened to Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Ciara, Mary Mary, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Beyoncé, or Candice Glover, then you’ve heard an artist who’s sung a song written and licensed by Antea Shelton.
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    Audra Kubat - Songwriting
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    Audra Kubat is a Detroit-born singer-songwriter who began composing music on the piano at the age of 8. By her teens, she was adding lyrics to the songs, then singing at local coffeehouses.
  • DeAnna Johnson Vocals
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    DeAnna Johnson - Vocals
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    DeAnna Johnson’s voice has sung everything from opera to pop. She has extensive experience in vocal performance and teaching, all of which was kick-started by a BA in Music Education from Kentucky State University (2005) and a Master’s of Music Education from Bowling Green State University (2007).
  • Chris McCall Vocals
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    Chris McCall - Vocals
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    Chris McCall could teach a rooster to sing well. She’s worked with singers of all ages, teaching how to sing in a healthy way with proper technique.
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    Liz Gray - Vocals
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    Liz Gray’s experience stretches from classical music to contemporary on stage, in the studio, and beyond.
  • Drew Schultz Drums
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    Drew Schultz - Drums
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    Drew Schultz lives and breathes the music of Motown. Beyond being a phenomenal drummer with the CV to prove it, he plays guitar and keys.
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    Nate Winn - Drums
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    Traveling all over the world performing with so many talented musicians can be an exciting experience, but for Nate, it is more exhilarating using the gift of music to spread joy to the people who listen.
  • Mo Hollis Bass
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    Mo Hollis - Bass
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    Mo has toured with some of the biggest names in their respective genres—names like Alice Cooper, Bo Diddley, ZZ Top, Hank Williams Jr., Incubus, Creed, Kid Rock, the J. Geils Band, Ben Harper, Dr. John, Sponge, Eric Burden, Joe Walsh, Johnny Johnson, Mitch Ryder, Uncle Kracker, Tom Petty, Hubert...
  • ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
    Kern Brantley - Artist in Residence
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    A native of Detroit, Michigan, Kern Brantley is an accomplished Music Director, bass player, producer, songwriter and arranger.
  • Joe Foster Guitar
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    Joe Foster - Guitar
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    Joe Foster has been stringing his guitar in Detroit since he was a boy. Growing up in this rich musical city, Foster became well versed in gospel, jazz, blues, and a range of other genres.
  • Pirahnahead
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    Maurice 'Pirahnahead' Herd - Guitar & Bass
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    Maurice “Piranha-Head” Herd is a Detroit musician, DJ, producer, and orchestral arranger/conductor. Before he could walk, Maurice’s mother began teaching him piano. Shortly after starting piano, the man who would become Pirahnahead turned his attention to learning guitar.
  • Scott Guy Music Entrepreneurship
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    Scott Guy - Music Entrepreneurship
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    Music industry veteran Scott Guy is a Cleveland Ohio born, 20 year resident of Detroit who has managed, marketed, promoted, consulted and mentored major label, independent as well as unsigned artists throughout his career.
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    DoRohn Gough - Songwriting & Music Entrepreneurship
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    If DoRohn's two children brought their dad to career day, their father would make other dads seem dull by comparison. After all, how many dads can say they produced and arranged Ne-Yo's smash hit, "Champagne Life"?
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    Toya Hankins - Music Entrepreneurship
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    Entrepreneur and music wiz Toya Hankins is the CEO of her own entertainment company, Project Producers. As such, she represents two-time Grammy-nominee KEM, who has released three gold albums on Motown Records.
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    Lex Kuhne - Music Entrepreneurship
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    Lex teaches the importance of the business side of music for everyone involved, whether creating the art are working behind the scenes.
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    Nina Payne - Music Entrepreneurship
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    With a “get it done” attitude and a passion for entrepreneurship, Nina Payne is the ultimate task manager; strong, efficient and focused.
  • SHORT COURSE INSTRUCTOR
    Mahogany Jones - Hip Hop Short Course
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    Mahogany Jones is a lyrical force, hailed internationally for her work, as a recording and performance artist, arts advocate, community activist and educator.
  • Chinelo Amen-Ra Drums
    Short Course Instructor
    Chinelo Amen-Ra - Drums Short Course
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    At the age of 2, Chi performed his first concert. Ever since, his electrifying approach to drumming has resonated with the ears and souls of audiences everywhere.