Miya Higashiyama
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Miya Higashiyama

Miya H.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I believe everyone can and should make music! In our lessons we will focus on different elements of technique and musical expression. For voice, we will discuss and work on elements such as breath, posture, and use specific vocalizes (voice exercises) tailored to each student to challenge their individual range and musical style. Depending on each student’s goals, we will work on a song or songs which could culminate for a recital, audition, or just for fun! I teach beginners all the way through advanced, and am comfortable in a wide range of genres including opera, musical theatre, pop, praise music, jazz, and more. I also am comfortable preparing vocalists for sight singing, ear training, or AP theory music exams. I combine a very specified, hand-crafted, fun approach to helping my students meeting their goals, with warmth, encouragement, and humor. I look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve what you want!

About Miya H.

I am a professional musician currently residing in the Chicago area, attending the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University ('21) where I am receiving my Master of Music. While at Northwestern I've sung operatic roles such as La Messaggiera in L'Orfeo, Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte, and covered Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus. Music is my biggest joy and passion and I absolutely love to share it with others. I have been teaching music lessons in one on one and group settings (voice and piano) for over 7 years and am a professional musician trained in piano, classical voice, and musical theatre. I hold a Bachelors with honors in music in addition to achieving my masters and have sung with a wide variety of local musical organizations including Vashon Opera, and the Olympia Symphony and have placed and competed in several national organizations including NATS and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Music lessons are a great way to focus on different elements of technique and musical expression. I am comfortable teaching all ages in all genres at all skill levels and tailor each lesson and curriculum to fit each student's specific needs. I love helping people achieve their goals with a variety of skill sets and techniques, combined with warmth, encouragement, and humor.

Some genres I teach in both instruments include opera, classical, pop, contemporary, musical theatre, basic jazz, praise music and more. I look forward to working with you!


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4 Reviews
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you are a really nice teacher and you are realllllllly good at singing

Posted Sep 26, 2021
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Ms. Miya is an incredible piano teacher. She is full of energy, love, and genuine enthusiasm in what she does. In addition to the technical aspects of music, she is talented in encouraging self expression, emotion, and telling a story within playing piano. Miya has both a friendly but professional demeanor and I would strongly recommend her to any student looking for a teacher.

Posted May 17, 2021
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Miya is an excellent voice teacher. She really connected with my daughter and inspired her. Miya went above and beyond. She came to the solo ensemble competition and gave my daughter a fantastic pep talk that helped her relax and give a great performance. I was also very impressed with how professional Miya conducted herself. She was younger than some of our previous music instructors but she was fabulous!

Posted May 17, 2021
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I had a great experience taking voice lessons from Miya! She is an amazing, thoughtful, and talented teacher. Before I took lessons, I was unconfident in singing alone or singing solos. Since taking lessons with Miya, I have gained much more confidence as a soloist, and have grown so much as a singer. I am very grateful to Miya for all that she has taught me!

Posted Apr 26, 2021

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Voice/Piano Teacher
Jun 2018 - Jun 2019

Miller Music School

Taught private voice and piano to ages 4-17 culminating in three recitals a year and often times assisted students with working through Suzuki and/or Royal Conservatory curriculum for piano.

Voice/Piano Teacher
Sep 2017 - Jun 2019

Steilacoom High School

Staff accompanist and private voice teacher (occasionally choral director's assistant as well) weekly for students ages 9th-12th grade.

Private Voice/Piano Teacher
Jun 2013 - Jun 2019

Music Studio

Taught students age 5-75 privately out of my own home, voice and piano, all skills and levels.


Master of Music in Voice and Opera Performance
Sep 2019 - Present

Northwestern University

Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance
Sep 2013 - May 2017

Pacific Lutheran University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


District Participant
Dec 2020

MONC (Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions)

Honorable Mention/National Semi-finalist Contestant
Oct 2020

NATS Chicago

Eckstein Grant Fund Recipient
Sep 2019

Northwestern University

Regional Finalist
Oct 2017


Agnes Berge Smith Scholarship
Sep 2013

Pacific Lutheran University

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