Mizell School Of Music

Mizell School Of Music

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20 years in business

About this pro

I teach functional voice grounded in evidence based vocal pedagogy, which allow me to teach multiple musical styles.


BM Vocal Performance 2002, Holy Names University, Oakland CA

MM Vocal Vocal Performance 2018, University of Washington, Seattle WA


MTNA - Music Teachers National Association

NATS - National Association of Teachers of Singing


I have maintained a private voice studio since 2002 to the present day teaching all styles of music.  I offer lyric diction coaching in French, German, and Italian.

Collegiate Teaching Experience:

Holy Names University 2004 - 2012, Class Coordinator and Stage Director of the Opera Scenes Workshop

Univetsity of Washington 2016 - 2018, Classical Voice Instructor

Secondary Teaching Experience:

Hercules Middle High School 2002 - 2003, Diector of Vocal Music Profram

Elementary Teaching Experience:

Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Dayshool 2009 - 2012, Vocal Music Director through Art and Soul Music School

There is nothing more joyful than helping students find their own unique voice while building healthy vocal habits that will ensure a lifetime of singing.

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Kirkland, WA 98034
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First we discuss what your goals for lessons are.

Second we explore your vocal range.

Third we begin figuring out if there are any underlying technical issue that need to be addressed.

Fourth we apply the things we have learned though your chosen song repertoire.

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

BM and MM in Vocal Performance

How did you get started teaching?

I was apprenticed to the music director, Randy Craig, of the theater program I grew up in, the Young Actors Workshop.  I began coaching musical theater as a repetiteur at the age of 16.

After I finished my Bachelors degree I began teachign privately.  Shortly after that I was asked to take over the Opera Workshop at my alma mater.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students of all ages all levels of education from elementary through graudate level singers.

I have experience working with singers who are diagnosed with vocal injury or pathology and am willing to work with your care team to help ensure you recieve the best care.

I have worked with instrumentalists who experience techincal difficulty singing.  I call it singing through an established emboucher.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I love performing for children.  There is nothing more rewarding than exposing people to new musical/thearical experiences.  This year, prior to Covid-19 quaratine, I was priviledged to sing the Queen of the Night in NOISE's, Northwest Opera In Schools Etc., touring production of Mozart's the Magic Flute, sung in English.

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

A piece of advice I wish my mother had been given for me as a young singer, is to question any teacher allowing teenagers or young children to study opera.  While classical music is perfetly acceptable, opera is generally not appropriate repertoire for the young as the voice has not developed fully and the subject matter tends to be extremely mature.  You might be thinking this is really uncommon, but I had a friend who sang Carmen's Habenera at the are of 10 while I was all over anything with flashy coloratura in talent competitions as a teenager and we had the same teacher...While certain voice types can execute the music, the habits created will not serve the student in the long run.  Plus there is pleanty of great classical music to cut your teeth on!

This also applies to musical theater.  Age appropriate repertoire matters in a theatrical context as well as vocal developement.  It is extremely weird to hear a child singing something like Memory from Cats or Send in the Clowns from a Little Night Music.

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

It is important to think about your goals and find a teacher who has experience that will help you achieve them.