Mr. Chen's Music Lessons
Hello! My name is Mr. Chen Flakes and I am a professional music educator. I specialize in a variety of instruments ranging from piano to Pro Tools composition. I own and operate my own recording studio out of Grand Rapids, MI. I am a veteran in the music industry with 10 years as an award-winning salesperson at Guitar Center to engineering Grammy artists. I will cater my lessons towards your personal goals. I am not a one-size fits all teacher. Please let me know what you're looking to achieve. I look forward to working with you.
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
My typical process of working with a new student is gauge previous knowledge of music and design a curriculum based on their learning style and interest in genres of music.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have been teaching formally for almost ten years. I've studied music under numerous instructors and continue to expand my musical horizons.
I own and operate a full-production studio called AO Studios where I have engineered and produced with numerous Grammy artists.
I am also a certified instructor for Guitar Center and have taught recording, engineering, drums, and guitar through their program.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
For in home lessons, I typically charge $25 for a half hour or $50 for an hour. I do make package deals for multiple instruments or multi-student discounts.
Lessons are paid at the beginning of the month. I have four weeks a year designed for makeups if a student cancels. I do not makeup more than 4 lessons in a calander year unless there is an extrenuating circumstance such as a broken bone or severe illness.
In the event I am unable to teach due to ailments or illness, I will refund immediately.
How did you get started teaching?
I started teaching friends and family that wanted to learn music for free and eventually had enough referrals to begin teaching as a career.
I have taught voice, drums, piano, guitars, and bass with dozens of students. I found that teaching, even for a short period of time, helps many of the artists coming to my recording studio.
What types of students have you worked with?
I specialize in piano, recording, and drums, but I can teach intermediate guitar, bass, voice, and saxophone.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
I recently started a division of my company called "Couch Covers" where I engineer and produce various renditions of popular songs with musicians across the state of Michigan.
We release videos weekly on our YouTube Channel called "Another October."
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
I advise students to research the materials being given to them.
I have gone through many teachers that have a cirriculum that is a one-size-fits all, and I do not believe in that. If the teacher gives you a single book and does not let you deviate away from the lesson plans, that's a good red flag to switch teachers.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
1. Why do you want to play music? It's beyond "just because". Do you want to write, perform, inspire, find a creative outlet, etc.
2. Who and what inspires you? What will inspire you to practice, or whom will help motivate you?
3. Music is a craft that takes dedication, it is not simply the half hour to hour block set aside for lessons. Daily practice and care for your instrument is crucial for proper development. Are you prepared to begin your musical education?