All Little Bands teachers have experience teaching the Little Bands program and also teaching privately. If you take private lessons and are also in a band, your two teachers will work together to make your total experience enriching and fun. Our teachers are all able to teach many instruments, and the ones you see listed after their names are the instruments on which they specialize (in order of expertise). To set up private lessons with any of our wonderful teachers, register using Setmore below!
Joshua Grekin, an Ann Arbor native, is a musician and music educator. A jazz trumpet player, he is also proficient on piano, guitar, bass, drums, and various instruments of the orchestra. Joshua has a BA in music from the Berklee College of Music and a Masters from the Manhattan School of Music and is the creator and director of the Little Bands School. Joshua has recorded music with a wide range of artists, including Tony Award winning composer Jason Robert Brown (Thirteen), Emmy Award winning producer Jeffrey Lesser (Wonder Pets), and Grammy Award- nominated songwriter Chip Taylor (Wild Thing). A songwriter as well, Joshua has written music for musicals, film, commercials, bands, and the Little Bands School curriculum. After 13 years touring as a professional musician and living in New York City, Joshua founded the Little Bands School to offer quality music education to students of all ages. Joshua has now returned to his home town of Ann Arbor, where he is teaching, playing and writing music and, of course, directing the Little Bands School.. Joshua has also recently returned to school at Oakland University to pursue a PhD in music education.
Jhordan is a multitalented musician and singer-songwriter who specializes in the bass. She has been teaching with Little Bands for 4 years, leading bands and assisting with summer camps and musicals. She is particularly great in teaching and developing young musicians. Jhordan offers lessons in Bass, Voice, Guitar, Ukulele, and Drums. She enjoys helping the young musicians develop their own musical identity and love for music.
Victoria Tillman - Piano, Percussion, Drums
Music is vibrations and your instrument is your tool that allows you to capture them. The vibrations allow us to communicate in a way words do no justice. I plan to assist you in making sense of these vibrations starting by helping you perfect your craft. Let’s study the rules of this language so that we are ready to break them.
Justin Reed - Guitar, Bass, Drums, Song-writing
Justin Reed is a guitarist with a background in songwriting, recording, performing, and improvisation. He took his first guitar lesson at the age of sixteen and in subsequent years he placed in regional and national American Guild of Music contests as a soloist. "Guitar has been a phenomenal means of self-expression for me, I encourage all of my students with a basic grasp on technique to not only learn some written material, but to play with heart and play what they want to play." Lessons with Justin focus on getting students of ages 6 - 12 to a level of confidence where improvisation feels natrual. There are a few steps on the way to pure creativity on the guitar, including technique, rhythm, ear training, and a very basic knowledge of music theory. Justin's ability to learn virually any song by ear and apply it to guitar allows students to drive curriculum by choosing material they want to learn.
Chris Milbourne - Guitar, Voice
Chris Milbourne began his musical journey at the age of 12 after hearing a Jimi Hendrix record. He quickly picked up his family’s guitar and started to learn as many blues and rock song as possible. In high school, he was in a metal band that challenged his lead playing and song writing skills. They also recorded and released an album. Chris is now a music major at EMU whose primary instrument is classical guitar. Learning classical guitar has helped him become a more versatile musician and instructor. In addition to guitar, he has gone on tour with the EMU choir and has taken piano courses at EMU. He also has experience teaching youth and adult guitar classes at the Ypsilanti Community Center, where he taught people from the ages of 4 to 64.