- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
No two students are ever alike. I've learned that using only one method may not benefit all students. Therefore, I use a variety of methods, some of which include Hanon, the Bastien Series, Suzuki technique for Piano and Violin, and countless others depending on what the student wishes to achieve. I have found that my most successful (and satisfied) students are the ones that express to me their specific musical goals, and then I am able to find a combination of methods to help them practice, rehearse, and refine their style of interest.
Lessons are uniquely tailored to the students' goals, be it to become functional with an instrument or to dominate at an audition. We will go through warm-ups that will place emphasis on technique, explore various methods so that the student may decide which one gets them the best result, and then work through the repertoire not only for proficiency, but also for interpretation, precise yet passionate phrasing, and of course, to discover the joy of performing/playing Music.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 7 to 80
- Teaching since:
- March 2001
Rehabilitating and strengthening voices are two of my top specialties, and each lesson will have specific exercises tailored to helping you transform your voice into the highest and best version of your instrument. I work with singers signed to labels as well as the indie artist just starting to find his/her voice, style, and signature sound. My coaching approach incorporates some of the newest technologies that have shown extraordinary results in breaking down the inner blocks of each artist. It is a tremendously joyful and fulfilling experience to watch as my students really let their instrument shine brightly, boldly, and with an aboslutely stunning groundedness as they discover how powerful they truly are.
Poised, energized, and armed with unforgettable performance ability, Michelle G. is a firework in the artistic arena. Her training began at the young age of 3 with the violin, and a few years later received classes for piano and voice. Excelling in all three, Michelle developed a very passionate and dramatic personality that eventually led her to more dramatic genres such as opera and stage acting. Her aptitude to understand human emotions and relationships gives her a wide spectrum to play in as an actress. There is an organic flow to her interpretations both as an actress and musician that leads the audience to feel her emotional current. Her honest characterizations introduce deeper perspectives on what seems like the ordinary roles and storylines. Amongst the many other leads that she has played, her participation in roles like “Susanna” in The Marriage of Figaro, or “Donna Elvira” in Don Giovanni embody much vibrancy and integrity.
Through the development of her voice as a singer and actress, she has crossed over into other media such as voice over commercial work and vocals for pop/main stream music productions. She has recently participated as a vocalist and violinist in the albums of artists such as international jazz pop artist David Longoria, Latin pop singer Erick Bolivar, Grammy-nominated percussionist Souhail Kaspar, and American Idol’s Seysha. Over the last few years she has unraveled her musical skills as a songwriter/composer/arranger and has even had some small victories acquiring music placements on TV shows (NCIS, short film “Sumtin’ Like Dat”, The Dictator) for herself and some of her colleagues. Her singing can also be heard on the hit tv show "Jane The Virgin", "Castle" and "Shameless" amongst others.
Michelle completed her Associates of Arts for Music/Music Education at the age of 18, and got later graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Miami with a Bachelor's of Arts for Musical Theater and Music Business, as well as from Florida International University with a Master's of Music in Vocal Performance.
*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor my lessons to my student's needs, style, abilities, and goals. Learning is truly a fun and passionate adventure for me, and my enthusiasm has consistently been a contagious quality :) I love to challenge myself & my students to discover how immense their true potential is, and I create a safe and fun environment to explore such facets.
My curriculum is combination of solid tradition (Suzuki method for piano & violin, and Bel Canto technique for singing) interwoven with pop-culture, and modern influences. Within the first 3-6 months, my students will know the basic building blocks of music - which includes scales, arpeggios, triads, intervals, technique, and performance repertoire; and for my singers this will include proper breath technique, tone placement, support, very often increased vocal range (both high and low), and will feel significantly stronger vocally and more confident getting up to sing.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Full size Keyboard, mics, pro tools, Violin (electric, acoustic, and Chinese Ehru)
*** Specialties ***
- Audition technique and prep
- Vocal Technique
- Violin Pedagogy
- Acting Audition Technique
Composed original music for productions (tv/film/private organizations). I also work as a liaison for various independent artists acquiring sync licenses for their original compositions.
Record violin and vocals on the albums of various artists. Skills used include sight reading, play by ear, and improvisation.
Produce music videos, short films, and feature films, hire talent, create budgets, and make movie magic.
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.Show More
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.Show More
An American labor union representing over 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, and radio personalities worldwide.
It's been a great experience to have lessons online. Although it lasted 45 minutes, I have seen that these types of lessons are very useful and practical. Thank you for providing these lessons!
Michelle is so patient and kind. She gives me help with my accent and the way I pronounce the words so that I sound more like a native speaker. I love her. She is so much fun. I'd recommend her to anybody.
Michelle is awesome!!! She is so sweet and a very good and encouraging instructor. She inspires me to be a better teacher. She helped me with where I was weak and gave me homework. I will definitely be working with her for EVERYTHING that I want to learn.
Michelle is a very nurturing and dynamic teacher. She easily understands where you're coming from and knows how to bring the best out of you! I definitely feel more confident in my acting skills after working with Michelle.
Really great! Looking forward to learning more!!!
Great introduction to violin.
My son likes her. First day of class and he said he loved his class.
Michelle is a multi-talented individual. She brings that creativity to her teaching. As an older adult learning a new language, I appreciate her patience and encouragement. Any student of Michelle will come away from her lesson with profound positive energy.Show More
Spanish has always been difficult for me, but Michelle has helped me so much! She's the first Spanish teacher I actually look forward to seeing each time we have a lesson because she makes the lessons so much fun! She's very funny and easy to work with. Whenever I need to make a change to a lesson she always does everything she can to make it work. I've finally been able to raise my grade in Spanish after working with her!Show More
Michelle is an amazing acting coach!! She is extremely knowledgeable and experienced. She is warm, welcoming, and patient. Working with Michelle has greatly improved my self confidence as an actor. She chooses course material from all different genres, allowing me to feel well rounded and ready to analyze and act out anything put in front of me. I am extremely grateful to have chosen Michelle as my acting coach and excited to see what the future holds for me under her tutelage!!!Show More
At the risk of giving away my best kept secret, Michelle is THE BEST!!!
Not only is she an amazing teacher, she is an incredible talent, and awesome person. Her relaxed and nurturing nature enables you to feel super comfortable and excited to learn. She motivates you to try your best and focuses on your strengths, while building and improving upon your weaknesses.
I've taken singing lessons in the past, and after one class with Michelle, I realized, I hadn't learned anything! If you really want to learn in a positive and motivating environment, take classes with Michelle. Just don't sign up for my time slot...I called dibs and I'm going to be taking classes for a while! Lol. =)
Phenomenal doesn't come close to doing justice to explain how absolutely wonderful Michelle is not just as an instructor but as a person. Michelle isn't just a teacher. She is a mentor, a friend and a giver of support, courage, strength, positivity and love. She helps you discover and foster and strengthen your inner voice. Her attitude is completely nonjudgmental allowing you to discover and grow without fear of erring. She creates such a personal connection and invests in you and makes you feel that you matter and can and will succeed in your endeavors. Michelle is one of a kind.
Very awesome teacher! Very detailed! Love the lessons!!
The best vocal coach ever!
Michelle is an incredible vocal coach. I can't believe I kissed so many frogs before I found her. She helped me expand my range, apply new techniques, and most importantly, she helped me build confidence in myself as a singer. She is funny and full of energy. There is no wasted second while working with Michelle. She'll make you work until she gets the best out of you. I wish I had the time to take three lessons a week with Michelle.
I can only say great things about this wonderful teacher.
She is the best!
Great with kids!
Michelle has been great at connecting with my child with patience and a positive attitude. I would definitely recommend her to others (and have been).