Serena P.

Serena P.

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12 Reviews
Chicago, IL

About Serena P.

Serena teaches: Males 8 to 50
Females 8 to 50
Teaching since: September 2005
Last sign in: Today
Average response time: 2 hours

Overview

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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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.

*** Studio Equipment ***
F/w keyboard, seating for parents - main room

*** Travel Equipment ***
n/a

*** Specialties ***
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.

Education

BFA Musical Theater Aug 2006 - May 2010
University of the Arts

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Promising Young Artist Award Aug 2006
University of the Arts
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12 Reviews on Serena P.

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Jordan J. August 11, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I've been singing in choirs for over 6 years and was looking for a way to get into singing in college, and I found Serena by a lucky chance and have seen her weekly since January - not only have my vocal skills and techniques improved considerably since then, but I've become a lot more confident in singing other genres.

Serena is a fantastic teacher and is very flexible with availability - she always tries to make the lessons work on your time, and as a full-time student juggling two jobs, that was exactly what I needed. Every lesson is great - it's a healthy mixture of singing, genuine conversation, and discussion of techniques and ways to become better at something I genuinely enjoy.

I would definitely recommend her to beginners and returning singers alike - she is extremely passionate about what she does, and it really pays off when you can confidently sing a brand new piece after having worked on it for just a few lessons!
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Ruth J. May 10, 2014
Broadway Singing
Excellent Teacher

Serena has been an incredible influence on my 11year old thespian. She is always on time, positive, and she clearly communicates any changes or needs in an effective and timely manner. My daughter has improved significantly from her time with Serena and I cannot recommend her highly enough!
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Kelly B. April 7, 2014
Piano
A patient and skilled instructor

I was so nervous about taking up piano again. My experience as a child had been less than stellar. Serena was exactly the instructor I had hoped for - she quickly assessed my ability and was able to adjust her teaching style/lesson accordingly. I was a bit nervous at first, but her patience helped me relax and enjoy the lesson.
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Darlene A. January 14, 2014
Piano
Serena is a great teacher!

I learn piano and improved with the time as a student.
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Amal B. January 11, 2014
Broadway Singing
Great Experience

Serena worked with my daughter for a few critical months when she was working on her lead role for the school musical. My daughter enjoyed working with her. She has outstanding professionalism not only when working with my daughter but also working with me on her scheduling. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for online singing lessons.
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Krystal A. May 30, 2013
Broadway Singing
She is a great teacher!

I took Serena's lessons via skype and I wasn't sure what it would be like at first, but I loved the experience. I didn't even have to leave my house for voice classes. I really liked her because she really does try to help you out and makes the experience relaxing and fun. She has been in plenty of musicals herself and has lots of experience. I would definitely recommend her!!
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Aaron M. May 1, 2013
Singing
Great lessons!

I had no singing experience or background at all and was very shy about trying it out, but Serena made the whole experience very enjoyable. She continually encouraged me and helped me feel more confident.

I highly recommend her as a teacher if you are looking for someone who is genuinely interested in making the lesson fun and engaging.

Also, props to takelessons.com for setting up such a practical, easy-to-use website.
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Trina C. April 22, 2013
Singing
Such a difference

I feel she makes the atmosphere so relaxing such a difference from a former music teacher. This makes her approach on constructive criticism so easy to handle. She compliment your strong points. She has a very bubbly personality which makes lessons fun.
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Gary D. February 13, 2013
Singing
I am learning a lot from Serna and it has been fun.

In just 3 lessons I have learned a lot and already have improved my singing.

Thanks Serena
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EdmundG May 31, 2012
my Daughter

My daughter provides her lessons. Serena gives a lot of good examples to help her remember the lessons and her upbeat and bubbly personal make the lessons very enjoyable.