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Rieman Music Vocal Instructors Private vocal lessons at Rieman Music. Six locations in Iowa including Des Moines, Ames, Fort Dodge, Mason City and Creston.







Monica was exposed to music at a young age and has been active ever since. She began taking piano lessons at age eight and found her singing voice before kindergarten. Her involvement in school choirs, musicals and solo/ensemble festivals elevated her interest in further studies. In 2012 Monica earned a BA degree in Music Education from Grand View University. Along with teaching private lessons, her experience includes organizing and leading music workshops for at-risk youth, directing choral works, composing music and lyrics, and performing professionally around Des Moines. "It is a privilege to help students turn their goals into reality." Students will learn to read music, perform expressively, and build a repertoire in an encouraging environment. Monica enjoys working with beginning students ages four to young adult.


Shala began her studies at Simpson College pursuing a degree in Vocal Performance. She furthered her education in New York City studying with Ashlee Putnam at Manhattan School of Music and Robert Cowart at the Metropolitan Opera House. She has performed roles in many operas, including Gianni Schicchi, The Tales of Hoffman, and Dido and Aeneas. Shala’s teaching method is based on classical foundation.


Dorothy studied music at Simpson College, and has studied private piano and organ for over 14 years. She currently plays and sings with the local band Dorothy Hecht and the Rubber Tramps. Dorothy loves to teach children and adults all styles of music, from classical to rock.


Vanessa has been teaching private piano and vocal instruction for more than seven years. She received a Vocal Performance degree from Northwest Missouri State University, and has formerly been the Choral Director at Adair-Casey Schools. Vanessa focuses on piano technique, theory and performance while keeping the lessons entertaining. She currently plays keyboard/vocals with the local band Cover to Cover.


Mindy has a passion for passing music on to her students. She received her B.A. in Music on Piano from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD in 2008. She started teaching piano in 2005 and has been at Rieman Music since 2009. She loves teaching all levels of piano students and leading them down the path that best suits their musical ambitions. She has studied piano for most of her life, enjoys playing her trumpet, and sang in the Augustana Choir while in college. She now spends her time accompanying the Johnston Middle School choirs and show choir during the school year. She sings and plays keyboard and trumpet in The Mill Street Band with her husband Nathan and a few friends. Mindy is also the proud mommy of two little girls! She is excited to share her love of music with piano students at Rieman Music.

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