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Kelly C.

Whitmore Lake, MI

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Kelly delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 18+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 1991

Greetings! My name is Kelly and I have been teaching voice and piano since 1991.

My training in voice/singing/performance/Voice Movement Therapy has been extensive and multi-faceted as has my own performance experience. This has enabled me to successfully guide/mentor students who are not only singers of classical, musical theater, pop, folk, and jazz, but also people who use their speaking voices to teach, present and act.

My teaching approach is more holistic in that it not only addresses the technical and physical influences that affect the singing/speaking process, but also the emotional and psychological influences.

I work with ANYONE who wishes to vocally express themselves more freely and authentically, including those who consider themselves to be tone-deaf.

While voice is my primary instrument, I also teach piano to those who wish to learn to read music and those who would rather learn chords.

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Self-Employed, Registered Voice Movement Therapy Practitioner
Aug 2007 - Present
Earthbones Studios

Teach individuals and groups Voice Movement Therapy. VMT is for anyone wishing to sing or vocally express themselves in a freer, more healthful, expressive and confident manner.

Self-Employed Voice, Piano, Music Fundamentals Teacher
May 1991 - Present
Earthbones Studios

Teach private and group lessons in voice, music fundamentals, performance. Teach private lessons in piano.

Vocal Soloist - Independent Contractor
Jan 1978 - Jan 2006
Kelly C.Music Studio

Sang supporting roles, in choral ensembles in several operas with the Intermountain Opera Company, Bozeman Symphony, and Bozeman Symphonic Choir, as well as in recitals, weddings, memorial services and in coffee houses.

Graduate Teaching Associate
Aug 2002 - Mar 2004
The Ohio State University

Taught classes in world music and vocal pedagogy

Adjudicator, NATS Student Auditions & District Music Festival
Jan 1996 - Jan 2002
Kelly C. Music Studio

Served as an evaluator, judge, and master clinician for high school, college and adult level singing competitions.


Master of Arts, Vocal Pedagogy
Sep 2002 - May 2004
The Ohio State University
Bachelor of Music Education, Studio Voice
Jan 1991 - May 1993
Montana State University
Associate of Arts, Music
Aug 1985 - Aug 1986
Monterey Peninsula College
Vocal Performance
Aug 1980 - Dec 1981
California State University, Northridge
Music, Vocal Performance
Jan 1977 - May 1980
College of the Desert


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Registered Voice Movement Therapy Practitioner
Aug 2007
Norma G. Canner Foundation for Voice Movement Therapy

The voice is the only musical instrument that is housed entirely in the human body. It is an important form of human expression. Virtually everything that happens to a person and their response, be it physical, emotional, or psychic, affects vocal expression.

Voice Movement Therapy (VMT) is an expressive arts therapy, used to help individuals explore the self, free up and enhance vocal expression. This is accomplished through exploration of the voice, movement, creative visualization, breath work, song, improvisation, and the use of VMT massage, which helps to facilitate muscular release for breathing and vocal production.

VMT can invite self-awareness, the healing of old wounds, and rejuvenation of spirit. It is a holistic way of learning how to sing and/or speak more and expressively by connecting one to their core.

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Holistic Health Practitioner/Massage Therapist
Sep 1991
Southern California School of Massage

Certified in Holistic Health - multiple modalities (accupressure, Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, hydrotherapy, reflexology, nutrition)

Certified Aromatherapist
Sep 1990
Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy

Certified aromatherapist - developed hydro-aromatherapy treatment and custom essential oil blends.


Teaching Excellence Scholarship
May 2004
The Ohio State University
Year Membership in National Music Teachers Association
May 2004
The Ohio State University
Mary H. Osburn Memorial Graduate Fellowship Award
May 2003
The Ohio State University
Outstanding Performer Award
May 1993
Montana State University
Scholarship Fred Waring Summer Music Workshop
May 1980
Pennsylvania State University
Vocal Performance Scholarship
Apr 1980
Opera Guild of the Desert
Peter Marx Scholarship
Apr 1979
College of the Desert
Sara Best Scholarship
Apr 1979
College of the Desert
Outstanding Vocalist Award
May 1978
College of the Desert
Rotary Club Award
May 1978
Palm Desert Rotary Club
Vocal Performance Scholarship
Apr 1978
Opera Guild of the Desert
Vocal Scholarship
May 1975
U.S.C. Isomata
Vocal Scholarship
May 1974
U.S.C. Isomata

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Singing from the heart

Burning it Up!
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14 Reviews

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Anna Feb 14, 2017
Voice Acting · In studio

My son loves working with Kelly and looks forward to his voice acting lesson every week. I highly recommend her!

Judy Sep 7, 2016
Singing · In home

Great instructor! I have enjoyed every class with Kelly and would recommend her to others. Thank you.

Alexandra L. Aug 26, 2016
Singing · In home

Kelly is great, very patient and has a way of explaining techniques that are easy to understand.

Judy Aug 24, 2016
Singing · In home

Personable and interesting! I am very much looking forward to my next lesson.

Linda Jul 14, 2016
Singing · In home

Kelly is such a good teacher. She is sensitive and empathic as she provides the information needed to introduce this old woman to the mysteries of breathing and singing. It amazes me!

Larry J. Jan 8, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio

I've never seen someone so knowledgeable about singing. She is a wealth of knowledge and can translate it very well.

Amy Nov 26, 2015
Singing · In studio

I initially selected Kelly as my singing teacher because of her extensive academic credentials and personal singing career. Since taking lessons with her for over 7 months, I have come to really appreciate her non-judgemental attitude and approach to teaching, as well as her creativity, thoughtfulness and insight.
My initial reason for taking singing lessons was to develop my voice to hopefully bring singing back into my life, which had been a real source of joy for me in my "younger days".
After only 3 months of working with her, I had an opportunity to do some public speaking and was quite surprised at how confidant I felt and how well my voice carried into the crowd, a marked improvement from previous public speaking experiences I have had. After 6 months of lessons, I was able to sing solo in public for the first time in my life with real success.
I look forward to working more with Kelly and her techniques to continue to develop my voice and my range of singing experiences and opportunities. I highly recommend her as a singing teacher. Above and beyond her expertise in the realm of singing and voice work, she makes every lesson pleasurable and fun!

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Larry Nov 20, 2015
Jazz Voice · In studio

I am a new vocal student who has studied with Kelly for the last year. I am the piano player in a vocal jazz group with an excellent woman singer and I wanted to become a better singer when I perform with our group.

Kelly has been excellent in helping me understand singing and to learn good traits when I sing. She has solid grasp of the mechanics of singing and how to unlock my personal singing voice. She does this is a professional manner.

As a person who plays the saxophone and piano, I have taken music lessons over the years from various teachers and I have found Kelly to be a great instructor. She seeks to understand what my goals are, understand how I learn best and uses her abilities and experience to help me make myself a better singer.

I recommend Kelly without reservation.

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Ken K. Jan 11, 2015

I have taken two classes with Kelly through Ann Arbor Rec&Ed and both were great experiences. Kelly is a patient, kind, and fun teacher. She did an excellent job going over the fundamentals, and I learned a great deal in both of her classes. I especially appreciated the helpful feedback she gave me--it definitely made me more aware of those areas I need to work on. I would highly recommend her.

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mary S. Nov 6, 2014
Singing · In studio

Kelly is a very supportive, knowledgeable, fun and gentle singing coach/teacher. She has many talents and a diverse background which allows her to work with students in a very comprehensive and holistic way. I have worked with other singing teachers and Kelly's working knowledge of the physical body far exceeds my previous teachers. I really enjoy taking lessons with Kelly.

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Tracy B. Nov 6, 2014
Singing · In studio

In my two year of working with Kelly I've gone from fragile, terrified whisper-singing to singing alone with clear tone and pitch, a Capella, at an open mic. I still have barriers, but with Kelly's encouragement and advice I've learned to recognize their cause, and I've also knocked many down---I have a set of tools to draw on when my nerves start taking over, and I owe this to working with Kelly and her holistic approach to voice training. Kelly is patient with all levels of ability and purpose, and can deal with multiple aspects of training, from emotional barriers to technical challenges.

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Ruth B. Nov 6, 2014
Singing · In studio

I first met Kelly through her Ann Arbor Rec and Ed ‘fundamentals of singing’ class, and a few of us enjoyed the experience so much we decided to continue and take classes as a group with Kelly. I was interested in singing not so much to be ‘good’ as to learn and practice enough to really enjoy singing more again, with an eye to possibly joining a chorus. I’d loved to sing with family or friends in my youth but had little opportunity left to do it. I was petrified of performing, and though I thought I could more or less stay in tune, I didn't think I really had much of a voice behind it.

Kelly knows her stuff technically, she really does, but just as important she knows how to bring out the best in her students. She makes everyone comfortable and is always positive, open, and encouraging, as well as being delightful person to be around! When we first worked with Kelly, all of us were nervous about anything resembling performance, but the supportive atmosphere she creates, and techniques she taught us combined to help us feel at ease singing in front of each other, and eventually audiences – taking measured risks and all the while trying to tamp down our internal critics… I think we have all learned both how to unlock to our own authentic voice and personality in performance, but also to tap into alternate personas in order to deliver all kinds of songs – without any pressure to be ‘right’ or perfect technically, but just to use technique as one piece of the puzzle. She is also very skilled at being able to pinpoint trouble spots, and communicate ways to work around or through issues in very practical terms though too, and suggests useful and personalized exercises for homework. She also guided us tremendously well in group singing and harmony.

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Carol D. Nov 5, 2014
Singing · In studio

Not only is Kelly a wonderful teacher, lessons are FUN! I have taken singing lessons from Kelly for 2 years and now sing at a level that is beyond what I thought possible. Kelly is professional, progressive, and tailors the lessons to target vocal techniques needed to perform all types of music. Open Mic's are held periodically to give her students (Past and Present) an opportunity to work on performance skills. I highly recommend Kelly for all ages and levels of students!

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elisabeth G. Nov 5, 2014
Singing · In studio

Kelly is an excellent teacher. She is highly capable and learning with her is fun and exciting. She knows an amazing amount of things and has great human qualities. Last but not least she has a great sense of humor (neophytes must know that they will need to have some themselves!). She knows how to make a rewarding experience out of what is sometimes a delicate process.
There is no doubt that you have find the right person.

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