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I have a music bachelor degree and over 15 years of teaching experience. I provide all music instruments at my studio in Westland. I hold Free Annual Music Recital for all my current students in June.

I am a piano judge for National Federation of Music Clubs ( MFMC) ,who rates piano student performances in Michigan. I also have experienced teaching children with special needs, and trained in person-centered planning with children, adults and families.
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HANK May 8, 2018
· Piano · In home
Sopita Patty is wonderful she is a great teacher with a good attitude we are very happy with her services.
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Candice April 8, 2018
· Piano · In home
Great recital, we enjoyed every note!
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Sharon April 8, 2018
· Piano · In home
I had about 4 piano lessons with Patty so far and I can already tell the difference. She's really friendly yet professional and can pin point what area I need to improve on and what types of practice I need to get there. All in all, I really recommend Patty to people who needs a piano coach regardless of level.
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Sopita Patty S.

Westland, MI 48185
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Do you enjoy listening to opera and always wondered how to do it? Do you sing opera, but have been struggling with range, agility, and stamina? I can help you! We will work through simple exercises to unlock your operatic potential!

About Tom
I have had a varied background growing up, from being an Eagle Scout, to holding a black belt in Judo.  Growing up in Arizona and being the youngest of three boys from a very musical family, I found classical music and it became my passion. I began with piano at age 9, while also sang in many church musicals.In 2006 I graduated from Northern Arizona University with two degrees: a bachelors in vocal performance and a bachelors in piano/choral education. At NAU, I sang in many operas and piano recitals and spent three months in Germany teaching choir through the Department of Defense.Shortly after, I graduated with a masters in vocal performance from Washington University in St. Louis. The studies I learned from Wash U catapulted my love for teaching!Recently, I have been teaching out of St. John School of the Arts, where I worked with v
oice and piano students ages 7-60. All of my students had varying styles, but I was able to help them build a foundation of technique that would allow them to sing with a free and healthy tone in any style.I believe we all have the ability to create music and I can help you discover it!

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal in voice lessons is first and foremost to establish a solid vocal technique.  My philosophy is "singing is simple, but not easy!"  We will focus mostly on two things: breath and space for singing.  This method of teaching is known as "bel canto".  It helps build a strong foundation that then allows you to sing almost any style!  Because everyone is different, we will tailor a set of exercises to fit your needs and will help you build that strong foundation!  Once these principles begin to settle in, we will work on music.  I have a huge library of songs to chose from, but I highly encourage you to bring in your favorite songs. Remember, everyone is different and progresses at different rates, but don't be discouraged! This is not a race, but a life skill that you will continue to master!

In piano, I am classically trained.  Through a series of music books, we will work on music theory, finger dexterity, music history, ear training, eye/hand coordination, and pure enjoyment of making music. Again, everyone is different, but with some outside commitment, you will improve! Classical piano training is a great foundation for all other styles, such as jazz, pop, singer songwriter, country, etc. Piano also helps with in other aspects of your life such as memory, math, history, reading, etc.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a full size keyboard and music stand.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Please provide a piano, music books, music stand (if needed), and a lesson book for notes.

*** Specialties ***
I am a classically trained baritone specializing in bel canto. I have found this technique to be a great foundation for all styles of singing, from opera to pop. I am also classically trained at the piano. I focus on natural hand positions, note identification, music theory, and ear training. And I have fun doing it!
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Suzanne May 16, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My daughter takes piano lessons combined with singing lessons with Tom and she absolutely loves it!! Tom is great with kids (my daughter is 6 1/2) and she looks forward to class every week. It is great to see her excited and passionate about learning an instrument. We couldn’t be happier with our teacher selection 😁
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dean February 21, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I had a great experience in learning the correct mechanics of my instrument and how to use and apply.
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Annie M. February 6, 2018
· Music Theory · Online
Tom has been working with our daughter to aid her in understanding the concepts of music theory. He is patient and provides outside material for her to reinforce the concepts they are working on together. He has a passion for teaching music and it is evident in his desire for his students to grow.
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About Heather E.

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Each lessons consist of a short warm-up period, which focuses solely on technique, and then a longer period to work on your songs where we develop technique, expressivity, and overall performance. We will work on resonance and proper breath support to create the singer's formant. We will also work on dramatic interpretation and staging of arias.

About Heather
Hi! I'm Heather and I have been teaching private music lessons since 2008. I grew up on the stage! My mother was my first singing and piano teacher and from a young age I have been involved in acting, dancing, music theatre, oratorio, and opera! I went to the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where I earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. I am passionate about giving my students the gift of self-expression through music while learning good technique and incorporating music YOU are interested in.

***Frequently Asked Questions***
What is your availability?
Just select a subject and a lesson location in the upper righthand corner above and you can see my availability!

What do lessons cost?
30 minutes $25
45 minutes $35
60 minutes $45

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often should we meet and for how long?
I recommend lessons once per week. 30 minute lessons are good for beginning piano students. 45 minute lessons are ideal for singers and intermediate piano students. 60 minute lessons are appropriate for advanced students interested in studying lots of repertoire or for singers who are having a particularly difficult time with ear training.

What do you do in lessons?
To learn what you would be doing in a lesson just select a subject in blue under "Heather Teaches" at the top of this page for a description of how each lesson works in that subject.

I want to study piano, do I have to have a real piano?
No, you don't have to have a real piano but you do need at least a keyboard, preferably one that gets louder or softer depending how hard you hit a key, has at least 61 keys, and has a sustain pedal.

Do you help singers who want to learn rap, metal, or some other non-conventional style of singing?
Yes, I have actually worked with some metal bands before! Even if you are using something like screaming you can use it in a way that hurts your voice less. I love to apply good technique to styles like that.

***Student/Parent-Teacher Agreement***
If you choose to book through me here are the details of what you can expect from me and what I will expect from you.

STUDENT EXPECTATIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES
1: Schedule 10-30 minutes of practice each day for at least five days per week. Your teacher will give you a specific minutes goal based on your age and level of study.

2: Bring you assignment book to each lesson and complete all assignments.

3: Arrive promptly at your lesson time. You reserve the time slot, not the number of minutes.

4: Pianists’ fingernails should be kept trim. When playing with curved fingers, the nails should not click.

5: No gum, food, or drinks during lessons (water bottles are permitted).

6: Online students are responsible for printing assignments that your teacher sends you online. Online singers need to have a way to play karaoke tracks while being logged in to the TakeLessons classroom.

7: Please turn all cell phones to silent during the lesson. Online students are not allowed to surf the web during their lessons.

PARENT/GUARDIAN EXPECTATIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES
1: Support the fulfillment of your child’s responsibilities by consistently bringing your child to lessons, rehearsals, and performances and remind your child of daily practice and help them to schedule this practice time in their daily routine.

2: Communicate with the teacher about any questions or concerns you have. I want to meet your expectations, as well as your child’s, and I encourage feedback.

3: Provide an acceptable instrument for practice. Pianists: an acoustic piano is recommended, however, good electronic instruments that are full size, have a sustain pedal, and are capable of dynamics (the ability to control the volume of the sound through the touch of the performer) are also acceptable. Singers: a device for recording lessons (optional) and a keyboard, pitch pipe, or pitch pipe phone app.

4: Parents/guardians may sit-in on lessons only if they do not disturb them. Please, no talking at all. You may wait in the car or run an errand if you prefer. The teacher reserves the right to no longer allow a parent/guardian to sit in on a lesson should their behavior be deemed a habitual distraction for the student.

TEACHER PLEDGE
1: To provide a tailored curriculum to meet student’s individual needs and goals.

2: To clearly communicate short-term and long-term goals.

3: To encourage a feeling of success at each student’s individual rate of learning.

4: To report the student’s progress to the parent/guardian if applicable and listen to any concerns and answer any questions of the parent/guardian and student if applicable.

5: To devote the entire lesson time to the student. I am a stay-at-home mom and occasionally I may need to attend to my child. In the rare circumstance that your lesson is interrupted, I will offer you make-up time at the end of the lesson or at a time that is most convenient for you.

STUDENT CANCELLATIONS OR ABSENCES: If given 24 hours notice, I will allow for a makeup lesson or cancellation. If I am not notified within 24 hours a lesson credit will be used regardless of whether or not the student attends.

TEACHER ABSENCES: All lessons missed as a result of the teacher canceling will be made up at a convenient time or credited to the next lesson.

TUITION: Lesson credits must be purchased through TakeLessons.com before the scheduled lesson can be taught.

PERSONAL LIABILITY: The teacher is not responsible for any injuries, loss or theft occurring on the teacher’s personal property. Children should not be left at the studio/home unattended. The teacher cannot be held responsible for the safety of the student outside of their lesson time, or the safety of any family members/friends that may accompany the student to lessons.

STUDENT TERMINATION: Students and parents are permitted five initial lessons to decide if the lessons are a good student-teacher fit. If more lessons are purchase after the initial five lessons, lessons should be seen as an on-going commitment. If a student chooses to terminate lessons (after the introductory five-lesson period), the parent/guardian or adult student must inform the studio with a 30-day notice. The student is responsible for purchasing the last month’s lessons whether they choose to use the lesson credits or not.

TEACHER-INITIATED TERMINATION: Lessons may be terminated for unpaid tuition, for repeated missed lessons, or for consistently late or unreturned phone calls, texts, or e-mails. The teacher reserves the right to terminate lessons at her own discretion.
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eunice Y. May 24, 2018
· Singing · Online
Heather is a great professional teacher! She has taught my daughter very practical voice techniques and confident stage performance which helped her pass her choir audition! Liz is looking forward to developing a strong singing voice from Heather who knows what areas she needs to work on. Thank you for all the extra notes you also give her to work on!
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Zoe March 19, 2018
· Singing · Online
I love mrs.heather ive been with her going on about a year and Ive seen an improvement in myself alot every week is something new and I grow and continue to hear myself get better at singing everyday she's a spectacular teacher!
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London March 9, 2018
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great teacher! she’s very good at finding your problematic areas and fixes them with patience and good advice. :))
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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
Viviana Garabello is an Italian music conductor and an awarded vocal performer, educator, and composer. She is also the owner and founder of Alive Music Productions, Inc.

After earning a B.M. in Film Music Scoring at Madonna University with the Highest Honors, she is currently studying for a M.M. in Conducting at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Viviana is a member of several honorary organizations, including the Kappa Gamma Pi Honor Society, the American Choral Directors Association, the Italian American Charitable Foundation, the Verdi Opera Theater of Michigan, the Alliance for Women Film Composers, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
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Earl May 20, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Viviana is awesome! She is very well educated in music and really works to get what you want out of your lessons, and she's super nice and fun as well!
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Colin W. February 16, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
My first lesson was excellent! Viviana is very enthusiastic; which carries over to the lesson!! Can’t wait to get back to it! Colin
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Veronica October 13, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
Ms. Viviana is my second vocal teacher, and by far the best I've ever had. she has helped me in so many ways giving me opportunities that I would have never gotten if it wasn't for her.
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Viviana G.

Viviana G.

Plymouth, MI 48170
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About Marina K.

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I have a very great teaching experience. I have a strong European vocal school. I know how to put the voice in the right position and teach the right breathing. I've been teaching for 7 years. My students always won at the vocal competitions, showing a high degree of vocal mastery. In the lesson, I create a positive and inspiring atmosphere, the result of classes is visible in a month!)

About Marina
Teacher experience 7 years, working with all ages. Beginner, Intermidiate, Advanced levels.

Languages: English , Russian, Ukrainian .

MM degree.

In 2007 became a student at National Music College in Kiev, Ukraine, on solo singing department. Took part in college concerts with success.

At 2009 Took third place in All-Ukrainian academic solo singing competition “Spiritual sources”.
At 2010-2011 Leading voice teacher in music school “Montessori center” Kiev, Ukraine.

At 2011 took first place at International competition “Wings of Music” in Kiev.

At 2011 awarded with a Diploma for special contribution for the development of the National Music College.

At 2011 gets a diploma of the young music specialist.
At 2012 – 2017 Founder , Director, leading Voice teacher of music studio “Free art school”
Her students received
awards at all-Ukrainian and international competitions. Make many master classes and many school concerts. .

At 2012 became a student of National Ukrainian Academy of Music on a solo singing department.

At 2016 receives a Bachelor's degree in National Music Academy of Ukraine.

At 2017 Graduated Ukrainian National Conservatory with a degree of Master of Singing.

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I'm a passionate and motivated yang instructor who loves music, self-expression and development. I graduated from National Music Academy with Bachelor of Arts degree in Solo Performance in Kiev, Ukraine. I have many award as a singer and as a teacher. In 2012 I have opened my own music school in Kiev, it was an amazing experience. I have so many clients of different age groups and singing levels. Every three months our school students participated in concerts where all of them had the opportunity to fell like a real professional musician. I was fortunate to work with many famous Ukrainian singers, and be a part of many music projects. I have successfully organized concerts of popular, jazz and classical music. With great pleasure I will share my knowledge with my new students!
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Marina K.

Marina K.

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About Rollie H.

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I have a specific teaching curriculum with an emphasis on proper breathing and vocal placement to ensure vocal improvement within two weeks of lessons! I believe singing and acting should be a joyful experience and one that will be a positive change in your life. I teach all genres of music and specialize in audition preparation and vocal dynamics. I want my students to reach their musical potential and aspirations while having a wonderful time!

About Rollie
My Name is Rollie H. I currently hold a MA in music with an emphasis in EC-12 Education from Texas Woman's University. I currently work as a substitute teacher and part-time online ESL English teacher. I am well-versed in theories of education, learning styles, motivation in the classroom, and effective teaching strategies. I am knowledgeable in music history, world music, composition, music theory, choral arrangement, piano techniques, vocal training, lesson planning, etc. I am an Army Veteran Noncommissioned Officer with Drill Instructor experience.

Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to sing with freedom, confiden
ce, and expression.

My personal passion is contemporary music, but I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Mihaela April 18, 2018
· Vocal Training · Online
Rollie is very knowledgeable and patient. His classes greatly helped me improve my vocals as he taught me how to breathe correctly, how to warm-up my voice and how to approach different vowels in singing. Another plus is that he's fun to work with and makes me feel comfortable and confident with my vocals.
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Robert April 8, 2018
· Classical Voice · In studio
Rollie is a great instructor and colleague! As a graduate student at TWU, he taught voice lessons as a requirement for his music education track. He is very passionate about teaching. His fellow classmates, who served as his students, could immediately hear a difference in the development of their singing voice. As a music educator, Rollie is very organized, thorough, and is filled with knowledge to share. He will be a great addition to your teaching scholars!
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Jenni April 7, 2018
· Vocal Training · In home
I was very pleased with how Rollie's patience and knowledge of vocal training even for someone who has no training like myself. He was very supportive, patient, consistent, and by end of my first lesson, my confidence and my voice was better. Thank you, Mr. Rollie! You are an awesome teacher!!!
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Rollie H.

Rollie H.

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About Lora S.

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I cater my voice lessons to the type of music the student enjoys singing. I teach the classical techniques and provide vocal exercises that help the student learn proper technique for breathing and focus. The classical "basics" can be applied to any type of music. So I can help a student with any style of music as long as they learn the basics first. I want lessons to be fund and enjoyable, but I do have an annual recital which provides an opportunity for my students to perform in front of the other students to gain a great experience. For my students who wish to pursue a musical career, I have access to festivals where they can compete for that experience.

About Lora
Music has been part of my family for generations! I LOVE music! I have specialized in voice and piano lessons for many years off and on. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, with a focus on piano and voice. I enjoy catering my lessons to the student's interest. I want them to enjoy coming to lessons and enjoy learning! It is very important that all of my students learn the "basics". However, we can still learn songs that they want to learn, while also learning songs with specific technique involved. Come see what music is all about! My hope is that I can show you just how fun music can be! I believe that you can learn music if you want to and that you are NEVER too old to learn!
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Lora S.

Lora S.

Online
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I currently serve on the voice faculty at Adrian College where I teach applied voice lessons and weekly studio classes. Previously, I served as the official district voice teacher at Faubion Middle School, and cello teacher at McKinney High School - both in McKinney, Texas. I have been teaching voice and cello lessons for over 10 years.

Please contact me with any questions you might have!

About Braun
Braun Oldenkamp, tenor, recently made his Italian debut as the tenor soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah. He has also been part of the Apprentice Artist program with Des Moines Metro Opera. Recent opera credits include Frederic in Pirates of Penzance, Alfredo in La traviata, Henrik in A Little Night Music, and Jo the Loiterer in Virgil Thomson’s The Mother of Us All. He has also performed the roles of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and Gherardo in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and Sam in Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe. Braun was awarded First Prize in both the Art Song and Opera divisions of the 2016 Great Composers Competition.

A frequent soloist in recent years with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, he has sung as tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah as well as Jenkins’ The Armed Man. He also appeared as tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Luthe
r College Symphony Orchestra in 2015. Braun holds a B.A. from Luther College, and a M.M. in Voice Performance from the University of North Texas.
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Anna June 1, 2018
· Opera Voice · In studio
Prof. Oldenkamp is an amazing teacher and coach! He is incredibly insightful, understanding, supportive, and knowledgable--especially in vocal pedagogy. He has helped me to understand how the voice functions and always has a variety of great suggestions for improvement. He helped me to develop my chest voice, which has enriched everything else! I highly recommend this teacher, he is excellent!
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Ypsilanti, MI 48197
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