Functional voice training for beginners through professionals, ages 8 and up. Focus is on developing technique including body alignment, breath coordination, clear tone, register coordination and range expansion to apply to a wide range of songs and styles.
I teach at NYU Tisch and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus in addition to my private students. I hold an MM in vocal performance from NYU and the Distinguished Voice Professional certificate from NYSTA. Certified in Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method since 2005, I am senior faculty at the LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework in Residence at Baldwin Wallace University.
The goal of all technical work is a free and expressive voice which can respond to the artistic demands of a given piece of music – an instrument that can reflect a style, character and emotional state and be healthy and stylistically appropriate with unimpeded flow from soul and heart to voice.
I prefer to work with people who have at least some type of music experience, like having sung at least a little - chorus or musicals in school or sung with a band, or even just played another instrument.
I teach people, through the medium of music. So it is wonderful to see someone blossom as a musician and become more confident, self-assured and find an outlet for their expression.
My name is Kiera Welsome and I am currently studying Musical Theatre at SUNY Cortland. When I came to Michelle as a junior in high school I was hoping to get as much voice training as I could, find out what and how I could improve, learn about the voice as well as my voice, and start preparing for college auditions. Throughout my time with Michelle not only did she successfully help me select and prepare musical selections for my auditions, but I cannot even explain how much I grew as a singer and as a performer. When working with Michelle we would spend half the lesson on vocal exercises and technique to make sure I was producing the desired sound in a natural, non-forced, and healthy manner. If ever I was struggling, Michelle would create a new exercise or use imagery to make sure I understood what I was doing, what she wanted me to do, and how I could get there. I learned the healthy way to warm up my voice and in doing scales and exercises my range grew and specific exercises helped me work on things I was struggling with. Each week I would leave her, practice at home, and come for another lesson we would see the improvement I was making. The other half of the lesson would be spent on a wide range of repertoire. Michelle would select songs that would challenge me to work on. She would also help me prepare for every school musical I auditioned for, and work on any song I wanted to in the search for audition material. I felt extremely prepared for my college auditions and extremely prepared for all the auditions I went on in high school and had to go on as soon as I got to college. Michelle also has you record every lesson so that you can practice at home which is very beneficial for doing exercises and listening to her and yourself. In college I still use the recordings from her lessons to warm up and exercise my voice. Michelle is an amazing voice teacher who helped me to grow an incredible amount and train me to be the singer I am today. I loved coming to voice lessons each week and would always feel so happy and accomplished when leaving her studio.
I cannot thank Michelle enough for the tools and knowledge she has given me through voice lessons. I started working with Michelle in college and am still so grateful to have her as a voice teacher! She helped me stretch my vocal range, strengthen my mix, perfect my chest and belt voice- all while telling the story and staying engaged. Michelle is classically trained, and is very knowledgable in proper vocal technique and training. I have seen many actors struggle with vocal damage, or poor technique and am so thankful Michelle gave me the proper tools to keep my voice healthy. I am currently on the Sister Act International tour and performing 8 shows a week (singing a high pingy nun belt!) can be very daunting. Thanks to Michelle I am able to place my voice properly through warm ups and exercises. I cannot wait to get back to the city to see Michelle!
I was a regular student of Michelle's for about seven years and I can safely say that I am not only the singer I am today because of her, but I owe so much of the development of my creative voice to her. Michelle is compassionate, attentive, personable, and incredibly eager to see your vision of what you want to get out of singing through. I have seldom had an experience with a teacher that has been so lasting and healthy that has yielded such positive results. I cannot recommend her enough.
Michelle is an amazingly compassionate, attentive and personable teacher, who helped me in the development not only of my technical skills as a singer, but also my personal style. She is always looking to expand your range and explore different musical styles with her students. She is both an exceptional teacher and a truly inspiring artist.
Short intake at the first lesson, followed by getting to know their voice, capabilities and issues through warming up and exercises. Exercises start out gently at first, encouraging relaxation and waking up the voice. We proceed to work on technical issues as they show up through more demanding exercises. The last part of each lesson is spent on repertoire, either chosen by me or by the student with my approval.
BA and MM in Music. Lots of post-graduate courses, seminars and conferences on vocal pedagogy to continue to learn and grow as a teacher. Certification in Somatic Voicework(tm) The LoVetri Method.
1 hour lessons are currently $90.
45 minute lessons are $75
30 minute lessons are $65.
Lessons are meant to be once a week.
All types, all ages, from 8-80! Many are actors, dancers, musical theatre performers. Some are school kids, and some are adults studying for fun and the pleasure singing brings them.
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Prospective students should be able to discuss their prior training and experience, if any. They should have an idea of their goals and what styles of music they are most interested in exploring. Ask the teacher if s/he can help you with those goals.