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About Michele M.

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Minneapolis, MN
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About Michele Denise
As a professional teaching artist and vocal coach, I have been helping students of all ages and abilities find their voice for over 20 years. My goal is simple: to give you singing lessons that will change your life forever. You can build unshakable confidence and have fun while learning techniques professional singers take onto the stage and into the studio. And, you can have a great time doing it!

About my vocal lessons/coaching:
Most students come into lessons with the same question: "Am I any good? Is there hope for me?" Well, here's the thing... The vast majority of professional vocalists never went to school for singing! Most professional vocalists had family and friends that told them they were talented and that they should pursue singing. Most professional vocalists started out copying the sound of other recording artists
, struggling for years to find their own unique voice.

The KEY difference between professional vocalists and average singers is (9 times out of 10) the presence of an influential teacher/mentor!

The right teacher/mentor pushes you to grow continuously; beyond what you think is possible. The right teacher/mentor has wisdom and information to share from inside the music industry. The right teacher/mentor genuinely cares about you as a person.

I teach so that I can be that life-changing mentor for my students, giving them that missing link for success.

About me:
I grew up in NYC and "cut my teeth" across a variety of genres: rock, jazz, R&B, gospel and choral/classical. You name it; I've sung it. In addition to being a vocal coach, I travel the nation as a musician/performing artist, professional speaker and author. Please take a moment to watch the video clip below.

Unlike most teachers that take on any/all students, I limit my roster to 15 students at any given time. During our first few lessons, I commit to offering you honest and professional feedback about your strengths and weaknesses. I want to help YOU find YOUR own voice. I want to take a look at YOUR goals, YOUR dreams, and figure out what makes you tick.

During lessons, I draw on my dual B.A. degree in vocal performance & music business as well as industry experience. I offer insights on what works and what doesn't as a vocalist, whether you are looking to pursue singing vocationally or just as a hobby.

I can help you:
- Stop feeling nervous
- Develop impeccable technique
- Learn the “ins and outs” of being in the music business
- Assemble a press kit, record a demo and start to get gigs
- Much more!

I would love the opportunity to meet you and hear where you want your singing to take you. Please, get in touch!

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Studio Equipment:
I teach out of my residence-based studio in downtown Minneapolis. It's centrally located with free parking and easy access to skyways and public transportation. Do you work downtown? Consider taking lessons over your lunch break!

I have everything we need for lessons in my studio: instruments, laptop, mics, etc... I will provide you with all audio files and any written materials for our lessons.
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Spencer December 18, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Very straight forward and helpful lessons in a comfortable setting
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Deborah G. December 9, 2017
· Jazz Voice · Online
Michele is not just a very gifted teacher, but a coach/mentor who truly understands my individual vocal abilities and how to get me to the next level. I am a Jazz Vocalist in my country and have been taking lessons with Michele through Skype for some months now. With all the skills and knowledge I have gained from doing her classes so far, I have propelled into a professional singer where I am sought out to perform at different events. A couple months ago, I had performed at a tourism awards event in my country -a huge event- and it was the first time in all my years of performing anywhere that I got standing ovation with people screaming while I performed. I can tell you it is such a gratifying feeling when people show that level of respect and love. In past years I did get nice comments after I performed, but never at this level. I HIGHLY recommend her to anyone who truly wants to grow in their musical journey.
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mark balma October 17, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
Michelle is a very responsive and clear instructor. I enjoyed her spirit and attitude toward teaching.
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Michele M.

Michele M.

Minneapolis, MN 55401
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About John S.

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Minneapolis, MN

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I have spent the past 12 years teaching, recording and gigging all across the country. I'm a full-time musician, currently splitting my time between teaching drums and touring with indie rock band Step Rockets (www.steprockets.com).

I started drumming at the age of 10, honing my chops under the tutelage of drummer/vibraphonist Steve Roehm, member of the acclaimed Twin Cities jazz trio, The New Standards. I continued my musical education at St. Olaf College, where I played drums in the college's nationally accredited Jazz One ensemble while studying percussion with jazz veterans Phil Hey and Dave Hagedorn. I then spent three years teaching students in St. Paul Public Schools while developing a strong base of private drum students in and around the Twin Cities. I have a thorough understanding of drumming technique coupled with an in-
depth knowledge of different styles and genres, which I've accumulated through playing with a vast variety of bands and ensembles. Check out my website (http://synhavsky.tumblr.com/) for more information about my musical endeavors.

I love sharing my passion for drums with people of all ages and musical backgrounds. I provide a fun and stimulating learning environment in which students can foster their drum skills and grow their love of music.

*** Lesson Details ***
John provides a laid back atmosphere, ensuring that lessons are equal parts fun and education. Based on his teaching experience with a wide range of ages and experience levels, John tailors his curriculum according to his students' input and the exercises that are most effective. John can teach any number of drum set skills, from basic mechanics and music reading to advanced technique and improvisation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Sound-Proof Studio w/ Full Drum Kit

*** Travel Equipment ***
Given the short duration of each drum lesson, I expect the student to provide all of the drums, cymbals, and hardware for which he/she desires to learn the instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Genres: Funk, Rock, Jazz, Latin (Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Latin-Jazz), Pop, Country, Hip-Hop; Sight-Reading; Rudiments; Improvisation; Technique
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Addison Y. September 7, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Addison enjoy his drum lesson with John. I think he's a very good teacher and great working with kids
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Sidney T. April 2, 2017
· Drum · In home
Good!
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Dylan March 11, 2017
· Drum · In home
My son only recently started his lessons with John but he likes his laid back but focused teaching approach. I feel very encouraged that John has a positive attitude, and is punctual.
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John S.

Minneapolis, MN 55418
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About Eric C.

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Saint Paul, MN

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About Eric
Performing and recording musician with several groups for over 15 years. Current projects include, Hot Date and Batteryboy among others. I have been teaching private lessons and classes in community education to students of all ages since 2007. I have also taught music in early childhood education as well as music therapy programs at Minnesota Veterans Homes. I am always excited to witness my students joy as they reach and exceed their goals.

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Relaxed lessons geared toward the students goals. Various styles and techniques; Fun and efficient practice exercises; Improvisation; Patience and attention to progress; Wide Chord Vocabulary; Music Theory in a way that is easy to understand; Tone development and playing by ear.

Every student is an individual and responds better to different teaching styles as well
as learn at their own pace. My goal as a teacher is to give you an enjoyable experience in learning a new instrument and to tailor the lessons based on your interests and goals. After the first few months a beginner student can expect to have learned basic techniques and useful skills to allow them to play simple songs and melodies with ease.

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Lessons are taught in a studio with amps, acoustic guitars and electric guitars, ukuleles, along with fretless and fretted bass guitars, drums, microphones, recording equipment and software, are available for a student to use during the lesson time.

*** Specialties ***
Simplifying concepts and process. Breaking down elements of how to play Pop, Jazz, Funk, Blues, Rock, Folk etc.
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Emily November 13, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Eric is a fantastic teacher!!! He clearly enjoys kids, is a great communicator, and is very patient and flexible. My 8 year old son, who is on the autism spectrum, is really enjoying his beginner guitar lessons with Eric, who is terrific with him. I can't recommend him enough!
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Karin Eide July 21, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Eric was the right fit for me. He started me on the basics in a very relaxed way. Plus - his favorite Beatle is George!
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Nicholas May 31, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Ive been working with Eric for over a year now and I can't recommend him enough. Whether you are looking to play guitar recreationally or professionally Eric is the person you want to help hone your skills. As someone who has tried to teach myself and failed I can say that after working with Eric not only do I understand music itself astronomically better but I also am able to produce music on a creative level that would have taken years to achieve without Eric. Lastly, to anyone who is on edge of whether they need a teacher or not, the answer is YES, absolutely and you won't find anyone better than Eric.
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Saint Paul, MN 55101
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About Rachel Z.

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Minneapolis, MN

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Teaching others music education is my passion! Each lesson is tailored to the individual student based on his/her age, skill level, and musical interests. Students usually begin with a common course book such as Alfred or Faber series including studies in the following areas: Repertoire, Technic, Scales, Chords, Arpeggios, Theory, & Duets.

I took private lessons from age 5 through 18 and four years of college lessons from Dr. Suzanne Torkelson at Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa. I studied college level courses in piano literature, piano theory, and piano pedagogy and have seven years of teaching experience.
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Laurie December 31, 2017
· Piano · In home
My daughter loves Rachel! She has a great rapport with kids.
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Rachel Z.

Minneapolis, MN 55401
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About Karen H.

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Saint Paul, MN
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Karen has a B.A. in Music Education and has run her own business Karen's School of Music for 25 years! We just celebrated our 25 years Karen's Schools of music with a big Recital!!Karen is comfortable teaching all methods: Faber and Faber, Bastien, Alfred, Suzuki, etc. We will find the best method that works for your student!
Being a Music Teacher in Elk River and St. Paul Area Schools, I teach Orff instruments, teach classroom Music, and Direct Choirs and Concerts. This gives me a tremendous background in all approaches to
Teaching Music. Having half my Masters in Music Education, my Piano and Voices have won State, and National Music Contests! I even have one International Piano Contest winner, and was awarded Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award 2 years in a row!

Learning in the home, they become very comfortable
in playing the piano, and have opportunities to sing and perform for other students in occasional groups lessons. There are opportunities to perform in recitals monthly, and earn theory and performance certificates through St. Paul Piano Teachers Assoc. We perform at Mall of America at Christmas time, and have a large Recital at the end of the year!

Your student will love Piano lessons and will learn quickly with daily practice! :)

*** Lesson Details ***
We start warming up with technique and scales, quickly reviewing our theory.

Students play 2-3 pieces from their Lesson books of Faber & Faber, Suzuki, Bastien, Alfred, or whatever works best for them. These are fun repertoire pieces they will enjoy playing.

We finish the lesson with a special Performance piece they are working on, or Melody Bober, Robert Vandall, Martha Mier, Catherine Rollins specialty pieces. We even play duets!

Students will love lessons and feel a sense of accomplishment as they enjoy singing &/or playing the piano! :)
They will want their friends to join along! :)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano in the Living room.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki, Faber & Faber, Bastien, State and National Music Teacher's Association Theory, skill, and repertoire standards, and State Competition with Minnesota Music Teacher's Association.
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Terri R. August 12, 2015
· Singing · In studio
According to my daughter who is taking lessons " My instructor is pretty Chill" :)
Just started the lessons and already notice significant improvement . Looking forward to future lessons
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Karen H.

Karen H.

Saint Paul, MN 55119
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About Tim K.

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I have been involved in music since I was very young. I learned piano at an early age and started playing the trumpet in grade 6. I don't have a music degree, but have a masters degree in education from St. Mary's University. My undergraduate degree is from Augsburg College where I played trumpet in jazz band and concert band. I also took lessons from Lynn Erickson of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra throughout college. Currently, I am an IT Manager at the University of Minnesota. You can see that I have a long history in the education world, but I would like to focus more on teaching. I have a great deal of patience and a knack for helping kids understand the importance of fundamentals, but at the same time have enough fun to keep them interested.
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Tim K.

Tim K.

Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
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About Laura P.

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Minneapolis, MN

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Laura has been teaching private lessons and classes since 2009 and is currently teaching in the Dinkytown neighborhood of Minneapolis. Laura has helped students begin new musical journeys, whether at age five or age fifty-five, and encourages seekers of all ages to approach the power of music in their lives as a personal and interpersonal process.

Laura received her musical training at Valparaiso University (Indiana), the Conservatoire de Saint-Maur-des-Fossés (France) and the Sorbonne. As an expert in her field, Laura looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Laura's teaching style centers on relaxation, consistency, and developing student independence.
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Kewei Q. August 9, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I had two months' of lessons with Laura over the summer, and learned a ton of new things. Laura has many tricks to help me practicing and get into good playing habits. She gradually add layers of interpretation techniques to a piece, and without realizing it, I had already progressed a lot. Unfortunately I have to move to a new place, otherwise I would definitely love to continue piano study with Laura!
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Glen June 27, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Very good.
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Mery January 2, 2017
· Piano ·
Laura was the 1st piano teacher of our daughter Julie - 6 years old at the time at
the Conservatoire de musique d'Ézanville - France. Laura clearly set the basis for Julie to progress steadily, she is good with children, flexible and firm on what need to be done (like practicing regularly at home)
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Laura P.

Laura P.

Minneapolis, MN 55414
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About Kseniya K.

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About Kseniya
I have been teaching privately all levels ,from young children to beginner adults, for 10 years. Also, I teach piano for beginner and intermediate levels.
I find great joy in getting to know each student and always create individually tailored lessons according to your needs and goals. I conduct my lessons in a friendly environment but my goal is that after each lesson student improves and learns something new.

San Francisco Conservatory of Music/University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria/DePaul University
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Zsofia September 29, 2017
· Violin · In home
If anybody would ask me to recommend a violin teacher, my suggestion would be Kseniya. (And Not only for little children!!)
I got to know her few years ago,and she gave me lot of energy,and pretty much happy lessons! :-) She plays amazing,and She's a great teacher!
Personality is always and important thing also,so if you would like to have happy,and of course still useful lessons, choose her!

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Kseniya K.

Kseniya K.

Andover, MN 55304
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About Wes W.

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Minneapolis, MN
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A native of North Dakota, Wes Webb is an actor, singer, writer, composer, and master teacher living in Minneapolis. Wes has held positions at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School where he taught musical theatre to middle and high school students, at New York University as a faculty writing instructor, and The University of Texas at San Antonio as a lecturer in clinical teaching. From 2005-2016, he served as Artistic Director of Youth Pride Chorus, a group that harnesses the power of the performing arts to galvanize the voices of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and straight youth as agents of change. For eight years, he worked as Education Director at National Dance Institute, an organization that brings dance classes to thousands of students in New York City schools. Wes holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota,
Twin Cities as well as an M. F. A. from NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.
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Abigail February 22, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Wes is obviously extremely passionate about what he does. I've been through a few lessons with him so far, and am verrrry much enjoying them. He makes you feel perfectly comfortable, and in the past weeks that I've been training with him, I've been improving more quickly and steadily than I ever have before. He can tell exactly what I'm struggling with and teaches me memorable techniques to help me improve trouble spots (while helping me explore new vocal avenues I haven't really touched yet). He offers very real feedback without a hint of BS. I highly recommend him as a teacher. :)
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rosantina February 7, 2017
· Singing · In home
Wes is very passionate about singing. I really felt comfortable working with him. Looking forward to finding my voice.
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Mimi November 4, 2016
· Musical Theater · In studio
I taught theatre with Wes and worked as his colleague for a year. Wes is a superb teacher who has that rare combination of high expectations and deep caring for his students. He knows just when to push, when to pull back, and how to help each student reach his or her utmost potential. He is warm, intelligent, compassionate, and talented. Anyone would be lucky to work with him!
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Wes W.

Minneapolis, MN 55408
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About Sahar H.

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Saint Paul, MN

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For the last six years I have been the artistic director of Ladyslipper Ensemble, and also perform with the group

In the past I have taught at New England Conservatory’s Division of Preparatory and Continuing Education, Wellesley College, Phillips Exeter Academy, in New Hampshire, Salve Regina University, in Newport, Rhodes Island, College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, in Collegeville, Minnesota, as well as the Wellesley Composers’ Conference, where I was a chamber music coach. Also in Minnesota, I taught privately at Stillwater Area High School, The Saint Paul Conservatory of music, as well as St. Joseph's School of Music. In 2015, I joined the voice faculty at McNally Smith College of Music.

I earned her Master of Music from the New England Conservatory, and studied at the Hochschule for Musik in Munich, Germany and the C
onservatoire de Versailles in France. In addition, I am a recipient of a 2017 Artist Initiative grant made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Hartman July 1, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Sahar is very patient, detailed and supportive in her approach.
Not only is she an excellent technician, but she is also a wonderful artist.
She explains things very clearly and allows me to be musical and expressive. She also works with me at my own pace, which has helped me make very steady progress.
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Sahar H.

Sahar H.

Saint Paul, MN 55107
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