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Popular Speaking Voice Teachers Near Minneapolis

Justin S.

Saint Paul, MN
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Arlys A.

Minneapolis, MN
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Michele M.

Minneapolis, MN
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Justin S. Saint Paul, MN

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice

About Me

Hello! I'm Justin, a classically trained Baritone with an emphasis in opera and art song. I have earned my Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, and my Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Minnesota. In Stevens Point I sang the roles of Papageno in The Magic Flute, Marcello in La Boheme, Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, and Marco in Gianni Schicchi. As part of the University of Minnesota Opera Theater I have covered Ford in Falstaff, and performed Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. My recital appearances most recently include Robert Schumann’s Liederkreis Op. 24, Modest Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death, and multiple performances of Franz Schubert’s Die Winterreise in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. I have been a Studio Artist for the critically acclaimed Mill City Summer Opera for two consecutive seasons. My responsibilities as an SA include covering roles, singing in the chorus, participation in an opera scenes program, and leading a series of Opera Enrichment classes at the Lundstrum Center for Performing Arts. I am a member of the Minnesota Opera Chorus, this being my first season with the company. I am the Bass Section Leader at Central Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, MN.

Alongside my passion for singing, I am an avid composer. I have completed a wide variety of pieces, from full orchestral works to string quartets, from 12-part choral pieces to art songs. Notable compositions include: Joys and Woes, a song cycle for Soprano; Charlotte, a song cycle for Soprano; Canticle No.1 for SATB chorus, which was marked for consideration at the UW-Stevens Point Choral Composition Competition; and the in-progress work for ensemble and voice titled “Sketches”.

I have been teaching voice for 5 years now, and have taught students ages 7-70, so I know first hand that it is never too early or too late to start singing! I have prepared students for auditions, recitals, and for just plain fun. I teach with confidence so you can sing with confidence, and I have found that it works wonders.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have been teaching private voice for five years, and have been successful in teaching a variety of students and musical styles. Though my singing background is predominantly classical, I use that training to nurture healthy, strong, and organic voices. I do this by teaching both the fundamentals of singing technique (breathing, support, resonance, anatomy), and the art of musicianship, which is essential to every style of singing. I approach my personal understanding of the voice from the angle of knowing it as an instrument, as opposed to a source of sound that can easily be taken for granted. This allows for an even mix of understanding the voice organically, and understanding how the different parts of the instrument can be manipulated. No two voices are the same, and likewise, no two students are the same. Because of this, I do not teach a pre-structured technique, but rather take the time with each student to understand their instrument and craft a technique that will work most healthily and efficiently for them.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, access to a large quantity of classical and pop sheet music, spacious studio space, performance space, the occasional puppy, tea, music stands, and a cool fish.

*** Specialties ***
I am a trained classical baritone, and have experience in the musical theater genre as well. I teach all genres according to the Italian school of singing, which focuses on breathing and the minimization of stress while singing. As I say: classical training is only the approach, the style is up to the singer. I have been successful in teaching all types of genres through this approach. I am also an avid composer and songwriter, and regularly teach theory in my lessons.

Arlys A. Minneapolis, MN

Subjects Taught

Audition Prep, Broadway Singing, Classical Voice, Country Singing, Dance, Ear Training, Gospel Singing, Improv Acting, Jazz Voice, Meditation, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Vocal Training

About Me

Now available internationally to students via Skype, Google Hangouts or other web video-conferencing tools. Tired of traveling to get to voice lessons? Use technology to make your life easier and still get your vocal lesson time. :-)

My name is Arlys, and my vocal exploration began at age three singing solos at church. As a teenager, I performed with the concert choir and madrigal singers under the tutelage of Hal W., a teacher who affected me so deeply with his love of classical choral music that it changed my life, although I wouldn't realize it until much later. As a young artist, I wrote, sang and performed with numerous original rock, pop, funk & blues bands; simultaneously acting, singing, dancing or choreographing stage musicals.

Early on in my career I was lucky enough to get a private session with Jeannette LoVetri who first introduced me to Alexander Technique exercises that I use to this day. Then, through overwork & improper vocal techniques I destroyed my voice. With the help of professional classical vocal instructor Bonnie F., I began the long process of rebuilding my voice from the ground up. My blessed teacher encouraged me endlessly, showing interest in how my dance background influenced my training, my posture and understanding of the exercises presented.

Bonnie noted my passion and desire to comprehend and translate classical singing practices and more importantly how they applied to all styles of music. She encouraged me, in turn, to begin coaching others. To that end I wound up studying with her for 6 years.

In 2000, I moved to Los Angeles and continued diversifying my voice and my training as a voice coach working briefly with Kathryn Grimm and Darlene Koldenhoven, and eventually studying Italian bel canto techniques with Linda Mitchell, rediscovering my classical voice by singing opera arias for the first time, and with a new found coloratura soprano range. The voice is such an amazing instrument, and because of its personal nature it can also be the most challenging.

My teaching style is infused with the knowledge that students of voice must be treated with great care, love and encouragement. Between performing and my own artistic studies, I have been teaching privately for over 15 years, mostly via referrals from other students, and substituting for my voice teacher at Culver City and Santa Monica Music Schools. After 12 years in Los Angeles, I have relocated back to my hometown of Minneapolis to guide other vocal explorers to unleash their authentic voice.


*** Lesson Details ***
* Have you always wanted to sing?
* Would you like to speak with more ease without losing your voice?
* Would you like to consistently breathe more deeply and feel the expanse of your breath?

Our voice is the most personal expression we can share, and our breath is our life force. I feel very passionate about helping others create their own 'toolkit' of exercises that encourage proper posture and ease of deeper breath support; with vocal exercises that guide the vocal explorer to finding their most perfect resonance and pitch control. The end result is the ability to sing and speak easily, freely, and with confidence!

I am passionate about helping you find your unique voice. I believe the voice is such an amazing instrument and can be the most challenging to work with, psychologically, since it is so very personal and therefore must be treated with great care, love and encouragement.

I incorporate my experience with dance, Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi and other forms of physical exercise with bel canto vocal training to help me create a personalized set of tools for each student.

Since we only get the one instrument, my goal is to help you understand how your instrument works, and how best to care for it so that you can sing for years to come!

It's Your Journey!
Take It!

VOCAL EXPLORERS: Please dress comfortably, bring water and your smile. :-)

*** Studio Equipment ***
IN-STUDIO: Lessons in separate "studio" room, electric piano, mirror, music stands, table for your water, chair. Also available: community room with TV & seating can be used as waiting area for parents during lessons.

ONLINE VOCAL EXPLORERS PLEASE NOTE: Technical issues can sometimes make online classes frustrating for all parties. These tips can help minimize frustration:

* It helps a great deal if you are comfortable using a computer and not trying to learn two things at once
* If you are not comfortable using a computer, please plan to be patient and spend some lesson time being guided through setup
* Best results are with computers that have fast processors:
1) iPad have excellent connectivity
2) or, less than three years old
* You need to make sure you have a very fast internet connection to support the video and audio streaming. Please check with your internet provider to verify your connection is fast enough.
* Download the application (Skype or Google Hangouts) and test the connection with a friend prior to your first lesson

You are responsible for knowing if your connection will work, just as I am responsible for knowing that my connection will work.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Skype, Google Hangouts, Oovoo or other web video-conferencing tools.

*** Specialties ***
My specialty is helping you find the healthiest way to access your voice, speaking or singing. Whether it's pop; rock, Broadway belting or classical Italian bel canto singing, my focus is to help you find your authentic voice.

Michele M. Minneapolis, MN

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Recording, Singing, Speaking Voice

About Me

Dear Singer,

I have been singing for a long time – almost two decades – I have toured internationally, sung background, done studio work, recorded CDs … you name it I've sung it. I have also worked with a variety of bands, gospel choirs and singing ensembles in workshops and studio sessions.

I am a professional singer with two music degrees who released my latest album in 2010 and currently performs nationally.

I have taught privately for many years in a number of cities, New York, London and currently in the Twin Cities. When working with my students, I am a gentle taskmaster committed to helping you sing your best. My lessons focus on helping singer/songwriters build strong, healthy voices.

Let me teach you how to:

• Stop losing your voice
• Increase your usable vocal range
• Eliminate vocal breaks or gaps
• Feel confident and prepared
• Learn how to make your songs work for you

I sing and teach in contemporary styles.

I look forward to singing with you.


*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons with Michele
At our first lesson, you and I will discuss your singing goals and I will listen to you sing. Using this information, I will design a personalized lesson plan for you and your voice. I want to make sure you reach your singing goals!

We will begin with the basics of singing -- breathing, posture, expanding range and eliminating breaks. Once you have established healthy habits, we will begin to work on developing your own unique style. (My favorite part!)

Continuing lessons may focus on;
- studio techniques
- how to use a microphone
- performance techniques
- song interpretation
- working with a band
- handling stage fright
- vocal health on the road

I am here to inspire you to be the professional you want to be and help you share your songs with the world.

*** Studio Equipment ***
- Large, dedicated studio
- Full-size keyboard
- Floor to ceiling mirror
- Music and microphone studio

*** Specialties ***
I teach contemporary vocal technique in a number of styles and genres, including Pop, Gospel, Indie, R&B, Blues, Neosoul, Motown, Jazz, Broadway etc.

Brennan B.

Minneapolis, MN
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Andra S.

Minneapolis, MN
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Vee W.

Minneapolis, MN
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Brennan B. Minneapolis, MN

Subjects Taught

Basic Math, Broadway Singing, Elementary Math, English, History, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Reading, Singing, Speaking Voice

About Me

Hello and welcome to my profile! My name is Brennan, and singing is my life. I am an opera singer (a mezzo-soprano to be precise) and a Masters student at the University of Minnesota. Because I have been studying classical voice for almost 11 years and music in general for 16 years, I know what it takes to improve singing technique and musical skills necessary to be a great musician. As a regular performer, I also know what it takes to get over stage fright and performance anxiety, how to really capture an audience, and how to improvise on the spot when something goes wrong.

While I was earning my Bachelor's Degree in Music at Pepperdine University, I also worked as a Music Theory tutor, so I have no problem teaching the basics to even the most beginner students. In fact, I love it!. If you want to sing in styles other than opera, that's great! I also perform cabaret, rock, Broadway, and pop music in my spare time, and I love any chance to delve into other kinds of music.

If you are here for speaking voice or public speaking lessons, have no fear, I can help you as well. As a performer, I often have to speak and sing in front of large crowds in many different settings. I can help you overcome stage fright, teach you how to project your voice, give helpful tips and tricks for public speaking, and teach you how to write and give an effective presentation.

For those who need help with Tonal Music Theory, look no further. I was one of two Music Theory tutors for two years at Pepperdine University. It was my job to help fellow students with homework, hold tutoring lessons, and teach aural skills.

In case you wanted to know, here are some of the roles I have played:
Rosina in "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" by Rossini, Hermia in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Britten (2013), Margaret Page in "Falstaff" by Verdi (2012), Jo March in "Little Women" by Adamo (2011), Second Woman in "Dido and Aeneas" by Purcell (2012), Third Spirit in "The Magic Flute" by Mozart, Gloria in "Thoroughly Modern Mille" by Tesori and the Stepmother in "Into the Woods" by Sondheim. I have also been a chorus member in many other shows, including "Sweeny Todd" by Sondheim and "La Boheme" by Puccini. 

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe in helping the student be the best musician they can be by helping them find their inner voice and working toward a conceivable goal. I am a generally very happy and out-going person, but I am also very driven and hard-working. I love to have fun and joke around with the student while we work hard together to reach their goal. This goal is very important- every student needs to come into their first lesson with a goal in mind so that we have something to work toward together. While I expect hard work and focus during lesson times, it is important to remember that our lesson time is learning time. It is OK to make a mistake, crack, make strange sounds, dance around the room and generally do things that most people do not do in public. In order to find your voice and reach your goal, we might make the strangest sounds and the oddest metaphors you have ever heard, but it will get you the results you want.

Singing is the most organic way to create music, and like all things in this world, it is not perfect. I hope that after taking lessons with me, a student will have gotten closer to or attained their goal and will be able to use their singing voice without fear, shame, or embarrassment, and embrace it for what it is- their own, unique instrument.

*** Studio Equipment ***
University- practice rooms available. Includes upright piano, music stands, and mirrors. Seating available and lounge. Parking in garage across the street from hall (pay to park) or open air lot or street.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I travel to your home, we would need a Piano or keyboard and private space in which to practice.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Classical Singing, especially Operatic singing, but I can teach just about any style of singing except screamo.

Andra S. Minneapolis, MN

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice

About Me

Raised on a beef and wheat farm in North Dakota by folk musicians, Andra began touring and performing at festivals at a young age. Classically trained and a veteran of musical theater, the guitar-playing singer moved to Minneapolis in 1996, where she has gone on to make a name for herself as one of the finest vocalists around.
A regular performer on the national radio show A Prairie Home Companion, Andra has performed around the world, singing with such artists as Brad Paisley, Mindy Smith, Emmylou Harris, Chris Thile and soprano Renee Fleming. She has recorded with a wide range of indie, rock, blues and folk acts, including The Honeydogs, Jonny Lang, Peter Ostroushko and Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner.
Although mainly known as a vocalist, Andra has been quietly honing her songwriting craft, self-releasing a solo album in 2006 called Patchwork Story. She is signed to Grammy-winning label
Red House Records, and has released her new album Little Heart. Full of infectious originals, the album is a twang-tinged mix of country, rock, folk and blues, which is sure to be a favorite on Americana and AAA radio. Already generating a lot of buzz and media interest, this album shows that Andra is poised to become the next big voice in country, Americana and roots music.
Throughout 2013 Andra will be touring in support of the new album and showcasing at various festivals, including South By Southwest (SXSW) and the International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis.

3 years as a vocal teacher at The School Of Rock

1 year at St. Olaf College and Bismarck State College studying music theory and composition.

*** Lesson Details ***
We will start with warm ups, and talk about fundamental ins and outs of singing such as breath, intonation, and protecting your voice. We will pinpoint where you are as a singer whether you are just starting out or have lots of experience. You will have clear knowledge of what to work on between lessons to reach the goals we set together that are tailored individually for you. You will wind up with a skill set for singing that will stay with you wherever your singing may take you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room: pro tools, PA, microphones, keyboard, wurlitzer, guitar, bass, additional seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a laptop, and iPad and keep notes for each student, a piano or keyboard would be helpful but not necessary if in the students home. Student should keep a folder, paper, writing utensil.

*** Specialties ***
Specialize in Folk, Country, Pop, Rock, Blues, Beginning theory, and twelve years as a nanny so also young children

Vee W. Minneapolis, MN

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Opera Voice, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice

About Me

I have done major Broadway musicals as well as have performed with American Idol stars and trained with Grammy Award winning producers.

*** Lesson Details ***
Come ready to sing your heart out. We will be targeting your weak point and make them stronger. I am laid back and easing going but will not cut you slack when it's time to bring out your true potential.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Protools - Logic Pro - Microphone

*** Travel Equipment ***
No requirements, but a piano is preferred.

*** Specialties ***
I am proficient at teaching the styles of R&B, Pop, & Musical Theater techniques to help my students standout above the others that audition.

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