Musical Instrument Lessons


Electric Bass, Upright Bass, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Ukulele

All styles, levels and ages welcomed

Chris teaches from written notation, tablature, and by ear, emphasizing both musicality and technique. He has been teaching children, teens, and adults in a variety of styles for over a decade.

Chris has performed on a variety on instruments with a variety of groups in Michigan and beyond for over 30 years. He currently plays bass with Heartland Klezmorim and performs/records his own and others' material for piano, guitar, bass, ukulele, and horns.



Andy Wilson

Harmonica, Ukulele, Cajun Accordion

Andy Wilson is a multi-genre, multi-instrumentalist, specializing in harmonica, ukulele, and Cajun accordion. Andy performs with a number of bands and duos including Steppin' In It, The Springtails, and The Wilson Brothers. Andy holds a bachelors of music degree in Jazz Studies from Michigan State University, and offers a variety of private and group instruction.






Acoustic guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo (old-time, bluegrass, and tenor), concertina and button accordion (beginner), ukulele, tinwhistle, diatonic harmonica

Neil Woodward is known as Michigan's Troubadour, and was officially named so by the Legislature of the State of Michigan. As a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter, he is into his fourth decade of music performance and instruction.

Neil's teaching experience includes over thirty years working with private students, and countless workshops and group lessons with a wide variety of musical instruments and age groups.




Guitar: All flatpick (folk, blues, bluegrass, pop, country, jazz/swing) and
fingerstyle (classical, jazz/swing, folk)

Mandolin: All styles

Fiddle: Celtic, folk, bluegrass/country

Since starting teaching at Elderly in 1979, Robert McCloy has taught students ages 4 to 84 yrs. It's never too late! The experience of having seen thousands of students now gives him the insight to personalize an approach to fit the individual student. In addition to technique and repertoire, music theory and ear training is included. Bob's goal is for the student to attain self sufficiency.







Banjo (fingerstyle)

Claudio Parravicini was born in Seregno, Italy in 1967. He began playing the banjo at the age of 16 and soon gained popularity on the Italian bluegrass scene. In the 90s, The Bluegrass Music Association of Italy (BMAI) named Claudio "Best Italian Banjo Player" and he soon became well-known throughout Europe, performing in Switzerland, Germany, England, and Wales as well as in Japan and the USA.

While deepening his association with the banjo, Claudio also studied the French horn, his other musical passion, and in 1995 he garnered a music degree from the G. B. Martini Conservatory in Bologna.

Claudio plays a variety of music styles with several groups, including: classical, bluegrass, tango and jazz.





Mountain dulcimer: All Levels
Hammered dulcimer: All Levels
Clawhammer banjo: All Levels
Tin whistle: All Levels


I have a lot of fun playing and teaching. Learning to play an instrument can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for anyone. All that is required is the desire to do it!

I have been teaching and performing for more than 30 years. In that time I have played and led workshops throughout North America. In 1983, I took first place in both the National Mountain Dulcimer Championship and the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship in Winfield, Kansas.




Bluegrass Banjo

Chris Elliott is an Award-winning Banjo educator and performer in Denver Colorado. Chris has performed internationally with bands such as The Blue Canyon Boys, Ragged Union, Chain Station and is an alum of Spring Creek in Rebel Records. Chris has been teaching Banjo for 20 years and has taught Banjo camps and workshops around the world from Canada to India. Elliott has studied Banjo at South Plains College in Levelland Tx under the instruction of Banjo legend Alan Munde. He had also worked closely with Pete Wernick in Colorado as his jam camp assistant and considers both musicians to be important mentors. Chris is a winner of 2007 Telluride and Rocky Grass band competition and is the 2007 Colorado state banjo contest winner. Chris has also performed in Steve Martins prestigious Broadway musical Brightstar. With his passion for teaching the Banjo, Chris is dedicated to passing the subtle art of Bluegrass Banjo onto others.