Technique. Improvisation. Theory. Composition. Arranging. Lyric Writing.

Estar is a private instructor and clinician based in Ypsilanti, MI. Lessons are available for all ages in voice, piano, and composition with concentrations in improvisation, theory, and arranging. Estar has been teaching since 2011; she has led clinics at numerous Southern Michigan Universities, the Ypsilanti District Library, ChiArts (Chicago), and has taught songwriting for youth in collaboration with Earthwork Music.  


Personal Philosophy: My greatest mentors have opened pathways to discover my own voice in art and music. I strive to create an environment in which my students can take risks, work creatively, and most importantly, be themselves. As an educator, my promise to my students is that I will always be engaged and active in the music community. In other words, as you grow, I grow. I accept students of all ages (beginner piano, and beginner-advanced voice). My specialities include songwriting, arranging, and jazz performance. I work with what my students are interested in, whether it be folk, classical, pop, etc, while exposing them to new genres and techniques. 


I wanted to thank you for my songwriting lesson on Wednesday. I have a deep love for music, but I’ve never felt like I could trust myself to actually write it out and make it into something. The structure that you taught me in our short lesson has helped me immensely. For the past three days I’ve been watching YouTube videos of music analysis (everything from Katy perry to Chopin!) and I feel like I can finally see the structure that I was blind to before. It feels like learning how to read all over again! I also think that you are an exceptionally compassionate teacher, and great listener. I think those are two of the best qualities a music teacher can have. Anyway, thank you for opening this door in my life.
— Shannon, 24
Estar is an incredible teacher - I initially reached out in hopes of taking a few voice lessons, and have now been meeting with Estar weekly for close to a year. She met me where I was at as far as skill level, and has offered support and inspiration along the way. I had reservations about taking voice lessons (and singing in general) and Estar made me feel comfortable, and confident in each lesson. She is also a great performer, musician, and composer. I believe Estar can help anyone looking to reach their next goal in music.
— Matt, 27


Journey of Faith - 1900 Manchester Road, Ann Arbor, MI

Inquiries to estarcohen.music@gmail.com