Sing IT Forte

Sing IT Forte

4.9 (13)
6 hires on
1 employee

About this pro

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

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Arlington Heights, IL 60005
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13 Reviews


  • Valerie Pajerski

    Michelle and Robert are fantastic in helping Valerie continually improve her singing skills. Creative and supportive and very very talented teachers

  • Rob & Amanda Coughlin

    Our daughter Katie has been under the tutelage of Michelle and Robert for the past nine months. During this time, Katie’s vocal performance level has far exceeded anything we expected. Michelle and Robert have transformed Katie into a stage-ready performer. In doing so, they also prepared us for the arduous tasks of collegiate school selection, entrance requirements, specific audition techniques and audition music selection and preparation. Michelle and Robert also gave us general counseling on what to expect from music schools and their staff. I felt this was as important as the vocal coaching as my wife and I had no previous experience with music education. We are extremely fortunate and eternally grateful for what Michelle and Robert have done for our daughter’s life. If you’re looking for the complete package in vocal performance coaching, you’ve found them!!!

  • Rich Bucchi

    It's only been two lessons, but I'm very happy with Michelle and Robert.

  • Maureen

    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!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

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. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

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

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$70 per hour

$35 per 1/2 hour

How did you get started teaching?

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.

What types of students have you worked with?

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.   

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

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.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

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 questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What are your singing goals?

Will this teacher inspire me and propel me towards reaching my goals?