Kelsey Pray

Kelsey P.

Grand Rapids, MI

About Kelsey P.

Background check: Last verified 11/18/2015
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Kelsey teaches: Females 5 to 65
Males 5 to 15
Teaching since: February 2009
Last sign in: Within two months


I love singing! I've been singing for as long as I can remember, and I've been creating songs and playing guitar since shortly after that. I have a Bachelor's in Music from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI and I have been a full time working musician for two and a half years.

After graduating, I worked for two years at Baker College in Owosso, MI as a tutor for English and Math in the school library and eventually started teaching a basic English class. During these years I developed a passion for teaching. I love helping students discover skills they never thought they had, and helping them develop those skills so they can become even better. Whether I'm teaching Singing, Performance, Songwriting, I strive to find ways to help each student achieve their goals.

Let's set big goals and achieve big dreams together!

*** Lesson Details ***
*sing warm ups at the beginning of every lesson
*choose songs that are at your level of singing, this means that if you choose a song I don't think you're ready to sing, we'll choose a different song until you're ready.
*set goals for performance.

*break through writer's block
*explore your creativity
*journal every week

*Learn your favorite songs!
*Learn scales, chords, and basic music theory

*** Studio Equipment ***
Office Space

*** Specialties ***

Photos and Videos

Performing at Artprize 2014 for The Scarlet Cord, an exhibit to raise awareness about human trafficking.


voice and guitar instructor

Oct 2013 - Present
Academy of Music

I teach voice and guitar lessons for a local Grand Rapids music academy.

voice and guitar instructor

Mar 2012 - Present
P. Music

I teach voice and guitar lessons out of my home office.

voice and guitar instructor

Mar 2010 - Aug 2010
BJ Songbirds

I taught voice and guitar lessons for students of various ages.


Bachelor's of Music

Sep 2005 - May 2009
Cornerstone University

Sign Language/ Music

Sep 2004 - May 2005
Mott Community College

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


National Association of Teachers of Singing

Mar 2015

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.

Broadcast Music Inc.

Aug 2010

One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

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13 Reviews on Kelsey P.

Norman C. Sep 23, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Kelsey's lessons are really helping me reach my goals. The time allotted for the lessons really flies
Mya G. Aug 10, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great instructor with kids! Very patient!
Sandra W. Jun 8, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I am 62. About 2 years ago I started singing karaoke when we go out with our friends on Saturday nights. My voice needs a lot of help, so I am very limited to what I can sing, and what I do sing is just okay.
Kelsey is patient, and as part of my lesson, i was to list songs as part of my goal. She picked out a couple of them for me to work on to improve my overall singing. Each week she would pick out areas of the song and tell me what I need to do to umprove on it. I have quite a ways to go, lots of bad habits to correct, but I have been able to apply what I have learned so far to songs that I have already been doing and to other songs that I wouldnt have considered before I started 3 1/2 months ago.
Kelsey is a great teacher, and I really look forward to my lessons.
Alexandra M. Jun 5, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Kelsey was terrific with my 9 year old granddaughter! I'm very excited to see how she helps her!
Shelby H. Feb 9, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Coming in as never having any singing background, Kelsey has taught me that I can actually sing and that I can sing a lot higher than I ever thought I could. YAY!!! I'm a visual learner, and Kelsey uses a lot of visual techniques with teaching me how to sing. That, in return, has helped me to catch on a lot quicker.
Ken S. Dec 15, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Kelsey is so helpful to a novice/wannabe singer. She senses what needs work and addresses the issue(s). She has me work on what I want to sing, in addition to what she feels I need basic help on. Kelsey is helping me think about what I need to think about and "listen" before singing.
Glad to have found her and her expertise.
Arleigh S. Dec 2, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Kelsey has been giving my daughter singing lessons for a year now. She has been wonderful. My daughter enjoys each lesson and her range has increased as well as her confidence since taking lessons from Kelsey.
Emily B. Oct 20, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My 7-year-old was very eager to start guitar lessons. She has enjoyed her lessons with Kelsey and is so proud of the progress she sees in herself every week. Kelsey is great with her: very optimistic, encouraging, and patient. When she sees my daughter struggle, she points out the positives, assures her that she can do it, and moves on to success. I would recommend Kelsey to anyone looking to start their young child in lessons.
Don G. Oct 13, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Kelsey is a very talented teacher. She knows how to get things done and make it fun. She is an ardent musician that instills the fundamentals of singing as a go to master. I am in my 70s and I am very happy with her instruction. It is great to be able to have complete confidence in Kelsey to know she can take me to my fullest potential. She has a fine studio conducive of a relaxed environment to learn in. I especially appreciate her holistic approach to singing. Her energy level is contagious. I can very strongly recommend her to any aspiring singer. She is a very accomplished professional vocalist. Thanks Kelsey!
Don Giese
Elizabeth S. Oct 3, 2014
Singing · In studio
I started voice lessons with Kelsey a while ago, and was very impressed with her lesson. In no time at all, she was able to determine my level of singing and was able to give me tips and techniques to help me excel.

Since then, I have learned and experienced, lessons that are fun, interesting, and relevant to what I want to do with my voice. She is always willing to work on whatever topics I bring up, and figure out how to make the songs we choose work for me, rather that struggling to figure out our ways around a melody.

I would strongly recommend Kelsey to anyone who wants to learn music. She knows her stuff and presents it in a fun, interesting way.