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Randy L.

Franklin, MI

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 ...

About Randy

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

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!

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.

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.

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!

“ 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

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.

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.

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,

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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.


Allan October 19, 2016
Speaking Voice · Online
Verified Student
I worked with Randy on my speaking voice. In just 5 weeks my voice for videos and presentations was much better and I had a plan for further improvements. He's easy to talk to, non-judgemental and provides sage advice. Randy was good at prioritizing things for me to work on, which made it easy to make progress quickly. He split tasks into those that required class time and those that I could teach myself. I'm leaving with specific exercises and books to read for self-improvement.
Jade Kim October 17, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
When I first went to Randy, I wanted to learn how to sing better. Somehow, he saw that just learning how to sing wouldn't satisfy me, so he started teaching me music theory as well. As I, at the time, was in this bubble of singing and making music with my voice, I had had no interest in music theory and left his studio after two months. A few months later, I finally realized that I did, in fact, want to learn music theory, and so I went back to his studio. Learning about music with Randy has been one of the best experiences of my life- I'm now able to (slowly!) write songs of my own, distinguish different chord types, and I finally understand what the circle of fifths was that everybody talked about in my school choir. Without him, I never would have gotten to where I am now with music, and never developed a greater love and appreciation for it, and I thank him for that.
Bill M. October 14, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Knowledgeable guy! Down to earth -- Great communicator. Knows how to help.
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Randy L.

Randy L.

Franklin, MI 48025
starting at
$40 / 30-min

Marie K.

Ypsilanti, MI

Sing, sing a song. Make it simple to last your whole life long. Don't worry if you're not good enough for anyone else to hear. That is what we will work on. Music is in everyone and we all possess the ability to produce sound which means we can all learn to sing.

As always, we will focus on a healthy sound that will last a lifetime.

About Marie

Music can be found in every part of the world in every culture and there is nothing better than to be able to make your own music. I am a dramatic soprano and possess my master's degree in vocal performance and am still active as an opera singer around the country. I have a real passion for music and enjoy opening the doors for you to have the same enjoyment; and if we hit a road block there are always windows that can be opened! I have taken music lessons since I was five, so I am familiar with the trials and tribulations faced at all levels by music students and I have the patience and abili
ty to work with you to achieve your musical goals. I have worked as a private teacher for several years with students as young as five and as old as mid-eighties and believe all that is required for a stellar music student is the desire to learn and the right environment.

*** Recommended Age ***
Piano: 6 and up
Voice: 12 and up
Remember, everyone is different. However, I find that children who are at least 6 years old for piano and 12 years old for voice do best (meaning they get the most from lessons and enjoy the lesson process more). With that said, I do have piano students who started at 4.5. So long as there is interest there and parental expectations are in line with the age, anyone can benefit from music lessons. If you have questions specific to your child, please do not hesitate to contact me so we can discuss it.

My approach to singing is from a holistic perspective focusing on the physics of how sound is made. My approach may be very different from what you've ever done, but if you join me on the journey, you will find you have never produced sound easier. With this in mind, I recommend children take piano first to learn theory and basic musicality. Singing is much more difficult, and learning to sing with a healthy approach can be boring and sometimes frustrating for children. I may make exceptions, however, I will typically only accept children who are at least 12 years old. Feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss this.

*** Lesson Details ***
Music should be, first and foremost, fun. During lessons with me, students can expect someone who is willing to put forth every bit as much effort as you do. It is my goal to make every lesson productive even if no practicing was done during the week prior. I view it as my responsibility to help you ignite your desire to work so I work hard to be a motivating factor.

What to expect for your first lesson:
The first lesson is not an audition, but rather a get to know each other session.
---For voice students we will begin with some warm-ups so I can get a feel for your voice which will allow me to tailor your program for your specific needs and goals. We may also sing through a song you know or something standard (like Jingle Bells or Happy Birthday) so I can get a sense of what will best suit your voice. After this, I encourage you to bring a song you've worked on previously so I can get even more of an understanding of where you are at vocally.
---For piano students we will start with some basic discussion on how to sit at the piano, where middle C is, some simple finger placement and body mechanics, and then some basic songs.

I tailor my curriculum to meet my students' needs. I enjoy the Alfred methods for beginning theory and piano for both adults and children. If a student already has books that have been used previously, I will work with those and provide supplemental materials as necessary. Each student requires a different curriculum to blossom to full potential.

A typical lesson will include theory, warm-ups/scales, and working on repertoire.

I hope that you will consider voice or piano lessons for yourself or for a family member or friend. I tailor lessons to individual students and will make them fun and worthwhile.

*** Specialties ***
I am classically trained in voice so I focus on a healthy sound that will last lifelong.

I am able to help with diction and phonetics for singers in English, German, Spanish, Italian, and French as well as some Russian, Czech, and Polish.

I have an associate's degree in early childhood education and I am comfortable working with children as young as 3 in certain cases. Please know that learning to read music will progress slower than it would with an older child, however setting the foundation with music this early helps children throughout their entire education and beyond.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For lessons in your home, I need access to a piano or full size keyboard.

*** Alternative Medicine ***
I am finishing my first year of study towards my doctor of naturopathy degree and have taken several courses from second, third, and fourth years.

*** Notes ***
I have two dogs and three cats. If you are allergic, we will not be able to work in my studio. We can work in your home or online, however.


John September 14, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Marie is very patient and easy to work with. She makes learning the piano fun!
Wendy D. August 3, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Marie is so wonderful and patient with my kids. My son is very shy and extremely hard on himself. Marie has a way to make him feel relaxed and better about himself
Anitha M. September 14, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Marie is extremely patient, and very encouraging. When the kids talk, she hears them out, and is attentive. I would definitely recommend her as a teacher!
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Marie K.

Marie K.

Ypsilanti, MI 48198
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Kelly C.

Whitmore Lake, MI

I have taught singing (all genres), since 1991 and am available for students of all experience levels, ages 9 - 100!

In your lessons, you will learn how to "play your voice", and find out just what it can and can't do healthfully. We will explore breathing for singing, tuning your resonators, and aligning your body for optimal breathing and singing. You will be given specific breathing and vocal exercises, and then be asked to bring in songs of your choosing that challenge you technically and/or artistically. We will also work on ways to connect with and express the character and subtext of songs.

I can help you prepare for auditions and competitions and can offer you piano practice backtracks (created in Finale and/or Band-In-a-Box), if needed.

My approach is holistic in that I work with your whole person (physical, psychological, emotional) to help you achieve your personal and artistic goals of expression. I use a lot of imagery and will engage you in activities designed ...

About Kelly

Greetings! My name is Kelly and I have been teaching voice and piano since 1991.

My training in voice/singing/performance/Voice Movement Therapy has been extensive and multi-faceted as has my own performance experience. This has enabled me to successfully guide/mentor students who are not only singers of classical, musical theater, pop, folk, and jazz, but also people who use their speaking voices to teach, present and act.

My teaching approach is more holistic in that it not only addresses the technical and physical influences that affect the singing/speaking process, but also the emoti
onal and psychological influences.

I work with ANYONE who wishes to vocally express themselves more freely and authentically, including those who consider themselves to be tone-deaf.

While voice is my primary instrument, I also teach piano to those who wish to learn to read music and those who would rather learn chords.


Judy September 7, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Great instructor! I have enjoyed every class with Kelly and would recommend her to others. Thank you.
Alexandra L. August 26, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Kelly is great, very patient and has a way of explaining techniques that are easy to understand.
Judy August 24, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Personable and interesting! I am very much looking forward to my next lesson.
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Kelly C.

Kelly C.

Whitmore Lake, MI 48189
starting at
$35 / 30-min

Barbara S.

Ann Arbor, MI

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.


Rebekah widmalm June 14, 2016
In studio
Verified Student
Barbara is both knowledgable and intuitive. I had a great lesson and am looking forward to growing and strengthening my voice with her
Ruby Rios H. April 9, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Ruby is enjoying her singing lessons. She has clicked with Barbara and admires her.
Naseem N. March 25, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Made me feel very comfortable for my first time ever. Very cool experience!
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Barbara S.

Barbara S.

Ann Arbor, MI 48105
starting at
$35 / 30-min

Viviana G.

Westland, MI

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.


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!!
Patrik Hainbuchner June 1, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
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!
Thomas May 3, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio
I am happy to share my good fortune of finding a remarkable voice instructor, Viviana Garabello. I have been singing my whole life, and at 66 years old I believe Viviana to be the first person to ever help me understand how my voice actually works. In addition she is able to listen to me and tell me exactly what I need to do to produce the sound that will allow my own personal voice to come out.

I have sung in numerous groups throughout my life including the Dearborn Community Chorale, Vanguard Voices and Brass and The Henry Ford Community College Chorale; and cantored at St. Thomas Aquinas church for 12 years. I performed solos and lead parts in all of those groups, however, I was never able to consistently produce the voice that I wanted to during that time.

I am now convinced that I have met in Viviana someone who can help me accomplish this goal. Because I have developed many bad vocal habits my challenge is to create new techniques that will allow me to develop new muscle memory to replace the old restrictive muscle memory that prevents me from allowing my voice to flow forth naturally.

Most importantly Viviana is able to listen to my voice and help me to listen to my voice to identify what technique I need to employ to produce a desired sound. She has a comprehensive knowledge of the physical structure of the body that produces sound and is able to communicate to me exactly what I need to do for me to produce an unencumbered sound that brings forth my true voice.

I now work on breath support, tone development and vocal music every day because there is nothing more satisfying to me than singing freely without self imposed restrictions in my voice. My quality of life has improved immeasurably because of my association with Viviana.
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Viviana G.

Viviana G.

Westland, MI 48185
starting at
$29 / 30-min

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