Michelle Shuttleworth Towler

Michelle S.

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Michelle delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 13+

Teaching since:
September 2006

Michelle Shuttleworth Towler is an enthusiastic and patient professional voice teacher and performer. In 10 years of teaching privately in New York, her students have been cast professionally in Broadway shows, tours, parks and cruises, and film and television in NYC and regionally.

Michelle's younger students have been accepted to NYC performing arts high schools including LaGuardia and Frank Sinatra and sung in high level performances ranging from the Carnegie Hall Pops Gala, musicals for the NY Gilbert and Sullivan Players to the the prestigious National Children's Chorus. Currently, Michelle also teaches Voice at the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan.

While helping her students fine tune their musical artistry, Michelle makes vocal health a top priority. Michelle is currently in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Mentorship Program. Through this, she will study with world class musical theater voice instructors to enhance her own pedagogical skills. She spends time observing otolaryngologists, speech pathologists and singing specialists at the NYU Voice Center, attends panels at Weill Cornell and hears vocal cases presented at Columbia University Medical Center. She continues to take courses in vocal anatomy and physiology to ensure she can give her students the best vocal education possible.

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Singing Teacher
Feb 2018 - Present
Professional Performing Arts School

Instruct and design curriculum for professional and focused students at one of the leading performing arts schools in Manhattan.

Responsible for teaching music theory, vocal technique and preparing and directing two concerts per year.

Voice Instructor
Sep 2007 - Present
Michelle Shuttleworth Towler Voice Studio

Private Voice teacher for students ages 13-adult.

Students include adult professionals in musical theater, dance, film/TV, pop music, singer-songwriting and casting. Also, amateur adults who take lessons for fun, to prepare for a special event or develop vocal skills, confidence, etc.

Young students include those preparing for top performing arts programs such as La Guardia HS, Frank Sinatra HS, The Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Program, Interlochen Arts Camp and the National Children's Chorus.

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Mar 2012 - Jun 2017
Footlights Entertainment

Co-owner of and performer for Footlights Entertainment, an NYC-based company that provides live entertainment to high-end corporate and private events. Show styles range from small-scale Broadway productions to small jazz ensembles and classical instrumentals.

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Education Outreach Director
Jul 2013 - Jul 2014
Buck Hill Sky Top Music Festival

Branch of BHSTMF, which brings performers from the Met, NY Philharmonic, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway, and more to the Pocono Mountains.

As Director of the Educational Outreach program, Michelle created the curriculum and taught classes which brought quality arts education to the students of the region. Genres included dance, jazz, opera and musical theater.

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Voice/Musical Theater Instructor
Jan 2008 - Jun 2014
Applause Theatrical Workshops

Private Voice Lesson Instructor

Musical Theater Class Instructor for ages 3-12

Director of musical theater-based summer day program ages 3 - 12

Theater Instructor
Sep 2005 - Nov 2006
Pittsburgh Musical Theater Conservatory

Instructor for high school students in pre-college musical theater program

Advanced Acting, Script Analysis, Monologue Techniques


Sep 2001 - May 2005
Point Park University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


National Association of Teachers of Singing
Oct 2013

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.

New York Singing Teachers Association
Sep 2013

NYSTA strives to provide voice professionals, both locally and globally, with the tools and inspiration needed for an increasingly informed and creative pedagogy. Immense advances in voice science, neurology, psychology, education theory, medicine, and mind/body healing offer new information and techniques from which voice teachers can draw. By making these resources accessible to our members, we foster twenty-first-century pedagogy, rooted in the great traditions of the past, incorporating the new knowledge of our time.

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Actors' Equity Association
Nov 2006

Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

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Photos & Videos

Vocal Warm Up Tutorial
10 Tips for Choosing a Rock/Pop Audition Song
Photo by Michelle S.

Photo by Michelle S.

Upper Range Exercises (Legit Voice)
How to Mark Your Audition Music
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5 Reviews

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Matt Nov 25, 2018
Vocal Training · In studio

Michelle offers a powerful combination of skills that make her an amazing voice teacher. She is a careful listener, constantly seeking to understand and integrate the nuances of my goals into our lessons. Her energy is inspiring and motivates me to take risks while I explore my own voice and artistic expression. Finally, her interest and expertise in the physiological and technical elements of sound and vocal performance provide a constructive complement to her genuine love of voice and song.

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Anthony Nov 6, 2018
Singing · In studio

I had always wanted to sing, but I didn't have the confidence that I could actually sing. I remember being scared to death to go to the first lesson. The fact that Michelle was so warm and welcoming right away allowed me to relax. She made a point to stress what I was doing right. My confidence increased, and, after only the first four classes, I noticed improvement. Michelle remembers your tendencies and she can get you to correct things that may be holding you back. She knows how to get you to produce sound in a way that will further your development. Three and a half years later, after maybe 100 lessons or so, the improvement I have noticed is dramatic. I have sung for fiance, my mother, my father, complete strangers, and friends. I have developed the awareness to correct myself when I practice on my own. This is invaluable because, as Michelle has told me repeatedly, the more your practice, and practice knowledgeably, the greater your improvements will be. What it has done for my confidence and how it has changed my life is impossible to put into words, but you'll understand it after your first month of lessons.

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Megan Nov 1, 2018
Vocal Training · In home

Michelle is absolutely amazing! She helped me so much with singing and vocal training.

Angela Oct 26, 2018
Musical Theater · In studio

Before I started voice lessons with Michelle, I had not done any vocal training and had only really been singing within the confines of my room. When I met her for a consultation, I instantly felt that she was the person that could actually help move me towards my singing goals because she knew exactly what I needed work on and how to address the many issues I had in terms of singing - range, breathing and support to name a few.

Michelle is sooo good at determining what you need to work on and is extremely thorough in her breakdown of solutions that it becomes so much easier to tackle each problem and feel progress. My experience in class has been very insightful and enjoyable and since meeting her, I have been able to build the confidence I used to lack as she has been so genuinely supportive of me and has never shown any ounce of doubt in what I can do. I have grown and learned so much (and am still learning!) and I am very happy I have her to guide me in this pursuit as it is important to have someone who truly believes in you and has a genuine concern for your wellbeing. There aren’t enough praises in this world to give her because she really is a wonderful teacher. Taking lessons with her is, without a doubt, one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

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Melanie Oct 25, 2018
Singing · In studio

From the moment I walked into the studio for my first lesson, I knew I was in for a treat with such a lovely vocal teacher as Michelle. In the last two years since that encouraging moment, I have made more progress than I ever could have imagined. Despite taking voice lessons for over 6 years when I lived in California, I felt that I had hardly improved. Because of this, my confidence levels were at an all-time-low. However, in only two years taking lessons with Michelle, I have gone from what I used to consider zero talent to actually genuinely believing that I can sing. Two years with her has, by and large, completely eclipsed the six years I spent with my previous teacher. We have worked to eliminate my old habits in an incredibly focused and scientific way that I as a medical student really respond to. She enthusiastically takes the time to understand what teaching tactics lead to my best singing outcomes, and I am so thankful that with her help I have regained my confidence in singing.

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