- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
I have played piano since age 5 when I began playing by ear. I learned to read music much later in my life and have gone on to work in many different capacities as a pianist in the professional world. I have worked with many cabaret artists as musical director, arranger and accompanist. Most notably, Debbie Boily's "Thank You for the Music"a one woman show with me at the piano, recorded live at Ovations in June 2004 Houston, Texas and subsequently performed in France, England and New York.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 12 to 80
- Teaching since:
- July 1990
I maintain very active performing and teaching careers. I have private voice studios on Long Island and in Manhattan and have taught singers and pianists in every genre of music for the last 28 years. I was on the faculty of New York University in the Music and Music Professions Department for 5 years. I was a coach in the Banff Centre's 'Voice through body and movement' workshop. Throughout my career as a vocal coach, I have worked with many cabaret artists as musical director, arranger and accompanist. Most notably, Debbie Boily's "Thank You for the Music"a one woman show with me at the piano, recorded live at Ovations in June 2004 Houston, Texas and subsequently performed in France, England and New York. Most recently, I recorded an opera with Jazz legend Anthony Braxton and a Jazz CD with Fred Ho. I have recorded operas in progress for Atlantic Records and new works of composers on the BMI label. As a performer I won the prestigious Jessie award for "outstanding performance by an actor in a leading role" for my creation of the Marquis in "120 Songs for the Marquis de Sade" in the world premiere co-produced by Modern Baroque Opera and Vancouver New Music. My international debut was in Sweden, singing the lead role of Director in "Kafka's Chimp" by Welsh composer, John Metcalf. Originally from Hawaii I now reside in New York where I garden and raise chickens. Experience
Fall 2000-2006 New York University NY, NY
Vocal Instructor for undergraduate and graduate students in the Music and Music Professions degree programs.
Instructor of Italian Diction
Music Director/Vocal Coach for ODIN, a new rap opera.
Spring 2003-2014 State University of New York at Stony Brook Stony Brook, NY
Vocal Coach for chamber groups for performances, which begins with selection of repertoire and continues to final dress.
Summer 2002-2004 Banff Centre for the Arts Banff, Alberta
Guest Lecturer/Vocal Instructor working with each singer individually for festival opera productions as well as attended rehearsals and production meetings.
*** Lesson Details ***
I endeavor to teach you a natural and easy vocal production; to teach you a good solid technique of singing and to help you develop confidence and a polished delivery as a singing artist on and off the stage.
Our work together is an intuitive journey of discovery. Your participation in giving feedback about what you are experiencing during our sessions together as well as what happens in your practice sessions and in your performances is an invaluable tool for us to discover and develop your voice.
Practice: I encourage you to practice 20 minutes a day. An hour is ideal. Singing is like anything that you want to master: it improves with work and investigation. The voice is a curiously individual element of each person and aside from the basics of technique no two voices work the same. Our work together is to develop your unique voice and to discover how it works. Working outside our sessions on a regular basis will help you take ownership of your voice and technique.
Auditions/Performances: Please bring all music that you plan to sing in public to your sessions well in advance of the performance. We need time to investigate the music and its demands together; it will make you more confident and polished in your presentation.
In our Vocal sessions you will learn…
…how to use and blend the entire range of your voice.
… a healthy and free voice management.
1) You want to know what to expect from your vocal instrument on any given note and on any given word.
2) Training makes singing technique second nature; training relieves struggling to get the sound out and allows more focus on the performance.
3) Training allows for more tone coloration, a wider dynamic range, a full use and blending of the registers and greater stamina.
4) Extensive training and practical voice work gives a singer with long-range career aspirations the tools necessary to succeed in an incredibly competitive business. Whether the music is rock, pop, jazz, rhythm and blues, country, musical theater or classical, the trained singer can better meet the demands of a life on the stage as a singer.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated Music Space, music stand, grand piano, three windows
*** Specialties ***
Onstage singing: I have 29 years experience on the operatic, music theater and cabaret theatre stages.
17 years as an artistic collaborator and performer, lecturer and voice teacher in programs that advance contemporary music theatre and opera.
Training for sexual abuse and harassment of children.
An American labor union that represents 8,000 current and retired opera singers, ballet and other dancers, opera directors, backstage production personnel at opera and dance companies, and figure skaters.
Canadian Actors' Equity Association represents professional artists including performers (actors, singers, dancers), directors, choreographers, fight directors and stage managers, engaged in theatre, opera and dance in English Canada. Recognizing that the arts are vital to life and that artists make an invaluable contribution to our society, Equity supports the creative efforts of its members by seeking to improve their working conditions and opportunities.+ Read More
Michael is excellent! Made me feel comfortable and really enjoyed his passion and instruction. :-)
Unbelievable teacher and mentor.
a great teacher. demanding and has enormous knowledge of the subjects. I'm very happy with him.
For those of you who are nervous getting started, Michael is the one for you. He made me feel at ease during our first lesson. He also showed me things I could do with my voice right away, which i found shocking. He has been great at boosting my confidence and getting me to that next level. I definitely recommend Michael for anyone who is looking to start singing!!+ Read More
I have been working with Michael for about 5 years and I find him to be very knowledgeable and patient. I have worked on a variety of music from classical to pop and I am always learning something new. Michael has a lot of passion and emotion when he sings which I really admire. He has helped me improve a great deal. I have seen him work with people of all ages who are at various points in their journey and he knows how to help you become your best. He has helped me improve my range and expression of emotion when I sing. I have worked hard and had fun at the same time. I have become more confident and am willing to take more risks than I used to. When I am working with Michael I feel his undivided attention and he helps me to feel good about myself!+ Read More
Michael is a patient and amazing coach. I am not a good singer but he his excellent at teaching me the basics. He shows consistent encourangement and i am making great improvements. I recommend Michael for all talent levels.
Micheal is very passionate about his work . His passion comes across while teaching piano to me. I am an adult who decided to take up piano at a later age so it can be challenging but Michael encourages me to practice correctly and take my time to learn this new language of reading music so that I can move forward. Micheal makes it easy!
If you are looking for someone who loves his music and loves to teach Michael Douglas is the person for you. I highly recommend him to anyone seeking a professional teacher.
Great first lesson!
i haven't sung in 10 years, Michael gave me faith in myself and encouragement to get back into it which was great. Very personable lessons made it feel like it was catered to me and not a cookie cutter lesson, he knew what to focus on with me and how to work with me.+ Read More
Michael was very patient. He has excellent teaching skills and made me feel very comfortable from the start.
5 stars !!!!!
Calming - kind - fun
Michael Douglas is a great voice teacher. He is passionate and wants to see you succeed. He pushes for you to try and want to be great. He makes singing possible no matter how hard it may seem
I was very impressed with Michael's professionalism and ability to achieve results in one lessons. I was able to reach notes out of my comfort zone with ease.
Very helpful !! Very nice !!
Michael Douglas Jones is a talented performer and teacher. He individualizes his instruction and provides the student with vocal and breathing techniques to improve their ability. Michael helps to build the singer's confidence in a caring professional manner. He is undoubtedly a "5 star" teacher!+ Read More
Our experience with Michael has been great. Under his guidance, I have seen my daughter Olivia excel in her ability to sing and more importantly her confidence. We had been with another instructor for two years and it is very clear that Michael is a professional.+ Read More
I am a professional actress/singer who has been easing back into performing as my children grow more independent. I am rusty vocally due to recent successful vocal cord surgery. Michael is the ultimate professional - patient, knowledgeable, and kind. I am thrilled that I found him and look forward to my next lesson.+ Read More
Michael is very knowledgeable and my son enjoys going to lessons each week!
As a choir conductor and church musician, I encountered all kinds vocal challenges from classical style to contemporary one. I'm very happy that Dr. Douglas is able to answer every question I brought to him. His experience and knowledge directly helped me toward my own breakthrough in vocal performance. I highly recommend Dr. Michael Douglas!+ Read More
Extraordinary, perceptive instruction
Michael is my first and only voice teacher. I came to him because I wanted a more comfortable and confident singing experience. With kind and patient guidance, I am learning to sing like myself and not copy the performance of professional singers on each song. Michael coaxes your personal sound right out of you! I am finally free to sing like me.....
Michael brought me to my goal so fast and so easily that I would highly recommend him to anyone of any level. He is an absolute professional with a real warm, patient personality. I am having a wonderful experience with him.
I'm having a wonderful time.
Mchael makes me feel at ease He is very knowledgeable, positive and enthusiastic. I look forward to every lesson..
excellent professional instructor
My son is just starting out and is loving it! He looks forward to his weekly singing lesson with Michael. Michael is a wonderful teacher, very caring , patient & friendly. He has a wonderful voice & is very talented! He makes the lessons fun & is great with my son." I highly recommend him" !!!!
Mr. Douglas is phenomenal... very helpful and very supportive. He also makes it a comfortable atmosphere which is helpful for anxious and nervous people (like myself).
Really good choice....
This is the first time daughter is taking singing lessons. I researched and read many bio's on different teachers (not just this site) but something about Michael seemed to stand out in comparison to others. My daughter has only had 4 lessons so far but what an excellent choice we made! His energy and joy are evident and that has a wonderful affect on the lessons. He is kind and uplifting, a positive influence. Coincidentaly, he echo's what we tell our daugter at home, "You can"! Choose Michael as your instructor. You will be happy you did.
I could not have asked for a better teacher. Michael's knowledge is broad and deep and is excellent at explaining things.
He is everything we were looking for as a singing instructor
My son is once again enjoying his singing lessons thanks to Michael!
Excellent Vocal Instructor I Highly Recommend!
As a professional singer, I needed someone that was able to go beyond the basics and address any bad habits I was picking up over the years and begin to work them out to strengthen not only my voice but my performance. Michael is that instructor. He has a GREAT eye and can easily see what your doing and has a awesome sense of how to personally convey instruction so that you pick it up right away and can move on to becoming a better vocalist with good technique. He also has a great ear which is essential for a good instructor in correcting pitch problems or other bad habits that singers tend to inherit. Michael also has a great personality which makes him VERY easy to work with and understand and it's also what makes him a perfect choice for vocal instruction for the beginner just starting out, all the way to the professional who's always striving for perfection!Craigwww.EnergyExpressBand.com