Erin W.

Erin W.

19 Reviews
Chicago, IL

About Erin W.

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Erin teaches: Males 4 and up
Females 4 and up
Teaching since: March 2006
Last sign in: 3 days ago
Average response time: 2 hours

Overview

About Erin: After completing my Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance at North Park University in Chicago, I moved to NYC in 2010 to pursue my loves of music, acting, and education. During my time in NYC, I worked as a Teaching Artist through Wingspan Arts, acted in short films, and sang in concerts, operas, and musical theater productions around the city. Now, I am back in my hometown of Chicago to continue my work near friends and family! I have been teaching acting, modeling, voice, and piano to children and adults of all ages for the last seven years. My goal is to professionally fuse my passion for music, theater, and education while continuing to learn, grow, and share the beauty and magic of the arts with others.

In my free time I enjoy movies, board games, geeky TV shows, rock climbing, and swimming with sharks!

Professional Performance Credits include:
*Christine "Phantom of the Opera in Concert" NYC
*Gretel "Hansel and Gretel" NYC
*Barbarina "Marriage of Figaro" NYC
*Lucy "Beggar's Opera" Chicago
*Bebe "A Chorus Line" Chicago
*Little Red "Into the Woods" Chicago

*** Lesson Details ***
For kids and adults alike, learning either voice or piano, I believe that you learn a lot more, and a lot faster when you feel comfortable and are having fun. With me, you will find an instructor who is patient, professional, motivating, challenging, and above all, encouraging. And fun. Did I mention fun?!

For voice students I like to use a mix of Broadway, Classical, and Popular music, depending on your needs and desires as a singer. I always assign a "teaching song" (a song that is good for training your voice) and a "fun song" (a song of your choice that you would like to sing just for fun!).

For piano students I like to use the Piano Adventures series by Faber & Faber. These are fun musical pieces, most of which are adapted from familiar classical works that have been arranged to teach you a certain technique.

For both, I always incorporate a balance of technique, music theory, and creative interpretation.

And for the brave: PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES!!

Each lesson will likely involve warm-ups, games, reviews, new concepts, rehearsal, coaching, assignments, and rewards.

During our lessons, we will set short-term and long-term goals based on what you want to accomplish as a musician, what you expect from me, and what I feel you should be working on. I believe rewards are definitely appropriate!

Each one of the you has your own unique voice, hands, and ideas of what music means to you. My job is to get to know you and your musical self, and then design exercises and songs that will specifically fulfill your needs as a musician. Skill and technique are extremely important when learning to sing or play a musical instrument, but we must never forget what drew us to music in the first place! While we work on technique, we will also be discussing creativity, and the art of self expression, and have tons of fun in the process!

Photos and Videos

This is my demo reel for acting! There aren't many samples of me singing, but you can check out my Audio Demo!

Experience

Teacher Oct 2014 - Present
The Music Playhouse

Chicago, IL

I lead early childhood music classes involving songs, dancing, rhythm, instruments, and education for young children and their parents.

Private Instructor Jan 2008 - Present
Studio of Erin Noelle W.

New York City, NY
and Chicago, IL

Private voice, piano, and acting lessons to students ages 4 to 63!

Teaching Artist Sep 2010 - Jun 2014
Wingspan Arts

New York City, NY

I created and taught various after school arts classes to elementary aged students. Classes include:

Broadway Bound
Mini Mozart
Music to my Ears
Poetry Slam

Private Voice Instructor Oct 2011 - Jun 2013
Acting Out!

Brooklyn, NY

I taught private voice lessons to kids of all ages and prepared them for school auditions. I also taught voice classes to younger kids.

Teacher, Coach Apr 2006 - Sep 2010
Royal Model Management

Chicago, IL

I taught acting classes to kids ages 4 to 24. I also prepared and coached kids for the IMTA competition in NYC and LA.

I also assisted in running auditions for Talent Agents and Casting Directors in NYC, LA, and Chicago.

Private Piano and Voice Instructor Aug 2009 - Aug 2010
Allegro Music Academy

Lemont, IL

I taught private piano and voice lessons to school aged children. I also taught group piano classes to young kids.

Education

MM Vocal Performance and Pedagogy Aug 2006 - May 2010
North Park University
BA Communications: Theater, Acting, and Media Studies Aug 2001 - Dec 2004
Wheaton College

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

1st Place: Team Sing Jul 2009
International Model and Talent Association

Affiliations

Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists Jan 1989
Sag-aftra

An American labor union representing over 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, and radio personalities worldwide.

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19 Reviews on Erin W.

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Richard S. May 29, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
She is a good coach and does make the lesson very enjoyable.
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Angelica A. May 15, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Erin is very talented all around. I came to her never taking a voice lesson before and was amazed at all the information she had to give me. Every lesson we would build and I learned so much in so little time. Unfortunately, I moved back to Florida and was unable to continue to take lessons with her :(. Wish I could have brought her with me ! She is excellent she even made me CD's to bring with me to continue my practice. I give her a 100 on a scale from 1 to 10.
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Laura B. Mar 8, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Wonderful experience!

I started taking lessons with Erin a few months ago, after balking at the idea for a while because I'm shy. So glad! Erin is incredibly vibrant and motivating. Every lesson is a lot of fun, but also very productive. I can't wait to continue!
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Martha E. Mar 6, 2014
Verified Student
Best Teacher Ever!!

Erin is a great teacher. I have learned a lot and feel that I have improved so much as a singer because of her. She makes you feel comfortable, and every class is loads of fun. I look forward to Mondays because it means I get to go to singing class. You can't find a better teacher than Erin!
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Aegina B. Mar 4, 2014
Piano
"She's the best! She's the best!"

Well, that's what my daughter started shouting when I asked her what she thought of Ms. Erin. I tend to agree -- Erin shows a wonderful combination of rigor and fun, allowing the kids to be kids but not get away with wasting time. She also hits the right balance between teaching theory and teaching practical playing technique. My daughter loved piano lessons so much that last year, she started studying voice with Erin, as well. We've been with Erin for a few years now, and if my daughter has her way, we will be with her "forever." :-)
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Blanca D. Mar 4, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Empowering Young Adults

I just wanted to say that the confidence that my daughter has in her singing ability is awesome. I love Erin, her personality, her youthfulness and the way she makes my daughter feel special. Thanks so much for bringing us together TakeLessons! :)

Blanca
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Helbert R. Dec 9, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Great Teacher

Erin is very friendly and knowledgeable. She's gives clear explanations and makes it fun to learn. Its been a great experience so far.
I would definitely recommend her to anyone.
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Cindy D. May 3, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Excellent Voice Coach

Thanks to Erin my daughter is coming out of her shell more and more each day. Her singing has improved & she has gained SO MUCH CONFIDENCE in herself! I look forward to cheering her on at her 2nd recital this year. Erin is very warm and has a very friendly personality which makes my daughter feel comfortable when singing. I highly recommend Erin :) THANK YOU SO MUCH!
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Shenzhan L. Feb 13, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Great learning experience with Erin

I am a real beginner and Erin makes learning piano really accessible for me. I certainly look forward to continue learning with Erin.b
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Rita H. Sep 6, 2012
Verified Student
Erin is very friendly

Take lessons is a nice way out , i don't have to think about it
from the payments to the squedules.