Piano, Singing, Acting, Broadway Singing, Dance
Now teaching singing and acting lessons online as well to anyone in the country!
Serena is originally from the New York City area and has been acting, singing, dancing, and playing piano since she was young. As a teenager, she attended the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan and went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. While she was there, she realized her love of teaching when she tutored struggling piano and music theory students.
In Chicago, her credits include: The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, Jersey Shore: The Musical, Jack and the Beanstalk, Theatre of Women 6, Pirates of Penzance, Change the Night Owl, and her own solo cabaret "Should I Be Sweet?"
Other notable credits include Tony N' Tina's Wedding, The Taming of the Shrew, Bat Boy, Les Miserables, Major Barbara, as well as various cabarets at Don't Tell Mama and the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Serena also has performed alongside James Taylor and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Serena loves working with people who particularly share her love of Musical Theater and Shakespeare, but she finds all ages and levels exciting and fulfilling.
Serena also specializes in coaching high school students for their auditions for BFA or BA Acting or Musical Theater programs. She is completely informed about the audition process for each individual school and is able to help select repertoire to fit your needs.
Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Classical Guitar, Dance, Flute, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Saxophone, Songwriting, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Upright Bass
Daniel, a former faculty member of Columbia College in Chicago, is a studio and live performance singer and musician based in Chicago. His teaching and performing experience spans three decades, and includes expertise in the studies of voice, guitar, piano, bass, drums, and trumpet, along with music theory, arranging, and composing. He is a Lincoln Academy Student Laureate who holds a BA in Music Composition, and has attended graduate courses in education at Roosevelt University and DePaul University in Chicago. He has taught students of all ages at private studios, public school, and college.
Daniel is described by his students as a natural teacher. He prefers to be regarded as an advancing student, and takes the journey along with his students to guide them towards their goals with a friendly, positive, efficient and productive approach. He feels that music is within all of us, and a desire to learn is a sign of talent, so anyone can develop their musical abilities with methodical practice.
The musical journey for Daniel began at an early age with trumpet and piano studies which became a passion for him by the age of 14. He was the drum major of the high school marching band, and successfully completed a paid contract to arrange music for the high school jazz band which performed in a state beauty pageant. He began teaching privately after high school, and continued playing in bands, and composing original music. He formed a professional jazz ensemble under the name of the Chicago Jazz Players by the age of 22, and developed his arranging techniques while having it performed by an eighteen piece orchestra consisting of many great local artists. It was in this environment that he gained experience with brass, woodwinds, and rhythm instruments. He was granted a position at Columbia College as an instructor at age 29 where he taught theory, sight singing, musicianship, ear training, harmony, orchestration, and composition. He scored the music for several plays, and conducted his own pieces with Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera Players. During those years he found himself playing the guitar and singing more than anything else. It was in 1995 that he focused on singing and playing the guitar with his rock band. He has produced several CD recordings of his original music in his own studio, and has helped produce local bands and artists. He performs regularly in the Chicago area.
Ballet, Film Acting, Improv Acting, Jazz Dancing, Singing, Acting, Broadway Singing, Dance, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Speaking Voice
I feel there is a great deal of talent in the youth of today, and that it is my job to provide a knowledge and understanding of how to best use that talent. I try my best to provide a comfortable atmosphere to help my students to develop, refine and heighten their talents. I love to teach performance techniques in voice, music, dance, and various other fine arts activities. I have been an aspiring performer my entire life and have enjoyed every learning experience I have come across. It is because of this that I feel I can help you reach your full potential. It is my goal to share my passion for performing arts with others so that they might become excited about their potential and future. I hope to empower others with the knowledge of using there instrument properly and efficiently so that they may utilize their talents to their fullest potential. Through lessons with me my students will enjoy and flourish in using their talents and become confident in doing so. Both learning and performing should be fun and exciting and that is what my students should know, that I am here to have fun and to help you embrace your natural talents and use them with ease and comfort.
What sets me apart from other teachers at Take Lessons?
Well, I am here to help you find how you learn best and what you feel most comfortable with. You will learn about yourself, your emotions, what makes you who you are, and your goals. Once we find that, we will use that to bring out your strengths and help you thrive in all areas of your life.
My training includes, but is not limited to;
Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, Sherman Oaks, CA- Fitness and Group Instructor Certification
Act One Studios, Chicago IL- Acting, and On-Camera, Commercial Techniques, Film and TV
Visceral Dance Center, Chicago IL- Modern, Tap, Jazz
Ruth Page Dance Center, Chicago IL- Ballet, Jazz, Pilates
Lou Conte Dance Studio, Chicago IL- Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Musical Theater, Hip-Hop, Pilates, and Yoga
Oakland University, Rochester MI – Integrated Studies of Music, Theatre, and Dance, B.A.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI & Flint MI- Music Education, Dance , Vocal Performance, and Acting
Though I am your teacher I am also a fellow performer. I understand that everyone learns differently and I try to take various approaches to help the student get the most out of each lesson. I encourage my students to be open and honest with me about each aspect or their lesson so that we can, together, tailor a lesson plan that best fits each individual.
I am also CPR/AED certified- this is just one way to make sure your child or you are safe while taking lessons while me.
Ballet, Singing, Broadway Singing, Dance, Music Performance, Opera Voice
With a BM in Vocal Performance from Grand Valley State University in MI and a MM in Voice Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts (in progress) I have plenty of professional experience to share with my students. I specialize in teaching all ages and all technical abilities – classical and musical theater technique. I especially enjoy working with beginning students, teaching them fundamentals of good singing technique, including breath, tone, resonance, and song repertoire. I also like to work with students who are preparing for collegiate auditions, competitions or other performances.
Ballet, Guitar, Jazz Dancing, Theatrical Dance, Algebra, Arithmetic, Basic Math, Biology, Dance, English, Geometry, Language, Math, Pre Algebra, Reading, Science
Li Bloom holds a BA in Theatre Arts, Dance from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has worked as a dancer, choreographer, & teacher throughout the US and in Canada. She's a visual artist; author/editor of four poetry books; media performance artist currently working on her first film project. Teaching and tutoring children in creative movement, fundamental guitar, theatre & literature arts is her passion. She also teaches yoga and dance fitness classes for adults. "Growing old is not an option".
Ballet, Improv Acting, Piano, Singing, Theater Acting, Theatrical Dance, Violin, Acting, Broadway Singing, Dance, Music Performance, Music Theory, Speaking Voice
"Let's discover what the voice is like, let's learn how to use it easily and effectively, and let's have fun in the process."
I discovered music at an early age, classical music and ABBA were what played nonstop growing up. That is until I discovered this little musical called Annie. *Insert a little montage of 5 year old Melissa singing all of the songs at the top of her lungs* Broadway became a huge passion and I have crafted my life around all aspects of the theatrical craft, from performing in professional productions around the world and Chicago-land area to working every aspect backstage from costumes to sets to choreography.
My love of theatre was cultivated at a young age by being a participant in Spotlight Youth Theatre (formerly Christian Youth Theatre) performing in over 20 musical productions produced by them. This sparked the desire to make theatre my life, leading to two degrees from International university's: Music Theatre Performance & Applied Theatre. Since returning to Chicago and creating a vibrant theatrical career, I have returned to my Spotlight roots by taking on the role of Director for their main stage productions. I have created theatrical productions that have been heralded by students, parents and peers as triumphs not only in children's theatre but also on the Chicago theatre scope. These productions instilled within me a heart for the young performer and a love of sharing music with them.
Introducing a child to the world of music is like opening a door to a magical place full of wonder, excitement and discovery. Nothing inspires me more then watching a student grow in confidence and knowledge about this magical world. I'm a firm believer that children of all ages can take and learn from voice lessons and that it's never too early to build a musical foundation. Learning to match pitch, understand rhythm and telling a story through song are all invaluable tools that can be learned at any age. With the youngest we begin to learn through games and stories, progressing all the way up to the college prep for a performing arts school where we delve deeply into character to bring the music alive. As a professional director I have the unique advantage of prepping my students for the theatrical world and helping to guide them on the path that is right for them. Music is the the language of the world, so let's explore the world together!
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