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Meet Music Teachers at Longacre House
The City of Farmington Hills Cultural Arts Division will offer prospective music students an opportunity to meet talented music teachers during this open house.
Individual lessons, taught by high-quality instructors include:
Learn to play your favorite pieces and musical styles on acoustic, electric or bass guitar. Lessons are held Monday and Tuesday evenings; session dates and times vary. All ages and skill levels are welcome, from beginning to advanced, and including professionals. Lessons are taught by Wayne Mrdjenovic, a full time musician and performer, and owner of The Music Studio who has been playing guitar professionally for 35 years. For more information, go to www.themusicstudio.us.com.
Piano lessons are offered for adults and children ages 8 and older, from beginner to advanced. They are held on a weekly basis, Monday to Thursday. Session dates and times vary. Longacre’s instructor, James Nuckolls, holds a degree from the Detroit Institute of Musical Art, and has studied piano with such highly respected pianists as Henry Kolbe and Harold De Remer. His performing career has included concerts throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as on TV and radio.
For more information on the Music Open House, music lessons, or other Community Arts programs, call 248-473-1859.
More About Longacre House
Built in 1869 by Farmington pioneer Palmer Sherman, Longacre House was originally a modest, brick structure with a barn, spring house and well on 100 acres of property.
Mr. Sherman was a farmer who supplied seeds for the Ferry Seed Company. He and his wife had nine children. Over time, they gradually sold off portions of the property, and upon their retirement, rented it out. In 1915, Detroit lawyer Lumen Goodenough purchased the property and later hired noted architect Marcus Burrowes to remodel and expand the house, with 20 rooms, a greenhouse and a library with floor to ceiling bookshelves. The family owned the property until 1968, when the Goodenoughs children donated the home and five acres of land to the residents of the Farmington area, to be used as a community center.
Since the 1970s, the community center operated under the direction of a non-profit board, hosting both private and public events, receptions, weddings and family gatherings. In 2008, the City of Farmington Hills took ownership of Longacre House and now offers a variety of cultural programs there. In addition, the facility remains open for private event rentals, club and other community group meetings.