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By Elaina R. - Ann Arbor Singing Teacher

Ann Arbor buzzes with musical activity. Between special events like the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, popular venues such as Hill Auditorium, and the musical smorgasbord that is the University of Michigan, this is one heck of a place to learn to sing. I moved here when I was six, so I can give you a serious insider scoop into the vocal scene here in Ann Arbor.

1) University of Michigan Events The University of Michigan is one of the best music schools for voice in the United States. Famous grads abound, including Madonna (her daughter Lourdes is in the Class of 2018), Iggy Pop, and opera singer Jessie Norman.

You don’t have to be a student at the University of Michigan to benefit from the university’s presence. The school stages operas, musicals, and concerts throughout the year at venues all over town. While ticket prices for the operas and musicals start at $10, free concerts are available too, including choir performances and faculty and student recitals. There are usually at least a handful of performances each week; students taking singing lessons in Ann Arbor can easily attend some to learn about new genres and observe expert vocal technique. Check out the calendar of events here: http://www.music.umich.edu/performances_events/event_display.php

2) Ann Arbor Venues For a town of just 117,000, Ann Arbor attracts an impressive array of world-class singers across all genres. Some popular venues include: • Hill Auditorium (classical and jazz) http://www.music.umich.edu/about/facilities/central_campus/hill/ • The Power Center (all genres) http://www.music.umich.edu/about/facilities/central_campus/power/ • Live (contemporary) http://www.livea2.com/ • The Blind Pig (rock, alternative, and heavy metal) http://www.blindpigmusic.com/ 3) University of Michigan Master Classes In addition to performances, the University of Michigan puts on master classes where expert singers coach voice students in front of an audience. Master classes are free and open to the public, and you can learn a lot about singing just from attending. They are listed on the same schedule as other university performances.

4) Ann Arbor Summer Festival The Ann Arbor Summer Festival attracts musicians and vendors alike for a month every summer. Formerly known as Top of the Park due to its prior location on top of a parking structure, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival offers two stages: a free outdoor one and a mainstage concert series at the Power Center. Since its inception in 1983, the Summer Festival has hosted famous singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Cash, Bernadette Peters, Ray Charles, and Aretha Franklin. I saw Andrew Bird in one of the mainstage performances one year (it was pretty great). See this year’s lineup and order tickets here: http://a2sf.org/desktop/

5) University Musical Society and Choral Union The University Musical Society works in conjunction with the University of Michigan to provide all kinds of performances and events, including the Met’s Live in HD series. But it does more than that; it also offers pre- and post-show information and Q&A sessions with famous singers. If you're looking for some experience after signing up for singing lessons in Ann Arbor, you’re in luck. The UMS Choral Union, led by Grammy Award-winning conductor Jerry Blackstone, is a community volunteer choir that regularly performs with internationally renowned performers at Hill Auditorium. The annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, with top-notch soloists, is a big draw.

6) Local Churches Don’t forget that churches are great resources for singers! Several area churches (including St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, where I am a regular soloist), put on large works by master composers several times throughout the year. These events are always free and open to anyone who cares to watch. You can also join one of the many volunteer choirs at area churches.

7) Community Theaters Do you want more singing experience but balk at the idea of joining a choir? No problem! We have several community theaters here that welcome volunteer singers. You can even audition for a lead role if you would like more of a challenge. • Ann Arbor Civic Theater (musical community theater) • Comic Opera Guild (operetta community theater) • Arbor Opera Theater (opera–paid lead roles, volunteer chorus)

With special events, master classes, and performance opportunities galore, Ann Arbor has all the resources you need to learn to sing. If you find a good voice teacher for singing lessons in Ann Arbor, practice regularly, and take advantage of our city's bountiful resources, you’ll learn to sing before you know it.

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After studying at Cass Tech High School and Wayne State University in MI, I have enjoyed teaching privately, in groups, and at churches, I have performed vocally and instrumentally throughout the US and in 8 foreign countries, and taught at public, charter, and private schools. It is important to tailor each lesson to a student's individual needs and ability to ensure that their experience is as rewarding as possible!

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You will learn to play with ease and proficiency while learning the Music Theory that supports your playing. You will also receive ear training, which will make learning more rapid, and more thorough.

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Studio with pianos; parents can sit in on lessons.

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When needed, I provide printed learning supplements or in e-mail. The student should hav
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Gospel, Classical, Pop, Inspirational, Sacred, Wedding, etcetera
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Claudia February 13, 2019
· Piano · In home
Very knowledgeable, great instructor and wonderful personality.
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Kathy K. January 20, 2019
· Flute · In home
Nice experience—very knowledgeable
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Braylon January 10, 2019
· Piano · In home
Glenda is attentive and really knows her stuff. You can tell she has a lot of experience with small children which is perfect for my son. I am excited to see what he will learn as we move forward.
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Studio In Home
30mins $25 $35
45mins $35 $45
60mins $45 $55

Sorry for confusion and trying to get this fixed on the site ASAP!!! Also my background check is good and YES i can teach anyone under the age of 18... google me!!!

Scott began his music career at Berklee College of Music in 1985 and continued his education at WMU and WSU as a Jazz Performance - Composition Major. He has studied privately with Ken Taft, Gene Butler, Mikhal Caldwell and Joe LoDuca.

As a performer Scott has been in a wide variety of bands and is a founding member of the Frank Zappa Tribute 'Ugly Radio Rebellion' and Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute 'CrossFire'. With 28 years experience as a music educator Scott has done an estimated 20,000 private les
sons as well as classes, clinics, College Prep courses and is a member of The American Guild of Music. He is a versatile teacher and motivated performer and is fluent in most every style of music.

"I can teach you everything you need to know to accomplish your musical goals!!! Music should be fun and my approach is to ensure a rewarding experience for every individual student"

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Lessons can be scheduled for once a week or every 2 weeks, 30 min - 45 min and 1 hr available.

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Home Studio: a dedicated music room with a baby grand piano, electric guitars; acoustic guitars, bass, drums... full digital recording studio and rehearsal space!

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I provide all teaching materials and personal equipment, the student needs to have their own instrument... guitar rental is available!

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I am open to any and all methods, genres and styles...

I have more availability than is shown here and try to be flexible with scheduling...
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James S. February 5, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Scott is very personable, patient and has a vast skillset across an abundance of instruments. His willingness to not only show the mechanics necessary to become a good guitarist, but ensuring the student has a clear understanding of hand and finger placement is key to musical growth. Our son looks forward to the lesson and is attentive during. This highlights Scott’s ability as a teacher.

We highly recommended him as a teacher.

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Tom D. December 28, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Scott is very kind and supportive. He puts me at ease and is very helpful. My love of the piano has been rekindled.
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Gwen September 25, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Scott is very personable and definitely knows his music. He explained things simply and clearly and provided some great exercises. I look forward to my continued lessons!
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About Ylona Marie H.

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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 Ylona Marie
Hi there! My name is Ylona (I used to go by Marie, for those who see me referred to as Marie in places). I have my bachelor's (2002) and master's (2004) both in music (concentration in vocal performance). Additionally, I began taking piano lessons when I was 4.

On the health side, I just have finals left to finish to complete my doctor of naturopathy. So, if you have questions about healing, naturopathy, wellness, essential oils, homeopathic remedies, vaccines, body work therapies, energy work therapies, iridology, and many many more things relating to our health, I have answers because I offer natural solutions for natural health.

I love music, and I love naturopathy. I have found the holistic approach in naturopathy has parallels and can enhance a student's learning of music. When things are holistic, they encompass body, mi
nd, and spirit, and music requires all of these to really be effective!

Just a few notes. I have cats and a dog, so if you have allergies you may want to reconsider (or contact me to learn how naturopathy can help your body correct those naturally).

My music studio is upstairs. My naturopathic office is down a few stairs (though we may be able to work something out to bring you around the back on my deck). For both, if there are mobility concerns, let me know. We might be able to work something out.

For voice lessons, I generally find students younger than 12 do not like my style of teaching. This is because I focus on technique and healthy sound and am not just there to listen to your child sing their favorite pop song and offer no value of how to improve. Because of this, I usually won't accept voice students under 12. If you believe your younger child is unusually focused on learning to sing, we can talk though!

I look forward to working with you to help you reach your music or health goals! Or both!!
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John September 14, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Marie is very patient and easy to work with. She makes learning the piano fun!
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Wendy D. August 3, 2016
· Piano · In studio
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
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Anitha M. September 14, 2015
· Piano · In home
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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I have been singing on the stage since the age of 5. I have trained with some of the best singers and teachers in Virginia and Texas. I have experience in many genres.

About Cara Isadora
Hi there! My name is Cara. I am an award winning vocalist and experienced performer who loves to teach singing. My goal is to demystify vocal technique for students and help them “find their voice" pretty quickly with patience and care in a safe and friendly environment. In a relaxed, positive, and supportive atmosphere; students will improve their breath control and support, projection, phrase length, range, intonation, quality, comfort, stage performance and presentation skills, as well as other technical and stylistic aspects. I am currently available to teach lessons at my studio and online.

My credentials and affiliations include a Bachelor's in Vocal Music from Lamar University, Hurrah Players, Governor's School for the Arts, Opera Breve, and VA Opera. I specialize in opera and musical theater. I also record and perform pop, roc
k, R&B, and jazz. Trained by some of the best artists and teachers in Virginia and Texas, I have gained extensive knowledge in vocal pedagogy that has allowed me to become versed in numerous styles and crossover genres. Contact me and we can discuss in more detail want you are looking for in a voice teacher, your vocal goals and experiences, as well as availability and location details. Do not miss the opportunity to work with someone who is really dedicated to nurturing voices and serving art in a down to earth way and will get you where you want to go fast.
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Rodney J. June 5, 2018
· Singing · In home
She took me to my weaknesses. Information on voice exercises. Mimic sounds of emotion to enhance vocal range. Overall, great instruction!
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Ashley March 13, 2018
· Classical Voice · In studio
I love taking lessons with Ms. Cara! She is very patient and kind, and I greatly appreciate that in a teacher!!
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About Barbara S.

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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 ...

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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 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.
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Arezu T. October 30, 2018
· Musical Theater · In home
This was my daughter's first class, and she loved it.
My daughter was trained in opera, and was looking for a teacher who will help her do the transition to musical theater. Well, she has found such teacher.
Ms. Barbara not only has the educational background to help her, but also has a wealth of knowledge thru her personal experience as a musical theatre performer.
Personally, I do not think that we could have found her without the help of take lessons.com because we live in another city. Thank you,
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Jean October 17, 2018
· Singing · In studio
My lessons have been so much fun ! I'm understanding more & feel like I'm growing a little more each week. Barbara is very talented...I'm loving & learning !
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Jean October 1, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Barbara is a wonderful teacher. Very knowledgeable and made me feel very comfortable right from the start. I really had no singing experience and she was very encouraging
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Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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Classic singing technique and performance skills are at the heart of what I teach. Lessons start with exercises to help you learn how to take deep natura breaths and use your diaphragm to support your voice so you can sing on pitch. A series of vocal exercises help develop quality of your voice and increase your resonance and range which makes it easier to hit those high notes. You will also learn how to sing with expression, letting your heart touch the hearts of the audience. As your singing technique develops you will build a repertoire of music that you can perform in any style that you like that like.

About Helen
If you like to sing and want to learn how to be a better singer, you don't have to have any previous experience or training. I specialize in teaching beginning singers of any age how to sing using the classic technique that is the foundation for singing any genre or style of music from Bach to Broadway. You will learn how to make a beautiful sound when you sing and work on presentation, acting, diction, style, and artistry choosing music that you like and building a repertoire of music that you will enjoy singing.

Training for beginning voice students is significantly different than it is for those who have had training. Some have beautiful natural voices but they strain to hit the high notes, Exercises build breath support and slowly increase your range Music is carefully chosen to help you sing with ease build a stronger more reson
ant voice

Some children also have beautiful natural voices, but they are not ready for the kind of voice training that is appropriate for an adult. A child's voice is small in every sense of the word. They cannot produce the volume or range that an adult can without straining their voice. They can learn the fundamentals of music, how to read music, how to count, rhythm and musicality. The music chosen for them needs to be easy to sing and age-appropriate Songs that a child likes that are too high can easily be re-arranged in a different key so they can sing music that they like without straining their voice.

If you are considering voice lessons for you or your child, it is a good way to develop musicianship and build a repertoire of music that you will enjoy singing. The training will be enjoyable and very effective. You will begin to see an improvement in technique after the first lesson.

I was trained in voice performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Marie-Simmelink Kraft, a Mezzo-Soprano who performed with the Cleveland Orchestra and other Synphony Orhestras throughout the world. I hold a degree from Case Western Reserve University where I studied art and music theory. I have more than twenty years of professional experience that inclues singing with a Chorale that performed with the Cleveland Symphony and performances as a soloist for choirs in Ohio and Michigan.

I founded and directed the Academie des Beaux-Arts, a performing arts school in Birmingham, and the Actors Alliance Theatre, a professional theater company that gave many young people an opportunity to gain experience working with professional actors. I have a combination of skills in voice and theater performance that sets me apart as a teacher who can help you develop a better singing voice and learn how to perform with artistry.
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Maxenne November 10, 2018
· Piano · In studio
a great start with an awesome teacher who is truly passionate with music and teaching.
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· Speaking Voice · In home
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Akshaya July 13, 2018
· Classical Voice · In studio
Extremely perceptive, sophisticated and talented teacher. Great with people and very respectful.
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Franklin, MI 48025
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My technique is for the contemporary pop or musical theater singer. I can get new students on the path to singing quickly. Ie can also help with auditions and any problems that experienced singers may have in general or with specific songs.

I use clearly defined directions that all students can use to help produce a more balanced and resonant sound. You may have had lessons in the past where you received vague and often confusing directions from the teacher such as "sing through the top of your head", "think down as you go up", or "bring the sound forward". I utilize current scientific understanding of vocal acoustics and harmonics. Changes are created immediately through a combination of breath control, vocal cord/fold closure, and the use of vowels to affect the resonators (throat and mouth). This is why I can get students singing right away and also how I can fix most issues that arise with experienced singers.

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am interested in teaching you these simple techniques and putting them to practice. My technique is for the contemporary or musical theater singer. I have studied the Seth Riggs Method and am a graduate of John Henny's Los Angeles program (John Henny Voice) and am one of very few teachers in CT that offer a science based approach. I can get new students on the path to singing quickly. I can also help with auditions and any problems that experienced singers may have in general or with specific songs. I will never draw out lessons or try to "slow teach" as I have seen many places do exactly that.

Apart from my wife and family, music is the most important thing in my life. I love to see and hear immediate improvements to my student's singing. I also really love to help students work through challenging songs and song parts.

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several classical teachers over the years. I found, although helpful, they did not have a great understanding of the voice, how to truly control sound, and the specifics of contemporary singing (my style). That changed when I found and studied with John Henny from Los Angeles (John Henny Music Academy). John is teacher to the stars and for many years worked for Seth Riggs who taught Michael Jackson and other celebrities. John took his method to the next level which is the basis of what I teach. I also have a Voice Pedagogy Certificate from Boston Conservatory.
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I’ve been teaching for over ten years. I love working with new singers. I believe that with a little talent and a lot of passion and dedication, singers have the ability to grow and develop into strong performers. I enjoy teaching many different singing styles including Musical Theatre, Art Song, Opera, Operetta, Worship Leading, and Jazz.

Some of the benefits associated with vocal training include:
Confidence in Performance Abilities
Increased Expressivity
Enhanced Emotional Awareness
Improved Physical and Vocal Strength
Greater Vocal Range
Clearer Articulation
Improvement in Music Theory and Sight Singing Skills
Poise and Certainty in Public Speaking
Better Listening Skills

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Noelle has been performing for most of her life. Raised in an extremely musical family, She began singing at age four. She attended the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp and Academy as a voice major. It was during her training at Interlochen that she first fell in love with classical singing.

She obtained her Bachelor of Music degree in Voice from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. She was awarded the Delene Laubenheim McClure Award for excellence in opera performance for her work while attending the Blair School. She completed her Master of Music degree in Voice from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. While at the Jacobs school, she had the opportunity to work with some of the nation’s leading directors, coaches, designers and vocal instructors. She is also the Executive Director of Main Street Opera T
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Plymouth, MI 48170
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Gabe Kubanda is a touring singer, songwriter, personality and business owner. Now over 650 live shows since he launched his touring company, Gabe has performed for our nations military, universities, festivals, and high schools, all over the country, and has expanded into Australia and Europe, with more countries and continents being added soon. Gabe has written and recorded over 5 cds as a solo artist and band member, and writes for other musicians as well, and teaches in between tours.

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Hey peeps! I teach basic to intermediate guitar and vocals when I'm in between tours... Check out below for what I do! ;)

Gabe Kubanda is an indie pop artist, singer-songwriter and creator of the Epic Proportions Tour, a concert tour that not only builds national recognition and fanbases for unsigned bands by bringing them out on the road with Gabe, but also promotes music education in schools via his non-profit EduMusication program, and provides entertainment for our nation’s military. Gabe has performed over 650 concerts on 22 tours and have started to branch out internationally, performing in Australia and Europe!

Accolades include multiple stints on Vans Warped Tour, Summerfest, speaking, mentoring and showcasing at music conferences (NAMM, SXSW, CMJ, MIDEM), performing with celebrities, and was a TV cast member on VH1’s Roc
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