About the Teacher

Douglas has a wealth of experience coaching young singers and leading vocal
ensembles. His care has helped many soloists discover their voice, and ensembles
sing with improved intonation and expression. His ensembles perform frequently,
and have been featured at such events as a Tri-City Storm Hockey game.

A sectional coach for Taylor University Choirs, Opera and Musical Theater,
Douglas helped produce “Sounds Like Jazz,” an evening of vocal jazz entertainment
at Taylor University. At Ball State University, he coached students up through
doctoral level in the studio of reknowned soprano Mei Zhong. As a conductor, he
was accepted into Dianne Wittry’s 2015 Baton Basics Workshop in Norwalk, CT.

Douglas plays piano with a warm tone praised for its depth of expression. As
a jazz pianist, Douglas Singer’s improvisations have been dubbed “very tasty,” and
he has played for the internationlly acclaimed jazz vocalist Keri Chryst. He also
played for award-winning mezzo Loralee Songer. He is in his fifth year as Principal
Keyboardist for the Hastings Symphony. In addition to being a pit keyboardist for
several musicals, Douglas has filled the role of one-man “orchestra” for shows such
as Bye Bye Birdie and Clue: The Musical.

Dubbed a genius composer, Douglas was a three time composer-in-residence
at Shakespeare Playworks, where he helped flood the house with energy through
driving, catchy music. His student work Judah was premiered by the Gardner-Webb
University Community Orchestra. His compositions have been heard at events
such as Meet the Composers in Sterling, Colorado, and the Alpha Chi National

He was a Presser Scholar and recipient of the David M. Schweppe Memorial
while earning his Bachelors of Music from Gardner-Webb University. He earned
his Masters in Music from the University of Northern Colorado.

A native of Eastern Colorado, Douglas now lives with his wife Laura, and their
four children, in Nebraska, where he manages Singer Academy and serves Hastings
Middle School as accompanist.

Now accepting summer voice and piano students in Hastings for May – August 2017! Call 402-831-9555.

Summer is the perfect time to prepare for auditions, brush up on your piano technique, or simply have something fun to do during long, warm days out of school!  I use an engaging teaching style that energizes students of all ages, and draw from a wealth of knowledge that comes from having a Masters Degree in Piano Performance.  I’ve taught piano since 2002 and voice since 2012.  I am eager to have you join Singer Academy.

Get signed up today by calling 402-831-9555, or filling out the form at the bottom of this page.  Thank you for your interest in piano and voice lessons with Singer Academy in Hastings, Nebraska!

How to Know if Your Kid Might be a Music Prodigy


Anyone can learn music. I have taught piano lessons and voice lessons to students all over the spectrum. Some were on the path to a career in music. Some could barely hold a pitch. Some learned music so easily that I had to scramble to find new songs and piano pieces for them. Some got into ruts that lasted for months. And yet, all could make music.

All people can make music. But not all have that special spark, an extra gifting that we call prodigy. Here are some clues that your child could be a musical prodigy, Continue reading “How to Know if Your Kid Might be a Music Prodigy”

Singer Academy Welcomes You!


Greetings!  I’m Douglas Singer, founder of Singer Academy.

There’s no joy like music, and I hope you have a very music filled 2016-2017 school year.   Singer Academy has a variety of opportunities for musicians and aspiring musicians, ages 6 through 106.

School age students have the chance to boost their singing confidence, and gain an edge for school choir, by taking Voice and Stage Class.   Want to learn piano?  Try Piano Mastery Class, an exciting way to learn core piano concepts that stick with you.

Are you one of those students who shines in band, choir, or other music-related classes?  Individual piano lessons put advanced students on the road to virtuosity.  Voice and Stage Class for ages 12 – 18, open by audition only, allows gifted singers the chance to explore their full performance capabilities.  Join the Jazz and Blues class if you love to improvise.  And for advanced high school singers who love choral music, the Master Chorale of Nebraska is a professional environment that instills character while learning the great choral works.

We haven’t forgotten the adults, either!  Adult Piano Mastery Class is an up-pace version of the student classes, designed to get you playing and improvising quickly.  And the Jazz and Blues class is open to adults as well as students.

Please explore the links at the top of the web page to learn more about how you can Master Music with Enthusiasm at Singer Academy!

To view Singer Academy’s class schedule and rates, click here.   To read my bio, click here.  To see our location, click here.  Information is up to date for Fall 2016.

To request more information, or enroll in a Singer Academy class, please fill out this form or call Douglas Michael Singer at (402) 831-9555.


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