Viviana Garabello
Plymouth, MI
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Viviana Garabello

Viviana G.

Plymouth, MI
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Singing is not easy as it seems!
I will listen to your story, I will let you explain what you want from your voice, and I will drive you, step by step, towards your dreams.

About Viviana G.

Music teacher & Italian language teacher (mother-tongue,) with several years of experience and a large number of successful students.

Viviana is an awarded vocal performer, composer, and conductor but she is mostly renowned and loved as a caring music teacher.

She earned a Bachelor of Music in Film Music Scoring at Madonna University with the Highest Honors, and a Master of Arts in Music (GPA 4.0) at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Viviana is a member of several honorary organizations, including the Kappa Gamma Pi Honor Society, the American Choral Directors Association, the Italian American Charitable Foundation, the Verdi Opera Theater of Michigan, the Alliance for Women Film Composers, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

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Kira C.
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So helpful and kind, really explained things well.

Posted Jun 29, 2020
Amber
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Viviana is incredibly talented, professional, and kind. She has an amazing ability to take sophisticated concepts and make them accessible to beginners. In just six months I have learned to do things with my voice much sooner than I ever thought possible. My experience has been life-changing, and I leave every lesson feeling more empowered and uplifted than before.

Posted May 5, 2020
Artun
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Viviana is so professional and warm, she has helped me improve my voice in every way and stay positive throughout this journey. She's able to point out what's holding me back and patiently help me overcome it every step of the way. Thank you Viviana!

Posted Apr 5, 2020
Kevin
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I have had nothing but good interactions with Viviana every time I work with her. Each time she proceeds to make sure I am comprehending as well as I need to for each lesson. She always has a smile on her face and get the task at hand done. I have been with here for over a year and feel way more confident in my sight reading and playing abilities.

Posted Mar 24, 2020
Selina
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I really wanted to up my karaoke game about one year about and Viviana has been amazing to help with just that! She is a wealth of knowledge, but also keeps it fun and light. She knows this is more of a hobby for me and is really balancing her lessons accordingly. She is always so upbeat and positive but also gives me feedback when I need it. We were meeting face-to-face for several months, but now are doing video lessons which are working out very well! I wasn't sure how it would go, but she has adapted to the online format seamlessly! I would highly recommend working with Viviana! :) I would give her 200 stars if I could!

Posted Mar 23, 2020
Kareem
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Very professional and friendly.
Highly recommended to achieve your music goals.

Posted Mar 21, 2020
Steven
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I would recommend Viviana's lessons to everyone. Not only do I learn so much from each lesson, but singing has become a wonderful new source of joy in my life. A fantastic teacher and a skill that makes the everyday more beautiful.

Posted Mar 20, 2020
Zeinab
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Viviana is by far the best vocal teacher I have ever had. She truly cares about her students on a deeper level and she is greatly intuitive. I can say with honesty, that I have learned so much about my voice. Without her, advancing as a singer would be difficult to do on my own. Although I’ve been singing all of my life, she has taught me different techniques and has encouraged me to preserve my voice. She has instilled confidence in me as a singer and for that I will be grateful forever.

Posted Mar 19, 2020
Lauren
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Viviana is an amazing voice teacher! She is kind, attentive, talented, and extremely knowledgeable about her craft. In just a few weeks of 30 minute lessons I have already learned more from her than any other voice teacher I've ever had.

I have taken musical theater and classical/opera lessons with her. My voice has grown so much! With the transition to online lessons, I really look forward to my voice lesson every week to break up the quarantine monotony. If you are looking to become a better singer Viviana is 100% the right choice.

Posted Mar 19, 2020
Colin
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Viviana has been my voice instructor for the last 3 years. I’ve never had a teacher with her ability to teach voice and music theory. I’ve always been very reluctant to sing in front of anyone. She has taught me to sing in front of an audience with confidence! Viviana, with her vast knowledge, is the best instructor I’ve ever had!!!

Posted Mar 18, 2020
Steven
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I’ve been playing bass for nearly 25 years and have plenty of music theory knowledge under my belt. I wanted to learn piano to expand my musicianship and I’ll be honest, at first I was going to go with the self-learning route since some of my past experience transitioned over. What didn’t transition over is technique and approach, so I was going to take a few lessons to tighten that up and then go on my own.

This is when I met Viviana. She is an absolutely wonderful teacher and has surpassed all expectations. I no longer want to take just a few lessons and go on my own, now I want to spend a year or more with her. I need a lot of work! What I love is that I take something new away from each lesson. I feel like with each lesson I’m getting at least 10X more out of every practice session than I would have had I tried this on my own.

What I really love is that Viviana is honest and attentive. I took bass guitar lessons in the past and it was simply working through a book and all the teacher did was validate that I could play the songs, they paid no attention to anything else. Viviana is different, sure we are working through books, but she really emphasizes all of the small details which separates the beginners from the greats. She really makes me feel the music and helps me to avoid the pitfalls of just playing robotically. She is honest, as soon as she detects me veering away she will immediately correct me in a constructive manner. I never feel nervous or frustrated with Viviana by my side.

If you are thinking about taking lessons, be it piano or voice (I hear her teaching voice lessons when I come in early) then you would be doing yourself a great service by learning with Viviana. She will put you on the right path and I promise you will see results. She is also very flexible, as I write this coronavirus is wreaking havoc around the world yet she is still able to teach remotely through apps like FaceTime and such. You simply cannot reach maximum potential without a great teacher, so if you are serious about making progress then I urge you to take at least a few lessons.

Thanks Viviana! I look forward to many lessons to come!

Posted Mar 18, 2020
Chris
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Viviana is one the most personable teachers I have met. I take voice lessons with Viviana. Viviana has catered my lessons specific to my voice. Personally, taking lessons with Viviana has made me have better vocal posture, tone and confidence.

Posted Mar 18, 2020
Ryan
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Viviana is an outstanding teacher with an expert level knowledge of arrangement and composition. She explains using real life analogies that helps communicate difficult concepts in a way that is easy to understand and put into practice. She is also a caring, personable teacher who makes an effort to understand the student's needs and perspectives. I highly recommend her as a composition teacher.

Posted Mar 18, 2020
Cind
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Learning to play the piano has been a wonderful experience due in large part to my AMAZING teacher, Viviana. She has great knowledge. She explains concepts that are easy to understand. She provides great practical exercises and is patient in your learning. She is enthusiastic, encouraging and so eager for her students to learn. She is an amazing teacher!! If you have ever thought of learning piano, now is a great time and Viviana is a great teacher!

Posted Mar 18, 2020
Stephanie H
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Viviana is an amazing piano teacher. Not only is she extremely knowledgeable, patient and kind (everything you would hope for in a teacher)... her teaching style has helped me to gain a much deeper understanding and appreciation for music. I have learned more in the last 3 months taking lessons with her than I have in previous years of piano lessons. I feel very lucky to have found such a great teacher - she really cares for her students. Highly recommended :)

Posted Mar 15, 2020
Cheryl
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Viviana has done an excellent job in explaining the Italian culture, language use, and pronunciation techniques. She also has a lot of patience with her teachings and is flexible with scheduling as needed.

Posted Jul 23, 2018
Earl
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Viviana is awesome! She is very well educated in music and really works to get what you want out of your lessons, and she's super nice and fun as well!

Posted May 20, 2018
Colin W.
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My first lesson was excellent! Viviana is very enthusiastic; which carries over to the lesson!! Can’t wait to get back to it! Colin

Posted Feb 16, 2018
Veronica
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Ms. Viviana is my second vocal teacher, and by far the best I've ever had. she has helped me in so many ways giving me opportunities that I would have never gotten if it wasn't for her.

Posted Oct 13, 2017
Rocky
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Honestly, she is the best teacher I have ever had in my life. She is patient, trust worthy, and actually cares about her students. Their have been many times where I have been so frustrated with my vocal training that I almost wanted to quit. Viviana has made me push myself and showed me that patience is the key in developing a fantastic voice. I promise if she was your instructor you could see how absolutely amazing she is.

Posted Oct 12, 2017
Maira
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Very easy going and talented. She is great!

Posted May 30, 2017
Julia Mogylevska-Castillo
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Hi, everyone! I think each of us is different, but we have the same goal to learn how to convey all the beauty of us into art that we do.If you are looking for the teacher who will teach you basics or master your voice or even, give you a professional advice on your singing, she is right here. You will feel that your singing is improving from the very first lesson. I did and I highly recommend you Viviana, I think everyone can become the top-rated singer with her help. Plus, she is just incredibly fun to be in the classroom with. Thank you for everything you are doing for us!

Posted Feb 14, 2017
Patricia
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I love Viviana!! She makes you feel very comfortable throughout the entire lesson. She tries to help you relax if you've had a long day and to loosen up and prepare for singing. The lessons are always very fun, full of lots of jokes, yet very productive and helpful as well. Amazing instructor!!

Posted Jul 21, 2016
Patrik Hainbuchner
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I was very impressed with my first class. Viviana is very knowledge in singing, and made me feel completely comfortable and confident about being able to achieve my vocal goals.

I would highly recommend any lessons with her!

Posted Jun 1, 2016
Thomas
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I am happy to share my good fortune of finding a remarkable voice instructor, Viviana Garabello. I have been singing my whole life, and at 66 years old I believe Viviana to be the first person to ever help me understand how my voice actually works. In addition she is able to listen to me and tell me exactly what I need to do to produce the sound that will allow my own personal voice to come out.

I have sung in numerous groups throughout my life including the Dearborn Community Chorale, Vanguard Voices and Brass and The Henry Ford Community College Chorale; and cantored at St. Thomas Aquinas church for 12 years. I performed solos and lead parts in all of those groups, however, I was never able to consistently produce the voice that I wanted to during that time.

I am now convinced that I have met in Viviana someone who can help me accomplish this goal. Because I have developed many bad vocal habits my challenge is to create new techniques that will allow me to develop new muscle memory to replace the old restrictive muscle memory that prevents me from allowing my voice to flow forth naturally.

Most importantly Viviana is able to listen to my voice and help me to listen to my voice to identify what technique I need to employ to produce a desired sound. She has a comprehensive knowledge of the physical structure of the body that produces sound and is able to communicate to me exactly what I need to do for me to produce an unencumbered sound that brings forth my true voice.

I now work on breath support, tone development and vocal music every day because there is nothing more satisfying to me than singing freely without self imposed restrictions in my voice. My quality of life has improved immeasurably because of my association with Viviana.

Posted May 3, 2016
Martina Gozzelino
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Viviana is an outstanding teacher. She is competent and professional in transferring her knowledge to her students. I took some lessons from her. She was not only very nice, but also able to teach me singing fundamentals, in a very simple and easy way. I wholeheartedly recommend her to everyone!

Posted Apr 30, 2016

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Experience

Graduate Teaching
Sep 2018 - Present

Wayne State University

Choral Conducting and Music Theory

Music Teacher
Sep 2015 - Present

Harris Conservatory of Music - Plymouth, MI

Music Teacher
Oct 2016 - Jul 2018

Music Authority Academy - Dearborn Heights, MI

Choral Director
Jun 2015 - Jul 2018

Italian American Chorale

Music Teacher
May 2016 - May 2017

Maestro Music Academy

Music Teacher
Oct 2015 - Dec 2015

Ladyhood High School - Livonia (MI)

Education

Master of Arts in Music, GPA 4.0
Sep 2018 - Present

Wayne State University

Bachelor of Music, Film Music Scoring
Sep 2014 - Aug 2018

Madonna University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Professional Proficiency

Italian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Awards

Film Music Scoring for the movie #Enough
Jan 2016

Liberator Award Top Finalist

Michigan National Competition of Singing
Nov 2014

NATS (National Association Teachers of Singing)

Affiliations

American Choral Directors Association
Jul 2016
Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music-education organization whose expressed purposes outline the associations dedication to the advancement of choral music. The mission of ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.
Alliance for Women Film Composer
May 2016
Through advocacy, support and education, the Alliance for Women Film Composers aims to increase the visibility of women composers active in media scoring. The AFWC advocates for the inclusion of women composers within industry events; supports filmmakers, game developers and studios in their inclusion of women composers; and educates, mentors and inspires emerging women composers.
National Society of Collegiate Scholars
May 2015
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is an honors organization that recognizes and elevates high achievers. NSCS provides career and graduate school connections, leadership and service opportunities and gives out a million dollars in scholarships annually. NSCS members are deeply committed to scholarship, leadership and service and as a result, are impacting their campus and local communities every day.
National Association for Music Education
May 2015
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.
Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan
Aug 2014
The Verdi Opera Theatre of Michigan/Statue of Enrico Caruso Society, established in 1988, is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging the development of promising young opera singers, as well as to promoting appreciation of the music of Giuseppe Verdi and other composers of opera and popular music for the theater. This is done through opera presentations, exhibits, concerts, vocal competitions, scholarships, and dinner-theater performances. One of the aims of the Verdi Opera is to promote goodwill and friendship among all people through music, for everyone's enjoyments and cultural enrichment.

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