RJ Miller-Zelinko
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
RJ Miller-Zelinko has a gift and love for teaching, passing on his passion for music to his students in a way that motivates them, whether young or old, and tailoring their lessons to meet their needs and goals. RJ has taught private voice for 8 years to both children and adults. He is a member of the Music Teachers’ Association of Michigan, The Michigan Music Association and the National Association for Music Educators. In 2011 he toured Europe as a soloist with the Blue Lake Symphonic Winds and returned in 2014 with an 8-person ensemble crossing 8 different countries. He has also lead worship with Genesis UMC, playing piano, singing and playing the guitar.

About RJ M.

RJ holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music for Vocal Performance from Cornerstone University, where he spent four years on the Dean's List and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He participates regularly in opera and musical theater performances. RJ is currently studying to receive a Music Therapy certification. His teaching experience includes vocal and piano instructor positions at music education facilities in Grand Rapids, Oxford, and Troy, MI.

RJ believes a healthy, relaxed technique will encourage students to find their own voice, regardless of style. Students will reach their highest potential through technique work, repertoire study, ear training, and performance etiquette. He welcomes students of all levels and styles.


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I'm a beginner who has worked with RJ for over a year and my singing has improved quickly and consistently throughout the year. He is a great teacher, expert at explaining things in different ways to find what clicks for you. I highly recommend working with him!

Posted May 28, 2020
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I see first hand his enthusiastic, fun, professional, calm approach to teaching various school age kids from beginner to more advanced. He is incredibly encouraging and patient and really knows how to get the very best out of all his students.

Posted May 28, 2020
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RJ is a great teacher, he always takes time to make sure I got it and am confident. His rates are very reasonable and I would recommend him to anyone looking sharpen their musical ability.

Posted May 27, 2020
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I'm a beginner who has worked with RJ for over a year and my singing has improved quickly and consistently throughout the year. RJ is a great teacher, expert at explaining things in different ways to find what clicks for you. I highly recommend working with him!

Posted May 27, 2020
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RJ is an amazing vocal teacher. I came in with no experience with singing and he was very enthusiastic, fun to learn from, and over all a great teacher. He helped push past walls and got me singing. If you're looking for a vocal coach he is the one to go to!

Posted May 27, 2020

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Jan 2011 - Aug 2017

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Music Teacher
Jan 2013 - Dec 2016

Kent County School District


Bachelors in Music Education
Aug 2011 - May 2016

Cornerstone University



Professional Proficiency


Michigan Music Association
Nov 2019
Michigan Music Association was founded in 1967 as a non-profit, educational organization to perpetuate through high standards an annual competition for students in the state of Michigan. Its goals are to provide the public the opportunity to hear students in competition, to uphold a high standard in music education, provide a public outlet for the artistic talent of music students, and most importantly to help students gain the experience and confidence to develop their musical talents.
Michigan School Vocal Music Association
Oct 2014
Our mission is to educate and inspire all people to understand and value the art of vocal music and its lifelong impact on the human spirit.
Michigan Education Association
Mar 2012
The Michigan Education Association (MEA) is a self-governing education association, representing about 150,000 teachers, education support professionals and higher-education employees throughout the state.
Detroit Music Awards
Jan 2012
The Detroit Music Awards Foundation is a Michigan 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation, whose mission is to recognize Detroit area musicians working on a national, regional and local level. Its purpose is also to support and nurture the musical community in the Detroit metropolitan area, and to create a network for musicians that cuts across genres and styles.
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Jan 2012
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children. The association comprises nearly 70,000 individual members of the early childhood community and more than 300 regional Affiliate chapters, all committed to delivering on the promise of high-quality early learning. Together, we work to achieve a collective vision: that all young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential.
National Association for Music Education
Mar 2011
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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