Loretta M.

Loretta M.

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9 Reviews
Chicago, IL

About Loretta M.

Male Ages Taught: 1 and up
Female Ages Taught: 1 and up

Overview

I have always been fascinated with how music is created and who works behind the scenes of performances and recordings. I started playing the flute in elementary school, piano in junior high school, and singing in high school. Once I got to UMASS, Dartmouth I chose the Music option for my major. I then moved on to NYU. I have been teaching for over ten years now. Working with students both in person and online has been amazing. With online lessons I am able to work with students who love the convenience of being at home and in person I can show students what it is like to really grow! I love my students of all ages, and can only hope to show others how amazing music can be. I have worked with a handful of students with special needs and am comfortable teaching in a non-traditional stye. I am currently preparing to begin my certification in music therapy. Those who can do teach, and those who can teach totally do!

*** Lesson Details ***
You will set the pace for your lesson. I want you to enjoy your time in music, so your lessons will be completely customized. We will develop a goal plan for you so that our time together is interesting, fun, and we make progress! In 3-6 months, you will have a stable technical program and have started a portfolio of music for performances, no matter what level you are. We can share sheet music in person or online (I can even email you great links to amazing performances). Just let me know where you want to be in music, and we'll work together to make it happen. I can't wait to meet you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
My home studio is in a private music room. Parents can relax in our family space with coffee or tea and enjoy their children's learning at their leisure. My studio includes a 88-key keyboard, technology setup with an iMac, microphone and stand, a mirror for posture and musical instruments. I carry books for the lessons themselves (not for practice at home), and we can download or print out music as desired. If you take lessons online, I can email you links and sheet music as needed. Feel free to bring any additional equipment music you would like to share. I have some great recommendations for music books designed for both children and adult learners.

*** Specialties ***
jazz, contemporary, classical (instrumental), original, computer music composition

Photos and Videos

Group Lesson with Dean Radcliffe and Delmira Miller

Experience

Music Teacher Jun 2008 - Present
Takelessons

Lessons in flute, piano, voice and audio technology.

Faculty in Audio Production Jul 2012 - Apr 2014
Art Institute

Classes in audio technology, listening and analysis, audio recording, and live sound reinforcement for college students who want to become music producers and engineers.

Director of Music Mar 2008 - Dec 2010
Matt's Music

Classes in flute, piano, and voice for students of all ages.
Running the music department of In Sync Center of the Arts, which involves administration, management of all music staff, and production of concerts.

Music Teacher and Audio Engineer Mar 2008 - Sep 2009
Bosse School of Music

Lessons in flute, piano, and voice. Engineered and produce Sound-A-Like albums for aspiring students.

Production Assistant May 2007 - Sep 2007
Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music

Production Assistant for the recording department of New York University, specializing in audio engineering, studio setup and breakdown, activities logging, and product management.

Vocalist for NYU Composition Department May 2007 - May 2007
New York University

Session and stage musician for final projects of composition major, Jodi Humphreys.

Audio Enginner Sep 2004 - May 2006
University of Masssachusetts

Engineer for campus concerts and events.

Education

MBA May 2010 - Jun 2012
University of Phoenix
Masters of Music Sep 2006 - Dec 2007
NYU
Bachelors of Music Sep 2002 - May 2006
University of Massachusetts

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Level III Certificaiton in Somatic VoiceworkTM, the LoVetri Method Jun 2012
CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah Conservatory

Style of teaching voice that focuses on how the body creates sound and how to manage that sound for all genres of music.

Awards

Community Honor Aug 2012
Bethune School of Excellence

Affiliations

National Association for Music Education May 2014
NAFME

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

National Association of Teachers of Singing May 2014
NATS

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

Music Teachers National Association May 2014
MTNA

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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9 Reviews on Loretta M.

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Paul F. August 6, 2014
Flute · Online
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After only a couple of lessons I can tell that Loretta is a well rounded teacher. As a flute instructor she is better than what I could have imaged.
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Crystal H. April 19, 2014
Singing
Amazing teacher!

Loretta is such an amazing teacher. She makes the lesson fun and always tries to better you! The knows all kinds of techniques to help your voice, its amazing! I recently had to stop her classes only because I didn't have time with my school and work schedule! However once school ends I am going to continue our lessons back up! I have already recommend her to people I know! She is not only and amazing teacher but also such a sweet and caring person! Thank you for teaching me!

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Dean R. March 10, 2014
Singing
Great tips, great style

Loretta has the tools and style to get it done for voice lessons.
If you play an instrument she can help you sing and play at once and deal with those challenges. She can start with the material you are already working on, and I saw considerable differences after the first lesson. Can't wait for more !
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Dede B. November 14, 2013
Singing
extremely knowledgeable, patient, and fun

Loretta is an awesome music teacher. She is fun, patient, and encouraging and has such a love of music and a gift for imparting her knowledge to her students, even her youngest ones.

My 10-year-old son has been taking voice lessons with Loretta for about a year now. His lesson is usually the highlight of his week. He really likes it that Loretta always lets him choose the songs he learns to sing.

A couple months ago, we added piano to his lessons, which my son really enjoys. Just a couple weeks ago, he joined his school band and is now learning to play saxophone. He has been able to apply so much of what Loretta has taught him on piano to his saxophone lessons.

We started out taking lessons in Loretta's home studio, but then transitioned to Skype, which is very convenient because it eliminates travel time. I recommend either live or Skype lessons with Loretta. She is the best!
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Jessica T. November 11, 2013
Music Theory
Makes learning fun and simple

I take music theory lessons with Loretta. I have taken music theory before with 3 other teachers . None of them make it as simple as she does. She explains it in a way that I can understand. I love her and will recommend her to anyone that wants to learn music in general. She is amazing. Can't wait to learn more from this brilliant, professional, musician!
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Pamela T. March 12, 2013
Flute
Loretta is the Real Deal

Loretta is clearly an experienced music professional. She has an excellent attitude and a true desire to give students the gift of music making, on whatever level they are looking for. Speaking as a former music teacher myself (different instrument), I can see that she is flexible in her approach and tailors her lessons to each unique student. I give her a 10 out of 10! I would recommend her to anyone.
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Lorstean R. February 14, 2013
Singing
She was uterly great!!

The singing lessons are actually for my little sister, Darshae, We didn't know what to expect with Loretta but it wasn't long from meeting her that we felt a sense of safety. She is a nice woman with a warm heart and her level of singing talent is grand. If my sister has any questions, they are answered with respect and never shot down. I recommend her to anyone looking for lessons of all variety not because she is a professional and knows what she is doing. But because she makes going fun and that is an important quality for the teacher and the student.
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Jamilah Y. October 14, 2012
Great teacher,funny,full of energy.....makes every minute fun

Cool teacher,very patient and knows her musical stuff.
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paula Z. September 19, 2012
Very happy with the singing classess

I am learning alot with Loretta. I still want to continue taking the singing lessons. I believe I have learned alot is just short period of time.