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!
*** Lesson Details *** 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.
*** Studio Equipment *** Studio with pianos; parents can sit in on lessons.
*** Travel Equipment *** When needed, I provide printed learning supplements or in e-mail. The student should hav
e his/her own instrument, so they can practice regularly.
I have been in musicals from the time I was a child until the end of college. I have been in Annie, Gypsy, just to name a few. I love musicals so much, it is one of my favorite genres of music.
I teach all levels of musical theatre. I use a variety of books that are specifically for each level and each voice.
I love teaching, simply love teaching! I teach students of all ages. I teach piano, voice, clarinet, and saxophone. I have taught for over 33 years! I am also experienced in teaching students with special needs. My students have lots of opportunities for performance, if they choose to. We perform at Nursing Homes, Retirements, Festival of Trees, and Seasonal Recitals. There are at least 2 recitals a year, 1 at Christmas and 1 in the Spring, if enough participation, we often have one in summer with a party afterward. We also participate in the Michigan Music Association competition. I have also had students perform in Disney World in Florida!!! I have been in many musicals such as Annie, Gypsy, Rock Around the Clock. I have put on solo recitals. My students and I have fun while we are learning music! It is the best job ever.
*** Lesson Details *** I use a variety of curriculum, which includes classical, broadway, some pop, new age, and jazz. After 3 to 6 months you will have a basic understanding of your instrument and will be ready to take off! I do ask students to keep track of your practicing so you can see your progress.
For piano: I use the Alfred Basic Books for beginners and then we move to the Keith Snell books along with other supplemental books. If a student already is using a book, generally we will finish that book up so they won't have to purchase another set of books.
For Saxophone and Clarinet: I use the Rubank books along with other supplemental books
For Voice: I use the 24 Italian Songs and Arias, The Young Singer, and various Broadway books. Any pop music must be purchased by student as there is just way too much to chose from for me to have a lot of it.
*** Studio Equipment *** Home Studio: in living room with 2 pianos at entrance of house. Seating is available as well toys and a table for siblings.
*** Specialties *** Voice - Classical & Broadway Piano - classical Clarinet - classical and pop Saxophone - classical, pop, and some jazz
I am so thankful to have Heather as my vocal teacher. She knows exactly what her students need to reach their maximum potential and she helps them to build a strong and solid foundation. Heather is not only an outstanding teacher, amazingly gifted vocalist, and a beautiful woman, she is also very encouraging, motivating, fun and caring. I absolutely love her. She is an answer to prayer, a blessing beyond words!!
I focus lessons highlighting any genre around technique. Cultivating one's technique establishes good habits regarding things like breath, and posture, which will help maintain a singers overall vocal health. In addition to classical repertoire I have experience working with musical theater, pop, jazz, soul, and country.
Let's make some music!!!
“Music can change the world because it can change people.” ―Bono
“Where words fail, music speaks.” ―Hans Christian Andersen
Here's the why and how: As an educator, I've had experience teaching both young children and adults in many settings, whether it be in a classroom, small group lesson, or one-on-one. I pride myself on providing lessons that are uniquely individual and foster a students strengths while also building on their weaknesses. The best part about being a music educator is that I get to share my love of music with all of my students. With that said, whether you are a beginner who's interest has been sparked, or you have aspirations of becoming a professional musician I can help you there!
Lessons are catered to each student and are conducted in a supportive environment where students ar
e encouraged to take risks, try new things, make mistakes, and most importantly be themselves.
I value the time I have with my students and expect each student to come prepared to each lesson with an open mind and willingness to work. With music, the best results come to those who put in 100% both during lessons and during individual practice time. This is key in any musical pursuit. Overall, I want lessons to be enjoyable while still maintaining a sense of progress for the student.
Here's a little more about me: In 2005 I made my operatic debut in Italy with Operafestival di Roma in their main stage production of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro. While in Rome, I was also featured in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater. Over the years I've been featured as a soloist in other concert and oratorio works such as Villa-Lobos's Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, Rutter's Requiem, and Mozart's Requiem.
Along with my classical training, I've taken on several roles in musicals such as, The King and I, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma, and The Boyfriend. I am an honored NATS (National Association for the Teachers of Singing) competitor, Peabody Scholarship recipient, and Bland Music Scholarship recipient. Recently, I had the opportunity to work with the Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra on their spring and summer concert series and was asked to perform the National Anthem and God Bless America at Game 2 of the ALDS during one of the MLB's 2014 postseason games (Baltimore Orioles vs. Detroit Tigers). When I'm not singing, you may find me enjoying a run through the neighborhood, or enjoying some time with my cat CJ.
I earned both my undergraduate and graduate degrees form the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University.
*** Studio Equipment *** Family Room: seating for parents Studio space with keyboard, recording equipment, and parent seating available. **PLEASE NOTE I have a cat in the home** *** Specialties *** Voice and Piano Lessons Classical, Musical Theater, Pop, Jazz, Soul, and Country.
Chelsea is a tremendous teacher, with sympathy and patience for my absurd schedule and difficulty reading music.
March 25, 2019
I had a really great time and she explained so much to me that I wasn't really clear on.
February 27, 2019
I needed last minute coaching for an upcoming audition and was feeling unprepared and frazzled. Chelsea easily knew what I needed. She made recommendations, was wonderfully engaging, and her insight and ear highlighted some important tweaks that I would have overlooked in my haste to prepare. After just one session I felt clearer, calmer, and considerably more confident. Bonus: Chelsea is incredibly kind, fun to work with and makes you feel you already know one another. Chelsea has my highest recommendation
I have been teaching all levels of voice for over 15 years with emphases on Breathing, Posture, Vocal Production, Sight Singing, Diction using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), and Performance Techniques. I also teach fundamental piano with emphases on the Musical Alphabet, Hand Position and Finger Numbers, Rhythm in Music, Beginning Music Theory, Scales, and Performance Techniques. My purpose for teaching voice and piano is to fulfill the need for quality performing arts instruction. My goal is to train and assist artists in the development of their instruments through individual instruction, practice, and performance.
I am a professional singer, songwriter, voice and piano teacher, and guest soloist at the Historic First Congregational Church of Detroit. I have a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, where I studied voice with Robert Powell and Helen Laird, and I was mentored by Maestro Max Rudolph, conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, with whom I made my professional singing debut in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony as the lead soprano. I was awarded the Bertha Bauer Full Four-Year Scholarship and the John A. Hoffman Award for highest GPA in Voice. I won the Martha Baird Rockefeller Music Fund Award and the Jean Tennyson Music Award for outstanding accomplishments in music. I was guest soloist with the Washington National Symphony in Baltimore, the New York Youth Symphony, the
Rochester Symphony, and the Cincinnati Music Festival. I also represented the United States in the International Competitions in Montreal, and I was a finalist in the coveted Metropolitan Opera auditions in New York. I was contracted with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (the German Opera on the Rhine Company), where I was the leading young dramatic soprano, and I toured with the company seven years.
I received my Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Wayne State University College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, where I performed various opera roles and studied Vocal Pedagogy. I was guest soprano with the Rackham Symphony Orchestra and Friends of the Opera in Dearborn, the Menc conference, and the Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor. I was also artistic director of the Arts Center Music School in Detroit where I taught all levels of voice and fundamental piano. One of my voice students is enrolled in a major music school in New York, another is a songwriter and recording artist in Detroit, and another recently auditioned and was accepted into the Mosaic Youth Theater in Detroit.
In addition to guest solo appearances, I currently have two works in progress, including, a monolog with my original composition, and a demo for a new CD featuring my original compositions.
Classic singing technique and good performance skills are at the heart of what I teach. The best singers on Broadway develop a unique sound and style that requires both good singing technique and the ability to put feeling and emotion into your performance. Lessons start with exercises to improve breath control to support your voice and ear training to help you sing on key. Progressive vocal exercises will help you develop the quality of your voice and increase your range to make it easier to hit those high notes. You will also do exercises to improve your diction. As you develop your performing skills you will learn how to using phrasing to put feeling into the words and connect with the audience. As your voice develops you will build a repertoire of Broadway-style music that you can use for auditions.
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
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.
Helen is a wonderful voice teacher, she is knowledgeable and encouraging. She has years of experience and is kind and generous in her approach to teaching students. I’ve really enjoyed my lessons with her.
May 8, 2019
Helen is amazing
November 10, 2018
a great start with an awesome teacher who is truly passionate with music and teaching.
My Broadway singing class will focus on vocal technique, and learning how to sing songs from famous Broadway shows.
I teach voice to a wide variety of students from ages 6-adults. I specialise in taking students personal singing goals, and making a plan we can follow together. I believe in being an encouraging teacher, and working together to achieve musical goals.
My job is to help each student achieve their own unique musical goals. I am very patient with all of my students and understand that everyone’s learning needs are different! I believe with practice, anyone can achieve what they want to musically. Lets see what we can achieve together, and have fun in the process!
She was very nice and funny and patient with me i really enjoy the lesson
February 11, 2018
My vocal instructor, Jessica O'Sullivan, is an experienced, friendly vocalist and I am learning the best vocal exercises to further project my voice in a full-range manner as a Mezzo Soprano/Soprano voice. I don't believe I have the best voice for opera status, but with Jessica teaching me I do believe I can eventually achieve such a range and learn to maintain the beauty that creates a true vocalist. Jessica has the voice of an angel and she was so kind to offer me her personal book entitled "Folk Songs for Solo Singers, Vol. 1" to study from while I am at home and not in lesson with her. I highly recommend Jessica's tutelage for anyone wishing to commence with voice lessons. Thank you for everything, Jessica! :)
February 8, 2018
Jess is an extremely talented person with exceptional people skills. Her ability to convey the complex aspects of classical/broadway singing in a simple and straightforward manner make her a wonderful teacher to learn from. Add to that, her ability to teach and play piano and you have an invaluable combination.
With over 20 years of singing professionally and countless award nominations for my work in musical theatre. Classically trained myself I want everyone I work with to fedl confident in their vocal abilities. Whether you are getting ready for an audition, or just wanna wow em at the next karaoke night. Or maybe your a music enthusiast that cant wait to learn mor about the history and stylings or a certain genre of music. My lessons are designed to explore all area of music from music theory, vocal performance, sight reading, and beyond.
I have always loved entertaining. I've appeared in hundreds of productions onstage, on television and on film. I am an accomplished trained singer, pianist, writer, and director and I have been nominated for several awards in acting, and directing. I am a proud graduate of The Second City Detroit trained in improvisation and sketch comedy, and the International Academy of Design and Technology with a B.F.A. in Digital Media Production. I have made it my life's work mastering these fields and have seen the power of the arts and how it can change people.
Vocal students can expect to learn the fundamental techniques of correct singing in order to develop and preserve their voices for a lifetime of singing enjoyment or as a career. I will strengthen each students range, tone, breath, vocal flexibility and theory to take their voice to the
next level. Optional emphasis on music theory, note reading and auditioning is available free of charge and is determined by the student at sign up.
Piano students can expect to learn the fundamental of piano in a fun and challenging way that will focus on note reading, scales and chord building, playing by ear, and sight reading. By combining music theory in your lessons you will be on the road to composing your own music!
Acting students can expect to learn the fundamentals of acting through the combination of scene work, mental and visualization exercises, physical & vocal warm ups, monologues, and audition preparation. Students area of emphasis (film, stage, or audition workshop) must be chosen at sign up and can be changed at any time.
I found the instructor to be very patient and experienced. I am a beginner and have no experience with playing the piano and hopefully will learn from her experience.
September 10, 2018
What can I say about Kalyse because there are not enough words to do so, however I will try and sum it up. Kalyse is truly gifted in many areas from acting to musical. Her acting skills are phenomenal and her voice is simply amazing on all levels. She is multitalented, innovative, assertive, and very caring. I would recommend anything on the spectrum for her.
September 7, 2018
I’ve hired Kalyse as an actor multiple times. She’s also a great pianist and guitarist. Anyone would be lucky to have her as their instructor.
I'm a passionate and enthusiastic instructor with over ten years of professional Operatic and Musical Theater experience. I graduated with my Masters in Music from the Juilliard School in 2007, was a member of the Juilliard Opera Center from '07-'09 and then joined the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. I was an Apprentice at Merola with the San Francisco Opera and at Glimmerglass in '07 and '08 respectively. In the subsequent 10 years I have worked both at home and abroad with some of the world's great conductors (ex. Lorin Maazel, James Conlon, Sir Andrew Davis) and companies (ex. Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, San Diego Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Snfonica de Galicia, The Boston Symphony Orchestra). I have always had a love of teaching and for the intricacies of Vocal Technique.
I have built a private studio on the foundations of traditional bel canto technique with a strong emphasis on the ...
I'm a passionate and enthusiastic instructor with over ten years of professional Operatic and Musical Theater experience. I graduated with my Masters in Music from the Juilliard School in 2007, was a member of the Juilliard Opera Center from '07-'09 and then joined the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
I was an Apprentice at Merola with the San Francisco Opera and at Glimmerglass in '07 and '08 respectively. In the subsequent 10 years I have worked both at home and abroad with some of the world's great conductors (ex. Lorin Maazel, James Conlon, Sir Andrew Davis) and companies (ex. Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, San Diego Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Sinfonica de Galicia, The Boston Symphony Orchestra).
I have always had a love of teaching and
for the intricacies of Vocal Technique. I have built a private studio on the foundations of traditional bel canto technique with a strong emphasis on the Italian School. I believe in consistent practice with scales, arpeggios and other exercises that help students build and strengthen their voices and navigate their registers. Correct breath support is too often a mystery for students, something we will demystify in our sessions. With correct breath engagement (appoggia) students will learn how to move effortlessly through their passaggio (transition to their high notes).
"Professionalism is the first word to come to mind regarding Michelle. I have had over a decade of music and voice lessons with various teachers. By far, M
ichelle is the most professional educator. Michelle understands that our voices are like any other instrument, and has a holistic approach to the health of the body and voice. With her guidance I am confident I will sing healthy and strong well into my senior years. Personality would be met second word for Michelle. She is very engaging and as excited about my progress as I am. She inspires the confidence that we can reach our goals and beyond. This has been time and money well spent."
"Patricia is a wonderful teacher.
Patricia is an amazing teacher. She is patient, kind and extremely knowledgable when it comes to music. My daughter is l
earning so much and loves going to her lessons every week. We were so lucky to have discovered Patricia!"
"I absolutely loved working with Jameson. The greatest skill I gained from his lessons was confidence in my voice. I felt that he really wanted to get to k
now me, my voice, and my goals in singing. I primarily went to him for help on musical theater auditions, and after working with him, I began getting more callbacks. He coached me on my singing, as well as how to be more expressive in my singing. His energy and enthusiasm made me comfortable to try things like belting higher or attempting riffs, expanding my skills as a singer. In lessons, Jameson combines professional training and technique with personal tips, making each lesson more effective and memorable. His enthusiasm makes every lesson both fun and worthwhile. His critiques are always paired with genuine encouragement. For new or experienced singers, Jameson has valuable insight."
"Laura is a great music teacher! She was my voice teacher before she went to grad school and I learned a lot from her. Her approach to singing is wonderful
(she doesn't only teach you how to sound good but also how to act through songs) and it's really important especially if you are pursuing musical theatre. Not only that, I had so much fun during her lessons! I highly recommend her to be your voice/music teacher! :)"
"I have had 5 lessons with Michelle, and they are going great! I got the lead role in my musical thanks to her amazing dedication and supportive teaching.
I would definitely reccomend this teacher to anyone who wants to improve their voice or musical theatre performance."
"Alayne was an absolutely amazing vocal instructor! I needed her to help me prepare for an audition and she helped me immensely! She is able to explain thi
ngs in a way that is very easy to grasp, she truly improves the way you sing. I couldn't have asked for a better instructor!"
"Absolutely worth the time and the fees.
Vanessa is an excellent teacher. She is very knowledgeable and experienced in her field, and does a wonderful job
passing that on. My son has improved incredibly in a short time. She is also a great confidence builder, she makes my son feel that he can learn to sing any song he chooses and sing it well. She is also very personable and easy to work with. We are both very glad we chose her for lessons."
"Super Friendly and talented! Fawn is great. I've been learning so much and becoming better at my craft. Thank you, Fawn."
"Keith has been great, he is very knowledgeable and has an amazing personality! We are really enjoying our lessons with him and look forward to many more."
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