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Popular Speaking Voice Teachers Near Chicago

Nicole C.

Chicago, IL
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Penny R.

Wheaton, IL
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Wendy P.

Chicago, IL
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Nicole C. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Acting, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting

About Me

Ms. Nicole will be touring London summer 2014 with Chamber Opera of Chicago in the touring production of Persuasion. Her previous experience includes: Verismo Opera as Aninna, she was the first place winner in the emerging artist division of Elgin Opera's fourth Annual Vocal Competition. Nicole performed as a nun soloist with Chamber Opera of Chicago in the Sound of Music for the last 2 seasons in a row. She performed as a soloist in Persuasion in 2012. Under the baton of Maestro Alfredo Munar, she was a mulatta girl in Maria La O. テツδツづツつNicole sang with Chamber Opera of Chicago in 2010 under the baton of Nyela Basney as the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel. She performed many solos with orchestra in their production of Te Amo a night of Spanish music. She was the cover for the Mother in Amahl and the night visitors with Chamber Opera for the last 5 seasons. テツδツづツつNicole has performed with Da Corneto Opera in Aida. テツδツづツつShe was a guest performer for Williamstown College in Massachusetts as Susanna in the Marriage of Figaro. She was the cover for the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors with You Gotta Hear This which she performed at a publicity event. in New York. テツつShe has also appeared with Taconic Opera as Contessa Ceprano in Rigoletto. Past operatic performances include Amelia in Amelia goes to the Ball by Menotti, Miriam from The Scarf by Lee Hoiby and Papagena (cover) from the magic flute. She was also the first place winner of the Mendelssohn Club Competition in New York. She obtained her BM from SUNY Purchase in New York and her MM in voice performance and vocal pedagogy from Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Nicole is originally from New York and currently resides in Chicago.

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What I Do
I have trained singers for over 10 years. Every student I have trained has come to me with the same goal in mind: to become a better singer, and I have helped them on their path. My approach to vocal training and the art of singing is based on the Bel Canto, or "Beautiful Singing" Technique.

What We Will Work On
I will help you develop a great line, so your sound is fluid and rich. I will help you release any tension in your voice, so your voice is not encumbered by your body. More importantly, I will help you find your natural artistic and relaxed voice.

Who Can Benefit from my Teaching?
I enjoy teaching everyone from the beginner singing his or her first notes to the professional singer looking to perfect their technique. I believe in a positive approach to teaching and in full body awareness. I teach students from every walk of the musical life, including students from the worlds of opera, musical theatre, jazz, and pop. What You Can Expect to Learn

Breath Support; Resonance; Unifying Vowels; Great Intonation; Posture; Vocal Relaxation
Range Expansion; Artistry; Expressiveness; Confidence; Vibrato;
Volume and Power; Articulation; Confidence; Music Theory; and much more.

*** Studio Equipment ***
keyboard, music stand, sheet music, apple computer, printer.

*** Travel Equipment ***

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical singing and musical theater. I also teach pop and jazz.

Penny R. Wheaton, IL

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Singing, Speaking Voice

About Me


I graduated from college in Virginia with a Bachelor of Music Education degree as a voice major, and minored in piano and violin. My teaching certificate was for vocal, instrumental and general music, grades K - 12, and I graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Graduate school brought me to Indiana, where I earned a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance. Migrating up to the Chicago area from there, I taught at a private music school (voice and small ensembles, as well as many faculty performances) before staying at home to raise our children, and teaching voice lessons privately in my Studio. After 30 years of teaching, I'm still at it, and I still love it!

I am a Permanent Professional member of Music Teacher's National Association (MTNA), Illinois State Music Teacher's Association (ISMTA),West Suburban Chapter of ISMTA, as well as a member of National Association of Teachers of Singing. Most of my students are high school aged, but I have taught from ages seven through 70. My students regularly achieve MTNA's Music Achievement Award, are selected for District Choir and All-State Choir, as well as receive leading roles in high school and community musicals.


I believe that singing does something to words which nothing else can--it puts feelings to music. Everyone has feelings, and everyone can be musical. Those who pursue their vocal education can be rewarded with confidence in their ability to sing. The goal of my Studio is to promote the study of music, and to create a musical environment at each lesson so that every person's individual potential can become realized - all while having fun!

My Studio provides a nurturing environment for all singers, from beginning to advanced, children to adults. I will help you develop and maintain your vocal health, expand your vocal range, and develop your musicianship. You will learn to integrate a coordinated process of breath, pitch and tone, while exploring your vocal potential in a wide range of contemporary and classic musical styles. Teaching proper vocal technique is my primary goal with every student: fixing what is being used incorrectly, and enhancing what is already done well. I will work with you on any style of repertoire you desire: classical, opera, broadway, jazz, folk, etc. I love it when a student wants a variety of song! And if your music theory skills are weak, we'll take care of that, too!


Children eighth grade and younger should sign up for half hour lessons; students high school and older should sign up for 45 minute lessons.

I am so excited to share the joy of making music with my new TakeLessons students! We get right into breathing, first thing. Once that is right, we can turn our attention to what's going on with the throat and mouth. All the while, we are learning songs by which we can practice whatever we're working on in the exercises. Everybody's different, with different tensions, both proper and antagonistic. We isolate the muscular tensions that are interfering with your perfect sound, and go from there!

*** Lesson Details ***
Come prepared to make a lot of noises with which you don't normally sing! We will explore every sound you are capable of - there's something to learn from most of them! Obviously, we'll concentrate on the ones we really want to sing with, while using a myriad of vocal exercises.

My studio brochure will explain many of the nuts and bolts of our lessons, and any expectations regarding practicing, keyboard ability and access, and how we work home practice when you don't know how to play piano. Generally, we spend about half the lesson time on warm ups/exercises, and half the time on songs. Sometimes we memorize them; sometimes we polish them; sometimes we just learn them quickly and move on to new things. Each lesson is a little different, depending on what I'm hearing from you that day.

I'm always happy to help you with school/church solos, audition material, choral parts, etc. Otherwise, we will choose repertoire together, taking into account your goals and interests, along with what makes good teaching material. Come join the fun and make some music!

*** Studio Equipment ***
My basement rec room serves as my teaching studio, so there are stairs with which to contend. Parents may stay either in the studio, or up in my living room to wait. The fully equipped studio contains a piano, audio-visual equipment for recording and play back, music stands, stools, a comfortable couch, and even a sink for quick water drinks! (Singing can make you thirsty!)

*** Specialties ***
In my 30+ years of teaching private lessons, I've amassed quite a toolbox of eclectic musical resources. That said, I still find muscle manipulative exercises while vocalizing to be the quickest route for most students to have success in building their long term voice. So I utilize those techniques frequently. With proper, healthy vocal production, a student can sing in any genre they choose. I am very concerned about producing a healthy voice with a free tone, particularly for children, so that all students can go forward into whatever style they choose with good vocal production.

Wendy P. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Singing, Speaking Voice

About Me

I am a professional singer, songwriter and actor working in the Chicago area for many years. I have a B.F.A. in Theater/Voice from The University of Kansas and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago. I've been teaching private vocal instruction since 2003: I host the Singer's Salon in Chicago, a unique and supportive venue for singer's to become more comfortable performing before an audience. I also instruct workshops for vocal technique and performance. For the past 10 years I was the lead singer for The Red Apples, an acoustic roots band that performs an eclectic mix of rock, swing, blues, country and jazz. I also have a cabaret/art song project consisting or original material with composer Jaroslaw Golembiowski. As a singer and actress I have performed with many major theaters in the Chicago area, including Court Theater, Victory Gardens, National Jewish Theater, Bailiwick Theater, and Prop Theater.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a classically trained singer I will instruct you in all aspects of singing technique, from breath control and support to improving your tone, range, flexibility and resonance. My familiarity with a variety of musical styles from pop/rock, R&B, and country, to musical theater, lounge and jazz makes me an ideal teacher for those interested in contemporary styles.

I have spent many years developing my own style of singing and instruction. I draw on my experiences and training not only in music, but theater and movement, (Linklater, Alexander Technique, Grotowski) to create a well rounded approach to singing and performing. As an instructor, I am most interested in helping students find their true voice and artistic style. I teach students to find expression through and with a foundation of technique, rather then in spite of it. I also am very interested in helping students deal with the mental/emotional aspects of performance, an all important area so frequently ignored by music teachers. My style is nurturing, yet disciplined, and sprinkled liberally with good-natured humor."

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio space is fully equipped with a piano, P.A. system with microphones, CD, MP3 player for tracks, and ability to record lessons if the student desires.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Please have a piano (in tune!) or keyboard for use in your in home lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I am classically trained, but I am very adept at teaching music in a wide variety of styles, including most contemporary styles of music including pop/rock, roots, swing, jazz and blues, country, r&b, and of course musical theater and cabaret. My band performs an eclectic mix of originals and covers in the roots rock genre, and I write music as well. I have many years of experience in the theater as an actress, and I coach acting technique and performance. I coach singer/songwriters, and all types of singers, of all ages. I have a workshop that specializes in helping people learn to perform better in front of an audience, and I host the Singer's Salon in Chicago, which is a supportive opportunity to perform regularly! I also coach bands, to improve their vocals, harmonies, etc.

Russell H.

Elgin, IL
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Ashley W.

Chicago, IL
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John C.

Chicago, IL
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Russell H. Elgin, IL

Subjects Taught

Classical Voice, Country Singing, Jazz Voice, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Singing, Speaking Voice, Stage Performance, Vocal Training

About Me

I am a classically trained singer that has performed all over the world and across the United States. I have sung from NYC to Phoenix and as far away as Italy and Brazil. I have been a lead singer in rock bands, a principle performer in musical theater and a leading baritone on the operatic stage. My technique is all about vocal health and finding the true voice. My lessons begin with a lot of warm ups and vocal training and end with singing what you really want to sing. My goal is to set you up with a solid technique and teach you how to sing in a healthy way that will last you the rest of your life.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Electric piano

Key board

Upright piano

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*** Specialties ***
Classical voice



Ashley W. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Acting, Child Acting, Shakespearean Acting, Speaking Voice, Stage Performance, Theater Acting

About Me

Hello! My name is Ashley W and I am an acting teacher and coach!

To give you a bit of background about myself, I have recently moved to Chicago from New York where I spent the last three years working on my careers both as an actor and teaching artist. Teaching has become such a passion of mine and I am extremely invested in making it a parallel career for myself. I hold a MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theatre and a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Evansville.

I have worked with children for over 15 years as a childcare provider, camp counselor and mentor. Working with children is truly a passion of mine, alongside acting, and I love integrating both of these aspects of my life by being a teaching artist. I have also coached adults working on auditions for shows and college/grad school auditions. I find this type of work to be equally rewarding because it is truly a collaborative process and I find that my own techniques and auditions improve the more I work with others! It is so helpful to have an outside eye!

Thank you and I hope to hear from you soon!

John C. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Acting, Child Acting, Film Acting, Film and TV Acting, Improv Acting, Modeling, Pageantry, Speaking Voice, Stage Performance, Theater Acting, Voice Acting

About Me

Personal & Comprehensive Acting & Modeling coaching programs available for beginners and professionals ages 7 & up.

With over 20 years of television, voice-over, film, stage, runway, voice, musical theater, modeling and 'live' hosting in the U.S. and Canada. John achieved success in Los Angeles landing roles on: Days Of Our Lives, General Hospital, Young & The Restless, Ocean's Thirteen, Meet Dave and many other shows! John C.

"The Chicago Talent Coach" developing "Amazing Talent with Amazing Results!"

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