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Started in 2010, Heart’s Performing Arts has been steadily building for the past couple of years. Owner, Kaity Heart, wanted to start a music lesson business that focuses not only on proper technique, but also performance skills, which is often missing from a normal music lesson.  Using pop culture, humor and constructive criticism, teachers at Heart’s Performing Arts put a unique spin on the typical music lesson.



Our mission is to help singers and musicians become better performers with strong theory and technique; all while teaching a well-rounded, pop-culture-based, fun lesson.


Currently we only offer in-home lessons, but we would like to see that change!

Our 3-5 year plan is to open up a studio in the Minneapolis/St.Paul area to do in studio lessons with five teachers in-studio and have another five teachers out-abound. Our ideal studio space would have an area for a lounge/homework area, a stage for performances and sound studios for lessons. We will keep you updated on our progress!



KAITY   Owner: Vocal/Piano/Performance Instructor

EMILY    Voice/Piano/Guitar Instructor

Kaity Heart

Emily Galegher

Updates: April 2015 finds Kaity in a new role of a correspondent for Darkness Radio on AM1130. As of September 2014, Kaity is performing with Anthony Shore's Elvis Tribute as a backup singer and the lead female singer of Revolver and the Secret Agents.


Kaity threw her life away for rock & roll and hasn't looked back. She has been lucky enough to perform at Roy Wilkins Auditorium, The Myth and several Coliseums and Arenas around the Midwest. She also was a Minneapolis finalist for The Voice. Kaity Graduated with honors from University of Minnesota Duluth with a B.F.A in Musical Theatre and a Minor in Dance.


Kaity's talents are often requested by local and national bands for vocal performances as well as lessons and technique improvements. With close to fifty students locally, Kaity loves working with young, enthusiastic talent and helping form and guide their careers as entertainers.


Kaity's favorite color is sparkle and her favorite food is cheese enchiladas... and for desert, more cheese enchiladas! Her hobbies include watching Doctor Who, event planning and playing with kitties Gracie and Littler.

Emily has a B.A in Music Business and a minor in Music Education. Has been playing piano since she was 7 years old, and guitar since she was 12. While in college she focused on voice and sang in the Augsburg College Choir. After college she has been featured in many Americana and Singer/Songwriter style groups including The Lovely Larks with whom she still plays.


Her style is described as a mix of Bohemian and Hipster and like to look as close to Annie Hall as she can! Her favorite styles of music are singer/songwriter, bluegrass, folk, Americana and her heart has a big place in Rock and Roll.


Has a boxer pup named Kaiser McKool. His favorite TV show is New Girl. Sometimes Emily will watch it with him.

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NATHAN   Guitar/Bass/Percussion/Piano Instructor

LIZZIE   Administration Voice/Violin/Acting Instructor

Nathan Kinney

Lizzie Narlock

Nathan Kinney is a teacher with years of experience, knowledge, and passion for music. Throughout his career working in touring bands and recording projects, he has developed a keen ear and unique perspective on music, and brings this to his teaching style.

After getting a degree in Audio Engineering from McNally Smith College of Music in 2006, Nathan began giving guitar, bass, percussion, and piano lessons around the Twin Cities. In 2011, he began teaching and directing programs at Rock Camp for Dads and in 2014, he opened his own production house, Polarity Haus Media.

Nathan continues to play in various original and jazz projects in the Twin Cities. He has a dog named Stubbs the Destroyer and loves Doctor Who as much as Emily and Kaity.

Lizzie is a Firecracker Country Girl from Central Wisconsin who has charged ahead in bringing back the actresses of old like Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Carol Burnet through her performances in Musical Theatre. She has been in shows like Phantom of the Opera, Aida, Peter Pan, and plenty more. Currently she is in her senior year at UMN Twin Cities earning her BA in Theatre Arts and a minor in GLBT Studies! She has been training her voice since she was twelve as well as cultivating her love of playing and teaching violin. She has had the privilege to debut Eric Whitacre’s music in New York City and was on the ground level of an Opera Master Class in Boca Raton, Florida with her previous Voice Instructor.

Since moving to Minnesota in 2011 she has assisted in starting a Show Choir; The Gold Standard Show Choir at the Twin Cities UMN, played a homicidal robot in a 1 act play, and has traveled the world through Semester at Sea.

Lizzie loves to cuddle with her Australian Sugar Gliders, Lindsey Sterling, Romeo and Juliet while living life in a wibbley wobbly timey wimey way. Her favourite colours are pink and green and she loves adventures and dance parties!

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DEANNA   Voice/Piano/Performance Instructor

JULIAN   Guitar Instructor



Deanna grew up in Spokane, Washington. She sang with the Spokane Area Children’s Chorus (SACC) continuously from 1992 to 2004 until graduating in 2004. She attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington where she completed her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. Deanna participated in the operas at WWU. Her favorite role at WWU was “Belinda” in Dido and Aeneas. While at WWU, Deanna sang in multiple choirs and chamber ensembles. Beside her classical studies, she also sang with the Vocal Jazz ensemble, contemporary musical theater revues and cabarets.

In May 2013 she acquired a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln performing multiple stage roles. Her favorite experience was participating in a workshop with the writers of a new musical, Big Red Sun – music by Georgia Stitt, words by John Jiler.

Since moving to the Twin Cities in 2013, Deanna has sung with in local choirs, the Minnesota Opera Chorus, and joined the St. Croix Festival Theatre as a Guest Artist for their 2014 season. She begins teaching at the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists in the fall. Besides performing and teaching, Deanna is an advocate for community action, involvement and volunteer work. Her hobbies include exploring the outdoors, trying out new restaurants, watching improv theater and experiencing the arts culture around the Twin Cities.

Her favorite band is The Shins and Florence and the Machine, her style is described as pro-boho, and plans on getting a kitten very soon!

Julian Manzara is a guitarist and composer currently finishing the last year of the performance program at McNally Smith College of Music. He previously taught guitar at Yawkey Boys and Girls Club while attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.

A versatile guitarist, Julian plays electric, steel­string acoustic and nylon­string classical guitars.


He has performed in a range of styles including rock, jazz, blues, funk, metal, and Brazilian. He has recorded three albums and toured in the US and Europe with his rock band The Lone Crows. As part of groups Manzara/Reeve Duet and the recently formed Manzara Trio, he performs at restaurants and other venues across the Twin Cities.


Julian’s favorite TV show is The Twilight Zone and he has a black cat named Monte Carlo.

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PHONG   Voice/Piano Instructor


Phong Nguyen received a Bachelor of Music from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA and a Master of Music from University of Minnesota Twin Cities where he is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree. Furthermore, he has participated in La Musica Lirica, an opera training program in Novafeltria, Itlay, in 2007 and 2009. He has performed such roles as Gheraldo from Gianni Schicchi, Goro from Madama Butterfly, Monostatos from Die Zauberflöte, Eisenstein from Die Fledermaus, Dr. Caius in Falstaff, and Nanki Poo from The Mikado. Also, he has performed with Minnesota Ochestra, Skylark Opera, the Atlanta Opera chorus, the Minnesota Opera chorus, Loon Opera Company in Bemidji, MN, and Capitol City Opera in Atlanta, GA.

Phong’s favorite bands are Boyz II Men, Usher, Linkin Park, and Zac Brown Band. He has a Shih-Tzu named Puccini who loves to play fetch. He also plays soccer twice a week with his team, Pagliacci, which means “clowns.”

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The word recital tends to send a chill down parents and students spines…a four hour long affair while everyone sits patiently while one by one each student stands up, walks to the stage, the teacher introduces them and finally they play; all while sitting in an uncomfortable church or school….


Gone are those days! We do all of our recitals at The Garage in Burnsville, a teen rock venue that give us a full stage with sound, intelligent lighting and a very fun atmosphere. Students wait backstage and play songs they have picked and that they love.  We even do a Halloween recital, where everyone (including the parents and teachers) dress up and our digital piano is set to a spooky organ sound.


In past years we have been lucky enough to perform at Mall of America for their Holiday shows in the rotunda. We announce our participation every year in October if selected.


Our Students have also performed at several venues around town including Steppingstone Theatre and Children’s Theatre.


The very brave and advanced students also try their luck at shows like The Voice, American Idol and America’s Got Talent. We have had students make it through 3 rounds of American Idol and 2 rounds in America’s Got Talent.  And our owner Kaity has made it to the finals in Minneapolis for The Voice after being selected by producers.


Wednesday October 22nd
Although Savannah did not bring home the crown, her performance was tweeted all around the world! Twitter followers praised Savannah as being one of the most entertaining performances of her night.

Students of Heart’s Performing Arts are equipped with the skills to perform in a number of different venues, performing different genres of music; all with the confidence of owning a stage!







It is very important to us when hiring new instructors that they have a good grip on what it takes to be a performer in the music or theatre industries. All teachers have performed professionally and continue to perform and gain new insight for their students.



We would love to take you on as a student! If you would like to learn more please leave the following information in your message: • How old is the student? • Where are you located?  • Do you have any preference of day or time of lesson? • What are your goals for your student? • What are their goals? • Have they ever taken lessons before? • What level (if any) of book are they in? • Do you consider them a beginner, intermediate or advanced student?


We will not work with intense guttural screamers based on the high risk of vocal disorders. This singing style is extremely hard on your voice and we don't recommend this style at all. Disorders include: nodes, legions and paralysis all lead to loss of voice and/or surgery. It is recommended if you feel any pain at in your vocal chords to go see a specialist immediately.


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