Bio

Stella Heath is a professional vocalist, pianist and actress who performs regularly on stages all over the Bay Area. She is trained and experienced in a broad range of musical styles including jazz, classical, musical theater, pop and more.

She instructs in vocal technique for both singing and acting, coaches acting, and teaches piano. Having spent time with Kristin Linklater, intrigued by her Freeing the Natural Voice techniques, Stella now incorporates these and other practices into her own teaching methods.

Stella was just a young girl in Petaluma, CA when the gift for song found her. Rooms full of folks suddenly stilled and leaned in. With a cupful of classical training, a salt pinch of musical theater, a bouquet garni of many-colored jazz stirred in, Stella stepped up, love of music her birthright. Every instrument in a Louis Armstrong album was hers to vocalize and riff to.

Stella trained at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and has a degree in music from Syracuse University in New York. After graduation, she sent down roots in New York City where she branched out in roles across the country (both plays and musicals).

As she performed more extensively, Stella’s career in theater began to bend increasingly toward music. She began singing weekly with Marjorie Eliot and her phenomenal Parlor Jazz Entertainment. She also began putting together her own musical projects: Accordion/Voice Duo, parks, cafés and clubs, Constellation Jazz Band, The Artisans with Paul Nieto (pop, soul, eclectic folk fusion), harmony vocals on Jody Shelton originals, and recording collaborations with songwriter Sam Godin.

After a decade away, Stella answered the Pacific’s tidal pull by returning to the West. Now back in the San Francisco Bay Area once again, Stella hits the home-turf singing, stepping into rich collaborations, with circles of great artists, bands, and musicians.

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FAQ

While the studios are open every day of the week, we can’t all be there all the time. However, most of us are available for lessons on multiple days throughout the week. Our quick online booking process matches your schedule with your instructor’s availability and helps you find the best day and time for your lesson. Want to reserve that day and time every week? Click the “recurring” tab after choosing a day and time. Prefer to book a different date every time? Be our guest. You can even book multiple lessons in advance, each at a different day and time.

Your instrument, a notebook, and a will to rock and roll! A list of songs you like is also a great idea.

We sure can! Introducing you to new ideas, techniques, methods, scales and musical concepts, will help you break out of your rut and regain your long lost enthusiasm. In addition to that, we will make sure you improve gradually from week to week and help you establish a proper practicing regimen. We’ll teach you how to be meticulous about your playing and maybe even show you a secret trick or two ;)

You can definitely borrow, just make sure that you are free to keep it for a while because you will need it to practice at home between lessons. However, in the long run, it’s probably best to own your instrument.

Monthly Lesson Plans

Our monthly lesson plans are designed for committed students who take lessons regularly and would like to reserve the same day and time with their favorite instructor. Missed a lesson? Couldn’t make it this month? No worries! Your unused lessons roll-over from month to month so you will never be charged for lessons that you did not attend (just don’t forget to let us know 48 hours in advance).

2 lessons

60 min. each, every other week
$140 per month

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4 lessons

60 min. each, once a week
$280 per month

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8 lessons

60 min. each, twice a week
$560 per month

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Lesson Plans for Kids

While we strongly recommend 1-hour lessons for aspiring musicians of any age, we appreciate that some kids have a hard time focusing for a full hour, especially the younger ones. To help, we offer 30-min lessons for children under the age of 12.

2 lessons

30 min. each, every other week
$100 per month

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4 lessons

30 min. each, once a week
$200 per month

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8 lessons

30 min. each, twice a week
$400 per month

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More Info

Our studios are located in the heart of downtown Lafayette, right off the freeway. We have a private parking lot and street parking is easy and plentiful. The address is 1018-B Almanor Ln, Lafayette, CA 94549.

Lessons are $70 for a full hour. We recommend weekly lessons, but you are free to set the lesson frequency as you wish. We also offer monthly lesson plans designed for committed students who take lessons regularly. We respectfully request at least 24 hours notice for cancellations. No-shows and lessons cancelled less than 24 hours in advance will be charged in full.

Music is our love, our passion, and our trade. We have spent decades studying, practicing, and mastering this craft, eventually turning it into our livelihood. We rehearse regularly to stay on top of our game, follow industry trends and fashions, exchange ideas with other musicians constantly and strive to get better every single day.

  • We believe in pushing our students to their full potential, but doing so in a positive, nurturing and encouraging way
  • We believe that matching students with the right instructors help to form a better human connection between them and leads to better, happier students
  • We believe that music should be learned in a soulful, inspiring, and comfortable environment
  • We believe in using high-quality musical instruments and equipment

Our teaching and recording studios have been built from the ground up with acoustics and soundproofing in mind. We designed the spaces to be ideal for music teaching and recording. We handpick all of our amps, instruments, and accessories, and pride ourselves with using high-quality equipment that is made in the USA.

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