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About Elizabeth B.

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Grand Rapids, MI
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About Elizabeth
*Only Available for lessons before 3PM- ALL TIMES AFTER 3PM ARE FULL*

2016 Joan Frey Boytim Independent Voice Teacher Award Winner!

I am a professional singer living in Grand Rapids, MI with a passion for teaching. My goal is to help my students become good musicians while sharing the joy and love of music with them. I have a Bachelor of Music from Grand Valley State University in Vocal Performance and a Master of Music from the Chicago College of Performing Arts in Voice Performance. From humble beginnings, I have maintained a busy studio since 2011. Since then, I have helped dozens o
f students excel and grow as singers several of whom have gone on to study music in college.

I hold membership in the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Sigma Alpha Iota and Michigan School Vocal Music Association. Through these organizations, my students have the opportunity to perform and be adjudicated by other music professionals, they also have the opportunity to compete for scholarships.

**** Due to time constraints and construction traffic in Grand Rapids, I do not offer lessons from your home ****

~What can you expect in our lessons?~

I strive to help my students become independent musicians as well as more confident singers. We work diligently to create healthy, well supported sounds. Whether we are working on classical music or pop music, it is all rooted in the same techniques. I emphasize proper breathing, support, posture, resonance, clarity, pure tone, power without pushing, and building vocal range.

We will always start by warming up. I use exercises designed to target the specific areas I've outlined above. From there, we will work on building technical skills based on the students need and skills.

My young singers (under 6th grade) will use the book "Singing Lessons for Little Singers" in their lessons.

Please note:

***We will not work on songs until the student is comfortable reading basic solfege melodies.***

We will work extensively on the use of solfege until the student is comfortable reading music. This can take a month or more depending the students abilities and practice habits.

After the student is comfortable with solfege and reading music, we will find repertoire that will provide appropriate challenges and opportunities for both growth and success. I always welcome input from students for styles they would like to sing.

I especially love working with beginning students helping them build their technique, learn about music, and find their voice. Some of my most successful students have had no experience singing before taking voice lessons.

~What styles will we work on?~

My training has been centered in classical music but I also am an avid lover of Jazz, Musical Theater, and Singer/Song Writer, Folk, and Pop music.

~Lessons in my studio~

I have an electric keyboard, computer with printer, and a sitting area for parents to observe while their children are working and learning. My studio is also pet-free.
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Katie H. November 22, 2016
Verified Student · Broadway Singing · In studio
Individualized lesson is on point. Incorporates the student personal goals, but challenges them to get out if their comfort zone.
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EMILY J. June 14, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In home
EMILY said"that was super fun". I'm delighted as her grandmother thank you
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Stephanie May 15, 2016
Verified Student · Audition Prep · In home
My daughter loves her. She was extremely flexible and able to fit us in on very short notice.
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Elizabeth B.

Elizabeth B.

Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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About Kelsey P.

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Grand Rapids, MI

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About Kelsey
I love singing! I've been singing for as long as I can remember, and I've been creating songs and playing guitar since shortly after that. I have a Bachelor's in Music from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI and I have been a full time working musician for two and a half years.

After graduating, I worked for two years at Baker College in Owosso, MI as a tutor for English and Math in the school library and eventually started teaching a basic English class. During these years I developed a passion for teaching. I love helping students discover skills they never thought they had,
and helping them develop those skills so they can become even better. Whether I'm teaching Singing, Performance, Songwriting, I strive to find ways to help each student achieve their goals.

Let's set big goals and achieve big dreams together!

*** Lesson Details ***
Singing-
*sing warm ups at the beginning of every lesson
*choose songs that are at your level of singing, this means that if you choose a song I don't think you're ready to sing, we'll choose a different song until you're ready.
*set goals for performance.

Songwriting-
*break through writer's block
*explore your creativity
*journal every week

Guitar-
*Learn your favorite songs!
*Learn scales, chords, and basic music theory

*** Studio Equipment ***
Office Space
Piano
Guitar
Internet

*** Specialties ***
Singing
Writing
Guitar
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Norman C. September 23, 2015
Verified Student · Singing · In home
Kelsey's lessons are really helping me reach my goals. The time allotted for the lessons really flies
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Mya G. August 10, 2015
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
Great instructor with kids! Very patient!
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Sandra W. June 8, 2015
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
I am 62. About 2 years ago I started singing karaoke when we go out with our friends on Saturday nights. My voice needs a lot of help, so I am very limited to what I can sing, and what I do sing is just okay.
Kelsey is patient, and as part of my lesson, i was to list songs as part of my goal. She picked out a couple of them for me to work on to improve my overall singing. Each week she would pick out areas of the song and tell me what I need to do to umprove on it. I have quite a ways to go, lots of bad habits to correct, but I have been able to apply what I have learned so far to songs that I have already been doing and to other songs that I wouldnt have considered before I started 3 1/2 months ago.
Kelsey is a great teacher, and I really look forward to my lessons.
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Kelsey P.

Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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About Beverly T.

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Lansing, MI
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About Beverly
I believe in inspiring long term results in students through constructive feedback and a healthy and strong technique to serve as a solid foundation for any musical style. I enjoy sharing my love of music and watching students progress in both their musical development as well as their appreciation for music.

I have a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Indiana University and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Brigham Young University. I have experience teaching voice as well as advanced sight singing to students with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences pr
ivately and in group settings. In addition, I have played the piano for over ten years.

I am an extremely enthusiastic and dedicated teacher, and I go out of my way to ensure that my students receive the tools they need to take their abilities to the next level and achieve their goals. For me, the focus is entirely on the student and what I need to do to help their development.
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Alia February 21, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Great with my children. They really enjoyed their first lesson!
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Todd B. February 16, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Went above and beyond to help me with my low vision.
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Toby S. December 7, 2015
Verified Student · Piano · In home
My kids thoroughly enjoyed their first lesson with Beverly and are very much looking forward to their next.
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Beverly T.

Lansing, MI 48917
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$20 / 30-min

About David S.

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Grandville, MI
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About David
Playing the trumpet for 17 years, David has performed all across the country with high praise.

A native of Grand Rapids, MI; he performed for two seasons with the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony before attending Western Michigan University to earn a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance. While in Kalamazoo, David frequently performed in area pit orchestras, most frequently appearing with the Kalamazoo Civic Theater. He also served as a substitute musician with the Southwest Michigan Symphony and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.

Following an audition at The Juilliard School in New York Ci
ty, David was invited to study trumpet with Kevin Cobb; an internationally-renowned chamber musician with The American Brass Quintet. While attending graduate school, David was a charter member and principal trumpet of the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra.

David currently serves as the principal trumpet with the Grand Rapids Symphonic Band while teaching, performing, and composing.
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DavidP. January 31, 2016
· Trumpet · In home
David is the definition of professional. His trumpet knowledge and ability to help me improve in lessons week to week has been beyond beneficial. His talents extend much further than the trumpet and that aids in the lesson experience as a whole.
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DavidP. January 31, 2016
· Trumpet · In home
David is the definition of professional. His trumpet knowledge and ability to help me improve in lessons week to week has been beyond beneficial. His talents extend much further than the trumpet and that aids in the lesson experience as a whole.
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Sam G. December 15, 2015
Verified Student · Trumpet · In home
Great first lesson!
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David S.

Grandville, MI 49418
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About Rachel M.

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Comstock Park, MI

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A recent graduate of Cornerstone University with a degree in Music Education! I have a strong passion for music as well as theater! I've taught private lessons as well as run music for multiple productions! I have also travelled to over a dozen countries as a vocal soloist.
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Bill S. February 13, 2017
Verified Student · Singing · In home
Rachael taught some warm-up & voice exercises to me. Only our first lesson, but now I have some direction and something to practice.
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Penelope M. January 16, 2017
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Rachel made my daughter feel comfortable right away, she's excited for her next lesson!
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Rachel M.

Comstock Park, MI 49321
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$27 / 30-min

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