Shelley Mitchell
New York, NY
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Shelley Mitchell

Shelley M.

New York, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Every lesson is for YOU. The time we spend together is time for you to explore your voice, your goals, and desires within music. I specialize in beginner/intermediate singers looking to expand their voice, repertoire, and love of singing. No lesson will be the same, and every lesson will be a shared experience in which we learn how your voice works, and how it feels.

Lessons include, but are not limited too, repertoire exploration, music theory, range expansion, vocal pedagogy/vocal anatomy, performance preparation, character coaching .....and much more.

*GROUP SINGING LESSONS ( for individuals of 3 or 4)
60MINUTES for $100

About Shelley M.

I'm a professional singer/teacher residing in New York City with degrees from Indiana State University, and New York University with a specialization in Classical Art Song, Musical Theatre Repertoire, and Vocal Pedagogy.

Every lesson is about YOU. So each week we will take a look at your goals for the lesson, whether you are preparing for college auditions, school talents shows, a desire to work with music theory, or piano skills, this is your opportunity to explore. Everything is possible.

As a professional singer myself, I am constantly auditioning on broadway, off-broadway, and for smaller local and regional theater opportunities. I believe that as a teacher I have to continue to be in the field and learning as the industry continues to change. I have to be aware of the opportunities in this business. I have been hired by professional opera and musical theatre companies, in additional to large choral works as a soloist, and have a private studio in Washington Heights.

Prior to NYC I taught middle school choir for 200+ students, of which I received teacher of the year in 2012. I also still hold a valid teaching license in the state of Indiana and currently applying toward my NYS teaching certification.

Due to the current nature of our society and the influence of CoVid-19 my studio is only currently teaching lessons online until further notice.

Because of the nature of singing, and how important consistency is, having lessons regularly is incredibly important. Additionally, due to the nature of lesson times being reserved in my schedule, it is always courtesy to keep scheduled lessons as much as possible.

Makeup lessons/cancellations are not given unless:
- I have to cancel or reschedule a lesson for any reason. These will always be made up and you will be notified.

- Planned absences (such as vacations, religious events, holidays, school functions, etc) are eligible for rescheduling or cancellation if given at least two weeks notice in writing (text or email communication)

- Unforeseen events (emergencies, sudden illness, etc) totally happen. In the case of such an event, please contact me as soon as possible, preferably within 24 hours so I can possibly give that time to another student. Lessons canceled with less than 24 hours will not be rescheduled.

- No call/no show lessons will be charged the full amount of the lesson.

All other absences will result in the lesson being marked as "missed". A copy of the Studio Policies and further details will be emailed or messaged before the first lesson. Please feel free to ask any questions or clarifications at any time.


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28 Reviews
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I am glad I chose Shelley as my daughter's teacher. She seems to be very knowledgeable. I think my daughter will learn a lot from her.

Posted Sep 3, 2020
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I have been taking lessons with Shelley for almost a year and she is fantastic! We used to meet in person and have been now meeting online. I have noticed improvements in the quality of my voice and strength of my head voice (something I mentioned that I wanted to work on).

As a student with previous musical training, I appreciate that Shelley is knowledgeable in music theory and vocal technique.

Shelley's personality is also amazing. She's very kind and easy to learn from, providing effective and actionable feedback to aid a singer.

Posted Aug 14, 2020
Kendall Hamid
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Posted Aug 3, 2020
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Shelley is a fantastic teacher that I highly recommend!! I have been working with her for almost a year and I always look forward to lessons with her. Prior to Shelley I never really had proper training and was scared to go about the first lesson but she makes you feel extremely comfortable and is super encouraging. about wanting to help achieve your goals. She really takes the time to know you as a student and gears each lesson and exercise to what works best for you and your voice. Being a dancer she relates the exercises into a dance perspective so that I can best understand what she wants me to achieve. As an aspiring professional performer we work on the things one needs in order to prepare for auditions including creating an audition book, resume/headshots, and learning music theory. I definitely recommend her for anyone really wanting to find and use their voice properly!!!

Posted Jul 9, 2020
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Shelley is an amazing teacher! She is always so positive and supportive, and the exercises and songs she has provided have really helped me develop as a singer and musician. As someone who picked up singing after playing a wind instrument for years, I really appreciate how she's able to explain the purpose of each exercise and what aspect of my singing it is working to improve.

Posted Jul 3, 2020
Allie B.
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Shelley has been the most supportive and encouraging instructor I've ever had. I am always comfortable enough to mess up and try again, and she has given me so many tips that have proven useful for my voice. We've been doing weekly online lessons, and I can't recommend her enough!

Posted May 13, 2020
Ji-Won Son
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Posted Apr 27, 2020
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Shelley is such a fabulous teacher! As someone that has had multiple voice teachers I can say without a doubt that Shelley really knows her stuff. She makes students so comfortable and also works with them to push them to do their best. She has a great teaching style and attitude. I would highly recommend studying with her!

Posted Mar 10, 2020
Conor M.
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Super nice, informative, and easy to understand. Really excited to continue lessons!

Posted Nov 1, 2019
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Shelley is fantastic. She made me feel at ease right away, even though I have no prior singing experience and I was incredibly nervous. As early as my second lesson, I could already hear a difference in my voice when I listened back to the recording of our session! She really knows what she's doing and it shows. I highly recommend Shelley. In addition to being a great music teacher - which she is - she's also so pleasant to work with! She's fast to respond, very accommodating with her schedule, friendly and easygoing, and professional. I started out thinking I'd just take a few weeks' worth of lessons to get out of my comfort zone. Over a year later, I'm still here, and looking forward to every week.

Posted Oct 11, 2019
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Ms. Shelley is very dedicated to every one of her students. It is a pleasure working with her!

Posted Apr 17, 2019
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Shelley is by far the best voice teacher I have ever had. Within the short duration of time that I have worked with her, I have noticed that my voice has significantly changed (it feels and sounds better) after using her techniques. She knows what she’s talking about and offers substantial and specific criticism. She individualizes every student, in that she chooses repertoire that benefits a particular voice instead of assuming that every student has the same voice and strengths/weaknesses. This is a very important skill for a voice teacher to have. Shelley is also very good at time management within a lesson. Most importantly, she makes the experience fun! I would highly recommend Shelley to anyone who is looking for a voice teacher! Thank you Shelley!

Posted Mar 4, 2019
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Shelley is amazing! All my old teachers always told me to breathe to release the tension in my voice, but Shelley taught me vocal warmups to ease the strain. I now can sing better and connect to lyrics.

Posted Feb 10, 2019
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Throughout my time training with Shelley, I’ve constantly been able to see the progression of my voice after each lesson. I could constantly see the improvements in my tone quality and without her instruction, I would be nowhere near the level I am currently.

Posted Dec 31, 2018
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When it come to vocal training, sight singing, music theory, vocal coaching... Shelley is the! I would certainly recommend her to anyone who is seeking private lessons. It is such a joy to teach alongside her and watch her work!

Posted Dec 30, 2018
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Shelley is a wonderful voice teacher. She made me feel very comfortable from our first lesson, which I really appreciated as a beginner. The lessons are always fun as well as challenging. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to improve their singing voice.

Posted Nov 13, 2018
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Shelley is an amazing teacher! From the beginning she took the time to hear out my concerns, and then made sure to explain the exercises to me, and how they helped. If she noticed I was having trouble with an exercise, she would modify it, or try something different that would help in a similar way. She also was quick to notice when I was holding back, and would push me to try my very best. Because of her my voice improved in ways I thought it never would, and my confidence did as well! I look forward to the day I can continue my lessons with her!

Posted Oct 16, 2018
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My daughter appreciates the specific pointers Shelley gives and so far has enjoyed every lesson

Posted Oct 11, 2018
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Wonderful teacher with so much knowledge. She was able to help me find material, helped me work towards an audition and develop my voice. I couldn't have asked for a better instructor!

Posted Aug 16, 2018
Feng J.
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A very fun teacher who is capable of making lesson less awkward and more engaging. You could definitely learn a lot in a short period of time. 120% recommended

Posted Aug 12, 2018
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Great teacher!

Posted Aug 8, 2018

I was fortunate to work closely with Shelley at NYU for several years. She is not only an exceptional singer when it comes to technique, versatility and musicality but she has a true understanding of how the voice works and an ability to communicate clearly when it comes the abstract and complex concepts that are involved in singing. Shelley is also an excellent musician and a dedicated and fun performer and teacher who brings joy to all of the work that she does. She is operating at a level far above most singers and voice teachers in NYC and yet she is down to earth and will find a way to relate to any student. Anyone thinking of studying with Shelley should jump at the chance!

Posted Apr 14, 2018
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I met Shelley when I employed her at NYU and must first comment on her professionalism, poise, and understanding. She is adaptable to everyone she meets and always finds ways to bring out the best in people.
I then worked with Shelley for pre-performance of my one-man show. She was dedicated in assisting me with techniques on how to sustain my voice, projection, and also emotional depth through tone.
I couldn't recommend her knowledge and skills enough. You'd be lucky to have her on your side and in your corner.

Posted Apr 2, 2018
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Every lesson with Shelley was a blast! Her techniques are effective, and her teaching style personally caters to each student. In the semester I took with her, not only did I discover a completely different vocal style, but I was able to nurture that new voice under Shelley's instruction. Her kind and nurturing personality only helps in the process!

Posted Apr 1, 2018
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Shelley is a phenomenal vocal coach and really expanded my vocal abilities. Her lessons were customized to help me grow as a vocal student. My vocal strength, pitch, and overall sound were greatly improved during my lessons with Shelley. She is extremely professional and goes out of her way to make sure her students are accomplishing their goals. Her suggested exercises helped build-up my voice. Additionally, her teaching methods and personality not only made me a better vocalist, but boosted my confidence in singing as well. If you are looking for a vocal coach, Shelley is the one to go to. Her teaching methods, professionalism, and kindness make her the best coach. I really enjoyed my time working with Shelley!

Posted Mar 31, 2018
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In the 3 short months that I spent with Shelley, she really helped me unlock my voice in a way that I never have before. She gave me both the technique and the confidence to keep growing. I was lucky to have her!

Posted Mar 31, 2018
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As a student in NYU, Shelley was my third or fourth musical instructor. In general, what I have seen is that musical instructors have a great talent and knowledge in their given field, but I found that their knowledge wasn't clearly disseminated to me. However, specifically in terms of voice lessons, Shelley was able to tailor the lessons to who I was as a person. She combined her knowledge with my interests to help me learn how to best use my voice. For example, I love ASL and have foundational knowledge in the language. At the beginning of most lessons, Shelley and I would check in with each other and would make sure we are both doing ok (that the stresses of the week didn't bring us down). This is how Shelley began to learn of my interest in ASL, and used it in our lessons. ASL is a beautifully emotional language that requires you to paint a picture. And when I sang, Shelley told me I needed more emotion; I needed to paint the picture. So she told me to sign the song in ASL. This is just a long winded way of saying Shelley will learn your voice/personality, and she will use all her techniques to make you the best you! I miss my lessons with her because they were therapeutic for me. Today, I have a better understanding of my voice and it capabilities. #MoreAir #CreateSpace #SingOut #BECONFIDENT #Music=Therapy

Posted Mar 31, 2018
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Shelley was a phenomenal vocal training teacher. She has a sound knowledge of music, and it really translated over the 3-4 months of training I had with her. From employing a variety of drills to train different aspects of my voice, to coaching me through ways to expand my range and get comfortable in my own vibe and style, she stands out amongst the crop of musical professionals today.

Shelley was always very professional, respectful of my time, aware of my inhibitions, and just an overal caring person. I highly recommend her to all future potential students.

Posted Mar 31, 2018

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Mentor/Voice Teacher
Sep 2018 - Present

Teaching Private Voice Lessons within New York Public Schools. Celia Cruz H.S ( Fall 2020 - Spring 2021 ) Brooklyn Tech High School( Fall 2019 - Spring 2020) East Williamsburg Scholars Academy (Fall 2018 - Spring 2020)

Artistic Director of NYCC Youth Ensemble
Apr 2018 - Dec 2019

New York City Youth Chamber Choir

Private Voice Teacher 2018-2019 Artistic Director of NYCC Youth 2019- Present

Aug 2019 - Sep 2019

Hudson Guild Theater

New York Premier of "GATSBY: A New Musical" written by Danielle Moore & Jacob Ryan Smith; based on the infamous novel "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Director: Danielle Moore Musical Director: Sara Linger Stage Manager: Joseph Heike

Soprano Soloist - BRAHMS REQUIEM
Apr 2019 - May 2019

New York Chamber Choir

Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church Director: Alistair Hamilton

Cabaret Singer
Sep 2018 - Sep 2018

The Benanti Group

Opera in Blue Jeans Cabaret Venue: The Duplex

Narrator (Mirror of Truth)
May 2018 - Jun 2018

Dixon Place Performing Arts Theatre

Devised theatre production of a young girls journey to discover what's inside of her.

Soprano Soloist- Handel's DIXIT DOMINUS
Mar 2018 - May 2018

New York Chamber Choir

Director: Alistair Hamilton

Adjunct Voice Faculty
Sep 2016 - May 2017

New York University

Provided quality instruction and learning experiences in vocal development to non- majors at New York University. Teaching responsibilities included providing lessons to students of various skill levels, demonstrating appropriate techniques through vocal warm-ups, selecting appropriate repertoire and continuously adapting methods to facilitate healthy vocal growth. Developed a variety of assignments that required academic and vocal requirements to become entwined in achievement of a grade. Academic projects ranged from transcriptions to research assignments with multiple due dates throughout the weeks to ensure continued understanding in vocal development throughout the semester. Required all students to be knowledgeable of basic music theory, and historical references of repertoire. In addition to extensive analysis of character circumstances.

Adriana ( The Boys from Syracuse )
Sep 2016 - Oct 2016

New York University Steinhardt

Professional production of Rogers & Hart's "The Boys from Syracuse" based on William Shakespeares comedy of errors. Director: Meg Bussert Musical Director: Grant Wenaus Provincetown Playhouse

Clare ( The Secret Garden )
Aug 2016 - Sep 2016

New York University Steinhardt

Professional Production of "The Secret Garden" Director: M.K Lawson Musical Director: Stan Tucker Frederick Loewe Theatre

Pit Singer ( COMPANY )
Sep 2015 - Oct 2015

Tisch New Theatre

Professional production of Sondheims "COMPANY" by Tisch New Theatre.

Choral Director
Aug 2012 - May 2015

Washington Township School Corp.

Fiordispina ( L'impresario in Angustie)
May 2014 - Aug 2014

La Musica Lirica

Professional production of "L'impresario in Angustie" by Domenic Cimarosa. Performed in Novefeltria, Italy. Director: Bill Florescu ( Florentine Opera Co.) Musical Director: Jeffrey Price

Vixen/Opera Chorus (The ThreePenny Opera)
Sep 2013 - Nov 2013

Indianapolis Opera Co.

2013-2014 Season Director: Bill Fabri Chorus Master: John Schmid Artistic Director/Conductor: James Caraher

Spinning Chorus (The Flying Dutchman)
Mar 2013 - May 2013

Indianapolis Opera Co.

2012 - 2013 Season Director: Joachim Schamberger Chorus Master: John Schmid Artistic Director/Conductor: James Caraher


Scene Study/Improvisation
May 2017 - Jan 2018

Deena Levy Theatre Studio

Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy
Aug 2016 - May 2017

New York University

Master of Music, Vocal Performance
Aug 2015 - May 2017

New York University

Emerging Artist Program
Jun 2015 - Jul 2015

OperaWorks 2015

Bachelor of Music Education
Aug 2006 - May 2012

Indiana State University

Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance
Aug 2006 - Dec 2011

Indiana State University



Fluent / Native Proficiency

French (Diction-International Phonetic Alphabet)

Professional Proficiency

German (Diction-International Phonetic Alphabet)

Professional Proficiency

Italian (Diction-International Phonetic Alphabet)

Professional Proficiency


Basic First Aid Certification- Exp. 5/2021
May 2019

American Safety & Health Institute

Shelley Mitchell has successfully completed and competently performed the require knowledge and still objectives for this program.
Basic Life Support Certification- Exp. 5/2021
May 2019

American Safety & Health Institute

Shelley Mitchell has successfully completed and competently performed the required knowledge and skill objectives for this BASIC LIFE SUPPORT ( CPR and AED) program
Dignity for All Students Act- Certification
Jan 2018

Mercy College

Professional Educator’s License, K-12 Vocal & General Music- Exp.12/2021
Nov 2012

Department of Education, State of Indiana

2002 Rules


May 2013

Washington Township School Corp.

Paul W. Hagan Concerto Competition
Nov 2011

Indiana State University School of Music


Phi Kappa Lambda
Jan 2010
The purpose of this Society is to provide an organization dedicated to the furtherance of music in education and education in music in colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning, which offer music degree programs in one or more fields. The primary objective of the Society is the recognition and encouragement of the highest level of musical achievement and academic scholarship.
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Aug 2009
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.

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