Michael Douglas J.

Michael Douglas J.

11 Reviews
Patchogue, NY

About Michael Douglas J.

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Male Ages Taught: 12 to 80
Female Ages Taught: 12 to 80


I maintain very active performing and teaching careers. I have private voice studios on Long Island and in Manhattan and have taught singers and pianists in every genre of music for the last 24 years. I was on the faculty of New York University in the Music and Music Professions Department for 5 years and was Music Director and Vocal Coach for an innovative new rap opera, "Odin" in Spring 2006 at the Fred Lowe Theatre. I was a coach in the Banff Centre's 'Voice through body and movement' workshop with international artist, Richard Armstrong and served two years as a voice instructor and guest lecturer at the Banff Centre for their young artist training program entitled 'Opera as Theatre'. Throughout my career as a vocal coach, I have worked with many cabaret artists as musical director, arranger and accompanist. Most notably, Debbie Boily's "Thank You for the Music"a one woman show with me at the piano, recorded live at Ovations in June 2004 Houston, Texas and subsequently performed in France, England and New York. Most recently, I recorded an opera with Jazz legend Anthony Braxton and an all Jazz CD with Fred Ho. I have recorded operas in progress for Atlantic Records and new works of composers on the BMI label. As a performer I won the prestigious Jessie award for "outstanding performance by an actor in a leading role" for my creation of the Marquis in "120 Songs for the Marquis de Sade" in the world premiere co-produced by Modern Baroque Opera and Vancouver New Music. My international debut was in Sweden, singing the lead role of Director in "Kafka's Chimp" by Welsh composer, John Metcalf. Originally from Hawaii I now reside in New York where I garden and raise chickens. Experience
Fall 2000-2006 New York University NY, NY
Vocal Instructor for undergraduate and graduate students in the Music and Music Professions degree programs.
Instructor of Italian Diction
Music Director/Vocal Coach for ODIN, a new rap opera.

Spring 2003-present State University of New York at Stony Brook Stony Brook, NY
Vocal Coach for chamber groups for performances, which begins with selection of repertoire and continues to final dress.

Summer 2002-2004 Banff Centre for the Arts Banff, Alberta
Guest Lecturer/Vocal Instructor working with each singer individually for festival opera productions as well as attended rehearsals and production meetings.

*** Lesson Details ***
I endeavor to teach you a natural and easy vocal production; to teach you a good solid technique of singing and to help you develop as a singing artist.
I will teach you…
…how to use and blend the entire range of your voice,
…a healthy and free voice management,
…an efficient and effective breathing technique.

1) If you want to know what to expect from your vocal instrument on any given note and on any given word, training your voice will increase your confidence in what you can expect.
2) To the thoroughly trained singer, technique is second nature. A solid technique frees you from using energy consumed with struggling to get the sound out or trying to avoid pains and strains while singing. The trained singer can focus more on the performance and less on getting the notes out.
3) Training allows for better interpretation and communication on stage, a wider range of tone coloration, a wider dynamic range, a full use and blending of the registers and greater stamina.
4) Whether the music is rock, pop, jazz, country, musical theater or classical, the trained singer has a better ability to meet the demands of the music. A singer that wants to have a career on the stage will benefit greatly from extensive training and practical voice work.

Our work together is an intuitive journey of discovery and requires your participation in giving feedback about what you are experiencing during our sessions together as well as what happens in your practice sessions and in your performances.

Practice: At the beginning of your study, I encourage you to practice 15 minutes a day but a half hour is ideal. Singing is like anything that you want to master: It improves with work and investigation. The voice is a curiously individual element of each person and no two voices work the same. Only you can discover how it works. The more work you do outside your lesson the better you will become and you will also get much more from the voice lessons.

Auditions/Performances: Please bring all music that you plan to sing in public to your lessons well in advance of the performance. It will allow us time to make you more confident in your presentation and make for a greater performance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated Music Space, music stand, grand piano, three windows

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students. Onstage singing: I have 25 years experience on the operatic, music theater and cabaret theatre stages.

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International Singing Artist Sep 1988 - Jul 2007
Banff Centre for the Arts

17 years as an artistic collaborator and performer, lecturer and voice teacher in programs that advance contemporary music theatre and opera.


Doctor of Musical Arts, Vocal Performance Sep 2000 - May 2004
State University of New York at Stony Brook
Master of Music Sep 1982 - Jun 1988
Rice University, Houston, TX
Bachelor of Music, Piano, Voice, Theatre Arts and French Jan 1977 - May 1981
Western Carolina University, Cullowhee NC

Languages Spoken

French Professional Proficiency
German Professional Proficiency
Italian Professional Proficiency
Swedish Professional Proficiency


Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a music theatre piece Jun 2001
Jesse Richardson Awards
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11 Reviews on Michael Douglas J.

Chihwei L. August 11, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
As a choir conductor and church musician, I encountered all kinds vocal challenges from classical style to contemporary one. I'm very happy that Dr. Douglas is able to answer every question I brought to him. His experience and knowledge directly helped me toward my own breakthrough in vocal performance. I highly recommend Dr. Michael Douglas!
Lorraine M. February 22, 2014
Extraordinary, perceptive instruction

Michael is my first and only voice teacher. I came to him because I wanted a more comfortable and confident singing experience. With kind and patient guidance, I am learning to sing like myself and not copy the performance of professional singers on each song. Michael coaxes your personal sound right out of you! I am finally free to sing like me.....
DavidR July 19, 2012

Michael brought me to my goal so fast and so easily that I would highly recommend him to anyone of any level. He is an absolute professional with a real warm, patient personality. I am having a wonderful experience with him.
KathleenM June 29, 2012
I'm having a wonderful time.

Mchael makes me feel at ease He is very knowledgeable, positive and enthusiastic. I look forward to every lesson..
SergioC April 25, 2012
excellent professional instructor
GlennL March 16, 2012
Great Teacher

My son is just starting out and is loving it! He looks forward to his weekly singing lesson with Michael. Michael is a wonderful teacher, very caring , patient & friendly. He has a wonderful voice & is very talented! He makes the lessons fun & is great with my son." I highly recommend him" !!!!
DougC January 27, 2012
Mr. Douglas is phenomenal... very helpful and very supportive. He also makes it a comfortable atmosphere which is helpful for anxious and nervous people (like myself).
VikkiR January 24, 2012
Really good choice....

This is the first time daughter is taking singing lessons. I researched and read many bio's on different teachers (not just this site) but something about Michael seemed to stand out in comparison to others. My daughter has only had 4 lessons so far but what an excellent choice we made! His energy and joy are evident and that has a wonderful affect on the lessons. He is kind and uplifting, a positive influence. Coincidentaly, he echo's what we tell our daugter at home, "You can"! Choose Michael as your instructor. You will be happy you did.
AnneMarieM November 1, 2011

I could not have asked for a better teacher. Michael's knowledge is broad and deep and is excellent at explaining things.
JennieB February 22, 2007
He is everything we were looking for as a singing instructor

My son is once again enjoying his singing lessons thanks to Michael!