Michelle Kei I., a soprano of Japanese and American heritage, "uses her strong dramatic soprano to slice through the orchestra" in a varied repertoire that encompasses Verismo to Broadway. Possessing a captivating stage presence and praised as "superb," "gifted," and a "constant breakaway from the rest of the vocal pack," she has entertained audiences on stages around the world. Those are the first two sentences of my professional biography. I thought I'd use them to get the ball rolling.
Ever since I can remember, I've always been a performer. I come from a very musical family. I was always singing! I sang at home, in church, in show-choir and musicals at school - basically anywhere I could find an audience! When I decided to go to college to study music, I chose the prestigious School of Music at Indiana University. I wanted to sing Broadway, but my father encouraged me to study classical singing first, so I'd have the foundation for a bulletproof technique that could endure a long and demanding career.
I'm so glad that he did! Who would have thought that I would learn to LOVE opera?!? It had everything that Broadway did, and so much more! Plus, I learned to fill a theater with the sound of my voice and soar over the orchestra WITHOUT A MICROPHONE!!!
Would you like to learn how to do that? I can show you how. Let me help you find your REAL VOICE!!!
What you can expect from me:
- I will provide a supportive and effective work environment. - I will make recommendations on repertoire based upon your goals.- I will provide you with an individualized regimen of study based upon your strengths and development, not a standardized format of study.
What I expect from you:
- Learn the musical selections we choose. Your lesson time should be used for improving your technique, not learning your music. - Leave your outside life at the door. It will be waiting for you when you leave. - Enjoy the process. Experiment. If it doesn't work, try something else. Take constructive criticism as an opportunity for improvement, not as a personal attack. - Commit yourself fully! Be engaged. The benefit you receive is equal to the work you put into the process.
Master of Music Indiana University; Jacobs School of Music
Institute for the International Education of Students; Study Abroad: Vienna, Austria
Bachelor of Music Indiana University; Jacobs School of Music
NATS (National Assoc. of Teachers of Singing)
AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists)
SAI (Sigma Alpha Iota)
Each student that I teach brings me joy. To hear and watch them grow as an artist is inspiring and amazing.
I teach in two locations: Arlington Heights and Algonquin
Michelle and Robert are great singing teachers and have helped me grow my voice while teaching me things about singing that I didn't know at all. If you're looking for a teacher, I can 100% guarantee you that going with Michelle and Robert is the right decision. You can thank me later for the advise.
What I thought would be challenging, turned out to be very pleasant and rewarding!
Singing on the Studio Recital: It was great! Very enjoyable, and all of us can learn from other Singers. We should definitely do more of these.
Learning to perform in front of others helps me be a better musician, because music should be shared! This was a wonderful experience for me, and I am so happy with all that I am learning every week. I would do it again, and hopefully each time my nerves will get more under control. It was such fun! I enjoyed hearing all the performers. Thank you Michelle and Robert for your excellent teaching and pulling together the recital.
There is no "typical" process. Every student is different - with a different voice, temperament and learning style. I develop a personal program to suit each indiviual student that walks into my studio.
Master of Music; Indiana University, School of Music
Study Abroad; Vienna, Austria Institute for the International Education of Students
Bachelor of Music; Indiana University, School of Music
$70 per hour
$35 per 1/2 hour
A parent approached me after I sang a concert at a church, asking if I would teach their daughter to sing like me. I met with the young girl, and she inspired me to teach her because of her talent, dedication, maturity and personality.
I have students ranging in age from 5 to 80 years old, male and female, learning to improve their voices to sing different types of music.
Annual Studio Recital for family and friends: Amazing to hear students honing their performance skills and inspiring each other to sing with joy and confidence.
Bi-monthly Student Volunteer Concert at the local retirement community: Love seeing our students sharing there musical gifts with those that are home-bound.
A Night out at the Opera: Cinema event. We took our students to see a Metropolitan Opera performance at a local movie theater.
Look for a teacher that can help you define and reach your ultimate goals? Do they have a good singing technique themselves? Are they effective communicators? Look for a teacher with credentials and extensive professional experience.
What are your singing goals?
Will this teacher inspire me and propel me towards reaching my goals?