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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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Deborah G. December 9, 2017
· Jazz Voice · Online
Michele is not just a very gifted teacher, but a coach/mentor who truly understands my individual vocal abilities and how to get me to the next level. I am a Jazz Vocalist in my country and have been taking lessons with Michele through Skype for some months now. With all the skills and knowledge I have gained from doing her classes so far, I have propelled into a professional singer where I am sought out to perform at different events. A couple months ago, I had performed at a tourism awards event in my country -a huge event- and it was the first time in all my years of performing anywhere that I got standing ovation with people screaming while I performed. I can tell you it is such a gratifying feeling when people show that level of respect and love. In past years I did get nice comments after I performed, but never at this level. I HIGHLY recommend her to anyone who truly wants to grow in their musical journey.
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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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Minneapolis, MN 55401
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About Shae K.

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Saint Paul, MN

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About Shae
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 Alex M.

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Minneapolis, MN

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About Alex
Hey, my name is Alex. I'm a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, keyboards, voice, drums, flute, etc.), composer, performer, recording artist, arranger/orchestrator/transcriber, recording engineer/producer & music educator.

I graduated from the University of St. Thomas "Cum Laude" in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Guitar Performance, with minors in Music Production & Composition. While attending St. Thomas I served as the Music Theory tutor, as well as the live sound/stage/light/recording technician for student & faculty recitals.

I have been playing professionally & teaching for over a decade. My passion for music is something that I love to share with anyone else who feels inclined to make music. My goal is to share the skills & knowledge I've acquired throughout my experiences with those willing to learn & dedicate themselves
to the craft of making music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am experienced in most major genres of music: classical, jazz, blues, rock, funk, folk, metal, acoustic fingerstyle/slap, instrumental rock, "shred," pop, world music, electronica, etc. & feel comfortable conveying the techniques, approaches & idioms to a student by breaking them down into digestible components, while making these new ideas relatable to material they are already familiar with.

In the end, I want the student to learn what they're most interested in learning. I'm here to answer any questions they may have & with my experiences, I feel confident that I will be able to either answer these questions or point them in the right direction. Some topics covered:

Scales/modes
Ear training
Instrument-specific techniques (ie bending, tapping, sweep picking, etc.)
Songwriting & Composition
Arranging & Orchestrating
Sight-reading
Improvisation
Chordal theory & how to read charts
Practice routines & approaches
Instrument maintenance
Instrument-based gear (guitars, amplifiers, effects, picks, slides, capos, etc.)

The student will learn at the pace they set for themselves & can only get out of it the amount of effort they put forth. I expect my students to practice on a regular basis (however brief each session may be). Consistency is key for progress to be made, & if they hold up their end of the bargain, the payoffs will be quite substantial!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Practice amplifier, tuner, music stand(s), guitar picks & cables.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide guitar neck paper. I expect the students to have their own instrument & any materials they may need to achieve the goals they've set for themselves (such as a weekly notebook).

*** Specialties ***
Progressive rock, classic rock, blues, jazz, funk, disco, classical, acoustic fingerstyle/slap, flamenco guitar; music theory, sight-reading, composition, songwriting, film scoring, music production.
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Stephanie August 20, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I took beginner's guitar lessons with Alex. He took into account what my playing goals were, stylewise and whatnot. He's super knowledgeable on musical subjects besides just guitar. I've come away feeling that I have good foundational knowledge to build upon as I progress in my playing. I had the five lesson package, which I felt suited my needs. Tip: If you do something like that, space out your lessons at least every other week, so that you have time to practice and grasp what you're learning. Be sure to ask questions if something is new to you, especially if you're a beginner. I highly recommend guitar lessons from Alex!
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Eric April 19, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Alex was awesome. Super knowledgeable and a great teacher. It was an all around wonderful first lesson.
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Dave L. March 3, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Had a great experience the first lesson. Look forward to the next one.
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Minneapolis, MN 55406
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About Amy W.

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As I child I had an early interest in music, dancing and creative things. I took piano lessons and excelled at my chosen instrument, the flute, in band at school. I continued with my music training at Northwestern College in Roseville, Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Music Education in 1992. I worked for 11 years in my profession in various settings before I took a break to start my family. My experience includes teaching students in classroom general music, choir, band, piano lessons, and school plays/musicals. I spent six years at a private school (grades K-8), three years at a charter elementary school and 2 years at a public elementary school. Also, since graduating in 1992 I have spent a total of 18 years teaching private lessons both at Hovland Conservatory of Music and in my home. Along the way I
further broadened my background by accompanying church choirs and congregations, playing for weddings, and volunteering to lead children’s music time at church.

I love music of all kinds and have a strong belief that everyone should experience the joy and power of it in his or her life. It is very rewarding for me to help students develop their skills as they discover a meaningful way of self-expression using a universal language. Teaching music is something I love to do and I know that fact reflects to my students resulting in an enjoyable experience for them as well.

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What can a student/parent expect from lessons with me? I can provide my students with a solid foundation of proper technique. This is so very important because you do not ever want to have to unlearn bad habits. I also include appropriate music theory, ear training and improvising for each level. I purposefully pace the lessons to prevent students from feeling frustrated. Instead, I work to generate excitement about the learning process and keep students motivated by their own progress. Furthermore, I am willing to accommodate a student if they have a special interest in a certain musical genre or a personal goal they are working towards. I encourage, but do not require students to take advantage of recital and performance opportunities that I provide.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Large music room: piano, electric keyboard, flute, clarinet, trumpet, music stands.
*** Specialties ***
I have a lot of experience teaching students who are brand new to their instrument. I believe the beginning is a very important time to start building a solid foundation for all future musical growth. I love being able to help my students establish good habits from the beginning and influence the overall direction of a new student’s musical experience.

I love music of all kinds and have fun playing and teaching all the instruments that I listed. However, the two instruments that I have the most training on and have performed on are the piano and the flute. I would be a great teacher for private lessons to help a student excel in band at school or for a high school student preparing for contests or auditions. Also, I am very patient with beginners and would be ideal as a child'€™s first piano teacher or for an adult who has always wanted to play a certain instrument of his or her choice.
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Debi January 27, 2017
· Flute · In studio
I like Amy very much and I think we will get along very well. She is very patient and reminds me that perfection is impossible at the beginning of any instrument learning. I will enjoy having her very much.
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Maggie L. October 12, 2016
· Flute · In studio
An awesome personal touch. Just what Maggie needs.
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Avery C. July 20, 2016
· Piano · In home
Avery really liked working with Amy yesterday. She was patient, and really got him to focus on the task at hand. Well done Amy!
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Amy W.

Saint Paul, MN 55109
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About Rachel Z.

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Teaching others music education is my passion! Each lesson is tailored to the individual student based on his/her age, skill level, and musical interests. Students usually begin with a common course book such as Alfred or Faber series including studies in the following areas: Repertoire, Technic, Scales, Chords, Arpeggios, Theory, & Duets.

I took private lessons from age 5 through 18 and four years of college lessons from Dr. Suzanne Torkelson at Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa. I studied college level courses in piano literature, piano theory, and piano pedagogy and have seven years of teaching experience.
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Rachel Z.

Rachel Z.

Minneapolis, MN 55401
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About Stanford F.

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Minneapolis, MN
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Stanford Felix, D.M.A. has a national reputation as a bass-baritone singing classical and musical theater, and has been teaching private voice lessons since 1998. Stan is currently available to teach lessons at three locations in the Twin Cities area: his voice studio in downtown Minneapolis (see https://www.facebook.com/sfelixvoicestudio/), his home in Farmington, MN just south of St. Paul, The String Academy in Owatonna, MN, and online.

Dr. Felix works with all voice types, from beginning to professional and enjoys watching his students grow stronger every week as they reach to obtain their optimum vocal range and brilliancy of sound. Please contact him today!

Bio: Stanford Felix is the former Founder and Executive/Artistic Director of Minnesota Concert Opera, based in Minneapolis, MN, and currently teaches voice and performs pri
marily in the Twin Cities area. Having earned his B.F.A. in Theater and Voice from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS, Dr. Felix based his singing career in New York City for twelve years, received his M.M. in voice performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York, was on the Voice Faculty of Texas A & M University, Kingsville where he ran the opera department for two years, and then returned to Lawrence, KS to get his D.M.A. in Voice Performance. He then taught as Assistant Professor at Emporia State University in Emporia, KS for five years.
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Gus O. July 14, 2017
· Singing · In home
Stanford has been an incredible instructor and has taught me so much about the voice. I hope to continue working with him for a long time
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Christine August 18, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Wonderful experience!
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Chad August 2, 2016
· Classical Voice · In studio
Stan is an outstanding teacher and has an amazing understanding of the human voice. I am so much more comfortable and expressive with my voice since working with him over the past year and a half. I HIGHLY recommend him to anyone seeking to improve their abilities professionally.
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Stanford F.

Stanford F.

Farmington, MN 55024
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About Wes W.

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Minneapolis, MN
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A native of North Dakota, Wes Webb is an actor, singer, writer, composer, and master teacher living in Minneapolis. Wes has held positions at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School where he taught musical theatre to middle and high school students, at New York University as a faculty writing instructor, and The University of Texas at San Antonio as a lecturer in clinical teaching. From 2005-2016, he served as Artistic Director of Youth Pride Chorus, a group that harnesses the power of the performing arts to galvanize the voices of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and straight youth as agents of change. For eight years, he worked as Education Director at National Dance Institute, an organization that brings dance classes to thousands of students in New York City schools. Wes holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota,
Twin Cities as well as an M. F. A. from NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.
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Abigail February 22, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Wes is obviously extremely passionate about what he does. I've been through a few lessons with him so far, and am verrrry much enjoying them. He makes you feel perfectly comfortable, and in the past weeks that I've been training with him, I've been improving more quickly and steadily than I ever have before. He can tell exactly what I'm struggling with and teaches me memorable techniques to help me improve trouble spots (while helping me explore new vocal avenues I haven't really touched yet). He offers very real feedback without a hint of BS. I highly recommend him as a teacher. :)
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rosantina February 7, 2017
· Singing · In home
Wes is very passionate about singing. I really felt comfortable working with him. Looking forward to finding my voice.
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Mimi November 4, 2016
· Musical Theater · In studio
I taught theatre with Wes and worked as his colleague for a year. Wes is a superb teacher who has that rare combination of high expectations and deep caring for his students. He knows just when to push, when to pull back, and how to help each student reach his or her utmost potential. He is warm, intelligent, compassionate, and talented. Anyone would be lucky to work with him!
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Wes W.

Minneapolis, MN 55408
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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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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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Minneapolis, MN 55414
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About Dayna F.

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I am a life-long musician, performing with my vocalist mother from age 4 and studying piano and voice for all of my childhood. However, it all changed the day my 5th grade band teacher put a tuba on my shoulder. It was a match right from the start and, from that day forward, my life has revolved around school band. I earned my Bachelor of Music Education from South Dakota State University, marching with the Pride of the Dakotas for the 2000 Independence Day parade in Washington D.C. as well as in the 2003 Tournament of Roses Parade. Upon graduation I taught in rural South Dakota schools for 4 years before packing up and moving to Los Angeles, CA to pursue a career in songwriting. While composing is still a part of what I do as a musician, I missed teaching and took a position with a prestigious middle school music program in San Diego, C
A. I taught individual lessons, small ensembles, and jazz band there for 5 years, before packing up once again and heading for the Twin Cities where, with any luck, I'll once again have a full studio of amazing students!

I continuously perform, write, and play music and I love to tailor lessons toward the goals and interests of each student. I incorporate different styles and techniques that help students at any level be a greater success!
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Dayna F.

Saint Paul, MN 55126
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About Christina A.

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Students can expect to see weekly improvent in their technique and musicianship. I work with students to find vocal freedom and a balanced production. In my personal experience, the most effective teaching guides have been adaptable to their student’s learning needs. Lessons are tailored to the individual’s vocal development and can focus on ear-training, theory, basic piano skills, breath, alignment, diction, expression, and more. I believe that a solid technical foundation will allow the student to traverse any genre of musical expression. The goal in my instruction is to develop a well-rounded musician and performing artist, equally at ease on stage or at home.
I am an active musician in the Twin Cities, with interests ranging from Bluegrass to Opera Theatre. In 2012, I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the Univers
ity of Northern Colorado, where I performed the roles of Tytania in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mrs. Anderson in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, and more. In 2017, I received my Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Minnesota.
I have appeared professionally as Javotte in Manon with Opera Classica Europa during the summer of 2012. During the summer of 2016, I performed the role of Nannetta in Verdi’s Falstaff with La Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy and Santarchangelo, Italy.
I have taught music in group settings since 2013, where I led an introduction to music workshop for adults with developmental disabilities through To The Rescue in Parker, Colorado. As part of a summer workshop program in 2015, I directed opera scenes, coached singers, and led musical rehearsals for students of Greenwood Music Studio.
Some of the most common styles that I teach are Folk, Bluegrass, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, and Classical/Opera. I look forward to meeting you and guiding you along in your musical pursuits!
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Christina A.

Minneapolis, MN 55404
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