Michelle Kei Ishuu

Michelle Kei I.

Arlington Heights, IL
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Michelle Kei passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Michelle Kei delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 7+

Teaching since:
May 2007

Michelle Kei I., a soprano of Japanese and American heritage, "uses her strong dramatic soprano to slice through the orchestra" in a varied repertoire that encompasses Verismo to Broadway. Possessing a captivating stage presence and praised as "superb," "gifted," and a "constant breakaway from the rest of the vocal pack," she has entertained audiences on stages around the world.

Those are the first two sentences of my professional biography. I thought I'd use them to get the ball rolling.

Ever since I can remember, I've always been a performer. I come from a very musical family. I was always singing! I sang at home, in church, in show-choir and musicals at school - basically anywhere I could find an audience!

When I decided to go to college to study music, I chose the prestigious School of Music at Indiana University. I wanted to sing Broadway, but my father encouraged me to study classical singing first, so I'd have the foundations for a bulletproof technique that could endure a long and demanding career. I'm so glad that he did!

Who would have thought that I would learn to LOVE opera?!? It had everything that Broadway did, and so much more! Plus, I learned to fill a theater with the sound of my voice and soar over the orchestra WITHOUT A MICROPHONE!!!

Would you like to learn how to do that? I can show you how.

Let me help you find your REAL VOICE!!!

What you can expect from me:

- I will provide a supportive and effective work environment.

- I will make recommendations on repertoire based upon your goals

- I will provide you with an individualized regimen of study based upon your strengths and development, not a standardized format of study.

What I expect from you:

- Learn the musical selections we choose. Your lesson time should be used for improving your technique, not learning your music.

- Leave your outside life at the door. It will be waiting for you when you leave.

- Enjoy the process. Experiment. If it doesn't work, try something else. Take constructive criticism as an opportunity for improvement, not as a personal attack.

- Commit yourself fully! Be engaged. The benefit you receive is equal to the work you put into the process.

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Experience

Singer/Performer
Jan 2001 - Present
Self-Employed

I sing concerts and theatrical productions with many different arts organizations across the country.

Education

Master of Music in Vocal Performance
Sep 1997 - Aug 2001
Indiana University
Study Abroad
Sep 1997 - May 1998
Institute for the International Education of Students, Vienna, Austria
Bachelor of Music
Sep 1991 - Aug 1995
Indiana University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
German
Limited Proficiency

Awards

Pierson Fellowship
Sep 2006
San Diego Opera
Associate Instructor
Sep 1999
Indiana University
Student Ambassador - Indiana University
Sep 1998
Institute for the International Education of Students- Vienna, Austria
Friends of Music Fellowship
Sep 1998
Indiana University
Friends of Music Fellowship
Sep 1995
Indiana University
Friends of Music Fellowship
Sep 1993
Indiana University

Photos & Videos

Noli Me Tangere, Washington DC Kennedy Center 2014

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Photo by Michelle Kei I.

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Indeed!! "Candide" by Leonard Bernstein, Lyric Opera San Diego

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34 Reviews

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Darci Jul 8, 2017
Singing · In studio

My son (14) and daughter (12) take voice lessons from Michelle (and Robert) and they have learned SO much. Michelle is great! She is patient and always goes above and beyond. She has become a positive role model for them both and they really look up to her. My kids started voice lessons because they are interested in musical theater, so she has helped them with preparation, auditioning and confidence. Michelle teaches them so much more, though. They are learning songs in different languages and different styles to expand their knowledge and their voices. Their voices have grown so much since starting lessons and I am so proud of them! We are very lucky to have found Michelle and Robert and consider it a blessing to have them in our lives.

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Jessica Jul 7, 2017
Singing · In studio

I am absolutely thrilled to be taking vocal lessons with Michelle. Her energy is infectious, and she is extremely dedicated to helping you improve your technique. I have only been at her studio for 3 months, and I can confidently say that my technique has improved by at least 35-40%. Of course, this has come with practicing at home and staying diligent too. Overall, if you stay determined and diligent with your practice, you will reap the benefits of Michelle's teaching. I highly recommend taking vocal lessons with her!

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Emma Jun 22, 2017
Singing · In studio

Michelle is helping our daughter develop beyond her comfortable range. Michelle has a talent for giving cues which get your body to do what it needs to do to achieve those difficult notes.

Janice May 16, 2017
Classical Voice · In studio

Michelle and Robert are amazing! I've been taking voice lessons for only about two months and can already see the improvement in my voice, especially my high register which was pretty much non-existent. Unlike other voice teachers I've had in my past who string you along endlessly with no progress, Michelle and Robert truly, truly care ... they want their students to learn proper technique, and to excel and achieve their goals. And the results are quick. I can't say enough about Michelle and Robert. Definitely 5 stars!

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Katie May 16, 2017
Classical Voice · In studio

Taking lessons with Michelle has been one of the best decisions I've made thus far in preparation for my future in music and voice. Her methods of teaching has allowed me to feel extremely prepared for my future in music and future opportunities. Michelle has also heightened my abilities by teaching me new styles of technique when it comes to classical and broadway voice. I feel not only prepared for college but I also look forward to every lesson I have. She has really changed my outlook on voice and encouraged me to use my voice for future endeavors. As a high school student full of stress, voice really allows me to release the anxiety and have an hour or so of fun a week doing what I love most.

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Amanda Apr 1, 2017
Opera Voice · In studio

Michelle is amazing! Her dedication to her students success is impressive. In only a few lessons, we are able to hear a marked improvement in both sound as well
as technique. We are so happy we found her and would highly recommend!

Therese Jan 15, 2017
Singing · In studio

When I signed up for vocal training through TakeLessons, I thought I would take a few lessons to improve my singing voice. I had no idea that voice training with Michelle Kei Ishuu and Robert Taylor would be such a fun and productive adventure. Michelle and Robert, both highly talented classically trained professionals, are a terrific husband and wife team who pack a wallop with each lesson. Michelle is pure joy and coaches from the heart to bring out the best in her students. After only a few lessons, my vocal range has expanded and I sing with more confidence. Robert has a very keen ear and always suggests the perfect technique to improve my tone and vocal quality. Together they provide excellent vocal training. I can't wait to continue with my lessons to see how far I can go. If you want to advance quickly and really enjoy the experience, Michelle and Robert will be the perfect teachers for you.

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Jose L. Jan 12, 2017
Singing · In studio

Great first lesson!

Deirdre R. Jan 2, 2017
Musical Theater · In studio

We are so glad we decided to get lessons with Michelle Kei and her partner Robert. They both are such talented performers and teachers and have made vocal training a wonderful experience for my teen daughter. Michelle and Robert and warm and extremely supportive people who teach with enthusiasm and a clear focus on the learner's priorities. My daughter needed coaching to prepare for an audition and earned the lead in the show! Michelle and Robert supported my daughter all along the way from the rehearsal period until performance week. I never imagined we would fine such wonderful and dedicated teachers on the internet. We are so glad we used TakeLessons to find them!

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Beatriz P. Dec 7, 2016
Singing · In studio

Michelle is a fantastic teacher. I have been taking voice lesson with her for only four months and she teaches me how to reach the very high F and G notes as a Soprano 2 effortlessly, a task which I had trouble with in the past, even my choral director notices the improvement. Thanks Michelle!!

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Maureen Dec 6, 2016
Broadway Singing · In studio

Michelle is a fantastic and motivating teacher who uses a variety of techniques customized to help each student maximize their potential with continual progress and learning. My daughter loves her lessons, is fully engaged, and works hard at home as well as during her lessons. Highly recommend Michelle for any student at any level!

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Heather W. Nov 1, 2016
Opera Voice · In studio

I wrote a review several months ago after my first lesson. I have been taking lessons once a week with Michelle and Robert for several months now and felt it was time to write another review. I listened to a recording of my last lesson and compared it to my first lesson. Wow, what a difference! I couldn't believe it was me on the recording! My voice has developed a powerful and refined quality it never had before. My singing has become effortless and my range has expanded greatly and continues to expand. I can't recommend them enough. I look forward to every lesson because not only are they amazing vocal coaches, they are the nicest people you will ever meet. They are enthusiastic, encouraging, fun, and quite hilarious. My lessons always end too soon and I always improve upon my technique in some way after each lesson. I had taken voice lessons before many, many years ago and the experience was not so great. I found Michelle and Robert through an online search and decided to give them a try and I won the vocal coach lottery. I couldn't have found two better coaches. Wherever you are in your vocal training--whether you're just starting out or looking to improve upon your technique--I am convinced that Robert and Michelle will be able to help you.

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Heather W. Nov 1, 2016
Opera Voice · In studio

I wrote a review several months ago after my first lesson. I have been taking lessons once a week with Michelle and Robert for several months now and felt it was time to write another review. I listened to a recording of my last lesson and compared it to my first lesson. Wow, what a difference! I couldn't believe it was me on the recording! My voice has developed a powerful and refined quality it never had before. My singing has become effortless and my range has expanded greatly and continues to expand. I can't recommend them enough. I look forward to every lesson because not only are they amazing vocal coaches, they are the nicest people you will ever meet. They are enthusiastic, encouraging, fun, and quite hilarious. My lessons always end too soon and I always improve upon my technique in some way after each lesson.

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Maureen Oct 29, 2016
Singing · In studio

Michelle does a fantastic job of working with my daughter and helping her grow her singing skills. and ensuring the lessons are fun and productive

Julie Boggess Aug 29, 2016
Classical Voice · In studio

Michelle is an amazing teacher! I have had 8 lessons and am so happy with my progress. I am 53 years old, and have been singing since high school. But, I have never taken voice lessons, and therefore, have not been singing correctly all these years. She and her husband Robert are teaching me a whole new way of singing. It is like teaching an old dog new tricks, but they are so good at explaining things and are so supportive, encouraging and fun! It is my one hour of therapy a week. They are helping me find my new voice, and I am loving it. Highly recommend.

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Jeannette W. Aug 6, 2016
Musical Theater · In studio

My daughter started working with Michelle and Robert when she started preparing for a role in a musical. As a result of Michelle and Robert's wonderful encouragement and specialized work with my daughter, she landed the lead title role and was absolutely FANTASTIC! They have really helped my daughter develop her voice which has really helped her in confidence. As my daughter is about the enter high school, I feel Michelle and Robert are doing a great job preparing her for whatever auditions might come her way. I really do appreciate their meticulous work with my daughter. I would fully recommend Michelle and Robert to anyone. They really do work with any starting point.

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Jeannette W. Aug 4, 2016
Musical Theater · In studio

Michelle and Robert are fabulous teachers! My daughter first met Michelle to help her with her with an audition where she landed the leading title roll. They have been very supportive and nurturing in her quest in becoming a confident singer and I have full confidence that they will prepare her well for future auditions. Great job, Michelle and Robert!!!

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Tina M. Jun 23, 2016
Opera Voice · In studio

I started working with Michelle and Robert in mid-March. I clicked with them right away. Knowing that we only had about a month and a half before my audition date, we worked very diligently. They did a great job customizing my lessons to really prepare me for my audition. I had a couple of songs picked out and we began ironing out the details right away. Michelle and Robert knew exactly how to challenge me more and more each lesson. They quickly helped me to find my own unique and healthy sound that felt very comfortable. We not only focused on the music and the voice, but also stage presence, interview preparation, and acting out the pieces. I went into the audition feeling positively over-prepared. I was not only accepted into the program, but also offered a generous scholarship. Quickly after my audition we began working on new, more challenging pieces. I am very happy to have the opportunity to work with Michelle and Robert. I cannot thank them enough for all the hard work they put in for their students. I would definitely recommend studying with them for any serious vocalist looking to fine-tune their craft.

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Vickie Jun 15, 2016
Classical Voice · In studio

I am so excited about my voice lessons. I am a university trained classical singer with extensive operatic and art song experience who wanted to get back to singing after a long absence. I was looking for a teacher that could help me to navigate the changes in my voice due to the aging process and provide me with the tools to steady a vibrato that had gotten out of hand. Michelle and Robert are exactly what I needed. They have extensive and commanding knowledge of the voice and support mechanism and teach from the Italian “Bel Canto School” perspective. That is to say pure vowels, open throated but focused sound and a healthy, low laryngeal position. I am loving my voice again and it has only been 3 lessons. They are exceptional at finding the beauty in the individual voice and not requiring a “carbon copy” sound. One of the best things about my lessons is that they complement each other as teachers and find a number of ways to facilitate a natural and beautiful sound by articulating suggestions in many and varied ways. If the student is unable to reproduce the desired outcome by one method, they will find another way to achieve it. Not one minute of a lesson is wasted and each week brings quick and substantial progress. It has been a joy to work with them and I look forward to each lesson and the progress they bring. In short, I am thrilled.

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Tiffany May 17, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio

Michelle is very understanding and really works with you to find your voice! I noticed a difference in my voice in the first lesson alone. She provides constructive feedback and creates an environment that is supportive and lets you be yourself. Her positive attitude helped me to believe in myself. I greatly enjoyed lessons with Michelle!
P.S. Her voice is amazing!!

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Tina M. Apr 15, 2016
Singing · In studio

I've taken a few lessons with Michelle now and I am very happy with my experience! Michelle is great at customizing her lesson to her student. I actually tried a few different teachers in the area before finding Michelle and no one seemed to "get" what I was looking for. With Michelle I feel challenged at an appropriate pace and am able to focus on the important details. Michelle has lots to offer and even in just a short time has helped me to improve immensely! I am very excited to continue studying with Michelle.

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Angelica P. Apr 11, 2016
Opera Voice · In home

Wonderful experience and great teacher! Really enjoyed myself!

Annu Mar 29, 2016
Singing · In studio

I have just begun taking singing lessons with Michelle, and I have to say she is a wonderful teacher, who not only will educate you on the fundamentals of using your voice as an instrument, and exploring your voice, but also give you the confidence, and motivation to do so. I look forward to my lesson every week with Michelle, knowing that I will learn something new, explore the strength of my voice, and also be encouraged, and given guidance to reach my highest potential as a singer, and an actress.

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Heather W. Mar 21, 2016
Opera Voice · In studio

I just had my first lesson with Michelle and Robert and I cannot wait for my next one. They provide insightful feedback, explain the importance of what they are teaching you in regards to your voice and are extremely encouraging and engaging during the whole process. They both have extensive knowledge and experience and are flexible in their teaching methods to ensure that you will understand what they are asking of you. In just the one lesson I already felt an improvement in my singing technique. I still have a long way to go, but I am confident in their ability to get me there. I highly recommend them.

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Debra Adamson Feb 1, 2016
Broadway Singing · In studio

Professionalism is the first word to come to mind regarding Michelle. I have had over a decade of music and voice lessons with various teachers. By far, Michelle is the most professional educator. Michelle understands that our voices are like any other instrument, and has a holistic approach to the health of the body and voice. With her guidance I am confident I will sing healthy and strong well into my senior years. Personality would be met second word for Michelle. She is very engaging and as excited about my progress as I am. She inspires the confidence that we can reach our goals and beyond. This has been time and money well spent.

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Kenneth Jan 20, 2016
Singing · In studio

Excellent! I feel I will learn a great deal. Improvement in flipping into head voice will be very helpful.

Jeannette W. Jan 15, 2016
Broadway Singing · In studio

I have had 5 lessons with Michelle, and they are going great! I got the lead role in my musical thanks to her amazing dedication and supportive teaching. I would definitely reccomend this teacher to anyone who wants to improve their voice or musical theatre performance.

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Monica Nov 18, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio

Michelle was fantastic! I started taking lessons with her my sophomore year in high school and she really helped me find my voice and become more confident throughout my range. I wish I could have studied with her longer, but she gave me a great foundation to further my studies in both classical and broadway techniques.

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Carey Nov 14, 2015
Classical Voice ·

I worked with Michelle on several occasions. She was always completely professional and prepared. her insights have helped me on a personal level as a singer and on a professional level as an elementary music teacher. You will be in great hands (and great voice!) with Michelle guiding you!

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George and Joselyn Nov 12, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio

My husband and I are both musicians and have studied music for many years. We were looking for a qualified voice teacher for our daughter, to prepare for an important audition. She wanted to sing opera and did well learning the arias and studying various opera singers on You Tube; but sometimes her throat would hurt. She needed to learn healthy vocal techniques.

Michelle immediately, gave her several exercises to develop her breathing, an increase her volume, and worked on her diction in Italian, French and German; always enthusiastic an encouraging. Michelle went above and beyond to help our daughter gain the confidence that she needed and to bring out the best in her.

We highly recommend Michelle Kei I.

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Dan Nov 4, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio

I have had the pleasure of working with Michelle in a performance capacity through Opus Choral Ensemble. Michelle brings a wealth of performance experience and vocal technique knowledge to the choir. By sharing her knowledge and experience with other choir members, Michelle has helped shape and improve the over-all vocal quality and musicianship of the choir. Any student wishing to pursue training in voice will benefit greatly from her guidance.

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Terry Nov 4, 2015
Singing · In studio

Michelle is an amazing soprano with a good understanding of the female voice and much insight to offer to young inexperienced singers alike. You will find her to be supportive and encouraging and ready to help you would be the best singer you can possibly be

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Jay M. Mar 17, 2015
Opera Voice · In home

Michelle and Robert are wonderful patient and professional. My daughter 15 years old benefited greatly from the many techniques (classical and operatic) taught by Michelle and Robert. They always stress the importance of vocal health, even incorporating stretching, proper exercises, breathing, and proper vowel sounds. Not only did they prepare my daughter vocally but taught her facial structure, posture and how to add her acting and emotion into her signing while still having a great projection. An added benefit being instructed by this wonderful duo is having the knowledge from both female and male seasoned professionals. I highly recommend you meet with them at least once and see the difference. I can't wait to see them again. Jess and Sophie

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Ashley D. Dec 9, 2014
Opera Voice · In studio

Michelle Kei is an awesome voice teacher, I sing opera and was looking for a teacher to help me prepare for a college audition; within two weeks I have learned several techniques, including the importance of stretching, breathing and diction, I now sing with more confidence and can hit all the high notes without hurting my voice. I highly recommend Michelle Kei to anyone who wants an amazing voice teacher.

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