Michele Denise Michaels

Michele M.

Minneapolis, MN
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As a professional teaching artist and vocal coach, I have been helping students of all ages and abilities find their voice for over 20 years. My goal is simple: to give you singing lessons that will change your life forever. You can build unshakable confidence and have fun while learning techniques professional singers take onto the stage and into the studio. And, you can have a great time doing it!

About my vocal lessons/coaching:
Most students come into lessons with the same question: "Am I any good? Is there hope for me?" Well, here's the thing... The vast majority of professional vocalists never went to school for singing! Most professional vocalists had family and friends that told them they were talented and that they should pursue singing. Most professional vocalists started out copying the sound of other recording artists, struggling for years to find their own unique voice.

The KEY difference between professional vocalists and average singers is (9 times out of 10) the presence of an influential teacher/mentor!

The right teacher/mentor pushes you to grow continuously; beyond what you think is possible. The right teacher/mentor has wisdom and information to share from inside the music industry. The right teacher/mentor genuinely cares about you as a person.

I teach so that I can be that life-changing mentor for my students, giving them that missing link for success.

About me:
I grew up in NYC and "cut my teeth" across a variety of genres: rock, jazz, R&B, gospel and choral/classical. You name it; I've sung it. In addition to being a vocal coach, I travel the nation as a musician/performing artist, professional speaker and author. Please take a moment to watch the video clip below.

Unlike most teachers that take on any/all students, I limit my roster to 15 students at any given time. During our first few lessons, I commit to offering you honest and professional feedback about your strengths and weaknesses. I want to help YOU find YOUR own voice. I want to take a look at YOUR goals, YOUR dreams, and figure out what makes you tick.

During lessons, I draw on my dual B.A. degree in vocal performance & music business as well as industry experience. I offer insights on what works and what doesn't as a vocalist, whether you are looking to pursue singing vocationally or just as a hobby.

I can help you:
- Stop feeling nervous
- Develop impeccable technique
- Learn the “ins and outs” of being in the music business
- Assemble a press kit, record a demo and start to get gigs
- Much more!

I would love the opportunity to meet you and hear where you want your singing to take you. Please, get in touch!

Other Notes:

Studio Equipment:
I teach out of my residence-based studio in downtown Minneapolis. It's centrally located with free parking and easy access to skyways and public transportation. Do you work downtown? Consider taking lessons over your lunch break!

I have everything we need for lessons in my studio: instruments, laptop, mics, etc... I will provide you with all audio files and any written materials for our lessons.

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  • Speaks English, English
  • Teaches students 18 to 98
  • Teaching since 1995

Reviews (66)

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chuddy Sep 27, 2019
Vocal Training · In studio

Really excited about the experience. Professional and I can’t wait to train to a point where I can sing better than I used to :)

Crystal Cohen Sep 20, 2019
Vocal Training · Online

Michele is kind , patient and a sense of humor. I leave knowing more and feeling confident about vocal training.

Terry M. May 16, 2019
Singing · In studio

Very great teacher. Also really patient

Jake A. Feb 21, 2019
Singing · In studio

Michele is incredibly kind, talented, and smart! I could not have asked for a better teacher!

Leslie Feb 17, 2019
Vocal Training · In studio

Michele is great! Highly recommended.

Caren K. Jan 16, 2019
Singing · Online

Michele is awesome! she knows what she teaches and is great at it and I couldn't have asked for a better instructor!

Elisa Jan 4, 2019
Singing · Online

I love this lady! She’s so encouraging and I’ve really grown in my gift with her help.

Sarah I. Dec 20, 2018
Singing · In home

Always a pleasure taking lessons with her. She has a warming spirit and is awesome to work with! Just by talking with her, you can definitely tell she wants you to succeed

Kianna F. Sep 28, 2018
Singing · In home

Michele is amazing at what she does! - Beautiful soul!

Elisa Aug 24, 2018
Singing · Online

Michele is personable and easy to understand. I can tell I'm going to be growing in my gift by following her instructions.

Jacqueline Aug 21, 2018
Singing · In studio

So clear in her directions, and deeply encouraging.

Chee Aug 14, 2018
Singing · In studio

Michele is my very first singing instructor. I had a great first lesson with her. I am quite excited for the weeks to come, and am confident that with her expertise, I will become a better singer.

Ed C. Aug 7, 2018
Singing · In home

Michele has been a fantastic teacher. I am a veteran musician, I have played in several touring bands and sang backup as a bass player. Michele gave me the confidence I needed to switch to becoming a lead singer, it has been a wonderful experience!

Ed C. Jun 27, 2018
Singing · In studio

Great introduction and beginning exercises! I am looking forward to working with her on more advanced stuff.

Laconia Apr 27, 2018
Singing · In studio

Michele took the time to get to know my personal connection to singing and music, so she knew just where to start with me as her student. I appreciated her explanation of vocal anatomy because that type of knowledge helps me figure out how connect with and work with my body, and I also never knew how nice it feels to have someone listen to and hear all the unique qualities of my voice while speaking. I felt like she could "see" my voice, which made me feel a bit exposed, but also trust her to help me overcome vocal challenges and weaknesses in future lessons.

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michelle Apr 25, 2018
Singing · In studio

I haven’t even started and I love her. Just from our first introductory phone call I know Michele will be my vocal coach for life. I’ve met enough people throughout my life to recognize immediately when I encounter someone who not only has passion, sophistication, professionalism, and mad skills, but more rarely the ear and mindset of a keen and effective mentor. I can’t wait to begin the journey I’ve always dreamed of...

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Ki Apr 25, 2018
Singing · In home

Michele is great! I’m learning a lot and her examples are very helpful

Jon Dominguez Mar 31, 2018
Singing · In studio

Michele is a fantastic teacher and great person! I learned a lot even in my first lesson!
She completely understands my goals and I look forward to working with her more! I personally could not imagine a better fit. Thank you Michele! See you next week! -Jon D

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Katie M. Feb 23, 2018
Singing · In studio

Michele is fantastic- clear direction and super fun!

Spencer Dec 18, 2017
Singing · In studio

Very straight forward and helpful lessons in a comfortable setting

Deborah G. Dec 9, 2017
Jazz Voice · Online

Michele is not just a very gifted teacher, but a coach/mentor who truly understands my individual vocal abilities and how to get me to the next level. I am a Jazz Vocalist in my country and have been taking lessons with Michele through Skype for some months now. With all the skills and knowledge I have gained from doing her classes so far, I have propelled into a professional singer where I am sought out to perform at different events. A couple months ago, I had performed at a tourism awards event in my country -a huge event- and it was the first time in all my years of performing anywhere that I got standing ovation with people screaming while I performed. I can tell you it is such a gratifying feeling when people show that level of respect and love. In past years I did get nice comments after I performed, but never at this level. I HIGHLY recommend her to anyone who truly wants to grow in their musical journey.

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mark balma Oct 17, 2017
Vocal Training · In home

Michelle is a very responsive and clear instructor. I enjoyed her spirit and attitude toward teaching.

Alex Oct 7, 2017
Stage Performance · In studio

Michele is funny, kind, patient, and professional. She breaks down highly technical knowledge into understandable, bite sized pieces. I've learned a great amount in a short period of time and I can feel my voice opening up and sounding more rounded and full.

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Joel L. Feb 24, 2017
Singing · In home

Michele is excellent. She makes you feel comfortable, relaxed, and says just the right thing to help you understand how you should think about what and how you're singing. she's helped me tremendously.

Eden Jan 27, 2017
Vocal Training · Online

We liked the first lesson very much!

Eden Jan 26, 2017
Vocal Training · Online


Kristen Dec 17, 2016
Singing · Online

Michele was fun right away and made me very comfortable. Online worked great and saved the driving time!

Sharon M. Dec 7, 2016

Michelle is a great teacher, very personable and a stickler for details. She is very thorough in her approach to teaching. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed her and definitely learnt a lot from her.

Joe Nov 2, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio

She's amazing. Helps you in every way and is easy to work with.

Nataliia Oct 6, 2016
Singing · In studio


Janaki K. Aug 24, 2016
Singing · In studio

Lesson was excellent. Michele made me feel comfortable and friendly. Very helpful lesson

Les Aug 18, 2016
Singing · In home

I'm a beginner so I can only comment about Michele in my circumstance & she's been GREAT for me!

Becca May 6, 2016
Singing · In studio

Knowledgeable and personable!

Ben M. Apr 20, 2016
Singing · In studio

Amazing, Michelle Is great!!!

Linnea Apr 15, 2016
Singing · In home

Michele is a wonderful person and instructor.

Mayssa M. Mar 12, 2016
Singing · In studio

Great first lesson made me feel very comfortable looking forward my second session

Devlin B. Jan 15, 2016
Singing · In home

This was a great lesson and I am looking forward to future ones.

Maliah Nov 25, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio

It was really nice and I enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to more!
- Maliah

Celina A. Nov 5, 2015
Singing · In home

She was wonderful. I can't wait until next lesson!

Tom D. Sep 18, 2015
Singing · In studio

I didn't rate Michele as a 5 star....but that's because I was only a 1/2 star pupil, and, while her efforts were valiant, and the experience was GREAT, my performance was, in my opinion, very poor. Michele was encouraging and supportive, and her efforts were far above a 5, but you can't get blood out of a turnip, or an old man who smokes and has cold to sing. On second thought, can we rate her a 10? She really did try very hard. I'm hoping the next session will be better. How could it not?

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Delmis G. Jun 27, 2015
Singing · In home

Friendly, honest and encouraging!

Kiara W. May 22, 2015
Singing · In studio

I love singing with her! She is the perfect fit for me.

Zoey K. May 14, 2015
Singing · In studio

Great patience with my 5 year old

Anzhelika B. May 7, 2015
Singing · Online

We just love Michele.
My doughter is 5 yeas old, and in 2 min. communication with Michele she felt comfortable with her teacher. Lessons is fun, high quality, with a very good tempo. My doughter love to sing, and she try to sing different level of difficulty of songs. After lessons with Michele, she was able to sing more difficult songs more exactly. For me its was surprise and sign of result. I appreciate Michele and want stay with her until its possible.

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Yvonne H. Apr 8, 2015
Singing · Online

My daughter Syncere (13 yrs. old), is taking the voice lessons. She is excited every week and ready for her lesson. As Michele said to Syncere, she has a big voice and Michele is greatly helping my daughter to control her voice is a healthy way, as well as understand the importance of not straining her voice to get great results. I am grateful to have found her.

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Carol E. Mar 31, 2015
Singing · In home

Michele was great, thank you!

Alizee L. Mar 24, 2015
Singing · Online

Michele is an angel! I have been taking lessons with her for about 6 months now, and have learned so much more than ever imagined.
As a vocalist in training, I would like to make this my full time career, and Michele has been a breeze to work with. She makes it fun, but allows you to structure your lessons based on what you feel you need to work on and improve.
I would recommend her in a heartbeat!

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Lakisha H. Mar 15, 2015
Vocal Training · Online

Best instructor ever!

Robin V. Feb 26, 2015
Singing · In home

Michele quickly figured out how I like to learn and what I am interested in. She makes the lessons so fun and encouraging and I leave each session excited to learn more about my voice!

Denise D. Feb 2, 2015
Singing · In studio

Can you say- AAAWWWEEESSOMMMEEE?!!!!!!!

Michele is so AWESOME!!!!!!! Best Instructor I ever had! Fun, knowledgeable and wonderful to work with. She was particularly great at helping me enhance the uniqueness of my voice. I am more than satisfied!!!! I highly recommend her!
LOVE her!!!
Thanks Michele!!!!!!!!

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Linda B. Jan 27, 2015
Singing · In home

I LOVE Michele. I've had a lot of experience singing and performing over the years, often paid, and I am still learning SO much from her. I expected to dive right into "fixing" my singing problems, but she is really laying a grounded and centered foundation with me. Especially for finding my best voice, not the one I think I "should" have. And relaxing everything about singing. Plus she's just so dang friendly and welcoming!

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Karen G. Jan 23, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio

Michelle is a warm and engaging individual who listens to what I want out of my lessons then provides expert coaching. Recaps the lesson at the end so I know what to work on. Lover her style and skill!

Michael S. Jan 17, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio

I've been training with Michele for the past few months, and it has been quite a unique and rewarding journey so far! Her commitment and desire for her student's progress is strong, and in a short amount of time she has helped me look at and work with my vocal instrument in ways I never have before. Professional, highly skilled and knowledgeable, intuitive, great sense of humor and warm spirit.

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Amy R. Jan 12, 2015

To be the best you have to be taught by the best. Michele is definitely is the best!

Mike S. Jan 10, 2015
Christian Gospel · In studio

I attribute my singing career to Michele. She was my very first singing teacher. She pointed me in the right direction when I got my first choir solo as a teenager in church and remained as a member to help support me several years later when I became the director of that same choir. She created our our former a Capella group where I did my first TV voice performances (and my first recorded album) and she's responsible for creating a musical environment that inspired me to attend conservatory and graduate with a degree in music. Thanks sis!

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Cecilia H. Nov 28, 2014
Vocal Training · Online

Michele is awesome and she knows her craft. Her style of teaching puts you at ease where you can train at your best. She will critique your voice, give positive feedback and provide you with corrective techniques to improve. She will even coach you on caring for your voice so you can soar far beyond what you ever thought possible. From my first lesson, I knew I had the perfect instructor.

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n L. Sep 30, 2014
Jazz Voice · In home

Michele is a true talent and a dedicated music teacher and performer. She is well-experienced in the music business, and has remained positive throughout the years in all of her music endeavors. She's a benevolent and virtuous PRO, and I always look forward to her joyful dedication, in and out of the music room.

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Andrew D. Jul 30, 2014
Singing · In studio

Michelle is an awesome teacher. She balances honest feedback with encouragement and support so that you can learn and grow as quickly as possible. She also makes it fun! Lessons are both laid-back and organized. It's so exciting to hear my own progress!

If you're thinking of taking singing lessons, take from Michelle.

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A F. Jun 17, 2014

Michele is an experienced and accomplished singer and coach. We've worked together professionally as artists, and I've seen first hand her ability to move an audience, convey the emotion in a lyric and tell a story. Michele is also an avid student of the craft and knows what it takes to develop your instrument to a higher level as she believes that an artist's growth is continuous and unending. For beginners, intermediate level singers and professionals alike - if you are serious about taking your vocal and performance abilities to a higher level, do not hesitate to work with Michele.

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Dominick D. Jun 16, 2014
Singing · In studio

After being in a singing group with this super talented songbird for a couple years, I strongly endorse Michele. Her patience is probably her greatest strength. She has a great "ear" for music as well.

With an uncanny sense of humor and a tranquil setting in which to learn, I ferociously recommend .

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Greta E. Jun 15, 2014
Singing · In studio

Michele is a superb teacher. Her own musical knowledge and abilities are extensive, so she can use varieties of approaches to get specific results. She teaches good technique for breathing and singing so that we can make our best sound and not damage our vocal cords.

I absolutely recommend her.

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Becky D. Jun 12, 2014

Michele is a fabulous singer and a wonderful human being! While I don't have experience with her as a teacher, I enjoyed working with her as an artist and colleague and her singing definitely demonstrates her knowledge of the vocal instrument. As a person she is friendly, personable, thoughtful and encouraging of all those around her. We worked together on an inter-generational theater production and she was an inspiration to all involved.

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Nicole P. Jun 3, 2014
Singing · In studio

Great teacher and extremely friendly and helpful! Would recommend to every type of skill level.

Gary A. Mar 6, 2014
Singing ·

Confidence to Sing!

Michele is a kind and wonderful teacher. I credit her for starting me on my musical journey. She helped me develop my technical proficiency, interpretive skills, individual creativity, and self-confidence. One would be wise to work with her.

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Jessica M. Feb 12, 2014
Singing ·

A+ Instructor

Michele is a gifted and powerful singer with a passion for learning and teaching. I would highly recommend her to anyone. She is confident, smart, funny, and will put you at ease.

s G. Nov 17, 2013
Singing ·

An excellent singing teacher - highly skilled, patient and kind

Michele believes in serving her students. Her purpose and focus are on helping you achieve your singing goals - whether you want to sing on stage, in your choir or in your home. She is patient and gentle and her ears are exceptional! She can hear what you are doing "wrong" and can instantly find ways to help you fix it. She combines exercises and work on songs to help you improve your voice. In addition, her long vocal career and varied singing experiences make her the perfect instructor for beginners and advanced singers alike. I highly recommend her!

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Lesson Details

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

As a professional teaching artist and vocal coach, I have been helping students of all ages and abilities "find their voice" for over 20 years. My goal is simple: to give you singing lessons that will change your life forever. You can uncover your voice, build unshakable confidence and have fun while learning techniques professional singers take onto the stage and into the studio. And, you can have a great time doing it!

Recording lessons will prepare you to sing in the studio. We will cover recording technique, song interpretation, song preparation, working with producers, arrangers, instrumentalists, etc.



Vocal Coach
Jan 2008 - Present

Private Vocal Coaching

A professional singer in NY for many years, Michele made her Twin Cities singing debut at the Guthrie theater. A double-degreed graduate in contemporary vocal performance and music business, Michele is a vocal geek who loves everything about the voice. Likely, because of this, she loves singers and has never met a voice she didn't like. As the owner of her own vocal studio, Michele is a gifted instructor who helps students perform with confidence and excellence.

Professional Vocalist
Jan 2006 - Present

Private Vocal Performance

A native New Yorker, Michele Denise M. grew up singing with her brother and sister in one of the first Catholic gospel choirs in the nation. Michele also sang in the performing arts program of her high school. It was never Michele’s goal to be a solo artist. Her parents always encouraged their children to stay together and that was Michele’s plan. So in the 90s, she invited her sister and brother and four other friends to join her in the McDonald’s Gospel Fest competition. To her astonishment, the newly formed septet reached the semi-finals and a star was launched. Based in Brooklyn, the group performed locally, including singing the national anthem for the New York Knicks. "Simply Mystique" toured the talk show circuit and ranked third out of 10,000 contestants in the Arsenio Hall Flavor of the Future talent competition. A few years later as the members of Simply Mystique went their separate ways, Michele built on the group’s success and began working as a background and studio session singer in London. Having lost most of her sight at age 9, Michele grew up relying on her residual vision (about 2%), the familiarity of her surroundings and the support of her family and community. Moving overseas and attempting to live and work on her own stripped Michele of her illusions of independence. She also found that performing without the group’s support was nearly impossible. Clearly, something had to change. After returning from London, Michele moved to Minneapolis for blindness training at Blind Incorporated. With her training complete and her newly earned long white cane in hand, Michele pursued dual degrees in performance and music business. A busy student, Michele still performed regularly, debuting as a featured vocalist at the acclaimed Guthrie Theater.


Bachelor of Music - Vocal Performance
Sep 2005 - Apr 2008

McNally Smith College of Music



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


B.M. in Vocal Performance
May 2008

McNally Smith College of Music

B.M. in Music Business
May 2008

McNally Smith College of Music


2015 and 2016 Best of Minneapolis Awards for Music School
Jun 2011

Minneapolis Award Program

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