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  • Antea Shelton
    Head of Songwriting
    Antea Birchett - 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.
  • Artist in Residence
    Kern Brantley - Artist in Residence
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    We are pleased to have Kern Brantley as our 2018/19 Artist in Residence! As a bass player and musical director, Kern has worked with artists like Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Mary J Blige, Puff Daddy & The Bad Boy Family, David Foster, Jeezy, Ne-Yo, Brandy, Ciara, Chris Brown, Destiny’s Child,...
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    Brad Russell - Bass
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    Brad Russell’s bass guitar has been rattling walls from LA to NYC, banging out basslines for legends of rock ‘n’ roll such as Joe Satriani, Clarence Clemons of the E Street Band, Steve Smith of Journey, Joe Walsh of the Eagles, and more. Before these gigs, Brad earned his Bachelor’s...
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    Betty Brownlee - Art and Visual Literacy
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    Betty Brownlee was born in Rantoul, Illinois but moved to Garden City, Michigan at the young age of twelve.  While attending Wayne State University, she moved to the city of Detroit and has spent most of her adult life in the city she loves.  She graduated from WSU with...
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    Sam Beaubien - Songwriting
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    If you like Detroit music, it’s very likely you’ve heard Sam Beaubien’s work. In addition to being DIME’s songwriting instructor and sensei, Sam has worked with some of Detroit’s best and biggest musical names, including the legendary Amp Fiddler on his new project with Sam’s world-touring funk band: Will...
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    Nate Dorough - Music Industry Studies
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    A true late bloomer and a testament to the belief that you don’t need to know “what you want to be when you grow up” until well after you’ve grown up, Nate Dorough didn’t even know there was a music business to get into until he was in his...
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    Carmen Woodruff - Vocals
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    Detroit metropolitan native Carmen Woodruff is thrilled to return to her hometown to share her journey and experiences with the talented students at DIME after performing and studying throughout the United States and around the globe. Carmen specializes in teaching and performing many styles of contemporary music with an...
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    Joel Levise - English
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    Joel Levise has always had one foot in music and the other foot in English studies.  He started first with music, but always already directed toward an eclectic collection of styles due to the influence of his father, Detroit rock music legend Mitch Ryder.  Just as his father was...
  • DeAnna Johnson Vocals
    MSU Denver Campus Manager & Head of Vocals
    DeAnna Johnson - Vocals & Music Theory
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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).
  • 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 and Bass
    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.
  • Head of Music Industry Studies
    Stephanie Belcher-Music Industry Studies
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    Stephanie Belcher – 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 the music...
  • Artist in Residence
    Thornetta Davis - Artist in Residence
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    Crowned “Detroit’s Queen of the Blues” in 2015, Thornetta Davis a multi-talented international singer and songwriter from Detroit, MI. She has been wowing audiences all over the world for decades with her strong, melodic and smooth vocal delivery. Thornetta is the winner of over 30 Detroit Music Awards, including SWEEPING the 2017 and 2018 DMA’s following the release of her album “Honest Woman.” Thornetta...
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    Rebecca Mickle-Vocals, Music Theory & Piano
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    You’ll never worry about picking up the mic again once you’ve worked with Rebecca Mickle, DIME’s voice instructor. No need for auto-tune, and no need for stage fright. Rebecca helps students build confidence in their voices and find the range that’s right for them. Rebecca Mickle earned her Bachelor...
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    Michael Malis-Piano & Music Theory
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    Michael Malis is DIME’s piano prodigy and instructor. When Michael isn’t in the classroom and educating future pianists, he’s behind his own keyboard, composing and performing around the globe. At the University of Michigan, Malis double-majored in English and Jazz Studies, then went on to Wayne State to earn...
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    David Leve-Songwriting, Music Theory & Music Industry Studies
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    If you’ve seen David Leve perform, you know he wears many hats—literally, he has a lot of hats. Leve is a jack of many trades in the music world: he DJs under the name Ma3stro, reviews pop music on YouTube, is a professionally trained jazz musician who served as...
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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.
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    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,...
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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.
  • 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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    Cory Allen-Guitar & Music Theory
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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...
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    Jimmy Smith-Music Theory
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    Jimmy Smith is a master on the trumpet who can go blow for blow with the best of horn players. Smith has showcased his trumpet skills in jazz bands throughout metro Detroit and New York. He’s also played with symphonic groups like the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra and the Detroit...
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    Beth Fowler– US History
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    Beth Fowler– US History A brilliant and skillful educator, Beth Fowler comes to DIME Detroit bringing years of education experience! Earning the Garrett Heberlein Award for Excellence in Teaching for Graduate Students at  Wayne State University, Beth has the tenacity to push our students to understand the magnitude of US History.
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    Ghassan Husseini-Math
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     Ghassan Husseini-Math Math is as easy as 1-2-3 when Dr. Ghassan Husseini is in the place to be! As he demonstrates mathematical strategies to our students, Dr. Ghassan Husseini's approach allows our students to use these methods in their everyday life.
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    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 the surface...
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    Bobby Delisle - Music History
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    Bassist, composer, and educator Bobby DeLisle brings a passion for music ranging from orchestral to progressive rock to the classroom at DIME.
  • Mo Hollis Bass
    Instructor
    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...
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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.
  • 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
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    Chinelo Amen-Ra - Drums
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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.