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About Us

Robert and Michelle
Robert and Michelle

Welcome to the Ishuu Taylor Voice Studio a nurturing and encouraging place where you can pursue your vocal development. Our passion is helping you unlock your full singing potential! No matter what style of music you sing, you’ve got to have a strong foundation in healthy singing techniques for long lasting vocal health.

We’re in the business of helping you find YOUR voice; your REAL voice.
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Testimonials

“I am so excited about my voice lessons. I am a university trained classical singer with extensive operatic and art song experience who wanted to get back to singing after a long absence.  I was looking for a teacher that could help me to navigate the changes in my voice due to the aging process and provide me with the tools to steady a vibrato that had gotten out of hand.  Michelle and Robert are exactly what I needed.  They have extensive and commanding knowledge of the voice and support mechanism and teach from the Italian “Bel Canto School” perspective. That is to say pure vowels, open throated but focused sound and a healthy, low laryngeal position.  I am loving my voice again and it has only been 3 lessons.  They are exceptional at finding the beauty in the individual voice and not requiring a “carbon copy” sound.  One of the best things about my lessons is that they complement each other as teachers and find a number of ways to facilitate a natural and beautiful sound by articulating suggestions in many and varied ways. If the student is unable to reproduce the desired outcome by one method, they will find another way to achieve it.  Not one minute of a lesson is wasted and each week brings quick and substantial progress.  It has been a joy to work with them and I look forward to each lesson and the progress they bring.  In short, I am thrilled.” (Soprano) ~Vikki S.

~Vikki S. -Soprano

“In the space of 2 months, my vocal quality has improved immensely. Robert really focuses on the mechanics of proper singing. Like building a house, the end product requires a good foundation.” (Tenor) ~Kenneth K.

 

~Kenneth K. -Tenor

Teachers

Michelle Kei Ishuu, 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.

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Robert Aaron Taylor, a native of Chattanooga, TN, has been hailed by critics as a “sonorous-voiced” bass-baritone with “rich tones” who creates “a solid foundation for the entire performance.”

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Lessons

WHAT TO EXPECT

• Beginner
During our first few lessons, we are trying to see how you learn. We may ask you odd questions. It’s almost like you’re learning a new language. Confusion is to be expected, but if you are patient, we are persistent and will not stop until you understand!

• Intermediate
By the intermediate stage we expect good, even air flow that results in a natural vibrato. This is when we can explore more interesting repertoire. This will also be an intense time of peaks and plateaus. Expect to be frustrated as you try to reprogram your muscle memory and learn to let your air flow do the work for you. You are settling into your new vocal identity as you become more comfortable with using your full voice!

• Advanced
We excel at working with the adult professional who needs fine tuning or vocal rehabilitation. You may sound fantastic to everyone else, yet we can hear the slight imperfections that are making it difficult to open up to your full resonance. This is when we can really get into characterization and interpretation so that we can unlock your full performance potential. Continue reading “Lessons”