Derek Bates

Derek B.

Minneapolis, MN
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Classical Voice

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experienced teacher of 6 years, specializing in the everything voice! All ages are welcome in my classroom. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Not only will you be singing songs in no time, but you will be building a strong basic music understanding of note reading, music theory, ear training, sight reading, technique, and more. Let your music making dreams begin with me, it's time to get started!
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Derek delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 8+, males 10+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I am Professional Singer, Conductor, Music Teacher, and Church Musician. I graduated from Crown College in St. Bonifacius, MN in 2016 with a B.A. in Vocal Performance and a B.M.E. in Vocal and General Music Education. I have extensive experience with training choirs as well as solo performers both in and out of college.

Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice is different and needs to be treated with great care and attention. I will work with the students to expand their range and find what works best for THEIR voice. Every voice I have taught has dramatically improved with a few just weeks under my instruction. I can help anyone sing with confidence and grace.

As a music teacher I have experience teaching in a title 1 K-8 school where I taught a variety of ages and skill levels including students with special needs in our school's cross-categorical classes. From song writing with my middle school students to basic piano skills to choir. I have donet it all in the music classroom.

As a conductor and performing musician I have had the blessing and opportunity to travel all over the world. Some of the highlights of my career have been a 5-week opera program in Siena, Italy. During this time we lived in apartments and were fully immersed in the Italian culture, we performed over 20 times during those 5 weeks. Other musical ventures include various Choir tours throughout the United States and Europe.

My personal passion is Classical and Broadway music but I firmly believe that great basic 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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Music Minister
Feb 2019 - Present
St. Michael's Lutheran Church

I plan and lead worship in 3 services every week at St. Michael's Lutheran Church.

K-12, Vocal and General Music Education
Jul 2016 - Jul 2018
Country Place Leadership Academy- Littleton Elementary School District #65

I was the K-8 Music Specialist. While working here I taught all grades in a classroom music setting.

Director of Music
Feb 2012 - May 2018
Various Churches in the areas

Bethel Lutheran Church ElCA, Canton Ohio: Feb. 2012-Aug. 2013
Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Mound MN: Sept. 2014- Aug. 2015
Living Christ Lutheran Church, Chaska MN: Aug. 2015-May 2016
Desert Chapel UMC, AJ Arizona: August 2017- May 2018


B.A. in Vocal Performance
Aug 2013 - May 2016
Crown College
B.M.E. Vocal and General Music, K-12 Certified
Aug 2013 - May 2016
Crown College


Fluent / Native Proficiency


K-12, Vocal and General Music Education
May 2016
Minnesota Department of Education

Photos & Videos

Photo by Derek B.

In Minnesota with my Wife!

Switzerland, After-Concert Party 2012!
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5 Reviews

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Craig Sep 24, 2018
Singing · Online

Learned a lot and Derek is great to work with

Sharon May 15, 2018
Singing · In studio

Derek was hired to lead a volunteer choir of mostly non-musicians. He worked with them, teaching enunciation, tone, intonation and more, until our choir was quite adept in singing 4 part octavos. He taught with compassion and care.

Rick May 13, 2018

Derek is a wonderful teacher of music! He includes music history, which is fascinating, and gently nudges his students to do more than they think they can. I highly recommend him to anyone who likes to sing!

Ellie May 12, 2018
Singing · In studio

I didn't take actual "lessons" from Mr. Bates--I was a member of a church choir he directed. He knew his stuff. He helped us produce tones correctly for best quality; I became a better singer under his instruction. He was patient with members who needed help with learning their parts, always willing to repeat a section until it was solid. He was fun, with a great sense of humor and fun. He also made profound comments on the lyrics, which made a difference in the depth of our singing. I'm so glad I had this experience!

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Bailey May 12, 2018
Singing · In studio

Derek is very encouraging. He believes everyone is capable and he will help you reach your vocal goals and take it to the next level, helping you reach goals you didn’t even know you had.

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