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About Michele M.

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Minneapolis, MN
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About Michele Denise
As a professional teaching artist and vocal coach, I have been helping students of all ages and abilities find their voice for over 20 years. My goal is simple: to give you singing lessons that will change your life forever. You can build unshakable confidence and have fun while learning techniques professional singers take onto the stage and into the studio. And, you can have a great time doing it!

About my vocal lessons/coaching:
Most students come into lessons with the same question: "Am I any good? Is there hope for me?" Well, here's the thing... The vast majority of professional vocalists never went to school for singing! Most professional vocalists had family and friends that told them they were talented and that they should pursue singing. Most professional vocalists started out copying the sound of other recording artists
, struggling for years to find their own unique voice.

The KEY difference between professional vocalists and average singers is (9 times out of 10) the presence of an influential teacher/mentor!

The right teacher/mentor pushes you to grow continuously; beyond what you think is possible. The right teacher/mentor has wisdom and information to share from inside the music industry. The right teacher/mentor genuinely cares about you as a person.

I teach so that I can be that life-changing mentor for my students, giving them that missing link for success.

About me:
I grew up in NYC and "cut my teeth" across a variety of genres: rock, jazz, R&B, gospel and choral/classical. You name it; I've sung it. In addition to being a vocal coach, I travel the nation as a musician/performing artist, professional speaker and author. Please take a moment to watch the video clip below.

Unlike most teachers that take on any/all students, I limit my roster to 15 students at any given time. During our first few lessons, I commit to offering you honest and professional feedback about your strengths and weaknesses. I want to help YOU find YOUR own voice. I want to take a look at YOUR goals, YOUR dreams, and figure out what makes you tick.

During lessons, I draw on my dual B.A. degree in vocal performance & music business as well as industry experience. I offer insights on what works and what doesn't as a vocalist, whether you are looking to pursue singing vocationally or just as a hobby.

I can help you:
- Stop feeling nervous
- Develop impeccable technique
- Learn the “ins and outs” of being in the music business
- Assemble a press kit, record a demo and start to get gigs
- Much more!

I would love the opportunity to meet you and hear where you want your singing to take you. Please, get in touch!

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Studio Equipment:
I teach out of my residence-based studio in downtown Minneapolis. It's centrally located with free parking and easy access to skyways and public transportation. Do you work downtown? Consider taking lessons over your lunch break!

I have everything we need for lessons in my studio: instruments, laptop, mics, etc... I will provide you with all audio files and any written materials for our lessons.
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mark balma October 17, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
Michelle is a very responsive and clear instructor. I enjoyed her spirit and attitude toward teaching.
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Alex October 7, 2017
· Stage Performance · In studio
Michele is funny, kind, patient, and professional. She breaks down highly technical knowledge into understandable, bite sized pieces. I've learned a great amount in a short period of time and I can feel my voice opening up and sounding more rounded and full.
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Joel L. February 24, 2017
· Singing · In home
Michele is excellent. She makes you feel comfortable, relaxed, and says just the right thing to help you understand how you should think about what and how you're singing. she's helped me tremendously.
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Michele M.

Michele M.

Minneapolis, MN 55401
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About Shae K.

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Saint Paul, MN

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I am an music instructor with 27 years of experience. I have a Bachelor's degree in Sacred Music with a major in Voice. I have been playing piano for 35 years with having been an accompanist for choirs and soloists and a pianist at weddings and churches. I am a believer that anyone can learn piano and improve their abilities! I also know that a knowledge of music and music theory go together to improve one's learning ability in any area of his/her life. The student and I would work together. I don't just teach the "how to", I help and encourage taking time at the lesson to learn and understand the music. I am a huge advocate of building the student's skills during the lesson time and using the rest of the week on their own to continue to review the skills they have already acquired. I have a piano recital once a year in the spring
. 2 or 3 months ahead, we decide on a song they like that will show off their acquired skills. I look forward to being your teacher! We will have fun learning!

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I am a friendly person and like to put everyone at ease. I try to adapt to each student's learning style. As I have hinted at in my bio, I teach the skills and then we work together on these skills during the lesson. The idea is for the knowledge and skills to come together before the student tries on their own. The student actually learns quicker this way and we repeat lessons much less. The student also desires to learn when they see those goals being attained at a quicker pace. I usually average one lesson book every 2-3 months, depending on the student.

*** Specialties ***
I have taught every method available for piano. My preference is Faber & Faber. For more advanced students we create our own curriculum.
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Alan Z September 18, 2017
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I appreciate Shae's honesty. For she is a very "present" teacher! Explains what the song is supposed too sound like, look like and feel like. Then says "good luck"! Just kidding. Shae is patient and good to work with. Very supportive, even as I plodded along. She knows her stuff!!
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Tyler and Kendall Q. September 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
One kid came to me so excited saying "I'm actually learning it!" and the other "I really like her" Actually both kids told me how much they liked her. :-) Definitely one of the better experiences we've had with piano teachers. So excited to continue.
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Al Z. May 11, 2017
· Piano · In home
Shae was very knowledgeable. Easy to learn with. Wasn't as difficult as I thought it might be! Really glad I'm starting.
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Saint Paul, MN 55113
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About Eric C.

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Saint Paul, MN

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About Eric
Performing and recording musician with several groups for over 15 years. Current projects include, Hot Date and Batteryboy among others. I have been teaching private lessons and classes in community education to students of all ages since 2007. I have also taught music in early childhood education as well as music therapy programs at Minnesota Veterans Homes. I am always excited to witness my students joy as they reach and exceed their goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
Relaxed lessons geared toward the students goals. Various styles and techniques; Fun and efficient practice exercises; Improvisation; Patience and attention to progress; Wide Chord Vocabulary; Music Theory in a way that is easy to understand; Tone development and playing by ear.

Every student is an individual and responds better to different teaching styles as well
as learn at their own pace. My goal as a teacher is to give you an enjoyable experience in learning a new instrument and to tailor the lessons based on your interests and goals. After the first few months a beginner student can expect to have learned basic techniques and useful skills to allow them to play simple songs and melodies with ease.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons are taught in a studio with amps, acoustic guitars and electric guitars, ukuleles, along with fretless and fretted bass guitars, drums, microphones, recording equipment and software, are available for a student to use during the lesson time.

*** Specialties ***
Simplifying concepts and process. Breaking down elements of how to play Pop, Jazz, Funk, Blues, Rock, Folk etc.
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Karin Eide July 21, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Eric was the right fit for me. He started me on the basics in a very relaxed way. Plus - his favorite Beatle is George!
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Nicholas May 31, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Ive been working with Eric for over a year now and I can't recommend him enough. Whether you are looking to play guitar recreationally or professionally Eric is the person you want to help hone your skills. As someone who has tried to teach myself and failed I can say that after working with Eric not only do I understand music itself astronomically better but I also am able to produce music on a creative level that would have taken years to achieve without Eric. Lastly, to anyone who is on edge of whether they need a teacher or not, the answer is YES, absolutely and you won't find anyone better than Eric.
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Danna September 25, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
My sons have been taking guitar lessons from Eric. They love him! He's patient, funny, and cool, and is a great example of a passionate working artist.
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Eric C.

Eric C.

Saint Paul, MN 55101
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About Matt E.

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Matt integrates the art of music with the discipline of virtue in his teaching. Life has ups and downs, and music can be the glue that holds people together. With formal pedagogical training at McNally-Smith College of Music, and years of experience, Matt has a plethora of teaching skills to impress passion, integrity, and fun onto his students.
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Joe April 19, 2016
· Guitar ·
Matt Ecklund has the characteristics of a professional teacher.
He is patient, a superb communicator, and has vast knowledge of his instrument. I highly recommend him to teach any and all levels of guitar playing.
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Matt E.

River Falls, WI 54022
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About Marion L.

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Minneapolis, MN
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I have taught piano for more than 30 years . As a child I accomplished the University of Manitoba and the Toronto Concervatory curriculum. I also studied with Philip Lillestol and Alexander Braginsky privately. Alexander Braginsky is an internationally recognized pianist and the current head of piano performance at the University of Minnesota.
I love teaching students at every level, and helping them to play the music they love, whichever interests them. I help my students progress, and their success is mine.
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Pamela Zuckerman February 13, 2017
· Piano ·
MARION is absolutely the BEST PIANO TEACHER I have had in my lifetime! She is always on time. I am satisfied with the pricing. She is totally engaged and fully attentive during our lessons. Her teaching method works exceedingly well for me. I am learning classical music and LORI LINE arrangements. I feel I am progressing very well. MARION is flexible when our schedule needs a change of day or time. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND MARION as an accomplished and reliable, highly effective piano teacher. I am totally ENJOYING my weekly lesson.
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Marion L.

Minneapolis, MN 55416
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About Devin T.

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Minneapolis, MN

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I am a drummer/percussionist in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area. I have been playing drums for 12 years as a part of many groups and ensembles, including cover bands, original bands, percussion ensembles, orchestras, and world music groups. I am proficient in many different percussion instruments. I am well versed in jazz, pop, rock, metal, classical, world (Latin, Arabic, etc), and other genres. I earned a bachelors degree in music from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN. Although percussion and drum set were my main focus, I took part in many aspects of music; emphasizing in composition and new media programs as well.

I teach students ranging from child to adult. With the exception of basic rudiments, technique, and other time keeping knowledge, I primarily give student led lessons; guiding the student when needed wit
h questions and answers. I have found this to be the most productive, as the student remains actively engaged with the lesson. I incorporate other instruments into my lessons; this helps the student understand music as a whole and how their parts fits in. For example, I often reference other percussion instruments and melody instruments when listening to recordings. I also will play simple bass or piano lines to accompany the drum set groove played by the student. With todays technology, I stress the importance of recording and critiquing oneself. I offer this as a part of my lessons.

I love playing drums and I look forward to sharing my knowledge with you!
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Michael Huwert December 14, 2016
· Drum ·
I had the pleasure of taking drum lessons from Devin during my senior year of high school. I was looking to attain a stronger skill set in multiple areas of percussion before attending college. Devin is very personable, articulate, and has a fun personality that made it easy to learn. He is very knowledgable, and I feel that I gained an edge going into college by taking lessons from him.
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Devin T.

Minneapolis, MN 55414
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About Aaron R.

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Saint Paul, MN

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Hello, my name is Aaron and I love teaching music as much as playing. My strength lies in being able to adapt to different learning styles in order to maximize time spent in lessons. My love for music extends to each genre and would love to talk to you about your favorites. I have been playing and recording for the last 8 years in a variety of styles. Additionally, I have been transcribing quite a lot by ear for the past 4 years the likes of James Jamerson, Pino Palladino, and Esperanza Spalding. I hope to collaborate soon. Thank you.
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Rylie August 29, 2017
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Aaron is incredibly knowledgeable and talented! He's very easy and fun to work with. He cares a lot and puts a lot of time and effort into music. I've had nothing but a good experience learning from him.
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Eric August 29, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Aaron took me from someone who could read notes off a page to someone who could think in terms of what sounds good together in a key and how to pick bass lines out of songs. After just a few lessons I was able to at some flair into what I played and it greatly increased my ability. 10/10 would take lessons again.
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Aaron R.

Aaron R.

Saint Paul, MN 55101
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About Weily S.

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Minneapolis, MN
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About Weily
Passionate and versatile performer, Weily Shay is a clarinetist currently residing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her Master of Music Degree in Clarinet Performance from the Peabody Institute of Music in May 2016 and her Bachelor of Music Degree in Clarinet Performance in December 2013.

In addition to her love for performing, Weily enjoys teaching and spreading the joy of learning music. In the past, Weily served as a guest clinician for Centennial and Anoka High Schools. She also served as a guest clinician throughout the Fairfax County Public School district in Northern Virginia. She currently maintains a clarinet studio in Anoka county and teaches at Maestoso Music Studio in St. Louis Park.

For more information, check out weilyshayclarinet.com
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Weily S.

Minneapolis, MN 55426
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About Ji L.

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Minneapolis, MN

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Bass-baritone
D.M.A Program in UMN
Performer Diploma from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Master of Arts from Royal Academy of Music in London
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Ji L.

Minneapolis, MN 55454
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About Karin W.

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After 15 years of professional singing I keep coming back to this; a good work ethic and a willingness to learn will take you far. We start with building a strong technique. It's a process, one I myself continue to work on. If you are willing to put in the work, I am willing to help you accomplish your goals. Want to know more about my career? Check me out at www.karinwolverton.com
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Karin W.

Minneapolis, MN 55401
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