William E. Duncan

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What do you do at Walker West?
I am a voice, piano, organ and gospel ensemble instructor.

Instrument(s)?
Piano and organ.

What style(s) of music do you teach/play?
All styles: Classical, jazz, gospel, and much more.

Hometown?
Detroit, MI

What are some performance/professional highlights?
Being the musical director and arranger for Gospel artist Tommy Wesley and producing Gospel artist Esther Smith.

What was your first gig?
Singing in the studio in Detroit at the age of 18.

Favorite Walker West memory/experience?
Summer Music Enrichment Programs every year.

Musical influences?
Billy Preston, Jimmy Smith, and Donny Hathaway.

Favorite album?
Clark Sisters’ One Last Time

Why is music education so important?
Learning the history of where music comes from teaches the students to be overall musicians…not just how to play, but to know what they are playing.

Advice to young musicians?
Study to enhance your craft, enjoy what you’re doing, and always be willing to challenge yourself.