Michelle Arthur-Cowan

Michelle A.

Sherman Oaks, CA

About Michelle A.

Background check: Last verified 11/30/2015
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Michelle teaches: Ages 6 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: August 2003
Last sign in: 3 days ago

Overview

I believe that everyone can sing, it is just a matter of learning how to use your own unique instrument. From a very young age, as a performer, I was sharing my love of the arts with others. I grew up with an immense appreciation for the self-expression and creativity that result from all forms of art and music, to me, felt like my ideal way to express myself. Music inspires me and I always knew I wanted to help others connect with their inner musical ability as well.

*** Lesson Details ***
Michelle’s intention for each student is to support him or her, to the best of her ability, in finding and cultivating their voice, as well as their musical and performance abilities. As a teacher, she keeps a healthy balance between professionalism and making learning fun, inspiring and experiential. She designs a specific curriculum for each student based on their specific goals and intentions regarding their voice so that each lesson focuses on them and their unique needs. It is extremely important to her that students of all ages have a positive experience of music in their lives and she provides fun and encouraging performance opportunities for those students who wish to participate. Michelle’s goal is to recognize and support each student's potential, helping to give them confidence, direction and motivation on their unique musical journey.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, music stand, microphone, mic stand, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, guitar and mic amplifier, recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Portable Keyboard

*** Specialties ***
Musical theater, Jazz, Classical, Contemporary, R & B, Folk, Alternative, Contemporary Christian and Popular Music.

Photos and Videos

Michelle covers a wide variety of genres music, including musical theater, jazz, classical, opera, folk and pop music.

Experience

Owner, Program Director

Mar 2007 - Present
Sing for Your Spirit Studio

Michelle’s extensive education and performance experience has allowed her to cultivate her skills and knowledge so that she can best support each student on their own unique journey of cultivating their authentic singing voice. As a teacher, she feels incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to support students both in her studio and through online lessons, providing the positive and supportive guidance and experiences they need in order to cultivate their own musical gifts. Michelle also has extensive experience working with individuals who may have fear or anxiety about singing, speaking or expressing themselves to others. She is able to assist these students as they move past their fear and hesitation and truly claim their voice. They learn to cultivate and appreciate their own ability to express themselves in the world with confidence and ease.

Music Director

Nov 2012 - Jul 2013
PMT

Michelle was the Music Director to a Children's Musical Theater program in Los Angeles. She participated in planning the program's curriculum, implementing lesson plans, casting the shows as well as running rehearsals for the musicals that were produced. She was in charge of all the musical related components of the program and stage productions including teaching music theory, harmonizing and healthy vocal techniques in both individual and group settings.

Education

Master of Arts

Oct 2005 - Aug 2008
University of Santa Monica

Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance

Aug 2000 - May 2004
University of Redlands

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Magna cum laude

May 2004
University of Redlands
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48 Reviews on Michelle A.

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Anelyn D. Aug 19, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
My daughter has grown so much with developing her range, control, and breathing. She has not only grown as a singer who loves her passion, but also as a young student that has been very mature and impressive with her stage presence. Ms. Michelle has challenge her at every level and still allowed her to be expressive. My daughter at age 12 has performed at events and people comment on her talent and controlled ability. We contribute her growth and success to Ms. Michelle.
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Kaitlyn O. Jun 1, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Michelle is the best! She really gets you excited to learn something new. Finding the right teacher is hard, but Michelle immediately puts you at ease and makes it a safe environment to learn and grow.
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Seth Apr 30, 2016
Singing · In studio
I always wanted to take lessons with a proper vocal coach who was well informed and knowledgeable about singing. Michelle is that! She helped me incredibly just after the first lesson. The growth and confidence she brings out in your craft is amazing. I highly recommend her if you're looking for a good vocal coach.
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Alex Jan 4, 2016
Singing · Online
I've meaning to write a review for michelle for some time. I took singing lessons before and had a really crappy experience. I was very nervous to sing in front of someone and the past teacher made me feel even more uncomfortable. I decided a few months ago to try again and figured if I couldn't find someone near me, online lessons would be the next best option. I slowly went through all of the teachers and chose michelle based on her good reviews. Michelle has been a blessing. Im slowly learning to be able to sing in front of others and really developing my voice which were the two biggest challenges for me. The lessons are great and I get so much out of just 35 mins. Wish I had more money to spend more time with her. Regardless of your ability if you want a comfortable, knowledgeable, experience go with michelle!
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Shad Stack Aug 12, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
BEST TEACHER EVER! I started vocal lessons with Michelle earlier this year as a long-time guitar playing looking to grow into a singer as well. She is the best music teacher I have ever had! And I have had many over the years. Besides the obvious credentials (which you are probably listed here on the site) she has those intangible qualities that make her the best. Never-ending optimism and support, well-described and directed input, and just a really sweet, kind, and positive nature. No matter what your ability level, Michelle is the kind of teacher that will move you in the right direction. Unless you work best with the drill-seargeant type of instructor, stop looking because, you just found the best.
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Nick F. Aug 4, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Michelle is super intelligent and an amazing teacher. Even though I took four semesters of sight singing in college, she was able to give me several eye opening techniques that I never learned or even considered previously. These techniques are a HUGE for improving my voice quickly and easily, and they are also a ton of fun! Very awesome teacher.
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Nick S. Aug 3, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
I have learned so much from Michelle! I never had any vocal training growing up and really only recently, as an adult, took up singing. Singing in front of people is one of my top three fears of all time and Michelle's positive teaching style is making it less of a fear with each lesson. She is understanding and firm with her instructions and always is looking for different ways of illustrating a concept.

I appreciate her flexibility with lesson times. I have changed my lesson schedule more times that i can count and Michelle is always accommodating. While i am new to the singing world, I had several singing instructors before finding Michelle and my growth under her instruction exceeds all the others combined.

If you are looking for a new instructor i highly recommend trying Michelle!
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Cindy F. Jul 29, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
If I had to pick all over again, I would still choose Michelle! I can't think of anything she could do to improve. She is smart, funny, bubbly, positive, and very flexible with schedules. She could teach any age and any range of ability without making the student feel humiliated. In fact, she is very good at building confidence and you can tell she ENJOYS teaching and singing. She is also very caring. I originally purchased the lessons for my daughter (20) who is interested in theater, but just for fun (and as a Christmas present), we did the first few lessons together. I am in charge of our church youth band, so I continued my lessons as I discovered there really is so much to learn. I have never been able to reach high notes, so I've learned how to breathe and even get well past my normal B-flat high note. I never knew there were so many places for sound to reverberate, so I guess you could say I am finding my voice. I am a reading specialist, so I recognize quality instruction. My daughter and I love her so much that my 22-year old son wanted to take lessons as well. He is a piano performance major at UNT and appreciates good teachers who are also good musicians. We all three highly recommend her. I would give her more stars if I could! The Take Lessons website is also very well organized and I haven't had a bit of trouble with it, despite the fact that I've had to rearrange my lessons quite often. Thanks for everything, Michelle!
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Michelle R. Jul 27, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
My daughter who is 10 has been taking singing lessons with MIchelle for about 10 months now. My daughter loves her time with Michelle. Michelle has mastered the art of encouraging the student while giving areas of improvement. My daughter loves singing and Michelle gives her specific areas of improvement while instilling confidence. Michelle is timely on her lessons and consistent. I never have to worry whether she will show for our lesson and I can rest in the fact that my daughter leaves the lesson with confidence and direction in her singing.
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Kimberly G. Jul 11, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
This was my first ever vocal/singing lesson. I've had a deep desire to learn how to sing for years. I finally made the decision to leap into a whole new, and unknown world of singing lessons. Michelle took away all my anxieties on the very first lesson! She is very warm and welcoming! Although I am very new to vocal/singing lessons, she certainly didn't make me feel like it was my first time! She was extremely informative, gave great tid-bits, explained things in a manner in which I could understand the technicalities easily, very encouraging, gives you kudo's for a great job, and over all just made it FUN! I could go on and on...you just have to see for yourself. If she made ME feel comfortable...someone with absolutely no prior lessons, no natural singing voice...she is definitely one to choose. She is extremely patient as well and her warm, friendly personality is infectious!