It's only been two lessons, but I'm very happy with Michelle and Robert.
Michelle does a fantastic job at creatively teaching based on her students need and ensuring the lesson time is both productive and fun. My daughter singing talent grows each lesson and she has a lot of fun and looks forward to the lessons. Highly recommend Michelle!
I have had 8 lessons with Michelle and/or husband Robert- and they are amazing! I am 53 years old and never took a voice lesson in my life, although I have been a singer since high school. I had a beautiful soprano voice back in the day, but it was never developed because I was a band kid. I needed to find teachers who could help me rehabilitate my voice. They are teaching me a whole different way of singing because I have been doing a lot wrong for many years. They are teaching an old dog new tricks. I am really pleased with my progress and they are so encouraging, supportive and fun! This is my therapy. I highly recommend both of them- and by the way, they are both magnificent vocalists.
I have just begun taking singing lessons with Michelle, and I have to say she is a wonderful teacher. Not only will she educate you on the importance of a classical method, the fundamentals of using your voice as an instrument, exploring your voice, and encouraging healthy technique, but also give you the confidence, and motivation to do so. I look forward to my lesson every week with Michelle, knowing that I will learn something new, explore the strength of my voice, and also be encouraged, and given guidance to reach my highest potential as a singer, and an actress.
Hired 3 times
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.
Education: Master of Music Indiana University; Jacobs School of Music, Study Abroad: Vienna, Austria: Institute for the International Education of Students, Bachelor of Music Indiana University; Jacobs School of Music
There is no "typical" process. Every student is different - with a different voice, temperament and learning style, I develop a process for each 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 10 to 67 years old, male and female, learning to improve their voices to sing different types of music.
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?