Music school offers performance-based lessons

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Rehearse, rock out, repeat.

That’s the slogan for a new downtown Milford music school offering performance-based lessons for both kids and adults.

Michigan Rock School opened its doors earlier this month, operating out of the new Suzanne Haskew Arts Center (the SHAC).

Owner and founder John Kozicki said the program will offer lessons in guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and voice. The objective, he added, is to provide a goal-oriented lesson experience that encourages and inspires students with programs that incorporate live performance, group rehearsals, and private lessons.

While each element is designed to support the others, Kozicki also added that live performances motivate students.

“It’s unlikely that you would join a soccer team, practice every week, but never play a game. Why should music be any different?” said Kozicki. “Also, being in a group of peers, people are typically more accountable, and there’s a synergy created from playing off one another.”

Kozicki grew up in the area and took music lessons in downtown Milford when he was young and has dedicated much of his life to music, coaching students through private lessons and band rehearsals for more than a decade. He is also a professional musician with nearly 20 years experience playing with major and independent label acts, touring, recording and songwriting.

While Michigan Rock School is new to downtown Milford, it is not a new concept for Kozicki. Prior to moving his family back to Michigan in late 2013, he ran a similar music school in North Carolina for nearly five years.

The program, he said, is available for beginner, intermediate and advanced students alike, and includes one 30-minute private lesson each week, as well as one 60-minute group rehearsal. Performances will take place in appropriate venues around the community.

Michigan Rock School programs run in three-month sessions in which groups rehearse weekly and perform a concert at the end of the session. The summer session begins in June and runs through the end of August.

Summer Session is open to acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, and voice students, and groups are established by age and experience level. Lesson programs to also include drum set and keyboard/piano will launch in September.

For additional information about Michigan Rock School, contact John Kozicki at 248-766-4220 or via e-mail at

– Staff writer Laura Colvin

This article originally ran in the Thursday, May 29, 2014 edition of The Milford Times. Click here to view the original article.