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Acting, Broadway Singing, Dance, Piano, Singing
Now teaching in-person singing and acting lessons in Chicago, as well as online 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 Two Gentlemen of Verona, 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 two solo cabarets: "Should I Be Sweet?" and "I Don't Want To Be a Cliche."
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.
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I have a very good balance in my lessons of nurturing the student, but also pushing the student to his or her highest potential. I always remain encouraging and supportive. I spend about a third of the lesson on technique work and I always encourage students to bring in their own material that we can work on as well. You will get excellent vocal and piano technique from me, but you will also learn to have fun and appreciate the ease and relaxation of singing and playing piano.
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F/w keyboard, seating for parents - main room
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I specialize in musical theater singing, especially preparation for any auditions (singing or acting) for shows, college auditions, etc. Musical theater is my main passion, but I also focus a lot on pop music. I am especially experienced in introducing newbies to singing or piano.
Bass Guitar, Composition, Dance, Ear Training, Flute, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone, Singing, Songwriting, Trumpet
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.
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Daniel exhibits patience and care with each student, and develops an individualized approach based on clear goals with practical procedures. Most beginners can expect to have a working knowledge of music notation and how it applies to their instrument within three months, and should be developing fluency in performing music that they enjoy within six months. Advancing students will enjoy the rewards that will follow by studying with an experienced teaching musician that will recognize strengths and weaknesses, and recommend proven techniques for personal musical development. Studying music should be fun, fulfilling, and in harmony with the needs and desires of the student, and this is key to the philosophy held by Daniel.
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Eight track recording gear; grand piano; guitars/bass (acoustic & electric); cables/amps, drum kit and percussion.
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I can provide lesson materials, and always have a metronome with me. I expect the student to have an instrument. I prefer that a student has a music stand.
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"Awesome woman! Beautiful soul, beautiful dancer! She is a very encouraging teacher and gently guides you until you get it right. Belly dancing is wonderful for your self-esteem as you learn to control and isolate parts of your body to move in ways that are fluid, graceful, and fun!
My only regret - not doing this when I was younger." - Mandy, 1/2/14
Dancing for 13 years and teaching for seven, Serafina has the highest belly dance instructor and performer reviews in the Chicago suburbs. Come and experience something new!
Ballet, Classical Voice, Contemporary Dance, Dance, Flute, Jazz Dancing, Modern Dance, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Vocal Training
FLUTE AND OTHER INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of St. Francis. As a requirement for my degree, I have been able to learn various instruments of all the different instrument families. However, my primary instrument is flute, which I have been playing for almost 15 years. I started taking private lessons 5th grade. I received four years of formal university flute instruction from highly regarded flute instructors. I have taught flute students ranging from third grade to twelfth grade. One of my secondary instruments is piano. I received four years of college instruction for piano. With my training and playing experience, I am sure to be able to help you improve throughout our lessons!
Part of my requirements for obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education included taking classes for both instrumental and vocal technique. I sang in two choirs while in college, and I sing in a multi-congregation church choir as well. In addition, I taught Singing Time for two through twelve year-old children at church for two years, and I am currently a Choir Director for my local church congregation. I would love to help improve your vocal technique and pass on the vocal knowledge I have learned!
I was a dancer for 12 years and took studio classes in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, and hip hop. During the seven years I taught dance, I taught ballet, jazz, and hip hop as well as a barre and Pilates class. The children in my Level I classes were between the ages of five and twelve. I was even selected as a Dance Olympus VIP where I was able to go on tour with well-known choreographers from the United States and Canada. With my teaching and dancing experience, I would love to be able to help improve your dancing abilities!
MUSIC THEORY LESSONS
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, and as a requirement, I took four semesters of theory classes. Learning various aspects of music theory can immensely improve your musicality and playing ability. Having an understanding of theory will truly help you understand the music you are playing. I have several theory books and worksheets from college that would aid in our private lessons.
* I have taken university coursework which provided me with information about how to work with various kinds of students with special needs. I have worked with a number of students with special needs in dance, in church, and in my student teaching placements.
Ballet, Choreography, Contemporary Dance, Dance, Dance Choreography, Flexibility Training, Health Coaching, Jazz Dancing, Modern Dance, Nutrition, Theatrical Dance, Weight Loss
I graduated with honors from Northern Illinois University with a BFA in Dance Performance this past May. I have been training since I was five years old and studied throughout the Chicagoland area. I specialize in ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, modern, lyrical, musical theater, and creative movement. I have performed professionally in the Chicagoland area and with Ballet Concerto in Fort Worth, Texas. I have been teaching dance for the past five years. I have experience teaching all ages and levels. I am also a certified personal trainer and can teach and coach fitness and Barre strength training. I am currently performing and teaching dance and fitness in the Chicago land area. Please contact me if you would like dance or fitness coaching.
Anatomy, Ballet, Basic Math, Beading, Business, Chess, Choreography, Contemporary Dance, Cooking, Dance, Dance Choreography, Dance Fitness, Elementary Math, English Literature, Essay Writing, Healthy Cooking, Hip Hop Dance, Hula Hoop, Jazz Dancing, Knitting, Literature, Math, Meditation, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Modern Dance, Photography, Poetry, Psychology, Public Speaking, Reading, Science, Scrapbooking, Spelling, Strength and Conditioning, Stretching, Study Skills, Tap Dance, Theatrical Dance, Typing, Vocabulary, Writing, Yoga, Zumba
I am fun, active, and love teaching yoga and dance to all ages!
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."