Dane Carten

Dane C.

Detroit, MI

Lesson Details

Opera Voice

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a Vocal Music Education major in his Senior year at Wayne State University. I am a tenor and hold two positions singing gospel professionally, one as Tenor Section Leader of Fort Street Presbytarian, and another as a Tenor at the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church. I am also the Vice President and Section Leader for the WSU Concert Chorale, an audition level choir. I have 15 years experience singing and have studied under several very experienced teachers, the current of which is Dr. Troiano. My studio revolves around a solid technique that comes with ear training, breathing, phonation, and clarity of sound. The style I teach hinges on this foundation, and thus is greatly applicable to any style of singing.
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Dane delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 18 to 50 and males 16 to 50

Teaching since:


I am a current WSU student of Vocal Music Education with my principle instrument as voice (Tenor). I'm 25 years old, and a well rounded musician with a great sense of humor and a laid back attitude. This isn't to say that my lessons are all fun and games; there is a serious element to every session, but students have always give positive feedback in that they feel very comfortable with me.

I have been singing for 15 years and do so professionally in two churches, one of which I am the section leader of (Fort Street Presbyterian in Detroit). I am also the section leader of the WSU Concert Chorale, the audition level choir. For both voice and guitar, I have studied under numerous great men and women who have guided my practices to the point where I have began to pass my knowledge to others!

My studio for both disciplines follow and logical and practical guideline that will allow musicianship in it's greatest form to bloom forth from the student. Heavy emphasis on solid technique, artistry, theory, and ear training makes for a well rounded and informed player/singer! I can teach from my home, your home, online, or even from the practice rooms at Wayne State if Detroit is a good middle ground or closer for you!

Thanks for taking the time to read this :)

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Private Instructor
Sep 2017 - Present
The Montessori School - Rochester

I teach Primary grades here. Beginner Piano and guitar for children ages 9-11 mostly.

Tenor Section Leader
Mar 2017 - Present
Fort Street Presbytarian Church

I am in charge of essentially leading my section and being a model singer for all of our services and concerts.

Tenor Section Leader
Jan 2017 - Present
WSU Concert Chorale

As Section Leader, I am charged with handling a 7/8 person section in an audition level choir. I must organize sectional rehearsals, lead, and help facilitate high level music making from my colleagues and myself.

Student Instructor - Communications
Jan 2016 - Jul 2016
Oakland Community College

I was in charge of organizing study sessions, helping students reach their academic goals, and be a friendly resource for the college students.

I added this because my communicative skills are well refined; skills which very much translate in to the world of private lessons.

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Vocal Music Education (Voice - Tenor)
Aug 2016 - Present
Wayne State University
Music Theory and Composition
Sep 2013 - May 2016
Oakland Community College


Limited Proficiency


ServSafe - Manager
Jun 2014
National Restaurant Association

Completely unrelated to my teaching...

I used to be a Kitchen Manager and I had to be ServSafe Certified


Outstanding Achievement in Communications
May 2016
Oakland Community College
Summa Cum Laude Graduate
May 2016
Oakland Community College


American Choral Directors Association
Sep 2017

Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music-education organization whose expressed purposes outline the associations dedication to the advancement of choral music. The mission of ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.

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National Association of Teachers of Singing
Apr 2017

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

National Association for Music Edcuation
Aug 2016

National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.

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Photos & Videos

B&W screenshot of a video taken while conducting "Dachrilis Simghera" with the WSU Men's Glee Club Oct. 16th 2017

Here's a quick transcription from a Jazz/rock band's opening riff of one of their songs. Consider the Source - Order of the Triad.
Freedom Hill - August 2016

Credit: Marlyn Brown

Here we Harbour photo shoot - May 2017

Credit: Jared Evangelista

Tenacitas Per Aspera - an original piano prelude in the style of Claude Debussy.
The Crofoot Ballroom - February 2016
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2 Reviews

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Anthony Jul 16, 2017
Singing · In studio

Dane is an excellent teacher to work with. You can get a lot accomplished with him any time you work with him. He'll make you feel super comfortable in your own abilities no matter what level you are, while also working with you towards realistic goals. He explains things very well and with patience. He'll treat you way more on a personal one on one level than anybody I've tried to work with thus far. Extremely understanding, and great teacher. 11/10.

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Ellisa Jul 12, 2017
Vocal Training · In studio

Very helpful. Works at your pace. Makes it so you can easily understand new things. It's nice to not feel pressured to get something down quickly. I feel like I'm learn a lot comfortably.

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