Piano studies, Guitar and Bass (Acoustic & Electric) Drums and Recording Arts
Mr. Chen Flakes started classical piano lessons at five years old; and enthusiastically pursued a life in music ever since. While continuing piano studies, he added symphonic and marching band via the alto saxophone through high school, when an interest in modern pop and rock music emerged. He recalls the moment he received his first guitar as a graduation present and immediately; his life focus began to change to the pursuit of an education and a career in music.
Chen taught himself to play acoustic and electric guitar and then bass, starting performing on both and was hired by Guitar Center, the largest chain of musical instrument retailers in the world shortly after high school, gaining knowledge and experience on every electronic instrument available as well as drums and the music industry as a whole. He made valuable relationships with mentors and clients, some of whom were professional musicians for national touring acts. They began to seek out his expertise on live rigs, studio creation and operation, ranging from 1,000 seat clubs to 10,000 seat stadiums. Simultaneously he "hyper-focused" himself on songwriting, digital music production and engineering aspect of music in 2014. He has worked as a recording artist and studio engineer, collaborating with top artists from around the country.
Mr. Chen began taking on private students in 2012, becoming certified in various fields such as Pro Tools, Apple Computers and Garageband. He has led seminars on recording, songwriting and production.
Mr. Chen spends his free time playing guitar, keys, bass and drums in various bands. He has toured the United States, performed on the Vans Warped Tour, released numerous records and a handful of music videos worldwide. He is passionate about teaching teen; college and adults how to use their own laptop & equipment to create a successful home recording student environment. His Youtube video series "Couch Covers" has become popular around the globe and features his own band "Another October" as well as top student of The Piano Cottage Studios in Grand Rapids. He films another Couch Cover video every other month or so and they have a large following of fans.
Mr. Chen brings his experience and knowledge of the modern music industry to aspiring young musicians at The Piano Cottage but also inspires our adult students to learn to love the process of mastering an instrument through weekly guitar and bass studies. He is welcome both adult and youth to his studio while space permits this year, teaching at our Boston Street location and limited availability of lessons "on the road" in the convenience of your home.
Please contact if you would like to study with Mr. Chen!