~ Owner/Piano and Voice Instructor ~
Michelle Lavin is a music educator in Barrington, Rhode Island. She is the founder of Michelle Lavin Music, an independent music school where she teaches private and group piano, voice, music theory, and improvisation to children and adults.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from Rhode Island College. She is a classically trained pianist who has studied piano and musical literacy since the age of seven. Michelle’s childhood piano instructor, Al Conte, infused a love and passion for the piano which inspired her to pursue a career in music. During her undergraduate years, Michelle’s concentration was piano and music education with a secondary focus in vocal studies. She further developed her piano technique and performance skills under the tutelage of Dr. Judith Lynn Stillman and Stephen Martorella. Michelle also studied voice with Georgette Hutchins. During her time at RIC, Michelle had the privilege of studying under the choral direction of Dr. Ed Markward and Dr. Theresa Coffman.
Michelle has been a piano instructor for over 19 years and a vocal coach for 15. She has built home and traveling teaching studios in both Barrington, Rhode Island and Loveland, Colorado. Michelle has taught students of all ages including adults and individuals with special needs. In addition to classical music, she enjoys teaching Pop, Blues and Jazz, Broadway, Rock, and Folk genres of music. Michelle develops and directs programs for students to enhance their music education. Such programs include music camps, ensembles, and masterclasses.
Michelle is currently a member of the Music Teachers National Association and the Rhode Island Music Teachers Association. While residing in Loveland, Colorado she was an active member of the Colorado Music Teachers Association and the Loveland Area Music Teachers Association where she attended many seminars and continuing education workshops. Such workshops included teaching techniques, improvisation, student motivation, studio management and more.
Michelle has performed in many vocal and choral groups, theatre productions, and bands. She is currently a member of Ragged Company, a local acoustic group that features rich vocal harmonies, blues harmonica, and guitar.
Michelle lives in Barrington, RI with her husband, Joe, two daughters, Kylie and Rhianna, and a Great Dane named Colonel.