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About Randy L.

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Franklin, MI

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My only job is to help you find your own voice!
And to have a lot of fun along the way!

We record you all the time in a recording studio environment. Then you will benefit from getting used to that voice that only you can hear. This is like having your own producer!

I am no throat specialist, but, I have accompanied singers for decades and may have some suggestions to help you. From breathing to posture to intonation, to energy, enunciation and more, there is a lot to cover.

I will accompany your singing at the keyboard all the time. I will also encourage your recording with karaoke tracks as well. Listening to yourself is exciting and helpful. Get over that insecurity. Come sing with confidence!

An integrated approach:
Music almost always involves several skills. Below are some of the complementary skills that I can help you with. In my Semper Method, we always address several of them at every session. For example, we record, sing and play all the time. To sing you ...

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RANDY L.
Teacher / Musician / Producer

Do you wish you or your child could just sit down and play the music you hear?
Are you an adult who always wished you could play or sing?

Is fear or uncertainty stopping you from playing in front of others?
Have you written some great song lyrics and just need help with the music?

SONGLab is a professional studio and a teacher/producer passionate about helping singers, keyboardists, songwriters, kids & adults; anyone who has just always wanted to play...

We use music to help you find your own voice.
When you find your voice, the rest of
you is not far behind.
Study here in town or anywhere in the world with lessons online.

Children don't learn to read before they can talk. So why should anyone have to try to read before they can play?

That is how music has been taught for many years, and why a huge percentage of students just quit or have a miserable time with piano lessons. Music should be fun. Period.

We help people to overcome any fears they may have about playing. Many people are afraid to express themselves because of negative comments from a family member or friend. We help you move far past that and get to your own voice, free of worries.

It has been said that playing only from sheet music is like only being able to talk when you are reading it from a book.

We help people to play by ear.

Yes, learning to read music brings you wonderful music from some great composers. But there is so much more.

First, we find out how you learn and what you are interested in. Life is different when you get in touch with the music inside you. Sure, it is some work, but it is very satisfying!
I love to help people do this!

All that said, reading musical notes is like your alphabet.
When was the last time you had to ponder the alphabet when you wanted to speak? Once you know the alphabet, you just forget it and move on to words, stories and communication.
Music is a language as well.

Everybody loves music. How will you find yours? It’s different for everyone.
Maybe you want to sing like that great pop singer you love, or play keyboard. Some people write songs. In all cases, the keyboard helps you to understand all about music.

Bach used to improvise all the time. Why shouldn't you?

SONGWRITERS:
If you write songs, just bring in an idea and we will record it. We set a tempo and a key, and get your basic groove looped, all in about two minutes. Then we lay down the chords and a bass part and you sing a reference vocal. You can easily lay out a song in a one-hour session. Then it is easy to see how to produce it. It is amazing to go home with a recording of your song that did not exist in the world until you gave it a voice!

Along the way, you become a better writer, singer and/or keyboard player. You will learn to play by ear. And have a LOT of fun. You can do this online too.

ONLINE SESSIONS
You create a rough sketch and we track it, with your input.
We can help you to set up your own songwriter studio as well. If you get Logic software at your end, you can put on phones and cut a vocal with me producing you.

Did you ever have musical ideas, write them down, figure you had songs inside you?
Well let’s go find them!

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
“...an amazing instructor...inspiring mentor...compassionate.”
“...a lot of patience.”
“My son's love for music has come from Randy.”
“...positive attitude and friendly personality.”
“...wildly entertaining.”
“ ...will teach you in a way that will make you want to learn.”
“We look forward to our lesson every week!”

"Randy, I like your "Semper Method of Music” teaching method.
It's applying knowledge with fun, and common sense... the best combination. Good luck. You’re a great musician."
Joe Messina,
Motown recording guitarist & Funk Brother

SONGLab
Your music. Instantly.
We use recording as a powerful tool to help you listen and improve.
Tired of crappy tabs? Struggling to capture your song? No worries.
Learn a process, instead of a lesson. Apply it anywhere.

Go from musical idea to music, fast.
Get to the groove in 2 minutes or less. In any software.

SONGLab Studio. The antidote to rote.

SCHEDULING:
Please note: If the particular time you had in mind is listed as unavailable, don’t worry. Between my two locations, I am very flexible and will work hard to make our schedules click.

SPECIAL NEEDS?
Everyone's needs are special. If your child has been diagnosed ADHD or as a "Sensory kid", music can be a joyful and rewarding way to see real growth and make a wonderful experience for parent and child. We help with the Proprioceptive and Vestibular senses in a fun and therapeutic way.

Just Google "BrainVolts" for a tremendous study from Northwestern University on the amazing effects of music study!

Playing by Ear
Pretty much everyone can play by ear. So we help you to find your own voice, reach your musical goals and to create and perform music as a real and beautiful part of your life.

Making music should not be a boring job. Rather, it should be something you can't wait to do. A way to get in touch with the rest of the universe. You will also learn to read and write, but it won't get in the way of your music.

Since a very young age I have loved to improvise and to create music. It is very satisfying to pass this on to others who are full of music inside but may not know how to get it out. If you wish that you or your child could get some help creating your own music as well as playing the great music already written, perhaps we should be talking.

I am from Canada, and I have been a professional musician since 1970. I studied music performance in school, piano with the Royal Conservatory of Toronto and Music Education at Queens University. I have toured with national acts, produced dozens of recordings of all kinds and played, arranged and conducted music on cruise ships all over the world.

Music is my life. Bringing other people's skills to a higher level is what I do best.

Tell me what you want to accomplish, either for yourself or your child. I look forward to speaking with you.
Warm regards,
Randy

PS:
A note about allergens:
I teach at my home and at my studio. At home we have a very friendly dog and a cat (Julian) who sleeps all day. If you have allergies, we will study at my Troy studio which is allergen-free. Unless you love animals. In that case, you will get to meet Vinnie, the most kid-friendly, loves-everybody, most gentle little guy you will ever meet. I put his picture up so you can see him.

Teaching teachers
Several excellent teachers I know who have been teaching music for many years were frustrated by not being able to play without a sheet of music. They have found satisfying and positive results from this approach.

Wouldn't it be great to be gifted? In fact... It turns out that choices lead to habits.
Habits become talents. Talents are labeled gifts.
You're not born this way, you get this way.
~ Seth Godin

*** Lesson Details ***
Children don't learn to read before they can talk. So why should anyone have to try to read before they can play?

That is how music has been taught for many years, and why a huge percentage of students just quit or have a miserable time with piano lessons. Music should be fun. Period.

My only real job is to make sure you have fun and want to learn more. Then you will do the rest. you will astonish yourself and everyone around you!

In a traditional music education, reading the works of others is the focus, with no encouragement to improvise or to play by ear.

In our community, there is a prestigious, private college prep school that charges just under $80 per hour for traditional private music lessons. If you take away the music, most cannot play a note.

My method is every bit the equal of that school for those who are drawn to express themselves playing by ear. You will still learn all the core skills needed to be a well-rounded musician.

Music study helps people young and old to overcome shyness and build confidence. It empowers them as they refine their special talents.

We will always have a lot of fun, but there is a lot to do, so we need to be efficient. My teaching method is a combination of the best methods I have found. It is backed up with the same solid principles that I received when I was a student myself. If you choose to continue and pursue a classical education at a high level, you will be well-prepared.

Please note:
You are most welcome to start with 30 minute sessions to see if we are a good fit. 30 min lessons are offered for this purpose and also for very young children with short attention spans. For any student, wishing to make progress, lessons will eventually need to be an hour or 45 minutes at minimum in order to reach your goals.

Though you'll receive serious critiques from me, I always uplift and encourage. Positive energy is the ticket.

My Method: Listen, Sing, Clap, Play, Read and Write. With these tools you can look deeper into the elements that make up music. Folk, jazz, pop, rock or classical; all Western music is derived from the same principles. We will study ear training from a wonderful ear training book by a famous guitarist. It'™s simple: you learn all the theory so you will be at the top of your game, but always have fun doing it. For notation, we will use The Semper Note Speller. For scales, we have the famous Brown Scale Book.

Technology
We use recording as a tool to help you hear how you sound and we always encourage you to express yourself with improvisation. In many cases, you will have tracks to practice with. We also use apps for your phone that really help. A guitar tuner to nail down vocal pitch, as well as a metronome app that is with you wherever you go. If you have a minute anywhere you can get in some good practice time. So we truly have the best of all worlds: playing from music and learning to play by ear! If you stick with it and do the work, the end result will be that you can always just sit down and play, whether or not you have any music in front of you!

On our first lesson we will do a duet jam session together and you will not believe how great you sound!

The Big Picture
Although a percentage of students may become a concert pianist, there are a multitude of other ways to become involved with music. Whether you are looking at music as a profession or as a hobby, we let parents know of the many choices available so that they can make good decisions, for themselves and for their children.

Having fun as you improve is a big priority. I also teach songwriting, singing, music recording and performance, as well as piano.

Remember:
A piano should be an irresistible invitation, not an obstacle.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Troy studio: A digital keyboard in a professional recording control-room environment at our media production studio. The studio is near Big Beaver and Stephenson Hwy.

Home studio: An acoustic piano and recording studio environment at my home in Franklin/Beverly Hills.

Your Instrument
If you are taking any kind of music lesson, we recommend a tuned piano or digital keyboard, preferably with at least 76 full-sized keys.

We have helped many people to find the right piano.
If you like, I can suggest several different models of keyboard that I have researched and of which I approve. They range from an inexpensive but effective starter keyboard for ear training and just plain fun to an 88 note weighted keyboard for more expressive practice.

*** Specialties ***
I teach people of all ages first to play by ear and to have fun while they study. Then I back up ear training with solid theory so they can read and write music. In school I studied many traditional methods and I have distilled my own distinct method from them. Though I am classically trained, I specialize in improvisation.
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Jen February 22, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My 9 year old son began taking piano lessons with Randy last fall. It's amazing to see the progress he has made in such a short amount of time! Randy's method of training is beyond exceptional! And the best part is he is flexible! If we are unable to make it to the studio we can do a FaceTime lesson instead! Originally I thought a lesson using face time would be pointless, but its surprising how much my son is able to learn in this fashion. Randy is passionate about teaching, music, and life in general! He has helped my son gain self confidence in his musical ability but also in life. And that is more than money can pay for! We feel blessed to have found Randy! My son said he is the best teacher he has ever had! We would recommend him to everyone!
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Andrew February 15, 2017
· Piano · In studio
We are so glad to have found Randy and wish there were more people out there who are passionate for what they love.
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Tyler February 14, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Id definitely recommend Randy to anybody interested in learning to sing. He's down to earth, funny, has a plethora of knowledge & skills and really helped me gain confidence in my voice.
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Randy L.

Randy L.

Franklin, MI 48025
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About Lisa A.

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Highland, MI

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Along with Broadway and Classical, I enjoy teaching popular music mixed in. Bring songs that you enjoy and we will add it to our lesson plan.

About Lisa
I studied Classical Piano under Ruth Jones for 13 years and under Audrejean Heydenburg at Spring Arbor University for 2 years. I studied Voice under Tamara Whitley for 6 years and under Charles Livesay at Spring Arbor University for 2 years.I have been teaching Piano lessons for 10+ years and Voice lessons for nearly as long. I studied piano pedagogy and vocal music education at Spring Arbor University for 2 years. I then taught music at West Highland Christian Academy for K-12 students and Home School Band and Choir for upper elementary students. Along with teaching, I lead worship at Bend C
ity Church and has accompanied for several community plays and student scholarship events.

"I enjoy all kinds of music and really want to share my love of music with people of all ages. My goal is to get people excited to learn and expand their abilities through voice and piano and to prepare future performers and teachers as well."

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach all styles of voice including Classical, Italian, Jazz and Folk styles as well as Contemporary, Pop and Broadway. I incorporate the fundamentals into my everyday teaching style and help the student to grow in their technical ability through application in each song they study. I teach the student how to use their voice correctly as well as how to have good stage presence and performance ready ability.

I teach beginner piano students from age 5 through method books as well as more advanced students in either Classical styles or Contemporary styles. Some students have the desire to be concert pianists or to teach piano themselves, others just wish to play with a band or play songs which they can sing to. Both styles are valuable skills to learn. I will discuss with the student which direction they would like to go and decide together what the student would like to learn.

You will receive a copy of my studio policy at your first lesson. You will be required to read over and sign this policy before lessons are to continue.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My home studio is in my apartment in a comfortable living room setting. Parents are welcome to wait and listen to the lesson or drop the student off.

*** Specialties ***
Classically trained Piano, Specialize currently in improvising with chord charts or lead sheets. Worship Music.

Voice lessons rely heavily on Broadway, and Show Tunes, but also include Classical, Italian, Latin, Folk Tunes, Classic Rock, Groups, Performance.
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Mrs. Williams September 19, 2016
· Piano · In home
So far so good! My daughter enjoys her lessons with Lisa. Lisa is punctual and patient. We are looking forward to a long term relationship and hopefully my 7 year old will master the art of piano!
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Siying July 12, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Lisa is very good
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Ethan June 4, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Thanks for everything your an awesome teacher!!!!😊😊😊😊😊
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Lisa A.

Lisa A.

Highland, MI 48357
(14)
starting at
$24 / 30-min

About Barbara S.

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Ann Arbor, MI
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Ms. S. has a Master's degree in Vocal Performance from Eastern Michigan University and is certified Level III in the Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method. She has also trained in Estill Voice through the University of Michigan, with additional training in the Feldenkrais Method of movement. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She will tailor your vocal development to your individual performance goals.

Singing is a complex coordination of breathing, phonation, resonation and articulation, overlaid with musical and performance layers. This process needs to be guided by an instructor who is knowledgeable in the vocal processes and anatomy, as well vocal styles and performance. Vocal development progresses as the body strengthens and growing musical skills demand more from the vocal instrument. We'll work together to create a voice which works freely to express the musical and emotional demands of the literature, allowing the joy of ...

About Barbara
Barbara S. is happy to nest in Ann Arbor, Michigan after many years in New York City and on the road with national tours of "The Phantom of the Opera" (Carlotta and Madame Giry), “Camelot” (Broadway and National Tour) and an international tour of “Evita”. She has appeared locally and regionally with many Equity theaters and opera companies.

Ms. S. has a Master's degree in Vocal Performance from Eastern Michigan University and is certified Level III in the Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method. She has also trained in Estill Voice through the University of Michigan, with additional trainin
g in the Feldenkrais Method of movement. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She will tailor your vocal development to your individual performance goals.
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Christy Spencer February 8, 2017
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
I am very much enjoying singing lessons with Barbara! She is very energetic and fully engaged in the lessons, and gives great feedback. I am learning quite a lot, and enjoying every minute of it. I would highly recommend Barbara!
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saber January 9, 2017
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Really awesome teacher. Very professional and patient . Has the experience like no other !
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Deborah December 21, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In home
Barbara has a warm and engaging personality that put me at ease. I had never sung before and I'm really enjoying exploring my voice.
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Barbara S.

Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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$35 / 30-min

About Brandon S.

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Oak Park, MI

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I've been developing talent and teaching voice for 10 years. I also specialize in Stage Performance. I'm a Vocal Producer/Songwriter turned Talent Developer. I've written songs for The Backstreet Boys, Trey Songz and more.

My best of both worlds background led me to develop "The 5 Phase Singing Method" that has been a huge hit with the hundreds of singers that I've trained. My belief is that voice lessons should be FUN yet EFFECTIVE.

Notable student: X Factor Finalist, Diamond White

About Brandon
My students are guided along a comprehensive artist development experience that consists of voice development, stage presence, songwriting and finishing school.

I've been a songwriter/vocal producer for 20 years having written songs for The Backstreet Boys, Trey Songz and more. I've studied the art of "voice" for 15 years having trained under some of Michigan's most prominent voice teachers.

My best of both worlds background led me to construct the "5 Phase Singing Method" that has been a huge hit with all my clientele.

Notable students include Diamond White, a top 5 finalist on X
Factor, Jibreel Mawry from Motown the Musical, @Labritney_ on Instagram and the 2016 Ford Fireworks Super Singer winner, Brianna Seaborn.
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Akshaya August 30, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Brandon is very structured and perceptive. Lots of breathing exercises to help with vocal sustenance. It was awesome!
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Stephanie M. July 1, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Brandon is the real deal ! He is kind , tough , caring and a well rounded teacher ! Excellent style - I would give him a 10
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Revon June 3, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio
Brandon knows his stuff and is constantly striving to make his students better. Anyone that gets to work with him is lucky.
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Brandon S.

Brandon S.

Oak Park, MI 48237
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About Viviana G.

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Westland, MI

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Singing is not easy as it seems!
I will listen to your story, I will let you explain what you want from your voice, and I will drive you, step by step, towards your dreams.

About Viviana
Ms. Viviana has accomplished many noteworthy achievements and awards, both in Italy and in the United States.
She is a composer, a choral director, an experienced music teacher and vocal performer.
She performed in many different roles, like Musetta (Boheme), Frasquita (Carmen), Susanna, Cherubino (Nozze di Figaro), Second Woman (Dido & Aeneas), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Despina (Cosi fan tutte), Elettra (Idomeneo), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Mrs. Fezziwig (A Christmas Carol).
She is composer and conductor of the Italian American Chorale of Livonia; she has been a performer fo
r the Nutcracker production at the Detroit Opera House.
Ms. Viviana is a member of several honorary organizations, including the Verdi Opera Theater of Michigan, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Student National Association of Teacher of Singing, where she serves as Vice President.
Two times judge at the Vocal Competition for Michigan High School Student.
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Julia Mogylevska-Castillo February 14, 2017
· Classical Voice · Online
Hi, everyone! I think each of us is different, but we have the same goal to learn how to convey all the beauty of us into art that we do.If you are looking for the teacher who will teach you basics or master your voice or even, give you a professional advice on your singing, she is right here. You will feel that your singing is improving from the very first lesson. I did and I highly recommend you Viviana, I think everyone can become the top-rated singer with her help. Plus, she is just incredibly fun to be in the classroom with. Thank you for everything you are doing for us!
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Patricia July 21, 2016
· Vocal Training · In home
I love Viviana!! She makes you feel very comfortable throughout the entire lesson. She tries to help you relax if you've had a long day and to loosen up and prepare for singing. The lessons are always very fun, full of lots of jokes, yet very productive and helpful as well. Amazing instructor!!
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Patrik Hainbuchner June 1, 2016
Verified Student · Vocal Training · In studio
I was very impressed with my first class. Viviana is very knowledge in singing, and made me feel completely comfortable and confident about being able to achieve my vocal goals.

I would highly recommend any lessons with her!
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Viviana G.

Westland, MI 48185
(5)
starting at
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