From children who want to step into the spotlight as singers to adults looking to maintain their voices in the industry, vocal instructors hold the key to success. Detroit has professional voice teachers who each specialize in a different area of expertise. Vocal techniques and teaching styles vary, as do the personalities of voice coaches. If you are looking to join the ranks of the “next big thing” out of Detroit, chances are, the best way to find your voice is by training with one of the instructors below.
Alexander Technique Ann Arbor
2229 Hilldale Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Jane Heirich is a vocal instructor and director of Alexander Technique, a studio based in Ann Arbor. Ms. Heirich is a master of her craft and has conducted classes, workshops, and lessons throughout the world. She is highly regarded by her students, who praise her expertise as well as her ability to combine singing with the Alexander Technique seamlessly. Private vocal lessons are taught to a range of ages, from beginner to professionals, with varied levels of experience. Jane Heirich is the author of the book, Voice and the Alexander Technique: Active Explorations for Speaking and Singing.
The Voice Works Studio
Milena Thomas is an accomplished voice instructor at The Voice Works Studio in the Metro Detroit area. Ms. Thomas has been a professional vocal instructor since 2002, teaching students who range in age from teens to adult students. The Voice Works Studio places emphasis on healthy vocal technique and finding the right sound, repertoire, and goals for each student on an individual basis, from beginning to intermediate levels. She has also taught group classes focusing on music appreciation for toddlers. With a degree not only in Musical Arts in Voice Performance from University of Michigan School of Music, but also holding a Masters in Finance, Ms. Thomas has the unique credentials to advise aspiring and professional musicians regarding business matters.
Detroit Music Teachers Collective
4605 Cass Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
Detroit Music Teachers Collective is new to the city. Housed in the Cass Community Commons building, it was started by Jennie Knaggs and Clara Hardie in 2012. Since that time, the collective has grown to include five additional teachers with impressive and varied musical backgrounds. Private voice lessons are open to students of all age ranges, from younger people to adults. Classes are geared towards those looking to learn proper technique for improved tone, increased vocal stamina, and music comprehension. Breathing techniques, pitch control, and pronunciation are emphasized during each personalized lesson. Students are instructed on ways to find their own vocal style. Ms. Knaggs graduated with a BA in Performing Arts from Antioch College and teaches guitar and ukulele.
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Axis Music Academy
42114 Ford Road
Canton, MI 48187
For those about to rock, Axis Music Academy is the place to go to learn vocal techniques in a unique environment. Started in 1996, there are now three locations in the Metro Detroit area. Vocal lessons are for children and teens. Lessons include basic concepts of music, including theory and technique, with an emphasis on learning in a fun way. Vocal instructors work with students to read music and develop their own style of singing. Specialized classes offered include a Vocal Performance Class for Girls, which is popular and now is offered at every location. In-home lessons are available to students who prefer that option.
15 Mile Road
Sterling Heights, MI 48310
Ms. G is a professional singer and has been a vocal instructor since 2006. Ms. G holds a Bachelor in Music Education with Vocal Emphasis and has performed in many music productions. She uses the classical method of vocal technique as the foundation for her student’s vocal training. Anne helps students improve their voices through use of the learning theory of Constructivism. Students are taught music theory, vocal exercises, sight reading, and vocal technique. Anne offers unparalleled instruction to students from the ages of four to 18, sharing knowledge and expertise that not only guides the students, but empowers them to create their own path of success as a musician.